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at the Four Corners Storytelling Festival

Youth take over as emcees and tell at the storytelling festival each year on Friday. This year's Field Trip Day event on October 11, 2012 is currently full. Registration is available on the Library Events Calendar each year beginning in August. Check the Four Corners Storytelling Festival schedule for the free event.

Youth interested in being a youth storyteller/emcee for 2013, download and complete the Youth Storytelling Form and return to Youth Services at the Farmington Public Library or email to

Listen to Cuentos Hahne and Tales on KSJE Radio 90.9 FM Radio, Fridays at 2:00pm for more storytelling! We miss and want to thank Connie Gotsch for her support. We would like to dedicate 2012 youth storytelling in her memory.

Master Storyteller, Kevin D. Cordi spotlights past Farmington's Youth Storytelling. Very special thanks to the Northwest New Mexico Arts Council and Storytellers of New Mexico.

Samantha DeWees

Samantha DeWees is in the 8th grade at Hermosa Middle School and will turn 14 on October 7. Samantha loves to play volleyball, run, ride her bike, write and her nose is almost always stuck in a book. Samantha would like to become a forensic scientist to help solve crimes. This is Samantha's 6th year telling stories at the festival. Every year she enjoys telling a story from her favorite author, Robert Munsch. Samantha says "storytelling is fun for me because I love to do the different expressions and voices to make the story come alive."

Kaitlyn DeWees

Kaitlyn is in the 3rd grade and this is her second year telling stories at the festival. Kaitlyn enjoys softball, basketball and soccer. Kaitlyn says her sister Samantha is a really good storyteller.

Jacob Kelly

Jacob Kelly is 14 and has been with the Story Telling Festival for four years. He enjoys story telling and entertaining the kids. He goes to Aztec High School, and plays for the Aztec High School golf team. His favorite subject in school is Science. His favorite hobbies are playing piano and trumpet and reading. He Enjoys the outdoors, and oves snowboarding.

Ben Kelly

Ben Kelly is 11 and this is His 3rd year in story telling. He enjoys school at Koogler Middle School, where he is in 6th grade. He was recently elected to the Student Council. His favorite subject is Band, where he plays saxophone. He Loves playing Basketball, and Baseball and played 2nd base this summer on the Defenders Team. His favorite hobbies are building legos, swimming, and building model jets.


It's Story Time

10:00am and 2pm

October 1, 2, 4 & 5
No One Else Like You

  • Clifford the Big Red Dog by Norman Bridwell
  • Me and You by Genevieve Cote
  • Milo Armadillo by Jan Fearnley

October 8 & 9
Click Clack, Quackity Quack

  • Chicken, Chicken, Duck by Nadia Krilanovich
  • Click Clack Quackity Quack by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin
  • Duck Sock Hop by Jane Kohuth

Join us at the Four Corners Storytelling Festival on Saturday, October 12

October 15, 16, 18 & 19
Pet Parade

  • Silly Doggy by Adam Stower
  • The Birthday Pet by Ellen Javernick
  • There are Cats in this Book by Viviane Schwarz

October 22, 23, 25 & 26
Let's Go on a Picnic!

  • Who Took the Cookies from the Cookie Jar? by Bonnie Lass & Philemon Sturges
  • We're going on a Picnic by Pat Hutchins
  • Lunch by Denise Fleming

October 29, 30, November 1 & 2
Halloween Story Time with Tippy Toe Costume Parade

Wear Your Halloween costume!

  • That Pup! by Lindsay Barrett
  • George Move Over, Rover! by Karen Beaumont
  • Boo to You by Lois Ehlert

Tuesdays at 2pm -- Martes a las 2pm

October 2
¡Caution! ¡Peligro!

  • Fire! ¡Fuego! Brave Bomberos by Susan Elya
  • Little Red Riding Hood, Caperucita Roja by Ana Lomba

Craft-Think Pink Fire Dog
Manualidad- Piense Rosa Perro Bombero

October 9
¡De Colores!

  • Colors! ¡Colores! by Jorge Luján
  • Como Plantar un Arco Iris, Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert
  • Spicy Hot Colors, Colores Picantes by Sherry Shahan

Craft - Wobble Frames
Manualidad- Marco tambaleante

October 16
Cocinando Sabores

  • The Empanadas that Abuela Made, Las Empanadas Que Hacía la Abuela by Diane Gonzales Bertrand
  • Growing Up with Tamales, Creciendo con Tamales by Gwendolyn Zepeda

Craft – "Let's Eat" chalkboard
Manualidad- Pizarrón "Vamos a Comer"

October 23
Clatter Bash!

  • The Festival of Bones, El Festival de las Calaveras by Luis San Vicente
  • The Day of the Dead, El Dia de los Muertos by Bob Barner
  • Clatter Bash! A Day of the Dead Celebration by Richard Cleminson Keep

Manualidad- Luminarias

October 30
Las Gracias de los Animales

  • The Hungry Caterpillar, La Oruga Muy Hambrienta by Eric Carle
  • De la Cabeza a los Pies, From Head to Toe by Eric Carle
  • El Canguro Tiene Mamá? Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother, Too? by Eric Carle

Craft -Butterfly wings
Manualidad- Alas de Mariposa

Computers 4 KidsTuesdays @ 4pm

Bring your school issued laptop or use one of ours! Also available is the Kindle Fire and Color Nook. Learn all about PowerKnowledge Life Science (grades 3-6) and PowerKnowledge Earth and Space Science (grades 3-6) and Live Homework Help database!

Limit 8 participants. Valid library card required for access to the database.


