Wednesday, May 18, 2016

“Depression Era Photography: The Farm Security Administration Documentation of Rural New Mexico, 1936-1942,” Thursday, May 19, 5:30 p.m. at the Main Library

From the Santa Fe New Mexican:

The New Mexico chapter of the National New Deal Preservation Association on Thursday will present a talk by historian Baldwin G. Burr of Los Lunas about Depression era images of rural New Mexicans captured on film by great photographers like Dorothea Lange and Walker Evans.

The free public lecture, “Depression Era Photography: The Farm Security Administration Documentation of Rural New Mexico, 1936-1942,” will be held at 5:30 p.m. at the Main Library.

During the Great Depression, says a news release on the talk, the plight of poor, rural families across America went largely unaddressed until the Farm Security Administration began documenting it. The agency recruited some of the nation’s finest photographers to show how the Depression was affecting rural America, including in New Mexico.

And check out the National New Deal Preservation Association's website at

An Evening with Sherman Alexie, May 26, Kimo Theatre in ABQ

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Library Value Calculator

Libraries are a great value to our communities, and you can visit the American Library Association’s Library Value Calculator to find out how much your Santa Fe Public Library card is saving you and your family per year! A local father input their library usage and found that our library saved his wife, 2-year-old son, and himself a total of $2951.40! His family regularly checks out children’s and adult books, graphic novels, eBooks, DVDs, CDs, and attends Children’s programs at the library. A local retired professor that regularly uses Inter-Library Loan, borrows opera CDs and movies plus checks out books, found that his savings were $4,603.00. 

Santa Fe Public Library spends $44.15 per city resident for library services. Library funding comes from the City budget from Gross Receipt Taxes and ½ percent CIP for the three libraries.

According to the American Library Association, “Libraries are among the most effective of all public services, serving more than 2/3 of the public with less than 2 percent of all tax dollars. Public libraries are a bargain”.

Visit the website today to find out what a great value the Santa Fe Public Library is and support your local library!

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

The Santa Fe Public Library 2016 Summer Reading Program: “On Your Mark, Get Set… Read!” June 1 – July 23, 2016! Registration begins May 23, 2016

The Santa Fe Public Library presents “On Your Mark, Get Set… Read!”, the Library’s annual children’s Summer Reading Program. Each week in June and July will feature a fun craft, family program, or both!

FREE programs include: magic, music, wildlife and more!  A circus act, cool crafts, and talking puppets are all a part of this year’s exciting Summer Reading Program extravaganza! All programs are free.

Toddlers and children ages 0 through 12 are eligible to participate in the 2016 “On Your Mark, Get Set… Read!” Summer Reading Program. Children may read on their own or parents (grandparents, etc.) may read to their children. They can read their own books or library books.

Please register your child and turn in logs at only one library branch. When you register in the children's room of your library, you will receive a free book bag and the first reading log.

Children must read six picture books or 6 chapters of a book and record the titles on their weekly log. Once a week (or when you are able), bring the log to the children's desk in your branch library and receive a prize.

All children who participate in the summer reading program are invited to a party at the end of the 8 week program at their library branch. Each child will receive a certificate showing their reading accomplishment.

Registration begins Monday, May 23rd. For more information check or contact the library nearest you:

La Farge Library, 1730 Llano Street 955-4863
Main Library, 145 Washington Ave., 955-6783
Southside Library, 6599 Jaguar Dr., 955-2828

Sponsored by the Friends of the Santa Fe Public Library.

Preschool Story Time, Summer 2016 Schedule

Thursday, May 05, 2016

Ready, Set, Read! Summer reading program starting soon at SFPL!

We are almost ready to “Get on your mark, get set and READ!” Signup for our children’s summer reading program will begin on May 23rd.

Post and photo by WC

Opening Reception for Stuart Stephenson's "A Place in the World" Exhibit, 5:30-7:30, tonight at Main

 For the month of May, City staff member Stuart Stephenson’s photographs are on exhibit in the Main Library’s Tybie Satin Davis Gallery on the second floor.

An open reception is scheduled for Thursday, May 5 from 5:50-7:30 pm.

Come join us in celebrating Stuart’s photography exhibit!