Author Jeanne Whitehouse Peterson reads one of
her picture books during last year’s Children’s Summer
Reading Program at the Placitas Community Library.
Summer reading program at Placitas Community
—NANCY GUIST, COORDINATOR, CHILDREN’S SUMMER
READING PROGRAM, PLACITAS COMMUNITY LIBRARY
Summer is just around the corner. It’s a time for children
to explore, create, and discover, as well as to relax and savor
each day. What better accompaniment for such delightful diversions
than a book.
The Placitas Community Library hopes to be a part of your child’s
summer by again offering a Summer Reading Program. We will be having
a weekly story time along with related hands-on projects. The story
time will be held every Thursday morning from 9:00 to 10:30, beginning
June 7 and running through August 9. We plan to have two story time
groups (two- to five-year-olds and six- to nine-year-olds), which
will then be combined for the craft or art activity. This summer’s
theme will be “Get a Clue @ Your Library.” It is not
necessary to register beforehand. Simply come join us each Thursday
and discover the wondrous world of books.
As part of the Summer Reading Program, the Placitas Community
Library will also be sponsoring a Reading Challenge Program. Children
of all ages are welcome to register. They will be reading books
(or having books read to them) in order to contribute to reaching
a library goal of eight hundred books. Watch our Treasure Chest
in the children’s room fill with gold coins as we work toward
our goal. We will celebrate our reading at summer’s end with
a party, prizes, and more.
The Summer Reading Program will kick off at the library’s
Birthday Bash on Saturday, June 2. Children may register for the
Reading Challenge at that time. (Children may also register any
day after that during library hours.) Special performances, activities,
and games are planned for children as well. Come join us in celebrating
our library’s 3rd birthday, and start the summer with reading
The Placitas Community Library is located directly west of Homestead
Village on Tierra Madre Road in Placitas.
Placitas Community Library plans activities for
—JUDY GAJKOWSKI, PLACITAS COMMUNITY LIBRARY
The Placitas Community Library website now lists almost all the
books in our collection. While you’re on the website, check
out the list of live auction items available at the Friends of the
Library First Annual Dinner and Auction on Saturday, May 19. There
are eight great live auction items and over one hundred items in
the silent auction. Tickets are $60 per person for the event, which
will be held at the Santa Ana Star Casino beginning at 6:00 p.m.
Don’t miss this chance to have a lot of fun, support the Library,
and maybe go home with one of the fantastic items up for bid. Call
Pam Buethe at 771-8941 or check with anyone at the Library for more
information and tickets.
While you’re at the Library, take a look at our newest addition—the
“2007 We The People Bookshelf on the Pursuit of Happiness.”
This collection of twenty books, including five in Spanish, and
one CD, is a grant from the American Library Association and The
National Endowment for the Humanities. We will have an “official”
inauguration of the bookshelf materials at our Birthday Bash on
June 2, but you are welcome to come in now for a preview.
On Saturday, May 12 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sunday, May
13 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., there will be a book sale featuring
lots of great bargains on a variety of books, videos, CDs, and other
materials—something for everyone. Now is the time to clean
out your bookshelves and bring your book and audio/visual donations
to the Library. Also on May 12, seniors from the Placitas Senior
Center will be displaying and selling their arts and crafts.
Ongoing programs at the Library include the bilingual story time
on Tuesday, May 15 at 3:00 p.m., and the pre-school story time on
Friday, May 4 at 9:30 a.m.
—DON LEONARD, SANDOVAL COUNTY COMMISSION CHAIRMAN
Spring definitely is in the air and the thoughts of teenagers are
turning to… well, maybe… summer jobs.
