Pablo Helguera, Librería Donceles

New York-based artist and educator Pablo Helguera finds it remarkable that there is a scarcity of books available in Spanish despite the millions of Spanish speakers in the US. In response, he created Librería Donceles, an itinerant bookstore and meeting space carrying more than 10,000 books in Spanish.

Named for the historic street of used booksellers in Mexico City, Helguera’s Librería premiered in Brooklyn, New York, in 2013. It has since traveled to Phoenix, San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago, Indianapolis and Boston, where, in each city, it has been the sole Spanish-language bookstore.

The temporary installation opens in the Anchorage Downtown Transit Center (630 G St., Suite 114) and also functions as a community meeting place hosting bilingual conversations, performances and workshops designed to encourage cultural understanding.

Although the books within it are Spanish-language specific, Librería Donceles reflects on issues pertinent to all people who speak languages other than English: access, equity and inclusion.

The Museum is interested in the idea of literacy as encompassing not only reading and writing, but also skills that enable meaningful participation in society and in life. Librería Donceles provides a platform for doing just that: a space where teaching and learning can occur, where different narratives about our city can be explored, and where people can connect, relax and enjoy each other’s company.


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Dia de Muertos: Storytelling Workshop/Taller de cuentos

noon to 2pm Saturday, Oct. 20

Join this Dia de Muertos themed children’s workshop for storytelling and “calaveritas” poems. Taught in Spanish and English. Materials provided. Best suited for ages 6 and older; adult companions required for participants ages 12 and younger. Free.

Dia de Muertos: Taller de cuentos 
Participe en este taller de redacción de cuentos y versos de “calaveritas” para niños. Enseñado en español y ingles. Proveemos los materiales. Ideal para mayores de 6 años; compañeros adultos requeridos para participantes de 12 años o menos. Gratis.

 

Dia de Muertos: Storytelling Workshop/Taller de cuentos

Migration: A Look Through Posters

6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20

Join the director of UNAM-Seattle Jorge Madrazo for the opening of "Migration: A Look Through Posters.” This temporary exhibition of posters at the Librería Donceles exhibition address the issue of migration and human rights in various parts of the world. Free.

Librería Donceles is a project by artist Pablo Helguera, presented by the Anchorage Museum.


La Migracíon: Una Mirada a Trav
ès del Cartel
Conozca al director de la UNAM-Seattle, Jorge Madrazo, para la apertura de "Migración: Una mirada a través de carteles.” Esta exposición temporal de carteles en Librería Donceles abordan el tema de la migración y los derechos humanos en diversas partes del mundo. Gratis.

 

Migration: A Look Through Posters

Spanish Storytime/Cuentos en español

11 a.m. to noon Saturdays

Join the storytime circle in Librería Donceles to take part in Spanish-language children’s stories from around the world. Enjoy readings by community storytellers or bring your own to read aloud. Free.


Cuentos en español
Participe en un tiempo de cuentos infantiles en español en Librería Donceles. Disfrute cuentos leídos por miembros de la comunidad o traigan sus propios libros para compartir y leer con el grupo. Gratis.

 

Spanish Storytime/Cuentos en español

Conversations in Spanish/Conversaciones en español

12:30 to 2pm Saturdays

Spanish-speakers and language-learning enthusiasts alike share in conversation in Spanish and English in the Librería Donceles exhibition space. All levels welcome, themed conversation topics vary weekly. Free.

 

Conversaciones en español
Las idiomas se aprenden en la conversación. Hablantes de español y tambien aquellos que están aprendiendo español pueden participar en este intercambio de idiomas en Librería Donceles. Todos los niveles de español son bienvenidos. Los temas de conversación varían semanalmente. Gratis.

Conversations in Spanish/Conversaciones en español

Family Art Workshop: Masks/Taller de máscaras

1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27 and Sunday, Oct. 28

Learn how to make masks in the style of Mexican folk art with artist Macuca Cuca. In this two-day workshop, artists of all ages will use folk art techniques to create whimsical masks mixing shapes, colors and textures. Taught in Spanish and English. $20, members receive 10 percent discount. Registration required.

Clase de arte familiar: Taller de máscaras en cartonería
Aprende cómo hacer mascaras con la técnica de cartonería o papel mache con la artista Macuca Cuca. En este taller de dos días artistas de cualquier edad utilizaran técnicas de arte popular y podrán crear ingeniosas máscaras mezclando formas, colores y texturas. Enseñado en español y ingles. $20, miembros del museo reciben 10 por ciento descuento. Se requiere registro.

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Family Art Workshop: Masks/Taller de máscaras

Family Art Class: Bookmaking

2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17

Ever wonder how books are made? Learn traditional bookmaking techniques as you get creative and make a book to take home. Materials provided. Best for ages 6 and older; adult companions required for participants ages 12 and younger. $10 per registrant, museum members receive a 10 percent discount. Scholarships available, email rpottebaum@anchoragemuseum.org or call 907-929-9269 for details. Registration required.

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Family Art Class: Bookmaking