Book-related events like “Rio Grande Sand in Your Shoes”

Book signing of Espanola history in Abiquiu

If your group or organization has an event that involves a book, we’d like to hear about it. Any time people gather for a reading or book signing, the library would like to feature it on the blog. A case in point is the audience of about 40 people who showed up at the Rising Moon Gallery in Abiqiuiu last Sunday, February 27, 2012 for a reading and signing of “Rio Grande Sand in Your Shoes,” a memoir involving the personal and community history of Espanola by Isabel Ziegler.

When paying a visit to Espanola Hospital you may notice the portrait on the lobby wall of Dr. Sam Ziegler, the hospital’s first staff physician. Many area individuals and families can recall one story or another of this busy physician and surgeon who tended to the medical needs of the residents of the Espanola Valley. The story behind Dr. Ziegler’s life and family is told in detail and eloquently by Mrs. Ziegler in the book, “Rio Grande Sand in Your Shoes,” which is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble for $26.95. If people want a signed copy, Isabel Ziegler is happy to accommodate. Call her at 505-747-1231. The book is published by Sunstone Press.

And don’t forget the upcoming Read-a-Thon at the Abiquiu Library and Cultural Center on March 18th at the library where the book, “Adventures in the Unknown Interior of America” by Cabeza De Vaca will be featured. If you have an idea for a posting about a community event featuring a book, contact the blog editor through the library. Support our library and those who love books!

Library news update

by Isabel Trujillo

Librarian Rachel Reyes resigned our library and cultural center in early January to live and work in Santa Fe. Prior to leaving, she trained Tara Reyes to continue with the special programming with young people and how to proceed with a newly-organized book club of 13 local women.

One of Tara’s first tasks was to immediately begin working with the kindergarten class of 17 students, ages five and six, at the Abiquiu Elementary School. She also met with the Headstart class of 15 students and initiated a project inspired by the book, Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What do you see?  After reading the book, Tara introduced a cotton ball project that represented a polar bear. The book explains the habitat of polar bears and other animals in that ecosystem. The session with the elementary school is scheduled on Wednesdays from approximately 1 to 2 p.m. Tara also meets regularly with Headstart students each Monday from 10 to 11 a.m.

Another project for both classes involved penguins and/or a snow man and the book, Winter is the Warmest Season. In this project, children cut circles of various sizes to create snowmen or penguins. This book addresses how food keeps people warm and how working together helps the entire group. Ducks and the book, “Ten Little Rubber Duckies,” instructs the children to cut out yellow squares, fold these pieces, and glue them onto the duck to make feathers. This book emphasizes counting after the animals are scattered and lost in the sea and the story points out necessity of making sure everyone returns.

La Puerta School of Agriculture and Science also visited on January 3, 2012 from about three miles south.  The students’ current study centers around biographies and family trees. Analinda Dunning, (local coauthor of The Genizaro and the Artist) is new to the library’s Board of Directors. Analinda guided the 12 students, ages 5 through 10, on how to put together a family tree. Special guest Napoleon Garcia, a local elder, participated in the storytelling of actual events in his lifetime of approximately 80 years. Analinda assembled biographies for the young people to check out. These works included Anne Frank’s diary, books on Helen Keller, Georgia O’Keeffe, Joan of Arc, Martin Luther King, Lewis and Clark, Alexander the Great, Harriet Tubman and others. The program emphasis in February is on New Mexico becoming a state.

News for upcoming Abiquiu Library events!

Upcoming Read-a-thon
Pueblo de Abiquiu Library will host our annual Read-a-thon /Draw-a-thon all day Sunday, March 18th from1-6pm. We are selecting this year’s book. Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca’s sixteenth century true tale of shipwreck and survival, Adventures in the Unknown Interior of America, tops our list. If any library patron has additional book suggestions, please send them via email abiquiupl@gmail.com with Read-a-thon as the subject line.
Goodbye to Rachel Reyes
We regret the departure of our popular and skillful librarian Rachel Reyes, who has moved to Santa Fe to help care for her three granddaughters.  Rachel’s warmth and friendliness was always an asset. She did a fine job with the digital cataloguing of the collection and worked creatively with our various children’s programs. We wish her happiness in her choices.We will miss her.
February Second Sunday
Professor Richard Ford will speak about the effects of the Las Conchas wildfire on the plants and animals in the Jemez Mountains on Sunday, February 12th from 3-5pm at the Library. Watch for a flier with more details.
Thank You
Thank you to Jemez Mountains Electric Coop for their recent donation. Their support will help fund our programs and operations.