Noche de Cuentos / A Night of Stories at ALA Virtual 2020

Celebrating the power of storytelling to unite communities. Featuring award-winning storytellers such as Neil Eduardo Izaza “Zien Cuentos” and Rosalía Pacheco in an enchanting evening of performances celebrating and affirming the richness of Latino heritage and culture. FREE.

Te esperamos en esta noche especial en la celebramos la riqueza de nuestras culturas y tradiciones con reconocidos cuentacuentos y narradores orales. GRATIS.

Noche de Cuentos at LA Libros Fest

Featuring storytellers Julio Serrano Echeverría, Yesika Salgado and Honorio Robledo, this program will bring the Los Angeles Libros Festival to a close with oral stories originating from Guatemala, El Salvador, and México.

This program has been made possible in part by REFORMA and its Noche de Cuentos initiative whose mission is to promote and preserve the art of storytelling within the Latino communities in the U.S.

This event is part of Los Angeles Libros Festival, a free bilingual book festival for the whole family.

Congratulations! REFORMA Noche de Cuentos Mini-Grants Winners

The winners of the 2019 REFORMA Noche de Cuentos Mini-Grants are:

  • Council Bluffs Public Library: Artistic Story of my Culture with Linda Garcia-Perez/Cuento artístico de mi cultura con Linda Garcia-Perez
  • Denver Public Library, Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales Branch: Noche de Cuentos: Illustrating Your Story
  • Fresno County Public Library, Bette Rodriguez Branch: Noche de Cuentos y Calaveras
  • Garfield County Libraries, Glenwood Springs Branch: Noches de Cuentos
  • Los Angeles Public Library: Noche de Cuentos @ LA Libros Fest
  • Metropolitan Library System, Capitol Hill Library: Storytelling with Xavier Garza
  • Siouxland Libraries, Oak View Branch: Journey through Memories / Viaje a través de los recuerdos
  • St. Helena Public Library: Una Noche de Cuentos: A Latinx Heritage Month Celebration

Each library will receive $300 to support their Noche de Cuentos programs during Latino Heritage Month.

REFORMA thanks the Noche de Cuentos Mini-Grants Selection Committee:

  • Ana-Elba Pavon, Branch Manager, Oakland Public Library – Elmhurst Branch, REFORMA President 2005-06
  • Esmeralda Majors, Librarian, Creighton Elementary, Conroe Independent School District
  • Lettycia Terrones, MLIS, PhD Student, School of Information Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Lucia M. Gonzalez, Library Director, North Miami Public Library, REFORMA President 2010-11, Noche de Cuentos Founder
  • Maria F. Estrella, Chair of REFORMA’s Children’s and Young Adult Services Committee (CAYASC), Cleveland Public Library
  • Sandra Rios Balderrama, REFORMA President 1997-98, Pura Belpré Award Co-Founder
  • Sylmarí Burgos Ramírez, Librarian, Denver Public Library, PhD Student at Simmons University

We thank everyone who applied for our Noche de Cuentos Mini-Grant Program—we received 19 submissions.

We also thank ALA Past-President Loida Garía Febo and Cinco Books for contributing funds for this initiative.

If you would like to support future Noche de Cuentos Mini-Grants, consider making a donation to REFORMA at

REFORMA believes that storytelling and oral traditions are key to the transmission and preservation of culture, as well as a significant tool in developing literacy skills. Noche de Cuentos was launched in 2010 to promote and preserve the art of storytelling within our Latino communities in the U.S.

¡Felicidades a los ganadores!

Madeline Peña
REFORMA Immediate Past-President
2019 Noche de Cuentos Mini-Grant Program Coordinator

Noche de Cuentos – ALA Annual 2019


Noche de Cuentos – ALA Annual 2019

Celebrating the Power of Storytelling to Unite Communities

Featuring award-winning authors and storytellers in an enchanting evening of performances celebrating and affirming the richness of Latino heritage and culture.

Friday, June 21, 2019
Hispanic Reading Room – Library of Congress
7 – 8:30 p.m.

Free! – RSVP on Facebook

Meg Medina

Meg Medina is the author of the Newbery Medal–winning book Merci Suárez Changes Gears, which was also a 2018 Kirkus Prize finalist. Her young adult novels include Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass, which won the 2014 Pura Belpré Author Award; 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 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. The daughter of Cuban immigrants, she grew up in Queens, New York, and now lives in Richmond, Virginia.

Yuyi Morales

Born in Yelapa, Mexico, where she currently resides, Yuyi Morales lived for many years in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she still maintains close relations with booksellers and librarians. Professional storyteller, dancer, choreographer, puppeteer, and artist. She has won the prestigious Pura Belpré Award for Illustration six times, for Just a MinuteLos Gatos Black on HalloweenJust in CaseNino Wrestles the WorldViva Frida – also a Caldecott Honor Book – and Dreamers. She also illustrated Sherman Alexies Thunder Boy Jr., a New York Times Bestseller.

