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Fall 2020 

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Library Events

April Storytime!

In  our continuing partnership with the Los Niños Elementary PTA, the Donnelly Library will have a reading of The Day the Crayons Quit on Thursday, April 22 at 6:00 pm. Simply enter the Google Meets URL on the flyer below in your web browser, or Click Here at 6:00 pm on Thursday to join in on the storytime fun!

And for more fun, Click Here for a creative flower craft for the whole family to try!




The Donnelly Library is excited to partner again with Los Niños Elementary to present Spring Storytime! Simply go to the Google Meet URL in the flyer below and enjoy a curated storytime read by Gina C., the Donnelly’s own storytime specialist!

Now Showing (Virtually) at the Ray Drew Gallery:

2021 Northern New Mexico Devotional Art Exhibition

Click here to go the Ray Drew Gallery and view the exhibition.




Please Click here, or copy and type into the URL box at the top of your browser to enjoy the New Mexico Churches and Traditions Art Show featuring artist Linda Alaniz. Presented by the Ray Drew Gallery and all of the online galleries of Visual Arts at New Mexico Highlands University!



Each Wednesday in December features a special self-directed craft that goes with that week’s storytime book presentation!

Click Here to craft a fun greeting card featuring Santa Claus- as part of the December 23 storytime reading of The Night Before Christmas!

Click Here to create your own holiday ornaments as part of the December 16 Daddy Christmas & Hanukkah Mama storytime!

Click Here to make homemade snowflakes as part of the December 9 storytime for Lemonade in Winter.

Click Here  to enjoy the self-directed craft from the December 2 storytime presentation!


Please Click here, or copy and type into the URL box at the top of your browser to enjoy the 2020 Native American Heritage Virtual Art Show Presented by the Ray Drew Gallery and all of the of the online Visual Arts at New Mexico Highlands University!

Library Edible Book

Fest 2020

Creative lovers of literature created cakes and recipes based on popular literary titles for the Donnelly Library’s Edible Book Fest 2020!

Click here to see all the amazing entries for this year’s Library Edible Book Fest 2020!

Congratulations to the winners of this year’s Library Edible Book Fest 2020!

This year’s winners are:

First Place: Mylee Vigil, WLVHS sophomore student (community member) with The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

Second Place: Corey Garcia, Sierra Vista 6th Grade with Five Little Pumpkins by Dan Yaccarino

Third Place: Eileen Chavez, NMHU Alumni – Graduated 2011, BA Early Childhood Education with The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Thank you to all participants!

See you at the 2021 Edible Book Fest during next year’s Homecoming!

* Book Talk @ the Donnelly *

The Donnelly Library is excited to welcome Dr. Daniel Chadborn, Assistant Professor of Psychology, who will hold a book talk on his recently published and co-authored book Meet the Bronies: The Psychology of the Adult My Little Pony Fandom this Thursday, November 14th.  Please join us to support a Highlands professor in sharing his work with the campus and to celebrate research accomplishments here at Highlands.

Date and Time: Thursday November 14th, 4:00 PM

Location: Donnelly Library 3rd Floor and Zoom:


Donnelly Reading Group

An upcoming reading group at New Mexico Highlands will explore the interaction between and among forest and human communities.

The free book discussions are from 6 – 7 p.m. in Donnelly Library, 802 National Ave., on these dates:

  • February 26 – The Golden Spruce: A True Story of Myth, Madness, and Greed by John Vaillant
  • March 26 – The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate –Discoveries from A Secret World by Peter Wohlleben
  • April 23 – The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America by Timothy Egan

April Kent, a Donnelly librarian and Head of Public Services, coordinates the library’s reading groups. Kyle Rose, a Highlands University forestry professor, will lead the Forest Communities reading group.

“The reading groups are informal, and I encourage people to join the discussion whenever they can,” Kent said. “At Donnelly we offer free library cards to area residents. All the books are available at the library.”

For more information, contact April at 505-454-3139,, or visit the library.

Previous Library Events

Wednesday, October 10 at 6 p.m. join us in Donnelly Library or via ZOOM for a panel discussion on the Spanish-Language Press in New Mexico.

To join the ZOOM session, use the following link URL:

October 19 at 2:00:  Chocolate Tasting Fundraiser

Entering Magical Worlds: A Reading and Discussion Group

Join us @ Donnelly Library for a reading and discussion series led by local scholar Donna Woodford-Gormley. This reading group will feature lively discussion of notable and award winning books.

September 27, 2018 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
October 25, 2018 The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis
November 29, 2018 Coraline by Neil Gaiman

All discussions will begin at 12:00 pm (noon) in Donnelly Library at 802 National Ave. Copies of the books are available from Donnelly Library. Donna Woodford-Gormley,  professor of English at Highlands University, will lead a discussion of the book at each session. The book group participants are encouraged to bring a bag lunch to the discussion. Donnelly Library will provide tea and dessert.

If you will be joining us online, please use this link:

For more information and to register for the reading program stop by the library, call 505-454-3139, or e-mail This program is free and open to the public.

Read more about the books and the reading group here.

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October 12 – November 21, 2017
Opening Reception
Thursday, October 12, 5:00 – 7:00 P.M.
with performance and lecture at 6:00 P.M.

Homecoming Activities in the Library

Join us Thursday at 2:00 for the re-dedication of the art niche, gift of the Class of 1966. We’ll also have cake to celebrate the library’s 50th birthday!

We invite all past and present library work studies to our open house, Friday afternoon from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Come share your memories of working in the library.

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