The award is named after Pura Belpré, the first Latina librarian at the New York Public Library. The Pura Belpré Award, established in 1996, is presented annually to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth
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Pura Belpré was born in Puetro Rico around the turn of the century. In 1921, she joined the staff of the New York Public Library where she pioneered library outreach to the Latino community. She was the first Puetro Rican employed by the New York City Public Library. Working at the 110th Street and 115th Street branches, Pura instituted bilingual story hours and made the local library a cultural resource for the Latino community in Spanish Harlem. She also wrote stories for children.