Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Memorial Day Closing

All locations of the Santa Fe Public Library will be closed on Monday, May 29, in observance of Memorial Day. All libraries will return to their normal hours on Tuesday, May 30.


Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Community Conversations on 25-Year Sustainability Plan Draft Begin



The Sustainable Santa Fe Commission, a volunteer citizen advisory commission charged with advising the city’s elected officials on sustainability-related programs, projects and policies, will be conducting community meetings to discuss and garner feedback from the public on the development of the city’s 25-year sustainability plan.

In November 2014, the City of Santa Fe established a goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2040, and as a result, the commission is developing the plan with the primary goals of improving the health and wellness of the community, and achieving carbon neutrality by 2040. Areas of the plan’s focus include energy; transportation; water; climate; food security; natural environment; social equity; and others.

“Improving the lives of everyone in our community goes hand-in-hand with protecting our environment,” said Mayor Javier M. Gonzales. “Our 25-year sustainability plan is designed to serve the entire community, so public participation at the upcoming community meetings is very important, because we want feedback from everyone.”

The community meetings will be held on:
·         Wednesday, May 3, 5:30-7:30pm at Genoveva Chavez Community Center (3221 Rodeo Road)
·         Tuesday, May 9, 5:30-7:30pm at Hotel Santa Fe, Kiva Rooms (1501 Paseo De Peralta)
·         Saturday, May 13, 1:00-3:00pm at Southside Library (6599 Jaguar Drive), co-hosted by EarthCare
·         Saturday, May 20, 2:00-4:00pm at Chainbreaker Community Center (1515 Fifth Street), co-hosted by Chainbreaker Collective
Light food, childcare and bilingual services will be provided at each meeting. All citizens in the city and county are encouraged to attend.

Support for these conversations has been generously provided by the Santa Fe Community Foundation, McCune Charitable Foundation, Green Fire Times, and IATSE Local 480.

To read more about the plan and submit online feedback, please visit www.SustainableSantaFe2040.com.

Monday, May 08, 2017

May 2017 Art Displays at SFPL



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

Main Library Tybie Satin Davis Gallery: “Michael McGuire and his Watercolor Group” (Watercolor paintings). Reception will be held on Sunday, May 7, 1:30-4:30 p.m. in the 2nd floor gallery.

Main Library Display Cases: Santa Fe Public Library Children’s Department, “Build a Better World, 2017 Summer Reading Program”.

La Farge Branch Library: Artworks: Art by school children.

Southside Branch Library: Eve Genevieve Pilcher, “Wild” (Acrylic paintings).

Monday, May 01, 2017

Southside Branch Library 10th Anniversary Plaza Fair & Summer Reading 2017 Kickoff, Saturday, May 20, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.



On May 20, the Southside Library will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a Plaza Fair!  The free Plaza Fair will open at 11:00 a.m. to the music of Mariachis Buenaventura followed by a welcome from Mayor Javier Gonzales and City Councilors.

The event will go from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.  Over 25 non-profits serving the community will have booths at the Plaza Fair! This special day will be celebrated with activities for children, information from local agencies for adults, music, and special guest Randi’s Reptiles will be in the Community Room. Dahlia Cummings will do a special Books & Babies program.  Also performing will be Wise Fool and EMI ARTE Flamenco dancers.  MAKE Santa Fe will be there to join in the creative day!  Sparky the Firedog mascot and a fire truck will be on site.

Other booths will include the Santa Fe Botanical Garden, United Way, Somos Un Pueblo Unido, the New Mexico Museum of Art, Earth Care, 1 Santa Fe, Chainbreaker Collective, Friends of the Santa Fe Public Library, Food Oasis, the Santa Fe Farmers Market, and La Familia. 

Food will be a part of this festival.  Everything in the Plaza Fair will be free! Many of the sponsors will provide special coupons for the attendees!

The generous sponsors of the Plaza Fair include Dairy Queen, Genoveva Chavez Community Center, 1 Santa Fe, the Brindle Foundation, the Friends of the Library, and the Santa Fe Botanical Garden.

The ever popular Summer Reading Program kicks off at the May 20 Plaza Fair. Children will be able to sign up for this year’s Summer Reading Program during the event. This year’s Summer Reading Program theme is “Build a Better World.” The performances presented during the Summer Reading Program will explore that theme using songs, stories, and other methods. The crafts programs will feature building structures using one’s imagination.

Can’t make it to the Kickoff event? Registration for the Summer Reading Program is available at all three Santa Fe Public Libraries through July 15. The Summer Reading Program registration and all events are free. Prizes are given after each week of reading, starting on May 30. Children may enter for the grand prize drawing of a bicycle after the third week of reading. The Grand Prize drawing and other drawings will be held at the end of the Summer Reading Program during parties at all three locations. The program is open to children up to the age of 12.

Special sponsors of the Summer Reading Program include Dairy Queen, the Genoveva Chavez Community Center, Friends of the Santa Fe Public Library, McDonald’s, Applebee’s, Santa Fe Century, and the Santa Fe Botanical Garden.

