Lecture by NM Supreme Court Justice Patricio M. Serna

Saturday, July 24, 2010 at 4:00 pm

New Mexico Territorial Justice:  1846 – 1912

A history of the administration of justice in New Mexico from the American occupation in 1846 until statehood in 1912.  The presentation will focus on the lives and activities of several Supreme Court justices in the context of territorial times and will address the participation of the one Hispanic Justice in territorial times and since statehood in 1912.

Patricio M. Serna is currently a Justice of the New Mexico Supreme Court. (biography)

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The El Rito Quilter's Guild offers a quilt for sale

The El Rito Quilters Guild has donated another quilt to the library!

Carnival Front

Carnival Back

Carnival Detail

42" x 59.5"

$150 minimum for the library.

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Santa Fe Opera - Youth Night

Thank you to all staff and volunteers who co-ordinated the bus of chaparons and children to the Santa Fe Opera performance of Mozart's The Magic Flute. A special thanks to those that work for the Opera's  Community & Youth Program. This was a great oportunity for our community!


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LECTURE: Melina Vizcaino-Aleman on Fray Angelico's La Conquistadora: The Autobiography of an Ancient Statue

Saturday June 26th at 4:00 p.m.

This lecture will be in our non-fiction room.

Melina Vizcaino-Aleman
is a graduate of the American Studies PhD program at the University of New Mexico.  Her work concentrates on the history and culture of the Southwest, particularly as it relates to US Hispanic and Chicana/o literature, folklore, and film.  She also focuses on the significance of race, class, and ethnicity, as well as critical regional studies.  In her dissertation, "Triptych Cultural Critique: Fray Angelico Chavez and Southwestern Critical Regionalism, 1939-2004," she provides a critical biography of New Mexico's twentieth-century Franciscan priest, poet, historian, and man of letters.  The dissertation puts Fray Angelico in dialogue with other Southwestern writers, both Anglo and Mexican American, between the years of 1939 and 2004, and it uses religion as a cultural studies paradigm to engage in the development of regional writing and critical regional studies.

For her presentation, she will be presenting a portion of her dissertation on Fray Angelico's La Conquistadora: The Autobiography of an Ancient Statue, a 1954 text published by the Saint Anthony Guild Press and written in the context of the Nuclear Age.  Fray Angelico penned La Conquistadora after serving with the military during the Korean War (1950-1953), and he visited the Our Lady of Guadalupe shrine in Extremadura, Spain, while stationed in Europe.  He also served as an Army Chaplain for WWII (1942-1946), and he wrote Our Lady of the Conquest, a history of the statue published in 1948 by the New Mexico Historical Society.  The autobiography in many ways disputes this previous history using the voice of the statue.  By writing the autobiography in the voice of the statue "herself," Fray Angelico uses a literary technique that crosses gender, genre, and generations.  The presentation will address the autobiography's cross-gendered voice in three ways: 1) as a way to understand New Mexico's Hispanic religious traditions in a modern era; 2) as a revisionary history and Southwestern cultural performance; and 3) as a response to the US's nuclear development on a global scale.

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Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser

Thanks to the volunteers, staff and community the El Rito Library pulled in almost $1,000 of operating funds last Saturday!

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Julie Wagner's Books On View 

Through the month of May

We are proud to have on view in our Special Collections Cabinet the book work of Julie Wagner.

Julie has been a living and working in the El Rito for over 35 years. She has been producing works of sculpture in wood and now paper, drawings, and artist’s books.

"My books are almost always one-of-a-kind, sculptural in nature, and concerned with form.  I want the pages to have texture, weight, and often translucency.  I see them as interactive, so the viewer is in a sense going on a journey through them as they turn the pages or pass from one page of the accordion to the next.

When I make a book, I often have multiple agendas.  I like to have ideas running along in parallel or interwoven paths.  I like definitions, maps, diagrams, connections between things that seem disparate...vessels to drink from, vessels to travel in, vessels carrying blood or sap, vessels embodying virtues or qualities.  I like to have the images carry the weight of the ideas and rarely use a text. "

Julie's work will be on display Through the Month of May. These works are for sale and proceeds will benefit the library.

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Día de los Niños, Día de los Libros at the El Rito Library

Thank you Susan Guevara and all who helped The El Rito Library Celebrate 

Día de los Niños, Día de los Libros



Susan put together a wonderful presentation on how  “Numero Uno”, a book authored by Arthur and Alex Dorros was illustrated by her. El Rito School children were treated to a dramatization using the original models for many of the characters and photo studies she used for reference.


For more pictures of the event please visit our photo gallery.



The El Rito Library would like to thank the Del Norte Credit Union

for taking the time to recognize the importance of this event and becoming our sponsor.


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100 People Donating $100

As you all know, the Library is in constant need of operating money.



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 need you now more than ever. Call the Library at 575-581-4608 and pledge your $100 donation or mail it to us at P.O. Box 5, El Rito, NM 87530.

The El Rito Library is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization and is registered in the State of New Mexico as a Charitable Organization. Our Employer Identification Number (EIN) is 85-0459285. Your gift is fully tax deductible.


People who have already donated:

Anonymous • Archuleta, Grace & Pete • Armenta, Casey & Angelica • Atterbury, Bill & Katharine • Bader, Stan & Arlene • Barrionuevo, Cesar & Marcela • Bottari-Meyer, Coleen • Boyle, Terence & Susan • Bucklin, Edward & Wendy Westerbeke • Caster, John • Chacon, Fernando & Odelsa • Cheena, Anika • Combs, Dick & Sue • Corpi, Lucha • Derrer, Suzanne • Douglas, Ramey & Jo • Duran, Karin • Edwards, Jack & Viki • El Sueno Del Corazon • Frank, Constanze • Genth, David • Gershen, Sheila • Griffin, Gary & Patricia • Guevara, Joyce • Guevara, Susan • Gutierrez-Anderson, Cynthia • Hodson, Sonia & Bill • Idlet, Scott • Jewell, Sam & Isabel • Kahler, Albert & Sarah • Kramer, Jane • Lange, Ellen • Leberg, Maryann • Ludlum, Wendy & David • Maddex, Michael • (D.O.) Maley, Kathleen • Maley, Ruby • Martin, Catherine • Martin, Greg & Josephine • Martin, John & Barbara • Martin-Davis, Carol • Martinez, Ted • McGrath, Walter & Carol Ann Magai • Miller, Alan & Melissa • Morrison, Malcolm & Roxane • Nequin, Lynn • Ortega, Felipe • Ortiz, James • Ortiz, Veronica • Orona-Cordova, Roberta • Page, William & Claudia • Quadri, Kurt • Rio Grande Sun • Robert Moody Foundation • Seese, Linda & Dolphin, Rita • Serna, Patricio & Eloise • Simmons, Myron & Sharon • Singleton, Tamara & Tim Viereck • Snellman, Janice & Eric • Snow, Robert & Suzanne • Sparks, Larry • Spencer, Jett • Trujillo, Christine & Raymond • Trujillo, Edmund • Turner, Barbara & Art Burton • Valley National Bank • Wallin, Steven & Julia • Ward, Joan • Wells, Robert • Williams, Dorothy • Williams, Steven • Wilson, Maria

As of 05/19/2010

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