Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Animal Dot Paintings:

Inspirations from Australian Aboriginal Art

with Fine Arts for Children & Teens (FACT)

Free art workshop for children ages 6 - 12
Family participation encouraged!

ArtTuesday, December 14
3:30 – 5:00 pm
Southside Branch

Wednesday, December 15
3:30 – 5:00 pm
Main Library

Thursday, December 16
3:30 – 5:00 pm
La Farge Branch

Participants will engage in this unique form of painting using dots, borders, and patterns to create their own artwork. FACT instructor Melinda Baker brings her solid experience in art education to guide children and family members through a positive art-making experience. All materials for the workshop will be provided.

Space is limited: please call to register. Registration begins November 30th.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Santa Fe Public Library.


Monday, November 29, 2010

Holds for the Holidays

Frozen HoldsWith the holidays here and many of us traveling or just incredibly busy, the last thing we want to think about are our holds piling up at our local library. Thankfully, the Santa Fe Public Library has easy-to-use tools to help us manage our holds so when "normal" life resumes, we can get that book, DVD, or CD that we have our eye on.

If you're going to be out-of-town or just too busy for a while, your best bet is to freeze your holds. This means that you won't lose your hold or your place in line, just that the hold won't activate while it's frozen. When you're back from traveling or ready to resume your reading, you can just unfreeze your holds and life proceeds as usual.

If there are items that you want to check out "some day", but not soon enough to place a hold on, use the My Lists feature. This allows you to create different wish lists of books, DVDs, and CDs. When you're ready to place a hold on them, the catalog makes it very easy with just a few clicks.

Any reference librarian will be thrilled to help you set up the My Lists feature, freeze your holds, or thaw them out when you're ready. You can also find help on the Holds page or the My Lists page.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Bookulating Suggest - O - Mometer

Confused about what to get to get for the reader in your life? Confused about what you yourself should read next?

Try the Bookulating Suggest-O-Mometer. Listen to the introduction, punch in some basic data, and you get links to book reviews that fit the reader's demographic profile. You don't need a ton of data, just things like the reader's age, gender, political "rudder", and an interest or hobby. The recommendations are then linked to print and often video book reviews, so you can "preview" the book before reading or buying it. Most of all, the layout is pretty fun to use.

At the top of my "read for purpose" recommendations is Freakonomics, which I've been meaning to read for a while. The video reviewer gave it a "4 out of 5", with a detailed description and critique. In my "read for pleasure" recommendations is The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie. Hmm, you know, I still haven't read that one, despite it being one of the most controversial titles of the last century. Perhaps I'll see how accurate the Suggest-O-Mometer is and put it on the top of my list!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Ten Things You Can't Do with an eBook

Book StackWe present a guest post by James McGrath Morris, author of Pulitzer : a life in politics, print, and power, and creator of the blog, Santa Fe Literary News.

While descending toward Chicago on a recent flight it came to me that eBooks don’t hold every advantage over the doddering old-fashioned book. There I was lost in a dark and brooding scene of a P.D. James mystery when many of my fellow passengers were instructed to power down their Kindles and iPads and were left to twiddle their thumbs while we circled, touched down, and cruised the endless tarmac of O’Hare Airport.

The experience got me thinking. Are there other things that eBooks can’t do that paper books can? I soon came up with ten. Before I share my list, one disclaimer: I don’t dislike eBooks, so please spare me the accusations that I am Luddite. Just because I mourned the passage of album covers doesn’t mean I don’t play CDs.

Here’s the list:
1. As I mentioned, one can’t read an eBook during take off and landing. Here’s a case where the written word is literally dangerous.
2. eBooks can’t hold bookmarks. Gone will be the days when a child comes home from school with one.
3. You can’t press a four-leaf clover between the pages of an eBook. A book can be a treasure trove of forgotten memories. Who has not had a faded ticket stub fall out of a favorite tome ushering in a remembrance of, say, a Fillmore West concert?
4. You can’t donate an eBook to the library sale. The stock of those sales, with their stacks of John Gunther books, will be frozen in time.
5. You can’t tear out the pages of an eBook. No better way to share a paperback on a backpacking trip through Europe with your traveling companion.
6. You can’t use the cover of an eBook to start a conversation with a stranger. Do you like [fill in the blanks]? I read her previous book.
7. eBooks are spineless. A bookshelf will reveal nothing about the tastes, passions, and education of its owners.
8. One can’t crack the spine of an eBook. The sound is an audible commitment to the book.
9. You can’t smell the pages of an eBook. Ink is an intellectual aphrodisiac.
10. You can’t inscribe an eBook. The saddest of all.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

A Gift of Health

"According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, one in four Americans experience mental illness at some point in their lives. Of New Mexico’s approximately 2 million residents, about 72,000 adults and 22,000 children live with serious mental conditions."

