NEWSLETTER

SEPT/OCT 2021
You're Invited!
Help Us Celebrate Our
Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting!



ONGOING - SEPT 9
ART EXHIBITION
Yellow: Contradictions & Complexities

Gracie Lee Community Room

SEPT 15 - OCT 21
ART EXHIBITION
Artists of the Placitas Garden Tour

Gracie Lee Community Room

Sun  | SEPT 19 | 9 AM - 4 PM
PLACITAS GARDEN TOUR
Tickets Available Online NOW!

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Thurs  | SEPT 23 | 6:30 - 8:30 PM
WRITING WORKSHOP:
Writing the Chapter Titles of Your Autobiography

Collin Room

Sat  | SEPT 25 | 1 PM
GRAND OPENING & RIBBON CUTTING
Nancy P. Kellum-Rose & Scott W. Deuel Wing

PACE
(Placitas Adult Community Education)

Fall Semester Begins Oct
Registration is  OPEN!

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UPCOMING (VIRTUAL) BOARD MEETINGS:

THURS, SEPT 16, 6:00 PM
THURS, OCT 21, 6:00 PM
Hooray!!!
By Dr. Doris Fields, PhD, PCL Board Chair

Placitas Community Library is in full swing and open at its pre-COVID hours. Sun: 1-4 PM, Tue: 10 AM-7 PM, Wed: 10 AM-5 PM, Thu: 10 AM-5 PM, Sat: 10 AM-5 PM. Everyone is required to wear a mask indoors. 
 
On Saturday, September 25, beginning at 1 PM we will open the new Nancy P. Kellum-Rose and Scott W. Deuel Wing. We have invited a series of dignitaries who have supported the library and the expansion. These include Governor Lujan Grisham, State legislators, Sandoval County staff and Sandoval County Commissioners, particularly Commissioner Katherine Bruch, a longtime library volunteer and strong supporter of the library and of the community overall! In addition to ribbon cutting, we will raise an American flag that was flown over the United States Capitol in Washington, DC. The flag was provided by U.S. Congresswoman, Melanie Stansbury.
 
Several in the PCL community have made special efforts to commemorate the opening. Current volunteer and donor, Connie Goodwin and former super volunteer and donor, Pam Buethe, donated a plant in honor of opening the new wing! The Cathedral cactus has been in the PCL family for many years; this offspring is a granddaughter of a plant nurtured by both Connie and Pam. Perhaps this plant will get a name? 
 
The Collin Meeting Room is reinvigorated as an education space showcasing Placitas history. The first exhibit will feature Wayne Jones’ Placitas. Future exhibits will feature the San Antonio de Las Huertas Land Grant, alternative and differently creative living spaces, acequias, the historic Placitas Volunteer Fire Brigade, and many other aspects that make up the variety and beauty of Placitas’ history. 
 
With Andrea Cohen’s leadership, after a full week with volunteers from Vulcan Materials, Inc., working full-time for five days and additional PCL volunteers helping part-time, the 100+ bricks donated as a part of the Brick Fundraising Campaign are installed and they look terrific! Please go by and see the beginning path which will, eventually, lead to the flagpole. More bricks are needed! If you ordered a brick, be sure to stop by and locate your brick. You will not have to guess because soon we will have a map to guide you to your brick. Please remember that the Placitas Community Library Brick Campaign still is in full swing and offers an opportunity to celebrate or honor someone or a special event. There are a few surprise bricks and there may be one for someone you know or maybe even for you. Look closely. Please go on our website and consider purchasing a brick.
 
In addition to installing bricks, volunteers removed a large stump, realigned parking bumpers, removed bases for the misaligned light bollards then installed new cement bases, reinstalled the drip system, reinstalled the bollards, and upgraded electricity to the flagpole. We are fortunate to have such generosity in our community. Thank you, Andrea, Anne, Chris, Connor, Dawn, Dennis, Doris, Eric, Tim, Tom, and Rebecca.
 
“Hail” and “Farewell”
With regret, we say goodbye to our Treasurer, Jean Roberts, who will now be able to dedicate more time to the Board of Directors of Eastern Sandoval Citizens Association (ES-CA). Jean has been an excellent treasurer for PCL. We will miss her direct support in the library and look forward to her help as we transition to a new treasurer. Also, we look forward to seeing her around Placitas and working on other projects together as she makes further volunteer contributions in our community.
 
