Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Call for Artists at the Main Library

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:

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.

Tuesday, December 04, 2018

Last chance to view the Confinement in the Land of Enchantment at Southside until December 11

You still have a chance to see the Confinement in the Land of Enchantment exhibit 
at the Southside Branch Library until Tuesday, December 11.
We graciously thank the NMJACL for the opportunity to host this amazing exhibit!

Friday Afternoon Art on Dec. 7 is a stop on the new Holiday Passport from the Santa Fe Arts Commission

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).

Monday, December 03, 2018

“Made on Route 66” film presentation at the Main Library, Sunday, December 9, 2:00 p.m.

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 each show. 
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.

Friday, November 30, 2018

December 2018 Art Displays at the Santa Fe Public Library

Stop by and peruse our great art shows that will be on display during the month of December:

Main Library, Satin/Reichman Memorial Art Gallery: Ruth Meaders, “Deep in the Heart of Art,” (Oils and Acrylics).

Main Library Display Cases: WRAP Children’s Winter Reading Program 2018.

La Farge Branch Library: Beth Cooper, "Pastels".

Southside Branch Library: Last chance to see the Confinement in the Land of Enchantment show. It will be up until December 12th.

City Sets Up Series of Direct Email Communications Options for Residents

Starting this winter, the City of Santa Fe will be increasing its emphasis on email to communicate directly with residents on a range of topics. We’re starting by asking residents to sign-up online to be a part of one or more email networks of their choice.

When you sign up for a list, we’ll start reaching out to you by email—not too much, we promise not to start spamming your inbox—just enough to keep you up-to-date on the topics of your choice.

Email options will include information from the City regarding City Hall happenings, City-sponsored community events, Council District specific information, and more. The full list is below.  To register please visit

Initial distribution lists include:
·         District 1
·         District 2
·         District 3
·         District 4 
·         Mayor Updates
·         City Hall Happenings
·         City Sponsored Community Events
·         Resident E-Newsletter (a monthly summary of news from all over Santa Fe)
·         Closures / Orange Barrel Report

As the City Council and the Mayor work to prioritize making the City the most user-friendly in the country, they are improving the way the City engages with residents and neighborhoods. The Santa Fe email network is a continuation of that effort, which has included Meet the Mayor events, Council on Your Corner meetings, the City Manager’s weekly newsletter, and the establishment of the Constituent and Council Services Office.

Mayor Webber said, “We take our relationship with Santa Fe residents and neighborhoods very seriously. Communicating directly with our residents by email is a clear and convenient way to be transparent and improve communication as we build better relationships with our community.”

City Manager Erik Litzenberg said, “Our goal is to be the most user-friendly City government we can be, and this is one more in a series of steps we’re taking in our commitment to increased public awareness and engagement.” 

“This is the first step in establishing a new communication path with our constituents. There’s so much happening at City Hall, it can be hard to keep track. So we are building a tool to help our residents stay up-to-date on everything they want to know about their City government,” said Kristine Mihelcic, Constituent and Council Services Director.  

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Change in Interlibrary Loan Service for December 2018

Due to staff shortages, we will not accept new Interlibrary Loan requests during the month of December.  We will process all requests made in November and will make them available to patrons in December.  ILL books due in December must be returned by their due dates.

Please note that starting in January, each patron may submit a maximum of 3 Interlibrary Loan requests per month. We apologize for the inconvenience and will begin accepting Interlibrary Loan requests again in January 2019.

Monday, November 26, 2018

Seeking Candidates for the Santa Fe Public Library Board

The Santa Fe Public Library is seeking candidates for the Library Board. Ideal candidates are actively involved in our community with an open mind to a 21st Century library system in Santa Fe. We are seeking potential Library Board candidates with skills in any of the following: technology, new media, and computer literacy; youth advocacy; knowledge of local government; urban planning; or community development.

There is one City position available to applicants that live within the Santa Fe city limits. Library Board members serve for three years without compensation. 

