Recent News and Announcements

Rudolfo Anaya

Rudolfo Anaya

Receives 2015 National Humanities Medal

31 Dec 2016

Rudolfo Anaya, beloved New Mexico author, was honored at the White House on September 22 with the 2015 National Humanities Medal "for his pioneering stories of the American southwest. His works of fiction and poetry celebrate the Chicano experience and reveal universal truths about the human condition—and as an educator, he has spread a love of literature to new generations."


Andy Mason

Andy Mason


11 Dec 2016

Who wrote the 12 days of Christmas? Why is Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer so popular? Who sang Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree? What was the first Christmas song to be performed in outer space? Did Frosty the Snowman really come to life? And, why do we love holiday music so much? From 16th Century West Country English Christmas Carols to Christmas music from the new millennium and EVERYTHING in between, Andy Mason will present fascinating Christmas history and trivia through music.

There are several opportunities to enjoy this program in December!

DECEMBER 8 * 1:00 PM

Moise Memorial Library * Santa Rosa

DECEMBER 9 * 7:00 PM

The Old School Gallery * Ramah

DECEMBER 11 * 3:00 PM

Taylor Ranch Library * Albuquerque

All programs are FREE and open to the public.

Ralph Estes

Ralph Estes

Ralph Estes presents

8 Dec 2016

DECEMBER 8 * 3:00 PM

Palmilla Senior Living * Albuquerque


Take a trip with Ralph Estes through a thousand years of the American West, from Anasazi Indians to the Atomic Age. Like the Indians and cowboys, the trappers and traders, we'll sing as we go because their songs tell a big part of the story. We'll visit the ancient ones, whose lives we can envision in places like Chaco Canyon. We'll see Coronado, with his padres and conquistadores, searching for the Seven Cities of Cibola. Lewis and Clark, guided by the Shoshone girl Sacagawea. The Alamo, Santa Fe Trail, the forty-niners followed by thousands of settlers. We'll saddle up and ride through the cowboy era, and meet characters like Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, Calamity Jane, Wild Bill Hickok, Geronimo, Billy the Kid, Buffalo Bill, Jesse James. And we'll ponder how atomic power, developed in our West, changed the world and often leads to a longing for a more innocent time. A longing that causes many of us to turn our faces to the West.

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