This past Monday, staff and volunteers met for a Mad Hatter's High Tea Party at the Main Library to show our appreciation for our volunteers! These volunteers help our library run smoothly and raise much needed funds for library materials and programs. This National Library Week we'd like to recognize all of our volunteers with the Friends of the Santa Fe Public Library and beyond for helping us to serve our community.
The longtime director of Santa Fe’s public libraries has closed a chapter on her life and started another one as a retiree.Patricia Hodapp, who joined the library staff in Santa Fe in 2004, officially retired Jan. 31, according to a news release.
Prior to coming to Santa Fe Hodapp served for 12 years as director of marketing for the Denver Public Library, where she helped shepherd the library through a system expansion, as well as building a new main library downtown.
Similarly, she worked closely with the library board and supporters to develop Santa Fe’s south side library. She was also instrumental in developing the “Books and Babies” program, now in its 13th year. Last year, Hodapp oversaw the extension of hours at the La Farge branch and worked with Friends of the Library on a study of library services, buildings and needs to help guide future planning.
Hodapp was winner of a New Mexico Book Co-op’s literary award in 2015 for her ongoing support of local authors and books. She is an author herself, having penned “The Complete Santa Fe Bucket List: 100 Things to do in Santa Fe Before You Die” in 2016.
Libraries are a gift to everyone. Today, they are more than the library of your childhood. Libraries are bursting with books, media, technology and programs to tempt you to explore and widen your world, whatever your age.
Libraries have become the hubs of their communities. They provide that place where everyone is welcome.
According to recent studies, parents feel they are better parents if they take their children to the library. And they should! Exposing children to the library is crucial to their children’s mental and social growth.
One of the Santa Fe Public Library’s innovative programs is Books and Babies, which I started over 12 years ago at the then-new Southside Library. With the vision and support of the Brindle Foundation, thousands of young children and their caregivers have been exposed to the magical world of books and song. This is just one of hundreds of programs that the library provides year round.
With the support of our generous community giving through the Friends of the Library, you can see a wolf, enjoy opera for children, hear authors and much more. All for free.
The library’s technology and databases can provide access to information, and such diverse programs as learning languages and homework help or finding just the information you need to fix a truck or how to bake at high altitude. Plus free internet and WiFi.
Many of the children who were at the Southside Library’s opening in 2007 are now are in college or raising families of their own.
Joining the 3,600 people attending the library’s 10th anniversary celebration were former Mayors Larry Delgado, Javier Gonzales and David Coss, who attested to the value and importance of libraries and all that librarians do.
Libraries have been a part of my life ever since I first rode my bicycle to our rural library at age six. What a joy it is to see that same excitement in children today. Recently, a child asked her mother if she could come to the library with her friends for her birthday rather than going to a commercial party place. Hurrah!
This year, you will have the opportunity to take part in a community survey to determine the future of our libraries and the services they will provide. Share your vision.
These are just some of the many highlights I have experienced over the 13 years I have proudly served as the director of the Santa Fe Public Library.
I thank the Library Board for its support, as well as the wonderful staff who provide the best customer service day after day to our patrons.
My retirement won’t take me far from libraries as they are woven into the fabric of my life.
Hodapp retired as director of the Santa Fe Public Library on Jan. 31.
Today's Tech Talk is postponed and will be rescheduled in March. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Join us for our monthly series of talks about technology at the Main Library!
In this talk, we’ll discuss tools to better protect yourself online. We’ll address strong passwords, password managers, two-factor authentication, phishing and spam, browser security features, malware, and tips to keep in mind. Participants are welcome to bring smartphones, tablets, or laptops to follow along.
Did you know that the Santa Fe Public Library has FamilyPasses brought to you by the Department of Cultural Affairs that will get you and your family into 8 museums and 8 historic sites for FREE! All you need to check one out is your SFPL library card. Ask at your nearest library's circulation desk for the availability of this pass and make sure to take their online survey after your visit to ensure this service remains available to the public: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DCAFamilyPass
Santa Fe Community College, in partnership with
AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, will host free income tax preparation assistance
beginning Feb. 4 through April 15. This year, the free service will be
available on an appointment basis at a new location, the Santa Fe Higher
Education Center, 1950 Siringo Road. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is the
nation’s largest free tax assistance and preparation service. The services are
provided by volunteers from the community. This year the Higher Education
Center is the only AARP Foundation Tax-Aide site in Santa Fe.
AARP Foundation’s Tax-Aide
Santa Fe is now taking appointments either online or by calling 505-946-3615.
To read more about the program and access the online registration link
Those who do not have computer access can call 505-946-3615. A volunteer will
return your call. The tax assistance appointments will be available from 8 a.m.
to 4 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays, as well as 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturdays.
Reservations are required, however, AARP will accommodate a limited number of
walk-in clients based on availability and will make reservations at the HEC on
tax preparation days.
Tax-Aide services are not
available during any holidays observed by the HEC including the Spring Break
from March 18 through March 24. Please note: Tax-Aide services will also
observe all HEC weather delays or closures (appointments affected by weather
delays or closures will be re-scheduled). Visit sfcc.edu to see notices of
weather delays or closures.
