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News Summary for 2003


17th Annual El Rito Studio Tour

JUNE 2003


“A Visiones de mi Corazon/ Visions of My Heart”
Saturday, June 28th 2 pm
Nicholas Herrera will read from and sign copies of his book Visiones de mi Corazon/ Visions of My Heart.

“Annual Pancake Breakfast”
Saturday, June 28th, 11am to 2 pm
On Saturday, June 28th, the library board of directors hosted the Annual Pancake Breakfast at the library from 11am to 2pm.

Immediately following the breakfast, Nicholas Herrera will sign copies of his book Visiones de mi Corazon/ Visions of My Heart. Nick is a nationally known santero from El Rito. And for this event, he has created a special retablo which will be raffled off. Raffle tickets are only $1.00 each and the proceeds will benefit the library.

“A Night on the Town”
Friday, June 13th from 7 to 10 pm.
Featuring Poetry by John Brandi
From his newest book, “In What Disappears”
Music by Zevk Ensemble
(Partially funded by McCune Charitable Foundation)

The El Rito Library presented the first in a series of coffee houses called “A Night on the Town” on Friday, June 13th from 7 to 10 pm. Well-known poet, teacher and artist John Brandi will read from his latest collection of poetry In What Disappears and will sign books. Many of the poems in the book are from his travels in Asia. Also on the bill with John is the music ensemble Zevk playing Turkish folk music, Islamic hymns, music from the Sephardim (Spanish Jews) and the Roma (Gypsies). Delicious, home-made desserts, coffee, espresso, tea and hot chocolate will be for sale.

APRIL 2003

Natalie Goldberg’s reading at the library
Sunday, April 13th, 3pm.
Natalie Goldberg, celebrated author of the best-selling book Writing Down the Bones (which has sold over 1 million copies and been translated into ten languages ) will be reading from her latest book Top of My Lungs (Overlook Press) at the El Rito Library on Sunday, April 13th at 3pm.

Top of My Lungs is Goldberg’s first collection of poetry in twenty-two years. It contains 40 poems, 20 paintings in color and the award-winning essay, “How Poetry Saved My Life”. In this powerful new collection Goldberg “focuses her attention on the shifting rhythms of interior life. She probes, using sensual meditations that both illuminate the mysteries of the past and bring a Zen-like insight into the wondrous simultaneity of all things.”

Natalie Goldberg is also the author of Wild Mind, Long Quiet Highway, Banana Rose, Living Color and Thunder and Lightning.

Just before the reading, the winning raffle ticket will be drawn for a beautiful quilt, designed and made by the El Rito Quilters Guild. Tickets are $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00 and proceeds will benefit the library.

This reading is part of the Library’s on-going series of literary events, featuring such writers as the Chilean poet and human rights activist Marjorie Agosin, John Brandi, Renee Gregorio, Paulette Atencio and Sandy Boucher (pronounced BooShay).

The library is located in the village of El Rito–between Ojo Caliente and Abiquiu–off highway 554. The event is free and open to the public. Call the library at 581-4608 for more information and directions.

El Rito Quilting Guild











Every Thursday evening a group of women (and sometimes a few men) from the area gather at the El Rito Library. They are the El Rito Quilting Guild. For the past couple of years that have made and raffled off a beautiful quilt as a fund-raiser for the library.

This beautiful 75″ x 99″ quilt will be raffled off on Sunday, April 13th, 3pm at the Library. It’s not too late to buy a ticket. Tickets are $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00. You can place your order over the phone at 505-581-4608.

MAY 2003
Clean-Up Day is May 3rd at 9am to Noon followed by a free picnic at NNMCC. Meet at Library.

Heritage Preservation Day is May 10th at 2pm to 6pm

Heritage Preservation Day, May 10th at 2 pm. to 6 pm. Come share a day with our history. This event is to remember and record the history of this building where we are located. This building first housed an elementary school, then a clinic (Las Clinicas del Norte) and now the Library. Come listen or tell stories of life in this building.

We are looking for individuals who have some history to tell in association with either the elementary school, the clinic or the library and also are hoping to find persons who have pictures or any memorabilia (especially from the elementary school) and who want to share them for this day. We want this event to be a great success, so we would really like to hear from you. If you are interested in helping out, please call the Library at 581-4608 for more information.

We are looking for people who will give oral histories May 10th at 2 pm. to 6 pm. We need them in advance. If you you have any questions about this event please email Joan Tollefson or call Joan Tollefson’s home phone at 505-581-9103.

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