December 7, 2007

In this issue:

* Site visit travels
* Reading groups sell books
* Looking good at Grants
* ILL holiday pause
* Technology Enhancement Grants
* Volunteer grant reviewers needed
* Directory of NM non-profits
* Records funding
* Records scholarships
* PEOPLE NOTES: Mike Jaynes

SITE VISIT SIGHTINGS

Anne Lefkofsky, director of the State Library’s Development Bureau, reports that Development Bureau staff are out on the road and re-connecting with public libraries throughout the state. “The vigor, hard work, and positive difference that each library makes in its community is worth celebrating – and we want to share some of the inspirations we’ve gained along the way with the New Mexico Library Community,” she said for this report.

“When you step into a public library in the state’s Southwestern region, chances are that you’re standing in the community and cultural hub for the area. Should your travels wend this way, why not explore the area’s libraries as an impromptu arts trail. As you take in the history and sights at each of the following stops, you’ll be reminded of how powerfully public libraries bring together information resources, community energy and the arts.”

Here are some library travel tips:

• Heading South on US Hwy 180… At the Glenwood Community Library, every 2nd Friday is movie night. Movie goers are treated to a mix of films, running from Hitchcock, to classics, and to Randolph Scott westerns. Films are shown in the library reading area where a big sofa and comfy chairs become theatre seating. The projector used to show films was purchased with GO Bond funds. The Library Board and volunteers advertise the films via email, posters, signs, and Glenwood community marquee. Popcorn and sodas are available, and donations are accepted toward sustaining this entertaining project. To find out more about this program, contact Jim Coates at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Travel tip: Be sure to stop at the Alma Grill (just north of Glenwood in Alma, NM) for a tasty diner meal. While driving down US 180, tune your car radio to KJZZ, the Phoenix NPR affiliate. As you head south, reception fades out at the Continental Divide, as you approach Silver City. You can then pick up KRWG, the public radio station broadcasting from NMSU-Las Cruces

• West on I-10... The Lordsburg-Hidalgo Library is proud to be hosting the 2nd Annual Hidalgo Heritage Quilt Show. The event showcases not only exquisite handiwork; it also brings alive community and local history, with special focus on the role of women. The show is a nice adjunct to the library’s local and SW history collection. It’s a great spot for both tourists and locals to learn more about the area. Marlene Siepel is the library director, and can tell you more. Contact her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

• Heading East on I-10… Plans are moving forward to enhance Marshall Memorial Library’s cultural presence in Deming. Director Donna George is working on establishing a sculpture garden, and the building itself is an attractive example of Southwestern architecture. Start at the library by reading books and articles about the Deming area, and then set out for an engaging walking or driving tour of the library’s environs. To find out more about this project, contact Donna George at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

• Before you get back on I-10, be sure to head South on NM Hwy 11 to Columbus. Director Linda Werner, herself an artist, has made the library a vibrant part of the Columbus art community. The library hosts community art shows featuring work by local adults and youth. Arts and crafts programming (painting, crafts, digital photos, and films) is a favorite among Columbus residents. Check this out: after participating in a library workshop on digital video, a young patron won a Silver City film festival award for her work (the subject was wildlife at Pancho Villa State Park). The library also hosts a Sunday movie for the community. To find out more about these programs, contact Linda Werner at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Travel tip: Have an international lunch experience at The Pink Store, in Palomas, MX. When people learn that you’ve visited Columbus, they’ll ask if you stopped at The Pink Store. It’s mandatory! After January 1, 2008, you’ll need a valid US Passport to do the border walk-over.