BooksNew Mexico Family Network and OptumHealth New Mexico donated over one hundred books to our collection this month. Each title is about an aspect of mental health, and is part of a statewide program to fill New Mexico's libraries will quality up-to-date information about mental health support. So far, libraries around the state have received about 2,000 books. With topics including bipolar disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), dyslexia, bullying, substance abuse, and stress management, the books cover a wide range of grade and reading levels.

BooksWith library budgets around the state decreasing at a similar rate as funding for mental health support programs for New Mexicans, this gift is very much appreciated. We're looking forward to getting these books on our shelves quickly, and helping you find the support that you and your families need. Many thanks to New Mexico Family Network and OptumHealth New Mexico for this generous donation!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Horn of Plenty

Thanksgiving CraftA fun part of preschool story time on Wednesdays at Southside is that we have a different theme every week, and last week’s theme was Thanksgiving. I spared the turkey, and there weren’t any gobble gobble here gobble gobble there rhymes. I didn’t know if there were any vegetarians in the room, so we went in another direction. We read stories, like Old MacDonald Had a Farm, and did rhymes like ”If you're thankful and you know it”. We talked about the food we buy and grow and love for our friends and families. The two-year-olds get it. They don’t really want much — just a home, their family, food to eat, feel safe, be read to, play, to learn. The craft after stories had room on the wreath for things they were thankful for and what they cherish to be written on the leaves. I saw many things, the sky, trees, books, mommy, daddy’s job, toys, written down. But not one television. Just saying…Thank you.

Thanksgiving CraftThanksgiving Craft

by TT @SS

Monday, November 22, 2010

Holiday Sale

BooksaleMain Library
145 Washington Ave.

One Day Only!
Saturday, December 4
10 am to 4 pm

Open to the Public
No memberships required for any hours of this sale.

Quality books only, all individually priced.
Good for gifts or to add to personal library.

All sales sponsored by the Friends of the Santa Fe Public Library.
Funds raised by the Friends are dedicated to purchasing new books for the Library.

Friday, November 19, 2010

3rd Annual Stocking Stuffer Holiday Sale

SnowflakesGrand Opening:
Saturday, November 20th
12:00 to 4:00 p.m.

November 20 - January 8
Santa Fe Community Gallery
201 W. Marcy St. at Sheridan
Open Tuesday through Saturday
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Each year, the Community Gallery hosts this small works “Stocking Stuffer” sale featuring the work of over 70 local artists and artisans. Enjoy cider and cookies and get in some early holiday shopping from noon to 4:00 p.m. at the Grand Opening on November 20th. The work of over 70 artists will be represented, featuring a variety of media in both 2-and-3 D and prices from $7 to $200.

The Community Gallery is located inside the Santa Fe Community Convention Center, 201 West Marcy Street, at the intersection of Sheridan Street. Public parking is available in the Center garage, located off Federal Avenue. For more information about the Community Gallery, visit http://www.santafeartscommission.org/, send an email to rdlambert@santafenm.gov, or call 505-955-6705.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Thanksgiving Closings

For the Thanksgiving Holiday, all Library Branches will be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 25 and 26.

The Libraries will resume normal hours on Saturday, November 27.

