Our 8th Annual Live/Silent Auction will be here at the El Rito Library (for the first time) on Saturday, December 7, 2013 from 1:30 to 3:30 pm. We are excited this year with our theme "REFLECTIONS". Many of our local artists have already brought in their donations and pictures can be seen under "Photo Galleries" on the right hand side of menu options. We even have a 1969 Pontiac Catalina for the auction this year. There is a reserve amount, but anything over that reserve amount will be 100% donated to the library in full.
Come have some fun, enjoy some food and refreshments, and help the library out. Now is the time to buy those one-of-kind christmas gifts for those someone specials in your life.
Our Fall fundraiser started on September 1, 2013 through November 30, 2013. We will have three months to raise $10,000 for operating expenses here at the library. PLEASE be one of the 100 people to donate $100! If you cannot afford the full $100, ask family or friends to help raise this amount. Since we get no tax money to support our library, we need to ask our community to help us keep the library doors open. Open you hearts and wallet and send us your donation - also help us spread the word around. You can also donate online on our website: www.elritolibrary.org. Your donation is 100% tax deductible. Thank You!
Dear Artists and Everyone,
The El Rito Library wants to make this year’s auction on December 7, 2013 more successful than ever. At our artists’ dinner two weeks ago, you suggested we do a better job of publicizing the auction. With that in mind, we have several requests. First, we would like to have a theme for works contributed to the auction. Reflections is to be this year’s theme and pieces should “reflect” that theme, for example, by use of a mirror or mirrors. Mirror image synonyms are: appearance, counterpart, duplicate, echo, idea, image, impression, light, likeness, picture, representation, reproduction, shadow, depict, double, embody, emulate, epitomize, exemplify, follow, glass, illustrate, imitate, mimic, personify, represent, show, simulate, and symbolize.
In addition, we want to increase exposure to your artwork prior to the auction by previewing pieces (the actual work itself, a photograph, or maybe a sketch) at the library’s Death by Chocolate event. As you are aware, this occurs during the El Rito Studio Tour on October 5th and 6th. We typically have around 200 people visit the Library at that time, many from Santa Fe. If artwork is available for preview, we can begin accepting bids at that time. Also, with your permission, we can publish pictures of your piece on our web site.
One final request is that each of you provide the Library with a short bio and photograph of yourself to be displayed with your Reflections artwork during Death by Chocolate. If you can commit to a donation, we want to create a poster with each artist’s name (bio and photo) to advertise the auction. These will be placed in each studio on the tour. We have only three weeks to get the poster ready for publication so we need your help ASAP.
We realize that this is a lot to ask of you in a relatively short time, but we believe this will make for a more rewarding auction, not only in terms of donations to the library, but also for exposure of your art. Thank you for contributing to our Library’s future.
Christine Trujillo, Library Director and Library Board Members
Our annual fundraiser "Death by Chocolate" will be on Saturday and Sunday, October 5 & 6, 2013 starting at 10:00 am until 5:00 pm both days. Come taste some mouth watering chcolate desserts made by our community members. You won't be disappointed!
Also at the Library, the El Rito Quilters Guild will be selling their beautiful quilts. Come by and see them all. Maybe you will find one you like, or maybe it would make a perfect gift for someone's Birthday-Anniversary-New Baby-Christimas Gift, etc.
Hope to see you all here!
Did you notice (on the left hand side - blue and white button) that we now have a new donate now button through Network for Good (another non-profit organization)? A one time donation or recurring donation (monthly donations) are really easy to set up. Use your debit card as a credit card and your donation will come out of your checking account or just use your credit card. I just completed the process of making my monthly donation and it took no more than 5 minutes. What I really like is that you may save or print your receipt for your records and the information is conveniently stored in your donation history for you to access at any time.
By making an automated donation online through Network for Good, you have chosen one of the most efficient and cost effective ways to give to this charity, the El Rito Library. Your donation is 100% tax deductible.
Thank you for your donation. Christine Trujillo, Executive Director.
On Saturday, August 17, 2013 at 3:00 pm there will be a talk on New Mexico's Livestock Heritage at the El Rito Library.
The program is a slide-illustrated talk that covers the amazing four hundred year history of livestock in our state. Cattle, sheep, horses and more. There will also be some historic photos to see. The speaker is Bill Dunmire, retired Superintendent of Carlsbad Caverns National Park. Mr. Dunmire has written a book entitled "New Mexico's Spanish Livestock Heritage: Four Centuries of Animals, Land and People" and printed by UNM Press, 2013. This book will be available for purchase. This program is supported by a grant from the New Mexico Humanities Council.
Light refreshments will be served.
The El Rito Public Library has received from ScottsMiracle-Gro a GRO1000 Grassroots Grant for $500. It was one of more than 100 organizations across the U.S. to receive funding for a children's and community garden.
With the collaboration of the national summer reading program theme "DIG INTO READING" - this grant will help start a children's and community garden at the library. While many children live in rural areas, many have never seen a garden at home or seen actual plants grow from seeds to maturity. Community gardens have been shown to improve a neighborhood's quality of life, offering a number of environmental, health, and cultural benefits. This grant will enable our volunteers to encourage the children weekly to help take care of the garden they planted throughout the summer and cultivate in the fall. This garden at the El Rito Public Library will provide a place for the community to gather and work together to grow fresh produce.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that Americans throw away more 11 billion pounds of produce each year. Despite that surplus, 4.1 percent of U.S. households experience hunger, 2.9 million of whom are children. Through this garden, residents will be encouraged to eat healthier through cost-effective means.
To learn more about the El Rito Library community garden, call the library at 575-581-4608.