Ivy Stover

Ivy Stover is Magdalena's new librarian.

After weeks of searching, the Magdalena Village Board of Trustees has approved the hiring of a librarian at last week’s meeting. Ivy Stover, a Socorro native, began working in the Magdalena Public Library, in the historic Santa Fe railroad depot, last week.

The Magdalena Public Library had been without a librarian since the departure of Yvonne Magener in May.

Stover is a graduate of Socorro High School and earned her Bachelor’s degree in creative writing and literature at Santa Fe University of Art and Design. She is currently working on her Master’s degree in Library Science from the University of Arizona through online courses.

“I’m looking forward to meeting everybody and hope they’ll continue to support the library,” Stover said.

She said one of her top priorities will be to expand the children’s section.

“Early reading is so important,” Stover said.

In a related action, the trustees approved a request to name Harvan Conrad to the Library Board.

The board also:

• Approved a proposal by ProVelocity Information Technology Services to provide support for the village government’s server and network for $640 per month. This will include onsite support, remote support, network and server management, complex applications, database, messaging, and associated hardware, software, communications and operating systems.

• Signed off on grant agreements with the New Mexico Environmental Department in the amount of $175,000 “for planning and designing a water system for Magdalena”; and $100,000 “to plan, design, construct and equip water system improvements, including a newly drilled well for residential water consumption in Magdalena.”

• In addition, Mayor Richard Rumpf has received the Certified Municipal Official designation from the Municipal Officials Leadership Institute sponsored by the New Mexico Municipal League. He will receive the official designation at the New Mexico Municipal League’s 62nd Annual Conference in Las Cruces.

The Institute was founded to give New Mexico municipal officials the knowledge and tools necessary to provide effective and ethical leadership to the citizens of their communities.