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Library Remodel

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

Transcribed from Jemez Thunder, March 15, 2000

BOOK-SHAPED CAKE - Among the many delicious edibles at the library was this book-shaped cake, made by Dagna Althelde of the San Diego Canyon Bakery.

BOOK-SHAPED CAKE – Among the many delicious edibles at the library was this book-shaped cake, made by Dagna Althelde of the San Diego Canyon Bakery. Photo by Robert Borden/Jemez Thunder

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.

MAYOR AND SENATOR - Jemez Springs Mayor David Sanchez introduced State Senator Richard Romero at the Grand Reopening of the library on March 11.

MAYOR AND SENATOR – Jemez Springs Mayor David Sanchez introduced State Senator Richard Romero at the Grand Reopening of the library on March 11. Photo by Robert Borden/Jemez Thunder

LIBRARIANS - Library assistants Lori Dill and Carol Meine.

LIBRARIANS – Library assistants Lori Dill and Carol Meine. Photo by Robert Borden/Jemez Thunder

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.

AUTHOR READS - Pulitzer Prize-winning author N. Scott Momaday gave a reading of new unpublished work at the library on March 11.

AUTHOR READS – Pulitzer Prize-winning author N. Scott Momaday gave a reading of new unpublished work at the library on March 11. Photo by Robert Borden/Jemez Thunder

MUSIC, MAESTRO - Elliott Higgins of Hummingbird Music Camp played a horn piece on March 11, with vocal assistance from his daughter, Amber, and Beverly Musgrove on electric piano. Photo by Robert Borden/Jemez Thunder

MUSIC, MAESTRO – Elliott Higgins of Hummingbird Music Camp played a horn piece on March 11, with vocal assistance from his daughter, Amber, and Beverly Musgrove on electric piano. Photo by Robert Borden/Jemez Thunder

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.

As more money became available for capital improvement, the library embarked on another remodel in 2000. This one resulted in adding the deck in the back and portal in the front, as well as stuccoing the building, installing energy efficient windows, remodeling the interior, and replacing all the shelving.

Major parts of the third remodel were adding a portal and a deck.

Major parts of the third remodel were adding a portal and a deck.

Lizzie Wasileska and Luke Blecha were the youngest volunteers to assist with the mammoth job of packing and moving all the books and furniture prior to the remodeling.

Lizzie Wasileska and Luke Blecha were the youngest volunteers to assist with the mammoth job of packing and moving all the books and furniture prior to the remodeling.

A grand reopening reception was held on the new deck after the remodel was complete.

A grand reopening reception was held on the new deck after the remodel was complete.

Becky Christman, on behalf of the Library Board, and Judith Isaacs, Library Director, unveil a plaque commemorating the remodel.

Becky Christman, on behalf of the Library Board, and Judith Isaacs, Library Director, unveil a plaque commemorating the remodel.

Alice Rodgers, Friends of the Library member, greeted visitors and later cut the cake.

Alice Rodgers, Friends of the Library member, greeted visitors and later cut the cake.

Standing in front of the new sign are Ben Wakashige, State Librarian; Ed Norris, architect; Toni Beatty, Library Director, Rio Rancho Public Library; and Judith Isaacs, Library Director.

Standing in front of the new sign are Ben Wakashige, State Librarian; Ed Norris, architect; Toni Beatty, Library Director, Rio Rancho Public Library; and Judith Isaacs, Library Director.

 

Once this remodel was complete, funding became available through the Friends and the Village to add a part-time children’s librarian, titled Youth Programs Coordinator. The first to hold this position was Christine Barton, formerly an elementary school teacher, now a yoga teacher in New York state. Others who worked in the children’s programs over the years included  Donna Lea, Carol Meine, Janet Phillips, and Deborah Williams.

From Jemez Thunder, Aug. 15, 1996

Los Ojos Restaurant & Saloon. Photo by Robert Borden/Jemez Thunder

Los Ojos Restaurant & Saloon. Photo by Robert Borden/Jemez Thunder

Thanks to the summer weather, many construction projects and additions got underway recently. Los Ojos Restaurant & Saloon added an outdoor deck, complete with adobe bar. The deck is open on Thursday and Friday at 4 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.m. Builder Laurie Froseth works on the resurrection of the Guadalupe Mesa Trading Post, scheduled to reopen on Aug. 17. The Trading Post burned down in early May. Meanwhile, the addition to the Jemez Springs Library nears completion, and the Laughing Lizard sports a new mural by Coral Clark, showing a dining room full of lizards enjoying cappuccino and fine desserts.

Guadalupe Mesa Trading Post. Photo by Robert Borden/Jemez Thunder

Guadalupe Mesa Trading Post. Photo by Robert Borden/Jemez Thunder

Jemez Springs Library. Photo by Robert Borden/Jemez Thunder

Jemez Springs Library. Photo by Robert Borden/Jemez Thunder

The Laughing Lizard. Photo by Robert Borden/Jemez Thunder

The Laughing Lizard. Photo by Robert Borden/Jemez Thunder