The Latinx Library
Mayela Rodriguez (Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design)
This exhibition showcases a growing collection of cartonera-style “Latinx Readers” made by the University of Michigan’s Latinx community. Responding to the lack of a clearly defined Latinx studies collection in the library system, the mobile library is housed within the high-traffic lobby of Shapiro Library on Central Campus. As part of this exhibition, the artist is leading several cartonera-making workshops. During these two-hour workshops, participants learn about the history of this Latin American publishing style, see examples of cartoneras from U-M Library’s collection, and make their own exploring the question: what does it mean to be Latinx? The final cartoneras are showcased on the Latinx Library.