UTPA Library kicks off National Library Week on April 14
Posted: 03/28/2014
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The slogan for National Library Week April 13-19 is "Lives Change @ Your Library." Believing this to the fullest, The University of Texas-Pan American Library has several events planned for the week.

Library staff will kick off National Library Week with the screening of a documentary film called "Following the Ninth." The documentary is about Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, particularly the "Ode to Joy" segment that has been changing people's lives ever since it was written in 1824. Of course, libraries have been changing people's lives for even longer!

"Following the Ninth" will screen in the UTPA Library Auditorium on Monday, April 14 at 7 p.m. Dr. Andrés Amado, UTPA ethnomusicologist, will introduce the film and lead the audience in a discussion afterward. Prior to the screening UTPA cello and double bass students, along with their professors Dr. Tido Janssen and Dr. George Amorim, will perform excerpts from the 4th movement of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, the recitative and theme. These extracts are iconic representations of Beethoven's genius as he inaugurated a new era in symphonic writing.

To better understand the cultural and political influences of Beethoven's masterpiece take a look at a film review by Bill Moyers. You can also learn more about the documentary by viewing the NPR "All Things considered" segment about the film. And here is what the New York Times had to say about the film.

The screening is free and open to all students, faculty, staff and the general public. Several copies of the book "Journeys with Beethoven" will be given as door prizes. This book was written by Kerry Candaele, producer and director of "Following the Ninth" and Greg Mitchell, who writes a daily blog focusing on media, politics and culture for The Nation magazine.

On Tuesday, April 15, from noon to 1 p.m., the Library's reference and instruction staff, in conjunction with UTPA's Page One Common Reader Program will host a session called "Finding the Source: A Discussion of Idea Generation for Writing!" This event will take place in UTPA Library Classroom One.

April marks the third year that the University Library has honored UTPA authors and grant writers who have received grants or published books during the past year. An exhibit of the authors' publications is on display in the Library Lobby throughout the rest of March and until April 15 when the Library will honor these authors in its annual "by invitation" ceremony and reception.

UTPA freshmen and sophomores are invited to submit a researched essay as part of an essay contest sponsored by the University Writing Center, the Library, the University College, and the Page One Common Reader Program.

Contest submissions are due by April 4. All participants will receive a Certificate of Participation and an invitation to the reception which will take place Wednesday, April 16, from 1 to 3 p.m. Winning submissions will be archived and housed in the University Library, Special Collections.

On Thursday, April 17, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Library First Floor Gallery (near the library classrooms) an open forum will be held to meet librarians and staff. Forum participants will share how libraries have changed their lives. Light refreshments will be served.

Everyone is invited to help change the life of a child by donating a new hardcover children's book. In exchange for your donation, UTPA Library will forgive up to $10 in Library fines. Of course, you don't have to owe a fine to make a donation. All books collected will be donated to the UTPA Child Development Center and Edinburg Children's Hospital. Please contact the Circulation Desk at (956)665-2005 for additional information.

Throughout the week, "Like" the Library on Facebook and Twitter and you will automatically be entered into a drawing for a prize to be given away soon after the celebrations are over.

For more information, contact Virginia Haynie Gause, media and marketing librarian, at (956)665-2303 or