Happy New Year to all! We are kicking off the new year by providing FREE basic computer classes starting Tuesday, January 22, 2013 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the El Rito Library.
Are you a beginner looking for some basic computer skills? Want to create an e-mail account but don't know how? Want to learn how to surf the Internet? Want to learn how to type a word document? If you have answered yes to any of these questions, sign up for the class.
You can sign up for the class when you visit the library or just call us at 581-4608 and sign up by phone. We hope to make a difference in your life by helping you connect to family, friends, and the outside world.
How the years go by! We will be hosting our 7th Annual Live/Silent Auction on Saturday, December 1, 2012 at the Grant Gym at the El Rito Campus of Northern New Mexico College. The auction will start at 1:30 pm until 3:30 pm. Mr. Donald Martinez, Jr. will again be conducting the auction pro-bono.
We are currently asking for a donation of items(s); gift certificate; etc. If you can donate, please call the Library at 575-581-4608. Thank you!
On Sunday, November 4, 2012, at 4:00 pm at the El Rito Public Library, michaelm, aka Michael Maddex, will present a short program exhibiting some of his acoustic guitars. He will probably say a few (hopefully) kind words about one of the guitars, play a song or two on it and then move on to the next one.
michaelm got his first guitar when he was a high school student in western Pennsylvania, back when we were still using the steam powered computers, and a life-long love affair with the instrument followed. He has lived in northern New Mexico most of his adult life, the last five years or so once again here in El Rito. Since retiring from teaching at Northern New Mexico College in Española for many years, he has been able to divide his time between his guitar studies, reading Science Fiction and researching practical time-travel machines.
Please join us for what we hope will be an interesting hour or so of acoustic guitar music. Light refreshments will be served.
On September 1st through November 30th, we will be kicking off our 3rd annual fundraiser - 100 People Donating $100. This fundraiser is simple, 100 people will donate $100 and the library makes $10,000 for general operating expenses.
Please help us reach our goal of $10,000 by pledging now or sending in your donation. You can mail your donation to: El Rito Library, P.O. Box 5, El Rito, NM 87530. Or you can donate by credit card going to our website and clicking the "Click & Pledge" button (on the left hand side of website).
If you cannot afford the entire $100, ask family and friends to pitch in to reach the $100 goal. Any donation will be greatly appreciated!
Each year, the El Rito Library continues to advance its mission of providing programs and free services for our El Rito and surrounding communities. The fact is, libraries are some of the only remaining places where they can get the information and services they need for free. But it's not free to keep libraries going.
We will again be participating this year in the El Rito Studio Tour and continuing our annual fundraiser "Death by Chocolate". This year the studio tour will be on October 13th and 14th.
We are asking the community to please call the Library at 575-581-4608 if you can donate a chcolate dessert for this fundraiser. We will have desserts both days - Saturday and Sunday. Please help us out again this year. THANK YOU!
The El Rito Quilters Guild will also be selling some of their beautiful quilts during the studio tour. All quilt sales benefit the Library. Please see pictures below of some of the quilts for sale.
This year (and future years) there will be only ONE flea market at the Library. We do the flea market as a community service to give everyone in El Rito and surrounding communities an opportunity to sell their items they no longer need. The flea market will be on Saturday, July 28, 2012 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Bring your own tables and chairs.
On Saturday, July 14, 2012 the El Rito Library will be hosing it's 2nd Annual Live Dance at the Grant Gym at Northern New Mexico College, El Rito Campus. The dance will be from 8:00 pm to 12:00 midnight.
Music this year will be provided by Donald Martinez and Nueva Vida and are from Mora, NM. They received a Hispano Music Award for Corrido of the Year - "Valentin de la Sierra". They are currently working on their 2nd CD. They play traditional Northern New Mexico spanish, western, and rock and roll (50's and 60's) music.
Tickets will again sell for $15.00/single and $25.00/Couple. You can buy your ticket at the Farolito Restaurant or at the El Rito Library.
If you think you can help sell tickets, please call the Library to arrange picking up the tickets. THANK YOU!
We have again received free tickets to the Santa Fe Opera. This year's performance is "Tosca" as part of Youth Night. The date is Monday, June 25, 2012, starting at 8:30 pm. We have 15 adult tickets and 20 youth tickets. We will be sharing a bus with the Abiquiu Library (we will have to drive to Abiquiu). If you are interested in attending the Opera, please call the Library at 581-4608 and reserve your ticket(s). You are not obligated to ride the bus, you can drive yourselves to the Opera.
"Ah, Tosca! Bewitched by her glamour and charisma, even the hated Baron Scarpia called her la divina. See why Puccini’s Tosca became the defining role for Bernhardt and Callas, and now the soprano Amanda Echalaz — whose performances as Tosca in London had European critics groping for superlatives. In her much-anticipated American debut in Santa Fe’s new production. She is joined by debut artist Andrew Richards as Tosca’s lover Cavaradossi. Thomas Hampson returns to Santa Fe after an absence of almost three decades. Raymond Aceto and Hampson share honors as the villainous Scarpia. Chief Conductor Frédéric Chaslin is on the podium."