Thursday, January 31, 2013

Bring your Library card from now on! New policy starts tomorrow

Please remember that as of tomorrow,  February 1, 2013, you must present your library card in order to check out materials from the Santa Fe Public Library.

If you have lost your library card we will be happy to issue you a replacement card.  The first replacement is free!

Family Bedtime Stories at La Farge, Wed. February 6 at 6:30 p.m.

The Oliver La Farge Branch Library, 1730 Llano Street offers a series of Family Bedtime Stories. Join us on the first Wednesday of each month at 6:30p.m. when Children's Library, Walter Cook, will select and conduct story times.

Cook has been a Children's Librarian for over ten years. Telling stories to families is one of my favorite things about being a Children's Librarian. Not only am I sharing great stories, I see families together listening and creating their own memories, says Cook.

Children and their families are invited to participate in fun stories and hands-on activities. This is a great opportunity to make literature come alive for the whole family, as well as build memories and stimulate family conversations.

For more information please call (505) 955-4867.

This free program is sponsored by the Friends of the Santa Fe Public Library.

Valentine's Day Book Sale, Feb. 9-10 at La Farge

Buy your sweetie some good reads for Valentine's Day at the Oliver La Farge Branch Library Book Sale happening Saturday, February 9 and Sunday, February 10. The Oliver La Farge Branch Library is located at 1730 Llano Drive.
  • Saturday, the 9th, from 10a.m.-4p.m.
  • Sunday, the 10th, from 1p.m-3:30p.m. Fill a bag for $3.00 on Sunday.
Cash or checks only, please.

C-SPAN airs programs on the Literary Life and History of Santa Fe, February 2-4

In early January, and as part of their Local Content Vehicle American Tour, C-SPAN visited the City Different. Programs about Pojoque Pueblo, the Palace of the Governors, New Mexico's railroad history, San Miguel Mission, the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, Museum of Indian Arts & Culture, and New Mexico's State Capitol will air on C-SPAN 3, American History TV at 3 p.m. (MST) on Sunday, Feb. 3rd.

On C-SPAN 2, Book TV, will feature interviews with several our city's authors, as well as tour literary sites. Book TV airs at 10 a.m. (MST) on Saturday, Feb. 2 and at 7 a.m. (MST) on Sunday, Feb. 3. Interviews include:

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

It's Tax Season Again

Need a helping hand with your taxes? The Santa Fe Community College is offering FREE tax preparation beginning February 1st! There is no income limit and be sure to read the list of documents to bring (click photo to enlarge).

If you'd rather go it alone, the Santa Fe Public Library has New Mexico tax booklets and Federal forms can be printed online from the IRS ( at a cost of 10 cents per page from library printers.

Children's Events for February

Click to enlarge the calendar of Children and Family events for the month of February:

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Caldecott Medal turns 75 from NPR

Here's a little story from NPR about the 75th anniversary of the Caldecott Medal:
Randolph Caldecott was a highly prolific and influential British illustrator, and the proud owner of a pretty epic beard! You can read more about him here:

Monday, January 28, 2013

New York Public Library to archive its collection of restaurant menus

This makes me hungry just thinking about it: It's quite an undertaking, to say the least. This would be cool for Santa Fe as well, since it has a long history of fine foods and foodies that love them. Please comment if you know of any similar collection of resources in the area.

Friday Afternoon Art: Paper Making this Friday at Main

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Main Media Now Open

Main Library Media Services is open for business! Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Main Library Media Services will be closed Friday, Jan. 18 through Tuesday, Jan. 22

The Main Library Media room will be closed through Tuesday January 22nd due to a leak in the roof.

To access media materials, patrons may place holds on media which will be available for pickup at the Circulation Desk. Patrons may also access media items at the La Farge and Southside Branches.  Lists of media materials may be found at

While Media is closed, holds may be picked up at the Circulation Desk downstairs.

If you are scheduled in the Pick or Community Room, the Reference Desk will open the rooms for you.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

We will be Closed on Monday, January 21st

All branches of the Santa Fe Public Library will be closed on Monday, January 21st in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Photo by Minnesota Historical Society [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Friends of the Library Annual Meeting, Sunday, Jan. 20

Join the Friends of the Library at their Annual Meeting, Sunday, January 20th, 1:30-3:30 PM in the Community Room at the Main Library, 145 Washington Avenue. There will be a brief Business Meeting followed by special guest speaker, author Mark Dunn. The meeting and the author presentation are open to the public. A reception will be held after the presentation.