Main Library
145 Washington Ave.
Wild Turkey505-955-6780
Saturday: 10 am - 6 pm
Sunday: 1 - 5 pm

La Farge Library
1730 Llano St.
Saturday: 10 am - 6 pm
Closed Sunday

Southside Library
6599 Jaguar Dr.
Saturday: 10 am - 6 pm
Closed Sunday

Photo courtesy of NWTF

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Veterans Day in Santa Fe

I always think of Veterans Day with a certain gravitas, probably because of the stories I’ve heard from my dad about World War II, which include the liberation of the Mauthausen concentration camp. Luckily, every year my family and I participate in Santa Fe’s Veterans Day parade and ceremony, and it reminds me that showing gratitude to our veterans and celebrating this day with them can also be a joyous occasion. Many of the day’s speeches stressed the importance of taking care of the veterans once they return home, and discussed programs being put into effect now that do just that. Also, I learned that there is a submarine named Santa Fe, since some of the crew were there. And there were many reminders of the ones who did not make it home. But my personal favorite part of the day is thanking the vets for their service, and most of all I love to watch people thank my dad.

by AA @Main

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Calligraphy, Handwriting, and Making Holiday Cards

Presented by teacher, artist, and professional calligrapher Sherry Bishop

A free program for children 7 to 12 years. All materials provided.

Registration is required. Please call to register.

La Farge Library
Tuesday, November 30
3:30 - 5:30 pm

Main Library
Monday, December 6
3:30 - 5:30 pm

Southside Library
Tuesday, December 7
3:30 - 5:30 pm

This hands-on, two-hour workshop for children is filled with tips and techniques for hand addressing holiday envelopes and making simple heartfelt cards.

WheelchairSponsored by the Friends of the Santa Fe Public Library.

Monday, November 15, 2010

New Online Encyclopedia

We now have Britannica Online!

Now, either in the library or at home, you can access encyclopedia articles, dictionary listings, atlases, timelines, newspaper articles, and multimedia. You can find links to this database on our Online Resources page in the Library catalog. One of the best features is being able to switch between the general Britannica Reference Center and the age-and-grade appropriate Britannica Kids with a simple mouse-click at the top of every page.

Here's a short list of what Britannica Online offers. Login to the library and check it out for yourself!

Encyclopædia Britannica®
Compton’s by Britannica
Britannica Elementary Encyclopedia
Merriam-Webster's Student and Collegiate® Dictionaries
Merriam-Webster's Student and Collegiate Thesauri
Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Quotations
• World Atlas
• Gateway to the Classics

Friday, November 12, 2010

Save A Ton

: A campaign to double recycling in Santa Fe

America Recycles DayWhen it comes to recycling, Santa Feans score way below state and national averages. With a recycling rate of 8%, we’re below the national rate of 32% and even below the state rate of 13%. A city with its own recycling facility and that envisions a Zero Waste community can do better!

Save A Ton kicks off on November 15, 2010, aka America Recycles Day, the national day of recycling education. Starting tthen, you can get The Green Line in the Santa Fe New Mexican on the third Thursday of each month for a full page of recycling information and resources as well as environmental issues. After the 15th, keep checking The Green Line in the Santa Fe New Mexican for updates on the Save a Ton Campaign, or like them on Facebook.

You can support recycling and have fun with the following activities:

□ Shop at the Recycle Santa Fe Art Festival: a hip, eco-conscious art market and juried art event at El Museo Cultural on November 12, 13 and 14.

□ Watch the Trash Fashion & Costume Contest on Friday, November 12th, 2010 at 7:00 pm. This show is a highlight of the Recycle Santa Fe Art Festival at El Museo Cultural.

□ Register to be part of the Traveling Ton Tour by calling 505-955-2200. A ton of recycled material will come to your school or businesses to raise awareness and gather pledges to recycle.

□ Pledge to recycle at the America Recycles Day website.

And a message from City of Santa Fe Solid Waste Director Regina Wheeler:
Recycle“I invite everyone to get creative and double their recycling this year! Businesses and homes should put out plastic bottles, cardboard, tin and aluminum cans and paper for weekly pick up. Glass can be put out too, as long as it is in a separate bin. Call 955-2200 or email me to setup business recycling or come to 1142 Siler Road to get your residential recycling bin. Electronics, phone books, green waste, books, and fluorescent bulbs can be recycled at the Buckman Road Recycling and Transfer Station (BuRRT). ”

Thursday, November 11, 2010

The Newest Generation

IAVAToday is Veterans Day. On this day every year, we honor those who have fought for this country in military operations around the world. On this day, we read stories about the last surviving World War One veterans, or hear speeches about the Navajo Code Talkers from World War Two, or, less frequently, come across statistics about homelessness among Vietnam veterans.

