Activities & Announcements...

Pino Suarez 519

Oaxaca, Oax. Mexico 68000

(951) 518-7077

library [at]

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

Extended hours October 19, 2015 - March 12, 2016

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

a        Closed Sundays and Mexican National Holidays


Bienvenidos ~ Welcome


  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] We need one month’s notice to allow for shipping items to you.  Donations always appreciated.


  1. Bullet Fortune Smiles by Adam Johnson


  1. Bullet Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

  2. Bullet  Milpa From Seed to Salsa/ Ancient Ingredients for a Sustainable Future, by Phil Dahl-Bredine, Jesus Leon Santos, Judith Cooper Haden, Susanna Trilling

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


  1. Bullet  El Reloj

  2. Bullet  The Path of Stone Soup

  3. Bullet  The Book of Life

Replacement Books

  1. Bullet  Portrait in Sepia by Isabel Allende

  2. Bullet  South Sea Tales by Jack London

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

¡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 ~


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.

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


Please click HERE to read

A Nota to the Oaxaca Lending Library upon the celebrations of Day of the Dead”

A poem written by Gil Colgate, OLL’s Poet Laureate, specially for the library’s October 28, 2015 Altar of Remembrance celebration.

Thanksgiving Comida

at Casa Raab

Thursday, Nov. 26, 2:00 PM

Join us for a wonderful day of giving thanks at Casa Raab, nestled in the foothills of the Etla Mountains will be a beautiful setting to celebrate this holiday.  A Traditional Thanksgiving dinner with turkey and all the fixins' prepared by Chef Juan Carlos and his team.

Transportation Information:  The library has hired vans to transport folks to and from Casa Raab in Etla. If, when you signed up, you said "need a ride," you need do nothing more than show up at 1pm.  For those traveling otherwise, directions are available at the library.

~ MX$300 - plus MX$100 if you require transportation - cash bar ~

Sign up and pay in advance at OLL’s front desk no later than Monday, Nov. 23.  If you require transportation please sign up for that as well. Cancellations must be made 48 hours prior to event to receive a refund. 

The Oaxaca Lending Library has five board positions opening this January. These are working board positions requiring a commitment of 5 to 20+ hours per week, depending on the position and activities involved.   Descriptions of the positions can be found HERE.

La biblioteca Circular tiene cinco posiciones en la mesa de directores disponible para el 2016. Estas son posiciones que requieren entre 5 hasta 20+ horas por semana, dependiende de la posición y las actividades de la biblioteca.  Puede encontrar descripciones de las responsabilidades de cada posición AQUI.

To contact a member of the nominating committee / Para contactar a unos de los afiliados de la comisión del nombramiento:  Siobhan Grogan: Siobhan.grogan [at] ; Ralph Sell: rrsell.mexico [at] ; Tanya Lapierre: tanya.lapierre [at]

At the OLL...

Medical Care In Oaxaca 

Presented by Alberto Zamacona, MD 

Friday, November 27, 1:00 PM

Come to the Library and have your healthcare questions/ concerns answered by Dr. Zamacona, an English-speaking physician practicing in Oaxaca for many years.

~  FREE  ~

At the OLL...

Oaxacan Markets and the Criollo System

Presented by Annalisa Bandalera

Wednesday, Dec. 8, 5:00 PM

Oaxaca Markets and the Criollo System Oaxaca has several vibrant fresh markets located throughout the downtown, as well as, in the outlying surrounding areas. The markets in Oaxaca are an integral part of the way of life and many offer ingredients that are commonly known as criollo, however, there is a deeper meaning to the term criollo and it is the backbone of the local economy. This presentation will give an overview of the markets, which market is best to buy certain ingredients, and an explanation of the criollo system.  Bandalera is a world traveler, linguist and foodist. To learn more about her click here.

~ MX$80 (M) MX$130 (NM) MX$150 (on event day) ~

At the OLL…

Serial Photography

Presented by Ralph Sell

Wednesday, Dec. 9, 5:00 PM

Photography covers many genres.  Ralph will present the genre serial photography — images showing diversity within a common subject, goal, concept, emotion, etc. The presentation's examples will be drawn from selections of his documentary work: the same building at different times; poor churches, rich churches; Latino Richmond; Oaxacan tombs; and Ralph's current work-in-process: "Street Feet" (a slide show video mostly made in Richmond, Virginia; State College, Pennsylvania; and Oaxaca).  Examples of Ralph's work and to see what Serial Photography is click here.

