Friday, August 29, 2014

September Art Exhibits at the Santa Fe Public Library

Main Tybie Satin Davis Gallery: Nels Krakowski “Images in Passing”, Acrylics

Main Library Display Cases: Necasio “Nick” Lovato “Crosses: Recycled Lenses”, Recycled materials

La Farge Branch Library: Herschel Mair “Digital Imaging and Technology”

Southside Branch Library: Dante Jericho “Contemplative Collage from Symbol to Story”, Collage printed on canvas

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Upcoming Holiday Closings

All locations of the Santa Fe Public Library will be closed on Monday, September 1, in observance of Labor Day.

All locations of the Santa Fe Public Library will be closing at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, September 5, for Fiesta.

The Main Library will be closed on Saturday, September 6 and Sunday, September 7 during Fiesta.

La Farge Branch will be open normal hours 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Saturday, September 6.

Southside Branch will be open normal hours 10:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Saturday, September 6, and from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. on Sunday, September 7.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Community Post: Neighborhood Book Exchanges


A Neighborhood Book Exchange—a small structure that hosts a public book exchange—was not something my colleague nor I anticipated when we enrolled in a Library and Information Studies graduate program in Vancouver, BC, in 2012.  Librarians still work with books, but amidst all the digital advances in the information field—electronic catalogues, mark-up languages, search engines, and e-books, to scratch the surface—books themselves somehow fell out of focus in the Library curriculum. 

But shortly after our first semester at school, Kathleen came across an article, like so many we would see, that showered book exchanges with praise, imbuing them with the power to build community, promote literacy, and promote a love of reading.  This message was promoted heavily and it gained traction in unintended ways.  In fact, the comparison between these book exchanges and public libraries became not only tangible, but acceptable for some.  For example, the Vancouver Sun recently published an article about a book exchange intended to fill the gap for children who have never set foot in a public library.  Or consider a TEDx monologue that posits a formula to explain why a Little Free Library is superior to a Carnegie--which is used as a stand in for public libraries.  But could the media claims that circulated with such redundancy be substantiated?  In this way these book exchanges intrigued and provoked us. 

Soon after reading the article, we schemed with our academic advisor to begin an empirical research study that investigates how Neighborhood Book Exchanges are designed, installed, and used; and why.   We can’t answer all the questions we have through this one study, but it’s a fruitful start. It’s the only academically rigorous study being conducted on the subject that we are aware of.

We are hoping to publish a freely available report of our findings for those of you who are involved in, interested in, or curious about Neighborhood Book Exchanges. To learn more about our study and its current status, please visit www.nooxstudy.com.

Post and photo by Tenny Webster, MLIS

One of the principle researchers of the Neighborhood Book Exchange study and resident of Santa Fe

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Reminder: Mark O'Connor Presents the O'Connor Method, Tomorrow at Main



At 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 27th, nationally renowned violinist Mark O’Connor will present a free lecture-demonstration to the public on his best-selling string teaching method, the O’Connor Method, in the Community Room of the Main Branch of the Santa Fe Public Library. He will be joined by violinist Maggie Dixon for demonstrations of music from the O'Connor Method. Mr. O’Connor has a musical history with Santa Fe in that the Chamber Music Festival commissioned both his 1st and 2nd string quartets and the Santa Fe Symphony commissioned his Fiddle Concerto.

Since winning the Country Music Association’s Musician of the Year for an unprecedented six times as a fiddler, O’Connor has made invaluable contributions to American string music as a performer, composer and educator, with his Suzuki-alternative O’Connor Method quickly becoming a cornerstone of music education. “The O’Connor Method aims to modernize string pedagogy by not only bestowing on young string players comprehensive technical and theoretical foundations but also teaching them how to improvise and creatively manipulate the music they learn,” says O’Connor.

The free lecture-demonstration is sponsored by The Friends of the Santa Fe Public Library. The public is welcome. Space is limited. Adults must be accompanied by a child!

For more information, please contact the Children’s Dept. at (505) 955-6783. For directions to the Main Library (145 Washington Ave.), please visit www.santafelibrary.org/.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Southside Now Open on Sundays Starting This Sunday, 8/24!