There's a newer wave of veterans that we should not forget. The non-profit organization Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America provides resources for these veterans, facts and information about the challenges they face, and opportunities for supporters to show that "we've got their back". So take some time today to educate yourself, and show your support for all veterans here.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Bilingual Children's Concert

Featuring José-Luis Orozco

José-Luis Orozco Wednesday, November 17
3:30 pm
Main Library
Community Room
145 Washington Ave.

A free concert for all ages.

Renowned singer, children’s author and recording artist José-Luis Orozco will present a free concert at the Main Library on November 17. During Mr. Orozco’s program you will find fun and exciting music that will make kids sing, dance, clap, and laugh all while learning basic language and literacy skills that engage them in an interactive musical experience!

For more information please call: (505) 955-6783
Sponsored by the Friends of the Santa Fe Public Library.

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Pre-Thanksgiving Sale

BooksaleLa Farge Library
1730 Llano St.

November 20 & 21
Saturday: 10 am - 4 pm
Sunday: 1 pm - 4 pm

Open to the Public
No memberships required for any hours of this sale.

Discount books only
Hardbound $1
paperback 3 for $1
plus CDs, DVDs, audiobooks on sale
Sunday: Bag Day, $3 per bag

All sales sponsored by the Friends of the Santa Fe Public Library.
Funds raised by the Friends are dedicated to purchasing new books for the Library.

Monday, November 08, 2010

Adult Calligraphy Workshop

Calligraphy, Handwriting, and Making Holiday Cards for Adults

at Southside and La Farge Branch Libraries
Monday, November 15th
5:30 - 7:30 pm
Southside Branch Library
6599 Jaguar Drive

Wednesday, November 17th
6:00 - 8:00 pm
La Farge Branch Library
1730 Llano Street

This hands-on, two-hour calligraphy and card making workshop for adults is filled with tips and techniques for hand addressing holiday envelopes and making simple heartfelt cards. Bring your address book.

Space is limited. Please call to register for this free program. All materials are provided.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Santa Fe Public Library.

Friday, November 05, 2010

Change Your Clocks!

Alarm Clock
Daylight Saving Time will end this Sunday, November 7 at 2:00 am. If you're not sure which way the clock goes, remember the phrase:
Spring Forward, Fall Back.

That's right, this Sunday we will all gain an hour. This one time a year, we've got an "extra" hour to play, work, or sleep with. So at 2:00 am Sunday morning, set your clock to 1:00 am, and you're all set!

Veterans Day Closings

Veterans Day Parade

All branches of the Santa Fe Public Library will be closed on Thursday, November 11, in observance of Veterans Day.

All branches will be open for regular hours on Wednesday, November 10, and will resume regular hours on Friday, November 12.

The theme of this year's Veterans Day Parade and Ceremony is "400 Years of Military Service". More information can be found on the City of Santa Fe Calendar, including a Parade Route Map.

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Bindings VIII at the Main Library

"Bindings VIII" by Gary Beals is the new sculpture courtesy of the City of Santa Fe's Art on Loan Program. It is on display in the the front garden of the Main Library at 145 Washington Avenue. It is 100" x 18" x 18", and constructed of fabricated steel and powder-coat finish. Beals, a local artist, says of his sculptures, "I allow the weathering steel to rust naturally. It’s an ideal material for outdoor sculpture since it rusts up to a point, developing a rich walnut brown color, and then stops rusting. The sculpture will never reach the point of deterioration."

Bindings VIII
So far, the Bindings Series has twelve sculptures, and was started in August, 2009. You can see photos of them here. Mr. Beals says, "The “Bindings” series of sculptures, exemplified by the piece in front of the Santa Fe Public Library, represents a significant departure from my previous work. That work was based on solid geometric forms, whereas “Bindings” defines invisible geometric forms with bands or ribbons of solid material."

Gary Beals was born in Cheyenne, Wyoming in 1933 and raised in Albuquerque. He started making sculpture 20 years ago after a career in furniture design. A UNM alumnus, he's exhibited all over the Southwest, as well as Palm Springs, Florida, and Florence, Italy.

For more information, contact the Karan Ruhlen Gallery or check out The Sculpture of Gary Beals.

Wednesday, November 03, 2010


Santa Fe Poet Laureate Joan Logghe and musician Jeremy Bleich offered a poetry performance at the Southside Branch Library recently with a selection of twenty poems from cultures around the world. The children wrote the following poem with Joan’s help at the culmination of the event. As Joan says, “It goes to show that when things are noticed, read, and written down, a poem may occur.”

