Yes, We have an English Language Lending Library at Lake Chapala

February 27, 2014

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The Lake Chapala Society (LCS) English Language Library has been in operation since 1955. When LCS moved to the present facilities, the library was located in the building that had been the weaving facility that Neill James had set up.

From a modest beginning with just one-bookcase the lending library program has grown into a true library with nearly 25,000 volumes.

Although being modest, our collection is an impressive one of both fiction and non-fiction books since donations are our main source of books.

A reader can always find something to entertain or learn from in our library, one of the largest English language libraries located outside of an English speaking country. For all you jigsaw puzzle lovers, the LCS English Language Library has many to choose from.

The Library is entirely staffed by LCS volunteers and available to LCS members. The library is computerized for circulation, with an electronic card catalog available for patron use.

Your LCS Membership Card does double duty as it serves as your membership and Library Card. The LCS Library is truly an amazing endeavor which speaks well for our members and their love of books.

Each week the library receives a dozen or more donated new fiction books.

They come as donations. We are always looking for current fiction and non-fiction books. Check out the New Book Shelf in the main library. (Only 2 new books may be checked out at a time and they may not be renewed so that others have an opportunity to read them.)The Mexico and Local Authors Collections are steadily growing, too. Of course I donated my first and latest book to the library.

Good news –The magazine reading  room now has current issues of many great magazines in the reading room. You can npw enjoy at least 40 different magazines in all areas of interest, as well as English language newspapers. Donations of current magazines are always welcome.

(This a particularly nice feature of the library because magazines in English are expensive here at newsstands.)

As we age the LARGE PRINT books section of the library comes in handy–if your reading pleasure is being hindered by the small print in most books, your LCS Library has the answer. The library has over 300 books with large print. Most of the books are novels, but there is a fair selection of biographies and books of general interest.

In addition, the library has many copies of The Reader’s Digest in large print.

One of the many advantages of a large ExPat English speaking community here at Lake Chapala – Ajijic is that there are enough of us that having an English Language library is a wonderful resource.

HINT: When YOU decide to move here consider bringing a large box of books down with you to donate to the LCS Library.

All for now, Siempre tu amigo, Sid



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