We are very sad that our long-term, brilliant newsletter editor, Jenny Trujillo, is stepping back from editing the newsletter; this is a great loss to all of us. Jenny has devoted many hours, creative talent, and unbelievable patience as each contributor sent her drafts to edit and she produced a thing of beauty each month. Sometimes my drafts needed re-writing and sometimes just a tweak. Every time, however, Jenny gave each article the precise touch it needed to sparkle. We are grateful she is not leaving the library and will continue helping with flyers, posters, and ads. THANK YOU, Jenny!!!!!!
 
As we say goodbye to Jean and Jennie we also say a grand welcome to Joanne Lim-Pousard who has valiantly stepped in to edit our PCL newsletter. She will fit into huge shoes left by our Newsletter Editor Extraordinaire, Jenny Trujillo. Joanne’s strong writing and editing background will be an excellent fit for us. Help us welcome Joanne.
 
We hope to see everyone outside the West library door at the Grand Opening of the new Nancy P. Kellum-Rose and Scott W. Deuel Wing on September 25, beginning at 1:00 PM.

Enjoy the oncoming Fall.

- Doris

Later this month on Saturday, September 25, we will have the official opening and ribbon cutting ceremony for our new Nancy P. Kellum-Rose & Scott W. Deuel Wing. This celebration represents the realization of a dream; it represents a culmination of a journey that began nearly two decades ago. This journey brought together the vision, passion, wisdom, generosity, skill, labor, and determination of the entire Placitas Community. On September 25, we will celebrate this community accomplishment as a job well done. I hope all of you will join us for the ribbon cutting ceremony.  

Ribbon cutting ceremonies get their origins from Old World European wedding ceremonies. Ribbons could be used to join the couple together. Once joined, they could cut a ribbon leaving the ceremony to signify starting their new life together. In more modern times, ribbon cuttings have symbolized the “unwrapping” of a new building or venture. Rumor has it that the modern iteration of the ribbon cutting ceremony in America dates back to 1898, when the first railway track was laid down to Junction City passing through Union Parish, Louisiana.  

I find this symbolism very apropos for our library and the new wing. We are joined together by the ribbon of our accomplishments thus far, and we are celebrating our job well done. We are also cutting the ribbon on our future and looking forward to a job just begun. We are planning new programs, events and exhibits. We are open to the public at our full hours. We are ordering new books. We are expanding and installing landscaping. So many exciting things are happening and our wonderful volunteers are hard at work. I hope you will consider joining us as a volunteer. We need all of you and your wonderful talents to help us continue our community journey.

I look forward to seeing you at the library.

Happy Reading!

- Mary Sue

The Landscape Committee, Maintenance Committee, and other library volunteers were on hand to assist and observe the laying of the bricks on Saturday, August 14. The outdoor landscaping for the new addition will begin in the Fall months.

Are you ready to start sorting through and getting rid of any excess holiday decorations and help a great cause? The Placitas Winery is partnering with PCL for the first annual holiday market fundraiser on December 4 and 5.
 
We will have 20-plus art vendors, food, and of course, wine. The event will have a German theme this year with bratwursts, sauerkraut, latkes, strudels, wassail, and gluhwein.
 
Starting in
OCTOBER, we will be looking for donations of your excess green garlands, white lights, blue and silver ornaments, and of course, any spare nutcrackers. Tall skinny trees are great as well. Our goal is to create the look and feel of an outdoor holiday market within the warmth of the winery. Your help is needed to make magic happen!
 
Starting in
OCTOBER, mark items “holiday market donation” and drop off items at the PCL, or call Margaret to arrange pick up. 
 
Thanks!
Margaret Bruch
512-638-3999
Children's Activities for September and October
by Nora Timmons, Children's Program Coordinator


Have you seen it yet? Seen what? The Pearl Room!

Have you visited the new addition to the Placitas Library? There is a new, special area just for kids like you! It is called the Pearl Room. All of the children’s collection has been moved to this room which is just off the Vulcan Kitchen. As you come in the front door, go to the left, through the doors and walk down the hall toward the kitchen. You will find kid-sized furniture along the way! That’s right, the breezeway is not just for adults. You can sit and read or plug in your laptop just like the grownups. When you get to the kitchen, you will find an activity table for kids along with a puppet tree. Check out the activity on the table or feel free to take a puppet off the tree to play with. 

