BibliObservatory - Episode 6 (English)

BibliObservatory - Episode 6 (English)

June 18, 2019

Allen Hinnant, a traditional music advocate in Sumter, South Carolina, shares stories from his childhood and his experiences growing up in the fifties in the small town of Kingstree, South Carolina, with a caring family. He tells us how kindness and children’s books have guided him since then and also brought him clarity in the midst of confusion and stereotypes.

Allen Hinnant, defensor de la música tradicional en Sumter (Carolina del Sur). Comparte su infancia y sus experiencias creciendo en los años cincuenta en un pequeño pueblo del Condado de Kingstree en el seno de una familia cariñosa. Él nos cuenta cómo la amabilidad y los libros infantiles le han guiado desde entonces, y también le han dado claridad en medio de la confusión y de los estereotipos. 

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BibliObservatory - Episode 3 (English)

BibliObservatory - Episode 3 (English)

April 17, 2019

Berta Berriz’s story is a journey that takes us to a time when she was a little girl in La Habana, Cuba, listening to her grandmother's stories, and how those stories helped her overcome later on the challenges she faced as an immigrant child in the USA. She recounts in BibliObservatory the legends, historic episodes, and poetry that have shaped her, empowered her, and inspired her. This episode is an important reminder about embracing our own cultural identity as a meaningful and dynamic process that is always evolving.


BibliObservatory - Episode 1 (English)

BibliObservatory - Episode 1 (English)

March 20, 2019

In this first episode of BibliObservatory, Caroline Smith, Inclusive Services Consultant, interviews co-host of this series, Ivette Villarreal, who searches the connection between people’s favorite books or stories heard in childhood and how those stories define their lives.

Her earliest memories take her to the stories of Uncle Tiger & Uncle Rabbit retold by her father. These traditional tales from her homeland Venezuela amused her as an infant and also played an important role later when she came across the legacy of Rafael Rivero Oramas, a Venezuelan storyteller and filmmaker, who dedicated his life to children’s literacy efforts in his country.

Encouraged by those joyful remembrances, she created BibliObservatory, a multimedia platform to promote children’s and teens literacy through storytelling by engaging them in active listening and mindful conversations; In BibliObservatory the magnificence of the universe seen from a child’s eye converge with a poem by Rubén Darío (Nicaragua) in which the book is a telescope to explore oral stories that creates awareness of each individual´s uniqueness. 


BibliObservatory Episode 1: English Transcript