Southside Branch Library, 6599 Jaguar Drive, will open on Sundays as of August 24.  The Library will be open from 1:00-5:00 p.m. to the public. This will mirror the hours of the Main Library which is located at 145 Washington Avenue.

In addition, weekday library hours at the Southside will change. Starting on Monday, August 25, the Southside Branch will open at 10:30 a.m. to the public. Library hours will be 10:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 10:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 1:00-5:00 p.m. on Sundays.


The Library is committed to providing library services to all Santa Fe and Santa Fe County residents.  Southside Branch Library can be reached at 505-955-2820.


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Violinist Mark O’Connor Presents Free Demonstration on the O’Connor Method, Wednesday, Aug. 27, at the Main Library


At 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 27th, national renowned violinist Mark O’Connor will present a free lecture-demonstration to the public on his best-selling string teaching method, the O’Connor Method, in the Community Room of the Main Branch of the Santa Fe Public Library. He will be joined by violinist Maggie Dixon for demonstrations of music from the O'Connor Method. Mr. O’Connor has a musical history with Santa Fe in that the Chamber Music Festival commissioned both his 1st and 2nd string quartets and the Santa Fe Symphony commissioned his Fiddle Concerto.

Since winning the Country Music Association’s Musician of the Year for an unprecedented six times as a fiddler, O’Connor has made invaluable contributions to American string music as a performer, composer and educator, with his Suzuki-alternative O’Connor Method quickly becoming a cornerstone of music education. “The O’Connor Method aims to modernize string pedagogy by not only bestowing on young string players comprehensive technical and theoretical foundations but also teaching them how to improvise and creatively manipulate the music they learn,” says O’Connor.

The free lecture-demonstration is sponsored by The Friends of the Santa Fe Public Library. The public is welcome. Space is limited. Adults must be accompanied by a child!


For more information, please contact the Children’s Dept. at (505) 955-6783. For directions to the Main Library (145 Washington Ave.), please visit www.santafelibrary.org/.

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Internet Outage at Southside, Weds., August 6

On Wednesday, August 6, the Southside Library will not have internet computers available from 10:00 am through noon. The service will be down for installation of new equipment. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Get Ready for Kindergarten Program at SFPL


August Art at SFPL

Main Tybie Satin Davis Gallery: Steven and Sandra Rudy “Venice—Our View”, Photography

Main Library Display Cases: Back to School by the SFPL Children's Dept.

La Farge Branch Library: Elizabeth Sandia—Pastel Painting

Southside Branch Library: Dominic Monti "New Mexico Landscapes", Oil and Mixed Media

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Reminder: James McGrath Morris Talk is Thursday, July 31 at St. Johns College

You are invited to attend a talk by James McGrath Morris on the future of books and reading on Thursday, July 31 at 7 p.m. in the Great Hall at St. John’s College. Tickets are $7.50 and available through Tickets Santa Fe, the community box office at the Lensic Theater (988-1234.)

The event is co-sponsored by St. John’s College, as part of the fiftieth anniversary celebration of its Santa Fe Campus, and the Friends of the Santa Fe Public Library, as part of the celebration of its fortieth anniversary.

         Morris will outline the seismic changes shaking up the world of book publishing and reading.  “What is happening to books today is as important a moment in history as five centuries ago when Gutenberg created move-able type and launched the printing revolution,” said Morris.  “The changes now taking place are more than a matter of replacing type, ink and paper with pixels—a profound shift is taking place in the act of reading itself.”

         Combining his work experience in the publishing industry and his years as an author, Morris will explain why current changes are so significant and what lies ahead for readers.


Half Price at Southside Bookstore, July 31 - Aug. 2


Many Thanks to all of our Summer Reading Sponsors!


Monday, July 21, 2014

Upcoming Friends Book Sales

July 26: Spanish Market Sale, outside the Main Library, 145 Washington Avenue
Spanish Market themed books. Individually priced $.50 and up
• Saturday 26th: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM


August 3: Main Summer Sale, 145 Washington Avenue
• Sunday 3rd: 1:00–3:30 PM, Open to the Public,  Bag Day in the Tatum Community Room


August 23: Indian Market Sale, outside the Main Library, 145 Washington Avenue
Indian Market themed books, individually priced $ .50 and up
• Saturday 23rd: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM


For more information call 955-2832. Or go to the Friends Website, www.santafelibraryfriends.org