basic reading or English as a Second Language
—SUSAN RYERSON, READWEST
ReadWest, a nonprofit center helping adults and their families
learn to read, write, and speak English as a Second Language in
Rio Rancho and surrounding areas, needs volunteers to tutor adults.
There are twenty-five adult students waiting for a tutor and more
students coming in our doors every week. We will offer a free training
class for both types of tutoring in March. You do not have to be
bi-lingual or have previous teaching experience, just a desire to
help change an adult's life. After the training is completed, the
commitment is just one two-hour session, once a week in a public
place. ReadWest supports you throughout the entire process, and
it is very rewarding.
• Orientation: Wednesday, March 14, 10-11:30
a.m. (or) 5:30- 7 p.m. (This will be the last opportunity to sign
up for the March trainings.)
• Basic Reading Tutor Training: Attend two Saturday sessions
on March 17 and 24 (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.).
• English as a Second Language Tutor Training: Attend two
Saturday sessions on March 17 and 24 (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)
Both Tutor Trainings certify the individual for adult tutoring and
are taught by a certified trainer from the New Mexico Coalition
for Literacy. Please contact ReadWest by e-mail at email@example.com,
or phone at 892-1131 to register. Class size is limited and will
fill up quickly.
ReadWest is located at 2009 Grande Boulevard,
in Rio Rancho, in the back of the Rio Rancho Jewish Center. You
are welcome to bring a brown bag lunch.
Representative Udall seeks summer interns for DC
and district offices
US Representative Tom Udall, D-NM, welcomes interested college
students to apply for the unpaid summer internship programs in his
Capitol Hill and New Mexico district offices.
Each year, selected students gain a unique perspective of the US
House of Representatives while working in Udall's Capitol Hill office.
Additionally, Representative Udall offers internships in his district
"Participating in my internship program provides valuable
insight into the legislative branch of government," Udall said.
"I am proud to say that many former interns have built on their
experience in my office tocomplete their education and lead successful
To apply for an internship, candidates must send a cover letter
and resume to: Jeanette.Lyman@mail.house.gov, or fax the materials
to (202) 226-1331 by March 16, 2007. Applicants should indicate
the city in which they prefer to intern.
Interviews and selections will take place during the second half
of March, and notifications will be made by April 1. For more information,
please visit Udall's web site at www.tomudall.house.gov.
Udall was recently appointed to the House Appropriations Committee.
He previously served on the House Natural Resources, Small Business
and Veterans' Affairs Committees.
Mini basketball tourney in Rio Rancho
The Cultural Enrichment Department of Rio Rancho will be holding
a "March Madness" three-on-three basketball tournament
for fifth and sixth graders on Saturday, March 24 at the Star Heights
Recreation Center basketball courts.
This exciting event will feature a double-elimination tournament,
a slam dunk contest, a 3-point shootout, a free-throw contest, and
other skill events. Activities will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The registration deadline for this tournament is March 6. A $35
registration fee per team will be required. For more information,
please call 891-7230.
Written Spelling Bee benefits library
Rio Rancho Public Library and the Friends of the Library will
host an Adult Spelling Bee at 1:00 p.m., on Saturday, March 3, at
the new Loma Colorado Library. It will be a written, not an oral,
spelling bee, and is open to individuals who are 18 or older. The
entry free is $5 in advance, $10 at the door, and all proceeds go
to the Friends of the Library. Sign up for the Bee in the library
bookstore, or send a check, along with your name and telephone number,
to Friends of the Library, PO Box 15143, Rio Rancho, NM 87174. You
may call 891-5013 for further information.
Rio Rancho library opens online databases to public
The Rio Rancho Public Library now offers access to many databases
from your home computer, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.
You can search for magazine and newspaper articles on just about
any topic, conduct extensive genealogical research, do research
in a Spanish encyclopedia, or even practice for your GED, nursing,
or ASVAB exam.
To use the library's databases, log on to the web site at www.ci.rio-rancho.nm.us/library.htm
and click on the link to “Search Databases.”
You will need a valid Rio Rancho library card to access some of
the databases, and you will need the New Mexico State Library database
password, which is "cactus." For help, you can call the
library at 891-5013 during regular library hours, or e-mail anytime
by clicking on the web site link “Ask a Librarian.”
CASA benefits children
The Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for children will
be hosting a fundraising event on Sunday, March 18, from noon until
3:00 p.m. at Scalo Northern Italian Grill in Nob Hill, located at
Central Avenue and Carlisle in Albuquerque.
This sumptuous Italian buffet will include dessert, beverage,
and much more. Silent auction items will include a one-night stay
with dinner for two at the St. Francis Hotel in Santa Fe, Mark Pardo
gift certificates, an exquisite customized leather belt designed
by Alan Scott, a week's worth of lunches for two at Scalo, and two
$100 gift certificates, also from Scalo.
