Vista Grande Public Library, a nonprofit community library serving SE Santa Fe County Library telephone: (505) 466-READ (7323)
VGPL Library News
Spring Book Sale and Raffle!
June 1, 2011
New Library Hours Effective June 1st
Tuesday-Friday 12 noon until 6 pm
Saturday 10 am until 4 pm
Hi, Library Friend,
This month’s big news is the upcoming book sale, from June 10-12 at La Tienda! Read more below.
In this issue:
·         From the President
·         From the Library Director—What’s New for Summer?
·         Spring Book Sale
·         Community Program: Hiking Santa Fe, June 11
·         VGPL Spring Donor Appeal a Big Success
·         June Book Sale Volunteers Still Needed
·         Next Book Donation Day
·         Add These to Your Calendar
·         How Can I Get Involved?
From the President
Many of us who use the library love books – not just the content but the touch of the actual book itself.  We love the way the book feels, the way the words are arranged on its pages, and we love to collect these repositories of fact, fiction, and fantasy. We probably even have a few books on display that we have never read. Yet, we just like the way they give us comfort to know they are around like an old friend. We promise ourselves we will read them at some point.
Book lovers, things are changing. Along with all other facets of communication, technology is affecting the way we access the latest work of our favorite author or New York Times best seller. The Kindle™ and the Nook™ are taking the place of that stack of books on our bedside table. It is impossible to sit in an airport or doctor’s waiting room and not recognize the fact that traditional hardcover books are becoming less of the norm.
A recent edition of USA Today noted that thus far in 2011 has sold more e-books than traditional hardcover ones. I am not sure I like this fact; I still like to sit in my study surrounded by my “friends.” However, like so many other things in life, we must accept change. If we don’t, we chance missing out on new opportunities. Just think how many more “books” we can take on our next vacation and not pay for that extra luggage to carry them.
Please know that your board is examining how e-books will affect the future of our library.  We are committed to ensuring that we are always a community resource-no matter what format is necessary.
Rich Moore, President, Board of Directors
From the Library DirectorWhat’s New for Summer?
Summer is here and we are stocking our shelves with good summer reads for everyone!  Look in our New Book section and on the shelves to find such titles as:
•        22 Brittania Road by Amanda Hodgkinson (2011) – F Hodgkinson
•        By Fire, By Water: a Novel by Mitchell James Kaplan (2010) – F Kaplan
•        The Wake of Forgiveness by Bruce Machart (2010) – F Machart
•        The Troubled Man by Henning Mankell (2011) – F Mankell
•        The Saturday Big Tent Wedding by Alexander McCall Smith (2011) – F McCall Smith
•        Sing you Home: a Novel by Jodi Picoult (2011) – F Picoult
•        Mistress of Rome by Kate Quinn (2010) – F Quinn
•        A Soft Place to Land by Susan Rebecca White (2010) – F White
•        Alone Together: Why We Expect More From Technology and Less From Each Other by Sherry Turkle (2011) – 304.2 Future 5/11
•        300 Orchids: Species, Hybrids & Varieties in Cultivation by Jane Boosey – 635.9 Boosey 5/11
•        InDesign CS5 for Windows and Macintosh by Sandee Cohen (2011) – 686.22 Cohen 5/11
•        Chicken Coops: 45 Building Plans for Housing Your Flock by Judy Pangman (2006) – 636.5 Pangman 5/11
Young Adult Fiction
•        The Throne of Fire: Kane Chronicles Book 2 by Rick Riordan (2011) –   YA Riordan bk.2
•        ArchEnemy by Frank Beddor (2009) – YA Beddor
•        When the Stars Go Blue by Caridad Ferrer ( 2010) – YA Ferrer
•        Geth and the Return of the Lithens by Obert Skye (2011) – YA Skye
Be on the lookout for even more great titles!  They are coming in all the time and we are excited to put them out for you to enjoy.
Tina Stephenson, Library Director
Spring Book Sale and Raffle!
Our Spring Book Sale and Raffle will be held on the weekend of June 10-12, at La Tienda (Building A). We are especially grateful to Fred Richardson of Zia Financial Group, who has kindly made his beautiful space available to us.
Sale hours are:
  • Friday, June 10, 3 – 7 pm
  • Saturday, June 11, 10 am – 4 pm
  • Sunday, June 12, 1 – 4 pm
Expect to find a great collection of almost new fiction, both hardcover and paperback, DVDs, audiobooks, children’s books, and a wide assortment of nonfiction. There will also be some collectible older books, coffee table, and gift books.
Buy a raffle ticket ($3) for a chance to win one of two great items for children (or for the young at heart!):
  • American Girl’s Kanani™ doll and paperback book. The American Girl website says about this doll, “Meet Kanani, our 2011 Girl of the Year! She loves to share the aloha spirit of Hawai’i with others. Kanani arrives wearing a bright tropical dress, a faux hibiscus flower, a pretend kukui nut necklace, ruffled sandals, and cotton underwear. She’s soft and huggable with long hair for styling. Includes the Aloha, Kanani paperback book.” American Girl provided this doll, valued at $100, to VGPL for the raffle.
