From Jemez Thunder, May 01, 2001
From Jemez Thunder, January 01, 2001
From Jemez Thunder, August 01, 2000
Transcribed from Jemez Thunder, March 15, 2000
More than 100 friends of the Jemez Springs Public Library gathered to help celebrate the Grand Opening of the newly remodeled library on Saturday, March 11. Jemez Springs Mayor David Sanchez, and State Senator Richard Romero of Albuquerque spoke briefly at an informal dedication ceremony. Senator Romero was instrumental in getting the library the $50,000 that was used for remodeling the interior of the library and adding the reading deck in the back and portale in the front. Judith Isaacs, library director, and Becky Christman, president of the Library Board, acknowledged the staff, board members, Friends of the Library and other volunteers, who not only made the party a great success, but support the library year-round. Kathleen Wiegner, past president of the Library Board, was presented with a book in appreciation of her years of service to the library.
Special events included a reading by Pulitzer Prize-winning author N. Scott Momaday from an unpublished work-in-progress about the Jemez Valley, music by Amber and Elliott Higgins and Beverly Musgrove, and storytime with Christine Barton. Dave Reynolds provided the sound system and taped music. Jean and Jim McClary organized the used book sale that netted around $60 for the Friends of the Library.
The library inaugurated its “Born to Read” program by presenting a book bag to Dave and Tiphanie McCray and their infant son Kelson. Each book bag contains a board book, a bib that says “Born to Read,” and pamphlets for parents. Donna Lea made and donated the bags, using materials purchased by the Friends of the Library, and is coordinating the program. If you know of a family with a new baby, call the library and let us know.
Raffle tickets were drawn throughout the day for prizes of new books, with a grand prize drawing of a pizza from Walatowa.
Transcribed from Jemez Thunder, Feb. 15, 1995
As part of the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Village of Jemez Springs, the library is sponsoring a “community read” event featuring the work of local resident N. Scott Momaday. We are focusing on two of his books that describe the Jemez Valley: House Made of Dawn and The Names.
Scott will appear at the library from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 27, to read from these books and discuss his writing. The idea of a “community read” is that as many people as possible read the same book. In this case, if reading two books sounds a bit much, we urge everyone to read at least a sampling. The library has ordered extra copies.
House Made of Dawn, which won the Pulitzer Price in 1969, tell the story of a young man from Jemez Pueblo, home from World War II and caught between two worlds: one his father’s, the other of industrial America. The Names is Scott’s memoir of growing up in Jemez Pueblo.
Scott was born in 1934 in Lawton, OK, Kiowa country in southwestern Oklahoma. He spent his childhood in several different Southwestern communities (Gallup, Shiprock, Tuba City, Chinle, San Carlos, Hobbs) where he was in close contact with Navajo and San Carlos Apache, as well as Hispanic and Anglo Children. When Momaday was 12, his parents took teaching jobs at Jemez Pueblo. After studying at a Virginia military academy, Scott attended the University of New Mexico (B.A. in political science), the University of Virginia (briefly to study law), and Stanford (M.A. and Ph.D. in English). Scott is a poet, novelist, playwright, storyteller, artist, and a professor of English and American literature. He created the Buffalo Trust, a non-profit foundation for the preservation, protection and return of their cultural heritage to Native peoples, especially children.
by Pablita L. Edwards, transcribed from Jemez Jonker, May 1, 1992
Who are they? First of all, there is a parent group called Friends of Libraries USA (FOLUSA). ‘Thirty-three states have chapters, each of which is a member of this parent group. Individual state chapters are made up of people who wish to support public libraries in member states. There is a chapter In Los Alamos. For example, which promotes the Mesa Public Library In Los Alamos and its branch library in White Rock.
Hundreds of people in the Jemez Springs area have enjoyed our Community Library for many years. How many remember when it occupied a corner of a vestibule Presbyterian Church? At that time, the librarian was Bill Guse. Bill did much in expanding the tiny library and getting grants. Each librarian since, appointed by the Jemez Sprinqs Village Hall, has contributed valuable time and effort into the growth at our library. Soon there is hope that the library will have its own computer and that photocopying services might be available at the expanding Village Hall.
Donna Lea Greer was interested in forming a local FOL chapter to support our Community Library and Amy Pearson, the current librarian, has obtained literature on the subject.
Members of local FOL groups help raise funds, sponsor cultural events and programs, act as library advocates to legislators for necessary funding, and help inform the public about activities and needs of each library. Often, they act as volunteers to head library programs or help the library staff in any capacity necessary.
Individual libraries vary in what needs to be done. Ours has only one paid librarian and is open only a few days a week. Additional funds obtained through a local FOL chapter could change that. We already have volunteers, but there is no organization.
To form a FOL chapter, interested people should meet on a regular basis toward that end. By-laws must be written; the proposed group must be incorporated with the State as a non-profit, tax-exempt body; officers must be elected; a steering committee selected; and the exact present status of the library must be determined along with future goals for expansion and funding. For most chapters, due are low – perhaps $5 per year, with reduced fees for students and senior citizens. Most local chapters publish a monthly or bi-monthly newsletter.
Many of us have enjoyed our Community Library, free of charge. We have watched it grow and expand services. Let’s show our appreciation by getting together and forming our own FOL chapter. We’ll all benefit – the library itself and all who patronized it. Please contact Amy Pearson if you are interested. She will record your name and we can set a meeting date soon to begin this vital project. (Today a reader, tomorrow a leader. W. Fussleman)
To document Grace Swetnam’s role in establishing the first public library in Jemez Springs, her son and Jemez Valley resident, Tom Swetnam provided a couple of newspaper clippings, which have been transcribed below.
From News of Northern New Mexico, Friday, April 2, 1965
Open House Set For New Library
JEMEZ SPRINGS – An open house to celebrate the new community library in Jemez Springs will be Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. The public is invited.
Books have been furnished by the New Mexico Library Extension Service with the help of Miss Virginia Real, Aztec librarian, Mrs. Fred Swetnam is the director of the library. It is temporarily housed in the Presbyterian Church.
Residents may apply for cards during the open house. After April 6, the Library will be open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3 to 6 p.m. until summer vacation begins. After that, it will be open from 12 noon to 5 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays. Volunteers will run the library, which is one of the Jemez Springs Community Projects.
From The Farmington (N.M.) Daily Times, Sunday March 14, 1965
Bottle Collecting Popular With Bookmobile Patrons
Bottle Collecting has become a popular pastime for several patrons of the Northwest Regional Library bookmobile
The February report of the bookmobile’s travels, submitted by Librarian Virginia Reale, notes that books have been requested on bottle identification. The report said ghost and old mining towns are best places to look for old bottles.
It goes on to say that two of the oldest and most valuable bottles found near Fort Wingate are an opium bottle and a 100-year-old ink bottle.
A new stop will be initiated in Jemez Springs in April, the report said, as soon as a definite location has been decided upon. These arrangements are being taken care of by Mrs. Grace Swetnam and Mrs. Thomas Evilsizer, wife of Farmington’s San Juan Mental Health Clinic’s psychiatrist.
Mrs. Swetnam, the report continues, recently moved to Jemez Springs from Penasco, where she helped start a book collection. Penasco is in the region served by the Northern Regional Library, Espanola.
The bookmobile report contains a portion of accounts of happenings at the Navajo Brethren in Christ Mission Hospital where applesauce parties are scheduled periodically to utilize to best advantage the supply of apples donated by friends in Bloomfield and Aztec. . .