In 1928, two years after this building was completed, seven (7) librarians from Mexico came to visit the newly constructed library. They were on their way to the American Library Association Conference in West Baden, Indiana.
After their visit, the Director of Libraries in Mexico City, Senorita Esperanza Velasquez Bringas, wanted to send a gift celebrating the Spanish style of the new library building. She sent this hand-made Talavera tile mural of Don Quixote and in her letter, Senorita Bringas says:
“When I saw this artistic building during my last trip, I always thought about some decorative motif of Talavera [tile] for the entrance... It’s hand-decorated and comes from the famous ‘Alfareria de Padierna’ house that in Puebla has had prestige of art and tradition since colonial time. In a library with Spanish style the ‘Quixote’ must be the symbol of our race full of adventure and imagination.”
Don Quixote was set in this column near the main entrance and has greeted visitors since 1929, celebrating our Spanish Renaissance style library.