Tomás and the Library Lady

April 1 – April 29, 2017

Tomás escapes the heat and finds thousands of books! A true story told in both English and Spanish.


Some relationships are so special they have the power to change lives forever. Tomás, the son of migrant workers, spends long, hot days in the fields harvesting crops. But when he meets a kind librarian, she helps him find escape from the heat in the form of thousands of books. Soon his imagination takes off and Tomás discovers a surprising world filled with dinosaurs, tigers, and limitless possibilities. Through the magic of theater and songs, this heartwarming story illustrates the power of imagination, self-respect, and positive encouragement.

A play with both Spanish and English based on the inspiring true story of Mexican-American author and educator, Tomás Rivera.

Read more about this life-changing relationship in an interview with Director Rebecca Martínez here.

Dates & Times
April 1 – April 29, 2017
Saturdays at 2:00pm and 5:00pm
Sundays at 11:00am and 2:00pm
[No 11am show on 4/16 or 5pm show on 4/29]

Winningstad Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway, Portland

Age Recommendation
5 and up

Run time
60 minutes with no intermission

Ticket Prices

Group Sales
Save 25-35% with groups of just 8 or more.  Learn more here!


"Tomás & the Library Lady teaches kids about love, bravery, and hope." – Lee Williams, The Oregonian

"Tomás & the Library Lady is charming and witty with catchy songs, laughs, and engaging actors." PDX Parent

Live Sketches

OCT invites several illustrators and comic artists to sketch the show from the audience. Check out their work here!

Photo Gallery

Video Gallery


Show Sponsors


Supporting Season Sponsors


TOMÁS AND THE LIBRARY LADY by Pat Mora. Adapted for the stage by José Cruz González. Used with permission of Curtis Brown, Ltd. Copyright © 1997. All Rights Reserved.