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Placitas library ladies: (left to right) Rebecca Watson-Boone, Suanne Bryden, Dr. Loriene Roy, Anne Frost Grey, Norma Ruptier

ALA president-elect gives Placitas library the thumbs-up

On Saturday, July 22, the Placitas Community Library was honored with a visit from Dr. Loriene Roy, president-elect of the American Library Association. Dr. Roy was in New Mexico to attend a conference on Native health-information services and to visit with library colleagues at area pueblos.

The American Library Association, with over sixty-four thousand members, is the oldest library association in the world. Its mission includes enhancing learning and ensuring access to information for all, through promoting high-quality library and information services.

Roy toured the Placitas library and met with members of the library's board of directors and its volunteer staff. After seeing the nine-hundred-square-foot, three-room building overflowing with books, she remarked “You all are doing an incredible job of providing a full range of library services in an inadequate facility and with only volunteer staff.”

Many libraries with much more staff and infrastructure do much less. This is just the kind of community effort that needs and deserves the support of its community and private and governmental granting organizations. The mission of the Placitas Community Library is “to provide a hub for library services and activities connecting our community to the world in a warm and friendly atmosphere, [and] to be 'una Placitas para todos.'” The library opened its doors to the public in March 2004 and currently has approximately one thousand patrons.

Roy, a professor at the University of Texas at Austin's School of Information, is Anishinabe (Ojibwe), enrolled on the White Earth Reservation, and a member of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe. She received her masters in library science from the University of Arizona and her PhD from the University of Illinois, at Urbana-Champaign. In 1999, she founded If I Can Read, I Can Do Anything, a national reading club for Native children. She also directs Honoring Generations, a scholarship program for indigenous students.

Placitas Library’s Summer Reading Challenge a success, preschool story time up next

On Thursday, August 10, the Placitas Community Library held their final children's event for the summer, a grand celebration in honor of the children and their summer reading. The goal of the Summer Reading Challenge had been three hundred books read by or to the children over the summer. The grand total on August 10 was 1,175 books. Each child who participated was recognized and received a certificate along with a personalized bag filled with prizes.

We also had two very special guests. Larry O'Hanlon, who works with the Rio Grande Astronomical Society and is an independent science journalist and a science correspondent for Discovery Channel News, gave a presentation on solar energy. He grilled cheese sandwiches for the children, using a solar cooker. He also set up a solar telescope aimed at some solar sunspots, which adults and children alike were thrilled to see!

Our second guest was Jeanne Whitehouse Peterson, a well-known Albuquerque author, who read her latest book, Don't Forget Winona, to the children. She had the children enthralled as she taught them a song and read the story of a family escaping the Dust Bowl and beginning the long trip west along Route 66 in hopes of a better life.

Afterwards, she signed the book and donated it to the library.
The gathering ended with refreshments, which consisted of a lovely cake donated by Raley's and lemonade.



Beginning September 8 the Placitas Community Library will hold story time for preschoolers at 9:30 a.m. on the first Friday of every month through May. No registration is required. Simply stop by with your preschooler and enjoy sharing the wonderful world of books. It's also a great time to meet other moms, dads, and caretakers!



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