Death by Chocolate & Quilts for Sale

Our annual fundraiser "Death by Chocolate" will be on Saturday and Sunday, October 5 & 6, 2013 starting at 10:00 am until 5:00 pm both days.  Come taste some mouth watering chcolate desserts made by our community members.  You won't be disappointed!

Also at the Library, the El Rito Quilters Guild will be selling their beautiful quilts.  Come by and see them all.  Maybe you will find one you like, or maybe it would make a perfect gift for someone's Birthday-Anniversary-New Baby-Christimas Gift, etc.

Hope to see you all here!

Posted on Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 04:23PM by Registered CommenterEl Rito Library | CommentsPost a Comment

New Donate Button on Website

Did you notice (on the left hand side - blue and white button) that we now have a new donate now button through Network for Good (another non-profit organization)?  A one time donation or recurring donation (monthly donations) are really easy to set up.  Use your debit card as a credit card and your donation will come out of your checking account or just use your credit card.   I just completed the process of making my monthly donation and it took no more than 5 minutes.  What I really like is that you may save or print your receipt for your records and the information is conveniently stored in your donation history for you to access at any time.

By making an automated donation online through Network for Good, you have chosen one of the most efficient and cost effective ways to give to this charity, the El Rito Library.  Your donation is 100% tax deductible.

Thank you for your donation.  Christine Trujillo, Executive Director.

Posted on Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at 12:32PM by Registered CommenterEl Rito Library | CommentsPost a Comment

Annual Flea Market

Time to start cleaning your closets, garages, sheds, etc. and get ready to sell your unwanted items at the El Rito Library's once a year flea market.  This year's flea market will be on Saturday, August 24, 2013 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.  Bring your own tables - pack it in - pack it out.  A small 10% donation for the Library is suggested.

Come sell or buy.  See you all then!!
Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 03:39PM by Registered CommenterEl Rito Library | CommentsPost a Comment

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