The Library has a total of seven (7) new computers for public access. This was possible through a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and a capital outlay appropriation from Senator Richard Martinez. As you can see, two of our young patrons could not wait to use the educational programs that came with these computers.
Hey Kids - It's Summer and you know what that means! Yes, the El Rito Library is again offering free Summer Art Workshops for children from El Rito and the surrounding communities. Come sign up for one, two, or as many workshops you want to attend. The sign-up sheet is located at the Librarian's desk. Snacks and drinks are provided.
These are the current workshops available and more might be added later on:
Poetry - 13 years and up - Thursdays from 7:00 to 8:30 pm
Arts and Crafts - Ages 5-8 - Mondays from 10:30 am to 12:00 noon
Radio Play - 8 years and up - Wednesdays from 1:00 to 2:30 pm
Retablo Painting - 8 years and up - Wednesdays from 7:00 to 9:00 pm
Bodyspeak - 13 years and up - Mondays from 6:00 to 8:00 pm
Tinworking - 8 years and up - July 23rd & 24th - 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Parents and Grandparents, sign up your kids now and let them build self-esteem and have fun with other children. This program is made possible by the New Mexico Children's Foundation, Santa Fe Rotary Foundation for the Arts, and the El Rito Studio Tour.
It's time for our 6th Annual Community Cleanup! On Saturday, May 12, 2007 starting at 9:00 a.m. at the Library and finishing off at 12:00 noon. A picnic at the Library Grounds will immediately follow for all participants. Pick up trash bags at the Library and don't forget to bring your own gloves.
As being part of the community, please get involved. Make a difference in your community, even if it is only for one day. Last year we picked up many, many truckloads of trash. It's only for three hours, but it does make a difference. Let's set an example to our children by showing we care about out environment. If you can't come to the Library, pick up trash in front of your own private land by the road. The Ojo Caliente Highway Department's District Office will come pick up the trash bags left on the side of the roads on Monday, May 14, 2007. Thank you and hope to see you there!
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.
Just in time for Christmas Gifts! There will be a Live and Silent Auction Fundraiser for the El Rito Library on Saturday, December 2, 2006, between 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. at the new El Rito Community Center (located on the west side of the Northern New Mexico College). Professional Auctioneer (and Library Board Member) Donald Martinez Jr. will be auctioning off items donated by artists and vendors. Some items will include: art work, gift certificates for services, Quilt from El Rito Quilter’s Guild, local crafts, camping gear, a tree, dog and cat food, and much, much more. There will be door prizes and refreshments. All proceeds go to the El Rito Library.
REQUEST FOR DONATIONS - We are asking local artists and vendors from El Rito, Abiquiu, Ojo Caliente, Espanola, and all surrounding communities to contribute items or services to the above auction fundraiser. If you wish to donate, please call the Library at 581-4608 and bring your items to the Library by November 22, 2006. Thank you.
On October 14th and 15th, and for the third year in a row, the El Rito Library will be participating in the El Rito Studio Tour and will be selling chocolate desserts at the Library. “Death by Chocolate” has been very popular during the studio tour. One can escape into chocolate heaven and endulge on the sweet treats baked by our community members who make this fundraising event a success every year. There will also be coffee and hot tea available. See you there!
Come listen to David Barsamian’s Topic: “The Current Crisis in the Middle East”. Open discussion period follows. This event will take place at the El Rito Library, Thursday, September 14, 2006 at 7:00 p.m. There will be a $10.00 admission fee which will benefit the Library. David Barsamian is the Producer of “Alternative Radio” and has been a Hero in providing twenty (20) years of independent critical media. David will present the story behind the story. Call the Library at 581-4608 for more information.
On Friday and Saturday, August 11th and 12th, 2006 at 8:00 p.m. there will be a fundraising event entitled “Out Cry”, a play by Tennessee Williams. This play is produced by “I of the Storm Theatre Works”. Seating capacity for each day of the event will be 35 persons and tickets are $15.00 per person. If you would like to purchase a ticket, come by Library and buy a ticket or reserve a ticket and pay on the day of the event by calling the Library at 581-4608. Early reservations advisable. Come have a great evening and help support your Library. See you there!
THIS PLAY HAS BEEN CANCELLED. SORRY FOR THE INCONVENIENCE.