Tomás & the Library Lady Tour

September 18 - October 14, 2017

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


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. This heartwarming story shows how positive encouragement and believing in someone can help them conquer fears and do exceptional things.

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

Tomás, hijo de trabajadores migrantes, pasa días largos y calurosos trabajando en la cosecha en el campo. Pero cuando conoce a una amable bibliotecaria, ella lo ayuda a escapar del calor a través de miles de libros. Esta historia conmovedora muestra cómo el estímulo positivo y creer en alguien pueden ayudar a conquistar miedos y hacer cosas excepcionales.

Una obra itinerante en español y en inglés basada en la inspiradora historia real del autor y educador mexicano-estadounidense, Tomás Rivera.

This fall 2017, OCT will have school and public performances of Tomás & the Library Lady in the following communities: Woodburn, Springfield, McMinnville, Hermiston, Pendleton, and Hood River. With generous support of many Oregon funders, OCT will offer all performances and school programs for Tomás & the Library Lady free of charge. OCT will also donate 1,500 copies of the book to children and libraries through its Ticket to Read initiative – a program that gives students free theater tickets and companion books to encourage reading and literacy.

Public Performance Dates, Times, & Locations
September 30, 2017 at 2pm: McMinnville Community Center, 600 NE Evans St, McMinnville, OR 97128
October 7, 2017 at 2pm: Pendleton Center for the Arts, 214 N Main St, Pendleton, OR 97801
October 14, 2017 at 2:30pm: Springfield Public Library, 225 5th St, Springfield, OR 97477

Age Recommendation
5 and up
Recomendada para niños a partir de los 5 años

Run time
50 minutes with no intermission
Duración: 50 minutos sin intermedio

Ticket Prices
Entrada gratis!

Show 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.