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Library Profile: Taytsugeh Oweengeh Library

TesuqueLibrary Name, Location:
Taytsugeh Oweengeh Library, Tesuque Pueblo, New Mexico

Staff Members:
Thelma Tapia, Library Specialist
Catherine Tulee, Library Clerk

Card holders:

Years in Service:
2 years @ current location

Most Popular Program:
Our most popular program is the Summer Reading Program with approximately 40 children enrolled.  We base the program with the Collaborative Summer Library Program.  Keeping the theme in mind, the library is decorated before the program begins.  Each session is started by reading at least 3 books.  Thereafter we move to the work tables and have the children make crafts related to the story read, to reiterate the stories.  Feedback from children, parents, and caregivers are always positive on the program.

Kids “dig into reading” for SRP 2013.

Greatest Challenge:
The greatest challenge was opening up a new library.  The pueblo had a small library handled by the After School Program.  When I was hired, the construction for a new library building was beginning.   I had to plan to open a full fledge library, starting from purchasing the shelving, circulation desk, furniture, books, software, computers, etc.  Then to begin training on the new software and cataloging the existing 1,000 plus titles!

We opened our doors to a new library in April 2011.

What are you reading?
We have just begun an Adult Book Club and we are now reading Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya.  We will also be showing the movie version of the book, which the members are looking forward to watching.

Do you have a great patron moment to share?
There are many patron moments, especially when we are able to offer free wifi and computer usage to all patrons, they are excited and very appreciative that we offer these to our patrons.

Kids connect to Alaska via a video conferencing system,

Something interesting you would like others to know about your library:
We have purchased a Video Conferencing System and we have been able to connect to Alaska to have a live presentation on Alaska sea life.  Students who participated in the program said that they just couldn’t believe that they were talking to someone all the way from Alaska!  This was our first presentation and we are now looking forward to having Santa take a break from his busy schedule and read a story to the children, as well as, teach some geography by telling the participants where he will be making his stops.

This system will provide endless opportunities for all patrons.




Summer reading displays were all around.
Beautiful reading area in sunny library.
A summer reading activity.
Summer reading crafts in action.
Circulation desk.


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