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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Library Newsletter May 2013

If you have a garden and a library you have everything you need.


Dia de los Niños/Dia de los Libros was started by a New Mexico librarian and author Pat Mora and is now celebrated across the country. El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children's Day/Book Day), is a celebration every day of children, families, and reading that culminates yearly on April 30. The celebration emphasizes the importance of advocating literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds.

YOUR college library sees the importance of recognizing Dia de los Niños/Dia de los Libros and strives each year to create an event around the concept with different populations in the Taos area. In the past, we have collaborated with the UNM-Taos International Studies program and combined International Children’s Day with our Dia program. In this event we brought local 2nd grade classes to the college library where they worked with Lydia Garcia, a local santera and also, created their personal stories by painting a mural together which later was displayed in their school. This exercise turned out to be enlightening for all, and emotionally powerful.

YOUR college library has done everything from sharing stories between Taos Pueblo Day School and Enos Garcia Middle School using Skype, to collaborating with the UNM-Taos Theatre class to put on an interactive performance with a local 4th grade class.

This year we combined the 7th grade class at the private COOP school with the Toddler, Pre-school, and Pre-K students at the UNM-Taos Kid’s Campus to share stories about gardens, and growing our own food and flowers. The COOP students wrote and illustrated their own bilingual stories to share with the younger students, and YOUR college library staff provided hands-on activities to show how plants are grown as well as sharing some classic stories such as Eric Carle’s “The Tiny Seed”. Everyone got to plant, get their hands in the dirt, and share stories. One 4-year-old shared with us that “my grandpa is strong, and he grows corn”.

Our hope is that this summer more of us will share stories with our friends, families, and community. Or, pick out a book from YOUR college library, or any of the several public libraries from Questa to Talpa, and share it with someone in the hospital or at the Taos Living Center or maybe just your neighbor who is home alone.

And our dream is that more of us will get our hands in the dirt to grow anything from marigolds to zucchini. We are planting the seeds…plantamos las semillas…so we can all reap the rewards through beauty in the flowers, nutrition in the fruits and vegetables, and the stories we share.

Again, the bimonthly newsletter from YOUR college library is to keep you informed of events as well as the resources that are available. Please note the new acquisitions of children’s materials as not only does YOUR college library serve all members of the community, we also have a 5-star rated Early Childhood Multicultural Education program on campus.

Keep in mind YOUR college library will be open all summer. We look forward to seeing you.


Thursday, May 23, 2013

Intern Opportunity


Wolf Web Design is looking for an intern to coordinate events for Arts & Carafe. The events are about 2 hours to 3 hours each. The successful candidate would help setup the event (bring art supplies, set up the room) and assist the artist (if needed), then breakdown the supplies.

Events are typically from 4 to 6 pm  either week days or weekend nights.

Additionally, there is opportunity to promote events directly with business. In the event of promoted classes, commissions or bonuses are available.

Pay: $15 an hour during events. $10 for any clerical work.

Individual must have a car to arrive at events. Fees paid for travel


  • Dependable

  • Good people skills

  • Timely

  • Task oriented

  • Self starter

please contact Marc Harrell 

at (505) 603-1342 for more information 

Monday, May 6, 2013

Dia de Los Niños/Dia de Los Libros

UNM-Taos Library is gearing up for its annual Dia de Los Niños/Dia de Los Libros event which is a celebration of children, books and diversity. The celebration emphasizes the importance of advocating literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds. Every year we try to team up with a different school in our community to celebrate this nationwide day of learning and sharing. This year we are celebrating Dia with our very own UNM-Taos Kid’s Campus and 7th graders from the The COOP, a private school in downtown Taos.

The theme for this year’s event is Earth Day, so we will be reading books about gardening followed by Earth-friendly activities for the kids. Dia will take place on Tuesday, May 7th from 9am-1pm at the UNM-Taos Kid’s Campus.

Thursday, May 2, 2013


It has been a long couple of months, but the voice of our community is finally going to be heard by all. The HOWL book release event is going to be held atTaos Mesa Brewing on May the 5th, in order to show the work and thoughts of our community be held together by only a spine and a few pieces of paper (amazing, right?). The event begins at 4pm, so invite family and friends and come relax for an evening with refreshments, music, fine art and melt-in-your-mouth literature.