Friday, April 29, 2011
This month, Target volunteer team members joined with the children’s staff at the Southside branch for the Yarn Art Program which was inspired by the Huichol (pronounced wee-call) Indians from Mexico. Huichol art are colorful cultural expressions of beliefs that tell a story. More information on Huichol Indians and art can be found in the children’s story, The journey of Tunuri and the Blue Deer: A Huichol Indian Story about a young boy, the magical blue deer and their journey.
The Target members, Juanita, Jessica, Dorothy, and Angela, assisted with everything from cutting yarn, to helping the kids with their craft, to staying for the clean up afterwards. They were enthusiastic, helpful, and creative; working with the kids and their families to foster the creative process of the artistic experience. The children and their families enjoyed making their yarn art creations, and learned a new cultural form of self expression.
Kudos to Target on keeping their finger on the pulse of the Santa Fe communities and recognizing the importance of libraries in the lives of children and families as an investment in the future. Thank you Target.
by TT @SS
Thursday, April 28, 2011
The uprising was not popular among the Irish people, and was put down somewhat easily in a week. While not a stellar example of either military strategy or political statesmanship, the Easter Rising has inspired some fantastic literature and cinema. Roddy Doyle's A Star Called Henry is a humorous and heart-breaking fictional portrayal of a typical soldier on the Irish side. Leon Uris's lengthy Trinity also covers this period of Irish history. The independent film, The Wind that Shakes the Barley, should not be attempted without a box of tissues handy.
But the masterpiece that came from the Poets' Rebellion is itself a poem by W. B. Yeats. It expresses all the ambivalence and sorrow of the Rising and that period of Irish history. Like Ireland, Yeats poignantly expresses how his contradictory feelings tear him apart. The text can be found here, but hearing it is highly recommended:
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Wednesday, April 27, 2011
At Any Level of Math Knowledge
Presented by D. Robert Fant
& the Santa Fe Public Library
Oliver La Farge Branch
1730 Llano St.
May 4, 11, 18, & 25
3:45 - 5:45 pm
* Public or Homeschooled Students
to raise grades, prepare for GED or college
* Retired or Senior Persons
to maintain brain health
* Artists / Musicians / Construction Trades
to enhance natural talent and expand career options
Using Prehistoric to Modern Techniques of Geometry to increase Math knowledge, and most of all, make peace with Math!
To register and for more information, call 955-4862.
Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
The popular TV show Who Do You Think You Are? seeks to find the family tree for various celebrities. Fun as it is to watch and find out that Ashley Judd’s gr-gr-gr-gr-gr grandfather came to America on the Mayflower, or that Brooke Shields is related to the French King Louis the 14th, searching your own family tree can be even more interesting.
Recently a staff person at the Library found out her gr-gr-gr grandfather Donaciano Vigil had been the Governor of the New Mexico Territory from 1847-8. Another Library staffer is the gr-gr-gr granddaughter of LeBaron Bradford Prince, another New Mexico Territorial Governor, 1889 to 1893. Both Governors were active in ensuring the status of New Mexico in the American nation and serving the Territory.
Governor Vigil was the first Hispanic governor of the Territory. He personally took on the preservation of historical records and made it his cause to preserve New Mexico history. His first speech to the Territorial Legislature emphasized, “And it is particularly important in a country where the right of suffrage is accorded and secured to all, that all should be instructed and that every one should be able to read to inform himself of the passing events of the day…” That must be in the genes, living proof of his heritage is in the Library where his gr-gr-gr granddaughter works. While this time period may seem like distant history, the Vigil home is still standing on Alto Street today. Although we can’t discern a likeness to the staff person’s children, Vigil has a pleasant, determined countenance in the photo found online.
My gr-gr-gr grandfather was in the Revolutionary War, and his father and uncles are listed in the rolls of the Connecticut military in the French and Indian War, which predates the American Revolution. All of that came from one online search for Thaddeus Bow. Now my grandfather John Wilson is a much harder search—he might as well be called John Smith, a name that is not distinctive. However I had enough information to find his Civil War records. He served in the Michigan 13th Volunteers, Company B, and had joined up as a 17 year old. His regiment was in the March to the Sea with Sherman. (Yes, that was my grandfather, not great-grandfather or great-great-grandfather.) As the Civil War started 150 years ago in April, that is a particularly important date to relate to.
