MÉXICO.- At only 36 days of the elected president of the United States takes his oath, there is a place in Mexico City that promotes friendship and understanding between the two countries by providing access to information on their bilateral relationship: The Benjamin Franklin Library.
The Library opened its doors in 1942, it was inaugurated by then President of Mexico Manuel Avila Camacho and Mr. George Messersmith, Ambassador of the United States. The first building was located at 34 Reforma Avenue. “La Franklin” was the first US library founded overseas, with assistance from the American Library Association.
Today the library it’s located at Liverpool 31, Col. Juarez. Serves Mexican Government, the media, professors, researches, businesspeople, students, and anyone interested in learning about the United States. It also has a wide collection of electronic resources.
The Library also includes more than 20,000 titles on topics including American Studies, teaching English, literature for teenagers and US-Mexico relations. It counts with more than 2,200 audiovisual resources including; DVD ́s, CD ́s, Blue- rays, audiobooks, tablets, and Launchpad’s about American society and culture.
It offers a variety of programs such as conversation clubs, movie nights, story time, concerts, craft workshops, Lego robots and game night. All of them with the main purpose to provide a good experience to everyone who visits.
To obtain the membership it’s free and they count with guided visits for groups who would like to receive a tour and information about the services. The library has a flexible schedule Monday to Friday from 10:00am to 7:00pm and a calendar for all the events.
“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”- Benjamin Franklin