of the Rainforest” at the Placitas Community Library
—NANCY GUIST, PLACITAS COMMUNITY LIBRARY
The Placitas Library’s 2008 Summer Reading Program is nearing
an end. A bustle of activity has been occurring at the library this
summer involving children, reading, and insects! Painted lady butterflies
have emerged from their cocoons and have been released, baby praying
mantises have hatched and traveled home with children to their own
gardens, Charlotte, the tarantula, has made a visit, and the “bee
lady,” Teresa Viramontes, has shared with children and adults
alike the ins and outs of beekeeping. In addition, children have
been reading, reading, reading, and the library caterpillar has
been growing each week as children bring their reading logs to the
Our last event of the Summer Reading Program is one that should
appeal to all ages. It will be on Thursday, August 7 from 9:00 to
10:30 a.m. “Exotics of the Rainforest” will be featured
at the library with their collection of live animals, such as parrots
and reptiles native to the tropical rainforests and deserts of the
world. Exotics of the Rainforest is an organization founded in 1992
by former school teacher, Carolyn Newell. Its primary goal is to
educate the public on the tropical rainforests: its people, animals,
and plant life.
Following the program, we will pass out bags filled with prizes
to all children who participated in the Summer Reading Challenge,
with special recognition to our top readers. We will also provide
a free book to every child who has brought in his/her reading log
and accumulated stickers on his/her individual caterpillar. The
event will end with cake and lemonade for all.
We want to extend an invitation to our whole community to attend
our Summer Reading Celebration. Learn about the animals of the rainforest,
support our children’s reading and join us in having some
refreshments. It’s been a great summer!
Advisors, veggies, and exotic animals at the Placitas Library
—ANNE FROST, CO-DIRECTOR, PLACITAS COMMUNITY LIBRARY
Recently, the Placitas Community Library (PCL) Board formed a Board
Advisory Committee. This formalizes the relationship between the
Library and a number of Placiteños who have been providing
advice to the Board in their areas of expertise over the years.
The Advisory Board members are: Joan Lucero, Jim Madueña,
Dave Burlingame, Graham Hogan, Vicke Kneemeyer, Pepi Strahl, Dave
Otter, Phil Messuri, Jack Bates, Dan Dennison, Jo Anne Fredrikson
and Judy Gajkowski. The Library Board welcomes them aboard with
much gratitude. Each of these people does much for this community
in many ways.
The Board would also like to thank outgoing member Martin Bradshaw
for his dedicated service on the PCL Board since 2004. Martin has
chaired our Grants Committee and recently served as Secretary. We
will all miss his stories and good humor.
Nancy Kellum-Rose has joined the PCL Board. With thirty-eight years
as a professional librarian and community activist, Nancy brings
a wealth of public library experience to us both as a volunteer
and board member. She and board chair Judy Labovitz will be coordinating
the Advisory Board. The Library is delighted to have her energy,
enthusiasm, and expertise.
Nancy and her husband Scott Dueul are also avid gardeners. Beginning
July 16 they will be selling Placitas-grown organic veggies at the
Library on Wednesday afternoons and any time you see the “VEGGIES
TODAY” sign out on the road. All proceeds will benefit the
Library. The current harvest includes: rainbow chard, snow peas,
spinach, arugula, garlic, shallots, and basil. Shortly, they expect
to add green beans, potatoes, tomatoes, and herbs. If you have extra
produce you would like to donate to the sale, please leave a message
for Nancy at the library at 867-3355.
UPCOMING LIBRARY EVENTS
August 7—9:00 to 10:30 a.m.: Summer Reading Celebration with
“Exotics of the Rainforest.” Over thirty rainforest
and desert creatures will be featured at the Library. All curious
minds are welcome!
August 14—3:30 to 5:30 p.m.: Placitas Library Board meeting
Library Book Group meets at 4:00 p.m. on the first Monday of the
month. All titles for the Book Club are available for check out.
In August, the group will be discussing Garlic and Sapphires by
Ruth Richel. Call 867-3355 to verify date and location.
Register to vote each Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to noon.
For Library hours and other information, visit www.placitaslibrary.com.
—GREG LEICHNER• lab coat (1960)—a loose, usually
white coat with deep pockets that is worn in a laboratory or a medical
office: From the witness stand, with a sigh of disgust, she looked
squarely at the defendant and said, “I thought I could trust
a man in a lab coat.”
• lachrymose (1727)—given to tears or weeping: When
Charlotte won her first Academy Award, her acceptance speech was
sincere, lachrymose, and thankfully short, but when she won her
third statuette, she marched up to the microphone and fired off
two minutes of stand-up that had the distinguished audience in tears.
• la-la land (1983)—a euphoric dreamlike mental state
detached from the harsher realities of life: For Henry, periodic
escapes to la-la land were necessary to balance the months spent
deep in the underground bowels of WeDI, the Weapons Design Institute.
• lamebrain (1944)—dolt: Pickle & Tater, both thought
to be lamebrains, bought out their boss, changed the company name
and have just been chosen Best Nashville Landscape Crew for the
second year in a row.
• lampoon (1645)—a harsh satire usually directed against
an individual: At first, Captain Ahab attempted to kill Moby Dick
humanely, with a lampoon.
