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Post by Trailrunner on Sun Dec 30, 2018 8:45 am

Anyone know of a place to borrow books IN SPANISH either here or in Guadalajara? Not LCS or the kids library in SJC. Am trying to turn a 25 y/o Mexican amiga on to reading and tear her away from the friggin' telenovelas!

Or bookstore.

Gracias.
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Post by RVGRINGO on Sun Dec 30, 2018 9:27 am

I have heard that the University of Guadalajara may loan library books to expats. You could ask.

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Post by Trailrunner on Sun Dec 30, 2018 9:39 am

Thanks. This may be a no-go but I want to at least try. I took her to a FIL on the plaza in Chapala and kept showing her what looked like the Young Adults section but she showed little interest and her eyes never lit up. Instead, she bought 3 books for the 1 year old child she cares for.
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Post by lunateak on Sun Dec 30, 2018 9:43 am

Find books that tell the same telenovela stories.
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Post by Trailrunner on Sun Dec 30, 2018 9:54 am

Yeah, I was thinking romance novels. Couldn't find any.
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Post by RVGRINGO on Sun Dec 30, 2018 10:16 am

Romeo & Juliet, in Spanish, might be easy to find.

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Post by Wide Sky on Sun Dec 30, 2018 10:27 am

There is a used book store where Rochatas used to be (near Cafe Arbol) in Chapala - haven't been in but there seems to be quite a few books.

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Post by Trailrunner on Sun Dec 30, 2018 11:58 am

Good idea, RVG! I will look for that.

Wide Sky! Just the info I was looking for! I will go there asap. Hope it's not just books for gringos in English. . .
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Post by mattoleriver on Sun Dec 30, 2018 12:39 pm

I would look for a dirt cheap used Kindle and load it up with free ebooks. Amazon has a ton of freebies as do several other sources. Of course, you will not find current best sellers among the freebies but there is an amazing amount of older books just waiting to be discovered.
RVGRINGO wrote:Romeo & Juliet, in Spanish, might be easy to find.
I am an avid reader despite my public school education doing everythig possible to quash that. Shakespeare was one of the greatest weapons in their arsenal. Give me a history, a biography, or a technical manual and I will be entertained for hours.
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Post by martygraw on Sun Dec 30, 2018 12:53 pm

The biblioteca behind the Casa de Culchura (spelling) in Jocotepec should have some adult books
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Post by Trailrunner on Sun Dec 30, 2018 1:12 pm

Not a bad idea, Matt, may have to do that. This is a young lady who has never read a book for entertainment and the concept evades her. Her mother might use a paperback for kindling . . .

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Post by Trailrunner on Sun Dec 30, 2018 1:14 pm

martygraw wrote:The biblioteca behind the Casa de Culchura (spelling) in Jocotepec should have some adult books

Oh, I will check it out. Thanks, Marty, Feliz Año!
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Post by lunateak on Sun Dec 30, 2018 1:21 pm

Maybe check out graphic novels as a bridge between video and print to pique interest in reading for pleasure.
Also telenovelas can be background while doing something else but reading not so much.
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Post by Trailrunner on Sun Dec 30, 2018 1:33 pm

Yep.
What are graphic novels? Books with lots of pics?
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Post by lakeside7 on Sun Dec 30, 2018 1:57 pm

I thought The LCS biblioteca had a great selection for on site or loan, have you checked them out??

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Post by lunateak on Sun Dec 30, 2018 2:31 pm

Trailrunner wrote:Yep.
What are graphic novels? Books with lots of pics?

Yes! The genre, like any, runs the gamut from trash to treasure. But it does have people reading!
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Post by Trailrunner on Sun Dec 30, 2018 2:54 pm

I didn't know there was a genre like this. Sounds like a good way to get people reading. I'll look for books with pictures, good idea. Thanks.
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Post by Carry Bean on Sun Dec 30, 2018 2:55 pm

Pick up some magazines.  While they won’t be high culture she will at least get started reading something.  And there will be pictures. Very Happy. Baby steps.

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Post by Trailrunner on Sun Dec 30, 2018 2:55 pm

lakeside7 wrote:I thought The LCS  biblioteca had a great selection for on site or loan, have you checked them out??
In Spanish? For non-members?


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Post by Carry Bean on Sun Dec 30, 2018 2:56 pm

Sure.  At the checkout at Walmart. Oops. Thought you responded to me. Cross posting,

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Post by Trailrunner on Sun Dec 30, 2018 3:01 pm

Carry Bean wrote:Pick up some magazines.  While they won’t be high culture she will at least get started reading something.  And there will be pictures. Very Happy. Baby steps.

Magazines! Another good idea.

I was hoping for something riveting, a page-turner, for her. A novel. I had Nancy Drew in mind. A mystery or something she will finish and not just put down. It's an accomplishment to finish your first book. I want her to relish that satisfaction.

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Post by Trailrunner on Sun Dec 30, 2018 3:02 pm

Carry Bean wrote:Sure.  At the checkout at Walmart. Oops.  Thought you responded to me.  Cross posting,
Appreciate your thoughts, CB!
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Post by windrider17 on Sun Dec 30, 2018 3:35 pm

I have a small Kindle, loaded with English books that can be cleared. It is yours if you want it. The screen is about 3x5. Seems to work fine. I have never gotten interested in using it.

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Post by Carry Bean on Sun Dec 30, 2018 3:41 pm

She might like using a Kindle since she’s young so the technology might appeal. Nice offer, Windrider.

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Post by Trailrunner on Sun Dec 30, 2018 3:51 pm

OMG! How nice of you! Ohhh, yes, I'd love to have it and she will be shocked. She will love it. She has no computer, no internet or wifi, and only a phone with a cracked screen but she's pretty internet savy and uses fb. She'll figure it out.

So. To put books on it . . . she has no credit card so an Amazon account is not an option. If I use my account, how do I protect myself from charges?
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