With our new physical addition to the Questa Public Library, we now have a dedicated space for establishing the Questa History Archives. To start off this new offering of the Questa Public Library, Judith Cuddihy is donating all of the research material she collected in writing the “From the Archives” section of the Questa book, Another Time in This Place, as well as materials collected for a future project.
The first part of this donation, for use in the library, consists of printed materials. To create aids for finding these materials, Judith has produced a subject/topic index as well as a folder order cata-log of the materials.
These materials were sourced from the UNM Southwest Research Center in Taos, the New Mexico State Archives, Taos County archives, local families, the Library of Congress, and many academic resources. They cover topics such as history, geology, customs, music, old stories and legends, slavery, several interesting 19th-century first-person accounts of Rio Colorado, extensive land grant documents, and documents regarding the renovation of Questa’s San Antonio de Padua Church. The current printed materials donation consists of over 500 items. To come are approximately anoth-er 500 digital files, once their catalogu-ing and indexing are complete.
We envision the Questa History Archives to be used for future researchprojects on aspects of Questa history, for educational purposes, or for just finding out interesting facts about Questa’s history. The many Library of Congress photos collected can be used for exhi-bitions and advertisements regarding Questa’s rich history. This local archive collection will augment the library’s already extensive southwestern reference collection of books.Future donations planned will cover the history of the Questa molybdenum mine. We hope that Questa residents who have historical and genealogical materials will be able to donate copies of archival material in their possession to the Questa History Archives. By assembling and cataloguing all available historical material we can provide a more complete picture of
Questa’s rich history. Please contact the Questa Public Library at (575) 586-2023 to arrange for donations.
[Editor’s note: This may be the first step in eventually establishing a Questa Museum!]
THE QUESTA BOOK CLUB
Meets at the library Monday, October 25, from 3:30–5:00 pm. This month we are reading a biography, an autobiography, or a memoir (please choose just one). The Questa Library has some new selections just for you. Join us for the conversation!
THE QUESTA PUBLIC LIBRARY continually watches for books to add to the collection with you in mind. Here are just a few of the latest additions:
- The Madness of Crowds by Louise Penny
- Beautiful World, Where Are You? by Sally Rooney
- The Sweetness of Water by Nathan Harris
- The Hare by Melanie Finn
- Scoundrels, Cads, and Other Great Artists
20 QUESTIONS from the Librarians Desk
- What do you want to be when you grow up?
- Have you ever had a library card?
- Would you rather read a book than clean up the supper dishes?
- Do you like to share your knowledge about books with others?
- Have you visited your local library lately?
- Do you know how to use a computer?
- Can you type?
- Do you know the difference between a mystery novel and a dictionary?
- Are you bored?
- Have you tried volunteer work?
- Can you recite the alphabet?
- Do you like geraniums?
- Have a cat named â€œDeweyâ€?
- Are you community-minded?
- Are your knives, forks, and spoons neatly stacked in the silverware drawer?
- Do you like making new friends?
- Is it your goal to have your mornings free?
- Do you need a part-time job?
- And the BIG QUESTIONâ€¦ do you know your Questa Public Library is looking for a part-time, paid, Library Assistant?
- IS IT YOU?
Call the library at (575) 586-2023, or Sarah at the Village office at (575) 586-0694 for more information.