Summer is fast approaching, and with it comes our Summer Reading Program. This year, the State theme is Build a Better World; our focus will be on acequias and their importance in our history and our daily lives! Plus, we’ll have lots of interesting guests and adventures: The Bug Lady, The Music Guild, The Wildlife Center, archeology with the Berkeley Archeology group . . . come in and let us know if you want to be part of the fun! Children age 6 through teens are welcome!
Dear Friends of Pueblo de Abiquiu Library & Cultural Center:
We invite you to join us at our Annual Holiday Party on Saturday December 17th from 5-8pm. Enjoy music by David Garcia and others followed by a home-cooked meal with food tenderly prepared by Library supporters. Browse our Book Table, Ornament & Card Display. You may find a great gift for a friend or relative that also supports the Library. Tickets for our Holiday Party are $15 per adult or $25 per couple or $5 per child & may be purchased in advance at the library or at the door.
Pueblo de Abiquiu Library has had another productive year, thanks in part to your participation & support. Our statistics for Library usage continue to increase. Our staff changed this year. Long–time librarian Tara Valdez has accepted a library job at Tony Quintana Elementary School but has also happily joined our Board as our newest member. Director Isabel Trujillo and our Board have continued to focus on expanding our children’s programming and deepening our work related to Genizaro history. This is our third year for Isabel Lopez to teach an early literacy Stem to Read program for parents and young children from the Abiquiu area in collaboration with the Abiquiu Head Start program. In June, we hosted an archaeological field school under Alexandra McCleary as part of BACA, an ongoing collaboration with Berkeley University that included five local youth assisting with the dig. You can see video documentation of BACA projects on our library website, including interviews with the students. We also sponsored an Archaeology Field School Forum for the community at the end of the three-week dig. In June, we hosted Genizaro Nation Symposium in collaboration with University of New Mexico scholars Moises Gonzales and others. For the November Santo Tomas Fiesta, scholars Magda Avila and Anna Gutierrez, with Isabel Trujillo interviewed elder women from the village and collected their stories of dancing in the Genizaro ceremonies as young girls. The dancers were honored with plaques and a gift basket; the video of those interviews will be shown at the library this winter. We also participated in HistoryPin, a London-based website that collects stories from communities throughout the world and “pins” them to geographic locations; this is an ongoing project to document the history of our area.
Many of you helped read aloud from Mesa of Sorrows by James Brooks during our March Read-a-thon, looked up information on the computers, or watched the mounted riders prance into the plaza for Fiesta de Santa Rosa de Lima. We all enjoyed the presentation in the library honoring the life of Seledon Garcia; our library building is the Garcia former family home. The Ferran family donated the Abiquiu Public School Board of Directors Ledger Book (1890-1940) to the library in memory of Seledon Garcia and we are gratified both for the gift and for its value to scholarly research. We also appreciate Charlie Carrillo’s donation of his painting Genizaro Dancers and hope you will enjoy the cards with this artwork. We continue to host groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Northern Youth Project who use the library as a meeting place.
We appreciate the help of our staff and volunteers, Iren Schio, Mimi Hurd, Alice Garcia, Isabel Lopez, Linda Grace, Katherine Mc Cully, Elizaida Martinez, Dexter Trujillo, Sabra Moore, Isabel Trujillo, Tara Valdez, John Usury, Roger Mignon, Gregorio Gonzales, Virgil Trujillo, Amanda Hawes, Beatrice Fernandez and others. We appreciate the fine support from many foundations including United Way of Northern New Mexico, McCune Foundation, NM State Archives, Rio Arriba Lodgers Tax , Santa Fe Community Foundation Donor-Advised gifts as well as many individuals donors.
Pueblo de Abiquiu Library has had a wonderful year, but we also continue to struggle financially, like every not-for profit institution in our region. Now is the season when we ask our friends and neighbors for a donation to help us in the coming year. Any amount helps! We hope you join us at our Holiday Season Party, purchase an extra ticket in the name of a friend, buy an ornament or a book or reach deeper into your pocket and offer support. Every gift you give the library assures our survival and growth.
Feliz Navidad y Prospero Ano Nuevo!
Isabel Trujillo, Director Sabra Moore, Board President Pueblo de Abiquiu Library ●P.O. Box 838, Abiquiu, New Mexico 87510 ● Tel. (505) 685-4884