Friday, April 29, 2011

Happy Helpers and the Huichol

The journey of Tunuri and the Blue DeerThe Santa Fe Public Library provides educational, informative, and interesting programs and resources to our community free of charge. Once a month the libraries host a craft for school age children that is colorful and fun, which the children can display at home as their artistic creations; their works of art. As one of America’s largest corporate philanthropists, Target donates hundreds of thousands of volunteer hours throughout the year to countless community projects across the country.

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.

Target VolunteersThe 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

Poetry is not a luxury...

A Star Called HenryWith political revolutions currently sweeping many parts of the world, I'm reminded of another revolution that occurred almost a century ago. In the week after Easter in 1916, a revolt in Dublin, Ireland, started. While many people refer to it as the Easter Rising, others refer to it as the Poets' Rebellion, due to the six poets and writers who were its leaders, including Patrick Pearse and James Connolly. It was a different world, where poetry was not merely acknowledged for one month each year.

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

Practical Geometry

A Free Math Class for All Ages
At Any Level of Math Knowledge

Presented by D. Robert Fant
Theoretical Mathematician
& the Santa Fe Public Library

Oliver La Farge Branch
1730 Llano St.

May 4, 11, 18, & 25
3:45 - 5:45 pm

Recommended for:

* 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

Roots and Branches

New Mexico Territorial Map
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.

Origins of New Mexico FamiliesMy 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 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

Teen Photo Wall at Warehouse 21

Opening Exhibition Reception

Warehouse 21Friday, April 29
5:00 - 7:00 pm

Warehouse 21

1614 Paseo de Peralta

Railyard District

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.

City of Santa Fe Children and youth CommissionThe 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

Mars: Inside and Out

Learning about MarsThe Mars: Inside and Out Spring program at the Main Library celebrated the last session on April 12th with games and cupcakes. This was an eight-week science program that involved children in hands-on experiments to help them understand the features of Mars. They simulated rainfall to make channels, caused volcanoes to erupt and created both large and small craters. This after-school science experience made learning fun. As one parent commented at the last class, “My son couldn’t wait for Tuesdays so he could come to the library.”

The Science After School program was sponsored by the Los Alamos National Laboratories Foundation.

Mars Participants
By NC @Main

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Bird Feeder Craft

For children 5 - 12 years old.

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. Wheelchair

Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Half-Price Sale at Southside

One Day Only
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

Library Easter Closings

The Main Library will be closed on Sunday, April 24th for Easter.

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

A Day to Celebrate Children and Reading: April 30

Free Programs for Families

Dia Logo

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
3:30-4:30 p.m.
Main Library

Carlos Trio:
Friday, April 29
3:30 p.m.
La Farge Branch

Baile Español:
Saturday, April 30
11:00 a.m.
Southside Branch

These free programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Santa Fe Public Library. Wheelchair

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Buckaroo Ball is Back!

We love the Buckaroo Ball! Not only have they funded teen programs at the Southside Library, but the events themselves are a lot of fun. Their recent Recession-induced hiatus made life a lot gloomier around Santa Fe, and not just on balance sheets. Dubbed "A Little Bit of Buckaroo Ball", this year's activities will be taking over the Railyard area on June 17 and 18.

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

Take a Poetry Break

April is National Poetry Month! Take a break from this indecisive weather and the stress of tax season by checking out one of these upcoming events, courtesy of the Santa Fe Poet Laureate Joan Logghe and the City of Santa Fe Arts Commission:

Giant PencilThursday, April 14
10:00 AM
Scottish Rite Temple
463 Paseo de Peralta
ArtWorks reading by Luis Lopez.

Thursday, April 21
6:00 PM
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

Foundation Center Collection

NM State LibraryOne of the nice things about libraries is that we're not competitive in spirit. We love sharing resources and information with you, the public, so if some of the information involves another library we have no problem with that! There's a huge number of libraries in the Santa Fe area, at colleges, museums, and government agencies.

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

Citywide Neighborhood Watch Meeting

City of Santa Fe LogoWednesday, April 13
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

Hidden Treasure

Motherless BrooklynLike many librarians, I got my start as a library shelver. Often part-time and minimum wage, shelvers are the most entry-level staff in the whole place, but without them each and every library would fall apart. The best part about being a shelver is getting hands-on knowledge of the variety of books, newspapers, magazines, and other resources in the library.

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.

Mamie EisenhowerIt'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

Free eBooks!

Project GutenbergWe’re getting our feet wet with free eBooks. These are full-text books that can be read online or downloaded to eReaders such as the Kindle and Nook. We offer over 400 titles through our catalog, courtesy of the non-profit Project Gutenberg. We have a Featured List of the titles, and you can also find them by doing a Call Number search for eBook.

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

Yarn Art Craft for Earth Day

For children ages 5-12

Southside: Tuesday, April 19
Main: Wednesday, April 20
La Farge: Thursday, April 21

3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Celebrate 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.

All crafts are free and supplies are provided. Registration is required.
Registration starts 2 weeks prior to the program.

WheelchairSponsored by The Friends of the Santa Fe Public Library.

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Ancient and Modern

TheaterworkBy all accounts, I was a fairly typical teenager. My extracurricular interests included hanging out at the mall, rock music, babysitting, and Greek tragedy. Huh? Yes, somehow that last one doesn't quite fit, but despite the required can of AquaNet in my purse, I became an avid reader of Sophocles, Aeschylus, and Euripides in high school. While I appreciated all of the plays I encountered, reading Antigone in my senior year left an indelible mark on me. So it's quite exciting that the local theater group, Theaterwork, is performing Jean Anouilh's adaptation of Sophocles's masterpiece. Written in and based on Nazi-occupied France, it is both an update of Antigone and a confirmation that the themes it explores are timeless and universal.

AntigoneRather 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

Yes, we're telling you to:

I may be a bit heavy-handed by saying that everyone should see Jimmy Santiago Baca at least once in his or her life, but I'll still say it.

You need to see Jimmy Santiago Baca at least once in your life.

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.

So now that you've been summarily lectured to, please clear your calendars and make sure you're at tomorrow night's event:

Jimmy Santiago Baca reading from his latest book:
Breaking Bread with the Darkness, Book 1: The Esai Poems

Tuesday, April 5
6:00 PM
Collected Works Bookstore
202 Galisteo St. at Water St.
Thus endeth the lesson.

Friday, April 01, 2011

Technical Difficulties

For the past week, Blogger, our Icarus blog provider, has been having trouble displaying line and paragraph breaks. We apologize for the ensuing eye-strain, and assure you that we haven't turned over control of the blog to a congress of orangutans. Thank you for sticking with us during this time.

p.s. This is obviously not an April Fool's Joke!

April Art in the Library

Main Library
Clouds Over Santa Fe
& New Mexico Scenic Photo Cards

by Kim McCloud

La Farge Library

Parliamentary Law Display

by The Santa Fe Parliamentary Unit

Southside Library

FACT Spring Student Art Exhibit

Assorted Works

by FACT Students

For more information, check our Art page. For upcoming events, check our Calendar and Children's pages.