(Nov. 4, 2011) -- The Hispanic Division of the Center for the Book in the U.S. Library of Congress again is honoring UTSA's Carmen Tafolla for her work in children's literature. Tafolla's latest children's book, "Fiesta Babies," was recognized as a 2011 Americas Award Commended Title. Last year, she and illustrator Magaly Morales won the 2010 Americas Award from the federal library for their book "What Can You Do with a Paleta?/Qué puedes hacer con una paleta?"
A San Antonio native, Tafolla is the College of Education and Human Development Writer-in-Residence for Children's, Youth and Transformative Literature and a senior lecturer in the UTSA Department of Bicultural-Bilingual Studies.
Tafolla is the author of an array of books for children and adults that vividly describe the rich culture of San Antonio's West Side barrios. "Fiesta Babies" describes in melodic, rhyming text how a group of babies are introduced to their lively culture when they join in the local fiesta. The book was named one of the "Best Books for Babies of 2011" by the Fred Rogers Corp.
"What Can You Do with a Paleta?/Qué puedes hacer con una paleta?" follows a young Latina through her barrio with the tasty fruit-filled treat. Her other books include "That's Not Fair! Emma Tenayuca's Struggle for Justice," based on the true story of young Mexican American activist Emma Tenayuca, and "The Holy Tortilla and a Pot of Beans," a short story collection centered on San Antonio and 2009 winner of the Tomas Rivera Book Award.
The Americas Award, originated by the Consortium for Latin American Studies Programs, is given in recognition of U.S. works of fiction, poetry, folklore or selected non-fiction (from picture books to works for young adults) published in English or Spanish that authentically and engagingly portray Latin America, the Caribbean or Latinos in the United States.
The annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE 2.102), Main Campus
This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
Buena Vista Theatre, Downtown Campus
Graduate student uses storytelling to highlight important issues facing children
As touch screens and e-books demand more and more attention from both casual readers and scholars, many people say the handwriting is on the wall for the printed page.
At UTSA, the handwriting is on the wall for a library that doesn't have any printed books.
Since March 2010, the bookless library in the Applied Engineering and Technology Building has given UTSA students an innovative way to read, research and work with each other to solve problems.
With ultra-modern furniture and a décor featuring desktop computers, scanners and LCD screens, the AET Library is designed to engage students in an online format. But it also offers group study niches and study rooms with whiteboards and glass walls on which students can write. The space encourages teamwork, communications and problem solving for the next generation of scientists and professional engineers.
Did you know? The UTSA AET Library is the nation's first completely bookless library on a college or university campus. It served as a model for Bexar County's first-in-the-nation public bookless library system and one of its branches, the Dr. Ricardo Romo BiblioTech.
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