We're accepting applications for the 2020 Noche de Cuentos Mini-Grants Program through July 24, 2020. Noche de Cuentos (A Night of Stories) is a REFORMA family literacy initiative created to promote and preserve the art of storytelling within our Latino communities in the U.S. REFORMA believes that storytelling and the oral traditions are key to the transmission and preservation of culture, as well as a significant tool in developing literacy skills. REFORMA will award 8 mini-grants of $300 to support Noche de Cuentos programs (virtual or in-person) during Latino Heritage Month, September 15 - October 15, 2020. We invite libraries and community organizations to apply and to use the Noche de Cuentos website as a tool to help them develop Noche programs in their community.
REFORMA is committed to continuing supporting programing to Latinos and Spanish speakers in our communities - virtual and in-person. The time to review the applications and select the winners of our 2020 Día Mini-Grants Program came around the time the COVID-19 pandemic was developing, which prompted us to adjust the program timeline and guidelines. The winners were selected based on the creativity, level of community involvement, and showcase of Latinx literature and culture, as presented in their original submission.
The National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-speaking (REFORMA) and the REFORMA Scholarship Committee are pleased to announce their 2020 selections for the REFORMA Scholarships: Patricia Lyons has been awarded the Rose Treviño Scholarship. Patricia is a student at the University of North Carolina and resides in Charlotte, NC. She currently works at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library as a library assistant. Amanda Toledo has been awarded the REFORMA Scholarship. Amanda is a student at the University of Washington and resides in Pasadena, CA. She has worked supporting Latinx and Spanish speakers as a library associate in Altadena, California Hope Saldivar has been awarded the REFORMA Scholarship. Hope is a Student at San Jose State University and resides in Davis, CA. She is a solo employee as a Library Associate of the Yolo County, CA Knight Landing branch, a predominantly rural area.