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

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.