City members are appointed by the Mayor to represent the residents of Santa Fe. The seven member Library Board was created as an advisory board to the City Council and is charged with working with the Library Administration to provide advice on policies such as the use of the library, book selection, acceptance of gifts and bequests, management and operation, and other appropriate matters. The Library Board meets monthly.

 Interested residents may apply by submitting a letter of interest and a resume to:
 Maria Finley
 Santa Fe Public Library
145 Washington Avenue
 Santa Fe, NM 87501

Or hand deliver to the Main Library, 145 Washington Avenue, by 5:00 pm on November 30, 2018.
For more information call 955-6789.

Monday, November 19, 2018

Thanksgiving Closure

All Public Library locations will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday

Thursday, November 22  &
Friday, November 23

The libraries will reopen on Saturday, November 24

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Main Library Holiday Book Sale

The Friends of the Santa Fe Public Library will hold their Holiday Book Sale in the Community Room at the Main Library on Saturday, December 1, 2018, from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

We will be selling gift quality books, holiday-themed CDs and DVDs and more! The sale is open to the public all day, no members-only hours.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Big Adventure Comics Hosts Local Comics Creators for Sale and Presentations November 17

Big Adventure Comics in Santa Fe presents Local Comic Creators At Your Local Comic Shop on Saturday, November 17, 1:00-4:00. New Mexico-based comic writers and artists, and members of 7000 BC, the Northern New Mexico comic creators nonprofit, will have their creator-owned books for sale. At 2:00, cartoonist and educator Alec Longstreth will discuss his graphic novel Basewood, and at 2:30 writer and artist Turner Mark-Jacobs will present his process for creating his watercolor art.

As part the afternoon’s talks, Alec says, “I'll share story outlines, early character designs, and show examples of my cartooning process including pencils and inks,” and Turner says, “I’ll have sketches and finished art as well as tools to show how I work.” All participants in Local Comic Creators At Your Local Comic Shop will be have their work for sale and be available throughout the afternoon to discuss it.

Kevin Drennan, owner of Big Adventure comics, says “we're fortunate to have such a diverse range of comics-making talent locally and we're happy to be able to give them this opportunity to showcase their hard work."

Big Adventure Comics is located at 418 Montezuma Avenue, Suite C, in the Jean Cocteau Building in the Railyard.

 About Big Adventure Comics

Big Adventure Comics is northern New Mexico's only comic shop, stocking a broad range of books in a variety of styles and genres for all ages and tastes. It is also Santa Fe's premier gaming destination, and hosts regular Magic: The Gathering events. 505-992-8783.

 About 7000 BC

7000 BC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community arts organization dedicated to teaching comics-making and providing opportunities for New Mexico-based comics creators.

Friday, November 09, 2018

City Marks Veterans Day with Parade Sunday, Holiday Closures Monday

This Veterans Day marks the 100th Anniversary of the 1918 Armistice that was the unofficial end to World War I. Veterans Day is celebrated on November 11th because of the Armistice, which was enacted in the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month.

The City will mark the holiday with the annual Veterans Day parade on Sunday, starting at 10:00am and progressing from Ft. Marcy down Bishop’s Lodge and Washington to the Plaza. A ceremony will follow at the Bataan Memorial. (Route map attached)

On Monday, all administrative offices, city libraries, the Municipal Court, and recreation centers will be closed. Environmental Services Division will have regular scheduled collection for commercial and residential recycling and solid waste. Residential customers will need to have their recycling and solid waste placed at curbside by 8:00 a.m.

Santa Fe Trails, Santa Fe Pick-Up Shuttle and Santa Fe Ride services will operate on a Saturday Service Schedule, with one exception: To facilitate transit service to and from the Santa Fe Place Mall, NM 599 Rail Runner Station, Santa Fe Community College, the Academy for Technology and the Classics and other institutions and businesses who are not closed, Santa Fe Trails will operate the Route 22 on its regular weekday schedule on this day.

