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June 23, 1997 # 1214
NMLA EXECS NAMED
When the New Mexico Library Association's Vice President Valerie Horton and Second Vice President David
Ivey resigned their positions on the NMLA Executive Board, they left President Betty Long with a problem ( see
HH # 1213). How would she find replacements and by what mechanism would they be confirmed? Although
both left for separate reasons that had nothing to do with the Association, their decisions to leave New Mexico
in pursuit of new professional opportunities turned the normal chain of succession upside down. As Second
Vice President, David should have stepped up to fill the Vice Presidency vacated by Valerie. ( Valerie will be
the new library director for Mesa State College in Grand Junction, Colorado, and David accepted a position as
the head of reference at the Pikes Peak Library System in Colorado Springs.)
Luckily, a solution has been achieved. Ellanie Sampson, the director for the Truth or Consequences Public
Library, was elected this year as Member- at- Large. The NMLA Nominating Committee, following the By-
Laws, proposed that Ellanie be named Vice President. Her nomination was confirmed by the Executive Board
on June 18. Carol Brey, director of Thomas Branigan Memorial Library, was named as the replacement for
Ellanie as Member- at- Large. She will chair the committee made up of the three Members- at- Large to put on the
fall mini- conference, usually the responsibility of the Second Vice President.
LAND OF ENCHANTMENT
The Land of Enchantment Book Award committee has announced the winner of the 1997 Children's Book
Award. The Giver by Lois Lowry was selected by New Mexico students in grades four through eight from a
list of 25 books. The list was developed by a committee of teachers and librarians. The students had to have
read at least three books from the list in order to be eligible to vote.
The Giver is set in a future world where
everything is controlled. There is no
war, fear, or pain, but there are no
choices for people to make, either. Each
person is assigned a role to play in the
Statewide reading on tv. The Statewide Reading Program now underway in libraries across the state has joined
in a cooperative incentive program with television channel Q- 13 ( KRQE, Albuquerque) and Furr's
Supermarkets to produce a 30 second Public Service Announcement that will run all this summer. Deanna
Sauceda, station anchorperson at the Albuquerque station and her counterparts in Durango ( Farmington) and
Roswell filmed the spots which started running the June 21 weekend. Prominently visible are the State Library's
name and logo as well as the graphics from this year's theme!
Count on Reading. Figures have been published for the nationwide " Count on Reading" initiative, which
included New Mexico's " Raft the Rio Grande with Reading." New Mexico, with a total of 1,266,154 came in
twenty- third over all, a respectable showing for a state this size. Nebraska was in twenty- fourth place, with a
count of 1,255,806, and in the place just ahead of New Mexico was Massachusetts with 1,299,515. California
was way ahead in first place with 62,649,408. Kentucky got second place with 18,948,012, Florida in third with
11,083,157, Texas in fourth place with 10,589,735, and Oklahoma in fifth place with 8,354,931. A certificate
that can be copied for awarding to participants is available by sending a stamped, self- addressed envelope to
Kathy Matter, John Baker Elementary School, 12,015 Tivoli Avenue NE, Albuquerque, NM 87111- 5354.
Library Certification. Test results are available for the Library Certification Exam held in Santa Fe, Silver
City, and Clovis on Friday, May 30. Of 30 taking the exam, 21 passed.
Lisa Baca- Faust of Springer, Lori Bealmear of Fort Sumner, Dale Frasier of Rio Rancho, Clorinda Gonzales of
Taos, Carolyn Metevier of Deming, Debbie Mitchell of Lovington, Frances Ohman of Albuquerque, Kathryn
Phillips of Deming, Christine Trueba of Pojaoque Pueblo, Patricia Turner of Deming, and Monica Villaire-community
at age 12. In this powerful
novel, the protagonist, Jonas, becomes
the Receiver of Memories
and discovers the terrible truth about his society. The book previously won the Newbery Award in 1994 for the
best juvenile fiction.
The Land of Enchantment Award is New Mexico's book award for youth. It has been given annually since
1981. This year, 2,422 students from 41 schools and communities participated in reading and voting. The
award is co- sponsored by the New Mexico Library Association and the New Mexico Council of the
International Reading Association. Schools and libraries serving students in grades four through eight will be
receiving the 1997- 98 Land of Enchantment information packet in September. Home schoolers may contact
the nearest public library. Libraries whose students participate in the Land of Enchantment Book Award are
eligible to win a drawing of a set of books from the Land of Enchantment book list. The winner of the book set
for 1996- 97 was Crownpoint Junior High School. This year there were enough books for two sets, so two
libraries won in the drawing. The winners of the 1997- 98 sets are Sierra Elementary School in Alamogordo
and Smith Elementary School in Deming.
Garcia of Santa Fe.
Kevin Begely of Albuquerque, Vivian Grimes of Clovis, Linda Harrison of Clovis, Melissa Holladay of Silver
City, Judith L'Heureux of Santa Fe, Lori Mitchell of Carlsbad, Mona Lee Norman- Armstrong of Clovis, Gerry
Richardson of Los Alamos, Margaret Willoughby of Soccoro, and Mary Beth Wright of Roswell.
The next Certification Exam will be held on the last Friday in October. Call Cynthia Lerma at ( 505) 827- 3801
for a Certification Information Packet which includes the bibliography for studying. The study materials may be
borrowed from the State Library by calling the Interlibrary Loan desk. If you would like to discuss the test, call
Sandy White at ( 505) 827- 3808.
Library services meeting. All interested librarians and board members are invited to attend a meeting on
Thursday, July 10, at 1 p. m. in the Pearl Higgins Room on the second floor of Thomas Branigan Memorial
Library, 200 East Picacho Avenue, Las Cruces. The meeting is being held to discuss the future of library
services in the Las Cruces area. Dessert will be served.