Who is hiding in your family genealogy? Maybe not presidents and princes and governors will be found. But the information on the relatives who worked day after day to feed their families and just do their jobs are just as important; maybe just not as glamorous. Although the Santa Fe Public Library does not have funds to lease the genealogy Ancestry.com database, it is available free to all at the NM State Library. To get started on your own, just Google the oldest relative you know of in your family and the more unusual the name the better. You will be amazed at what can be found.
by PCH @Main
Monday, April 25, 2011
Friday, April 29
5:00 - 7:00 pm
1614 Paseo de Peralta
The City of Santa Fe Children and Youth Commission is pleased to announce the installation of a Teen Photo Wall at Warehouse 21, Santa Fe's Teen Arts Center. Anne Staveley, a local photographer, will install over sixteen photographs using wheat paste, a liquid adhesive made of flour and water. Born in Santa Fe and a graduate of Santa Fe High School and the Rhode Island School of Design, Staveley is a staff photographer for THE Magazine and a working portrait photographer in Santa Fe and around the U.S.
The Photo Wall will be 12 feet tall, installed on the west exterior wall of the Arts Center building, and will depict a wide array of Santa Fe’s youth. Staveley hopes that these larger-than-life images will empower and inspire Santa Fe’s teens. Through these portraits we can recognize that teens are an important part of a vibrant community. The Commission congratulates WH21 for this larger-than-life exhibit that is an alternative to graffiti.
For more information, contact:
Ana Gallegos y Reinhardt, Executive Director, Warehouse 21
Friday, April 22, 2011
The Science After School program was sponsored by the Los Alamos National Laboratories Foundation.
By NC @Main
Thursday, April 21, 2011
All crafts are free and supplies are provided.
Registration is required.
Registration starts 2 weeks prior to each craft program.
Southside: Tuesday, May 3
3:30 - 4:30 pm
Main: Wednesday, May 4
3:30 - 4:30 pm
La Farge: Thursday, May 5
3:30 - 4:30 pm
These free programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Santa Fe Public Library.Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Saturday, April 30, 2011
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Southside Library Bookstore
6599 Jaguar Dr.
Sale includes hardbacks, paperbacks, DVDs, video tapes, audio tapes, books on tape and CDs.
Specially marked red-dotted items are not included in the sale.
Monday, April 18, 2011
All branches of the Santa Fe Public Library will be open normal hours, 10 am - 6 pm on Saturday, April 23rd. Also, Main Library will resume regular hours on Monday, April 25th.
In years past, the Santa Fe Public Library has closed early on Good Friday. This year all branches of the Library will be open our regular hours, 10 am - 6 pm, on Friday, April 22nd.
For more information, check out our Hours and Locations page and our 2011 Holiday Closings page.
Friday, April 15, 2011
El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children's Day/Book Day), known as Día, is a celebration EVERY DAY of children, families, and reading that culminates every year on April 30. The celebration emphasizes the importance of advocating literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds. Local author Pat Mora started championing El día de los niños/El día de los libros and it is held in hundreds of public libraries around the country.
Thursday, April 28
Friday, April 29
La Farge Branch
Saturday, April 30
These free programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Santa Fe Public Library.
Thursday, April 14, 2011
While the Ball has refocused it's efforts to be a mite less extravagant, the events include a lot of family-friendly activities, and some of them are free! However, there are still plenty of opportunities for balls, receptions, and brunches. So check out the Little Bit of a schedule, and get ready to have a big bit of fun.
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Thursday, April 14
Scottish Rite Temple
463 Paseo de Peralta
ArtWorks reading by Luis Lopez.
Thursday, April 21
333 Montezuma Annex
Suggested Donation: $5-10
Benefit reading for Santa Fe Girls’ School with student readers and Poet Laureate celebration.
More information about these and other upcoming poetry events can be found at Joan Logghe's blog, The Poem Different.
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
One library that offers a lot of services is the New Mexico State Library. Located off Cerrillos Rd. on Camino Carlos Rey, it's central and accessible. A resource that we often send patrons to is the Foundation Center Cooperating Collection. If you're looking for grants or funding for your non-profit, this is the place to start. Finding a foundation that matches your non-profit's mission can be a lengthy task, and they help by assembling all the pertinent resources in one place. They also offer information on fundraising and proposal writing.
So while we're always happy to direct you to our sections on non-profits and foundations, go check out the Foundation Center at the State Library for heavy-duty research and grantwriting help.
The Foundation Center Cooperating Collection is open to the public from 10:00 to 4:30 Monday through Friday. The New Mexico State Library is located at 1209 Camino Carlos Rey, and you can call 505-476-9702 or Ask-a Librarian.
