Embudo Valley Library and Community Center
Over the past 30 years, EVLCC has become the hub of our community. We are an award winning, full service, 501(c)(3) public library and community building organization. We are home to a public heritage orchard, pollinator garden, seed library, an all volunteer radio station, and the Dixon Cooperative Market. We recently opened a secondhand store that has enabled us to develop new and strengthened partnerships and extend our service reach through the distribution of donations. We provide the only free internet, public computer access, printing, fax and notary services in a 20-mile radius.
In the past year we had over 7500 visitors and provided 663 essential services, which include support for those accessing health care, education, government benefits, legal services, and employment related tasks such as submitting timesheets and conducting job searches.
Our core programs include an afterschool program that provides quality child care, nutrition, physical activity, and educational opportunities for area children, an early childhood literacy program for young families, a summer reading program, STEM and multigenerational arts programming, and evening cultural events for adults. We host the annual village fiestas, the Fiesta de Santa Rosa. To provide these programs we have the support of over 40 volunteers and partner with many entities throughout northern New Mexico including the Penasco Theatre Collective, Explora Children’s Museum, Twirl, the Santa Rosa Fiesta Committee, the Santa Fe Opera, Northern New Mexico College, Dixon Elementary, and the Embudo Valley Tutoring Association.
Our current major projects include the construction of a new community center, a cultural preservation project with the Manitos Community Memory Project, and internal work to rethink and improve our services, operations, and goals by examining them closely through the lens of diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice.
The Santa Fe Community Foundation invited its community partners to submit stories related to its August topic of New Mexico Rural Communities.