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The Legacy of the Pura Belpré Award: Insights from Alma Flor Ada

The History of the Pura Belpré Award In the 1920s, the New York Public Library hired Pura Belpré as Hispanic Assistant. Now she’s known as the first Puerto Rican librarian in the system, but her legacy in children’s librarianship and literature cannot be captured by that title alone.  In the 1920s, the New York Public Library hired Pura Belpré as Hispanic Assistant. Now she’s known as the first Puerto Rican librarian in the system, but her legacy in children’s librarianship and literature cannot be captured by that title alone.