• Back to I-10, on to I-25… Thomas Branigan Memorial Library in Las Cruces offers a dynamic array of collections and services. When you visit, be sure to check out the library’s framed art print collection. The collection of circulating art for home or office recently was featured in the Las Cruces Sun-News, and continues to be a draw for customers. Don’t miss the colorful and tactile tree mosaic/mural in children’s area, and enjoy the works of local artists in the Terrace Art Gallery. Kathleen Teaze is Library Administrator at Thomas Branigan, and can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

BRIEFINGS

Send your news or stories that you would like to share with the library community to the HH editor, Robert Upton, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Reading groups sell books. The New York Times published a report, “Publishers Seek to Mine Book Circles,” by Joanne Kaufman on November 19, that pointed out the importance of book groups in the sales of books. For instance, Khaled Hosseini, the author of The Kite Runner, said that his book wasn’t being read until book groups got hold of it. Kaufman wrote that “Increasingly, authors and publishers are tipping their hats to the power of 8 or 10 or 12 women (and usually they are women) sitting around a dining room table, dissecting their particular book of the month, then spreading the word to their friends.”

Even film companies are trying to get in on the act, according to Russell Perreault, director of publicity at Vintage Books. “They’re asking us how to get clubs to read books before the movie version comes out,” he said.

Five years ago, the article claims, reading groups were still an unrecognized resource. When Esther Bushell, a former English teacher, began working as a reading group coordinator five years ago, she said she had no interaction with publishers. But now, “there’s a lot of courting going on.” David Brooks, president of worldwide marketing at Focus Features, is quoted as saying, “the reading and discussion groups are very much a part of today’s marketplace.” Sara Nelson, editor of Publishers Weekly, said an increasingly potent sales pitch when debating the merits of a manuscript is whether “this would work for a book group.”

The Internet is also a way to connect to reading groups. Publishers are buying space on AuthorBuzz, a two-year-old Web site that helps writers promote their work. “We have 10 spots a month for our book club promotions, and we’re selling out three to four months in advance,” said M. J. Rose, a novelist and the founder of AuthorBuzz. Some publishing houses, like Simon & Schuster and Ballantine, have set up dedicated Web sites where reading group members can arrange phone chats with authors, download discussion guides and podcasts, and take part in live Web events. Sometimes there are sweepstakes whose grand prize is a visit from the author. “We want to get books on that circuit,” Barb Burg, a Bantam spokeswoman, said of the reading groups. “There’s not a publisher in town for which this isn’t a top priority.”

Looking good at Grants. The City of Grants wants a newer, bigger library than the present one, a building built in 1956. So far, the Cibola Foundation has given the City a 40,000 square foot building which used to be an ALCO store. Half of the floor space will be used for the library while the other half will be used for the Learning Center. The Burlington Northern Santa Fe Foundation (BNSF) has moved the project forward with a $200,000 contribution to be used toward the development of the city's Community Public Library/Learning Center. This is the largest single contribution the Foundation has made to an organization in New Mexico. The contribution will be allocated equally over a three-year period.

The city's current library is located in a 2,000-square-foot facility and serves 25,000 Cibola County residents. The new facility will be nearly three times the size of the current library and will include a state-of-the-art learning center. The library is currently carrying out a survey of Cibola County residents to determine what its users would like to see in a new library. The bids for an architect will go out soon. The project is expected to last for a year and a half.

"We are pleased to assist the City of Grants and Cibola County in their efforts to significantly improve and upgrade the public library, which serves the county as well as two Native-American tribal communities," said BNSF's Nate Murray, general manager, Southwest Division. "It is our belief that the new Community Public Library/Learning Center will provide educational access, enhance adult basic education, and increase student retention.”

HH notes.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

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ILL holiday pause. Because most large lenders are closed and mail delivery slows down during the holidays, the New Mexico State Library’s Interlibrary Loan department will stop processing requests on Monday, December 17. The Department will resume processing on Wednesday, January 2. The ILL staff will be in the office during this time, so if you have any emergency requests or any ILL problems or questions, please contact them at (505) 476-9700 or 800-477- 4401. Also, during this time ILL staff will be more than happy to send any materials that the State Library holds in its own collections.

A Reminder.

The New Mexico State Library is offering the Technology Enhancement Grant program, which is made possible by federal Library Services and Construction Act (LSCA) funds. This program offers public and tribal libraries the opportunity to purchase additions, upgrades, and replacements to hardware, software, automation systems, and support devices that enhance Internet infrastructure, public access computing resources, and library systems. The guidelines and application for the program can be accessed at http://www.nmstatelibrary.org/docs/techenhancementgrant.doc The Development Services Bureau encourages you to contact consultants Beth Crist, (505) 476-9753, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or Patricia Moore, (505) 476-9724, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , if you have questions about the application process.

