Grandma Rena

grandma.jpgGrandma Rena will be reading Fun book stories.
May 27th – 11:30 to 12:00
June 8th – 2:00 to 2:30
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Dia de los Ninios a Major Success!

guevara.jpgDia del Los Ninios brought in a large crowd of children and parents to the library for a day of story telling, mariachi music, games and much more. Thank you Susan Guevara for your many hours of preparation for this event. Click here for photos of this event!

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El Rito Film Society Raises Money

The El Rito Film Society raised over $300 with a Spanish Language Film Series held at Cutting Hall. Click here for a complete list of all titles shown so far.

A new film series will be started soon!

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Annual Meeting

Thank you all those that attended the annual Board of Directors meeting. It was reported that $10,000 in private donations have been made to help with the building rennovations, salaries and the purchase of the land.

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News Summary 2005

Ongoing Events from 2005

Story Time For Kids
Hey Kids! There is story time every Saturday morning starting at 10:00 to 10:30 a.m. here at the Library. Have your parents bring you and enjoy hearing some great stories.

Summer Arts Program For Children 2005

Thanks to a grant from the Santa Fe Children’s Foundation, we are hosting numerous workshops for our kids this summer. All workshops are free. Snacks and materials will be provided. For further informations or to sign up, call 581-4608 or 581-4780 or go to the El Rito Library.
Here’s a list of some of our workshops already underway:

  • retablo painting
  • drawing and painting
  • drawing and design concepts
  • traditional cooking
  • bookmaking
  • arts and crafts
  • tinwork
  • theatre
  • radio production
  • bicycle maintenance and repair

Other Events in 2005

The 19th Annual El Rito Studio Tour 2005
October 15 & 16, 2005
10 am - 6 pm
Please see the studio tour’s website at

Everyone’s invited to the El Rito Library’s Annual
Pancake Breakfast
& Classic Car Show

This Saturday, June 18, 2005
El Rito Library 10-2
All you can eat for $4.00
Bring your classic car or truck and eat for free!
Joe Lopez, coordinator of car show, 581-4464
Questions? Call the library, 581-4608

Saturday June 4th, 10am
at the El Rito Public Library
Poet Man
Fun for the Whole Family

Hear a Rap version of the Raven.
Rhyme along with The Tyger.
You and your family will write poems.
Hear amazing stories. Have fun with word games.
Come One-Come All-Come Children of all Ages!
Come help put an end to the tragedy of blank pages.

4th Annual Community Cleanup
sponsored by the El Rito Library
Saturday, May 7, 2005
9:00 to 12:00 noon
Picnic immediately following cleanup at the Library Grounds.

As being part of the community, please get involved. THe trash along our roadways is getting worse. Please make a difference and participate this year. Let’s set an example to our chldren by getting involved. If you can’t come to the Library, pick up trash in front of your own private land by the road.

Come by the Library at 9:00 a.m. to pick up trash bags. Bring gloves. Any questions, call us at 581-4608.

April 13, 2005 , 7-9pm at the El Rito Library
Annual Board of Directors Meeting

At this meeting we will describe our activities and policies and take questions and suggestions from the floor. After this, we will seek a vote of confidence in the Membership of the Board. All individuals present at this meeting may vote. we will also be seeking additional members to be nominated from the community at large, which will be individuallly voted upon.

March 20, 2005

Alameda Press will be hosting a Poetry Reading here at the El Rito Library on March 20, 2005 from 3:00pm to 5:00 pm. The poetry readers will be Stefan Hyner and Jim Koller. Come join us, refreshments will be served.

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News Summary 2004

Last October, The El Rito Studio Tour was a wonderful event!

Grab your cameras and walking shoes and head to the El Rito Studio Tour Saturday and Sunday, October 16 & 17, 2004, from 10am to 6pm. More than 25 artists and craftspeople will be showing at 22 different locations. The fall colors will glow and the air will be crisp.

You’ll watch sparks fly at a blacksmith’s forge and view backstrap weaving, jewelry, baskets, sculpture, and tinwork where they are made. A special attraction will be the Skinwalkers young muralists working their painting magic on the wall of Martin’s gas station.

For 18 years the artists and craftspeople of this small northern New Mexican village have welcomed the public to their studios. Visitors can park their cars and stroll from studio to studio. A short driving loop completes the tour. The elementary school will host a community mercado with arts, crafts, and food.

Enjoy a home-cooked lunch at the Methodist Church or the Parish Hall. Follow up with “Death by Chocolate” at the El Rito Library, where you can also view the work of El Rito’s emerging young artists.

Participating Artists:

* Danny Baldonado
* Carola Bell
* Monika Bittman
* Barbara Campbell
* Carmen Campos
* Emmy Cheney
* Isatu/David Coleman
* Beth Ferguson
* Louise Grunewald
* Jeanine Hartman
* Michael Hennerty
* Molly Hennerty
* James Malone
* Barbara Martin
* Carol Martin-Davis
* Tracy McBride
* Patrick O’Dell
* Gedeon Santos
* Edward, Karen and Raphael Sexton
* Cindy Talamantes
* Joseph Vigil
* Julie Wagner
* Weaving Club
* Woodworkers of NNMCC
* The Skinwalkers young mural painters

Directions: Take 285/84 to Espanola; follow 84 north toward Chama 18 miles to 554. Stay on 554 for 11 miles to El Rito. Pick up maps for a self-guided tour at any of the well-marked studios.

Non-profit status under the sponsorship of the El Rito Library. Partial funding granted by the Rio Arriba County Lodger’s Tax Fund.


Hey kids, don’t be bored this summer. Your El Rito Library is offering you FREE summer art classes.

Come by the Library and sign up to be a participant. Parents will need to sign a permission slip before child can attend.

The Arts Program will feature: Retablo-Making, Book-Making, Drawing, Martial Arts (Aikido), Poetry Writing, Music (Beginning Guitar), and Crafts.

There will be two age groups: 5-8 and 9-13. This program is being funded by The New Mexico Children’s Foundation and the El Rito Studio Tour.

The annual benefit pancake breakfast was scheduled for June 26, 2004. The Library Board of Directors will be cooked up the mouthwatering pancakes. Thanks for joining us and helping keeping your library open at the same time.

Saturday, May 8, 2004
El Rito Library Parking Lot
Flea Market & Swap Meet

Sunday April 25, 2004
Homage to Neruda. A centennial celebration of the poetry of Pablo Neruda.

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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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