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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Events

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