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The 2023 South Texas Book Festival (STBF) will be held at McAllen Public Library and is a FREE EVENT held from Thursday, October 26th through Tuesday, October 31st! This year's festival will feature authors for all ages: Children, Teens, and Adults.

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STBF combines literacy (regional and national authors) and children’s entertainment in a festive atmosphere that promotes a lifelong habit of reading for pleasure.

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STBF ranks high among some of the most innovative events worldwide. As of 2019, STBF can be classified as an international award winning festival, as well.

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STBF is now a literacy event for all ages! Our virtual programs will feature authors for children, teens, and adults.

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The festival is free and open to the public.

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Calling local authors from the RGV! The 2023 STBF Call for Authors is now open and will close on Saturday, July 1st.


Digital Sign Carnival 2023

Join us for a weekend of carnival fun at the Main Library from March 2nd - 5th, 2023! $28 will get you an All-You-Can-Ride bracelet (per day)! The best part? A portion of the proceeds will help fund the South Texas Book Festival!

Details:   mcallenlibrary.libnet.info/event/8068215


Digital Sign Casino NightPrepare for an exciting night of traditional casino games (blackjack, poker, roulette, slot machines), a 360° photo booth, and a delicious taquiza! Attend our Wild West Casino Night at the Library on Saturday, September 17, 2022 from 6:00-10:00PM in support of the South Texas Book Festival. 

Details:  www.mcallenlibrary.net/stbf/fundraiser


McAllen Public Library received the Best in Show Award from the prestigious Texas Library Association's Branding Iron Awards! The award was presented for the 2021 Wild West Casino Fundraiser, which directly supported the STBF and was hosted by the MPL Advisory Board.



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General Information
Do you have a question about our book festival?
Please email us at: ask@mcallen.libanswers.com

Sponsorship Opportunities
Interested in becoming an STBF sponsor? Please contact:

Kate P. Horan, MLS
Library Director


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