• lark (1811)—a source of or quest for amusement or
adventure: On a lark in the nation’s capital, Roger rented
a Godzilla costume and spent most of the rest of that afternoon
being questioned by Secret Service personnel at 1600 Pennsylvania
• latitudinarian (1697)—tolerant of variations in religious
opinion or doctrine: It was only his dark sense of humor that allowed
him to remain latitudinarian.
• lazy Susan (1912)—a revolving tray used for serving
food, condiments, or relishes: The tabloid headline read, “Electric
lazy Susan spins out of control, injuring seven.”
• leaf scar (1835)—the mark left on a stem after a
leaf falls: Where once love dwelt, there was now only a leaf scar.
• library paste (1953)—a thick white adhesive made
from starch: Most boomers can recall the aroma and taste of library
• lobbygow (1899)—an errand boy: Shawn started at the
bottom as a lobbygow and worked his way up to toady.
• lone wolf (1909)—a person who prefers to work, act,
or live alone: America is in love with its lone wolf persona.
• longhair (1920)—an impractical intellectual; a person
of artistic gifts or interests; a person with long hair; especially:
HIPPIE: Baba Quackberg was the latest longhair in a long line of
longhairs with extensive records on file at Longview.
• loony (1872)—crazy, foolish: “Loony Earthlings”
won the 2011 Academy Award for Best Documentary.
• loosey-goosey (1964)—notably loose or relaxed: Our
new President’s loosey-goosey truth-telling saved the world.
• low-tech (1981)—technologically simple or unsophisticated:
“And for the third year in a row, the Lowe Tech Low-Techs
win the Chip-Clip Bowl.”
• luftmensch (1907)—an impractical, contemplative person
having no definite business or income: Now and then it is the luftmensch
who says out loud what no one else will say.
• lummox (1825)—a clumsy person: “And one soccer
score: it was Dover over the Isle of Lummox 37-0.”
The Goromonzi Project Administrator in Zimbabwe,
Patrick Makokoro, will be traveling from Harare to New Mexico in
August. He will meet with donors, sponsors and board members. He
will deliver a message of hope for Zimbabwe’s orphans and
vulnerable children and discuss the way forward given the current
political situation. There will be several opportunities to meet
Patrick in Albuquerque, Placitas, and Santa Fe. Call 505-350-3959
PB&J gets a makeover
A group of Intel Human Resources employees recently spent the afternoon
volunteering at PB&J Family Services in Bernalillo and created
a visible transformation, not only in the physical appearance of
the center, but also in the lives of clients who attended the career
The group transformed the physical appearance of the center by
painting the preschool classroom. The new, muted colors are much
more pleasing to the eye. They also beautified the entryway by planting
evergreens and annuals in twelve large flower pots. The paint and
flowers provided a welcoming facelift to the center.
Intel also hosted a career clinic to help clients of the center
experience real-time progress in their job searches. Intel provided
mentoring on filling out job applications, interviewing tips, and
résumé writing. The career clinic provided skills
that the clients could use for immediate results.
Dina J. Ma’ayan, the Development Director of PB&J Family
Services said, “Thank you, Intel, for reaching out to us.
The entranceway and preschool room look beautiful. The clients who
attended the career clinic got so much of out of it. The best part
is we now have materials to incorporate into our own curriculum.
You have made a positive impact to our center, staff, and the people
we serve. Thank you, thank you!” In addition, PB&J Family
Services will receive $2,290 from the Intel Foundation. As part
of Intel’s volunteer program, Intel provides matching funds
for school and nonprofit organization volunteer hours.
ABOUT PB&J FAMILY SERVICES
Founded in 1972, PB&J pioneered the use of interactive parenting
and bonding programs as an effective way to prevent child abuse
and neglect, and to preserve the family unit. Its mission is to
help at-risk children to grow and develop to their full potential
in nurturing families within a supportive community.
The organization got its name when a reporter interviewing a child
at the center asked “What is the name of this place?”
The child responded, “I don’t know, but they should
call it peanut butter and jelly, because that’s what we always
get for lunch.”
Aquatic Center hours and programs
Starting in July, the Rio Rancho Aquatic Center will have new hours
and programs available to citizens. For full details, please visit
the city’s website at www.ci.rio-rancho.nm.us/aquaticcenter.
Highlights of the newly available amenities include the opening
of the Pulte Homes Competition Pool, lap swimming times, diving
board accessibility, water aerobic classes, extended hours, and
much more. In addition, beginning on July 11, rentals for the facility
(including party rooms) will be available.
The aquatic center is located at 745 Loma Colorado Drive adjacent
to the Loma Colorado Main Library. For more information, please
call (505) 891-5230.
Rune Dancer at Esther Bone Library
The Rune Dancer Belly Dance troupe will perform at the Esther Bone
Memorial Library in Rio Rancho on Tuesday, August 12 at 6:30 p.m.
This performance is free, but tickets are required and are available
at the adult services desk in the library. You may also call 891-5012,
extension 3128 for more information.
The Rune Dancer troupe has well-rounded dancers, all of whom have
a mastery of sword, veil, cane, fire work, shamadan, dancing on
wine glasses, and drumming.
The troupe will be accompanied by conga drums to lay down the beat
as the dancers perform. Audience participation will be encouraged
for this all-ages show.
The library is located at 950 Pinetree Road SE in Rio Rancho.