~ MX$80 (M) MX$130 (NM) MX$150 (on event day) ~

At the OLL…

Danza de la Pluma in Teotitlán del Valle

Presented by Shannon Sheppard and Chris Stowens

Friday, Dec. 11, 5:00 PM

The Danza de Pluma or Dance of the Conquistadors is one of the most famous dances performed in Oaxaca.  It is particularly special in the Zapotec village of Teotitlán del Valle, a village that prides itself on its many time-honored traditions.  Join Shannon Sheppard and Chris Stowens for a presentation filled with photos and video of their many times observing and chronicling this beautiful dance.  ***A tour to Teotitlán to see this up close and personal is scheduled for Saturday, December 12. See below.

~ MX$80 (M) MX$130 (NM) MX$150 (on event day) ~

Tour: Danza de la Pluma in Teotitlán del Valle

Saturday, Dec. 12, 11:30 AM - 5:30 PM (approx.)

Meet at OLL at 11:30AM to board bus/van

Don't miss this unique opportunity to witness in person The Danza de Pluma or Dance of the Conquistadors, one of the most famous dances performed in Oaxaca. We will travel by bus/van to the Zapotec village of Teotitlán del Valle, a village that prides itself on its many time-honored traditions. After viewing a part of the day-long Danza, we will go to a restaurant in El Tule, home to the famous 2000 year old tree, Restaurante El Milenario. Attendees will order off the menu and are responsible for the cost of their own meal.

~ MX$300 ~

At the OLL…

OLL’s Annual Bazar/Rummage Sale

Sunday, Dec. 13, 10:00 AM

Clothing • Hats • Bags • Shoes • Household • Kitchen

Linens • Electronics • Artwork • And Lots More

Donations accepted up to December 9th.

Leaving OAX before December 9? Please donate the items you don't want to lug back!

Volunteers needed for sorting / pricing / set-up / day of  Bazar.

Contact Bud at wfpcombs [at]

At the OLL…

Reflections on the Disintegration of Yugoslavia: A Bosnian Perspective

Presented by Davor Diklichs

Tuesday, Dec. 15, 5:00 PM

In the 1990's Davor Diklichs’ homeland, Yugoslavia, violently disintegrated.  Separations are never easy, and Davor’s background and research into the resulting conflict allows him to speak with a depth of understanding beyond the simplified media story of blood and carnage.  His related book, Theater During the War in Sarajevo (Teatar u Ratnom Sarajevu) is forthcoming in English and Bosnian. 

~ MX$80 (M) MX$130 (NM) MX$150 (on event day) ~

At the OLL...
About Art with 
Susana Wald 
Wednesday, Dec. 16, 5-7:00 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  ~
Movies at the OLL…

It's A Wonderful Life

Tuesday, Dec. 22, 5:00 PM

In the spirit of Christmas, OLL is offering the perennial favorite, It's A Wonderful Life...if you haven't seen it lately this could be a good way to get into the Christmas spirit! Refreshments will be served.  After George Bailey (James Stewart) wishes he had never been born, an angel (Henry Travers) is sent to earth to make George's wish come true. George starts to realize how many lives he has changed and impacted, and how they would be different if he was never there. Directed by Frank Capra and starring James Steward and Donna Reed.

~ FREE ~

Popcorn and wine included...happy holidaze!


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]  Donations always accepted. mailto:rsevereide@pobox.commailto:rsevereide@pobox.comshapeimage_2_link_0shapeimage_2_link_1
At the OLL...
Oaxaca Lending Library
Board of Directors Meeting
Thurs., Dec. 10, 1 - 3:00 PM
Any Member in good standing at the time of the meeting may attend if he or she so chooses.
Book Salon
at the OLL…

Truth, Half Truths, Lies: Journalists Now and in the Past

Led by Linda Martin

Thursday, Dec. 17, 11:00 AM

The biographies of Edward R. Murrow, Walter Cronkite, and Kathryn Graham inspired this theme. Moving into the digital age we bring in Arianna Huffington, Rachel Maddow and Molly Ivins. And since propaganda disguised as news is flourishing, we add Noam Chomsky, Naomi Klein and Jon Stewart. Choose one of the selections from the complete list and come tell us about it.  Selected books are grouped and available at the OLL Check Out Desk. For the complete list of suggested books and DVDs click here.

~ FREE ~

Libros Para Pueblos Tours

Enjoy an excursion out of town while helping to provide books to the children of Oaxaca. Visit a Libros para Pueblos in a village or school. Next Scheduled tour: Thursday, Dec. 3 going to San Sebastian Etla and ceramic demonstration; possibly CASA (Centro de Artes de San Agustín). Sign up at the OLL (MX$600) or contact Siobhan at 951.248.2576 or siobhan.grogan [at] We will meet on the northeast end of Llano Park (the Pino Suarez side) by the Guadalupe church.  Click here to see a listing of upcoming tours.  Register at the OLL with MX$600 donation to LpP.  More information at  Email: j.marcial [at] or contact Enid Lynn enidlynn47 [at] or Siobhan Grogan siobhan.grogan [at] or 951.248.2576


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