Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Columbus Day Holiday Closure

All branches of the Santa Fe Public Library will be closed on Monday, October 12, in observance of Columbus Day.
We will resume our normal hours on Tuesday, October 13.

Friday, October 02, 2015

Oct. 7 Public Hearing to Focus on Older Americans Act

The City of Santa Fe Division of Senior Services will host a public hearing about the Older Americans Act and will discuss plans for a related Request for Proposal (RFP) of funds that is in development. The public hearing will be held Wednesday, October 7, 2015, at 9:00 a.m. at the Mary Esther Gonzales Senior Center (1121 Alto Street).

The Older Americans Act was enacted by Congress in 1965 to ensure provision of social services to America’s elderly population. The City’s Division of Senior Services administers programs, which provide a comprehensive social service delivery system for senior citizens in our community. The following program services are critical to our planning and implementation process:

-       Congregate Meals
-       Home Delivered Meals
-       Assisted Transportation
-       Home Management (housekeeping, laundry, escort, non-medical personal care, etc.)
-  Respite (Alzheimer’s) Care (relief, companionship, non-medical personal care, caregiver support, etc.)
-       Durable Medical Equipment (walkers, wheelchairs, shower chairs, etc.)
- Grandparents Raising Grandchildren (counseling, training, information and access, supplemental support, etc.)
-      Volunteer Programs – Foster Grandparent Program (FGP), Senior Companion Program (SCP), Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)
-       Recreation Functions (Senior Olympics, advanced fitness, exercise classes, etc.)

The public’s input on these matters is critical. Written comments are encouraged and should be forwarded to:

City of Santa Fe
Division of Senior Services
Ron J. Vialpando, Director
P.O. Box 909

Santa Fe, NM  87504-0909

Piñata Winners from Swan Park Grand Opening

Richard and Brandon went home with a cool Nemo piñata that they won at the grand opening of Swan Park. Congrats, boys!

Friday, September 25, 2015

People to the Plaza Initiative Bringing Farmers Market to the Plaza

This Sunday’s one-day market will feature local growers, crafts, prepared food and more

The latest event in Mayor Javier M. Gonzales’ People to the Plaza initiative will be a one-day Plaza Farmers’ Market this Sunday from 8:00am-1:00pm.

Mayor Gonzales said, “The Plaza as we know it today was shaped by agriculture and commerce for hundreds of years. I for one can’t wait to look out over it this Sunday and see fresh, local produce from Northern New Mexico’s farms and gardens bringing local Santa Feans back together in the heart of our community.”

Approximately 25 vendors from the Santa Fe Farmers’ Market, which is held year-round at the Railyard every Tuesday and Saturday and features hundreds of local food growers and artisans, will be on hand on Sunday for this special event.

Those vendors expected include:

Anna Mae Salazar – traditional crafts and flowers
Freshies – local organic fruit
Intergalactic Baking Co. – flatbreads and salsas
Jubilee Farm – beets, garlic, and storage crops
KJ Farm – fresh eggs
Love & Leche – soaps and balms
Mi Yung – kimchi tacos and produce
Monte Vista Organics – certified organic flowers and produce
Old Windmill Dairy – award-winning goat and cow cheese
Red Mesa Meats – Grass-fed meats and ready-to-eat tasty treats
Rocio Alcantar – decorations, flowers and produce
Santa Cruz Farm – roasted green chile and certified organic produce
Valley Garlic Oil –locally-pressed garlic oil
And many more!

All of Santa Fe is encouraged and invited to come out to the Plaza to support your local growers.

To help Santa Feans get to the Plaza on Sunday morning, all regular Sunday routes of the Santa Fe Trails bus service will run for free from 7:00am – 1:00pm, and will start two hours earlier than their regularly scheduled time.

The earliest Sunday bus is usually at 8:30am, but will begin running at 7:00am this weekend.

For questions, contact Paolo Speirn with the Santa Fe Farmers Market, visit www.SantaFeFarmersMarket.com, or find the Market on Facebook.

Again, the details for tomorrow night’s inaugural event:

Santa Fe Plaza Farmers’ Market

Santa Fe Plaza

Sunday, September 27th, 8:00am – 1:00pm

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Equinox Traditions at the Main Library

Here at the Main Library we regularly balance an egg to celebrate the equinox. Here is a photo of one balancing in our Southwest Room. We know that eggs can balance any day of the year but it's a fun tradition to save for astronomical events of seasonal importance.

Photo by DC, Post by AR

Monday, September 21, 2015

Santa Fe Public Library Presents: Diane, the Magicienne, October 2-3

Swan Park Grand Opening

The Friends of the Library and Library staff were kept hopping at the new SWAN Park opening on Saturday, September 19. The park is located at the western end of Jaguar Drive.  The Library held a drawing for two NEMO pinatas filled with candy—the lucky winners were called on Monday.  The booth had book bags, free donated books, children’s event calendars, book marks and pencils—which ran out by  2:00pm!

