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Benjamin Bean Benjamin Bean, son of Kevin Bean and Susan Rich of Carnuel, NM and grandson of P.J. Sumner of Placitas, received the highest award in scouting, the Eagle Scout Badge, in a ceremony at Tijeras, NM.  He is a member of Scout Troop #185, Scout Master Greg Williamson. Ben is a senior at Manzano High School and plans to attend New Mexico Technical Institute at Socorro, NM in the fall.

Painted Pony

Stephanie Lockhart, horse preservationist, assists a child as she “paints” a pony with her handprint.

Spanish horses to celebrate PCL’s birthday

—Anne Frost, Library Co-Director
May brings two special events to the Placitas Community Library, our Annual Plant Sale and our Birthday Bash. On May 2 the Library will hold its annual Plant Sale from 10 - 4 p.m. This year, at 11 a.m., Master Gardener Carol Horner will speak on Gardening with Native and Xeric plants in Placitas. Carol has studied and gardened in Placitas for many years and possesses a wealth of knowledge. Please bring your questions. Once again High Country Gardens will be donating a selection of beautiful perennials from which to choose. This year, we will have several varieties of rare Placitas grown Antique Roses donated by Anne LaGrone. Come early for the best selection. This sale is a marvelous way to spruce up your garden and support the Placitas Community Library’s new building landscaping project.

In celebration of our fifth birthday, the Placitas Community Library is proud to present horse preservationist Stephanie Lockhart and her rare Spanish Colonial Horses, on Saturday May 16 from 10 - 1 p.m. Often referred to as ‘mustangs’ these smaller horses once dominated the west and were closely associated with both Native American and Mexican cultures. They were almost exterminated during the westward expansion of Anglo culture. This exciting program will teach us the history of these cousins of our own Placitas wild horses. Stephanie will bring two of her Spanish Colonial horses and a Choctaw pony. As a special treat we will have the opportunity to “paint’ the Choctaw pony using non-toxic washable paints. Information booths from both WHOA and PATHWAYS Wildlife Corridor will be on hand. There will also be opportunities for pet adoptions and, of course, Birthday cake for all.

The Birthday Bash is also the Kick-off for our Summer Reading Program. This year’s theme is Be Creative @ Your Library.  Our programs will offer children a wide variety of creative opportunities in art, poetry, creative dramatics, puppetry and more. The weekly programs will be held every Thursday morning from 9:00-10:30 beginning June 4 and ending with our Summer Reading Celebration on August 6.  Prior registration is not required for these weekly sessions.

Have you noticed the new building site?  The area has been leveled and is ready for Hart Construction to begin. Sandoval County crews were careful to leave as much of the area undisturbed as possible. Our Building Project Coordinator Gail DellaPelle is keeping a photo journal of each stage of the process. We are truly on our way now. Hart Construction expects to be finished in four months so we hope to be in our new digs sometime this fall.

Thanks to a Vista Grant and the Federal Stimulus Package, the Library has two one-year positions for Development Specialists. These folks will coordinate the fundraising campaign for Phase II of the new facility and develop a plan for sustaining library services into the future. The positions offer lots of challenge and flexibility as well as a small salary. The deadline for applying is May 9. Complete information can be found on our website:  www/ or by picking up a job description at the Library. Please submit your resume online to or mail to 1 Tierra Madre Rd, Placitas NM 87043.

Upcoming Library Happenings:

May 2 : 10-4 p.m. Annual Plant Sale with Gardening in Placitas talk by Carol Horner at 11a.m.
May 7 and 21: Pre-school story time at 10:30 a.m.
May 16: 10-1 p.m. 5th Birthday Bash featuring Spanish Colonial Horses, Summer Reading Kick off
May 12: Bilingual story time  at 3 p.m.
May 19: Children’s Book Club at 3pm
May 19: PCL Book Group II: Tuesday  at 7 p.m.  Reading Rabbit Redux. This group welcomes drop ins. 

Library Hours: Now open Tuesday until 7 p.m. and Thursday 10-4 p.m.
Tuesday 10-7 Wednesday, 10-4, Thursday 10-4, Saturday 10-4 and when the flag is flying

Visit us at 1 Tierra Madre or call 867-3355, website:






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