Press Release 2/25/2020 – Friends of the Library Host Book Release Event

Alycia Chavez-Martinez reads from her
Messages from the Hidden Lake contribution,
My Chicago Horror Story

On Friday, February 21, Friends of the Alamosa Public Library hosted a reception to celebrate the publication of the 11th volume of its literary and art collection, Messages from the Hidden Lake. The event was held at City Hall. 170+ written word enthusiasts attended the event and $815 was awarded to 35 place-winning authors and photographers. The reception included reading, signings, awards, and refreshments provided by the GFWC Woman’s Citizenship Club of Alamosa. Dawn Krebs, Master of Ceremony, led the event. Several young students contributed to the book this year.

“We had a great time, and the kids feel so proud and accomplished! It was definitely worth the work everyone on this project put in.” said attending ASD school teacher Ms. Christoferson. “I am confident the experience will have lasting effects.”

Copies of the book are available for purchase at the Library for $12.

First Place Awards:

Front Cover Photography: Mary Van Pelt

Adult Fiction: The Kindness of Strangers by Martha Kennedy
Kid Fiction: A Bird’s Way Home by Tanner Houser
Teen Fiction: The Day Jackson Miller Moved In by Hailie Perry
Adult Non-Fiction: Smartweed by Wayne Sheldrake
Kid Non-Fiction: Hard Work Pays Off  by Makenzie Consaul
Adult Poetry: Jack Kerouac Boys by Rain Nissen-Reilly
Teen Poetry: Perfect Storm by Jessica Lee
Kid Poetry: Home by Madeline Mitchell


The City of Alamosa is a multicultural community of 9,000+ centrally located in the San Luis Valley of Southern Colorado. The City was incorporated in 1878 and is the gateway to the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve where more than 525,000 visitors enjoy Colorado’s natural beauty each year. For more information, visit us at

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