The Library and Friends were pleased to be a part of the celebration.

Text by PCH and photo by WC

Friday Afternoon Art: Marbleized Paper and Book Making, Sept. 25 at Main

Thursday, September 03, 2015

Santa Fe Public Library September Closings

All locations of the Santa Fe Public Library will be closed Monday, September 7 for Labor Day. All locations will also close at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 11 for the Fiesta de Santa Fe. The Main Library will be closed on Saturday, Sept. 12 and Sunday, Sept. 13 for Fiesta but the La Farge and Southside branches will be open their normal hours.

New Season of Science After School Starts Sept. 22, Register Now!

National Voter Registration Day is September 22nd!

The League of Women Voters of Santa Fe County will be stationed in all three locations of the Santa Fe Public Library from 4-6 p.m. on September 22, 2015 for National Voter Registration Day. Stop by and register so that your vote and your voice can be heard in upcoming local, state, and national elections.

From the National Voter Registration Day website http://nationalvoterregistrationday.org/about/ :

"In 2008, 6 million Americans didn’t vote because they missed a registration deadline or didn’t know how to register. In 2015, we want to make sure no one is left out. On September 22, 2015, volunteers, celebrities, and organizations from all over the country will “hit the streets” for National Voter Registration Day. This single day of coordinated field, technology and media efforts will create pervasive awareness of voter registration opportunities–allowing us to reach tens of thousands of voters who we could not reach otherwise".

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Seeking Candidates for the Santa Fe Public Library Board

The Santa Fe Public Library is seeking candidates for the Library Board.  Members are appointed by the Mayor to represent the residents of Santa Fe.  There are two City positions that need to be filled. Applicants must live in the city of Santa Fe. Library Board members serve for three years without compensation.

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 September 11, 2015.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Santa Fe Book Art Celebration: Three Month Event Features Artist Books at the State Capitol Rotunda Gallery, Sept. 4 - Dec. 31

The New Mexico Capitol Rotunda Gallery in Santa Fe is hosting an exhibit of contemporary book art from Friday, September 4, through Friday, December 11, 2015. All of the 65 artists represented in the exhibit are members of the Santa Fe Book Arts Group (BAG). They all use a wide range of materials, designs, and techniques to create original works of sculptural or multi-dimensional book art. Dr. Cynthia Sanchez, Executive Director of the Capitol Art Foundation, is the curator and juror. This is the sixth time that the Capitol Art Foundation has invited Santa Fe BAG to exhibit.

The public is invited to a reception on Friday, September 18, from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Attendance is free for both the reception and the exhibit.

The exhibit of contemporary book art is the highlight of the Santa Fe Book Art Celebration, which features a wide range of events and activities open to the public. These include hands-on workshops, lectures, presentations, tours, demonstrations, art sales, and receptions. For more information and a full list of events, please visit the Book Arts Group website, www.santafebag.org, or email RotundaShow@gmail.com.

New Mexico’s State Capitol building is at the northwest corner of Paseo de Peralta and Old Santa Fe Trail. For more information about the Capitol Art Foundation call (505) 986-4589, or visit www.nmcapitolart.org.

The Santa Fe Book Arts Group provides resources and opportunities for book artists to learn and share the skills of their craft. BAG consists of about 200 members who participate in workshops, exhibits, and collaborative projects.

Photo Caption: The Journey Within by Pamela MacKellar is one of the 94 artist’s books that will be in an exhibit at the Capitol Rotunda Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico, from September 4 through December 11, 2015. The exhibit is the highlight of the Santa Fe Book Art Celebration, a three-month event featuring a wide variety of activities.

September 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 September!

Main Library Tybie Satin Davis Gallery: Catherine Kirkwood “Looking for Tula” (Oils). Opening reception from 3-5 p.m. on Saturday, September 5 on the 2nd floor of the Main Library.

Main Library Display Cases: SFPL Children’s Hispanic Heritage Month

La Farge Branch Library: Selena Chavez “Children’s Paintings”

Southside Branch Library: Carol Montoya "Eyes of the Animal Soul" (Watercolors)

The Main Library is now booked through May 2016 and the monthly art selection meeting, usually scheduled the first Wednesday of the month, will cancelled until January 2016.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

The Friends of the Santa Fe Public Library Indian Market Book Sale, Saturday, August 22, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Main Library

The Friends of the Santa Fe Public Library will hold a special sale during Indian Market on Saturday, August 22 from 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM at the Main Library, 145 Washington Avenue.
Indian Market themed books, discount books, and cold water will be available for sale out on our portal.