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On Saturday, June 6, from 9 am to noon, the El Rito Library will host a pancake breakfast to raise much needed money for the Library. Pancakes, eggs, sausage, fruit, coffee, and orange juice will be served. Plus, El Rito's most talented Cipriano Vigil will be performing from 11 am to noon. His performance is sponsored by a grant from the and thePlease come, have a tasty breakfast, hear some fine music, and support your library.




DID YOU KNOW? Students in homes with access to books stay in school up to 3 years longer.    (Celano & Neuman, 2012)


ANDY LOPEZ is being honored by the El Rito Library. But not for his business acumen that has created multiple jobs, stellar health care, and  immense economic impact for our local areas for the past 30+ years.

On Sunday, May 3rd, we're honoring Andy because he, along with professional librarian Betsy McIntosh, established the El Rito Public Library 29 years ago (May 5, 1986)!

Come share your stories about Andy and how LCDN and the El Rito Library have impacted your lives. Andy will be there to accept your appreciation.

We are honoring Andy's contributions with a challenge grant from an anonymous donor. This grant can help raise $10,000 for much needed operating expenses. This jewel of a Library is not state-funded; it is a rural non-profit which is sustained by gifts from kind people--like you. When we meet our goal, a room in the library will be named after him!

Come to the Library May 3, 2015 for lunch from 11-2.

Menu: enchiladas, beans, posole, salad, desserts.

Honoring gifts are being taken from now until the challenge is met at the Library or by mail.We accept credit cards, checks and cash. Mailing address:      El Rito Library, P.O. Box 5, El Rito, NM 87530. Questions? Call 575 581-4608.

Libraries store the energy that fuels the imagination. They open up windows to the world and inspire us to explore and achieve, and contribute to improving our quality of life. Libraries change lives for the better.  --Sidney Sheldon, author


Welcome from the new Library Director!  

Krysta Kavenaugh

One of my most endearing and long-lasting childhood memories is sitting on my father’s lap, with my brother on the other leg, my mom nearby, as well as our gorgeous collie dog, my best friend, Beauty. My dad read — very expressively — to us. We took adventures together: Robinson Crusoe, Swiss Family Robinson, and, of course, Lassie. And depending on our age and mood, Dr. Seuss and Mrs. Piggle Wiggle thrown in. Those times were filled with joy, ease, adventure, excitement, and family togetherness. I cherish those times. This began a lifelong love affair with reading for pleasure and knowledge.

I want everyone, every last person, to have the opportunities that reading/literacy afford and the doors that it opens, whether for deeply personal time for contemplation, relaxation and sheer pleasure; or for finding what your purpose is, and gaining the knowledge necessary, to find a job that fulfills you, uses your gifts and positively enhances your community; or whatever serves you to create a more complete and fulfilling life. 

I love challenges, so keeping the tradition of this glorious library, that has abundantly and richly served the community for almost 29 years, alive and thriving is before me. I invite, truly invite, sitting down with you and learning what moves you, what needs this library could serve for you, what you like, what we could do better, how to outreach into the community, how to be a center of welcoming, fun, learning. Please tell me your stories, and then let’s co-create (we can’t keep the doors of a nonprofit open without your help!) new ones together. As you look back on your life, I want El Rito Library to be one of your enduring, and endearing, memories.



Our New Special Collections Cabinet

 The library is happy to announce the arrival of our long awaited Special Collections Cabinet. Former Board President John Caster envisioned having this cabinet at the Library.  Former President Janice Snellman spearheaded the project.  We never had envisioned how beautiful it would turn out to be!  We commissioned Eddie Maestas and The Spanish Colonial Woodworking Department of NNMC and are grateful for their masterful work to give home to rare books, artworks, books for sale and special editions of collected works.  We are now waiting on the donated Special Bound Collection of Patrick O'Brian "Aubrey–Maturin series", C. G. Jung's "The Red Book" and your ideas to fill this beautiful cabinet.  We will also be displaying items from local artists who truly support the Library.  Please visit our library to view all of the great Spanish Colonial Woodwork in our library and spend some time with us and these great bookworks!

Former Board Presidents:  John Caster and Janice Snellman
Present Board President:  Jim Harford





New Children’s Room

We are happy to announce that we have just completed our new Children's library room. We painted the children's table and bookshelves red, yellow and blue. All the children's books and videos have been shelved and ready to be taken out. We have little chairs for our little patrons to come in and sit and read/view books or they can lie down on the colorful ABC floor mat. We are still working on Grandma Rena's corner, but she continues to read every Saturday morning from 11:00 a.m. to noon. Parents, please bring you children to see this new area and get them involved in wanting to read. We have a great selection of children's books and we continue to get new ones every month. This library is all about you. Take advantage of the free service we offer our little patrons.


The Library Continues to Remodel the Library

Thank you, Terry Moffit for taking the helm of the remodelling and restoration of the library, making the bathrooms handicapped accessible, the community room more functional and the old seniors center restored with a natural earthen plaster with an excellent crew of local artisans. We hope to see the results for our anniversary party!
Renovations 2004/2005
Thanks to a generous grant from The Helen and Will Webster Foundation, a new roof was installed at the Library. Secondly, our northwest room is finished! After months and months of renovation activities, the northwest room is a true treasure. We succeeded in trying to keep the room as original as possible when it was an elementary school back in the late 30s and early 40s. With help of volunteers and contracted professionals, a new floor was put in; all four walls have a new mud plaster; new windows were installed; new heater; and new lighting have made this a beautiful room. The El Rito Library is currrently expanding its collections into this new room. If you haven’t seen it, come by the Library and we will be happy to show it to you. Thank you Sabra Moore for the design and leading the mud plaster workshop, Roger Mignon and Mike Edge for doing the floor, Geoff Griego’s plumbing crew for doing the herioc work of reconnecting ancient plumbing, Tony Valdez for doing the electric, Quentin Wilson’s adobe class and the many volunteers who helped put up the earthen plaster.


Celebrating 20 Years!


Come to EL RITO LIBRARY’S 20th Birthday Party!

10:00 am to 5:00 pm
El Rito Library
182 Placitas Road - Highway 215

Michael Hennerty singing traditional Irish Songs


BOOK READING BY “Grandma Rena”
The Library’s Book Grandma