Happy 2012!

Thank you to all the volunteers who helped make our annual Holiday Dinner a success. Thanks to the musicians David Garcia and Los Resolaneros, to all the cooks who prepared the delicious meal, to Pam Smith for printing the little Friends of the Library booklet covers on her letterset press, and to the artists who decorated the covers. Special thanks to all our friends and supporters who made donations to the Library. We’re looking forward to a great year!


Holiday letter tells all about year at the Abiquiu Library

Dear Friends of Pueblo de Abiquiu Library & Cultural Center:

We invite you to join us at our Annual Holiday Party on the first night of posadas, Friday evening, December 16th from 4:30 to 6:30 pm at the Parish Hall across from the Library. Tickets for our Holiday Party are $15 per person. You can enjoy a home-cooked buffet dinner while listening to music by Los Resolaneros with David Garcia & Company. After eating, browse our Book Table & Ornament Display. You can find a fine gift for a friend or relative that also supports the Library– a packet of historical postcards, a gift book, an array of ornaments hand-painted by local artists. Stay after dinner for the first night of posadas celebrated in the village.

Pueblo de Abiquiu Library has had a wonderful and productive year, despite the tough economic times for non-profit institutions, thanks in part to your participation & support. Our statistics for Library usage have increased. More students are using the computers and more adults are checking out books. The children’s summer reading program under the guidance of librarian Rachel Reyes was well attended. Students read books about bugs and pests, started seedlings for the three sisters– bean, corn and squash, learned how to make red worm compost for enriching soil, and built a scarecrow. They talked on the computer with students in a sister library in Alabama and made handmade memory books with book artist Pam Smith.

Many of you participated in our various events- read stories about the history of Rio Arriba County during our March Read-a-thon, looked up information on the computers, found a reference to your family’s genealogy in our record books, used our notary or photocopier services, attended our May symposium on the Genizaros or simply sat on the porch to watch the mounted riders prance into the plaza during the Fiesta de Santa Rosa de Lima. Many of you recently attended a Second Sundays afternoon as archaeobotanist Glenna Dean discussed cotton pollen and ancient rock mulch gardens. Comanche dancers who participated in the Genizaro panels, came back to the village this fall to teach new dancers. This November, a fine group of novice Comanche dancers joined Dexter Trujillo and others in the ceremonies on the plaza for the Fiesta de Santo Tomas.

This year we have greatly expanded our books on art from all cultures, especially many fine books of quilts and on Georgia O’Keeffe, thanks to donations from the staff of the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum and Kristin Krautz. We continue to add photos and information into the digital archive of the village. The Archive now contains several historical collections, including the papers from the Santa Rosa De Lima excavations in the nineteen seventies as well as the Bodes/Gonzales Store receipts from the nineteen twenties & thirties and recordings of songs and interviews of the Santa Rosa de Lima Fiestas in the nineteen sixties. We have resumed offering Abiquiu Walking Tours.

We appreciate the help of our staff and volunteers. Iren Schio, Mimi Hurd, Marguerite Kearns, Alice Garcia, Dexter Trujillo, Sabra Moore, Isabel Trujillo and Rachel Reyes support the library in many ways by their activism. We appreciate the fine support from many foundations, including a recent grant to all RAIL libraries from Santa Fe Community Foundation and grants from the McCune and United Way Foundations as well as support from many individual donors.

 Pueblo de Abiquiu Library has had a wonderful year, but we have also had a year of financial struggle, 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/ Rachel Reyes, Librarian Pueblo de Abiquiu Library, P.O. Box 838, Abiquiu, New Mexico 87510 Tel. (505) 685-4884