Santa is Coming to the Library!

Hey kids, get ready to meet Old Saint Nick at the Library on Saturday, December 17, 2011.  We will make Christmas tree decorations/ornaments for the Children's Room from 1:00 to 2:30 pm.  A Christmas party will start at 2:30 to 4:00 pm when Santa will appear.  There will be Christmas carols; decorating the Christmas tree; and refreshments.  Donations for the refreshments (homemade cookies) are always welcomed!

Santa is checking his list twice, so you better not be naughty - but nice!

Posted on Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at 12:23PM by Registered CommenterEl Rito Library | CommentsPost a Comment

6th Annual Live/Silent Auction

Our 6th Annual Live/Silent Auction will be on Saturday, December 3, 2011 at the Old Gym at Northern New Mexico College, El Rito Campus from 1:30 to 3:30 pm.

Our theme this year is - "Farm, Field, Kitchen, Hearth"!  We want to honor the agricultural and pastoral traditions of El Rito and the Chama River watershed.  Water; land; the tending of animals and crops; the growing, preparing, and sharing of food; the kitchen; the hearth; and the implements used for all these activities and the associated community events and ceremonies offer inspiration for made or found donations to the auction.

We are in need of donations for this event from community members and local artists.  If you are interested in helping us out, please call the Library at 575-581-4608 and let us know what you can donate.  Food donations are also welcomed.

All items need to be brought into the Library by Thursday, December 1, 2011 by 5:30 p.m.  Please contact the Library (ASAP) if you wish to help the Library. 


Posted on Wednesday, November 9, 2011 at 02:06PM by Registered CommenterEl Rito Library | CommentsPost a Comment

Matching Grant for 100 People Donating $100

Thank you to all who have already donated for this fundraiser.  As of Octobert 26, 2011, we have received $6,580.00.  We only need $3,420.00 to reach our original goal of $10,000.00.  The Webster Foundation will be giving the Library a matching grant of $5,000. 

This fundraiser will end on November 30, 2011 - so if you haven't sent in your donation, you still have time.  Maybe you can ask friends and family to help you meet the $100 goal.

Our 2nd Annual Fundraiser for Fall-2011 is simple, 100 People donating $100 and the Library makes $10,000.  What is great about this year's fundraiser is that there will be a matching grant of $5,000 from the Helen & Wilton Webster Foundation

The Helen & Wilton Webster Foundation granted us $40,000 back in 2003 to replace our old roof and to renovate the fiction room where the north wall had collapsed.  We got another grant for $5,000 in 2010 to make our final installment for the land and building.  We are very grateful to Alec and Claudia Webster for all that they have done for our Library.  There are truly "Friends of the El Rito Public Library".  Thank you Alec and Claudia!

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 started our 26th year of being a Library - but we still need your help.  As you all know, the Library is in constant need of general operating money.  Call the Library at 575-581-4608 and pledge your $100 donation; donate on-line at; or mail it to us at P.O. Box 5, El Rito, NM  87530.

Please help us meet our initial goal of $10,000.  We thank you all in advance!

Posted on Monday, October 31, 2011 at 11:51AM by Registered CommenterEl Rito Library | CommentsPost a Comment

Celebration of Dia de los Muertos

COME CELEBRATE  - Día De Los Muertos -  Wednesday, November 2, 2011 at the El Rito Public Library from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.

  • There will be a showing of the film:  Calling Home the Dead by Jim Hill and Meesh Rheault Miller
  • Enjoy refreshments & some of the traditional foods shared for this holiday like empanadas & pan de muerto
  • Remember your loved ones that have passed on. There will be a community altar or “ofrenda” set up from October 31st thru November 2, 2011 for candles, offerings, pictures, flowers, & decorations

 Books about Día de los Muertos will be on display & available for check out.

 For more information call the El Rito Library at (575) 581-4608.  A donation is appreciated.

Posted on Thursday, October 27, 2011 at 12:06PM by Registered CommenterEl Rito Library | CommentsPost a Comment

"Death by Chocolate" - Don't Miss It!

We are happy to announce that we will again be selling chocolate desserts for our "Death by Chocolate" fundraiser during the El Rito Studio Tour on Saturday and Sunday, October 1 and 2, 2011.  Come by the Library and indulge your senses and donate what you can - then taste the mouthwatering desserts.

Many thanks to our bakers from the El Rito and surrounding communities.  We could not do this without your help! 

Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2011 at 03:00PM by Registered CommenterEl Rito Library | CommentsPost a Comment

Library Receives Small Grant from LANL Foundation

We are pleased to announce that on June 28, 2011 the El Rito Public Library received a small grant from the LANL Foundation for $1,500.00.  This grant will help provide daily library services by using the money to pay utilities and our Assistant Librarians.

Thank you LANL Foundation for your support!

Posted on Wednesday, August 10, 2011 at 04:15PM by Registered CommenterEl Rito Library | CommentsPost a Comment

Rio Arriba County Grant Donation

We would like to thank all three County Commissioners:  Felipe Martinez, Alfredo Montoya, Barney Trujillo and County Manager Tomas Campos for the County's grant donation of $8,000.00 for this fiscal year.  The Rio Arriba County has been helping out the Rio Arriba Independent Libraries (RAIL) for many years and is much appreciated.  Thank you Rio Arriba County!

Posted on Friday, August 5, 2011 at 03:06PM by Registered CommenterEl Rito Library | CommentsPost a Comment

Free Origami Workshop for Kids

Hey Kids - there will be a free Origami Workshop for children from the ages of 7 and up on Tuesday, July 19, 2011 at the El Rito Library from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.  Parents and older siblings are welcome!  Please sign up with the Librarian to reserve your spot!  Artist and origami teacher May Ellen Palmeri will be visiting El Rito from Arizona and will be our guest instructor.  Come have some fun - refreshments will be served.

Posted on Saturday, July 16, 2011 at 01:35PM by Registered CommenterEl Rito Library | CommentsPost a Comment