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.
April 2, 2019
Deborah DePaoli, children’s advocate, shares her memories growing up in California, surrounded by a diverse culture that encouraged her to become trilingual and exposed her to Braille materials from the Library of Congress delivered at home. Hear her heartfelt stories from her childhood about her family and a beloved teacher whose personal story about her father told in the classroom made a long-lasting impact on her. Find out how the books she read and the special stories are closely connected to her life.
April 2, 2019
Deborah DePaoli, defensora por la infancia, comparte algunas sus memorias de su niñez, rodeada por una diversidad cultural que la impulsó a ser trilingüe y en donde fue expuesta a materiales Braille enviados por la Biblioteca del Congreso de Estados Unidos. Escuche sus sentidas memorias familiares, y sus experiencias en comunidades migrantes y de habla hispana en California, a sí mismo, por qué es importante para las comunidades inmigrantes mantener el idioma de origen en el hogar.
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