New Bosque Farms librarian, Amanda Vigil, envisions great things

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Amanda Vigil, the new librarian at the Bosque Farms Public Library, has big plans.

On her first day on the job last month, she gazed out a south window where the land has been cleared to expand the relatively small facility.

Mike Bush-News-Bulletin photo: Amanda Vigil, Bosque Farms’ new librarian, checks out a book from the stacks at the facility. Vigil, a native of Roswell, plans to promote reading among young people.

“Yes,” she says, envisioning a meeting room and, perhaps, a new and bigger children’s reading room.

She also hopes to bring in e-books and upgrade the facilities and services in several areas at the West Bosque Loop library.

But in other ways she is a dyed-in-the-wool conservative. Take text books, for example. A week or so after U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan called for all textbooks to switch over to electronic versions, Vigil says she likes good old-fashioned hard-cover workbooks.

“I grew up with text books; I think they served me well,” says the state-certified librarian.

A native of Roswell, Vigil most recently worked as head secretary for the Los Lunas Public School system. Before that, she was a library technician at the Los Lunas Public Library.

A graduate of Roswell High, she has also studied at Eastern New Mexico University at Roswell.

The young mother of a first-grade daughter, Vigil is concerned about the reading habits of many children and teens.

“I really want to promote the children’s area,” she says, “I want to bring young people back to the library.”

At least one of her former bosses thinks she will do just that — handily.

Cynthia Shetter, the library director in Los Lunas, has nothing but praise for Vigil, whom she describes as “very friendly and very good with the public.”

Vigil, Shetter notes, worked with the public quite a bit at the Los Lunas Public Library. She was also involved in computer services and helped translate library brochures into Spanish. (She is fluent in that language.)

Vigil was happy to land the job in Bosque Farms after former librarian Sophita Kyhnsen retired recently.

“Amanda always liked the library and wanted to get back in,” Shetter says.

She expects Vigil will bring a “new perspective” to Bosque Farms.

Along with that new perspective, Shetter predicts, Vigil will be able to bring in more patrons.

“I think she’ll do a great job.”

Vigil, who describes herself as “low key,” says she lives a quiet, unassuming life. As one would expect, she enjoys reading.

Two of her favorite authors are Stephen King and Dr. Seuss. Her favorite books include “Lord of the Flies” — “That’s a good one!” — and “The Help,” which she describes as “way better than the movie.” She has read it three times.

Vigil married her long-time partner, Chris, in July. He is a supervisor at the water treatment plant in Los Lunas. The couple have one daughter, Madalyne, 6, and have lived in Valencia County for the past seven years.

When she is not relaxing with her family or at work, her creative side comes out: She likes to bead. She is also taking weekend classes on wedding planning.

But, she says, weddings and beading and reading all take second place to “the most important thing” — spending quality time with her family.