Joan LoggheA Little Santa Fe Poem

from Joan and the Giant Pencil kids

Santa Fe is noisy, a lot of cars
like a traffic jam.

Red and green chile, they're hot.

There are golden leaves all over.
it's cold in the morning at 7:00.
Jeremy Bleich
A lotta trees, a willow tree
it smells really rusty.

Smoke in the air this morning,
there were fires in the fireplaces
you could smell the piñon.

Yesterday was cloudy,
I felt like it was going to rain.

Big sky. Big stores. Big Mountains.
A lotta schools.

A great big red firetruck too.

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Mobile Consulate / Consulado Móvil

in/en Santa Fe:
Consulado de México

Saturday, November 13
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Southside Branch Library
6599 Jaguar Dr., Santa Fe

Fecha: sábado 13 de noviembre de 2010
Horario de Atención: 10:00 a.m. a 3.00 p.m.
Lugar: Southside Library
6599 Jaguar Dr., Santa Fe

The Southside Library will host a Mobile Consulate event for the Albuquerque Consulate of Mexico on Saturday, November 13th from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. For passport and consulate registrations, it is necessary to make an appointment before the event begins. Please call 1-877-639-4835 to make the appointment. In addition to Consulate services being offered that day, there will also be a Health information table and Department of Labor representatives available.

Instituto de los Mexicanos en el exteriorAVISO

El Consulado de México en Albuquerque, le invita a asistir al Consulado Móvil, que tendrá lugar en la ciudad de Santa Fe, NM.

Para Pasaporte y Matrícula, es necesario hacer cita al teléfono 1 877 639 4835

Matrícula consular: costo de $27.00 dólares en efectivo.

• acta de nacimiento original (y copia fotostática)
• identificación oficial con fotografía (y copia fotostática)
• comprobante del actual domicilio de los últimos tres meses a su nombre (y copia fotostática).

Costo de Pasaportes: (Pago en efectivo)
$74.00 dólares por 3 años / $101.00 dólares por 6 años

Pasaportes (varones)
• acta de nacimiento original (y una copia)
• dos identificaciones oficiales con fotografía (y una copia)
• dos fotografías de frente, tamaño pasaporte, a color o blanco y negro.

Pasaportes (menores de edad)
• acta de nacimiento original (y una copia),
• identificación oficial con fotografía (y una copia)
• dos fotografías de frente, tamaño pasaporte, a color o blanco y negro
• comparecer ambos padres con dos identificaciones cada uno (y una copia de cada documento). Los menores de 6 años deberán presentar la cartilla nacional de vacunación.

Pasaportes (mujeres casadas en México)
• Mismos requisitos que los varones, mas:
• acta de matrimonio original (y una copia)

Pasaportes (mujeres casadas en los Estados Unidos)
• Mismos requisitos que los varones, mas:
• Copia certificada del acta de matrimonio apostillada por el Departamento de Estado, del Estado en que se efectuó el matrimonio (y una copia)

Sólo concertando previa cita y enviando sus documentos anticipadamente al Consulado: Eliel Campuzano, Encargado del Depto. de Documentación, tel: 505-247-2147.

• Clases preventivas de Salud
• Referencias a Clínicas de Salud de bajo costo
• Información General de Salud

DEPARTAMENTO DEL TRABAJO, Área de Sueldo y Salarios (Asesorías Laborales)

Notas: Las fotografías deberán ser tomadas sin lentes, con ropa formal y los documentos no deberán tener tachaduras ni enmendaduras. Todos los documentos deberán presentarse en original y copia fotostática.

Para mas información puede comunicarse al Consulado de Mexico al (505) 242 7566
Departamento de Documentación: Ext. 210, 214, 215
Departamento de Protección: Ext. 211, 212, 213, 216
Ventanilla de Salud: Ext. 208, 209

Monday, November 01, 2010

November Library Exhibits

Main Library
New Mexico Churches
Oil Paintings
by Raquel Underwood

La Farge Library
Cornhusk Figurines
by Barbara Howard

Southside Library
1st, 2nd, 3rd Semesters
Acrylic Paintings and homework assignments from I.A.I.A.
by David Pecos

For more information, check our Art page.

For upcoming events, check our Calendar and Children's pages.