Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Volunteer Party at the Main Library

This past Monday, staff and volunteers met for a Mad Hatter's High Tea Party at the Main Library to show our appreciation for our volunteers! These volunteers help our library run smoothly and raise much needed funds for library materials and programs. This National Library Week we'd like to recognize all of our volunteers with the Friends of the Santa Fe Public Library and beyond for helping us to serve our community.

We also thank El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe and Pandemonium Productions for loaning out their wonderful Alice in Wonderland panels to decorate the party! They really helped make the party look amazing!


(Photo by Kyra Ochoa)

Monday, March 25, 2019

Santa Fe Public Library Director Pat Hodapp has retired

This article was published by the Albuquerque Journal online on March 4, 2019: https://www.abqjournal.com/1288144/sf-library-director-hodapp-has-retired.html


The longtime director of Santa Fe’s public libraries has closed a chapter on her life and started another one as a retiree.Patricia Hodapp, who joined the library staff in Santa Fe in 2004, officially retired Jan. 31, according to a news release.

Prior to coming to Santa Fe Hodapp served for 12 years as director of marketing for the Denver Public Library, where she helped shepherd the library through a system expansion, as well as building a new main library downtown.

Similarly, she worked closely with the library board and supporters to develop Santa Fe’s south side library. She was also instrumental in developing the “Books and Babies” program, now in its 13th year. Last year, Hodapp oversaw the extension of hours at the La Farge branch and worked with Friends of the Library on a study of library services, buildings and needs to help guide future planning.

Hodapp was winner of a New Mexico Book Co-op’s literary award in 2015 for her ongoing support of local authors and books. She is an author herself, having penned “The Complete Santa Fe Bucket List: 100 Things to do in Santa Fe Before You Die” in 2016.

The many gifts of libraries by Pat Hodapp


Libraries are a gift to everyone. Today, they are more than the library of your childhood. Libraries are bursting with books, media, technology and programs to tempt you to explore and widen your world, whatever your age.
Libraries have become the hubs of their communities. They provide that place where everyone is welcome.
According to recent studies, parents feel they are better parents if they take their children to the library. And they should! Exposing children to the library is crucial to their children’s mental and social growth.
One of the Santa Fe Public Library’s innovative programs is Books and Babies, which I started over 12 years ago at the then-new Southside Library. With the vision and support of the Brindle Foundation, thousands of young children and their caregivers have been exposed to the magical world of books and song. This is just one of hundreds of programs that the library provides year round.
With the support of our generous community giving through the Friends of the Library, you can see a wolf, enjoy opera for children, hear authors and much more. All for free.
The library’s technology and databases can provide access to information, and such diverse programs as learning languages and homework help or finding just the information you need to fix a truck or how to bake at high altitude. Plus free internet and WiFi.
Many of the children who were at the Southside Library’s opening in 2007 are now are in college or raising families of their own.
Joining the 3,600 people attending the library’s 10th anniversary celebration were former Mayors Larry Delgado, Javier Gonzales and David Coss, who attested to the value and importance of libraries and all that librarians do.
Libraries have been a part of my life ever since I first rode my bicycle to our rural library at age six. What a joy it is to see that same excitement in children today. Recently, a child asked her mother if she could come to the library with her friends for her birthday rather than going to a commercial party place. Hurrah!
This year, you will have the opportunity to take part in a community survey to determine the future of our libraries and the services they will provide. Share your vision.
These are just some of the many highlights I have experienced over the 13 years I have proudly served as the director of the Santa Fe Public Library.
I thank the Library Board for its support, as well as the wonderful staff who provide the best customer service day after day to our patrons.
My retirement won’t take me far from libraries as they are woven into the fabric of my life.
Hodapp retired as director of the Santa Fe Public Library on Jan. 31.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Postponed until March: Tech Talk: Internet Security

Today's Tech Talk is postponed and will be rescheduled in March. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Join us for our monthly series of talks about technology at the Main Library!
In this talk, we’ll discuss tools to better protect yourself online. We’ll address strong passwords, password managers, two-factor authentication, phishing and spam, browser security features, malware, and tips to keep in mind. Participants are welcome to bring smartphones, tablets, or laptops to follow along.

