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


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!

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

Previous News


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.