If you have questions about this schedule, please call 505-955-2001 and one of our customer service representatives will assist you.  Alternatively, visit our website at

Other Public Transportation Services on Veteran’s Day:
New Mexico Rail Runner Express – Operates on its Sunday Service (
North Central Regional Transit District - No Service, with the exception of the RTD255 Mountain Trail Route (
New Mexico Park & Ride – No Service (

In recognition of all Veterans, with Resolution 2015-99 the City Council authorized the Transit Division to develop a program to provide FREE rides on Santa Fe Trails bus system and Santa Fe Ride paratransit program for United States Veterans year round.

To obtain free rides, Veterans need to show the driver one of the following:
·         Veterans Affair ID Card
·         DD214 with Photo ID
·         Driver’s License with Veteran Status
·         Rio Metro Freedom Pass
·         Santa Fe Trails Veterans ID Card
A Santa Fe Trails Veteran ID Card can be obtained by visiting the Santa Fe Trails Administrative Offices at 2931 Rufina Street and showing one of the above documents listed above.

All facilities will re-open for regular hours on Tuesday.

Monday, November 05, 2018


With Resolution 2014-79 the Santa Fe City Council authorized the Transit Division to provide FREE rides on all Santa Fe Trails Bus Routes and Santa Fe Ride Vehicles for all Santa Fe Municipal Elections and Santa Fe County Primary and General Elections.  Tuesday November 6, 2018 is a General Election Day.

Santa Fe Trails Bus and Santa Fe Pick-up services have routes and stops that are no more than a half mile (10 minute walk) from all the Voting Convenience Centers within its service area.  See the table below and the attached graphics for more details.  All are encouraged to consider taking advantage of the FREE bus service to go vote or use it as an opportunity to try Santa Fe’s Public Transportation System.

For more information or trip planning, contact the Transit Divisions Call Center at 505-955-2001 or visit

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Friday, October 26, 2018

Election Day is November 6

Whether you consider voting a right or a responsibility, or both, now is the time to gather your wits. Early voting has begun, and Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 6th. The ballot is busy enough with federal, state, and local matters to justify some preparation. Consider these sources of information:

League of Women Voters
The League of Women Voters has been the national workhorse providing nonpartisan election information for many decades. Here is the Santa Fe LWV voter guide: is the New Mexico Secretary of State portal for voter information such as voter registration, polling places, candidate lists, absentee ballot requests, etc. .
Click on “Find my Registration and Election Information” for personalized voting info including sample ballots.

Bonds for Libraries
On your ballot, Bond Question B is about libraries—the act “authorizes the issuance and sale of library acquisition bonds,” not to exceed $12.8 million, which will be used by school, public, academic, and tribal libraries for library materials and electronic needs. For information, see

Bond Question B basically asks to continue the same amount of support for libraries approved by voters in previous years. Libraries in Santa Fe County would get a total of $656,000, with Santa Fe Public Library receiving about $220,000, dedicated to print and non-print information resources (e.g. books, ebooks, downloadable audio, online magazine and newspaper access, etc.) as well as certain kinds of Internet computer equipment. All Bond funds are used for resources for the public.

More Informed Voting
The Internet abounds in election information … of all kinds. Some are committed to neutrality as part of their mission, such as and Many newspapers and other organizations support their own election news sites.

It’s an obvious quote, but: “Every election is determined by the people who show up.”

Post by JD

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Write to Me: Letters from Japanese American Children to the Librarian They Left Behind

In conjunction with the traveling exhibit, Confinement in the Land of Enchantment, Albuquerque author, Cynthia Grady, will read from her new picture book, Write to Me: Letters from Japanese American Children to the Librarian They Left Behind.

Come hear the experiences of imprisoned Japanese American children in their own words. Activities and book signing to follow.
Suitable for children ages 4 – 10.

Saturday, November 3, 11:30 a.m.

Santa Fe Public Library - La Farge Branch

Oliver La Farge Branch
1730 Llano Street
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505

Commuters, the City wants to hear from you!

The Office of Affordable Housing is helping to distribute a survey about the housing needs of Santa Fe’s workforce. See the Santa Fe Housing Action Coalition's website for details:

English survey can be found here:

The survey is also available in Spanish: