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2015KidsChilesThe Festival is very pleased to be holding a variety of activities for children, tweens, and teens on Saturday, October 3 at the Silver City Public Library.

Starting at 10:00am Jennifer Cervantes, author of Tortilla Sun, will discuss how she became an author and how to stay inspired. She will read from her recently completed manuscript Mighty Zig and will offer a question and answer period. This session will be geared towards middle school and high school youth. Cervantes’s presentation will be followed by readings from Middle and High School students from local schools. The session will end at 12:30pm.

Starting at 1:30pm author and illustrator of children’s and young adult books Betsy James will give a presentation. Betsy has written and illustrated many children’s books including My Chair, Tadpoles, and Flashlight, as well as The Seeker Chronicles series for young adult readers. Betsy is an advocate for literacy, running workshops all over the Southwest and further afield. Betsy’s presentation will be followed by literacy games, activities, and readings for and by elementary schoolchildren. The session will end at 4:00pm.

Families are also encouraged to take part in activities outside the library throughout the day including sidewalk chalk stories, letter hopscotch, and outdoor word games. Literacy Link-Leamos will also be there with free books and information about their services. We look forward to seeing you!


The views expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of the Southwest Word Fiesta™ or its steering committee.

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We respectfully acknowledge that the entirety of southwestern New Mexico is the traditional territory, since time immemorial, of the Chis-Nde, also known as the people of the Chiricahua Apache Nation. The Chiricahua Apache Nation is recognized as a sovereign Native Nation by the United States in the Treaty of Amity, Commerce, and Friendship of 1 July 1852 (10 Stat. 979) (Treaty of Santa Fe ratified 23 March 1853 and proclaimed by President Franklin Pierce 25 March 1853).

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