Thursday, July 23, 2015



A fine interview with actor Benito Martinez. Starting at 1:40 minutes, listen to Benito talk about growing up in Albuquerque and how his culture and identity fit into his craft. He also discusses his experience playing Gabriel Marez in the movie Bless Me, Ultima based on Rudolfo Anaya's novel.

Friday, July 3, 2015

First Book "The Stories for All Projects"

A fantastic illustration volunteered by Tina Kugler to show the lack of diversity in children's literature. See more of her work -

CHILDREN IN CRISIS Resolution support from ALA

Great news!
ALA Council unanimously approved the Children in Crisis resolution!
Many thanks to all who endorsed. I might forget to include all of the names, but I'll try anyways. If I forgot to include an org, please share it with everyone.

Thanks to all who gave feedback, especially Oralia y Ricardo. And for Denise Adkins, Mario Gonzalez, and Mike Marlin who signed on as councilors. And Denise for meeting with the ALA Committee on Legislation for feedback. And Mike for getting feedback from the ALA Committee on Diversity. And Isabel for reaching out to JCLC folks.
This was a community project. If it wasn't for Oralia, Lucia, and Patrick, CiC wouldn't be where it's at right now. Gracias a todos!
Here is the final text of the resolution followed by the link:
Resolution on Improving Access to Spanish, Bilingual, and Books in Various Languages for Children in Detention Centers
Whereas the mission of the American Library Association is to provide leadership for the development, promotion and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all (ALA Policy 1.2);
Whereas the American Library Association encourages public libraries and systems to extend their services to residents of jails and other detention facilities within their taxing areas (ALA Policy B.8.2);
Whereas the American Library Association strongly supports the protection of each person's civil liberties, regardless of that individual's nationality, residency, or status (ALA Policy B.8.5.5);
Whereas the American Library Association strongly supports unfettered information access for individuals of any age who are held in prisons and immigration facilities (ALA Policy B.2.1.23);
Whereas the Reference & User Services Division of the American Library Association encourages libraries to make legal information available to library users;
Whereas the United States Customs and Border Protection Placement Centers has processed over 58,000 unaccompanied refugee children in 2014, with 46,858 apprehensions on the Southwestern border in Fiscal Year 2014;
Whereas The National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking (REFORMA) implements the Children in Crisis project to get books into the hands of these children, ensure that they have access to storytime materials, and to make all the recent arrivals aware of the wealth of library resources that are available to them in the United States; and
Whereas Library Journal bestowed Oralia Garza de Cortés, Lucía Gonzalez, and Patrick Sullivan with the 2015 Movers & Shakers Advocates Award for coordinating the REFORMA Children in Crisis project, and has received an international grant of $10,000 from the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY); now, therefore, be it
Resolved, that the American Library Association (ALA), on behalf of its members:
1. urges ALA members and units to support the REFORMA Children in Crisis project for the continued delivery of books to refugee children and teens;
2. encourages the director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services to develop a partnership with the United States Customs and Border Protection agency to ensure that unaccompanied refugee children have access to books and programming in those children’s native languages, whether they speak Spanish, indigenous languages, or other tongues, and bilingual books;
3. urges libraries in affected areas to provide services and programs for and with detained minors while under they are in the care of government-designated service providers; and
4. encourages ALA members and other relevant ALA units and affiliates to develop materials that meet the information and recreation needs of refugee children, teens, and their guardians, and to share that information with librarians in other affected communities.
Mover: Denice Adkins, Councilor-At-Large
Seconders: Mike Marlin, Councilor-At-Large Mario Gonzalez, ALA Treasurer
Tuesday, June 29, 2015

Monday, June 15, 2015

2015 Annual Conference Call for Proposals
Help guide the conversation as we gather in Albuquerque to “Create Connect Transform” ! Have you implemented new services or technologies at your library? What challenges are you facing?  Do you have practical tips and ideas to share with your colleagues? We welcome proposals that can inspire, encourage and teach us new and exciting way.

