Pura Belpré (circa 1899-1982) was a talented author and storyteller who wrote and re-interpreted Puerto Rican folk tales. As the first Puerto Rican librarian in the New York Public Library system she pioneered the library's work with the Puerto Rican community. Born and raised in Cidra, Puerto Rico, she moved to New York in 1920 and began working in the garment industry. Her Spanish language skills earned her a position as Hispanic Assistant in a branch of the public library at 135th Street in Harlem, changing the course of her life forever. As a librarian, Belpré became an advocate within the New York Public Library for the Spanish-speaking communities. As an author and storyteller she worked to preserve and disseminate the folklore of Puerto Rico by writing, editing and translating numerous works including, Pérez and Martina: A Portorican Folk Tale and The Tiger and the Rabbit and Other Tales. Belpré’s personal and professional papers, held in the Centro Archives, are an important source for the study of Puerto Rican children's literature and Puerto Rican folk tales and legends. They are also valuable for examining relationships between the Puerto Rican community and a major institution such as the New York Public Library. This gallery highlights Belpré’s legacy as an author, storyteller, and librarian.