Summer jobs provide our students with more than paychecks. The
experiences gained from that early opportunity of earning pay for
performing needed services are deeply ingrained. First jobs and
first employers, combined with developing new skills and sense of
accomplishment, create life-long work ethics that last far longer
than the spending money that teens earn for clothing, college funds,
Sandoval County’s highly effective Summer Youth Employment
Program helps create those memories and work habits. It provides
needed workers for jobs in programs serving all residents and jump-starts
some of our younger citizens on a career path toward lifelong public
This summer, about one hundred students ages fourteen to seventeen
will be hired in all areas of Sandoval County. The teenagers will
be placed in a wide variety of jobs in government, schools, and
not-for-profit agencies that serve County residents. Participants
in the program will be assigned to specific tasks and job sites.
Each will work twenty hours weekly and earn a salary of $5.25 per
Some youth employees will help implement recreational programs.
Others will provide maintenance at schools or assist older citizens
at County senior centers.
Some summer youth employees will work directly with elected officials
in County and city government. Others will perform needed duties
in such areas as personnel, public works, landscaping, building
maintenance, and community service programs.
The County program tries to find a good match for employers requesting
a worker with specific skills. Yet, each job shares the common goal
of providing our youth with opportunities to obtain valuable experience
and assets for building future careers. And, all of the jobs will
help provide needed services to our communities and residents.
Officials in our cities and villages tell me they couldn’t
run their summer recreation and other programs without the talents
and services of workers available through the County program.
This year’s program starts on June 4 and ends July 27. The
first day of work includes a mandatory orientation session so that
both employers and the young employees understand expectations and
job requirements. At the end of the eight-week program, supervisors
will give the youth workers written job evaluations and discuss
their work performance with them.
Adult supervisors are key to the program’s success and are
responsible for training and providing on-the-job oversight. Supervisors
of the young employees also must be flexible in scheduling to accommodate
summer school, vacations, and medical appointments. They also are
responsible for training the young employees.
The Sandoval County Commission, which allocates funds to operate
the summer youth employment program, has high expectations of participants.
We expect our younger residents to do a good job and make a valuable
contribution in their work. And, we expect them to establish the
work ethic and memories that will last through their lifetimes.
Questions or comments for Commissioner Leonard can be mailed to
him at Sandoval County Administrative Offices, PO Box 40, Bernalillo,
Village Academy Charter School students win state
The Village Academy Charter School (VACS) community was recently
notified that five middle-schoolers have been recognized for their
winning entries in two different state competitions.
Marquette Sheehan, Derrick Valdez, and Jessica Anderson, all VACS
seventh-graders, submitted the first-, second-, and third-place
winning essays, respectively, at the middle school level, in the
New Mexico Annual Charter School Student Essay Contest.
Students spent three days working on the project during the breakfast
and morning “Drop Everything and Write” time. They were
asked to write about what Village Academy would look like in the
future. As a follow-up in the language arts classes, students edited
each other’s work and made a final copy to submit to the competition.
Village Academy will hold an official awards assembly in mid-May
to recognize the students’ accomplishments.
Last month eighth-grader Renata Yazzie learned she was a first-place
regional winner in the New Mexico National History Day Statewide
Contest. Another eighth-grade student, Derek Lovato, was also invited
to submit his project on WWII. State finalists were to be announced
at the state competition held April 27 at the Indian Pueblo Cultural
Renata Yazzie’s first-place winning project is a documentary
entitled, “Triumph and Tragedies of the Navajo Nation.”
Her extensive research involved university library, Internet, and
community-based resources, culminating in a multi-media PowerPoint
presentation. Yazzie received enormous support from her parents
and other native community members, who provided interviews and
testimonies concerning events that occurred approximately from the
year 1860 through recent times.
State winners in each category will receive an all-expense paid
trip to the national competition held in Maryland in June. National
winners will receive scholarship monies. To prepare for this event,
the organizers held a state-wide teacher conference, introducing
a series of lesson plans to implement in their social studies classes
at the beginning of the school year.
Village Academy Charter School, which opened its doors in the
fall of 2006, provides an innovative learning environment based
on the Core Knowledge Curriculum and a variety of community-based
enrichment opportunities for its students. For more information,
please contact VACS at www.villageacademyplacitas.com
or call 867-9094.