Children gather around to hear the story of Verdi,
a proud python, flourishing in the flower of his youth.
Story time at the Placitas Community Library
—NORA TIMMONS, PLACITAS COMMUNITY LIBRARY
Do you know about the children’s story hours at the Placitas
One story time is for preschool children, and is held two times
per month on the first and third Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. The other
is a bilingual (Spanish and English) story hour, held on the second
Tuesday of each month at 3:00 p.m. for elementary-age children.
The stories are read by the same teachers you met during our very
successful Summer Reading Program. Each story time is prepared by
a former professional educator, and features age-appropriate reading
material and activities. Children and parents from Bernalillo, Rio
Rancho, Algodones, Placitas, and nearby Pueblos are invited to join
us for both story hours. We would also like to extend an invitation
to the Carroll, Roosevelt, and Placitas Elementary School children
to attend our bilingual story time on November 11.
The library is open until 7:00 p.m. on Tuesdays, so there is plenty
of time to read with your child and select books to take home. Also,
for elementary children in grades 3, 4, and 5, we have a book club
held on the third Tuesday of each month at 3 p.m. This month, the
date is November 18, and the book is Roxie and the Hooligans by
Phyllis Reynolds Naylor.
The preschool story hour dates for November are the 6th and the
20th. Please join us and allow us to share our love for reading
and teaching with your children!
Placitas Community Library wraps up a successful
—ANNE FROST, CO-DIRECTOR
What a glorious Fall this has been! Thanks to this very generous
community and many fabulous volunteers, the Placitas Community Library
(PCL) has enjoyed a number of very successful events recently. The
Friends of the PCL held their Books on the Bosque Dinner and Auction
on September 28 at Tamaya. The dinner and dancing to local band,
Cheap and Easy, were delightful. As always, the heart of the event
was the auction. Once again, our local artists showed both their
remarkable talents and incredible generosity. This kind of event
takes hundreds of hours on the part of dozens of volunteers. Kudos
to this year’s event chairs: Pam Buethe and Susan Fullas,
as well as all who volunteered. Many thanks to each of you who attended,
donated, and/or purchased. Because of your generosity, fundraising
Phase II of the new Placitas Community Library is off to a great
In September, Placitas artist Daisy Kates offered a wonderful children’s
pottery series. Over the course of several weeks, children learned
to hand-build, glaze, and fire a pottery vessel of their own design.
Any of you who are aware of our extremely limited facility will
be especially impressed with Daisy’s skill and adaptability.
The amazing results delighted the children and impressed us all.
Many, many thanks to Daisy. We look forward to discovering just
what she can accomplish with a room to teach in and a real sink!
Speaking of our new facility, the Sandoval County Planning and
Zoning Commission approved the Conditional Use Permit for the property
in September. The Commission was quite overwhelmed by the quality
and quantity of your letters of support. Kudos to each of you. We
are grateful to them for setting us on our way. All but the final
drawings are completed and Sandoval County will soon send the project
out for bids. If you are interested in being notified, please leave
a message at the library at 867-3355 for Gail Della Pella, and/or
watch for the County’s announcement in the newspapers. Come
to the Library to view the color elevation and floor plans. We hope
to break ground in February.
We asked for your blood, and you gave it! Our Equinox Celebration
and Blood Drive was a success. On September 21, the Library celebrated
with a marvelous talk on Fall gardening principles by Master Gardener
Carol Horner and a plant sale (thanks to the generosity of High
Country Gardens). There was a great barbeque, complete with burgers
and dogs and homemade cookies (thanks to the Gajkowskis). United
Blood Services was on hand all afternoon collecting blood donations.
Special thanks to each of you who donated or attempted to do so,
and also to Carol Horner and those who helped with this event.
UPCOMING LIBRARY EVENTS
Pre-school story time: November 6 and 20 at 10:30 a.m.
Bilingual story time: November 11 at 3:00 p.m.
Children’s Book Club: November 18 at 3:00 p.m.
Adult Book Group meets the first Monday of each month at 4:00 p.m.
Please call 867-3355 to verify date and location.
November 3: Tortilla Curtain by T. C. Boyle
December 1: Uncommon Carriers by John McPhee
Many thanks go to Nancy Kellum-Rose and Scott Dueul for their veggies.
We hope they will be back with more next year! What a creative way
to support the Library.
We are now open Tuesdays until 7:00 p.m.!
Tuesdays: 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.; Wednesdays: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00
p.m.; Thursdays: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.; Saturdays: 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 www.placitaslibrary.com.