Then walk through the double doors and you will find the Pearl Room. On your left, you will notice a reading corner, another activity table and the collection of board books, picture books, and easy readers in the far corner. You will also find the pre-k computer we have had for many years. There is also a new computer for you to use to do research and projects for school. In this area you will find a bookshelf with eight sections that will display books on a variety of subjects and authors, that will change frequently, hoping you will read something new from time to time. This area has books primarily for children from ages pre-k to grade 2.

 Are you older than that? Well then, cross the aisle to check out the juvenile fiction and non-fiction books. You will find another activity table. What? Three activity tables! That’s a lot of activity! Walk down the aisle between the juvenile fiction and non-fiction and you will find many new graphic novels on the left along with a computer just for you in grades 3-5.

Finally, don’t miss the Audio-Visual Collection in the hallway across from the Director’s office. Check out a DVD or audio book. You have to go to the circulation desk in the big collection room to check all materials. The best part of the room (besides the books, of course) is the furniture. It is all kid-sized.  There are floor chairs that are cushioned and stools that are comfortable and soft. Plus, a rocking chair!  Read, study, use the computer, do the activities, and above all, check out books from your new Pearl Room.

Many thanks to the patrons who made a donation to furnish and decorate the Pearl Room:
  • Connie and Bill Goodwin
  • Jardineros de Placitas
  • Claudia Moraga
  • Harriet and Jim Neal
You all are AWESOME!

Activities for September will include:
  1. A new STEM box from the NM State Library and made by Explora called “Creature Features” with activities where you can study animals and create an animal of your own using modeling clay.
  2. An exploration of our newly arrived books. What is your favorite part? Here is what you do:
  • New books are located on top of the picture books/easy shelves and on a teal bookcase at the end of the juvenile fiction shelves.
  • Check out a book, read it, and draw and color a picture of your favorite part of the book.
  • Before you go home, be sure to pick up the instructions for this activity which will be located on one of the activity tables. (Or you can read and complete your drawing while at the library.)
  • When you return your drawing to the library, you can put it on the white board in the hallway by the Director’s office.
Activities for October will include:
  1. The Explora box activities continue.
  2. A visit to the Pearl Room Pumpkin Patch. Here is what you do:
  • Select a pumpkin from the patch. There will be a question on it.
  • Find the answer in a book in the Pearl Room.
  • Write the answer on the pumpkin along with your name and the title of the book.
  • Then place your pumpkin on the white board in the hallway.
Look for new winter holiday activities coming in November and December! More info in the next newsletter. To receive updates about children’s programs, please send your email to childrens@placitaslibrary.com.
 

When You Trap a Tiger (Winner of the 2021 Newbery Medal)
by Tae Keller
Suggested ages: 8-12 years

 
The magic of stories and the bonds of family intertwine in this beautifully crafted story by Tae Keller. Lily and her older sister, Sam, along with their mother, have moved to Washington from California to be with the girls’ Korean grandmother, their Halmoni, who is ill. As Lily tells it, her shyness makes her feel invisible, while bold Sam seems to have friends stick to her no matter the circumstances. But Lily’s gift for seeing beyond the everyday and her belief in the power of stories propel this tale of love and forgiveness.
 
With an aura of magical realism, Lily sees the tiger for the first time in the road on a rainy night. This is the beginning of her tiger drama. She senses this creature is on the hunt for the stories which her Halmoni says she stole from the magical tiger many years ago. If Lily can release these stories back to the tiger, then perhaps, in exchange, she can rid Halmoni of her illness. In her determined pursuit, she meets derision from Sam and misunderstanding from her mother. Along the way, however, her quest leads to the discovery of a new friendship and, in the end, a new sense of family. Perhaps, most importantly, she sees more in herself than she ever realized. Lily gains a new confidence. “…I can be brave. I can be anything. I am a girl who sees invisible things, but I am not invisible.”
 

We Are Water Protectors (Winner of the 2021 Caldecott Medal)
by Carole Lindstrom, illustrated by Michaela Goade

Suggested ages: 5-8 years

 
Told in the voice of a young Native American girl, We Are Water Protectors conveys the sacredness of water to earth and all its inhabitants. When the purity and supply of water is threatened by the “black snake,” she calls on her people to stand together to protect the creatures of the earth who cannot fend for themselves. Lindstrom’s pictorially-woven text expresses the heartfelt plea for all to value the lifeblood of water followed by a call for action to save its purity.  Goade’s illustrations flow through the pages as she depicts the essence of water and its power to touch all living creatures. Her stunning art speaks of the beauty of nature and provides a stark contrast to the black snake, which she illustrates as a representation of oil pipes marring the earth.
 
