Latino Collection and Resource Center Receives Generous Donation

SAPLF’s Latino Leadership for the Library (L³) Committee has set a fundraising goal of $300,000 to transform and relocate the current Latino Collection at the Central Library. Long-time SAPLF and Library supporter Esther Vexler has donated $10,000 toward this effort.

SA Treasure and noted Yoga Instructor, Esther Vexler, Supports the Central Library’s Latino Collection and Resource Center (LCRC) at the Central Library.

Native San Antonionian and Jefferson High School grad (1936), Esther Vexler, a yoga instructor, and community volunteer has donated $10,000.00 to the SAn Antonio Public Library Foundation (SAPLF) in honor of her granddaughter, Joradn Vexler. Jordan Vexler is Chair of the SAPLF’s Latino Leadership for the Library Committee (L3). The L3 Committee is in charge of raising $300,000 to relocate the Central Library’s Latino Collection from the sixth floor to a highly visible location on the first floor.

Vexler studied modern dance at Mills College before graduating from the University of California at Berkeley with a degree in English. In 1972, Vexler received her master’s degree in urban studies from Trinity University and became the executive director of the Community Housing Development. She discovered yoga in the 1950s from friends who were studying the spiritual discipline in Mexico City. “I was visiting them and we did yoga together. Before, I thought yoga was about lying on a bed of nails. I had some funny ideas of what it was really about,” she said. She began teaching in the 1960s in San Antonio, long before yoga became the trend it is today. Perhaps her time in Mexico studying yoga endeared her to the culture and customs of the Latino community.

The Latino Collection is a cultural and educational resource which chronicles and celebrates the literature, heritage, and contemporary life of Latinos in the United States. Currently, the collection consists of nearly 10,000 monographs written in English and/or Spanish. With a successful fundraising campaign, the L3 committee will be able to transform the Collection into a full-service, 5,000 square foot Resource Center that will incorporate programming space, study rooms, workshop areas and a gallery space. In the new space, the Library will host author readings, lectures and talks. Additionally, the expanded Latino Collection and Resource Center will offer areas for instructional activities such as creative writing classes. The vision the Latino Collection and Resource Center is a dynamic center which will facilitate the celebration of Latinos and the literary contributions they have made.

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