Connect with others
Beyond the library, there are many programs and services in the greater Oaxacan community that serve the needs of the wider Oaxacan community. Consider getting involved with any of the following organizations to make the most of your time here in this wonderful city.
Libros para pueblos
Libros Para Pueblos establishes long-term relationships with libraries located in economically and socially disadvantaged regions of Oaxaca, Mexico. Libraries become members of a support network, in which knowledge and experiences are shared around the theme of reading promotion. Through collaboration, library partners acquire skills and tools that allow them to achieve more effective early intervention in the reading community. They participate in workshops where they receive training in strategies to substantially increase their impact.
Each library in the network receives an annual supply of new books, carefully selected according to a matrix of values, which promote the development of independent and critical young readers. To fund its programs, LPP turns to individuals and couples, groups, and organizations who are called “sponsors” and “donors.” Sponsors contribute an annual fixed amount that is dedicated primarily to the purchase of books for their sponsored library, while a smaller percentage is used for training and operation of the programs. Donors dedicate their entire contribution to the development and implementation of various reading promotion strategies, “projects.”
COMI (Centro de Orientación del Migrante de Oaxaca)
An organization that helps migrants passing through Oaxaca. Here’s how to contact COMI:
Callejón de Guadalupe Victoria s/n, Centro
Tel. 951 516 9004 or WhatsApp: 951 310 0375
(Open meeting held in English.)
Tuesday: 4 pm (men's meeting, in-person) @ Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Crespo 211.
Wednesday: 10 am (in-person) @ Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Crespo 211.
Or call/text Tom S. for information @ 951-238-9293 for a list of all meetings.
The Oaxaca Learning Center (TOLC)
"Making a difference one young person at a time."
Founded in 2005, The Oaxaca Learning Center (TOLC) is a unique organization in Oaxaca, Mexico. It provides much-needed academic tutoring and social service support to low-income students from underserved urban neighborhoods and indigenous rural villages throughout the state of Oaxaca. With TOLC support, these students can complete high school and most often proceed to university for professional careers. They can then serve as role models for others in their communities.
The Center is administered by IIAC A.C., a Mexican non-profit organization, led by a brilliant Oaxacan staff, all of whom come from the same background as the students.
The OLL bazar and clothing donations
Due to the OLL’s closure and limited operation due to the pandemic over the past year, we did not solicit nor store goods to be sold at a bazaar. We intend to offer one next December if health conditions permit and we are in need of someone to coordinate our next outing.
If you are interested in running the event or getting involved, please contact:
Adriana Maldonado, Library Manager
Telephone: 951 518 7077
The OLL will accept donations of small items (smaller than a breadbox) for the next bazaar. If you have a larger item you wish to donate, there are several local non-profit organizations that are happy to accept them.