SCF Presents Oral Histories and Storytelling as Part of Latino Americans Project

(Bradenton, Fla., Feb. 18, 2016) – State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) Libraries will host a presentation of oral histories and a storytelling event in the Latino Americans: 500 Years of History project, “Noche de Cuentos/A Night of Stories,” with bilingual professional storyteller Carrie Sue Ayvar beginning at 6:30 p.m. March 18 in the Library at SCF Bradenton, 5840 26th St. W., Building 8. The event is free and open to the public.

"Noche de Cuentos/A Night of Stories" consists of an evening of storytelling for people of all ages. Both storytelling and the oral tradition are key to the transmission and preservation of culture, as well as a significant tool in developing literacy skills. Stories of folklore connect children of immigrants with their ancestors' legacy and bring awareness to everyone about the different cultures around them. All members of the community are invited to share and hear stories. In addition, the first 30 families in attendance at the storytelling will receive a free multicultural book to read at home.

The SCF Libraries still have openings for oral histories and families from Manatee and Sarasota counties are encouraged to record stories to share with the community. The compilation of oral history series will be showcased at the event, preserved in the Libraries’ Digital Repository for viewing and is open to the public. Latino Americans: 500 Years of History has been made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association.

The SCF Libraries have many Latino-focused resources, including Informe Académico, a database of Spanish language periodicals, and “The Latino American Experience” (an ABC-Clio database) among others, as well as a vast collection of books and eBooks about Latino Americans and Latino issues. Members of the community with a public library card are able to access the book collections.  

To schedule an oral history recording, visit For more information on the project, call Alicia Long at 941-752-5404.

Carrie Sue Ayvar

Carrie Sue Ayvar


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