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Santa Reading

Santa reading "The Night Before Christmas" to the children at the December, 2007 party.

Holidays at Placitas Library

—Anne Frost

Please join us for the Placitas Community Library (PCL) annual Holiday Open House on Saturday, December 13 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. We will serve hot cider and biscochitos. Children’s activities will take place from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m., with Santa making an appearance for photos and wishes. Through the generosity of some of the volunteers, the photos will be free this year!

The Library will close at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 23 and reopen at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 27. We will also be closed Wednesday, December 31 and Thursday, January 1. On behalf of the Library Board, Advisory Board, Friends of the PCL, and over fifty PCL volunteers, I wish you warmth and light during this holiday time.

Early in the New Year, the Library will offer a second Book Discussion Group. Our first group has been so popular that it is now closed to new members. We are taking names to form a second monthly book group. If you are interested, please call the library at 867-3355 and leave your name and number for Norma. As with the first group, this one will remain open for you to come and go. Join now and you will get in on the ground floor and be part of selecting the books this group will read in 2009.

As I write this, the final plans for the new library are being readied for Sandoval County to advertise for construction bids. If you are interested, please contact Sandoval County Department of Public Works, 867-7500, for more information. As we move to this new phase in the process, the PCL Board would like to thank so many of you who have helped in the planning and design of this project. Kudos are richly deserved by SMPC Architects, Allison Abraham and Peggy Favour. The PCL Board’s Building Chair, Gail DellaPelle continues to be our rock in this very complex process. She keeps all the balls in the air and everyone informed. Plans for a February ground-breaking are underway. Yes, it could be cold, but we are eager to get going.

As the PCL looks toward moving into the new space—hopefully next fall— we would like to gather names and titles of all our local authors. Please contact the library at 867-3355 and leave your name and number, or that of local authors you know, for Joan Jander.

May 2009 smile upon us all.

Upcoming Library Events

  • Pre-school story time—December 4 and 18 at 10:30 a.m.
  • Bilingual story time—December 9 at 3:00 p.m.
  • Children’s Book Club—December 16 at 3:00 p.m.
  • Adult Book Group meets the first Monday of each month at 4:00 p.m.
  • December 1: Uncommon Carriers by John McPhee
  • January 5: Can’t Wait to Get to Heaven by Fannie Flagg

Call 867-3355 to verify date and location of the book group meetings.

Library Hours

The Library is now open Tuesday until 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday—10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.; Wednesday—10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; Thursday—10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; Saturday—10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and when the flag is flying.

Visit us at 1 Tierra Madre or call 867-3355. You may also visit us online at

Placitas Community Library hosts children’s holiday party

The annual children’s holiday party will be held on Saturday, December 13 from 10:00 a.m. to noon at the Placitas Community Library. We will begin at 10:00 a.m. with a craft—making a picture frame for the child’s photo with Santa. Children will also be wrapping the books they bring for the Blessings Day donations, sponsored by the Las Placitas Presbyterian Church and St. Vincent de Paul.

We are asking each family that attends the party to bring a new children’s book to donate to a Sandoval County family. In fact, we are asking all library patrons to donate a new children’s book. Donations may be placed in a box inside the library any time before December 13.

After the craft time at the party, a special story hour with puppets will begin at 10:30 a.m., and Santa will arrive at 11:00 a.m. to visit with the children until noon. This year, photos with Santa will be free! At 11:30 a.m., children may participate in the breaking of a piñata filled with candy. We hope to see you at this fun-filled holiday event!

A royal tea party at the library

Hear ye! Hear ye! All kings, queens, princes, and princesses in grades one and two are invited to a Royal Tea Party at the Esther Bone Memorial Library on Tuesday, December 30 from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. Stories, games, and tea party foods are among the fun planned for the event. Participants may wear crowns if they like.

This program is free, but registration is required as space is limited Registration begins Wednesday, December 8, and may be done in person or by phone. Visit the Esther Bone Library at 950 Pinetree Road in Rio Rancho or call Youth Services at 891-5012, ext 4. This program has been generously funded by the Friends of the Library of Rio Rancho.

National report ranks New Mexico 11th in protecting kids from tobacco

—Amber McDowell, Director, State Communications

Ten years after the November 1998 state tobacco settlement, New Mexico ranks 11th in the nation in funding programs to protect kids from tobacco, according to a national report released today by a coalition of public health organizations.

New Mexico currently spends $10.5 million a year on tobacco prevention programs, which is 44.9 percent of the $23.4 million recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Other key findings for New Mexico include:

  • The tobacco companies spend $48 million a year on marketing in New Mexico. This is almost five times what the state spends on tobacco prevention.
  • New Mexico this year will collect $108 million from the tobacco settlement and tobacco taxes, but will spend less than ten percent of it on tobacco prevention.

The annual report on states’ funding of tobacco prevention programs, titled “A Decade of Broken Promises,” was released by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, American Heart Association, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, American Lung Association, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

The CDC recently updated and increased its recommendations for state funding of tobacco prevention programs, taking into account new science, population increases, inflation, and other cost factors. Moving forward, New Mexico’s leaders can step up their commitment to protecting kids from tobacco by allocating the bonus tobacco settlement payments the state began receiving last year to tobacco prevention.

“New Mexico had made a modest investment in programs to protect kids from tobacco, but is currently spending less than half of what the CDC recommends,” said Matthew L. Myers, President of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. “On this tenth anniversary of the tobacco settlement, we call on New Mexico’s leaders to keep the promise of the settlement and increase funding for tobacco prevention. Tobacco prevention is a smart investment that reduces smoking, saves lives, and saves money by reducing tobacco-related health care costs.”

According to the report, the states in the last ten years have received $203.5 billion in revenue from the tobacco settlement and tobacco taxes. But they have spent only 3.2 percent of this tobacco money—$6.5 billion—on tobacco prevention and cessation programs.

The report found that there is more evidence than ever that tobacco prevention programs work to reduce smoking, save lives and save money by reducing tobacco-related health care costs. Washington state, which has been a national leader in funding tobacco prevention, has reduced smoking by sixty percent among sixth graders and by forty-three percent among 12th graders since the late 1990s. A recent study found that California’s tobacco control program saved $86 billion in health care costs in its first fifteen years, compared to $1.8 billion spent on the program, for a return on investment of nearly 50:1.

In New Mexico, 24.2 percent of high school students smoke, and 2,300 more kids become regular smokers every year. Each year, tobacco claims 2,100 lives and costs the state $461 million in health care bills.

More information, including the full report and state-specific information, can be obtained at






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