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.comshapeimage_1_link_0


  1. Bullet  Authors Among Us in the OLL community

  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  Library Renovation Updates and Photos

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

  6. Bullet  Free Emergency Contact Information [pdf] form

  7. Bullet  Friends of Oaxaca Lending Library on Facebook

  8. Bullet  Follow the OLL on Twitter

  9. Bullet  Libros Para Pueblos

  10. 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  The Lower River by Paul Theroux

  2. Bullet  Mink River by Brian Doyle

  3. Bullet  We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo

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

  5. 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

  3. Bullet  Being Mortal by Atul Gawande

  4. Bullet  Mexico: The Cookbook by Margarita Carrillo


  1. Bullet  Burro Genius: A Memoir by Victor Villaseñor


  1. Bullet  El Reloj

  2. Bullet  The Path of Stone Soup

  3. Bullet  The Book of Life

Replacement Books

  1. Bullet  Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy

  2. 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...

Intro To Oaxaca

Every Monday at 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 ~

At the OLL...
New Book Talk
Led by Peter McCallion
Thursday, Feb 5 at 11:00 AM
Come see what’s new and exciting in the collection and share what you have been reading lately.  Click HERE for a list of new items (books, audio books, and DVDs) recently added to the collection.
~ FREE ~ 
Book Talks:  1st Thursday of the month at 11 AMhttp://opac.libraryworld.com/opac/homeshapeimage_2_link_0

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).).

OLL presents...

February 2015

Click HERE to see the full February line-up

At the OLL...

Oaxaca State Central Prison:

A Personal Experience

Presented by Spencer Thompson

Mon / Jan 26 / 5 PM

OLL member Spencer Thompson has been a volunteer at the State Central Prison here in Oaxaca for the past six years for two or more days a week.  Spencer has a slide show and considerable information about the facility, the prisoners he knows on a personal basis, plus guards and administrators.  It is very different and preferable in many respects to most American prisons.  His home in the US is near Attica. Come join us for information sharing and questions.

~ FREE ~

At the OLL…

Take Me Out to the Brawl Game:  Lucha Libre, a Fan's Point of View

Presented by Charles Barth

Wed / Jan 28 / 5 PM

Charles Barth, an artist and passionate Lucha Libre fan will present a talk and slideshow of his Lucha Libre experiences and his art.  Masks and other Lucha Libre memorabilia will be displayed.  ***When you sign up for the presentation, your name will be entered into a drawing to win the signed/framed etching by Charles Barth (shown above) valued at US$300.

~ $70MXN (M)  $100MXN (NM) ~

At the OLL…

Soldiers, Beggars & Dogs: The Four Great Religious Orders & Their Presence in Oaxaca

Presented by Mary Randall

Tues / Jan 27 / 1 PM

This lecture will trace the history of the Dominicans, Augustinians, Franciscans, and Jesuits as they arrived in Oaxaca, built their churches, struggled through the centuries, and as their facilities are today. Mary Randall's two-hour lecture will include handouts and a Power Point presentation with photography by Robert Megard. Will be repeated on February 17.  It is suggested you follow this lecture up with a walking tour the following morning. See details below.

~ $120MXN (M)  $150MXN (NM) ~

Walking tour…

The Four Great Religious Orders & Their Presence in Oaxaca

Presented by Peter McCallion

Wed / Jan 28 / 9 AM

Two hour Walking Tour. A history walk to the churches built by the four major religious orders in colonial Oaxaca. The walk is offered in conjunction with the previous day's lecture.  Walk limited to 12 participants. Preference will be given to those who attend the lecture.  Meet at the front door of Santo Domingo Church. Will be repeated on Wednesday, February 18.

~ $120MXN (M) $150MXN (NM) ~

At the OLL...

The Women of Mexican History

Presented by Mary Randall

Thur / Jan 29 / 1 PM

This new class will explore the feminine figures in Mexican history from the pre-Columbian to the current era. Often obscure or unappreciated, these women, like multitudes of others, have contributed greatly to the country's rich cultural development. The program will be accompanied by a Power Point presentation.  Will be repeated Feb. 19.