Mark Dunn, author of five previous novels—including Ella Minnow Pea and Ibid—and more than thirty full-length plays, a dozen of which have been published in acting edition. He is currently the playwright-in-residence with the New Jersey Repertory Company and the Community Theatre League in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Mark has received over 200 productions of his work for the stage throughout the world, with translations of his plays into French, Italian, Dutch and Hungarian.
Mark has recently moved to Santa Fe. He teaches creative writing and leads playwriting seminars around the country, in addition to serving as Vice President of the non-profit PULA (People United for Libraries in Africa), which he founded with his wife, Mary, in 2002.

Thanks to Collected Works Book Store, Mark’s novels will be available for sale and signing after the talk. A percentage of the sale price will be donated to the Friends of the Santa Fe Public Library

Media Services at Main Closed for the rest of today (Thursday, Jan. 17)

Media holds can still be picked up at the Circulation desk downstairs and meeting room events will not be affected. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Half-price History Books at the Southside Bookstore

History Books for School
or for your reading pleasure

Half-Price Book Sale
Hard Cover   $1
Paperback   50 cents

January 22-26
Tuesday - Saturday
10 am - 4 pm

at the Southside Library Friends Bookstore

Friday, January 11, 2013

C-SPAN's visit to Santa Fe

This week C-SPAN came to town. To Santa Fe, that is. Their staff came in to set up interviews and film around town for their Cities program to air on February 2nd  and 3rd.  For the last two weeks, I along with other City staff, were making lists of recommended people and sites that represent Santa Fe.  C-SPAN did not want the usual suspects and yet as their staff had never been here before, what was “usual” to a lot of Santa Feans was new and exciting to them. What was refreshing was that they were open to ideas and had not come with a set agenda.

I am not sure they tried Frito pies or anyone told them about ordering food smothered with “Christmas.” But they raved about the friendliness, openness and welcoming attitude they received everywhere they went. Every time they interviewed someone they received a new list of recommendations—as the project coordinator said, one week is not long enough to really get to know Santa Fe.

Who did they interview? This is just a partial list, but outlines some of  the people interviewed and places they visited in Santa Fe: Dorothy Massey of Collected Works Bookstore; cartoonist Ricardo Cate; Pulitzer author Jamie McGrath Morris; City historian Jose Garcia, author Hampton Sides; Mayor Coss; Santa Fe Railroad expert Fred Friedman; the Capitol; Georgia O’Keeffe Museum and Abiquiu home; Literary Santa Fe’s Barbara Harrelson; Canyon Road; the Pojoaque Pueblo re-inauguration of Governor George Rivera and an Eagle Dance.

We learned a lot about C-SPAN too. Many of us had seen and followed parts of C-SPAN and C-SPAN 2, but were not aware of the incredible resource all of C-SPAN is to teachers and librarians in addition to the general public. Some of us are hooked on the BOOK-TV with live interviews with authors but not as aware of the historical programming. C-SPAN has over 170,000 hours of interviews/programs archived. Just briefly delving into their archive pulled up interviews with people who had been at historic events, adding a new depth to an event. For example, hearing Franklin McCain talk of his part in the Woolworth Counter sit-ins on the 50th anniversary of that event.

I have a feeling when C-SPAN comes back to New Mexico to cover Albuquerque in February, we just might see some of their staff slipping into Santa Fe to visit some of the places they loved or could not fit into this one show.


Thursday, January 10, 2013

Science After School returns next week!


Registration begins 2 weeks before each program.  Call your library to register.  All programs are FREE and materials are provided.

1st Session
  • January 15, 4:00 p.m. at Southside
  • January 22, 3:30 p.m. at La Farge
  • January 23, 3:30 p.m. at Main
 2nd Session
  • January 28, 3:30 p.m. at La Farge
  • January 30, 3:30 p.m. at Main
  • February 12, 4:00 p.m. at Southside
 3rd Session
  • February 18, 3:30 p.m. at La Farge
  • February 20, 3:30 p.m. at Main
  • March 12, 4:00 p.m. at Southside
 4th Session
  • February 25, 3:30 p.m. at La Farge
  • February 27, 3:30 p.m. at Main
  • April 16, 4:00 p.m. at Southside

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Have you read a good movie lately?

