Noche de Cuentos in Las Vegas!

A special night of stories, a Noche de Cuentos event will take place at the Annual Conference of the American Library Association in Las Vegas, in June 2014.

Stay tuned for more details about the event, but save the date and invite others to attend!

Noche de Cuentos

Enterprise Library

25 E. Shelbourne Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89123

Sunday June 29, 2014

8:00 pm

 

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2013 Mini-grant Winner Announced!

March 8, 2013

 

REFORMA Announces Recipient of the 2013 NOCHE DE CUENTOS Mini-Grant Sponsored by Lorito Books

 

North Miami Beach, FL – REFORMA: The National Association to Promote Library & Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking, an affiliate of the American Library Association, proudly announces the winner of REFORMA’s Noche de Cuentos Mini-Grant.  The San Rafael Public Library Pickleweed Branch, CA. has been selected as the recipient of the 2013 NOCHE DE CUENTOS/ A NIGHT OF STORIES Mini-Grant.

 

NOCHE DE CUENTOS is a REFORMA Family Literacy Initiative generously supported by Lorito Books and also this year by Information New Wave (INW). The purpose of the initiative is to foster literacy in a family group.  The winning library receives a $500 mini-grant for the implementation of its program.

 

“We are proud to be part of Noche de Cuentos.  Families, libraries and good stories are a recipe for great communities.  We look forward to watching this REFORMA initiative grow,” said Pam Fochman, President of Lorito Books and devoted Noche supporter.

 

The San Rafael Public Library Pickleweed Branch will set up a series of 3 storytelling nights to commemorate both World Storytelling Day coming up this March 20th, and to promote the importance of both traditional and personal storytelling. “Not only do we want to interest the local community in traditional stories from their countries of origin, we also want to encourage the idea that anyone can tell stories, and emphasize to the community the connection between oral storytelling and literacy,” expressed Joshua Alperin, coordinator of the program. 

 

In addition to the plan activities for each night, the program organizers will aim at creating an intimate domestic setting to resemble how families in Latin America share stories at home in the evenings. This will include providing hot chocolate and sweet breads (pan dulce) and using traditional home decorations to create a warm and friendly environment.  

 

Noche de cuentos will be celebrated on the week of March 20-27, 2013 in conjunction with World Storytelling Day, observed during the spring equinox on March 20th.  REFORMA invites families from Latino communities across the United States to join the global community in the celebration of World Storytelling Day and gather at their libraries to share stories, songs and experiences from their families, their communities, or their countries.

 

For information, programming ideas or NOCHE promotional materials, please visit www.REFORMA.org orwww.nochedecuentos.org

 

Come to “Noche” in Seattle

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When? Saturday, January 26, 8:00 – 10:00 pm

Where?  Microsoft Auditorium, Seattle Public Library

Featuring Seattle’s Own:

Margaret Read MacDonald

Dr. Margaret Read MacDonald is a folklorist, children’s librarian, and the

author of more than 55 books on folklore and storytelling.

(http://www.margaretreadmacdonald.com)

RoseCano

Rose Cano:  Bilingual actress and storyteller, Rose Cano,

 uses colorful and high-energy musical storytelling to bring

to life unique and fantastical tales of ancient Latin America.

SoniaPorras

Sonia Porras is Director of the Academy of

Peruvian Folkdances.  Sonia and her dance partner, Kenny

Wiesse, will perform the Marinera Costeňa, a beautiful coastal

dance, generally called the “National Dance of Peru.”

Plus REFORMA’s own…

Oralia Garza de Cortés co-founder of the Pura Belpré Award, and 2012 recipient of the REFORMA Library Advocacy  Award of the Joint Conference of Librarians of Color.

 Lucia Gonzalez: Two-time winner of the Pura Belpré Children’s Literature Honor Medal for The Bossy Gallito (Scholastic, 1994), and The Story Teller’s Candle (Children’s Book Press, 2008)

Mistress of Ceremonies Sandra Rios Balderrama

Feel free to download this flyer and promote the event:

NOCHE SEATTLE FLYER

We look forward to an enchanting night of stories!

Save the Date!

