During the summer of 2008, Mingei raised money to open a library in one of the carving villages we buy from in southern Mexico. La Union Tejalapan is a farming community about a 45 minute drive north of Oaxaca City. The carvers there make delightful, whimsical carvings which we have enjoyed buying and selling for years. We worked with the Oaxaca-based organization Libros Para Pueblos, planned a fundraiser with the generous duo of storyteller and author Carmen Deedee and folk musician and author John McCutcheon. The Georgia Center for the Book, housed in the Decatur Library around the corner from our store, graciously offered space for the event. That night in July 2008, we raised enough money in donations to open the doors of the library and maintain it for one year.
In order to provide ongoing support for the library, we commission carved figures with books from the artisans of La Union. Each time one of these “reading figures” sell, we send 20% to Libros Para Pueblos, earmarked for the La Union library.
The figures range in price from $35 to $250. Please contact us if you are interested!