Noche de Cuentos in Las Vegas, 2014

A night of stories was the perfect way to relax after a weekend of meetings and sessions in a busy Annual Conference of the American Library Association in Las Vegas, Nevada.  On Sunday night, June 29th, those tired but eager to share the power of stories met at the Enterprise Library, a branch of the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District.

Thank you to all who attended, to Salvador Avila, branch manager and Trejo Librarian of the Year, for hosting, and many thanks to the wonderful performers:  Antonio Sacre, Xavier Garza, and Lucia Gonzalez, along with MC Oralia Garza de Cortes.

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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


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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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


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.


Come to “Noche” in Seattle


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.



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.


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:


We look forward to an enchanting night of stories!

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

Save the Date!


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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