Both of Native American ancestry, Lindstrom and Goade, in creating this award winning picture book, were inspired by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribes stand against the Dakota Access Pipeline in 2016 in North Dakota. Each has penned notes at the book’s end which provide background for not only the book’s theme but the origins of some of Goade’s images.
 

I Talk Like a River (Winner of the 2021 Schneider Family Book Award – Honors an author or illustrator for a book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences)
by Jordan Scott, illustrated by Sydney Smith
Suggested ages: 4-8 years


Based on Jordan Scott’s own experiences, I Talk Like a River is a profoundly moving account of a young boy who stutters. Scott’s poetic phrases convey to his reader a sense of the boy’s experiences on his “bad speech” days. In turn, the reader feels the warmth of the gently intuitive support he receives from his father. His sensitivity helps his son see that his speech, reflected in the bubbling and gurgling of the river, is a valid part of the natural world. The artwork of Sidney Smith beautifully captures the boy’s emotions and thoughts. This is a book not to be missed – an artistic creation that shares another’s perception of his private world.
 

Please join us for the fifth annual Placitas Garden Tour on Sunday, September 19, 9 AM – 4 PM!
 
The tour will feature seven diverse Placitas gardens as well as artists creating their works in the gardens. The multi-media works of these artists will be on display for sale in the Gracie Lee Community Room at PCL during the months of Sept-Oct. The gallery will be open to the public during the day of the garden tour along with other garden tour-related activities. 

The complete descriptions and photographs of the seven gardens including the artist bios may be accessed on www.PlacitasGardenTour.com. We thank this year’s generous garden owners for preparing and opening their special gardens to the public on September 19. Online tickets are now available for purchase. Tickets in the form of a garden booklet may also be purchased at PCL.
The Placitas Garden Tour depends on volunteers associated with PCL and the Sandoval Extension Master Gardeners to help manage the tour guests and to answer garden and landscape questions. As in the past, the Placitas Garden Tour will donate a portion of their ticketing proceeds to both organizations.

We look forward to your attendance at the garden tour this September. If you are interested in volunteering for this annual event, please contact the organizers at placitasgardentour@gmail.com or leave a message at PCL.

Sandra Liakus
Placitas Garden Tour Chair

Since 2018, Placitas Adult Community Education (PACE) has been dedicated to education for Placiteños over 50 who “want to keep their brain in the game.” A New Mexico non-profit corporation, PACE is a membership organization in that it is of, for, and by the members. We are proud to celebrate the year we had and excited to announce the year we will have, which begins this fall. With most of our classes taking place at PCL, our community library has been an important partner in “keeping our brains in the game,” and PACE is proud to continue donating all proceeds (after expenses) to PCL in support of those efforts. See course listings below!
Available for e-Checkout!
The titles in Susanne's Selections have been added to our Online Catalog
(which you can access with your library card).
Northern Spy
by Flynn Berry

Despite the 1998 Good Friday Agreement regarding “the Troubles” in Ireland, “The basic argument of the Troubles hadn’t been resolved: most Catholics still wanted a united Ireland, most Protestants wanted to remain part of the UK. The schools were still segregated. You still knew, in every town, which was the Catholic bakery, which was the Protestant taxi firm.”

In this electrifying thriller, set in today's Northern Ireland amidst a resurgence of the Troubles, where bombs and related violence are a common occurrence, mom and BBC news reporter Tessa is thrown into a dilemma. Who can she trust when she realizes someone close to her may be involved with the IRA? Her first priority is to protect her family. What is the right, moral thing to do? What are the consequences? An intriguing look at how we make choices and how they impact lives.
 

Prayers for the Stolen
by Jennifer Clement


“The best thing you can be in Mexico is an ugly girl."

In this powerful novel about girls growing up amidst narco violence, Ladydi Garcia Martinez, the 13-year-old protagonist, lives in an impoverished village in Guerrero, Mexico, where poppy fields abound nearby. Only women and children live there. No men live there since they've either been murdered or kidnapped to work for the drug cartel or left Mexico to seek their fortunes in North America where they often start a new family. With no men to protect them, the drug cartel's human traffickers routinely appear in the village to kidnap young girls to use or sell as sex slaves. Mothers dig holes in the ground so the girls can hide in them when the cartel members appear in their village. They try to make the girls look undesirable by smearing their faces with charcoal, maiming them, ruining their teeth, or dressing them as boys. Mothers frequently breathe a sigh of relief when they give birth to a boy, not a girl.

