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Posted on: November 14, 2023

National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, Meg Medina, to visit the Nampa Public Library on

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Medina to Discuss Books with Community, Share Her Initiative ‘Cuéntame!: Let’s Talk Books’

The 8th National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, Meg Medina, will visit the Nampa Public Library on Thursday, November 16, to engage with students and families during her tour to communities across the country.

During her event, Medina will inspire students and families to experiment with book talks — sharing favorite books to start conversations and build excitement about reading. Her goals are to emphasize books and stories as part of everyday life, encourage story sharing and conversation among friends and within families, and to highlight the amazing resources of the library as a welcoming place for every family to explore, learn and connect.

This event is free and open to the public. The schedule is as follows:

    4:30-5:30 p.m.: Ballet Folklorico Dance Performance

    5:00-6:00 p.m.: Meg Medina book sale by Rediscovered Books

    6:00-7:00 p.m.: Meg Medina Presentation

    7:00-8:00 p.m.: Book Signing & Refreshments

As National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, Medina will engage readers in book talks across the country through her initiative Cuéntame!: Let’s talk books. Inspired by the Spanish phrase that friends and families use when catching up with one another, Cuéntame! encourages connection among families, classrooms, libraries and communities by talking about books — both books that reflect the readers’ lived experiences and those that expose readers to new perspectives.

Explore the National Ambassador’s LibGuide – available in both English and Spanish – on the Library of Congress’s website: https://guides.loc.gov/meg-medina 

For information on all library programs, visit our event calendar at nampalibrary.org/calendar or phone 208-468-4474. The Nampa Public Library is located at 215 12th Ave S. in Nampa. All programs and events at the library are provided to the public free of charge.

About the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature
The National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature is an initiative of the Library of Congress, in partnership with Every Child a Reader, with generous support from The Library of Congress James Madison Council, The Capital Group Companies Charitable Foundation and Dollar General Literacy Foundation.

About Meg Medina
Meg Medina is the author of the Newbery Medal–winning book “Merci Suárez Changes Gears,” which was followed by two more acclaimed books about the Suárez family: “Merci Suárez Can’t Dance” and “Merci Suárez Plays It Cool.” Her young adult novels include “Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass,” which won the 2014 Pura Belpré Author Award and will be published in 2023 as a graphic novel illustrated by Mel Valentine Vargas; “Burn Baby Burn,” which was long-listed for the National Book Award; and “The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind.” She is also the author of picture books “Evelyn Del Rey Is Moving Away,” illustrated by Sonia Sánchez, Jumpstart’s 2020 Read for the Record selection; “Mango, Abuela, and Me,” illustrated by Angela Dominguez, which was a Pura Belpré Author Award Honor Book; and “Tía Isa Wants a Car,” illustrated by Claudio Muñoz, which won the Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award; and the biography for young readers “She Persisted: Sonia Sotomayor.” The daughter of Cuban immigrants, she grew up in Queens, New York, and now lives in Richmond, Virginia. Visit her online at megmedina.com.

La Embajadora Nacional para la Literatura Juvenil, Meg Medina, Visitará La Biblioteca Pública de Nampa el 16 de noviembre

Medina Hablará de Libros con la Comunidad y Compartirá su Iniciativa “‘Cuéntame! Let’s Talk Books’”

La octava Embajadora Nacional para la Literatura Juvenil, Meg Medina, visitará La Biblioteca Pública de Nampa el jueves 16 de noviembre para interactuar con estudiantes y familias durante su recorrido por varias comunidades en todo el país. 

Durante su evento, Meg inspirará a estudiantes y familias a hablar y discutir sobre historias, sobre la lectura y a celebrar el mundo de los libros. Su misión es la de explorar las historias como elemento fundamentales de la vida diaria, fomentar el intercambio de cuentos, la conversación entre amigos y familias, y destacar las colecciones y ricos recursos de las bibliotecas y estos lugares como sitios incluyentes que estimulan el aprendizaje, la creatividad, y la conexión social.

Este evento es gratis y abierta al público. El horario es el siguiente:

  • 4:30-5:30 p.m.: Ballet Folklórico Espectáculo de baile
  • 5:00-6:00 p.m.: Venta de libros por Rediscovered Books
  • 6:00-7:00 p.m.: Meg Medina Presentación
  • 7:00-8:00 p.m.: Firma de libros y refrescos

 omo Embajadora Nacional para la Literatura Juvenil, Medina va a interactuar con lectores en charlas de libros en todo el país a través de su iniciativa Cuéntame!: Let’s talk books. Al inpirada por una frase en español que los amigos y familiares utilizan para ponerse al día, Cuéntame! promueve la conexión entre las familias, salas de clase, bibliotecas y comunidades a través de la discusión de libros – tanto libros que reflejan las experiencias vividas de los lectores como aquellos que los exponen a nuevas perspectivas.

Exploren la guía de la Embajadora Nacional—disponible en inglés y español – en el sitio web de la Biblioteca del Congreso: https://guides.loc.gov/meg-medina 

 Para informacion sobre programas bibliotecarios, visite nuestro calendario de eventos al nampalibrary.org/calendar o llame al 208-468-4474. La Biblioteca Publica de Nampa esta localizada al 215 12th Ave S en Nampa. Todos los ventos y programas de la biblioteca son proporcionados gratis al publico

Sobre la Embajadora Nacional para la Literatura Juvenil 

La Embajadora Nacional para la Literatura Juvenil es una iniciativa de la Biblioteca del Congreso en alianza con Every Child a Reader, que cuenta con el respaldo generoso del Concejo Madison de la Biblioteca del Congreso, The Capital Group Companies Charitable Foundation y la Dollar General Literacy Foundation.

Sobre Meg Medina

Meg Medina es la autora del libro ganador de la Medalla Newbery “Merci Suárez Changes Gears,” que fue seguido por otros dos libros aclamados por la crítica sobre la familia Suárez: “Merci Suárez Can’t Dance” y “Merci Suárez Plays It Cool”. Sus novelas para jóvenes incluyen “Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass,” ganadora del Premio Pura Belpré Al Autor de 2014 y que será publicada en 2023 como una novela gráfica por Mel Valentine Vargas; “Burn Baby Burn,” preseleccionada para el Premio Nacional del Libro; y “The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind”. También es autora de los libros de cuentos ilustrados “Evelyn Del Rey Is Moving Away,” ilustrado por Sonia Sánchez; la selección “Read for the Record” de Jumpstart de 2020; “Mango, Abuela, and Me,” ilustrado por Angela Domínguez y galardonado con el Premio de Honor Pura Belpré; y “Tía Isa Wants a Car,” ilustrado por Claudio Muñoz y ganador del Premio Ezra Jack Keats Al Nuevo Escritor; y la biografía para lectores jóvenes “She Persisted: Sonia Sotomayor.” Hija de inmigrantes cubanos, Medina creció en Queens, New York, y ahora reside en Richmond, Virginia. Visítenla en el sitio megmedina.com.

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