October 4

CRAFT: Sparky "The Pink Fire Dog

MOVIE: The Rescuers

October 18

CRAFT: "Let's Eat" Chalkboards (Recipes)

MOVIE: Disney's Cinderella

October 25

CRAFT: "Spooktacular" Halloween Lanterns

MOVIE: It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

Letters About Literature, sponsored by the New Mexico State Library in cooperation with The Center for the Book and the Library of Congress. Letters About Literature is a writing contest designed to promote reading and thoughtful writing by encouraging young readers to read a book and then write a letter to the author explaining how his or her work shaped their perspective on the world or themselves. This is the first year New Mexico State Library has sponsored the competition.

Readers in grades 4-10 write a personal letter to an author describing their personal reaction to a book, story, or poem. Students may write about works of fiction or nonfiction. Entries in Spanish will be accepted and translated for the New Mexico judges. State judges will select the top letter writers in New Mexico, who then advance to the national competition.

Letter writers compete at three levels: Level I is grades 4-6; Level II is grades 7-8; and Level III is grades 9-10. The one winning letter from each level from each state is entered into the final national competition. There will be cash prizes for the three state winners and also for the national winners.

All entries must be postmarked by January 11, 2013.

Please visit Letters About Literature to learn more about the contest.

Lights on Afterschool
Each October, one million Americans and more than 7,500 communities nationwide celebrate the afterschool programs that keep kids safe, inspire them to learn and help working families. Join us for a celebration during GASP from 4-6pm. Pick up an "Afterschool Survival Kit" and find out how to enter the Lights on Afterschool national poster contest.

Come in and sign the Proclamation from Governor Susana Martinez and Mayor Tommy Roberts for the City of Farmington and we will mail it to them!

Facts & Research for New Mexico
In New Mexico, 22% (75,844) of K-12 youth are responsible for taking care of themselves after school.

Of all New Mexico children not currently enrolled in afterschool, 40% (113,188) would be likely to participate IF an afterschool program were available in their community.

90% of parents in New Mexico are satisfied with the afterschool program their child attends.

17% (57,138) of New Mexico's K-12 children participate in afterschool programs, including 8,036 kids in programs supported by the U.S. Department of Education's 21st Century Community Learning Centers initiative, the only federal program dedicated to afterschool.

For afterschool participation and funding levels in New Mexico, refer to the Afterschool in New Mexico Fact Sheet.

We have an obligation to our children to make sure that their learning environment is as safe and healthy as possible. I support finding resources to renovate school buildings, improving school nutrition and physical education standards and programs, supporting after-school activities and encouraging schools to be part of the fabric of a community.

Tom Udall
U.S. Senate


All groups must register online for the day up to two weeks in advance.

Questions? Email Library Adventures at: Or call (505) 566-2200 for more information. Go to the Calendar Schedule to register online for a Library Adventure!

Register online for the day available on the Shiprock Library Events Calendar

Every Child Ready To ReadShiprock Branch Library uses the Every Child Ready to Read practices from the American Library Association to help parents in their critical role as their child's first teacher. Current research on early literacy indicates that it is never too early to prepare children for success as readers. Bring your child to Story Time and enjoy stories, finger plays, songs and movement activities. Learn fun and easy ways to help your children gain the skills they need to start school - Ready to Read.
It's Story Time

Monday, Thursday & Friday

10:30 am & 2:00pm
2:00pm is Bilingual (Navajo)!

October 1 - Fall into Autumn: "Fall Festival"

October 8 - Knight Time: "The Sunflower Sword"

October 15 - "LLAMA, LLAMA Mad at Momma"

October 23 - Halloween:" The Little Old Lady Who Wasn't Afraid of Anything"

October 30 - Magic: "The Magic Boots"

Bilingual Story Time is introducing the Navajo Language.

It is an excellent experience in both languages for monolingual and bilingual children. Kids of all ages have the opportunity to learn colors, numbers and letters with reading and language using the Every Child Ready to Read model.

Guidelines for Storytime

  • Be playful: Please join in and show your child that storytime is fun. The time to visit with other adults is before or after storytime.
  • Distractions: Arriving late is sometimes impossible to avoid, but please enter the room with as little disruption as possible. Toys and food should be put away, and phones should be turned off or set on vibrate.
  • Those bad days: Remember, we all have bad days. If your child becomes upset, please step out of the room to "regroup," then quietly return.
  • Those insecure days: Please be patient with your child if he or she wants to observe instead of joining in. We completely understand that for some children this will be their first group experience in the library, and that it may take a few visits for them to feel comfortable.
  • Check out books: An important part of the storytime experience for children is checking out books to read or share at home. Children of any age may have their very own library card. We believe the age a child gets their own card is the parents' decision.
  • School Groups and Daycare Providers: Library Adventures is available for school and daycares and must be scheduled online.

Library Events Calendar

Great After School Programs

4:00 - 5:30pm
Every Tuesday!

Join us for fun activities!

October 2 - Safety Week: "The Pink Fire Dog"

October 9 -Velvet Crowns or Spiral graphs

October 16 - "Let's Eat!" Chalkboard Craft

October 23 - "Spooktacular Halloween Lanterns"

October 30 - "Butterfly Wings and Collage Masks"

Every Third Thursday of the Month
Kids Movie and Gaming!

Ages 8-12

October 18
Ages 8-12
Lights On After School
Movie: "Monster's Inc"
Game: "Just Dance 3"

Family Literacy Program

Getting involved in your child's Literacy Learning
Join us every furth Thurday of the month from 4:00 - 5:30pm

October 25 - Family Halloween costume board games party!

For more information on the Shiprock Branch Library programs, call at (505)368-3804. Located in the Boys & Girls Club of the Navajo Nation (across from the Shiprock Hospital)