Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser

Thanks to the volunteers, staff and community the El Rito Library pulled in almost $1,000 of operating funds last Saturday!

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Julie Wagner's Books On View 

Through the month of May

We are proud to have on view in our Special Collections Cabinet the book work of Julie Wagner.

Julie has been a living and working in the El Rito for over 35 years. She has been producing works of sculpture in wood and now paper, drawings, and artist’s books.

"My books are almost always one-of-a-kind, sculptural in nature, and concerned with form.  I want the pages to have texture, weight, and often translucency.  I see them as interactive, so the viewer is in a sense going on a journey through them as they turn the pages or pass from one page of the accordion to the next.

When I make a book, I often have multiple agendas.  I like to have ideas running along in parallel or interwoven paths.  I like definitions, maps, diagrams, connections between things that seem disparate...vessels to drink from, vessels to travel in, vessels carrying blood or sap, vessels embodying virtues or qualities.  I like to have the images carry the weight of the ideas and rarely use a text. "

Julie's work will be on display Through the Month of May. These works are for sale and proceeds will benefit the library.

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Día de los Niños, Día de los Libros at the El Rito Library

Thank you Susan Guevara and all who helped The El Rito Library Celebrate 

Día de los Niños, Día de los Libros



Susan put together a wonderful presentation on how  “Numero Uno”, a book authored by Arthur and Alex Dorros was illustrated by her. El Rito School children were treated to a dramatization using the original models for many of the characters and photo studies she used for reference.


For more pictures of the event please visit our photo gallery.



The El Rito Library would like to thank the Del Norte Credit Union

for taking the time to recognize the importance of this event and becoming our sponsor.


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100 People Donating $100

As you all know, the Library is in constant need of operating money.



Are you one of those people that can afford $100 or maybe you and members of your family or friends can all pitch in to reach the $100 goal?

We need you now more than ever. Call the Library at 575-581-4608 and pledge your $100 donation or mail it to us at P.O. Box 5, El Rito, NM 87530.

The El Rito Library is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization and is registered in the State of New Mexico as a Charitable Organization. Our Employer Identification Number (EIN) is 85-0459285. Your gift is fully tax deductible.


People who have already donated:

Anonymous • Archuleta, Grace & Pete • Armenta, Casey & Angelica • Atterbury, Bill & Katharine • Bader, Stan & Arlene • Barrionuevo, Cesar & Marcela • Bottari-Meyer, Coleen • Boyle, Terence & Susan • Bucklin, Edward & Wendy Westerbeke • Caster, John • Chacon, Fernando & Odelsa • Cheena, Anika • Combs, Dick & Sue • Corpi, Lucha • Derrer, Suzanne • Douglas, Ramey & Jo • Duran, Karin • Edwards, Jack & Viki • El Sueno Del Corazon • Frank, Constanze • Genth, David • Gershen, Sheila • Griffin, Gary & Patricia • Guevara, Joyce • Guevara, Susan • Gutierrez-Anderson, Cynthia • Hodson, Sonia & Bill • Idlet, Scott • Jewell, Sam & Isabel • Kahler, Albert & Sarah • Kramer, Jane • Lange, Ellen • Leberg, Maryann • Ludlum, Wendy & David • Maddex, Michael • (D.O.) Maley, Kathleen • Maley, Ruby • Martin, Catherine • Martin, Greg & Josephine • Martin, John & Barbara • Martin-Davis, Carol • Martinez, Ted • McGrath, Walter & Carol Ann Magai • Miller, Alan & Melissa • Morrison, Malcolm & Roxane • Nequin, Lynn • Ortega, Felipe • Ortiz, James • Ortiz, Veronica • Orona-Cordova, Roberta • Page, William & Claudia • Quadri, Kurt • Rio Grande Sun • Robert Moody Foundation • Seese, Linda & Dolphin, Rita • Serna, Patricio & Eloise • Simmons, Myron & Sharon • Singleton, Tamara & Tim Viereck • Snellman, Janice & Eric • Snow, Robert & Suzanne • Sparks, Larry • Spencer, Jett • Trujillo, Christine & Raymond • Trujillo, Edmund • Turner, Barbara & Art Burton • Valley National Bank • Wallin, Steven & Julia • Ward, Joan • Wells, Robert • Williams, Dorothy • Williams, Steven • Wilson, Maria

