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El rinconcito español

Lo cortés no quita lo valiente.
Valor isn’t diminished by courtesy.

Lo que poco cuesta poco se aprecia.

What costs little is appreciated little.

No es lo mismo decirlo que hacerlo.
Saying it isn’t the same as doing it.

SOS-panyol, Placitas—Spanish instruction that focuses on oral communication skills,

Bernalillo Eggstravaganza lots of fun for local youth

The Town of Bernalillo Recreation Department and the First Assembly of God Church presented their seventh annual Bernalillo Eggstravaganza on Saturday, April 15. Six thousand plastic eggs filled with candy and goodies were hidden through out Rotary Park. Prizes, including bicycles, were be given to some of the lucky egg hunters.

“Of the many events the Recreation Department does through out the year, this is the one that makes me feel most like a kid again,” said recreation director Jason Soto. “All of the work that my staff and I put into stuffing six thousand eggs is rewarded by the excitement of watching a hundred children run around the park jumping up and down shouting when they find an egg.”

The Eggstravaganza was a free event open to all children between the ages of one and twelve.

Bernalillo Mayor Patricia A. Chávez commented, “the Town of Bernalillo and the Assembly of God Church partnership provides a tradition of celebrating and strengthening community relationships within the municipality and surrounding areas.”

Placitas Library happenings

Board Changes: Since we have several new faces on the library board able to take on responsibility, Sue Strasia is taking this opportunity to step down as president, though she will remain on the board as past president and continue working on the library's behalf. Sue has served as president since the library's inception, three years ago. Her vision and determination have been key in the library's progress in procuring land and funds toward a new building. In her new role, Sue will now have more time to devote to her family and her passion for sailboat racing. Retired professional librarian Judy Labovitz is now the chair of the board. Judy brings incredible energy and experience and we are delighted with her willingness to take the reins. Judy Gajkowski continues as secretary-treasurer and Anne Frost as library director. Pam Buethe has joined the board to head the Friends of the Library. We are thrilled to have her extensive background in fund-raising and organizational development. We are grateful for the many new folks who have chosen to volunteer time with the library.

Other News: The library cosponsored two wonderful events with the PVFB last month. First, Joanne Thompson and assistant chief Drew Owens showed us how to make our homes more fire-wise. Local landscaper Jasper King was on hand to show us what plants are real fire hazards (cut back that chamisa!) and which ones are slow to burn and safer for close-in landscaping. Their wonderful handouts are available at the library and we will soon have those red house numbers available for you to pick up during library hours. Several of our dedicated PVFB volunteers have decided to volunteer at the library on Saturday mornings. It’s a great opportunity to get your fire questions answered.

Next, mountain climber Davito Hammack shared a marvelous video on hiking in the Sandias. We hope to have a copy in the library for checkout one day. Many thanks to all of these folks for making our lives safer and our beautiful mountains more accessible.

Mark Saturday, May 20, on your calendar for an early summer children's celebration at the library. Everyone is welcome. We'll have refreshments, story time, and some fun activities focusing on kids aged three to eight from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Attention Home Schoolers: The library has received the We the People Bookshelf. This fifteen-title collection, geared for grades kindergarten through twelve, explores various immigration experiences. National Endowment for the Humanities chair Bruce Cole says of these books: “The We the People Bookshelf reveals the many and varied influences that have shaped our nation's history and culture. These classics also provide another powerful lesson that there are traits and values shared by all of those who, by birth or choice, become American.”

The Library Book Discussion Group began meeting April 24, with Pug Sheridan. This monthly book group is quite informal. You can come once in a while or become a regular. Please call the library (867-3355) for information on future selections and meeting times.

The library has established an endowment fund using the money contributed by many of Madeline Randle's friends and family. We hope to develop a large enough nest egg so that we can support library operations on the interest from these funds. If you would like to remember the library in your will or have your contribution of cash or securities earmarked for the endowment, please let us know.

Welcome to Jacob Jantzi, who will be doing his senior internship for Hope Christian School at the library from April 24 through May 18. Come in and meet Jacob while he's learning all the ins and outs of running a developing library.

Don't forget Placitas Library's Birthday Bash, June 3, with a fabulous book sale. Great books at low prices with no library markings. The Howling Dog Dixieland Jazz Band has promised to be on hand again this year.

The community is always welcome at our board meetings on the second Wednesday of each month, now at PVFB main station.
The library hours are 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays, noon to 2:00 p.m. on Sundays. We look forward to seeing you!





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