Big Read 2016 Events


Explore Mexico: Big Read Kick-off
2 p.m. Sept. 18 at South Irving Library
Discover six distinct regions of Mexico through their unique foods, crafts, culture and landscapes. Listen to regional music with accomplished tenor Juan Miguel Lopez, and performances by local mariachi bands. Families will also enjoy a story walk and puppet show.

Into the Beautiful North Kick-off
7 p.m. Sept. 21 at Valley Ranch Library
Have a blast at a fiesta with crafts, refreshments and ballet folklorico performances.

Benjamin Alire Saenz Visit
4:45 p.m. Sep. 22 at South Irving Library (Teen Only)
7 p.m. Sept. 22 at Valley Ranch Library

Meet this dynamic Hispanic poet and young adult author as he discusses his books Dante and Aristotle Discover the Secrets of the Universe and Last Night I Sang to the Monster. Refreshments and book signings take place after the conversation.


Art Workshop for Kids with Carolyn Dee Flores
10:30 a.m. Sep. 24 at Irving Arts Center
2:30 p.m. Sep. 24 at East Branch Library

Join award-winning children's author and illustrator Carolyn Dee Flores (Dale, Dale, Dale) for an interactive art workshop and experience for kids. We will draw a story and create characters using your own neighborhood and friends as models! Turn numbers into surprises! Study skeletons, draw dinosaurs and frogs! For ages 5 to 11 years.

The Big Read Art Exhibits
Sep. 24 to Dec. 3 at West Irving Library
Sep. 25 to Oct. 28 at the Jaycee Park Center for the Arts, 1975 Puritan Dr., 75061

This year's Irving Art Association hosts two exhibits with ties to this year's Big Read. Enjoy the Youth Art Exhibit at the Jaycee Park Center, or the adult Big Read Exhibit at the West Irving Library. Get details on the call to enter your art into either exhibit.


The Big Blend - A Conversation
2:30 - 4 p.m. Sep. 25 at Irving Arts Center
Join us for a conversation between and about the meeting of Hispanic and Anglo cultures in the United States with guest speakers. Sponsored by the Irving Heritage Society.

Meg Medina Visit
7 p.m. Sept. 28 at South Irving Library
Meet the Cuban-American award-winning author of children's book Mango, Abuela and Me, and YA novels Burn Baby Burn, and Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass. After Meg's discussion, enjoy refreshments and get books signed.


Luis Alberto Urrea Visit
7 p.m. Oct. 5 at the Irving Arts Center, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd.
Meet the writer of this year's NEA Big Read in Irving selected novel, Into the Beautiful North. Mr. Urrea will discuss his works and their reflections on the lives of Mexicans and Hispanic Americans. Stay after for book signings and the announcement of the winner of the Big Write Poetry Contest.

The Hispanic Experience in Literature
7 p.m. Oct. 10 at the National Scouting Museum, 1329 W. Walnut Hill Lane
Author and scholar Dr. Rene Saldana Jr., associate professor at Texas Tech University, will discuss the importance of access to culturally-relevant literature to Hispanic communities in the U.S.


Adult & Teen Programs

Adult Book Clubs
Looking for an opportunity to discuss this year's selection, Into the Beautiful North, with other readers? Visit one of our library book clubs which are reading this year's NEA Big Read selection:
I Love YA - 7 p.m. Sept. 21 @ South Irving Library
Valley Ranch Reads - 7 p.m. Sept. 29 @ Valley Ranch Library
Girls' Night Out - 7 p.m. Oct. 3 @ Valley Ranch Library
MidWeek Mysteries - noon Oct. 5 @ South Irving Library
Heritage Book Club - 7 p.m. Oct. 20 @ Heritage Senior Center

Teen Book Clubs
High Voltage Book Club (grade 9-12) discusses Dante and Aristotle... - 2:30 p.m. Sep. 17 @ South Irving Library

Arts & Crafts
Craftworks: Sugar Skull Flower Pots - 1 p.m. Oct. 7 @ West Irving Library
Artesanías: Crafts for Teens & Tweens - 2:30 p.m. Oct. 10 @ East Branch Library
Adult Coloring Time: Sugar Skulls - 5 p.m. Oct. 11 @ West Irving Library

Cultural Programs
Trivia on the Patio: Big Read Edition - 7:30 p.m. Oct. 6 @ West Irving Library

The Magnificent Seven - 2 p.m. Oct. 2 @ West Irving Library
The Magnificent Seven - 7 p.m. Oct. 6 @ Valley Ranch Library
Irving Chautauqua present The Magnificent Seven - 2 p.m. Oct. 8 @ South Irving Library