As of 05/19/2010

Posted on Saturday, April 10, 2010 at 03:21PM by Registered CommenterEl Rito Library | CommentsPost a Comment

Carl Jung's Red Book Has Arrived!

Carl J. Jung's Red Book has been generously donated by Steven Williams.  It now sits in our Special Collections cabinet. It will not be in our normal circulation but will be available for reading at our library. If you are traveling far please call ahead to reserve it for reading. 575-581-4608

"Some people feel that nobody should read the book,
and some feel that everybody should read it. The truth is, nobody really knows."

From the "Holy Grail of the Unconscious"
by SARA CORBETT Published: NY Times, September 16, 2009

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Lecture on The El Rito Land Grant

There will be a lecture here at the El Rito Library on The El Rito Land Grant presented by Henrietta M. Christmas on April 24, 2010 at 4:00 to 5:30 pm.

The El Rito Land grant like many community land grants had boundaries that lie within a larger picture of land, property rights and individual claims.   The lecture identifies the granting of the land, documents and the efforts of land owners to seek the rights and to protect their individual holdings but also to preserve the merced for the benefit of the community.   The discussion will cover a time period from 1800-1900 and the results of the El Rito Land Grant.  Anyone who lives in El Rito or can trace their ancestry to the early settlers will find this lecture invaluable as 76 petitioners made claim together as a community in August of 1883. 

A genealogical and historical researcher for over 30 years, specializing in northern New Mexico, she has written several books which relate to New Mexico, like La Cienega, Pojoaque and Presidio Soldiers, she’s also written more than 100 articles for various  journals relating to genealogy and history many for Herencia. In 2009, Henrietta completed “Chaperito, Land Grant, Parish & Ghost Town” an early history of eastern San Miguel County and contributed to the "1841 Census" both donated to HGRC.  A long-time member of the Hispanic Genealogical Research Center and New Mexico Genealogy Societies she currently serves on the Board of the Historical Society of New Mexico. Henrietta’s interest in researching land grants is two-fold, identifying the persons involved and hearing the testimonies.  These records provide an in depth knowledge of who, what and when things happened in regards to their specific land grants.  Many of these papers are far superior in terms of the WPA interviews and represent New Mexico’s historical past.  Two of her most recent projects include assisting with the Segesser Hide Paintings for the History Museum in Santa Fe and writing two chapters in the Anthology for the Historical Society of NM, titled “Sunshine and Shadows in New Mexico’s Past.” Henrietta resides in Corrales with her husband Walt.


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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




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Sunday Afternoon Jazz Improv

Thank You Cooper-Moore and Jeremy Barnes for the great performance
and thank-you Carolyn Reige and Norbert Hufnagl for bringing them to El Rito!

Cooper-Moore/Barnes duo
El Rito Library, February 28, 3pm

Cooper-Moore plays El Rito

Cooper-Moore from New York on his first ever visit to the region. The other half of this accomplished duo is Jeremy Barnes of the unique and popular Albuquerque group -“A Hawk and a Hacksaw” which toured over 54 cities in Europe and the U.S in 2009.

Cooper-Moore is known world-wide for his own brand of avante-garde jazz piano and playing his hand-made instruments - including fifes and flutes, the Diddley-bo, the Horizontal Hoe-Handle Harp, The Mouth-Bow, the Twagner, and more.


Jeremy Barnes will join Cooper-Moore on the drums and Persian santoor as they combine musical forces to create a unique and memorable afternoon for us all. For more about these two talented musicians, information is available at the library circulation desk.

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