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.
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.
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.
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.
The event program featured the poster on the cover and information about each of the authors.
The event program featured the poster on the cover and information about the authors and sponsors.
This pamphlet shows the services and programs the library offered in 2003.
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.
The program featured the poster on the cover and information about each of the authors.