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Pura Belpré, In Her Own Words


September 4th, 2013 - October 15th, 2013

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The exhibit chronicles the professional life of PuraBelpré, the first Puerto Rican/Latino librarian of the New York Public Library System and the first nationally admired storyteller of Puerto Rican folklore. She is best known for her version of LaCucaracha Martina y el Ratoncito Pérez and for representing her stories with the help of handmade puppets. Belpré published over  seven anthologies of folktales, a short novel and various translations, all targeted at young audiences. The captions and quotations in this exhibit are from her words as they appear in her papers and interviews, which are part of Centro’s archival collections. Curated by Alberto Hernández-Banuchi, Centro Chief Librarian and Archivist, this exhibit is sponsored by the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College.

Pura Belpré reading to children at the New York Public Library. (Photo credit: Centro Archives)