Rio Abajo Community Library


The Rio Abajo Community Library (RACL) was originally founded in 1999 by Karen Lynn Brewer and Martha Carangelo.  Their initial work included acquiring community support, which they were successful in doing and which support continues to this day.

Karen's specialty was in children's books and activities, so it was a hard blow when she passed away in 2002.  Nonetheless, the Community and Board Members worked hard to continue the library.

Of integral significance was the support from the Rio Abajo Community Development Association.  With encouragement from the entire village, they provided RACL with full use of their community building for a very nominal annual lease.  Obviously, this proved to be a pivotal point for the Library's present existence.

Another resource that has been particularly helpful to the Library was via Goodwill Industries' Displaced Homemaker Program.  Through this program, area homemakers are able to re-enter the job market with training and minimum-wage pay.  Since RACL is operated by volunteers and donations, having at least one reliable person each day often has meant being able to continue operations, so we are grateful to Goodwill Industries.

Today's Activitists!
Today's Board of Directors have kept RACL moving along for quite some time, and they prove to be quite formidable when a challenge is presented!

                      President -- Carolyn Ueberroth of Contreras

                                                  Vice President -- Minnie Presley of Veguita

                                                  Secretary --

                                                  Treasurer -- Dolores Varela-Phillips of Sabinal

Board Directors -- Loretta Carrillo of Abeyta 
                               Kathy Esquibel, Veguita

                               Quinton Lawson, Veguita

                               A. Miguel Trujillo of Las Nutrias                                

Future Hopes

The RACL has been given approximately one-half acre of land for building a formal facility.  We are now actively seeking donations and funding in order to accomplish this goal.  The new facility will be more accessible (just north of Highway 60, off Route 304), and will be able to house:

1.  An expanded library with full-time librarian;
2.  An expanded computer network with formal computer training for students, residents and job-seekers;
3.  A private conference room for meetings the community would be able to utilize; and
4.  An office to coordinate and produce the monthly newsletter;
5.  A more active information and resource network exchange.

We welcome and appreciate all donations!