Sunday, June 7, 2015


2015 Latino Children's Summer Reading Programs for Groups
June 1-August 10, 2015

This summer, libraries, schools, and community groups such as summer reading camps, Scout troops, Boys and Girls clubs, and community recreation centers can participate through a specially designed program.

The L4LL basic Summer Reading Program is for infants to young adults and features our curated recommended reading lists of Latino children's literature in English and Spanish, a reading pledge, reading log, and certificate of achievement.The L4LL DIY Summer Reading Camp is for children ages 6-12. This program is specifically designed to boost literacy skills such as reading comprehension and writing through 10 themed (Art, Music, Poetry, Food, Folklore, Sports, Summer, Familia, Nature, Heritage & Immigration) literacy modules that each feature 6 literacy activities.  This year​ ​we're proud to ​includ​e​ activities written or illustrated by​ award-winning Latino children's author​s and illustrators.  Visit

Our Mission
 Hispanics significantly underachieving in school, beginning with basic reading, galvanized L4LL to develop the first, nationwide, online
children’s summer reading program specifically designed to reach, engage, and raise the literacy rates of Latino students and their families.

Opportunities are available for you, your organization, and company to join our mission today to raise literacy rates and invest in our tomorrow of educational and professional achievement. Your commitment will help us improve lives through improved literacy, one student and one family at a time.

New Mexico True Summer Reading Challenge

The 2015 New Mexico True Summer Reading Challenge is a free reading program dedicated to stopping the "summer slide" by encouraging our New Mexico students to read more books over the summer break. Reading is the foundation for learning, and when our students read well, they are better positioned to succeed academically, in the workplace and in life.

Click on the buttons below to download and print a reading log for each challenge.

Reading Challenge Rules

New Mexico State Library Reading Program  "Every Hero Has a Story"

The New Mexico State Library proudly supports summer reading programs at public libraries throughout the state. As a member of the Collaborative Summer Library Program, NMSL sponsors public libraries membership to join in this national consortium. The 2015 theme is superheroes, with these slogans:
  • Children: Every Hero Has a Story!
  • Teens: Unmask!
  • Adults: Escape the Ordinary
News and updates:
Be sure to visit the Hitchhiker for the latest information.
Farmington Public Library #Jolt Your Journey
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REGISTER ONLINE, complete the reading program and receive a summer reading t-shirt sponsored by the Farmington Public Library Foundation.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Fiesta “Celebrando el 2015”

McCormick Fiesta! - Farmington, NM

        Everyone is invited to attend our annual McCormick Fiesta  “Celebrating 2015”.  We will have 2 presentations on Wednesday, May 20th.  One will be at 9am and the other one at 6:30pm.

        For the evening performance, students need to be at school at 6:00 p.m.  A bell will ring for the students to report to the gym then to their classrooms.   

        Only staff and students will be allowed in the building.  

        First, second and third graders need to be picked up at the gym after their dance.

         There will be bleachers provided by the City parks,  you can bring your own chairs and blankets to sit on.  Donít forget your sunscreen/umbrellas depending on the weather.
Food sales by “Mr. Fries” begin at 4pm.

Please come and join us!

        Fiesta de la Escuela McCormick

        Todos están invitados a la fiesta anual de nuestra escuela, “Celebrando el 2015”.  El miércoles, dia 20 de mayo, habrá 2 presentaciones. Una a las 9:00 de la mañana y otra a las 6:30 de la tarde.
        Los estudiantes necesitan regresar a la escuela a las 6 de la tarde. Cuando timbre la campana ellos necesitan entrar por el gimnasio a sus salones donde se prepararan para su bailable.
        Solo los estudiantes pueden entrar a la escuela.

Los estudiantes de kínder, 1ro, 2do y 3er grados necesitan ser levantados en el gimnasio después de su bailable.
         Traigan sillas o cobijas para sentarse y que no se les olvide la crema para el sol o una sombrilla para la lluvia!

Las ventas de comida comenzaran a las 4pm.
El menú y los precios se encuentran atrás de este papel.