New Mexico's Livestock Heritage Talk

On Saturday, August 17, 2013 at 3:00 pm there will be a talk on New Mexico's Livestock Heritage at the El Rito Library. 

The program is a slide-illustrated talk that covers the amazing four hundred year history of livestock in our state.  Cattle, sheep, horses and more.  There will also be some historic photos to see.  The speaker is Bill Dunmire, retired Superintendent of Carlsbad Caverns National Park.  Mr. Dunmire has written a book entitled "New Mexico's Spanish Livestock Heritage: Four Centuries of Animals, Land and People" and printed by UNM Press, 2013.  This book will be available for purchase.  This program is supported by a grant from the New Mexico Humanities Council.

Light refreshments will be served.

Posted on Monday, August 12, 2013 at 02:14PM by Registered CommenterEl Rito Library | CommentsPost a Comment

Library Receives $500 Grant for a Garden

The El Rito Public Library has received from ScottsMiracle-Gro a GRO1000 Grassroots Grant for $500.  It was one of more than 100 organizations across the U.S. to receive funding for a children's and community garden.

With the collaboration of the national summer reading program theme "DIG INTO READING" - this grant will help start a children's and community garden at the library.  While many children live in rural areas, many have never seen a garden at home or seen actual plants grow from seeds to maturity.  Community gardens have been shown to improve a neighborhood's quality of life, offering a number of environmental, health, and cultural benefits.  This grant will enable our volunteers to encourage the children weekly to help take care of the garden they planted throughout the summer and cultivate in the fall.  This garden at the El Rito Public Library will provide a place for the community to gather and work together to grow fresh produce.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that Americans throw away more 11 billion pounds of produce each year.  Despite that surplus, 4.1 percent of U.S. households experience hunger, 2.9 million of whom are children.  Through this garden, residents will be encouraged to eat healthier through cost-effective means.

To learn more about the El Rito Library community garden, call the library at 575-581-4608. 

Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 02:45PM by Registered CommenterEl Rito Library | CommentsPost a Comment

Annual Pancake Breakfast

The Board of Directors of the El Rito Public Library are getting ready to make some mouth-watering pancakes for their annual fundraiser to help keep the library open for the months of June and July.  Come join us on Saturday, June 8th, from 8:00 am to noon.  Pancakes will be made from scratch (and we might also have some gluten free pancakes), bacon, coffee and juice will also be served.

Come help keep the library doors open for the next few months by coming to support the library.  Visit with your neighbors and help the library out!  Your donations are appreciated - Thank you!

Posted on Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at 12:44PM by Registered CommenterEl Rito Library | CommentsPost a Comment

3rd Annual Community Plant Sale and Seed Exchange

Come on Saturday, May 25, 2013 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at the El Rito Library to help support your local growers, artists, and the El Rito Library.  Bring plants to sell, seeds to trade, or come to shop - Everyone is welcome!  Sample local foods made from native seeds (pintos, posole, chili).  Find out what's happening at local farms, gardens, farmer's markets and schools.  Locally grown produce will be availabe.

Plants for sale include:  heirloom garden vegetables and flowes, peennial herbs, shrubs, trees, and house plants.

Kid's activities will include sowing seeds in ports to take home and FREE seeds for kids. Seed exchange is FREE and envelopes will be provided.

Attention Artists - come sell your art and crafts.  Bring your own tables, chairs and shade.  A donation to the library of 20% of profits is suggested.  All donations welcome and appreciated.

For more information, please contact Board Member, Marcela Casaus at 505-280-2284 or email her at

Hope to see you here on May 25th!

Posted on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 12:40PM by Registered CommenterEl Rito Library | CommentsPost a Comment

Become an "Amigo" of the Library

We are looking for 200 people who are willing donate $25.00 a month for one year (or 100 people donating $50.00 a month for one year).  Our budget is approximately $60,000 a year.  If 200 people donate $25.00 a month that equals $5,000 a month and covers all our general operating expenses.  It is simple to do - just go to your financial institution and request the deduction amount from your checking or savings account on a monthly basis.  You don't have to send us a check or money order.  The best thing is that your donation is 100% tax deductible.  Wouldn't $300.00 or $600 be helpful during tax time?  Call us if you are interested in doing this.  Tell your family and friends.  The El Rito Library really needs your help.  Thank you.

Posted on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 12:16PM by Registered CommenterEl Rito Library | CommentsPost a Comment

Love Your Library Musical Concert

Will love be in the air this February? We here at the El Rito Public Library have some fine young musicians who wanted to finish up their concert tour right here  at our library!!  Why?   Because they fell in love, fell in love  with our library!  But, that old spell, is one the people here  know so well. The people of El Rito through their extraordinary intelligence, love and commitment have built, what is in the process of becoming one of the most beautiful library's in the State.  A community who understands the importance and value not only of a  beautiful home to house books, but also to make available to all people of all walks, types and ages  a shelter for the world of ideas  and possibilities in which we live.  Vincent Van Gogh once wrote to his brother Theo, " what you must do in life is  to love something, painting , people......,"  Yes, it is in the air,  its in the soil, the sky, and the souls who live here. 

I would like to take this opportunity to cordially invite you to Love Your Library, at a valentine celebration... warm up your smile this cold February with sweet music, sweets and fun for all! 
Come out Saturday, February 9th at 6:00 pm to the El Rito Public Library ! To the sweet of heart.  I Thank You, Kolleen - El Rito Library Board President.

If you would like to hear the music, here is the link on youtube: 


We hope to see you here at the Library on February 9th!!
Posted on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at 04:24PM by Registered CommenterEl Rito Library | CommentsPost a Comment

Basic Computer Classes Starting in January

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.

Posted on Friday, January 11, 2013 at 11:51AM by Registered CommenterEl Rito Library | CommentsPost a Comment

7th Annual Live/Silent Auction

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!

Posted on Monday, November 5, 2012 at 10:00AM by Registered CommenterEl Rito Library | CommentsPost a Comment