UNM-Taos library director, Kathleen Knoth

Love your library

By Bill Knief

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Love Your Library Month has come round again, and with it the sixth annual UNM-Taos Library open house from 2-6 p.m. this Friday at 115 Civic Plaza Drive. It’s more of a “funraiser” than a fundraiser, but tax deductible Valentine gifts to the library will be gratefully accepted. Like all functions of the UNM-Taos Library, it is open to the public. “This is a community college library and our services are available to the entire community,” explained Head Librarian Kathleen Knoth. “You don’t have to be a UNM-Taos student. Stop by and have some munchies courtesy of Cid’s and chocolates from one of our culinary arts students.

Then on Saturday February 13 at the Harwood Museum the UNM-Taos Library will be hosting an Author Auction Fundraiser. We’ve all been to art auctions, silent and otherwise, but I had to ask Knoth what one might expect at an author auction. The enigmatic librarian replied, “I’ve never been to an author auction either, so we are all going to have a good time figuring out what an author auction is.”

The theme is inspiration: what moves us to write, read, paint, publish, make music, learn or strive for one’s personal goals. For $10 at the door you’ll meet, mix and mingle with a dozen published writers, and along with the stimulating conversation, outrageous Xocoatl chocolate temptations and live music by Becky Reardon and Julie Hawley you’ll get to bid by silent auction for the attentions of said authors.

High bidders can walk away with a personal tour of the D.H. Lawrence Ranch conducted by academy head Bob Arellano channeling D.H. himself, or have a three hour session baking bread with Bonnie Lee Black. For the right price Dr. Debbie Ragland will give you your own personal geology trip out to the Rio Grande Gorge to study the geologic history of Taos Valley. Dr. Barri Sanders, who has an international background in conflict management and mediation, is offering a two hour personal mediation session or a half day conflict management workshop. Pearl Huang will host a Tai Chi/Qi Gong or Chinese calligraphy meditation class.

You get the picture; the list goes on and on. And the best part is, you can bid as an individual or pool your resources as a couple or small group, and all the money goes to support the UNM-Taos library.

“What I get excited about is that all these published authors are UNM-Taos faculty,” offered Librarian’s Assistant Anna Pacheco.

“I always want to showcase our fine faculty,” said Knoth. “That’s what we did with the first SMU—UNM-Taos lecture series last fall”

“We’re auctioning them off because we love them,” Pacheco concluded.

For more information on this most memorable night at the Harwood, call 737-6242. Author reception and silent auction begins at 6 p.m. and runs until 8:30.

Meanwhile, the negotiations for the new Library Learning Center on the Klauer Campus move steadily forward. Three federal appropriations requests to Senator Bingaman, Senator Udall and Congressman Lujan have been submitted along with a request for inclusion in the state’s General Obligation Bond. The price tag for Phase I alone is $2,000,000 but Librarian Kathleen Knoth says that the library will only be using 12,000 square feet of the 38,000 square foot facility.

“The rest is for specialized rooms for the learning disabled, a language lab which is essential to bringing a lot of resources and services to our students, special group study areas, the water institute and the Southwest Research Center.”

In the current economic climate it will take careful planning and a lot of determination to bring this key educational component online. When completed it will be the nerve center of the campus.

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