Tickets are priced at $20 each and may be purchased from the Rio
Rancho Regional Chamber of Commerce, which is located at 4001 Southern
Blvd. Tickets may also be purchased by calling 203-7179 or 220-2968.
CASA's mission is to support effective volunteer advocacy for
the best interests of abused and neglected children involved in
the court system. CASA may be contacted via mail at Sandoval County
CASA Inc., PO Box 44184, Rio Rancho, NM 87174; by telephone at (505)
720-7030; or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Library hosts first dinner, auction
The Friends of the Placitas Community Library are hosting their
first Annual Dinner and Auction on Saturday, May 19, at the Santa
Ana Star Bosque Ballroom. The evening will start with a silent auction
that includes works donated by many Placitas artists and local businesses.
A live auction will feature exciting prizes and will be emceed by
Sheriff John Paul Trujillo. All proceeds from the event will fund
the operating expenses of the library.
Tickets are $60 per person and can be purchased at the library,
or by calling Tina at 771-1299.
Placitas Community Library answers your questions
—ANNE FROST, DIRECTOR, PLACITAS COMMUNITY LIBRARY
Thank you, thank you to those who have responded to the Placitas
Community Library questionnaire. If you have not yet done so, there
is still time to complete it and send it in or drop it by the library.
Can’t find your survey? We have extras at the library for
Following are the answers to some of the questions and issues
that have come up in your responses.
Yes, we already have free high-speed internet access on our three
public access computers. These are available to you anytime the
library is open. You must sign our Internet Policy Agreement before
using these computers, but it is just that easy. These computers
also provide access to most of the databases available at other
libraries. They are too numerous to list, so please come in and
take a look.
The library’s catalog will be online through our web site
sometime in the next two months. We did not realize how much of
a priority it was for you, so thanks to your responses, we have
moved this to the top of our ‘currently doable’ priority
Yes, we work with the Martha Liebert Library in Bernalillo. We
share many patrons, and we support and advertise each other’s
events. Though our collections overlap, each library has different
materials as well. The Bernalillo Library is supported by taxes
from the residents of Bernalillo, as well as Sandoval County Bonds,
so the two libraries must remain separate and, appropriately, primarily
serve their own communities. In much the same way, we cannot be
part of the Albuquerque Library system as we are not part of that
city. Any resident of New Mexico can use the Albuquerque system,
but libraries outside of the city cannot serve as book drops for
The PCL has several hundred videos and DVDs to check out, as well
as quite a selection of audio books, many of which are unabridged.
We have recently rearranged many areas in the library, making the
audio/video material and our great large-print selection more accessible.
A big “Thank You” to everyone who has donated books
to the library. Your donations have allowed us to put together an
impressive collection available to all our patrons. We hope you’ll
continue to pass on the new books you have finished reading so they
can be shared with everyone in our community. As you do your spring
cleaning, please put those already-read treasures aside and send
them along to the library.
The Placitas Community Library invites all runners and walkers
to join in the Third Annual: “Forever Young” 10K Run
and Two-Mile Walk on April 1. Sponsored by the Albuquerque Road
Runners in memory of Charlie Young, the event will begin at 9 a.m.
just east of the Homesteads Village on Highway 165 at the entrance
to the Cibola National Forest. Library volunteers help to facilitate
this run and the great folks in the Albuquerque Road Runners give
some of the proceeds to support the library. For more information,
contact their web site: www.aroadrun.org.
We now have a “Bookmobile.” Since the Village Academy
Charter School has no library of its own, the PCL has started a
pilot program to enable their students to broaden their reading
choices. The library takes books to Village Academy every three
weeks for students to check out. Eventually, we hope to arrange
field trips for the students to come to the library and take advantage
of the whole collection. Another group already taking “field
trips” to the library comes from the Senior Center in Placitas.
The seniors come for coffee and cookies and the opportunity to pick
out some new reading material. Their choices run the gamut from
current event non-fiction to romance novels.
Our Lunar New Year celebration was a great success, thanks in
large part to the volunteer efforts of Doris Fields and Judy Gajkowski.
Over fifty people joined the fun with storytelling, crafts, and
games for both adults and children. Special thanks go to Choon Fritch
for her calligraphy of our names in Korean on beautiful New Year
Watch for information on the upcoming PCL Benefit Silent Auction
and Dinner on May 19. Save the date, as you will not want to miss
this great party!
Library Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday: 10-4; Thursday:
• Friday, March 2 at 9:30 a.m.: Children’s story time
• Monday, March 5 at 4 p.m.: Library book group will discuss
Moonstone, by Wilky Collins
• Tuesday, March 20 at 3 p.m.: Spanish/English story time