Upcoming OLL activities...

Pino Suarez 519

Oaxaca, Oax. Mexico 68000

(951) 518-7077

library [at] oaxlibrary.org

Open Mon - Fri  10 - 2 & 4 - 7  |  Saturdays 10 - 1

Extended hours October 20, 2014 - March 20, 2015:

Mon - Fri  10 am - 7 pm  |  Saturdays 10 am - 1 pm

a        Closed Sundays and Mexican National Holidays


Bienvenidos ~ Welcome

Book carriers wanted!
We have had several new books added to our collection.  Check out the new book shelf behind the circulation desk!  If you are going to the US and can bring back a book or two on our wish list (see “Current Wish List” on lower left of this page), please contact Rebecca Severeide (rsevereide [at] pobox.com).  Donations always accepted. mailto:rsevereide@pobox.commailto:rsevereide@pobox.comshapeimage_1_link_0shapeimage_1_link_1


  1. Bullet  Emergency Phone Numbers to keep handy

  2. Bullet  OLL 2015 Action Plan (English (pdf)

  3. Bullet  Nueva Colección de Libros en Español at the OLL

  4. Bullet  Authors Among Us in the OLL community

  5. Bullet  Recently added Books & DVDs are listed on OLL’s online library catalog page

  6. Bullet  Books and DVDs for Book Salons

  7. Bullet  Library Renovation Updates and Photos

  8. Bullet  Links to Newspapers, Magazines, Book Reviews, and other Oaxaca libraries

  9. Bullet  Free Emergency Contact Information [pdf] form

  10. Bullet  Friends of Oaxaca Lending Library on Facebook

  11. Bullet  Follow the OLL on Twitter

  12. Bullet  Libros Para Pueblos

  13. Bullet  Margie Barclay’s Oaxaca Calendar of Events


Current Wish List

If you are coming from the US and can carry books down for us, please contact Rebecca Severeide, rsevereide [at] pobox.com. We need one month’s notice to allow for shipping items to you.  Donations always appreciated.


  1. Bullet  Funny Girl: A Novel by Nick Hornby

  2. Bullet  The Architect’s Apprentice by Elif Shafak


  1. Bullet  Mexico: The Cookbook by Margarita Carrillo

  2. Bullet  Being Mortal by Atul Gawande

  3. Bullet  Organic: A Journalist’s Guide to Discovering the Truth Behind Food Labeling by Peter Laufer

  4. Bullet  The Internal Enemy by Alan Taylor

  5. Bullet  Zapotec Science:  Farming and Food in the Northern Sierra of Oaxaca by Roberto J. González


  1. Bullet  El Reloj

  2. Bullet  The Path of Stone Soup

  3. Bullet  The Book of Life

Replacement Books

  1. Bullet  Claudius The Good by Robert Graves

  2. Bullet  The Wild Colonial Boy by Robert Graves

  3. Bullet  East and West: The Collected Short Stories of W. Somerset Maugham

  4. Bullet  The Ballard of Peckham Pye by Muriel Spark

  5. Bullet  In Dubious Battle by John Steinbeck

  6. Bullet  The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien

  7. Bullet  Faceless Killer by Henning Mankell

¡Muchas gracias!

At the OLL...

Introduction to Oaxaca

Every Monday

11:00 AM

This popular introduction to our adopted city is a great help to visitors and potential residents alike. If you're new to Oaxaca come join us for this introduction presented by a full-time resident and member of OLL. They will answer questions and give their perspective on what it's like to live in Oaxaca.

~ FREE ~

Cooks Away
  1.   Cookbook of recipes from members of the Oaxaca Lending Library. 

  2.   Now available at the Front Desk.

  3. Pick up your copy today! 

~ Only MX$150 ~

At the OLL...
About Art with 
Susana Wald 
Thursday, Sept. 17 at 5:00 PM
An informal discussion about visual art.  Strongly suggest you bring a copy of a picture or other work of art you feel strongly about.  Susana Wald, works as a painter, sculptor, printmaker, graphic designer, and literary translator.  Presently she works out of her studio in San Andrés Huayapam, near the city of Oaxaca. 
 ~  FREE  ~http://www.susana-wald.com/shapeimage_2_link_0
New position of honor at OLL...

Poet Laureate:

Gil Colgate

We have a new position of honor at the Oaxaca Lending Library: Poet Laureate. Our first annual laureate is Gil Colgate. Gil will be creating or selecting a poem to read at some of our library events in the next year and is also available to offer a selection at memorials by request.  Join us in congratulating Gil upon receiving this honor.  

Gil, a native New Yorker, and his wife Margie Barclay, first arrived in Oaxaca in January 2003.  He studied poetry at Yale as a young man, and had loved it.  He was ultimately a member of the Senior Society "Manuscript." But, after graduation he never considered poetry an economic pathway to bringing up five children, certainly not in New York City.

Instead, he developed a more traditional career first serving as a Naval Officer and eventually becoming Sr. VP of the country's largest security printing company where he pioneered the development of holography on credit cards and currency, including patents for them. 

