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

New books shelf 
& 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
Authors Among Us

– an appeal

If you’re a member of the OLL community with a published book, in print or E-book form, and would like to have it brought to the attention of readers of our website (and their thousands of reader-friends) you can have it listed on our upcoming page, Authors Among Us.  For each listing, we will need:

  1.   A thumbnail size cover or author photo

  2.   A brief description or review blurb – 50 words less.

  3.   Where your book is available (libraries, online, book stores). Our website does not provide links to book vendors.

  4.   If it’s in the OLL library collection, please include the call number. (If it's not, please consider donating a copy.)

Questions and/or listing information should be sent to Tom Dunham: anatomic2 [at] prodigy.net.mx

Dengue Fever (Breakbone fever) Alert & Information
Oaxaca is having a serious outbreak of Dengue Fever.  Residents and visitors to Oaxaca should be cautious. Senior citizens and people who have had Dengue before are at the highest risk. Dengue (DENG-gey) Fever is a mosquito-borne disease that occurs in tropical areas of the world. It is spread by the black and white striped Aedes mosquito which feeds both during the day and at night and inside or outside houses. Mild Dengue causes high fever, rash, and muscle and joint pain. A severe form of Dengue, also called Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever, can cause severe bleeding, a sudden drop in blood pressure (shock) and death.
Click HERE to learn more about Dengue Fever.https://gallery.mailchimp.com/9b05423ebef91157aac8211d5/files/DengueINFO_OLL.pdfshapeimage_2_link_0
At the OLL...

Day of the Dead Activities

The Library will be having a series of activities to educate and celebrate this season. There will be events at the library as well as tours to cemeteries, near and far.  NOTE:  Please sign up early for the XOXO/Atzompa and San Antonino cemetery tours, which have limited space.  Reservations can be made in person at the Library front desk or online using the Library’s PalPal account...the links to PayPal will be with each individual tour. 

To see descriptions for each activity and for PayPal link, click HERE.



  1. Bullet  Library Renovation Updates and Photos

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

  3. Bullet  Books and DVDs for Book Salons

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

  5. Bullet  Free Emergency Contact Information [pdf] form

  6. Bullet  Friends of Oaxaca Lending Library on Facebook

  7. Bullet  Follow the OLL on Twitter

  8. Bullet  Libros Para Pueblos

  9. Bullet  Margie Barclay’s Oaxaca Calendar of Events


Current Wish List

We take all donations but also have a wish list.  Please let us know if you can donate any of the following:


  1. Bullet  The Three by Sarah Lotz


  1. Bullet  Fun Home:  A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel

  2. Bullet  The Lower River by Paul Theroux

  3. Bullet  Mink River by Brian Doyle

  4. Bullet  We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo

  5. Bullet  The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton

  6. Bullet  A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki 

  7. Bullet  The Guts by Roddy Doyle


  1. Bullet  The Internal Enemy by Alan Taylor

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


  1. Bullet  Burro Genius: A Memoir by Victor Villaseñor

Replacement Books

  1. Bullet  The Risk Pool by Richard Russo

  2. Bullet  Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy

  3. Bullet  Mrs Craddock by Somerset Maugham

Email or call the OLL (at the above phone number) for more information and to offer your assistance.

¡Muchas gracias!


At the OLL...
New Book Talk
Led by Ralph Sell
Thursday, Nov. 6 at 11:00 AM
Come see what’s new and exciting in the collection including, Purgatory by Tomás Eloy Martínez, Dance of the Happy Shades by Alice Munro, This is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz, The Infiltrator by Robert Mazur, and Orange is the New Black: my year in a women's prison by Piper Kerman.  And, share what you have been reading lately.  Click HERE for the latest list of new items (books, audio books, and DVDs) added to the collection.  These discussions are FREE.
Book Talks:  1st Thursday of the month at 11 AMhttp://opac.libraryworld.com/opac/homeshapeimage_3_link_0
At the OLL...
Book Salon: Hollywood in the 40s (and a little before and a little after)
Led by Linda Martin
Thursday, Nov. 20 at 11:00 AM
Choose one of the selections from the complete list (click HERE) and come tell us about it.  Selections include, City of Nets: A Portrait of Hollywood in the 1940s by Otto Friedrich, with chapters on black listing, celebrities, The Mob, and studio heads willing to rely on gun wielding gangsters to solve labor problems. Celebrity bios, including Edward R. Murrow by Joseph E. Persico.  Novels about Hollywood, including Day of the Locust by Nathanael West and films, Good Night and Good Luck, Trumbo, The Way We Were, and The Aviator. All are welcome.  Selected books are grouped and available at the OLL Check-out Desk.  These discussions are FREE.
Book Salons:  3rd Thursday of the month at 11 AMBook_Salon.htmlshapeimage_4_link_0
At the OLL...
Oaxaca Lending Library
Board of Directors Meeting
Thursday, Nov. 20 at 1:00 PM
Any Member in good standing at the time of the meeting may attend if he or she so chooses.

