Friday, August 18, 2017

How to View the Solar Eclipse Safely

Sorry, we don't have any eclipse glasses at the Santa Fe Public Library but there are still safe ways of observing the partial eclipse without them. Please read these safety warnings and projection projects from NASA below: 

Looking directly at the sun is unsafe except during the brief total phase of a solar eclipse (“totality”), when the moon entirely blocks the sun’s bright face, which will happen only within the narrow path of totality.

The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as “eclipse glasses” or hand-held solar viewers. Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe for looking at the sun; they transmit thousands of times too much sunlight. Refer to the American Astronomical Society (AAS) Reputable Vendors of Solar Filters & Viewers page for a list of manufacturers and authorized dealers of eclipse glasses and handheld solar viewers verified to be compliant with the ISO 12312-2 international safety standard for such products.

An alternative method for safe viewing of the partially eclipsed sun is pinhole projection. For example, cross the outstretched, slightly open fingers of one hand over the outstretched, slightly open fingers of the other, creating a waffle pattern. With your back to the sun, look at your hands’ shadow on the ground. The little spaces between your fingers will project a grid of small images on the ground, showing the sun as a crescent during the partial phases of the eclipse. Or just look at the shadow of a leafy tree during the partial eclipse; you’ll see the ground dappled with crescent Suns projected by the tiny spaces between the leaves.

A solar eclipse is one of nature’s grandest spectacles. By following these simple rules, you can safely enjoy the view.  For additional information, visit:

Thursday, August 10, 2017

August 12th Tribute to Santa Fe’s Fallen Vietnam War Heroes

August 12th Tribute to Santa Fe’s Fallen Vietnam War Heroes

City will re-dedicate memorial at John Griego Park

“Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have earned our undying gratitude. America will never forget their sacrifices.”
—President Harry S. Truman

Contacts: Julie J. Sanchez, Program Manager / Liaison; (505) 955-6678,

Santa Fe, NM – At a ceremony this Saturday, the City of Santa Fe’s Veterans Advisory Board (VAB), Mayor Javier M. Gonzales, city leaders and community partners will be recognizing the fallen and missing Santa Fe Vietnam War heroes at John F. Griego Vietnam Veterans Park. The event marks the 30th Anniversary of the original memorial dedication and is part of ongoing events to mark the 50th Anniversary of the war.

17 Santa Feans died in Vietnam during the war, and one remains missing in action. Mayor Javier M. Gonzales said, “We shouldn’t just remember our veterans on Memorial Day and Veterans Day. Moments like this are powerful because in recognizing the men and women who have served this country in uniform, we walk away renewed in our commitment to the values and ideals of this community and this country.”

The Vietnam Veterans of America - Northern New Mexico Chapter 996, American Legion Riders – Chapter 26 Post 1, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Santa Fe American Legion Post 1, the Santa Fe Veterans Center, the Santa Fe Community College Veterans Resource Center, R&R for Vets, Inc., and the USS Santa Fe Committee are also participating in Saturday’s event, and there will be barbecue served following the Ceremony.
What: Tribute to Santa Fe’s Fallen Vietnam War Heroes - Rededication Ceremony

Where: John F. Griego Vietnam Veterans Park, 1608 Paseo De La Conquistadora, Santa Fe

When: Saturday, August 12, 2017

Start Time: 11:00 a.m. (BBQ following the Ceremony)

Monday, August 07, 2017

Reminder: Jodi Thomas, "A Writer's Life" is tonight at the Main Library

Jodi Thomas, “A Writer’s Life”, author talk and signing at the Main Library, Monday, August 7 at 6:00 p.m.

The Santa Fe Public Library is pleased to welcome best-selling western romance author Jodi Thomas to the Main Library (145 Washington Ave.) on Monday, August 7 at 6:00 p.m. Jodi will present a talk titled “A Writer’s Life: a window into the working world of a writer” and will be available for book signing afterwards.

With millions of books in print, Jodi Thomas is both a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over 40 novels and 13 short story collections. Her stories travel through the past and present days of Texas and draw readers from around the world.

In July 2006, Jodi was the 11th writer to be inducted into the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame. With five RITA’s to her credit, along with National Readers’ Choice Awards and Booksellers’ Best Awards, Thomas has proven her skill as a master storyteller.

Honored in 2002 as a Distinguished Alumni by Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, Thomas enjoys interacting with students at  West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas, where she currently serves as Writer in Residence.

When not working on a novel or inspiring students to pursue a writing career, Thomas enjoys traveling with her husband, renovating a historic home, and “checking up” on their grown sons and four grandchildren.

Thursday, August 03, 2017

La Farge Branch Library Re-opening on Monday, August 7

The remodeling and improvements are scheduled to be finished a day earlier than originally expected so the La Farge Branch Library will be reopening on Monday, August 7 at 10:00 a.m. We can't wait to see the changes! Thanks to all for your patience during the closure and it was good to see many new faces at Main and Southside that we normally wouldn't have met.

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

August 2017 Art Displays at SFPL

Stop by and peruse our great art shows that will be on display during the month of August:

Satin/Reichman Memorial Art Gallery : Zack Boatman, “Groundwork” (Sculpture, Photography, and Painting). Reception will be held on Sunday, August 6 from 2-4 p.m.

La Farge Branch Library: Kathy Perren, “Ceramic Tiles”.

Southside Branch Library: Merrimon Kennedy, “Scenes from the Barrancas - Landscapes of Northern New Mexico” (Oil & Pastel).

(Photo by AA)