~ $120MXN (M)  $150MXN (NM) per lecture ~

At the OLL...

Healthcare in Oaxaca

Presented by Alberto Zamacona, MD

Fri / Jan 30 / 12 PM

Come to the Library and have your healthcare questions/concerns answered by an English speaking, U.S. trained physician who has been practicing in Oaxaca for many years.

~ FREE ~

Movies at the OLL…

La Perla

Presented by Mary Randall

Fri / Jan 30 / 5 PM

Based on John Steinbeck's short novel, The Pearl, La Perla (1947) is a simple, tragic folk tale starring Pedro Armendariz as an impoverished Mexican fisherman who finds a perfect pearl. This treasure, he believes, will transform his life into one of riches and respect. Instead, the pearl brings only misery and death, ultimately transforming him into a killer.

~ $70MXN (M)  $100MXN (NM) ~

(wine and popcorn included)

At the OLL...


Presented by Linda Martin

Wednesday, Feb 4 at 5 PM

The biggest adventure to be had in Oaxaca and it's not yet in any guidebook! Haciendas, hundreds of yeas old, still standing in farmlands in a beautiful state of decay. See Mexico's once grand plantations. Includes: How to find a hacienda, aesthetics of disintegrating abandoned places, restored haciendas of the Yucatan (now 5 Star Resorts), 50 million acres of hacienda lands given in 1934 to the people who farmed them, Oaxaca's few restored haciendas and their cordial cash-strapped owners with their boxes of old family photos.

~ MX$120 (M) MX$150 (NM) ~

(proceeds shared with presenter)

At the OLL...

History of Mexico: A Two Part Series

Presented by Mary Randall

Tuesday & Thursday, Feb 3 & 5 at 1 PM

A perennial sell-out, Mary Randall's overview series on Mexico from the Conquest through the Revolution is a college-level, two-part series lecture. It includes a bibliography, maps, handouts, and encourages your participation. The program will be accompanied by a Power Point presentation.  Will be repeated on Tuesday, February 3 and Thursday, February 5, 1 PM.

~ $120MXN (M)  $150MXN (NM) per lecture ~

(proceeds shared with presenter)

At the OLL...

Oaxaca: Valley of My Dreams

Presented by Bill Pumphrey

Tues / Feb 3 / 5 PM

Bill Pumphrey follows up his SE Asia and Europe photography shows from the past two years with a destination we all know: My Oaxaca, Valley of Dreams. Drawing from his collection of thousands of photos, the hour long presentation features a soundtrack and will be available to attendees to download from Dropbox. All proceeds will be donated to the Library.

~ MX$70 (M) MX$100 (NM) ~

Movies at the OLL…

The Storm That Swept Mexico

Presented by Mary Randall

Fri / Feb 6 / 5 PM

This PBS documentary is back by popular demand. The Storm That Swept Mexico tells the gripping story of the Mexican Revolution of 1910, the first major political and social revolution of the 20th century. The revolution not only changed the course of Mexican history, transforming economic and political power within the nation, but also profoundly impacted the relationships between Mexico, the U.S. and the rest of the world.

~ MX$70 (M) MX$100 (NM) ~

(wine and popcorn included)

At the OLL...
Flea Market
Sunday, Feb. 15
10:00 AM — 1:00 PM
Don’t miss this great opportunity to sell your treasures, such as... Fine Household Items, Textiles, Huipiles, Antiques, Jewelry, Linens and Folk Art. Pay for a table to sell your wares, the money you make is the money you keep!  Table fees benefit OLL.  Signup today at the OLL.  Earlybirds get the best tables!!!  Space limited to 20 tables.
Table Costs: $300 MXN card table size ~ $400 MXN for 6' table 
Volunteers needed for set up, food sales and food donations 
Questions or to sign up, contact Bliss Wilson
blisswilson494 [at] gmail.com or call 132-1316, 044-951-160-5417mailto:blisswilson494@gmail.comshapeimage_3_link_0

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