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About Us

Welcome to our Bookstore!


As the only independent bookstore in the Northeast San Fernando Valley, Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore makes culturally relevant books and literacy programs accessible to an intergenerational and diverse BIPOC community. Through a social justice and transformative healing practice lens, our curation of programs and literature puts our culture, history, and stories at the forefront. 

Our bookstore specializes on Xicanx and Latinx history and literature, indigenous knowledge, bilingual children’s books, contemporary and social commentary issues, Spanish-language, queer/LGBTQIA, art, poetry, antiracism, and social change books. From author readings, book clubs, children’s story hours, literary arts workshops, and home to over 7,000 books, Tia Chucha’s bookstore continues to flourish and work towards closing the literacy gap in our community. In line with our mission, our goal for all of our literacy programs is to: Create a culture excited about literacy within the Northeast San Fernando Valley; Connect youth, families, and individuals to stories, traditions, and ancestral roots they can identify with; Inspire youth and adults to explore and develop their creative identities through literary arts.

 12677 Glenoaks Blvd. Sylmar, CA 91342

In-Store Shopping Hours

Monday - Friday 2pm-9pm 
Saturday 12pm-8pm
Sunday: 12pm-4pm
Our online bookstore remains open 24-7. We offer local pick-up and shipping.
If you have any questions, please contact our bookstore manager at


Book donations are a great support to us and our community. We are currently accepting book donations. Books can be new or used. Drop offs are by appointment only. Please email our bookstore manager to drop off your donation(s).

Please note we do not accept most: Magazines, Newspapers, Textbooks, Encyclopedias, or Books are very damaged or a health hazard (i.e., mold)


Do the books have a certain genre or topic?
Due to a large influx of donations and our limited space, our bookstore team will browse your donations and hand select books at the time of donation.

Can I get a receipt? Is it tax deductible?
Yes, we can provide a receipt for your donation(s). We ask that you consult with your tax preparer for details on tax deductions.

Can you help me unload my car?
Yes, staff can support you in unloading your car. Please call us at (818) 939-3433 upon arrival and let our bookstore assistant know you need help and describe your car and where you are parked.

What do you do with donated books?
We do a few things once they are reviewed for condition. We resell them or we donate them to individuals, families, or other organizations in our community.

Do you buy used books?
Typically, not, however there may be exceptions. Please contact our bookstore manager at with details regarding your book(s). Include book title, author, ISBN, quantity, and any other relevant information. 

I am interested in hosting an author event?

Please complete the Literary Event Request Form