Many books are being turned into movies. Here are the top titles from previous years which are available in our collection:

Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly
The Lorax by Dr Seuss
The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks
Moneyball by Michael Lewis
One Day by David Nicholls
Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

Pick up one of these books today! The movie will be released in 2013:
Carrie by Stephen King
Devil in the White City by Erik Larsen
The Host by Stephenie Meyer
Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks

Post by TS

Monday, January 07, 2013

C-SPAN to Feature Santa Fe Literature and History

Weeklong Visit begins with January 8 Kick off

At the Community Convention Center at 4:00 p.m.


Kick off Event Features:
Mayor David Coss, Historian Jose Garcia, Santa Fe Public Library Director Pat Hodapp, Baile Espanol Dañcers, and a special presentation of the Don Diego De Vargas proclamation

In partnership with Comcast and the City of Santa Fe, Mayor David Coss, Historian Jose Garcia and Santa Fe Public Library Director Pat Hodapp will be on hand to welcome C-SPAN as the network prepares to feature the city’s history and literary life on the cable network’s non-fiction book channel BookTV (on C-SPAN2) and history channel American History TV (on C-SPAN3).

On Tuesday, January 8th at 4pm, Mayor  David Coss, Jose Garcia, and Pat Hodapp, along with Eilene Vaughn-Pickrell of Comcast, will give remarks at Santa Fe Community Convention Center (201 W. Marcy) to kick off the network’s week-long filming of various literary and historic sites, interviews with local authors and civic leaders.   C-SPAN representatives will announce the segments that will be explored during the weeklong visit to Santa Fe. There will be a special presentation of the Don Diego De Vargas proclamation. The media is invited to attend.

This event and others will air during a special Santa Fe feature weekend on February 2-3.
In Santa Fe, Comcast provides the C-SPAN Networks on these channels:  C-SPAN: 26; C-SPAN2:  27;  C-SPAN3: 105.  

C-SPAN videojournalists are travelling in specially detailed Ford Transit Connect vehicles, which C-SPAN is calling Local Content Vehicles (LCV’s), visiting various literary and historic sites and interviewing local historians, authors and civic leaders.  Outfitted with the most current digital camera, editing and other recording technologies, each member of the LCV team is equipped to shoot and edit video on location as well as make presentations to schools and community organizations about C-SPAN and its public affairs content.

C-SPAN’s LCV project also incorporates extensive digital and social media outreach, including use of Twitter, Facebook, foursquare, and online streaming on C-SPAN websites.   C-SPAN video from each city will be archived – and easily searchable, clippable, and shareable – through C-SPAN’s online Video Library. 

Santa Fe is the Tour's first visit of the New Year and in a new region of America: it is the Tour's first visit to a Southwestern USA city.  Over the coming months the Local Content Vehicle tour will make similar visits to: Albuquerque, NM, Mesa, AZ, Yuma, AZ, Palm Springs, CA, and Bakersfield, CA.

Friday, January 04, 2013

Snow Poems Project at the Library

Check out the Snow Poems Project at the Main Library, Southside Branch, and many other locations around Santa Fe. Thanks for the poems! Main Library's is written by Santa Fe's current Poet Laureate Jon Davis and Southside's is written by Elizabeth Jacobson.

More information on the web at:

Photos by AA

Thanks to Streets & Drain Maintenance

The Santa Fe Public Library’s Main Library’s parking lot grew a pothole in just days that could swallow a mini-Cooper. We were thinking of turning it into a trout pond. But the good staff at Streets and Drainage Maintenance responded quickly and came to our rescue filling the hole with slurry.  We know it won’t hold up to the cold and ice very long, but we are thrilled!  Next time they are called we will make sure they check in with us so we can provide coffee or a treat for their good work.

PCH at Main

Library Holiday Closings 2013

Thursday, January 03, 2013

January 2013 Children's Event Calendar

(Click the image to enlarge)

January 2013 Art Exhibits

•Main Library Tybie Satin Davis Gallery: Faces of an American Dream by Martin Desht
•Main Library Display Cases: Newbery, Caldecott and other Award Winning Books by Children's Department
•Oliver La Farge Branch Library: Recent Pen and Ink Drawings by Charlie Roudabush
•Southside Branch Library: Balance: Classic American Abstract by Benjamin Saucier