Library Notes

  • Don't forget that this Saturday, October 1, from 1-3:00 p.m., Larada Horner-Miller will be reading and signing copies of her book, "When Will Papa Get Home?" This book and another, "This Tumbleweed Landed" have been selected as finalists for this year's New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards! Come spend time with Ms. Horner-Miller at the library.
  • For anyone who swims for fun, health or therapy, the Aquatic center will hold a Black Friday Sale, Friday, November 24th. There will be 50% admission, 25% off 20-Visit Punch Passes, and 20% off all One Month Memberships. Membership Gift Certificates are also available - a great gift for someone on your list!
  • The Arthur Johnson Memorial Library Board will hold their next meeting on Tuesday, September 20th, at 5:30 p.m. in the meeting room at the library.
  • The library will host a Reading and Book Signing on Saturday, October 1, 2016, from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Larada Horner, former Raton resident and teacher, will be here to read and sign copies of her book "When Will Papa Get Home?" Please join us! (See blog below for further information.)
  • Are you interested in joining a new Writer's Group? Meetings held on Fridays, at 10:00 a.m. This is for any writer who wishes to meet with other writers. Beginners, experienced, published, unpublished, writers of fiction, non-fiction, memoirs, bloggers - all are welcome.
  • Preschool Story Hour is conducted every Wednesday morning at 10:00 a.m. We read books to the children and there is a project every week. It's never too soon to introduce your children to the library!
  • Craft hour is held on Fridays at 3 pm. It is open to all ages, we do recommend that children under 10 be accompanied by an adult or older sibling.
  • Schedule a meeting at the library. Call 445-9711 to get on the calendar in advance. The library stays open until 6:00 P.M., Monday - Saturday, except for Thursday, when it stays open until 9:00 P.M.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Book Reading and Signing by Larada Horner-Miller

  The library is pleased to host a reading and book signing by Larada Horner-Miller on Saturday, October 1, 2016, from 1:00-3:00 p.m.
 Her novel,  "When Will Papa Get Home?", follows forty-year-old Maria as she remembers her childhood in the old rock and adobe house known as the "Philly place", named after her father, Philadelphia Gonzales.  Located a few miles east of Branson in southeastern Colorado, she remembers anxiously awaiting her papa's return in 1928.  The novel explores the lives of Mexican-Americans who moved west and their struggle with prejudice and cultural barriers during the 1920s and '30s.
  About the author: Larada Horner-Miller lived and taught language arts in Raton in the 1990s.  She is now retired after a 27 year career teaching middle school.  Although she lives above Albuquerque with her husband, she also co-owns and manages a ranch in southeastern Colorado with her brother.  "The Philly Place" is now on her aunt's ranch.  Her imagination was sparked after she found a marble while exploring this old homestead on her family ranch.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Hiring? Looking for work?

Are you hiring?  Are you looking for a job?  The library will post job openings in Raton and the surrounding area.  If you have a job opening, please bring the advertisement to the library.  We will post it on our bulletin board by the front doors.  Job seekers will find information there to aid them in searching for work.   

Tuesday, August 2, 2016


We would like to invite everyone to come support local author Pat Walsh on Saturday, August 6, 2016 from 2-4 at the Arthur Johnson Memorial Library, located at 244 Cook Avenue, Raton, NM.

She is selling her book "A Prairie Mourning" for $12.00 at the signing. If you miss the signing the book is on sale on

Wildlife activist Trish O'Neill sprawls dead from poison gas in a Colorado prairie dog town. Police think it's an accident, but Trish's sister Faith isn't buying. She recruits Native American Game Warden John Fox, who reluctantly joins Faith's quest for the truth. As violence sparks around them, Faith struggles to find inner courage by looking to her historical hero—Silas Soule, who opposed the Sand Creek Massacre of Cheyenne and Arapaho people. But while writing Soule's story provides Faith with a model of bravery, her infatuation with a man dead for more than a hundred years interferes with her chances for love in the present. Both Faith and Fox face hard choices as danger swirls around them.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Dual Book Signing!

The will be a DUAL BOOK SIGNING featuring two authors on Saturday, April 30th, at the Arthur Johnson Memorial Library from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. The authors are Kurt Jansen and Sharon Niederman. Both of their books focus on different aspects of New Mexico.
"Vermejo Park Guides: Their Stories" by Mr. Jansen is sure to be of interest for hunters, history buffs and those interested in books on northeast New Mexico and Colfax County. The biographies and stories of these guides cover the past and present and are a wonderful account of the 'guiding' life at Vermejo Park Ranch.
"The New Mexico Farm Table Cookbook: 150 Homegrown Recipes from the Land of Enchantment" is for anyone interested in food in New Mexico with a cultural twist.. Long before 'farm to table' eating became a national trend, New Mexico's small farms and ranches provided for its families and communities. This book celebrates the authentic, local ingredients of a true melting pot that combines Native American, Spanish, American and Mexican cultures and their delicious cuisines.
Both books make a great addition to personal libraries or wonderful gifts for those people you know will appreciate them. Come down and enjoy yourself meeting the authors and talking about their work.