“Diego, the best place in the world to find yourself in is in a library,” César always tells me.
César has been bringing me to the Aztlán Library for two years, ever since I turned seven and our family moved to this neighborhood. César and I have spent a lot of our free time in this library. And actually, we spend so much time here, César calls Aztlán our home.
Aztlán Library is modeled after the Temple of Quetzalcóatl in the ancient city of
Teotihuacán—“The Place Where Men Become Gods.” Big egret birds point the
way to Aztlán, so it is easy to find the road that leads to the intersection of Luis
Valdez View and Gloria Anzaldúa Way—César calls it the “bellybutton”—where
Aztlán sits like a mystical mountain.
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