The UTPA Alumni Association’s Second Annual Used Book Sale will be held on Saturday, March 27, at the UTPA campus as part of Community Day at the Festival of International Books and Arts 2010 (FESTIBA).

With volunteers picking up and sorting through the mountain of books already donated, the UTPA Alumni Association members are preparing this coming weekend’s sale, which will take place in the parking lot on the east side of the University in front of the Fieldhouse from 2 p.m. until the books are gone. FESTIBA activities will end at 10 p.m.

The group will be collecting all types of books up through the days right before the sale, including current fiction, nonfiction, history, romance, westerns, science fiction, crime, cook books, short stories, mystery, home and garden, repair guides, poetry, and children’s books. Mata pointed out that they expect to see quite a bit of vampire related materials to show up this year, along with political themes. Residents can drop off books at Office USA at 1007 E. Pecan in McAllen through Thursday, March 25. They can also call the UTPA Alumni Relations office at 381-2500 for picks if they cannot drop off the books at Office USA.

“We have a very diverse collection of books,” Arnoldo Mata, Committee Chair, said. “We have just about something for everybody. As always, we have a large number of mystery, spy, thriller, romance, cookbooks, every type of fiction, home and hobby items, and children’s books. History books are also big this year. We have a couple of editions that are at least 100 years old. So, a collector may be able to find a special selection here.”

“We also want to encourage our alumni to get involved in the book sale by volunteering to help during the sale or to help sort books before the sale. I know the vast majority of teachers and other professionals in the region are University of Texas-Pan American, Pan American University or even Pan American College graduates. We would like to encourage them to volunteer for this unique event,” Mata said.

Anyone interested in the UTPA Alumni Used Book Sale can contact Arnoldo Mata at amataz@utpa or they can contact the UTPA Office of Alumni Relations office at 956-381-2500.