Extended weekday hours!!!

From October 20 through March 20, the library will be open:

Monday through Friday, 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Saturday hours remain the same:  10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Movies at the OLL…

Under the Volcano

Presented by Alan Goodin

Friday, October 31, 5:00 pm

Alan Goodin will be presenting a series of movies chosen by him to enhance his upcoming presentation Trains, Trams, Scams, Villa and the Revolutions (see details below).  The first film will be: Under The Volcano, directed by John Huston and starring Albert Finney, and Jacqueline Bisset.  Against a background of war breaking out in Europe and the Mexican fiesta Day of the Dead, we are taken through one day in the life of Geoffrey Firmin, a British consul to Mexico who has just quit his job. His best friend is a bottle of booze. Click here to more about this movie.

~ FREE  ~


Please note:  All events (except free ones) need to be signed up for and paid in full prior to the event. There is a 48 hour cancellation policy after which no refunds will be made. Prices are in pesos (MXN). Prices differ for members (M) and non-members (NM).).

At the OLL…

Cartooning and the

Graphic Novel

Presented By Steve Lafler

Wednesday, Nov. 5, 4 - 5:30 pm

This is a hands on workshop.  Attendees should bring paper, pencil, eraser, and drawing pen.  Areas covered include •Character design, visual and personality traits  •Plot/theme/story arc  •Writing dialog  •Drawing techniques and tools  •Page layout: Graphic narrative technique.  Examples and exercises will be given in each area. The workshop runs 90 minutes, the second half being a free draw with attendees creating a comic page under Steve's advice.

~ $100MXN (M) $130MXN (NM) ~

At the OLL...

Intro To Oaxaca

Monday, Nov. 10, 11:00 am

... and continuing every Monday hereafter.

Returning after a hiatus, 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's it's like to live in Oaxaca.

~ FREE ~

At the OLL...

Trains, Trams, Villa and the Mexican Revolution

Presented by Alan Goodin

Wednesday, Nov. 12, 5:00 pm

See and hear about the trains, trams and tracks of Oaxaca as well as how the notorious bandit and unarguably the most successful Mexican General Pancho Villa changed U.S. and Mexican history forever. Based on “true stories”, factual myths, numerous legends and some of Villa´s own propaganda.  Be sure to catch some of the movies Alan is showing to go along with this topic.

~ $100MXN (M) $130MXN (NM) ~

Movies at the OLL...

Old Gringo

Presented by Alan Goodin

Friday, Nov. 14, 5:00 pm

Old Gringo is a 1989 film directed by Luis Puenzo and co-written with Aída Bortnik, based on the novel Gringo Viejo by Mexican novelist Carlos Fuentes.  It stars Jane Fonda, Gregory Peck, and Jimmy Smits.  Click here to learn more.  *Shown in conjunction with Alan's talk on Trains, Trams, Villa and the Mexican Revolution.

~ FREE ~

Movies at the OLL...

The Wild Bunch

Presented by Alan Goodin

Friday, Nov. 7 at 5:00 pm

An aging group of outlaws look for one last big score as the "traditional" American West is disappearing around them. 1969 film directed by Sam Peckinpah and starring William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, and Robert Ryan. Click here to learn more.  *Shown in conjunction with Alan's upcoming talk on Trains, Trams, etc.

~ FREE ~


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

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