Ladydi and her friends think this is the norm. They dream to escape to somewhere where they don't have to hide from strangers. Ladydi is excited to be offered a job as a nanny to a wealthy family in Acapulco, a once glamorous tourist destination. It's an opportunity to escape her village. She's a determined young girl and looks forward to reinventing herself. The poignant story continues with her life after moving to Acapulco. A riveting story, Clement spent ten years conducting research for it and is passionate about the issues presented.

Clement has lived in Mexico since 1961. She was President of PEN Mexico from 2009 to 2012, is a member of Mexico's prestigious Sistem Nacional de Creadores and was awarded the Sara Curry Humanitarian Award for this book.

One of the featured films in this year's Cannes Film Festival, Noche de Fuego (Night of Fire), is based on this book. It received a "special mention."

NOTE: This is a tragic and important story of what is happening in Mexico today – young Mexican girls and women have been kidnapped for decades in mostly rural areas by cartel traffickers for sex trafficking. They never return home; most end up murdered. Women and girls can be sold to different owners many times, and even dozens of times a day as a prostitute.

According to the U.S. State Department, 600,000 to 800,000 people are trafficked across international borders every year. Most people who are stolen and sold are subjected to sex trafficking or other forms of modern slavery such as forced labor.

According to the Global Slavery Index, there are approximately 341,000 victims of modern slavery in Mexico. Per The Borgen Project, Mexico has the largest number of victims of modern slavery than any other country in the Americas. Mexico, along with the Philippines and the United States, was ranked one of the world’s worst places in terms of human trafficking in 2018.

“Those most at risk are women, children, indigenous people, people with mental or physical disabilities, migrants and LGBTQ individuals. The United States estimated about 70 percent of human trafficking victims in the U.S. come from Mexico, with 50 percent of those individuals being minors. Women and children are often used for prostitution and sex trafficking, while many Mexican men are coerced into forced labor, often for use by drug cartels."

According to the U.S. State Department: “Traffickers recruit and exploit Mexican women and children, and to a lesser extent men and transgender individuals, in sex trafficking in Mexico and the United States through false promises of employment, romantic relationships, or extortion. Traffickers exploit Mexican men, women, and children in forced labor in agriculture, domestic service, day laborer, child care, manufacturing, mining, food processing, construction, tourism, begging, and street vending in Mexico and the United States. These individuals migrate from the poorest states to the agricultural regions to harvest vegetables, coffee, sugar, and tobacco; receive little or no pay, health care, or time off, may live in substandard housing, and in the case of children, are denied education. Observers report some Mexicans are held in debt bondage in agriculture by recruiters or the company itself.”

I found the following quotation from the Santa Fe New Mexican alarming regarding New Mexico: “…while Native Americans make up about 11 percent of the state’s population, they account for nearly a quarter of trafficking victims, according to data compiled from service organizations.” A 16-month investigation by Searchlight New Mexico has found that when it comes to human trafficking, indigenous women and girls are the least recognized and least protected population in a state that struggles to address the problem.
 


Tears of Salt: A Doctor's Story of the Refugee Crisis
by Pietro Bartolo

For over 25 years, physician Pietro Bartolo has been the first person thousands of African and Middle Eastern refugees meet after arriving by boat at Lampedusa, the remote southernmost Italian island of 6,000 people located 70 miles from the north coast of Africa. Seeking asylum from terrorism and war in their countries they’ve escaped with only the clothes they are wearing.

Bartolo runs the only medical clinic on the island, and treats the refugees who arrive. Many are ill, starving, and traumatized. Some sold their organs to afford to immigrate. According to his memoir written in 2016, he states over 400,000 immigrants had arrived at that time. He writes about their resoluteness and their lives prior to leaving their home countries. They do not stay in Lampedusa since it lacks the financial resources to house and feed the immigrants, or provide education, training and employment opportunities.

An inspiring and deeply affecting narrative, “A Doctor's Story” is a compelling memoir of Bartolo's life and work, a portrait of the refugee crisis, and an illuminating read about one man’s moral strength and compassion. In 2019, he became a member of the European Parliament.
 


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