Day of the Book a Success at Abiquiu Library

Thanks to all the writers for Day of the Book whose readings and donations of signed books made our fundraiser a success. Thank you to writers Napoleon Garcia, Joan Logghe, Pamela Smith, Sabra Moore, David Lopez, Karen Kerschen, Don Usner and Robert Torres. A special thanks also to Iren Schio for making expressive paper flowers and to Dexter Trujillo who fed the library and its patrons with his delicious bizcochitos.

We are happy to announce that Santa Fe Community Foundation has given all four RAIL libraries a grant for operating expenses. Their funding and support is especially appreciated in these lean times for libraries.

A gracious thank you to Jo A. Douglas for a financial contribution to our Library and Cultural Center.Also, a very gracious thank you to Julia Booz Cooper, Patrick Laughlin and Sam for their generosity and considerate support; to Jacqueline Malegni for volunteering help with bar coding for the automation process of our collection; to those who have paid for subscriptions like High County News and other magazines; appreciation to David Salazar, Director, Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Inc. for support to rural library needs. Other support also acknowledged: $2,850 from state aid and $250 received from Tri-Star.

New year subscriptions are needed, as are sponsors for Family Tree genealogy software at $20 a month. There are parents in need of volunteer tutors for youth, especially in math. The library can be made available for meeting space.

DAY OF THE BOOK: Sunday, October 10, 2010

Pueblo de Abiquiu Library & Cultural Center invites the public to join us on Sunday, October 10th from 1-4pm for DAY OF THE BOOK, an afternoon of readings by eight local authors: Napoleon Garcia, Karen Kerschen, Joan Logghe, David Lopez, Sabra Moore, Pamela Smith, Robert Torres and Don Usner.

Napoleon Garcia may tell us stories about growing up genizaro; Karen Kerschen will introduce us to Chilean folksinger Violeta Parra; Santa Fe’s Poet Laureate Joan Logghe might regale us with verbal glimpses from her life in La Puebla; David Lopez and Robert Torres may read from the newly published history of Rio Arriba County with surprises from an Abiquiu past; Sabra Moore will tell stories of petroglyphs below her place in Plaza Blanca; Pamela Smith may instruct us about the earliest printed books by Padre Martinez & Don Usner will take us on a tour of an earlier Chimayo or elsewhere.

There will be music in between the tales. Visitors will be able to stop by and enjoy the readings, or browse among the table of signed books donated by the guest writers. Artists are also donating artworks relating to the Southwest, friends are cooking bizcochitos and other treats. The event is free, but donations are encouraged. Sales of the art, food,  and signed books on our browsing table will help support the operating expenses of the library during these lean economic times.

We are also hosting two tours led by docents from the village during the afternoon. Visitors who wish to reserve a space on ABIQUIU WALKING HISTORY TOUR can call (505) 685-4884 during regular hours, Sunday through Thursday, 1-6pm.

Pueblo de Abiquiu Library is located on Abiquiu Plaza across from Santo Tomas Church. The Library has a collection of over 5,000 books, newspapers, magazines and offers free Internet service, photocopier, fax and notary services, after school tutoring and free classes in ESL and computer literacy. Its collection focuses on the Southwest, including books and information on the painter Georgia O’Keefe and a digital archive on the genizaro history of the village.