Monday, April 11, 2011
6:00 - 8:00 PM
La Farge Library
1730 Llano St.
The Santa Fe Police Department Crime Prevention Unit will be hosting its first 2011 citywide Neighborhood Watch meeting on April 13, 2011 at La Farge Library, 1730 Llano Street. The meeting will start at 6:00 p.m. in the community room and will last under two hours. All city block captains, existing Neighborhood Watch members, and interested parties in starting a new Neighborhood Watch are urged to attend.
Contact Officer Ben Chavarria at 505-660-4277 for more information.
Friday, April 08, 2011
Besides becoming well-acquainted with the enormous breadth and depth of the library's information and the thrilling methods of organization, there was another interesting perk about working in a place where I handled so many objects that had passed through many other hands. I've never had a term for the various bits of other people's lives that I encountered: bookmarks, photographs, notecards, letters, newspaper clippings, shopping receipts. I collected these artifacts for years and used them in art projects or as inspiration for writing exercises.
It's comforting to know that I'm not the only one who enjoys this small degree of voyeurism. Fans of Found Magazine share these sentiments. In the strictly found-in-a-book category, Forbes has an excellent literary blog called Booked: Reading Unbound, and a regular feature is Forgotten Bookmarks. Whether it's a recipe for brownies left in Motherless Brooklyn, or a land deed from 1917, the assortment of hidden treasures unearthed is fascinating. The primary blogger is a used and rare book dealer, so his finds are more, shall we say, genteel than some library objects or Found's fare. That is to say, I don't think he's posted about finding a bacon bookmark in a rare edition.
While I love what I do, I sometimes miss the serendipity of the shelver's life. In addition to the right book falling into my hands at the right time, there's always the possibility that Mamie Eisenhower's Million Dollar Fudge recipe would also fall into my hands. Fortunately I can still partake of Forgotten Bookmarks, and puzzle over the pieces of strangers’ lives.
Portrait of Mamie Eisenhower courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
Thursday, April 07, 2011
EBooks can be identified by the following icon:
Project Gutenberg has over 30,000 titles, and they are all works that are in the public domain in the United States. You'll find classics such as The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, as well as more esoteric titles such as Hand Shadows to Be Thrown upon the Wall (1859). There are also titles of Chinese fiction, in Chinese, from the Ming Dynasty! We hope to add more to our catalog as they become available.
These items do not need to be checked out or returned, and there is no limit to how many books you can download. However, since this is a free product from a non-profit organization, technical assistance from the library and from Project Gutenberg is limited. However, you can find information on the How-To Wiki.
Give them a try, and let us know what you think!
Wednesday, April 06, 2011
Southside: Tuesday, April 19Celebrate Earth Day with a child-friendly version of yarn art practiced by the Huichol and Tepehuano Indians of Northern and Central Mexico. The traditional art uses wax to attach yarn to flat and 3-D objects. Our craft will be done with gluing yarn on to interesting patterns.
Main: Wednesday, April 20
La Farge: Thursday, April 21
3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
All crafts are free and supplies are provided. Registration is required.
Registration starts 2 weeks prior to the program.
Sponsored by The Friends of the Santa Fe Public Library.
Tuesday, April 05, 2011
Rather than staging the production in a typical performance space, Antigone will be at the former Tino Griego pool in the same building as the Oliver La Farge Branch Library. The pool itself is the stage, and the audience will sit on the sides. In addition to Theaterwork's core troupe, members of the community have been brought in to perform, design and decorate the set, and compose original music and poetry. The production promises to be as memorable as reading the original in high school for the first time.
Antigone will run from April 7th to the 17th: Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 pm, Sunday at 2 pm. The former Tino Griego pool is located at 1730 Llano St. Ticket prices are $15 general admission; $14 for Seniors; $10 for teens. You can make reservations by calling 505-471-1799. It's open to all ages, and you might just want to convince the teenager in your life that you're never too young for Greek Tragedy.
Monday, April 04, 2011
For those of you who know his name, I don't need to explain who he is. For the rest of you, he's one of New Mexico's best-known poets, and for good reason. Even if you don't like poetry, you will like Jimmy Santiago Baca.
Jimmy Santiago Baca reading from his latest book:Thus endeth the lesson.
Breaking Bread with the Darkness, Book 1: The Esai Poems
Tuesday, April 5
Collected Works Bookstore
202 Galisteo St. at Water St.
Friday, April 01, 2011
p.s. This is obviously not an April Fool's Joke!
Clouds Over Santa Fe & New Mexico Scenic Photo Cards
by Kim McCloud
La Farge Library
Parliamentary Law Display
by The Santa Fe Parliamentary Unit
FACT Spring Student Art Exhibit
by FACT Students
For more information, check our Art page. For upcoming events, check our Calendar and Children's pages.