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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A Mid-Winter Night of Stories!

Noche de Cuentos

and presentation of the Mora Award

at the American Library Association’s 2015 Midwinter Meeting

January 31st, 2015

Hyatt Regency Chicago

Salon Grand D North

8:00pm – 10:00pm

Featuring the talented storytellers and artists:

Jasmin Cardenas, Pat Mora, and Maya Christina Gonzalez

Benefitting the “REFORMA Children in Crisis Project”

NOCHE de Cuentos

Half Moon Bay Library Celebrates Noche

Congratulations to the librarians at Half Moon Bay Branch in San Mateo County, California! Their Noche de Cuentos 2013 event was a success!  On March 15, Maria King and her 5th grade class met at the Half Moon Bay Library to celebrate the first “Noche de Cuentos” 2013.  They had 110 people attending.

“We are very proud of this program as students read their own stories.”  Outreach Librarian Armando Ramirez told us.

They also recorded the stories on video. Thanks Armando for sharing this!

Do you have pictures of your own Noche 2013 event?  Share them with us!

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Magic Noche de Cuentos in Seattle

Saturday January 26th, 2013 was a magic night in Seattle. The city hosted the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting.  As a complement to the association’s events, REFORMA (the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-speaking) organized a storytelling event at the Seattle Public Library.

Margaret Read McDonald, Rose Cano, and Sonia Porras with her dancing troupe were the local performers. REFORMA was represented by its own Lucia Gonzalez and Oralia Garza de Cortes. And Sandra Rios Balderrama shared her poetic words as Mistress of Ceremony. Seattle’s Noche de Cuentos was dedicated to the memory of beloved Reformista and “poeta” tatiana de la tierra. In addition, the Mora Awards for “Dia de los Niños” programs were presented that same night.

REFORMA thanks Information New Wave and Lorito Books for sponsoring the night, and the NW Chapter of REFORMA and the Seattle Public Library for welcoming the event on their beautiful building.

Here are some images from the wonderful night… noche…

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Photos courtesy of Alma Ramos McDermott and Lucia M. Gonzalez.


2013 Mini-Grant Announced!


For Immediate Release

January 6, 2013


REFORMA Launches Application for NOCHE DE CUENTOS @ mi biblioteca Mini-grant

Beginning today, REFORMA is pleased to accept applications for NOCHE DE CUENTOS mini-grants.  This year REFORMA partners with LORITO BOOK and Information New Wave (INW) as sponsors.  A $500 Mini-grant will be awarded to a library that plans an exemplary Noche de Cuentos event.  In addition, a mini-grant for $250 will also be awarded. Applications will be received until January 31st, 2013.

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.  World Storytelling Day is a global celebration of the art of oral storytelling.

The mission of of Noche de Cuentos @ mi biblioteca is to promote and preserve the art of storytelling within our Latino communities in the US.  “Our language and our stories bind us together, they make us stronger.

To apply, please find the Mini-Grant page of the Noche de Cuentos website at

For more information, please contact Lucia Gonzalez at