Elvia Pérez Nápoles

Elvia Pérez Nápoles is a world-renowned storyteller, storytelling advocate, author, actress, and journal editor who has served on the Cuban National Cultural Counsel for more than two decades. Elvia has received many distinctions and awards for her contributions in the cultural arena, including the award Cuentacontigo, and the award Brocal given to her artistic trajectory by the Biennal de Oralidad.  Elvia is the author of From the Winds of Manguito, Desde los vientos de Manguito: Cuban Folktales in English and Spanish, Cuentos folklóricos de Cuba, edited by Margaret Read MacDonald (Libraries Unlimited 2004).

Noche de Cuentos in Seattle

During the American Library Association’s Midwinter Conference, join REFORMA for a Night of Stories — Noche de Cuentos — on Saturday, January 26 at the Seattle Central Library. The event starts at 7:30 PM and will feature 3 Seattle-based storytellers. Free and open to the public all Midwinter attendees.

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Noche de Cuentos Caribbean-style!

** Important: This event, along with REFORMA’s National Conference VI, was cancelled due to Hurricane Maria. We stand in solidarity with our sisters and brothers in the path of the Hurricane. **

Get ready for a “Night of Stories/Noche de Cuentos” in Puerto Rico!

Join REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Library & Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking, at their National Conference VI, which will include a spectacular “Noche de Cuentos”

Friday, September 8, 2017 – 8:00pm

Intercontinental Hotel & Resort

5961 Isla Verde Avenue

San Juan, PR, 00979


Download flyer here to promote the event: Noche_5x7_Export

Texas Tech University Libraries Host “Noche”

Texas Tech University Libraries and the CH Foundation presented a “Noche de Cuentos” in conjunction with Diversity Week on March 23, 2017 The event was part of a program implemented by Texas Tech University Libraries’ Esther De Leon, Assistant Librarian, and Minerva Alaniz, Associate Librarian.

Participants were Dr. Julie Chang, Assistant Professor and storyteller from Texas Tech University and Dr. René Saldaña, Associate Professor and storyteller also from Texas Tech University.  A performance by Kalpulli Yaocenoxtli from Minnesota, also graced this wonderful night of stories.

Congratulations, Texas Tech University librarians!

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Noche en Orlando: “Noche de Cuentos” event for 2016 ALA Annual Conference

A fantastic night of storytelling took place during the American Library Association’s Annual Conference in June, 2016.

With storyteller and author Lucia Gonzalez introducing the event, a room full of attendees was delighted by stories told by Freda Mosquera, Oralia Garza de Cortez, Nancy Crockford, and Kim Rivers, and a declamation by Jenny Lizarraga.

In addition, representatives from REFORMA presented the organization’s awards for Librarian of the Year (LOTY) and Lifetime Achievement Award (LAA) to Ady Huertas and Dr. Kathleen de la Peña McCook, respectively.

Enjoy the photos!

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Noche de Cuentos for Orlando



Orlando, Florida, 2016

  • Date: Saturday, June 25th
  • Time: 8:00 pm. – 10:00 pm.
  • Location:  HYATT Regency Orlando – Bayhill 21


Authors, storytellers, and guests are invited to share and swap stories with the audience. We are working together with REFORMA for the Children in Crisis initiative. We will also be honoring Reformistas Ady Huertas and Dr. Kathleen de la Peña McCook with the 2016 Dr. Arnulfo Trejo Librarian of the Year (LOTY) Award and Elizabeth Martinez Lifetime Achievement Award (LAA) at this year’s event. Join us for an evening of storytelling and celebration with friends and family!

Acompáñenos en Noche de Cuentos durante ALA 2016 en Orlando, FL. Cuentacuentos, autores, y otros invitadoes estan invitados a compartir cuentos con la audiencia. Celebraremos a Reformistas Ady Huertas y Dra. Kathleen de la Peña McCook con los premios LOTY y LAA en este evento. ¡Acompáñenos por una noche de cuentos y celebración entre amigos y familia!

Special thanks to Cinco Books, INC.


“Latino Americans” grant in Florida features a Noche de Cuentos

The Libraries at the State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota received one of about 200 grants provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association (ALA) in 2015/2016, to present a series of events under the theme: “Latino Americans: 500 Years of History.”

Most of the programs that took place around the Nation with the support of this grant highlighted the long history of Latinos in the United States, and its many contributions to culture, history, and all aspects of the communities where we live.

As part of their program, the SCF Libraries in Bradenton, Florida, presented film screenings and discussions, an Oral History project, and as culmination of the series, an event to recognize that one of the many ways in which our cultural history is transmitted is through oral narration and stories: a Noche de Cuentos!

On March 18, 2016 (the weekend of World Storytelling Day), a Night of Stories took place in the Bradenton Library, with the presence of storyteller Carrie Sue Ayvar. The bilingual stories and interactive character of Carrie’s performance delighted the attendees who gathered around the “campfire” to share stories.

Every family present was able to walk away with a free book provided thanks to funds from the grant. The books were part of a selection of winners of the Pura Belpré Award medal or honor. Bookmarks with the list of all the Pura Belpré winners were also provided, and a display of Latino American literature for children, young adults, and adults was enjoyed by those present.

More about the SCF Libraries program can be found here:

If you would like to know more, contact the Latino Americans Grant Program Director at the SCF Libraries: Alicia K. Long (longa

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