The State Director of AARP
New Mexico Gene Varela said, “We’re delighted to partner again with Santa Fe
Community College to offer this service through AARP’s foundation. The new
location at the Santa Fe Higher Education Center has plenty of parking and is a
great mid-town location to serve the community.”
In addition to providing
the location for tax preparation services, SFCC accounting students who were
trained specifically for the service will be among the volunteers available to
assist anyone in filing their taxes.
Those seeking assistance
with their tax return must have all tax forms collected prior to coming in for
help. Be sure to bring all of the information and documents you need, including
of prior year return, if available
ID of the primary filers
Security Card or ITINs for parents and children or dependents
Security year end statement
of health insurance
documents: W-2s; 1099’s for retirement income or self-employment;
interest, dividend, stock or CD sales; Unemployment (W2-G) form; Gambling
win/loss documents from casinos
and supporting documents for expenses: child care, college or
vocational training, medical expenses not covered by insurance – including
mileage, charity donations, property tax bills or receipts (Santa Fe and
Los Alamos County only) and mortgage interest paid
have your refund direct deposited, bring a blank check or savings card
married filing jointly returns, both individuals must be available to sign
The AARP Foundation
Tax-Aide program cannot prepare returns that
returns with expenses of $25,000 or more, home office deduction,
employees, inventory or operating loss
Stop by and peruse our great art shows that will be on display during
the month of February:
Main Library, Satin/Reichman Memorial Art Gallery: Jean Marc Richel, “Arroyo Mundo” (Original
Prints). There will be an artist meet and greet on Friday, February 8 from 4-6 p.m.
in the 2nd floor gallery.
Main Library Display Cases: Bridget Rose Green, “Quotidian Pots” (Functional
La Farge Branch Library: Darrin Graham & Jodi Drinkwater, “Mixed-media
Southside Branch Library:Jacki
Munro, “From Numbness to Awakening” (Photography and Posters).
Artists wishing to exhibit their work at the Main Library, 145 Washington
Ave., should fill out a Main
Library Art Application. The Art Committee will meet next on January
2, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. in the Pick Room at the Main Library to meet with
prospective artists and schedule art shows for the year. For more information,
please see our website: http://santafelibrary.org/artwork-exhibits/.
The Santa Fe Public Library accepts applications from local artists
for consideration of art exhibits. All applicants must live in the city or
county of Santa Fe, be eligible for a library card, and follow the Information and Exhibit Guidelines
and Art Exhibit Policy.
The City of Santa Fe Arts Commission is excited to announce the launch of the Holiday Youth Culture Passport. Based on the successful Summer Youth Culture Passport, the Holiday Passport offers kids and their guardians free events happening in Santa Fe from December 1, 2018 through January 1, 2019.
The Holiday Passport is available on a just-launched smartphone application, making it easy to use. The app is available to Android users on at Google Play and iPhone users on iTunes. It is free to download and use:
The next Friday Afternoon Art (Gift Making: December 7) is listed as one of the stops. It's digital application only. Families download the app, scan the code, and the kids can claim a prize also (from the SFAC).
Load the family into the VW bus, hop into
your jalopy, rev up your Thunderbird! New Mexico film historian Jeff Berg
presents a FREE motion picture road trip along Route 66!
"Made on Route 66" is a
compilation series showcasing movies made along the Mother Road; it will play at
the Main Library (145 Washington Ave.) on Sunday, December 9 at 2 p.m.
The show will screen clips from beloved
movies ('The Grapes of Wrath', 'Rain Man') and buried treasures, such as
'Damnation Alley' and 'Starman' and several other Arizona, New Mexico and
California-made films as well. Berg provides behind-the-scenes anecdotes along
with tongue-in-cheek and critical insight along the way and audience
participation is strongly encouraged.
Additional featured film clips will
include 'How the West Was Won', 'Easy Rider', 'Route 66', 'Forrest Gump' and
'Mars Attacks!', among many others. It will truly be a nostalgic trip down
memory lane on one of the most famous and celebrated (and well-traveled) roads
in the world.
Jeff Berg is a Santa Fe, NM-based freelance
writer, film reviewer, and New Mexico film historian. He was also a board
member and event planner for the Mesilla Valley Film Society in Las Cruces, NM
for 12 years and the Assistant Manager of the Jean Cocteau Cinema in Santa Fe.
For the past eight years, he has traveled
around New Mexico from corner to corner presenting his noted film clip series
which features clips of movies made in New Mexico, doing live narration for
As a writer, Berg's work has authored two
books, 'New Mexico Filmmaking' * a history of movies made in NM, and the brand
new 'Historic Movie Theatres of NM', released in July. His work
has appeared in numerous regional publications including New Mexico and
True West Magazines, Film Comment Magazine, Desert Exposure (Silver City, NM),
and the Santa Fe New Mexican.
This FREE event is sponsored by the
Friends of the Santa Fe Public Library.