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Biblioteca to Hold Open-House Party to Show Community It Is “More than Books”



Pieces by photographer Harry Kerker and painter Troy Bel-Jon will be auctioned

By Karla Ortiz

While you may be used to coming to the Biblioteca to borrow books and sit and read in its beautiful open-air courtyard, do you know all the other things that go on there on a daily basis?

Now’s your chance to find out everything the library does, all at once: La Biblioteca is throwing a party designed to show San Miguel de Allende residents the wealth of experiences it offers daily to the community.

The event takes place in the library on March 14 at 6pm. The evening will be a fun one, where people can get to know the Biblioteca’s offerings in an open-house format. There will be music and other entertainment, food, and drinks, and lots to explore. Attendees will peruse the Biblioteca’s meeting rooms, where staff have set up different presentations demonstrating the activities the library offers.

“I think a lot of people believe that the Biblioteca is a library and nothing more, but I believe that the Biblioteca is a community center,” said volunteer Debra Broussard, who is helping organize the event with Biblioteca staff. “This is our opportunity to demonstrate the Biblioteca’s motto, ‘We are More than Books.’ Maybe visitors will learn about the Hacienda Tours, or about the youth scholarships. Or perhaps they don’t know that every Saturday a teacher comes to give a talk to the children’s science club, or that in the afternoons women get together to knit.”

Upon arriving, attendees will be asked to register and then can enjoy drinks in the library’s central courtyard and meander through the library’s function rooms to view the presentations. Just a few of the events scheduled include performances by the library’s guitar and piano students, as well as by mariachis, and salsa demonstrations in the Santa Ana Theater.

Each room will have information on display, describing how the library uses the space. There will also be explanations of the library’s needs associated with each room and information on how attendees could help meet those needs. For example, donors could give money earmarked for changing the library’s windows or for buying furniture or lights for specific rooms.

“Perhaps they wish to donate to the room where they spend the most time, where they take classes, or where they read a book,” said Broussard.

Party is also a fundraiser

The social event also has a fundraising component, as the library has new, recently added financial needs. For the first time in years, it will have to pay rent to the federal government for its space, due to a recent change in the way the federal government now interprets the library’s status as an organization.

For years, the library, a civil association, did not have to pay rent because it was classified by the Mexican government as a trust, known in Mexican terminology as a comodato. However, in the last year, the government revised the library’s status, determining it to be a concesión, (concession), which required that it pay the government rent.

A group of artists and volunteers have come together to raise the money needed to cover this unexpected expense, so that the library can maintain all the programs the library offers adults and children. In addition to the ticket proceeds, a silent auction of donated art will also help raise funds.

Photographer Harry Kerker and painter Troy Bel-Jon have donated a large collection of their works to the Biblioteca for this silent auction, in the hope that the sales might benefit the children the Biblioteca serves. The Santa Ana Café is currently exhibiting these works.

Tickets for this fundraising event are available at the library’s Teatro Santa Ana box office and in its bookstore, Tesoros. Tickets cost 400 pesos, or two for 700 pesos.

This party and fundraiser event would not be possible without the help of the library’s volunteers, employees, teachers, and especially its kind sponsors—Penzi Weddings for providing food), Cava Sautto for providing margaritas, and CDR Christies and Agave Sotheby’s, who are contributing to help fund the event’s costs.


La Biblioteca’s Fundraising Party

Silent auction, drinks and hors d’oeuvres

Thursday, Mar 14, 6pm

Biblioteca Pública

Insurgentes 25

Tickets: Teatro Santa Ana and Tienda Tesoros

400 pesos or 2 tickets 700 pesos


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