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Release Date: 01/10/2013

The Seattle Public Library hosts celebration of Latino culture and heritage Jan. 26

Noche de Cuentos

The Seattle Public Library will host "Noche de Cuentos," an evening of performances celebrating and affirming Latino heritage and culture, from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26 at the Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Level 1, Microsoft Auditorium.


Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. The Central Library will close at its regular Saturday time at 6 p.m. and reopen at 7:30 p.m. for this event. Parking will not be available in the Central Library garage for this event; vehicles will not be able to exit after the garage closes at 8 p.m.


"Noche de Cuentos" will showcase national and local Latino performing artists as part of the Midwinter American Library Association (ALA) conference.


Mistress of Ceremonies Sandra Rios Balderrama will guide through an evening of dancing and storytelling in Spanish and English. Featured performers will include:


  • Margaret Read MacDonald - folklorist, children's librarian, and author of more than 55 books on folklore and storytelling.
  • Rose Cano - bilingual actress and storyteller who uses colorful and high-energy musical storytelling to bring to life unique and fantastical tales of ancient Latin America.
  • Sonia Porras - director of the Academy of Peruvian Folkdances, who will perform the Marinera Costeňa, a coastal dance called the "National Dance of Peru," with partner Kenny Wiesse.
  • 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. 


This event is presented in partnership with REFORMA, The National Association to Promote Library & Information Services to Latinos and Spanish Speakers. REFORMA is an affiliate of ALA.


For more information, call the Library at 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian.

For more information contact:

Andra Addison, communications director

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