Thursday, August 28, 2014

“Viva Frida,” the author and illustrator Yuyi Morales

If they hadn’t existed in real life, Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera might well have been dreamed up by a writer of children’s books. There was Diego, round and enormous, sought out by world leaders and captains of industry for his equally outsize talent, able to sit on a scaffold for 36 straight hours painting murals intended to change the course of history. There was Frida, tiny and broken-bodied, enduring physical agony to paint the story of her inner life with a sensuous fury that brought her international renown. Then there was their love and marriage, as passionate and treacherous as any romance between two Greek demigods.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

2014 NMLA Annual Conference Call for Program Proposals

NMLA has extended the deadline for proposals for the Fall Conference, which will be held in Ruidoso.

We welcome your interest in presenting a program at the 2014 Annual Conference to be held October 22-24 in Ruidoso, NM.  The conference will be held at the Ruidoso Convention Center and the Inn of the Mountain Gods.  The conference theme is "Inspiring Libraries Build Communities."

Libraries and community organizations are collaborating to bring a diversity of programs and services to the community. From STEM to READ to the Maker Spaces program! It’s been awesome to bring these programs into our libraries and inspire our communities to get involved, learn, be creative, and have fun! How does your library inspire your community? How can we continue to keep building our libraries for our communities?  This conference is an opportunity to showcase initiatives, software, programs, services - all of the creative ways in which our inspiring libraries are helping to build communities across the state of New Mexico.


Congratulations to Patrice Barton, illustrator of I Pledge Allegiance and Meilo So, illustrator of Water Rolls, Water Rises, whose work has been chosen for the annual Original Art, the Society of Illustrators’ annual juried exhibition celebrating the fine art of children’s book illustration.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Barrio Princess by Storyteller, Consuelo Samarripa

Barrio Princess by Consuelo Samarripa

Estela and Raúl Mora Award

Libraries, schools, educational institutions, and other youth-serving organizations:   Don't miss the chance to submit your 2014 Día program for consideration to REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-speaking.

The Mora Award recognizes celebrations for  Día: El día de los niños, El día de los libros/Children's Day, Book Day and consists of a $1,000 stipend and a commemorative plaque.

Application guidelines are available on the REFORMA website or on Pat Mora's website.  For additional information, please contact the chair of the 2014 Mora Award Committee, Lupita Vega, at

The application deadline for the Estela and Raúl Mora Award  is August 15, 2014!