  • Lego’s Hogwarts™ Castle Set. The Lego website says about this set: “Magic and mystery haunt the halls of the Hogwarts™ Castle!  The Dementors have the Hogwarts™ School of Witchcraft and Wizardry surrounded, and an epic battle between Harry Potter and Lord Voldemort is looming! Harry and Dumbledore face He Who Must Not Be Named while Professors McGonagall and Flitwick try to keep the school safe. Explore this essential Harry Potter set to discover incredible details like Dumbledore’s office with sliding spiral staircase, the Slytherin and Gryffindor common rooms, and so much more!
    • Includes Harry Potter, Hermione Granger and 9 minifigures exclusive to this set: Lord Voldemort, Professor Dumbledore™, Professor Snape, Professor McGonagall, Professor Flitwick, Argus Filch and his cat, Mrs. Norris and 2 Dementors
    • Dumbledores office features the Sorting Hat, Gryffindor’s Sword, a Basilisk fang and secret sliding stairs
    • Gryffindor common room features fireplace with Sirius Black’s face
    • Tom Riddle’s book hidden in the knight’s armor
    • Restricted section of the library included
    • Astronomy Tower and Vanishing Cabinet
    • Great Hall decorated with Slytherin and Gryffindor colors”
This set, valued at $130, was donated by a member of the Board of Directors.
Raffle tickets may be purchased at the Library or during the sale. The drawing for the winners will be held on June 24th, at 7 pm, during our monthly Family Movie Night (“Tangled”).
Community Program: Hiking Santa Fe, June 11
With summer fast approaching, many of us are planning hikes in the Santa Fe area. Come to this informative program on Saturday, June 11, at 10 am at the library. You’ll learn what to include in your pack be it summer or winter, hikes around Santa Fe (including the Pecos and Jemez Mountains), and safety while hiking.
Our speaker is Dianne Eschman, who has spent the last 35 years hiking, skiing and backpacking in the Rocky Mountains.  She lived for 12 years in Telluride, CO and got to know the San Juan Mountains intimately. Dianne and her husband have lived in the Santa Fe area for the past 13+ years.  During that time she has spent much time in the Sangre de Cristo and Jemez Mountains and has gotten to know the area well. She has been a member of Santa Fe Search and Rescue since 1998 and a team leader for the group since 2000. She is also involved in training other members and has taught winter skills training for the NM Emergency Services Council which provides training to all search and rescue groups throughout the state. Besides being active in ground searches with her team, she is also trained as an Operations Section Chief for the state.
VGPL Spring Donor Appeal a Big Success
A huge thanks to all of you who have donated to our spring appeal. We have raised $11,610, significantly more than our goal of $10,000!
Other ways to give:
  • See if your current or former employer will match your donation (IBM, Merck, and Caterpillar do).
  • Shop at by clicking the link on the library website; we’ve raise almost $600 so far this year.
  • Shop at Albertson’s using the Community Partners key tag (available in the library).
  • Volunteer at the Library; contact Tina Stephenson at (505) 466-7323.
June Book Sale Volunteers Still Needed
The Library’s June Book Sale will be held June 10-12 at La Tienda, and we could use a few more volunteers.
Volunteers are needed from June 8-13 to help with moving books, setting up sale tables, assisting shoppers, etc. We especially need people (and trucks!) who are able to move books from storage to La Tienda on June 8. If you will have a few hours to spare in that time period, please send an email to Roberta Armstrong, Book Sale Chairperson, at or give her a call at 466-3008.  She’ll let you know what’s available and find a spot that suits you.
Next Book Donation DaySaturday, June 4, 9-11:30 am
Donations of books and other library materials are greatly appreciated and help the library both with collection development and financially. We are set up to receive donations on the first Saturday of every month from 9 am until 11:30 am. However, if you have materials to donate and can’t bring them in on this date, please contact Tina (466-7323) to make other arrangements.
Please help us by donating recent (2005 or newer) and high-quality books, DVDs and other materials. We do not accept textbooks. Please do not leave donations outside the library; while we appreciate the thought, it is difficult for us to process these donations.
Add these to your calendar
VGPL Meetings:
·         Tuesday, June 21, 7 pm: Board meeting, open to the public
·         Tuesday, July 19, 7 pm: Board meeting, open to the public
VGPL Events:
·         Friday, June 10, 3-7 pm: Spring book sale and raffle at La Tienda
·         Saturday, June 11, 10 am-4 pm: Spring book sale and raffle at La Tienda
·         Sunday, June 12, 1-4 pm: Spring book sale and raffle at La Tienda
·         Sunday, August 28, Ice Cream Social – Hold the date! More info coming soon.
Community Program:
·         Saturday, June 4, 1-3 pm: Ask a Master Gardener
·         Saturday, June 11, 10 am: Hiking Santa Fe
·         Saturday, June 18, 1-3 pm: Ask a Master Gardener
·         Wednesday, June 22, 5-7 pm: Ask a Master Gardener
Family Movie Nights:
·         Friday, June 24, 7 pm: “Tangled” (PG-13)
·         Friday, July 8, 7 pm: “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1” (PG-13)
Summer Reading Program:
·         Thursday, June 23, 1-3 pm (Summer Reading Program begins. Registered participants only owing to space limitations. Stop at the Library to register your child.)

