Book Donation Guidelines

If you would like to donate new or gently-used books to Makara, please visit our online catalog to learn about the books Makara is seeking for its collection. Books will be shelved in our Library & Art Center or used to stock our scattered site Little Free Libraries. Donated books will not be resold.

Makara's Library & Art Center is inclusive and focused on highlighting works by authors & artists of color, LGBTQ communities, Muslims, and other underrepresented groups. For more information or to schedule a pick-up, contact: library@makaracenterarts.org

YES, PLEASE!

  • New or gently used books
  • Fiction/poetry by people of color
  • Spanish: YA, fiction anthologies, general popular fiction
  • Foreign language novels (Spanish/Vietnamese/Khmer)
  • Foreign language children's books (Spanish/Vietnamese/Khmer)
  • Art books: Latin America, African Diaspora, Asian/Asian-American, Indigenous 
  • Graphic novels

NO, THANK YOU:

  • Books with torn covers and/or pages
  • Books with excessive highlighter & pen marks
  • Books with water/fire/pet damage
  • Textbooks
  • Magazines
  • Encyclopedias
  • Dinosaur erotica
  • Bibles

The Makara Book Club: PARABLE OF THE SOWER


The time is 2025. The place is California, where small walled communities must protect themselves from hordes of desperate scavengers and roaming bands of people addicted to a drug that activates an orgasmic desire to burn, rape, and murder. When one small community is overrun, Lauren Olamina, an 18 year old black woman with the hereditary trait of "hyperempathy"—which causes her to feel others’ pain as her own—sets off on foot along the dangerous coastal highways, moving north into the unknown.

Join us in an open discussion of the novel and share ideas on how to survive in a dystopia.

Saturday, March 18 | 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Ages 18+
Limited seating
RSVP: library@makaracenterarts.org

The Makara Book Club: PERSEPOLIS

 

December's book club selection of Leslie Marmon Silko's masterpiece CEREMONY encouraged an open and timely discussion on indigenous identity, resistance, and the water protecters at the Dakota Access Pipeline. We look forward to another full year of reading and learning with our neighbors.

Our January book club selection is Marjane Satrapi's graphic novel PERSEPOLIS, which takes place during the 1979 Islamic Revolution & Iran-Iraq war. The widely translated bestseller is considered controversial by U.S. schools & Iran's government. 

Save the date!

January 28, 2017 - 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  (Venue TBD)

Ages 18+, limited seating, please RSVP: library@makaracenterarts.org

Makara brings 50,000th Little Free Library in the world to Santa Ana!

Makara Center for the Arts received an Impact Fund grant from Little Free Library to "plant" a Little Free Library at Illumination Foundation's Children's Resource Center! This incredible international milestone was celebrated on Friday, Nov. 4 by Makara, Illumination, and Todd Bol, creator of Little Free Library. 

Check out the OC Register's coverage of the unveiling HERE!

 

Makara's Fall Wish List!

Makara is so grateful for the generous community donations and treasured thrift store finds that will soon line the shelves of our Lending Library! There are some special books we'd love to include in Makara's Lending Library, but haven't been able to get our hands on just yet:

Avie's Dreams: An Afro-Feminist Coloring Book by Makeda Lewis

Avie's Dreams: An Afro-Feminist Coloring Book by Makeda Lewis

Bonsai by Alejandro Zambra, 

Bonsai by Alejandro Zambra, 

Look: Poems by Solmaz Sharif

Look: Poems by Solmaz Sharif

 

Visit the Orange location of Barnes and Noble on Oct. 22 - Oct. 23 to help us out! Makara will have a special table with all our Wish List items on display available for purchase. B&N will donate the purchased books to Makara, and contribute a percentage of sales if you use our Book Fair ID: 11995305.

Out of town or hate crowds? The Book Fair continues online until October 30! Use Makara's Book Fair ID 11995305 online or in-store to contribute a percentage of sales to our library and programs! You can also purchase our Wish List items online and set the shipping address directly to Makara so we receive the book & a percentage of the sale: Makara Center for the Arts, PO Box 10776, Santa Ana, CA 92711

To learn more about the Barnes & Noble Book Drive, read our previous post or visit our Facebook event page HERE.

