• RGV READS: District/School Wide Reading Campaigns Goals

    We are building a list of titles for RGV READS.  Please, submit a title depicting life on the Texas/Mexico border. 
    Librarians' Big Read (Spring 2015)
    Students' The Big Read (Spring 2015)

    The Big Read is a program sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts to restore reading to the center of American culture.  The premise of the program is to develop community-wide reading programs centered around the shared reading of one book. 

    For the purpose of RGV READS, our Library Advisory Council has selected one title per campus level.  Providing a Big Read opportunity will allow Region One students to participate using culturally relevant literature about the border region where they live.

    Elementary Grades


    Rio Grande Valley ABC 

    by Rickey Pittman (prepublication)

     ABC Rio Grande Valley

    Teacher materials available.

    $500 per day 

    Middle School/Jr. High


    Drawing Border Lines

    by Steven and Reefka Schneider

    Teacher materials available.


    Author visit fees range from $1,000 to $2,500 depending on the length of presentation(s).  

    Contact Dr. Schneider at schneiders@utpa.edu

    High School


    Into the Beautiful North 

    by Luis Urrea
    Into the Beautiful North

    Teaching materials available.

    If your district is interested in joining the Big Read, please contact:
    Jose Tamez, Assistant Library Director of the Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library
    956.383.6246 (office)  www.edinburglibrary.us

    Regional Battle of the Books (work in progress)
    • Year 1
    • Looking forward
    Bookmobile - Monthly Literacy Activity /Initiative
    • District Lead Initiatives
    Join the RGV READS Little Free Library movement.  Think of an area where families visit.  Talk with the owners about installing a Little Free Library for their business to adopt and keep filled with books for families.  Let's work together to spread the love of reading!
    Little Free Library    Little Free Library  Little Free Library
Last Modified on March 13, 2015