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Where are the books? They are easy to find!

by Anna Magliacano, English Book Committee

Many people have asked “Where have all the wonderful paperbacks in the Gloria Grant room gone?” Rest assured, they are still around! Most were integrated into the fiction, non-fiction and biography areas; duplicates are located on the shelves lining the patio.

Now it should be easier to locate what you want.

With more than 60,000 items in La Biblioteca and one of the largest English language collections in Mexico, it can be confusing, especially for newcomers, to know where everything is. So here is a short overview of the English collection, along with a map. While English books for children are included with Spanish, you can find the main English collection by following the arrow on the map:

  1. Recent Arrivals: also known as the “blue dot shelf”, these are recently published books that have arrived within the last 6 months. After that they are shelved where they will live.
  2. Reference (REF): Shelved on the walls around the main room, it is a mix of Spanish and English books across all categories that may only be used in the library.
  3. Non-Fiction: We use the Dewey Decimal System to organize the collection. As you go up the first few stairs, the numbers begin on your left and continue along the passageway to the left. Just remember that the 700s are located on the shelves in the center of the room near Reference.
  4. Biographies (92): are located in the passageway across from the non-fiction section. Biographies might also be in a subject section such as art / 700s. Best to consult the computer catalog.
  5. Fiction (FIC): In the first room across from non-fiction is Fiction. Duplicates are on the Patio Shelves.
  6. Story Collection (SC): If you are looking for a collection of short stories, check out the aisle between the Fiction and Gloria Grant rooms.

 The Gloria Grant Room houses multiple collections:

  1. Teen / Young Adult (YA)
  2. Mystery (MYS)
  3. San Miguel Authors: Books written by people who have lived or currently live in San Miguel. We are proud of the authors that live here and grateful for their donations of their works.
  4. Large Print (LARP)
  5. Graphic Novels (GN): for both adults and young adults.
  6. The audio-visual collections just up the stairs, include:
  7. DVDs
  8. Audio books on CD
  9. Travel guides and maps
  10. Music CDs

 The Sala Toni de Gerez is home to:

  1. Poetry
  2. Foreign language; books in French (FRE) and German (GER)

 The Sala Quetzal, to the right or entered from the Café, features the amazing mural by David Leonardo. Here you will find the collection of:

  1. Latin American Studies (LAS): books about and by Latin American authors. Latin America is recognized as “those areas in South America, Central America, Mexico, certain Caribbean islands and Puerto Rico whose official languages are Spanish and Portuguese.”

 Did you know that there was such a collection at La Biblioteca? We hope you enjoy it and find what you want, as well as some unexpected treasures.

Due to a recently received grant for large print and audio CDs, we are considering titles in these formats. Let us know which ones you would like us to have.

For comments, questions, title suggestions, please stop by the Librarian’s Office or contact Anna at

 A journey of art

Guest artist for the month of January in the art space of the Santa Ana Café in La Biblioteca is Andrew Osta. The selection of paintings include works from 2006-2011.

Osta has travelled extensively through Canada, the US, South Korea, Ukraine, Peru, and Mexico. These culturally diverse locations have inspired new inner visions and transformed his art in new directions. Out of all these places, Osta says “San Miguel de Allende has probably been the most inspiring. Here, I feel at my most creative. The quality of the light, the colors of the buildings, the people living here, and even the sounds and the quietude of this place inspire me tremendously.”

Andrew Osta, Sun-Mon, Jan 1-30, 10am-7pm, Café Santa Ana

For the last six months, Osta’s work has become more vibrant, bolder, simpler, and more joyful.

In his artist’s statement Osta states: “My work has roots in my Ukrainian heritage and the European artistic tradition, garnished with a serving Canada’s inevitable multiculturalism, and thematically based on my own life experience. That is to say, most of my work has something distinctly Eastern European about it, while also displaying the multicultural influences of life in Canada. Above everything, there is an intangible common thread of style that ties all of my work together, making it recognizable that, regardless of the materials used, color palette or subject matter, the entire body of work belongs to a single artist.”

A journey of becoming and being

In 2006, he graduated with honors with a double major degree in a Philosophy and Computer Science from the University of Toronto. Having completed his studies, Andrew surprised everyone by focusing his energies on drawing and painting. The ability to make art came to him spontaneously during his final year of study, as a result of the spiritual and shamanic work he was privately doing at the time. Without ever having taken an art class, Andrew could suddenly create works of art that were accepted for exhibition in numerous galleries.

In 2008, Andrew helped develop the first Healing Through Art program in Canada, using painting, sculpture and drawing to deal with trauma. For one year, he worked with groups of refugee children and youth from all over the world. In 2009, Andrew presented his art along with the late Pablo Amaringo at the 5th Annual Amazonian Shamanism Conference in Iquitos, Peru. After the conference, Andrew remained in Peru and became an apprentice of Javier DaSilva, a then little known healer from Brazil. Andrew became Javier’s best student, learning more in six months than others learned in several years. By the beginning of 2010, Andrew already had healing abilities.

At present time, Andrew continues on his journey with the same spirit of exploration, sharing his findings with the world through his many creative projects.

For more information visit Contact:, 152-2471 or 044-415-100-1570. His studio is in Centro. Andrew also gives art classes to intermediate students.


La Biblioteca Publica de San Miguel de Allende A.C.

De conformidad con las disposiciones aplicables de la ley de México y con Fundamento en sus estatutos


A los miembros a participar en la reunión anual que se llevara a cabo el día 10 de febrero del 2012 a las 11:00 hrs.

En la Biblioteca Pública de San Miguel de Allende A.C., ubicada en la calle de Insurgentes #25

 Orden del día en la Reunión Anual

1 Verificación de Quórum

2- Informe Anual del Presidente

3-Informe Anual del Tesorero

Biblioteca Pública de San Miguel Allende

Annual meeting

Fri, Feb 10, 11am

Sala Quetzal

 Election of Board members

Fri, Mar 2, 10:30am-2:30pmpm

Patio of La Biblioteca.

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