Questa public library

With its nearly eight-year renovation project coming to a close, the Questa Public Library is hosting a reopening ceremony on Jun 12 in honor of the late State Senator Carlos Cisneros. The ribbon cutting event will have games, food, and fun!

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The Village of Questa is celebrating the reopening of its town library this Saturday (June 12) with music, food, gifts and a dedication to the late State Sen. Carlos Cisneros. The free event is open to the public, and will run from 1–3 p.m.

The newly renovated Questa Public Library has more than doubled in size with the addition of a new wing, and will now feature a public meeting and archive room for large group gatherings, as well as an official circulation desk.

“I’d love to be able to meet the needs of the community — the types of books they want to read, the types of programs they want us to offer,” said Sharon Nicholson, the library director. “We want to be their community center.”

The Questa Pubic Library, established in 2008 with strong support from Sen. Cisneros and other community leaders, began the expansion project nearly eight years ago. Cisneros, who served for 34 years in the state Legislature, died of a heart attack in 2019 at the age of 71.

Funding for the library expansion was provided by the state Legislature and totaled $580,000. Other costs, including furniture and equipment, were funded by the non-profit organization Friends of the Questa Public Library and by private grants.

Another new feature of the expanded library is the children’s reading room, with books and opportunities for other creative activities. “My favorite part is the teepee,” said Nicholson. “It’s a kid-sized teepee — they can crawl in and read a book. And right now, there’s two gigantic teddy bears named Honey and Butter in there to greet them.”

The ribbon-cutting ceremony will offer attendees hot dogs and hamburgers, provided by Kit Carson Electric Cooperative, and snacks, provided by Taos Bakes. Native New Mexican musician Chris Arellano will perform. The event will also include a used-book sale to help raise money for the library.

The Questa Public Library is located at 6 1/2 Municipal Park Road in the Village of Questa. For more information, visit questalibrary.org or call 575-586-2023.

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