During this career, he also served on the Human Rights Commission for NYC as commissioner. He became Chairman of the Board of Travelers Aid International, and served on the World Board of Directors of USO for 20 years. He also served on the board of the Museum of Holography and other charitable organizations. Finally, it became time to retire and revisit the joys of childhood.

Poetry was that joy. He found inspiration and solitude here in Oaxaca to help unleash his creative potential. He has published four books of poetry with a fifth due out next year. All are in the OLL collection. 

He has hosted a small weekly creative writing group in his home for the past five years and hopes to continue producing good work for some time to come. He relishes the opportunity the Library has conferred upon him to help reacquaint people with the power of poetry and the pleasures it can offer.


Thank you note from a satisfied customer

Over 1400 people a year participate in the OLL’s Intercambio program on Saturday mornings.  Both Spanish and English speakers learn about each other and a bit about their mutual cultures — not to mention practicing their new languages!  Click HERE for a letter the library received about what it means  to one of our Mexican participants.  If you are 18 years or older and speak enough Spanish and English to have a basic conversation, please join us on Saturday mornings from

10 AM to 12 PM.

"The Office" Fundraising Campaign

In line with ongoing behind-the-scenes face lift projects at the Library, we are gearing up to renovate Adriana's office.  Adriana is our library manager, and this renovation is not only much needed, but also a great way to show her our deep appreciation for the incredible work she does.  Your support can be in the form of cash or in-kind. Specifically, we are looking for these items:  Organizers (baskets, bins, stacking trays, binders), Toolbox, Ergonomic chair, Four drawer vertical file cabinet.  Please bring items you have to donate and/or cash to help pay for items to the library's front desk. You can also make a tax credited* donation via PayPal to the Foundation on our website at oaxlibrary.org  Thank you for your generous contributions, we couldn’t do it without you!  Look for updates and before and after photos in our upcoming weekly newsletter.

*tax credited donations for USA taxpayers only

At the OLL...
Oaxaca Lending Library
Board of Directors Meeting
Thurs., Sept. 24, 1:00 PM
Any Member in good standing at the time of the meeting may attend if he or she so chooses.
Check out the New Spanish Collection at the OLL! In addition to the 12 books in Spanish we added in February, July welcomes 14 new titles. International bestsellers. Mexican writers. New and fresh or treasured oldies, many in this collection will make it to your “must read” list. For your convenience, the collection has been showcased on a special shelf by the Front Desk. Have a look next time you are in, and have a peek at the titles here.

¡Échele un vistazo a la Nueva Colección de Libros en Español en el OLL! Hay mas de 14 libros nuevos para disfrutar, en total mas de 25 libros en español ahora. Los mas vendidos internacionalmente. Escritores mexicanos. Historias nuevas emocionantes y grandes tesoros, muchos de estos títulos estarían en su lista “para leer”. Para su conveniencia, la colección de libros en español se están mostrando en una sección especial en la entrada de la biblioteca. Venga a mirarlos en su próxima visita. Puede revisar los títulos aqui también.

Trout Fest

Friday, Sept. 4, 1:30 pm

Restaurante Linda Vista

Enjoy a cool afternoon in the mountains at nestled in the pines over looking the valley.  Trout prepared 1 of 4 ways...your choice; includes crispy tortillas / salsa, tasty salad and a fish cake for dessert!

No host bar (Sodas, beer & wine available for purchase).  Sign up and pay in advance at OLL front desk.

~  MX$200 ~

Transportation by van: MX$50 extra

New US Consular Agent Assigned to Oaxaca

Welcome to the new US Consular Agent, Samantha Wattson. Ms. Wattson will be sending out a list of what services the office provides early in the fall. Look for it in future eBlasts and on the OLL website. To visit her or the office, an appointment is required.

Office Hours:  Monday - Friday, 10 am - 3 pm

Address: Alcala 407-2nd Floor

Phone: 514-3054

Email: ConAgencyOaxaca@state.gov

At the OLL…

Ancient Greek Influence on Oaxaca's Architecture

Presented by Tom Mounkhall

Wednesday, Sept. 9, 5 PM

The architecture of El Centro will be discussed in the context of Ancient World History.  This talk will be followed by a walking tour on Thursday, Sept. 10 at 9:30 AM.  Sign up for one or both at the OLL Circulation Desk (aka, Front Desk).

~  FREE  ~ 

Walking Tour: Ancient Greek Influence on Oaxaca's Architecture

Presented by Tom Mounkhall

Thursday, Sept. 10, 9:30 AM

Meet at the Oaxaca Lending Library

A follow-up the previous day's talk on the architecture of El Centro as it relates to ancient Greek influence in the context of Ancient World History.  Sign up at OLL front desk.

~ FREE ~ 

At the OLL…

The Piñata in World History Context

Presented by Tom Mounkhall

Wednesday, Sept. 23, 5 PM

The traditional Mexican game has a long and wide pedigree. Come hear how, when and where this tradition began and how it became what it is today in Mexico.  Sign up at OLL front desk.

~  FREE  ~


© 2015 Oaxaca Lending Library  |  Pino Suarez 519  |  Oaxaca de Juaréz, Oax. Mexico 68000

Telephone:  (951) 518 7077 | Email: library [at] oaxlibrary.org

web design:  CybrarianDesigns