Library Stories: Books on the Backroads

Rachel Exposito
June 13, 2023

We are so excited that the documentary Library Stories: Books on the Backroads will air on PBS this week!

See the film on Thursday, June 15 at 7:00 pm and NM PBS, KNME Channel 5

The Embudo Valley Library is in the film along with quite a few of our volunteers and community members. Check out the trailer here

A huge thank you to the community members who participated and to filmmakers Mary Lance and Ben Daitz of New Deal Films for using their gifts to highlight the roles that rural libraries play in their communities and for putting so much heart into this film!

Also, thanks to Mary and Ben, we have several other films from New Deal Films available for checkout at the library. All very worth watching!

We hope to have a public screening later in the summer at the library. So stay tuned!

Library Stories: Books on the Backroads

Let's Keep the Conversation Going

Rachel Exposito
January 27, 2023

Thank you so much to those who were able to attend Tuesday's community meeting! We heard so many different voices and levels of support and concern that we wanted to make space for another meeting that is Q and A focused. If you feel moved, please attend and/or tell others. Your input is invaluable to how we think about and shape our work.

If you weren't able to attend the community meeting on Tuesday evening (January 24) but are interested, please see the links below to the recording of the meeting and presentation slides.

What: Watershed Community Q and A on the Five Star Grant

When: Monday, January 30th at 6 pm

Where: Zoom

Your feedback is ESSENTIAL and encouraged!  You can use this form to leave us your feedback, but there are also other ways to leave feedback, ask questions, or share ideas.  You can:

* Call the library at 505-579-9181 during work hours OR stop by to talk to us. (We are here Mon-Fri 10-6, Sat 10-5.)

* Leave us a voicemail (in English or Spanish) after hours at this number. (This is also a great way to share if you don’t want to speak with a person.)

* Email the library at

Presentation slides

Broad strokes overview

Draft summary of grant

Let's Keep the Conversation Going

Estás Invitado / You're Invited

Rachel Exposito
January 20, 2023

The Embudo Valley Library and Ecotone Landscape Planning, LLC invite all community members to a short presentation and discussion about a project idea and potential grant application that is intended to provide funds and a support system so that community members can organize and conduct their own watershed protection work. 

Ecotone has been doing watershed protection work in the area for over a decade. It’s time to put this work in the hands of the community.  They have identified a grant that could support this transition.

This idea involves two main parts: 

1) The development of a support system for Lower Embudo Valley community members to create their own grassroots, community-based watershed protection group, which can hire a local project coordinator (paid through this grant), and 

2) Outdoor, hands-on, educational workshops for youth and community members in which participants learn about and conduct watershed restoration work in the Lower Embudo Valley. (This work is for educational purposes and would be separate from other restoration work that Ecotone has been conducting in the area.)

At this meeting you can:

* Learn more about this project idea, grant, and possible activities (Where did this idea come from? Who would be involved? Why might you support or not support this work?)

* Have an opportunity to discuss with fellow community members

* Express your support for or disagreement with this work 

* Share your ideas, questions, and feedback that will shape the grant application

We are seeking community consent and feedback before we submit the grant proposal at the end of January.  Whether we apply for the grant or not, this is an initial conversation and all ideas and perspectives are welcome.

Potential regional partners that would help support the local watershed group include:

* Picuris Pueblo

* East Rio Arriba Soil and Water Conservation District

* New Mexico State Land Office

* Trout Unlimited

* Embudo Valley Library and Community Center

* Ecotone Landscape Planning, LLC

* Any other group or individual interested in contributing

For those that really want to dive into the details, a draft summary of the grant application, with more information about this project idea, is here.

If you have any questions, concerns, or want to talk about the possibilities or share your thoughts either before or after the meeting you can:

* Call the library at 505-579-9181 during work hours to talk to us (we are here Mon-Fri 10-6, Sat 10-5)

* Leave us a voicemail after hours at this number 

* Email the library at


To join via Zoom:

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Estás Invitado / You're Invited

Resources for Those Impacted by Recent Flooding

Rachel Exposito
September 7, 2022

Thank you to all who were able to attend the community meeting on Sunday, August 14 regarding the flooding our community has experienced this summer. We hope to be announcing upcoming, related gatherings in the near future. Below is some information that I hope is helpful - written notes are also available at the library. Please know that we will add to this list as more resources are discovered. If you learn of something that might be helpful to private homeowners, acequias, or for community members wishing to learn more about our watershed we encourage you to get in touch with us at the library so that we can share it with everyone.

Zoom recording of the community meeting (with apologies for the very poor quality of the audio off and on throughout)

Flyer created by Ecotone with frequently asked questions and resources for support (this is a working draft that will be updated as new information becomes available - if you learn of something that should be added, please let us know)

Art Therapy Workshops focusing on dealing with stress, especially stress related to climate change

An Updated Watershed-Based Plan for the Lower Rio Embudo Watershed by Jan-Willem Jansens (2019) (a print copy is also available at the library)

An Introduction to Erosion Control by Bill Zeedyk and Jan-Willem Jansens (2006)

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Rio Arriba County Emergency Preparedness Department

Rainwater Harvesting: Trincheras: The ranch featured in this short film is also covered in the book Farming with the Wild: Enhancing Biodiversity on Farms and Ranches by Daniel Imhoff (available at the library under call no 333.95 Imh far)

You can support and get involved with Ecotone's watershed work by completing their survey (available online and at the library)

Resources for Those Impacted by Recent Flooding

Seeking Your Input to Help with an Embudo Valley Wetlands and Springs Restoration Project

Erin McElroy and Rachel Exposito
October 4, 2022

Ecotone Landscape Planning is restoring wetlands and springs around the Lower Embudo Valley in 2023, as well as creating a Wetland Action Plan (WAP), with funding from the NM Environment Department's Clean Water Act Section 319(h) Program. The WAP provides guidance to communities and organizations on how to protect wetlands and documents priority areas for protection and restoration. As part of this process, Ecotone would like to invite you to complete a brief survey. This survey is intended to gather community input on the wetlands and springs south of Dixon and south of Cañoncito. Your responses will help Ecotone's work in these important ecosystems. Your responses will remain anonymous and confidential. Paper copies of the survey are available in the Embudo Valley Library, the Dixon Co-Op, and the Dixon Post Office. The survey can also be taken online in either English or Spanish by following these links:



Thank you!

Seeking Your Input to Help with an Embudo Valley Wetlands and Springs Restoration Project