Thursday, February 07, 2019

New Mexico FamilyPass brought to you by the Department of Cultural Affairs

Did you know that the Santa Fe Public Library has FamilyPasses brought to you by the Department of Cultural Affairs that will get you and your family into 8 museums and 8 historic sites for FREE! All you need to check one out is your SFPL library card. Ask at your nearest library's circulation desk for the availability of this pass and make sure to take their online survey after your visit to ensure this service remains available to the public: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DCAFamilyPass


Santa Fe Community College and AARP Foundation Offer Free Income Tax Help


Santa Fe Community College, in partnership with AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, will host free income tax preparation assistance beginning Feb. 4 through April 15. This year, the free service will be available on an appointment basis at a new location, the Santa Fe Higher Education Center, 1950 Siringo Road.  AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is the nation’s largest free tax assistance and preparation service. The services are provided by volunteers from the community. This year the Higher Education Center is the only AARP Foundation Tax-Aide site in Santa Fe.
AARP Foundation’s Tax-Aide Santa Fe is now taking appointments either online or by calling 505-946-3615. To read more about the program and access the online registration link visit sfcc.edu/taxaide/. Those who do not have computer access can call 505-946-3615. A volunteer will return your call. The tax assistance appointments will be available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays, as well as 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturdays. Reservations are required, however, AARP will accommodate a limited number of walk-in clients based on availability and will make reservations at the HEC on tax preparation days.
Tax-Aide services are not available during any holidays observed by the HEC including the Spring Break from March 18 through March 24. Please note: Tax-Aide services will also observe all HEC weather delays or closures (appointments affected by weather delays or closures will be re-scheduled). Visit sfcc.edu to see notices of weather delays or closures.
The State Director of AARP New Mexico Gene Varela said, “We’re delighted to partner again with Santa Fe Community College to offer this service through AARP’s foundation. The new location at the Santa Fe Higher Education Center has plenty of parking and is a great mid-town location to serve the community.”
In addition to providing the location for tax preparation services, SFCC accounting students who were trained specifically for the service will be among the volunteers available to assist anyone in filing their taxes.
Those seeking assistance with their tax return must have all tax forms collected prior to coming in for help. Be sure to bring all of the information and documents you need, including these items:
  • Copy of prior year return, if available
  • Photo ID of the primary filers
  • Social Security Card or ITINs for parents and children or dependents
  • Social Security year end statement
  • Proof of health insurance
  • Income documents: W-2s; 1099’s for retirement income or self-employment; interest, dividend, stock or CD sales; Unemployment (W2-G) form; Gambling win/loss documents from casinos
  • List and supporting documents for expenses: child care, college or vocational training, medical expenses not covered by insurance – including mileage, charity donations, property tax bills or receipts (Santa Fe and Los Alamos County only) and mortgage interest paid
  • To have your refund direct deposited, bring a blank check or savings card
  • For married filing jointly returns, both individuals must be available to sign documents
The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program cannot prepare returns that include:
  • Rental income
  • Self-employment returns with expenses of $25,000 or more, home office deduction, employees, inventory or operating loss
  • Married Filing Separately
  • Royalty income with associated expenses
  • Casualty loss
For more information, please call 505-946-3615.

Wednesday, February 06, 2019

February 2019 Art Displays at the Santa Fe Public Library


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

Main Library, Satin/Reichman Memorial Art Gallery: Jean Marc Richel, “Arroyo Mundo” (Original Prints). There will be an artist meet and greet on Friday, February 8 from 4-6 p.m. in the 2nd floor gallery.

Main Library Display Cases: Bridget Rose Green, “Quotidian Pots” (Functional Pottery).

La Farge Branch Library: Darrin Graham & Jodi Drinkwater, “Mixed-media Abstracts”.

Southside Branch Library: Jacki Munro, “From Numbness to Awakening” (Photography and Posters).


Congressman Lujan's Staff Open Office Hours at La Farge, Friday, February 8

Open

Wednesday, January 16, 2019