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[In 2004, Margaia Forcier-Call volunteered to be the Story Lady and continued for 9 years.]

I very much enjoyed being Story Lady with the children of the Jemez. Sitting on the floor with them, on our “story-time quilt” made by Donna Lea, was a time of many precious moments. Not only did I read books to them, re-enacted very short stories (with home-made “props”), but once a year, we went through an Alphabet Book — a few (perhaps 4) letters at a time. Also, we ended the last 5 or so minutes, with a “sticker book” in which they learned, numbers, colors, shapes, etc.

Five-year-old Nash brought [a book] to his mother saying, “Can I read you a story?” She smiled saying sure, but not knowing what to expect. He began reading from this book, and read the first 10 pages, to her astonishment.  She asked, “Where did you learn how to read? Who taught you?”  He answered, “I don’t know.  I just know how to read this.”  He brought the book to his last session at the library, and read for us. An incentive for the children present!  He usually sat next to me, on the floor, and looked attentively at the book/pages I was reading. . . .  When he started reading at school, the teacher told his mother that he changed his voice at every character he was reading about. I laughed.  Apparently, he was mimicking me, since I did that when I read to the children.  Each animal or human character had its own voice…

In my last years, I had a brother and sister team in the group. Henry was at least a year or two older than his little sister, Imogene (who joined the group when she was not quite 3 yet). During his last year with us (after he turned 5), Henry often commented on the story we were reading. (I welcomed the children’s participation.) He would politely say, “Miss Margaia…” then give his comment. One day, immediately after Henry’s comment, Imogene blurted out: “Miss Gaia, Miss Gaia…”  and had her little say.  I couldn’t help smiling.

My memories of these hours spent with the children of Jemez, are very fond ones.

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.

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.

From Jemez Thunder, May 15, 2002

Poems by 40 young people were selected to be printed in a book published by the library. Each poet received a free copy of the book, and copies are available in the Jemez Springs Public Library and the school libraries at Jemez Valley and San Diego-Riverside. Printing the book was funded by Friends of the Library. Judges were Robert Borden, John Cook, and Ted Greer.

Following are the poets: Ronald Toya, grade 5; Jesse Madalena, grade 2; Jessica Tsosie, grade 3; Lucky Lasater, grade 3; Michael Ryan Peck, grade 3; Lizzie Wasilewska, grade 3; Katlynn Swetman, grade 1; Traci Gachupin, grade 3; Shalana Gachupin, grade 7; Bert Pecos, grade 8; Larissa Gachupin, grade 6; Leandra Baca, grade 6; Ashley Seonia, grade 6; Gabriel Henderson, grade 6; Shayna Grandbois, grade 5; Rosemary Burritt, grade 4; Teeah Toya, grade 3; Tomas Cordova, grade 5; Rachel Garcia, grade 10; Anton Sena, grade 10; Samantha Gonzales, grade 2; Kira Tafoya, grade 4; Lance Anderson, grade 4; Nicholas Leyba, grade 5; Ryan D. Gutierrez, grade 5; Dyanna Seonia, grade 2; Jalen Kucate-Yepa, grade 2; Emily Jaramillo, grade 2; Kaitlyn Yepa, grade 3; Author: Amber Trehern, grade 1; Angel Garcia, grade 3; Lawrence Garcia, grade 1; Victoria Lucero, grade 4; Mariah Gachupin, grade 4; Brandon Shendo, grade 4; Cristina Del Castillo, grade 4; Iain Jaramillo, grade K; Keith Garcia, grade K; Dylan Parrett, grade K; Dominic Garcia, grade 5.

Transcribed from Jemez Thunder, May 1, 2001

All classrooms at Jemez Valley Schools were invited to submit poems, and 20 students were selected as winners in this year’s student poetry contest. A panel of judges chose a winner from each classroom, and each winner was awarded a gift certificate for free beverage and dessert, courtesy of the Laughing Lizard Cafe. Sixteen of the winners read their poems at the Open Mike Poetry Reading at the Lizard on April 25.

Winners were Jasmine Lovato and Auriel Trujillo (tie), kindergarten; Angelica Romero, Garret Stash and Emily Jaramillo (tie), first grade; Garrett Barber and Nickolas Colon, second grade; Corina Trujillo. Richard Gentry and Mary Peifer (tie), third grade; Liz Paez and Leroy Trujillo, fourth grade; Loretta Stacy, fifth grade; Mariah Gonzales, sixth grade; Keith Panama, seventh grade; Nadine Jaramillo and Tina Archuleta, eighth grade; Colin Ramsey, ninth grade; Patricia Garcia, tenth grade; Janice Tosa, eleventh grade.

Judges were Ted Greer. Judith Isaacs, Margaret May and Sam Rivera for elementary and mid-school, and John Cook, Ted Greer and Judith Isaacs for high school.

In 1999, during the time that Carol Meine was Children and Youth Coordinator, the Summer Reading Program’s theme was Creature Features.

Carol Meine talks to Alice Rodgers, volunteer, during a Creature Features session in the village park.

Carol Meine talks to Alice Rodgers, volunteer, during a Creature Features session in the village park.

At each weekly session, Christine Barton read creature books to a group of eager listeners.

At each weekly session, Christine Barton read creature books to a group of eager listeners.

In addition to reading about a variety of creatures, the children did writing and art projects which were displayed in the library.

Volunteer Richard Wasileski works with children on their art projects.

The Summer Reading Programs usually ended with a picnic at the park.

Nancy Blecha waits for the hot dogs cooked by Richard Barton.

Nancy Blecha waits for the hot dogs cooked by Richard Barton.

 

For many years, the library has entered a float in the Jemez Springs Fourth of July parade. Children in the Summer Reading Programs helped create the float and road on the float in the parades.

In 2014, the Library created a float that used the Famous Jemez Duck Race as a theme with a large rubber ducky reading atop a yellow duck truck, with Library Director Carol Meine driving.

 

 

The library float in the Fourth of July parade in 2005 was a bookworm.

The library float in the Fourth of July parade in 2005 was a bookworm.

 

In 2001, Judith Isaacs, Library Director, and Mary Grace, parent , were the adults in this patriotic-themed float.

 

In 2000, the library chose “Where the Wild Things Are” for the theme of their float in the Fourth of July Parade. Richard Wasileski created a jungle and some monsters similar to those in the popular children’s book by Maurice Sendak of that title. Driver is Richard Barton.

 

Judith Isaacs, Library Director, waves from the Library float in the 1998 Fourth of July parade.

Judith Isaacs, Library Director, waves from the Library float in the 1998 Fourth of July parade.

Library floats always included children from the Summer Reading Program.

The Family Literacy Program was jointly sponsored at Jemez Valley Elementary School by the YMCA and the Jemez Springs Public Library.

Donna Lea was the teacher for the Family Literacy Program jointly sponsored at Jemez Valley Elementary School by the YMCA and the Jemez Springs Public Library in 1998. The library also provided books and adult volunteers. The program included open houses for parents.

Donna Lea was the teacher for the Family Literacy Program jointly sponsored at Jemez Valley Elementary School by the YMCA and the Jemez Springs Public Library in 1998. The library also provided books and adult volunteers. The program included open houses for parents.

Donna Lea reads to children in the family literacy program.

Donna Lea reads to children in the family literacy program.

Judith Isaacs, Library Director, greets parents at an open house.

Judith Isaacs, Library Director, greets parents at an open house.

Alice Rodgers, Volunteer, reads to children in the program.

Alice Rodgers, volunteer, reads to children in the program.

Family Literacy Program

Family Literacy Program