Go on Abiquiu walking tours and explore local history

Abiquiu Walking Tours:  Join local docents on a history tour of the Genizaro Pueblo every Saturday and Sunday through November. Morning tours are from 11 am to noon; afternoon tours from 3 to 4 p.m. Call Rachel at the Library to make reservations. Each tour is $15 per person and helps support our programming. 
Second Sundays at the Library Explore Local History Join us at Pueblo de Abiquiu Library from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, November 13th as we launch our Second Sundays talks and readings on topics of local history, agriculture, archaeology, wildfire, drought and other land based concerns.

Glenna Dean, archaeobotanist and former New Mexico State Archaeologist will make a power point talk on Archaic Rock Mulch GardensShe will introduce us to the archaic gardens around Abiquiu and tell us about what they were planting and how they cultivated the dry gardens in our area around the twelfth century. Enjoy some hot drinks and treats and stay to watch a video about Bandelier National Monument.

We’ve recently received “Water for Elephants” by J Sara Gruen, “Familyhood” by Paul Reiser, “Snow” by Orphan Pamuk, and several books by Jimmy Santiago. They are now available for check out. 
Comanche Dancing started on the first Sunday in October.  A special thank you to Linda Firestone for her volunteer help on 10/10/11 with the used book sale during the Abiquiu Studio Tour. And a sincere appreciation to everyone who purchased books during our book sale.
IMPORTANT: The library will be closed on Thanksgiving. Santo Tomas el Apostol feast day is on the 26th at 10 a.m. the following Saturday. We will be closed on Sunday, December 25th and also Monday, the 26th. The library will be closed again on Sunday, New Years Day, and then return to the regular schedule the following Monday.

2011 Abiquiu Studio Tour; Step into the Library!

by Sandi Martinez

This year, Samuel Luchetti will be showing his art as part of the Abiquiu Studio Tour.  His is stop #21 and will be showing his art in the Pueblo de Abiquiu Library on the weekend of October 8-10th, Saturday-Monday.  The library will also have a book sale; browse through a myriad of genres and find yourself a good read!  Thanks in advance to all the wonderful volunteers who will be helping with the book sale!

This is the 18th annual tour and features the work of over 80 local artists.  Abiquiu is a beautiful and historic village; many tourists come to the area in hopes of seeing a glimpse of Georgia O’Keeffe’s residence, and a peek into her gorgeous gardens, as well as the sweeping views of orange, purple, green, and blue hues spread across the land like a live water-color painting.  But what most encapsulates the mind, and stirs the senses, is the historic architecture, the rich history of cultural connections, and heritage, but most importantly, the tight-knit relationships so common, protected, and nurtured in this intense and lively village.

Many authors also live in the surrounding areas and have inspired creative and intellectual conversations at the dinner table, at local events, the library and even at the local grocer store, with their work in all genres; easily weaving images, scenery, and story plots that engage the imagination.  You can find many of these books in the southwest section of the library.  Are you a local and would like a library card?  Don’t fret; Rachel Reyes the Librarian can help you fill one out.

Come by the library during the tour and get your glimpse of Samuel’s art, check-out a southwest-themed book, search through the various titles for sale, and take in the dramatic views.  See you there!

Library hours: Sun-Thurs, 1-6 PM.  Ph: 505.685.4884.

“Three Sisters”

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by Sandi Martinez

This year the Summer Reading Program at Pueblo de Abiquiu Library and Cultural Center focused on the theme the “Three Sisters”: corn, beans and squash.  The Iroquois legend states that these are the three inseparable sisters who grow and thrive together.  The tradition of planting these in the same mound is a widespread practice among Native American farming societies.  This is a sophisticated and sustainable system providing long-term soil fertility as well as a healthy diet from generation to generation.

Nutritionally speaking, corn provides carbohydrates; dried beans are rich in protein and balance the lack of amino acids in corn; squash furnishes both vitamins from fruit and healthy savory oil from the seeds.

The librarian, Rachel Reyes, put together a fun and educational project with the young people who joined the summer reading program. They made a scarecrow, among many other fun activities.  As the last days of summer reach the outer edges of fall, Halloween’s just around the corner, and harvesting will be the focal point of many farmers in Northern NM!

The library was a recipient of the Libri Foundation grant.  Come by the library with your children and browse any of the 60 books donated; this will certainly inspire you and yours to keep busy during the cold, winter months!  Thanks to Nancy Hopkins-Riley who donated over three hundred dollars who matched the required amount of the Libri Foundation grant.  Congratulations to the 12 children who averaged reading about 18 books during the eight-week SRP period!  Keep on reading!

Corn on the cob anyone?