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The Circle of Giving, the San Miguel Way

By Jade Arroyo

The SMA Quilters, a group of extraordinary women fabric artists from Mexico, Canada, and the US, recently made an 18,000-peso donation for the educational fund of La Biblioteca.

After spending almost a year working on “Books of Knowledge” a special quilt resembling a bookshelf, the SMA Quilters entered the piece into the contest “Festival de Quilts de Verano en El Bajío,” winning first prize in León, Gto. The quilt was created to benefit the Biblioteca’s scholarship and other programs.

After the contest, “Books of Knowledge” was put up for display and silent auction at Café Muro where visitors could enter a bid to win the 33” x 50” quilted wall hanging. Susan Page, founder of the San Miguel Literary Sala, immediately opted for the “buy it now” choice and acquired it.

In addition, 10 percent from other sales during the group’s month-long “Small Works” show at Café Muro, where the quilt was displayed, also went to benefit la Biblioteca.

Members of the board who assisted at the closing event declared that it was possible that the gift will go toward buying books for the library.

Everyone at the Biblioteca, Board Members and staff, thank the SMA Quilters: Janet Avery, Mary Carruth, Phyllis Culp, Yolanda del Río, Pat Donahue, Donnis Doyle, Judith García, Rosa Harrop, Debbie Kubas, Chris McCaskill, Suzanne Mir, Stephanie Murphy, Bettie Scheffer, Carolyn Simsarian, Kenia Velásquez, and Jean Wood, in addition to Gerardo Arteaga of Café Muro for their heartfelt donation. Your contribution surely will translate into benefits for the children and youth of San Miguel.

For further information on how to contribute to La Biblioteca please contact, the manager, Sandra Suaste, at


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