NOCHE DE CUENTOS @ Midwinter

Featuring national and local storytellers in an enchanting evening of performances celebrating and affirming the richness of Latino heritage and culture

 
Date: Saturday, January 26
Time: 8:00 pm. – 10:00 pm.
Location: Microsoft Auditorium 
                Seattle Public Library
                1000 4th Ave
 
 
A great way to conclude a great day!
 
Los veo a todos en la NOCHE…
 
 
Lucia M. Gonzalez

Past-President, 2010-2011
REFORMA: The National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking

2012 Noche de Cuentos event at the Half Moon Bay Library

The Half Moon Bay Library had four events for Noche de Cuentos in 2012.  Three were in the library and one was in a rural public school.  The total number of participants were 255 people attending our four programs.

Congratulations to the Half Moon Bay Library!

Thank you to Armando Ramirez, Outreach Librarian at Half Moon Bay, for sharing the following pictures of the events!

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Noche de Cuentos 2012 launched!

Noche de Cuentos 2012

For Immediate Release
January 15, 2012

REFORMA announces Noche de Cuentos 2012

North Miami Beach, FL – REFORMA: The National Association to Promote Library & Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking is announcing Noche de Cuentos 2012, a family literacy focus program generously initiated by the American Library Association as part of ALA President Camila Alire’s Family Literacy Focus Initiative, and generously supported by Lorito Books.

Noche de Cuentos will be celebrated the week of March 18 – 25, 2012 in conjunction with World Storytelling Day, observed during the spring equinox on March 20th.  On World Storytelling Day, as many people as possible tell and listen to stories in as many languages and as many places as possible, during the same day and night.

REFORMA invites families from Latino communities across the United States to join the global community in the celebration of World Storytelling Day and gather at their libraries to share stories, songs, and experiences from their families, their communities, or their countries.

“REFORMA believes that storytelling and the oral traditions are key in the transmission and preservation of culture, as well as a significant tool in developing literacy skills,” says Lucia Gonzalez, Past-President of REFORMA.  The mission of Noche de Cuentos is to promote and preserve the art of storytelling within our Latino communities in the US.  “The significance in the event lies in the fact that it is the first global celebration of storytelling of its kind,” says Gonzalez.

For more information, please contact Lucia M. Gonzalez (Lgonzalez@northmiamifl.gov).

Lucia M. Gonzalez
Immediate Past-President, 2010-2011
REFORMA: The National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking

Previous News

2012

  • Noche de Cuentos website is launched, an effort conducted by REFORMA and the ALA Emerging Leaders Team N: Tina Chan, Johnice Dominick, and Alicia K. Long.
  • A Noche de Cuentos event took place during the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting in Dallas, TX, on January 21, 2012.

Read the Noche de Cuentos at Midwinter 2012 report.

2011

  • REFORMA’s Fourth National Conference (RNCIV) took place in Denver, CO, in September 15th – 18th, 2011.

An amazing night of storytelling was presented for the occasion, including local storytellers from the Colorado area.  The event was celebrated in conjunction with Hispanic Heritage Month.

Read the Noche de Cuentos at REFORMA National Conference press release.

Watch the videos of the REFORMA’s Noche de Cuentos in Denver.

2010

  • The American Library Association’s president, Dr. Camila Alire, launched the Family Focus Initiative.

Read the press release for Family Literacy Initiative 2010.

Read Dr. Alire’s interview on our history page.

  • REFORMA launches Noche de Cuentos as response to the Family Focus Initiative.

Lucia Gonzalez and Oralia Garza de Cortez, members of the Noche de Cuentos Task Force.

Thank you LORITO BOOKS!

REFORMA thanks Lorito Books, our first national sponsor, for their generous support and commitment of the Noche de Cuentos program!

Pam Fochtman, president of Lorito Books, states,

“Noche de Cuentos and Lorito Books share a similar mission, so the sponsorship was a perfect fit.  Lorito Books is an audiobook publisher, and an audiobook narration is in many ways like oral storytelling.  Both experiences create a connection between the narrator and the listener, and can make a good story even better.  They both develop listening comprehension skills and engage the listener on more sensory levels, creating an experience that is more memorable than simply reading the story.  Just like the experience of a family listening to a great audiobook in the car, the Noche de Cuentos events create a shared experience for families and their communities.”

Visit Lorito Books and tell them that you found them through Noche de Cuentos!