Some of the books on our Wish List that will be available at the Book Drive:

  • A Clockwork Orange, Anthony Burgess
  • Bright Dead Things, Ada Limon
  • Memory of Fire (Volumes 1 - 3), Eduardo Galeano 
  • Complete Persepolis, Satrapi, Marjane
  • DayTripper, Fabio Moon & Gabriel Ba
  • Eiko on Stage, Eiko Ishioka
  • Drown, Junot Diaz
  • The Interior Circuit, Francisco Goldman
  • La historia de mis dientes, Valeria Luiselli
  • Los Gatos Black on Halloween, Yuri Morales & Marisa Montes
  • Popol Vuh: The Sacred Book of the Ancient Quiche Maya, Adrian Recinos 
  • Pretty Monsters: Stories, Kelly Link
  • Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie, Lauren Redniss
  • Remedios Varo: The Mexican Years, Masayo Nonaka
  • Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family's Fight for Desegregation, Duncan Tonatiuh
  • Song of Solomon, Toni Morrison
  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Neil Gaiman 
  • The Phantom Tollbooth, Norton Juster and Jules Feiffer
  • Tropic of Orange, Karen Tei Yamashita
  • Umami, Laia Jufresa
  • Unexpected Journeys: The Art & Life of Remedios Varo, Janet Kaplan
  • Ways of Going Home, Alejandro Zamba
  • We Have Always Lived in the Castle, Shirley Jackson
  • We Love You, Charlie Freeman, Kaitlyn Greenidge
  • When My Brother Was an Aztec, Natalie Diaz

Makara Board Member Kima Jones Featured on NPR

"There needs to be more women of color in publishing, in positions of power, period. As I see other book clubs and speaking series, reading series, organizations pop up that are dedicated to writers of color, queer writers, disabled writers, other marginalized writers, I'm like: yeah, do that! This is what we need."

-Kima Jones, owner and founder of Jack Jones Literary Arts, speaks to NPR about literature and representation. Essential reading. Full article HERE

Makara Center for the Arts is proud to be guided by brilliant minds and powerful voices.

Books Wanted!

Makara is accepting donations of books in good to excellent condition to include in our lending library inventory. Contact us and let us know if you have books you'd like to donate, or if you'd like to see a mini-lending library in your own neighborhood! 

Makara's mission is to provide community access to arts & culture in Santa Ana. We are only accepting book donations in the following categories:

  • Young Adult and Adult Fiction written by or about people of color

  • Fiction & nonfiction representing LGBTQ communities

  • Poetry

  • DIY arts instruction

  • Small business / entrepreneurship

  • Music education, instruction and history

  • Visual arts & architecture 

  • Math and Science (no textbooks please)

  • Fashion (no magazines please)

  • Foreign language fiction & poetry (Spanish, Khmer, Vietnamese preferred)

Makara Awarded Seed Grant from Pollination Project

Makara has been awarded a grant from The Pollination Project! 

Read about how we'll be bringing more books to Santa Ana through our Public Fiction initiative. We'll start by installing a mini-lending library next to the exercise park on the Maple Street bike trail, with more locations to come. Residents will be able to borrow free books, and add their own books for others to take. 

Contact us and let us know if you have books you'd like to donate, or if you'd like to see a mini-lending library in your own neighborhood!

Makara's mission is to provide community access to arts & culture in Santa Ana. We are accepting book donations in the following categories:

  • Young Adult and Adult Fiction written by or about people of color

  • Fiction & nonfiction representing LGBTQ communities

  • Poetry

  • DIY arts instruction

  • Small business / entrepreneurship

  • Music education, instruction and history

  • Visual arts & architecture 

  • Math and Science (no textbooks please)

  • Fashion (no magazines please)

  • Foreign language fiction & poetry (Spanish, Khmer, Vietnamese preferred)

 

Paper Drive!

Makara Center for the Arts will establish a specialized lending library in Santa Ana in 2017. We are actively seeking quality books on arts & global culture, with particular interest in the following areas:

  • Young Adult and Adult Fiction written by authors of color
  • Young Adult and Adult Fiction featuring characters of color
  • Poetry
  • DIY arts instruction
  • Small business /entrepreneur
  • Music instruction and history
  • Visual art 
  • Math and Science (please, no textbooks)
  • Fashion (please, no magazines)
  • Foreign language fiction & poetry (Spanish, Khmer, Vietnamese preferred)

For more information or to schedule a review and pick-up, please contact us. If you can't bear to part with your books, we are also happily accepting donations of money