Free-Form Book Group: [Talk informally about books you have recently read]

·         Thursday, June 9, 7 pm
·         Thursday, July 14, 7 pm

VGPL Book Group: [You do not have to have read the book to attend.]

·         Monday, June 20, 7 pm: “At Least in the City Someone Would Hear Me Scream” by Wade Rouse
·         Monday, July 18, 7 pm: “Two Sons” by Beth Baxter

Creative Writing Group for Teens:

·         Saturday, June 11, 2:00 pm
·         Saturday, June 25, 2:00 pm
·         Saturday, July 13, 2:00 pm

Book Donations:

·         Saturday, June 4, 9 – 11:30 am

·         Saturday, July 6, 9 – 11:30 am

How can I get involved?
Donate ( on giving books, Adopt-a-Day, online financial donations, and other ways to contribute
Volunteer ( — Information on contributing your time and becoming part of the VGPL Volunteer Team
Contact Us
Vista Grande Public Library
Mail: 7 Avenida Vista Grande, B7-192, Santa Fe, NM 87508
Location: 14 Avenida Torreon (between El Dorado Community School and Adam Senior Center)
Telephone: 505-466-READ (505-466-7323)
Library Director (Tina Stephenson): library
VGPL Board:
Rich Moore, President
Larry Lemmon, Vice President
Diane Gulseth, Treasurer
Ann Jenkins, Secretary
Jack Abernethy * Roberta Armstrong * Karen Buntin * Jack Crane * Todd Handy
Joan Lemmon * Barbara Mandel * Tracey Mitchell * Joyce Pohl * Diane Thomas