Members of the Branigan Library Board, staff, and community have been involved in a strategic planning
process since November, 1996, and are eager to share the resulting " Thomas Branigan Memorial Library
Strategic Plan, 1997- 2002." Carol Brey, the library director, expressed her hope that " the Branigan Library
Strategic Plan will serve to initiate discussion regarding new directions for public library service and
interlibrary cooperation throughout out region and even statewide." If you would like more information, call
Carol at ( 505) 528- 4032.
Wanted. Northern New Mexico Community College in Española is looking for someone possessing an MLS
degree to teach LT 205 Public Services on Tuesday evenings from 4- 6: 45 p. m. The semester begins August 18
and ends December 12. If interested, please call Isabel Rodarte at 747- 2241 or send e- mail to
irodarte@ nnm. cc. nm. us.
Preservation meeting. The New Mexico Preservation Alliance is a group interested in preserving library and
archive materials, " our documentary heritage." They welcome anyone with the same interests to attend their
meetings, held three times a year. The meetings are usually held in Socorro at the New Mexico Tech Library.
The next one will be on Wednesday, July 16, at 10: 30 a. m. in Room 212. For more information, contact Judith
Murphy at the Center for Southwest Research, UNM General Library, Albuquerque, NM 87131- 1466 or call
( 505) 277- 4416, FAX ( 505) 277- 6019 or e- mail jamurphy@ unm. edu.
John W. Bell, System Building Supervisor for the Albuquerque/ Bernalillo County Library System, passed
away on June 4 of complications following cancer surgery. He was 58. He came to the Library from the
Albuquerque Museum in 1978, supervising maintenance and repair for the entire system. He was liaison to
building contractors on eleven branch libraries built or renovated during his career. He was active in his church
and community, as a deacon, Little League umpire and in activities of the Northwest Optimist Club. Most of the
Library staff and many other friends helped fill the Faith Tabernacle Church well beyond its capacity for his
CASTING THE NET
Building a library. If you're planning a building project you might want to take a moment to see what the
Rochester Hills Public Library did right and wrong. Larry Neal, Head of Technical Systems at Rochester, gave
a presentation at the Public Library Association Symposium on library buildings. His detailed handout has been
posted on Rochester's Home page at http:// metronet. lib. mi. us/ ROCH/ pla/ pla1997. html and is full of tips for how
to carry through a library building project. There are tips on technology, too.
News on filters. There has been a new listserv created at FILT4LIB@ PUBLIC. CI. ESCONDIDO. CA. US to
discuss issues facing public access and filtering content/ methods on the Internet. To subscribe send a message
with the subject of " subscribe" ( without the quotes) in the subject of the message. If you have any problems
please e- mail Brian Horakh, Escondido Public Library System Administrator, at bhorakh@ ci. escondido. ca. us.
LIBRARY PROGRAMMING FOR THE VERY YOUNG
New Mexico State Library Development Services
These books are available at the New Mexico State Library, 325 Don Gaspar, Santa Fe.
De Salvo, Nancy N.
BEGINNING WITH BOOKS: library programming for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. Good general
information on infant and toddler programs. Includes developmental background, structure of programs and
chapters on toys and TV as well as sources and titles.
Marino, Jane and Dorothy F. Houlihan.
MOTHER GOOSE TIME: library programs for babies and their caregivers. Programming based on Mother
Goose rhymes. Part II is text of rhymes, some set to music. Includes bibliography of rhyme sources and
PROGRAMMING FOR YOUNG CHILDREN: birth through age five. Goals and guidelines for programming.
Developmental characteristics of young children. Extensive bibliography of print resources on programming.
LIBRARY PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN. Specific resources organized around different themes sure to
appeal to kids: bears, mice, dinosaurs, bookworms. Patterns for name tags, materials checklists, games, crafts on
Thomas, James L.
PLAY, LEARN, AND GROW: an annotated guide to the best books and materials for very young children.
Professional resources, print and non- print publishers, name index, subject index.
Nespeca, Sue McCleaf.
LIBRARY PROGRAMMING FOR FAMILIES WITH YOUNG CHILDREN. One of Neal- Schuman's basic
how- to manuals. The importance of family programming and how to do it. Useful for libraries beginning family
Feinberg, Sandra and Kathleen Deerr.
RUNNING A PARENT/ CHILD WORKSHOP. How to organize and put on parent/ child workshops. Lists of
both parent and child materials, free handouts. Excellent list of subjects to be included in a Parents' Collection
BOOKS, BABIES, AND LIBRARIES: serving infants, toddlers, their parents, and caregivers. Child
development focus on library service and programing to young children. Chapters on emergent literacy,
network and outreach, and planning, implementing, evaluating service to young children.
Ernst, Linda L.
LAPSIT SERVICES FOR THE VERY YOUNG. Not only why to do programs for the very, very young, but
what is it, and how to do it. Includes sample programs with rhymes, songs, stories. Recommended reading list
for librarians and books and resources for parents.
Jeffery, Debby Ann.
LITERATE BEGINNINGS: programs for babies & toddlers. Elements of successful programming: child
development, planning and evaluating, tips on presenting, choosing picture books, and folklore. Extensive
sample programs with book titles, songs, finger games. Picture book bibliography, professional and
The HITCHHIKER is published by the New Mexico State Library, a division of the Office of Cultural Affairs,
325 Don Gaspar, Santa Fe, NM 87501- 2777
This publication is available upon request on a computer disk, cassette tape, in braille or in large print. It may also be seen on
the New Mexico State Library's WEB site: http:// www. stlib. state. nm. us
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