Volunteer grant reviewers needed. New Mexico State Library Development Services Bureau is currently seeking volunteers to be peer reviewers for both LSCA grant programs (see above). Your library may apply for either grant if you are a reviewer, though you won’t review your library’s application. If you are interested, please contact Geri Hutchins, Federal Programs Coordinator, at (505) 476-9727, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. The deadline for the application for the Enhancement Grant is January 4, so please apply soon.

Directory of NM non-profits. Do you ever need information on a local non-profit, or a list of local media? Or would you like to know who makes grants in New Mexico? Then you may want a copy of the 2008 Comprehensive Non-Profit Directory of Albuquerque. The NPD has it all, including address, phone, email, and web address all in an easy-to-use coil-bound 150 page book. Features are:

• 1100 non-profits
• 144 grantmakers for New Mexico
• 36 local media listings
• 36 online resources
• 60 consultants
• and 124 local vendors

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Records funding. The New Mexico Historical Records Advisory Board is seeking proposals for projects to improve preservation of and access to the state’s historical records. Projects must address the funding priorities in the grant guidelines established by the Board.

The maximum grant amount available for any project is $8,500. A minimum match of 25 percent of project cost is required. Grants will be awarded for the period July 1, 2008 through June 16, 2009. Funded projects must be completed within that timeframe. Applications must be received by 5 p.m., March 17, 2008. Grant guidelines and application form are available at: www.nmcpr.state.nm.us/nmhrab/nmhrab_hm.htm Submit applications to Randy Forrester, State Records Center and Archives, 1205 Camino Carlos Rey, Santa Fe, NM 87507; Fax: (505) 476-7893. For more information or technical assistance contact Randy at (505) 476-7936 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Records scholarships. The New Mexico Historical Records Advisory Board (NMHRAB) is accepting applications for scholarships to attend archival and records management training. Scholarships are open to employees or volunteers who work with historical records in either private or public institutions. Applications and guidelines are available through the NMHRAB website at www.nmcpr.state.nm.us/nmhrab/nmhrab_hm.htm

A minimum match of 20 percent in travel costs is required. Scholarships will be awarded for the period July 1, 2008 through June 16, 2009. The deadline for receipt of applications is by 5 p.m., March 17, 2008. Scholarship guidelines and application form are available at www.nmcpr.state.nm.us/nmhrab/nmhrab_hm.htm Submit applications to Randy Forrester, State Records Center and Archives, 1205 Camino Carlos Rey, Santa Fe, NM 87507; Fax: (505) 476-7893. For more information contact Randy at (505) 476-7936 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

PEOPLE NOTES

Send announcements of new personnel, changes, achievements, and retirements in your library to the HH editor, Robert Upton, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Mike Jaynes, who designed the graphics, clip art, and electronic (CD) manuals for six statewide Summer Reading Programs from 2000 – 2006 passed away in Seattle on November 21. Creator of such characters as Book Rogers and Page Turner (Once Upon a Planet), Houndini and AbraCatabra (Magical Mystery Tour), and Pressly and Presston (Talking Books), Mike was always amazed at the inventive ways that the youth services librarians in New Mexico’s public libraries brought his designs to life summer after summer. Rosita the Roadrunner, Biscochita, Roja and Verde the Chile Twins, Dusty the Tumbleweed, Pií±on Jay, and a whole village of prairie dogs who love to read made their debut in 2004. They will live on in READiscover New Mexico – A Tri-Lingual Adventure in Literacy, published by Sunstone Press in Santa Fe. Written by Kathy Barco, illustrated by Mike Jaynes, and containing contributions from librarians statewide, the book is based on the 2004 Summer Reading Program. Royalties from the sale of this publication go to the New Mexico State Library Fund at the New Mexico Community Foundation.

JOBS

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