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The Jemez Springs Public Library first opened in April 1965. The 50th anniversary was celebrated with an author symposium and open house. The symposium featured two authors who had appeared in the noted series of author talks that began in 2001. They were N. Scott Momaday, who spoke at the first symposium and moderated the second, and Nasario Garcia, who spoke at the fifth symposium in 2005. Anne Hillerman was the third author. She has continued the popular mystery series written by her father, Tony Hillerman, who also spoke at the first symposium. Irene Wanner, local author and book reviewer, was moderator.

Library Celebrates 50 Years

Invitations to the 50th anniversary were in the form of an old-fashioned library book card.

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The 50th anniversary author symposium was held in the Jemez Springs Presbyterian Church.

 

 

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Following is the program for the 50th anniversary symposium.

The fourth library remodel in 2008 joined the existing library building with the former village office building.

Front view of library during Fourth remodel on July 7, 2007. Photo by Shane Johnson

Front view of library during Fourth remodel on July 7, 2007. Photo by Shane Johnson

Side view of library during Fourth remodel on August 19, 2007. Photo by Shane Johnson

Side view of library during Fourth remodel on August 19, 2007. Photo by Shane Johnson

Front view of Library during Fourth remodel on September 26, 2007. Photo by Shane Johnson

Front view of Library during Fourth remodel on September 26, 2007. Photo by Shane Johnson

Front view of library during Fourth remodel on October 01, 2007. Photo by Shane Johnson

Front view of library during Fourth remodel on October 01, 2007. Photo by Shane Johnson

Long side view of library during Fourth remodel on November 05, 2007.

Long side view of library during Fourth remodel on November 05, 2007.

Library fourth remodel completed with new mid section completed. Photo by Shane Johnson

Library fourth remodel completed with new mid section completed. Photo by Shane Johnson

Students participating in the Land of Enchantment Book Club brought their lunches to Jemez Valley School Library on Tuesdays and learned about books while they ate. In one session, fourth graders kneaded dough to make hardtack, like the Revolutionary War soldiers ate in the book, They Called Her Molly Pitcher. School librarian Mildred Peck and Deborah Williams, Children’s Program Coordinator for the Jemez Springs Public Library, coordinated the weekly program.

 

These children were in the Land of Enchantment reading program that the library offered to students at Jemez Valley Elementary School in 2007.

 

Student kneads dough to make hardtack.

 

Another fourth grader marks off his second book on the Land of Enchantment book chart.

Readers who finished at least three books from the list then voted for their favorite, and their votes were added to those from around the state to choose the Land of Enchantment Book of the Year. For more information on the ongoing Land of Enchantment Book Award Program, go to http://www.loebookaward.com.

Across the nation, libraries participate in Community Read, an annual event in which everyone in a town or community are encouraged to read the same book and then participate in discussions about the book and author. In 1996, Rudolfo Anaya, famed New Mexico author (and part-time Jemez Springs resident), was featured at our library.

 

Photo of Mandi Holder, Friends of the Library Treasurer.

Mardi Holder, Friends of the Library Treasurer, volunteered to help.

Photo of John Nichols.

John Nichols, one of three presenters.

Photo of Sara Wiuter, Friends of the Library President.

Sara Winter, Friends of the Library President hands out programs.

Photo of Rena Swentzeil and Carol Meine

Rena Swentzell, one of three presenters, and Carol Meine, Children and Youth Coordinator at the library.

Photo of Demetria Martinez.

Demetria Martinez, one of the three presenters.

Photo of Scott Momaday (Moderator), Rena Swentzeil, Demetria Martinez, and John Nichols.

N. Scott Momaday (Moderator), Rena Swentzeil, Demetria Martinez, and John Nichols.

Photo of Scott and Barbara Momaday.

N. Scott and Barbara Momaday waiting before the symposium.

This pamphlet shows the services and programs the library offered in 2003.

Front cover of pamphlet.

Front cover of pamphlet.

Mid section of pamphlet.

Mid section of pamphlet.

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Back of Pamphlet

Battle of the Books is a reading contest held in many states. Sponsored in this state by the New Mexico Library Association, it is held in a different city each year.  Schools and libraries coach teams, who must remember details about a selected list of 20 books. The library team was selected of students from Jemez Valley Elementary School who attended practice sessions. The 2003 battle was held in Las Cruces on March 17.

Participants of Battle of the Books in 2003

Participants of Battle of the Books in 2003

Battle of the Books 2003

Battle of the Books 2003

Students practiced during their lunch hour.

Students practiced during their lunch hour.

 

Students crammed before the battle.

Students crammed before the battle.

Judith Isaacs, Library Director, accompanied the team.

Judith Isaacs, Library Director, accompanied the team.

Parents and family members supported team members.

Parents and family members supported team members.

Team member's parents and family members were part of the large crowd that observed the battles.

Team member’s parents and family members were part of the large crowd that observed the battles.