What do you do when you join the Summer Reading Program? Read books or have them read to you! Attend special performances and participate in arts and crafts activities! It is a great time to explore personal areas of interest, everything from ghosts to the sciences, how-to books, and great stories.

Numerous studies have proven that active participation in summer reading prevents reading loss, not only for the youth reading on their own, it includes the children you read to. Reading loss is cumulative and children who do not read during the summer may be left behind when school starts again.

Participation in the Summer Reading events is available to all families and children whether one joins the program or not. Stop in at the Main Library, La Farge Branch, or the Southside Branch for more information.

Check out the calendar in this issue. Visit us on the web at www.santafelibrary.org.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Reminder: the Great Trivia Smackdown is this Sunday, April 23

The Friends of the Santa Fe Public Library and the Santa Fe Woman’s Club are looking for teams to compete in its first annual Great Santa Fe Trivia Smackdown!, a fundraiser and friend-raiser for the Santa Fe Public Library and the Santa Fe Woman’s Club.

The event will take place on Sunday, April 23 at 2:00 PM in the theater of the Santa Fe Woman’s Club at 1616 Old Pecos Trail. Teams of four persons each will compete for dazzling prizes in a rollicking on-stage progressive-elimination competition!

Registration has now begun for a limited number of team slots, with applications available online (see below). Applications may also be picked up at the Santa Fe Woman’s Club, the La Farge Branch Library, and each of the two Friends bookstores (located at the Main Library and Southside Branch Library), where they may be left with a cashier, or mailed to the Trivia Smackdown Committee, Friends of the SFPL/SFWC, 145 Washington Avenue, Santa Fe NM 87501. A check for the registration fee of $25 (per team) must accompany the application.

Those with questions are encouraged to contact the Trivia Smackdown Committee by phone (505-955-2839) or email (Trivia@SantaFeLibraryFriends.org). A fun-fact sheet is also available which explains the mechanics of the competition and other particulars related to participation.

Registration is encouraged by April 15th, continuing until all slots are filled. Businesses or organizations that want to support this event should contact the Committee, too.
Get your game on!

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Henrietta Martinez Christmas & Paul Rhetts to talk about genealogy at the Main Library on April 30th


As part of the Genealogy Lecture Series at Santa Fe Main Library, Henrietta Martinez Christmas and Paul Rhetts will talk about their new book, The Basic Genealogy Checklist. They will talk about all the tools and resources available to anyone exploring their family genealogy.

The book explains everything from libraries, cemeteries, census forms, family bibles, enlistment forms, and newspapers, to Ancestry.com and the Mormon Church. Henrietta Christmas has a special expertise in Hispanic genealogy and is the current President of the New Mexico Genealogical Society. Both Christmas and Rhetts have done books on genealogy. Rhetts is the co-owner of the largest, independent book publishing company in New Mexico. Their new book will be available after the talk.



“The Basic Genealogy Checklist” by Henrietta Christmas and Paul Rhetts
Sunday, April 30, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Main Library Community Room
145 Washington Avenue

For information contact: LPD Press/Rio Grande Books, 505/344-9382.

THE BASIC GENEALOGY CHECKLIST will receive the Best General Nonfiction Book Award at the New Mexico Press Women Awards banquet in Las Cruces on April 22.


Dulcimetrix Spring concert, Sunday, April 30 at Southside


index information for startups, Tuesday, April 25 at the Main Library

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Friday, March 31, 2017

Calling All New Mexico Trivia Buffs!



The Friends of the Santa Fe Public Library and the Santa Fe Woman’s Club are looking for teams to compete in its first annual Great Santa Fe Trivia Smackdown!, a fundraiser and friend-raiser for the Santa Fe Public Library and the Santa Fe Woman’s Club.

The event will take place on Sunday, April 23 at 2:00 PM in the theater of the Santa Fe Woman’s Club at 1616 Old Pecos Trail. Teams of four persons each will compete for dazzling prizes in a rollicking on-stage progressive-elimination competition!

Registration has now begun for a limited number of team slots, with applications available online (see below). Applications may also be picked up at the Santa Fe Woman’s Club, the La Farge Branch Library, and each of the two Friends bookstores (located at the Main Library and Southside Branch Library), where they may be left with a cashier, or mailed to the Trivia Smackdown Committee, Friends of the SFPL/SFWC, 145 Washington Avenue, Santa Fe NM 87501. A check for the registration fee of $25 (per team) must accompany the application.

Those with questions are encouraged to contact the Trivia Smackdown Committee by phone (505-955-2839) or email (Trivia@SantaFeLibraryFriends.org). A fun-fact sheet is also available which explains the mechanics of the competition and other particulars related to participation.

Registration is encouraged by April 15th, continuing until all slots are filled. Businesses or organizations that want to support this event should contact the Committee, too.
Get your game on!