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Kids at Placitas Community Library

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


Do you know about the children’s story hours at the Placitas Community Library?

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 season


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 start.

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.


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



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