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Oaxaca state is located in southern Mexico and borders on the Pacific coast and Mexican states of Chiapas Guerrero, Puebla and Veracruz. About two‐thirds of the state is mountainous.

Economics
The average daily salary of an adult in Oaxaca is about US$5 a day, and remittances from family members who have migrated to the US or other parts of Mexico is the third-largest source of income in the state. Without outside assistance, many communities in Oaxaca simply could not support a library.

Language
Oaxaca is culturally rich, home to 16 ethnic groups and languages (with numerous subdivisions). About half the population is considered "indigenous" (compared to 13% of Mexico as a whole); many children speak an indigenous language at home and Spanish at school. Although Libros para Pueblos tries to locate books in indigenous languages, few of these are published. Most of the books in our libraries are in Spanish.

Access to books
Most students in Oaxaca have access only to required textbooks; few schools have the funds to buy books to engage young readers; and many families cannot afford to buy books, either. Finally, most libraries do not allow patrons to remove the books--they must read them in the library. These factors have limited the development of a culture of reading.

The cornerstone of our approach is to promote access to books as a pathway to the joy of reading. In Libros para Pueblos libraries, then, children are encouraged to take books home—something they find thrilling. By nurturing a love of books, and providing an engaging environment in which to read, we hope to improve the reading skills and educational achievement of the children of Oaxaca.

Library Locations

Many thanks to the individual and group sponsors who make it possible to enrich each library with new books and support programs each year. Sponsors listed in this section are as of April 15, 2016.

Click on location dots to learn about each Library



Severino Cruz Library


Location: Acatlima, Huajuapan de León, Mixteca Region.
Population: 3,500
Inaugural date: April, 2012
Type: Community Library
Sponsored by: Carol Brett, Bill Juby and Sandra Thomson, Ian and Jo Ann Lange
  • Acatlima, Huajuapan de León, Mixteca Region.
  • Asunción Nochixtlán, Nochixtlán, Mixteca Region.
  • Bajos de Chila, San Pedro Mixtepec, Costa Region.
  • Barra de navidad, Santa María Colotepec, Costa Region.
  • Benito Juárez, Santa Catarina Lachatao, Sierra Norte Region.
  • Brisas de Zicatela, Santa María Colotepec. Costa Region.
  • Capulálpam de Méndez , Ixtlán de Juárez, Sierra Norte Oaxaca.
  • Heroica Ciudad de Huajuapan de León, Huajuapan de León, Mixteca Region.
  • Heroica Ciudad de Ejutla de Crespo, Ejutla de Crespo, Valles Centrales Region.
  • El tomatal, Santa María Colotepec, Costa Region.
  • Guadalupe Etla, Etla, Valles Centrales Region.
  • Hidalgo Jaltepec, Magdalena Jaltepec, Mixteca Region.
  • Hidalgo Tututepec, Villa de Tututepec de Melchor Ocampo, Costa Region.
  • Heroica Ciudad de Huajuapan de León, Huajuapan de León, Mixteca Region.
  • Infiernillo, San Antonio Huitepec, Valles Centrales Region.
  • La lobera, Villa de Zaachila, Valles Centrales Region.
  • La raya, Zimatlán de Álvarez, Valles Centrales Region.
  • La Soledad el Mapache, Santa Catarina Juquila, Sierra Sur Region.
  • La Unión, San Felipe Tejalapam, Valles Centrales Region.
  • La Unión Zaragoza, Santa Inés de Zaragoza, Mixteca Region.
  • Monte Frio Tamazola, San Juan Tamazola, Mixteca Region.
  • Av. Ferrocarril Ex Marquesado, Oaxaca de Juárez, Valles Centrales Region.
  • Pino Suárez Centro, Oaxaca de Juárez, Valles Centrales Region.
  • Ocotlán de Morelos, Ocotlán, Valles Centrales Region.
  • San Felipe del Agua, Oaxaca de Juárez, Valles Centrales Region.
  • Santa María Ixcotel, Oaxaca de Juárez, Valles Centrales.
  • Poblado Morelos, San Pablo Etla, Valles Centrales Region.
  • Puerto Escondido, San Pedro Mixtepec.
  • Roca Blanca Beach, Villa de Tututepec de Melchor Ocampo, Costa Región.
  • San Agustín Atenango, Silacayoapam, Mixteca Region.
  • San Andrés Dinicuiti, Huajuapan de León, Mixteca Region.
  • San Andrés Zautla, Etla, Valles Centrales Región.
  • San Antonino Castillo Velasco, Ocotlán de Morelos, Valles Centrales Region.
  • San Antonio Huitepec, Villa de Zaachila, Valles Centrales Region.
  • San Felipe Ixtapa, Teposcolula, Mixteca Region.
  • San Francisco Cajonos, Villa Alta, Sierra Norte Region.
  • San Jerónimo Tlacochahuaya, Tlacolula, Valles Centrales Region.
  • San Juan Quiahije, Juquila, Costa Region.
  • San Lucas Tlanichico.
  • San Martín Tilcajete, Valles Centrales Region.
  • San Mateo Tepantepec, Santa María Peñoles, Valles Centrales Region.
  • San Miguel el Grande Tlaxiaco, San Miguel el Grande, Mixteca Region.
  • San Miguel Tixa, Teposcolula, Region Mixteca.
  • San Pablo Huitzo, Etla, Valles Centrales Region.
  • San Pedro y San Pablo Ayutla, Mixe, Sierra Norte Region.
  • San Pedro el Alto, Zimatlán de Álvarez, Valles Centrales Region.
  • San Pedro y San Pablo Teposcolula, Teposcolula, Mixteca Region.
  • San Pedro Zaachila, Villa de Zaachila, Valles Centrales Oaxaca Region.
  • San Sebastián Etla, Etla, Valles Centrales Region.
  • San Sebastián Tutla, Valles Centrales Region.
  • Santa Ana Del Valle, Tlacolula, Valles Centrales Region.
  • Santa Ana, Miahuatlán, Sierra Sur Region.
  • Santa Catarina Juquila, Juquila, Costa Region.
  • Santa Gertrudis Zimatlán, Zimatlán de Álvarez, Valles Centrales Region.
  • Santa Inés de Zaragoza, Nochixtlán, Mixteca Region.
  • Santa María Albarradas, San Pablo Villa de Mitla, Valles Centrales Region.
  • Santa María Tenexpan, Etla, Valles Centrales.
  • Santa María Tlahuitoltepec, Santa María Tlahuitoltepec, Sierra Norte Region.
  • Santiago Etla, San Lorenzo Cacaotepec, Valles Centrales Region.
  • Santiago Huajolotitlan, Huajuapan, Mixteca Region.
  • Santiago Tillo, Nochixtlán, Mixteca Region.
  • Santiago Yaitepec, Juquila, Costa Region.
  • Santo Tomás Ocotepec , Tlaxiaco, Mixteca Region.
  • Santo Tomás Tecolotitlán, Teposcolula, Mixteca Region.
  • Saucitlán de Morelos, San Jerónimo Silacayoapilla, Mixteca Region.
  • Vicente Guerrero, Villa de Zaachila, Valles Centrales Region.
  • Vista Hermosa Huajuapan, Huajuapan de León, Mixteca Region.
  • Zapoteca neighborhood, Villa de Zaachila, Valles Centrales Region.
  • Zapotitlán Palmas, Huajuapan, Mixteca Region.
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