Mission: The mission of the embudo valley library and community center is to provide high quality educational opportunities and support for area residents of all ages. Our services focus on self-directed education, creative and instructive programming, and research assistance and instruction. We endeavor to build community by providing a safe, welcoming, and educational resource.
Programs: Library service: this year the organization saw an increase in patron visits, circulation, and adult programming. Open 6 days a week, the organization received 18,602 patron visits, or 13. 03 visits per capita. The organization circulated 12,477 items, an 18% increase over last year. The organization hosted a total of 232 programs for children and teens, and 30 programs for adults, up from 5 the previous year. In may 2014, the organization was announced as a winner of the national medal for museum and library service, the nations highest honor for museums and libraries, given to organizations who provide outstanding service to their communities.
teen tile mural project: in august 2014, tile artist shel neymark started work on a tile mural map of the embudo valley. The mural highlights the community's 14 acequias, ancient place names, and topographical and historical sites of the area. Four at risk teens were paid $8. 50 an hour to work on the project. All were born and raised in dixon nm. During the school year they met 90 times with shel neymark twice a week after school or saturdays, and worked monday through thursday in the summer. Total attendance was 290.
afterschool program: this program meets twice a week after school for grades k-6. The organization developed a stem curriculum for this years program, offering 30 out of 67 sessions focused on stem topics. With nm arts funding, the organization offered 18 sessions of afterschool arts. Stem sessions focused on hydrology, sedimentation, bird migration and identification, logic, insect morphology, beginning nomenclature, scientific classification, motion, and the electromagnetic spectrum. Students became adept at using binoculars in the field, and learned map and compass skills. The organization completed a citizen science project and uploaded our data on two websites, ebird. Org and rioembudobirds. Org. The organization had 593 total visits to the program, with an average attendance of 9 students per session.