From Our Collection - Children’s Books - Episode 132
BibliObservatory - Ellen Stringer - Episode 14

BibliObservatory - Ellen Stringer - Episode 14

December 17, 2020

Ellen Stringer (Maryland, PA) calls Richmond (VA) her hometown. The Cow and the Silo would be the first of many stories that she remembered read by her mother. These stories mark the beginning of a path in which stories and books became essential not just in her life but the lives of families and diverse communities that she served as a childrens and youth librarian.  Why are books and storytelling so important for us and indispensable during challenging times? Find out in this episode!




Lizzy Rockwell - Episode 95

Lizzy Rockwell - Episode 95

September 25, 2019

Dr. Curtis Rogers discusses the State Library's new South Carolina Read Eat Grow program, Banned Books, and more with Lizzy Rockwell. Lizzy is an author/illustrator whose artwork can be seen in picture books, magazines, games, and on walls. She studied art and art history at Connecticut College and drawing and illustration at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. She is the illustrator of over 25 children's books by a variety of authors including her mother, Anne Rockwell. She is the author/illustrator of Plants Feed Me, Good Enough to Eat: A Kid's Guide to Food and Nutrition, Hello Baby! and The Busy Body Book: A Kid's Guide to Fitness

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 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


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