International Art of Storytelling – Argentina 2010
In November 2009, Miami-Dade Public Library Director Raymond Santiago and staff visited Buenos Aires, Argentina to meet with administrators and staff of Argentina's popular library (La Comisión Nacional Protectora de Bibliotecas Populares). The group toured several facilities and met with library officials and staff to learn about operations and programming. The delegation was also welcomed by the Argentinean Consul General of Miami and other officials who shared information on the country’s history and culture. In March 2010, another delegation visited Argentina to present workshops on programming and services, including the successful Reading Ready program, and to learn about its library system and culture.
During the week of April 26, 2010 Argentinean library officials and staff visited Miami-Dade where they were warmly welcomed by library and county officials, library staff, and members of the Argentinean community. The group shared information on programs and services; participated in workshops, special storytelling performances and the International Festival on Saturday, May 1st.
The information shared during these exchanges has been beneficial to both library systems as well as the communities they serve.