Meet La Biblioteca Staff
By Jade Arroyo
In this series we will present, one by one, the people of La Biblioteca, specific functions, history, and the human side of those who keep this institution alive.
Sandra Suaste, General Manager
Sandra is the woman who orchestrates the administrative management of the Biblioteca. Her patience and strength enable her to take legal control of the institution, monitor the functioning of various areas, deal with the staff both professionally and personally, and even tell a new expatriate where to find a good plumber. But her main responsibility is the legal and financial management of the organization and its practical functioning.
Sandra oversees the daily operations of the six social enterprises that make up this self-sustaining association: newspaper, tours, theater, coffee shop, charity thrift store La Bodega de Sorpresas, and La Tienda (La Biblioteca’s shop). Through these ventures, the Biblioteca is kept alive and can continue its main corporate purpose: to provide free classes, workshops, and cultural activities for children and youth. They ensure that there’s enough revenue for services provided to the community, such as the scholarship program for young people, which has given away almost 8,000 scholarships up until now.
A trained accountant and administrator, Sandra began in the administration area almost 28 years ago under the direction of Mrs. Guadalupe Herrera, who was the manager at that time. She gave Sandra gradually increasing responsibility. Six years ago, Sandra took over as Director General, working directly with several boards of directors, whom she wants to acknowledge for all the selfless support they have provided. She also wants to acknowledge the role and support of each of the volunteers. Without them it would be impossible to continue with the mission.
After working in this civil association for nearly 28 years, Sandra claims she has grown and that her experiences that have enriched her, both as a person and as a professional. “One of the most important ideas is knowing fully every day the meaning of one’s work as a set of attitudes and values, with the goal and objective to do it well. I have had the opportunity and satisfaction of working in this very beautiful and historical place, which I am very proud to be a part of.”
Sandra is originally from San Miguel and feels a deep love for this community, which is traditional and multifaceted at the same time. She has spent most of her life at La Biblioteca, and she has had the opportunity to see it grow and evolve into what it is today, a very important place in our community for almost 64 years. She has seen the library continue and grow as a meeting point for different cultures and nonprofit organizations.
As a community center, La Biblioteca is also a versatile place where people, regardless of age, nationality, or social stratum, converge for many purposes.
Each time you visit the Biblioteca and you have coffee, buy some clothes at La Bodega de Sorpresas, take the Tour of Homes and Gardens, or put an ad in the newspaper, you are supporting the educational and humanitarian cause of this organization.
“I invite you to come and enjoy the various services offered by the Biblioteca. If you want to volunteer or participate in the activities, you are very welcome,” Sandra concluded.
The Library is a Grantee Association in Mexico, the United States, and Canada, and grants tax deductible receipts for all your donations. If you are interested in becoming a donor, contact Sandra on email at firstname.lastname@example.org