Saturday, December 31, 2011

Books for Babies New Mexico

cover of bookFirst Santa Fe Baby of 2012 to Receive Books Thanks to New Program

BOOKS FOR BABIES NEW MEXICO, a partnership between the Santa Fe Public Library, Friends of the Santa Fe Public Library and St. Vincent Hospital Foundation, was created to stress the importance of reading to children at an early age.

Beginning with the first baby of the New Year, every child born in the hospital will go home with a brightly colored canvas bag containing a book, a CD of lullabies, an innovative die-cut brochure on the importance of reading to babies (which can be folded into a box), an application for a library card, and information on community resources. Printed on the side of the bags, soon to be seen all over town: “I READ TO MY BABY EVERY DAY.”

An estimated 1600 babies will receive the gift bag and their first book in 2012.

Research shows that reading to babies early significantly strengthens brain development, builds vocabulary, helps parents bond better with their babies and sets the stage for later success in school.

The project was first suggested by local children’s author Diane Stanley, and is based on Born to Read, a similar program in San Antonio, Texas. It soon became a community effort. A core group from the Santa Fe Public Library, the hospital and St. Vincent Hospital Foundation, Brindle Foundation, and the Santa Fe Institute began the project’s development.

Students in Arlyn Nathan’s graphic design class at Santa Fe University of Art and Design created the logo and designed the brochure. Local businesses did the imprinting of the bags and created the brochures. And the lullaby CD, by New Mexico singer Nidia Corral de Martinez, was produced in cooperation with the Santa Fe County Maternal & Child Health Planning Council by New Mexico Project LAUNCH, a federal grant administered by the New Mexico Department of Health.

Books for Babies New Mexico ties in with other local efforts to promote early literacy, including the Books and Babies program at two library branches and Reach Out and Read through area pediatricians and family doctors. Though Books for Babies New Mexico is getting its start in Santa Fe, the hope is to gradually expand the program to other communities, with the dream of eventually going statewide. Contributions to purchase books for the program can be made to the Books for Babies NM Fund c/o St. Vincent Hospital Foundation, 455 St. Michael’s Drive, Santa Fe, NM 87505.

Friday, December 30, 2011

Southside Teen Programs

The Teen Programs at the Southside Library are returning on Thursday, January 5 at 4:30 pm.

SpiralThe full schedule for teen programs:

1st Thursdays: Teen Book Club
2nd Thursdays: Librarian's Choice
3rd and 4th Thursdays: Anime Club
5th Thursdays (if there is one): Par-tay!
The Southside Library is located at 6599 Jaguar Dr. at Country Club Rd.
For more information, call 955-2829.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

New Year's Holiday Closings

All branches of the Santa Fe Public Library will close at 1:00 pm on Saturday, December 31.

We will also be closed on Sunday, January 1 and Monday, January 2 for the New Year's Holiday.

All branches will resume normal hours at 10:00 am on Tuesday, January 3.

May everyone have a healthy and happy holiday!

Photo by AA @Main

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Unearthing the Past

A librarian's home was getting renovated this year, and due to some water damage an old adobe wall had to be torn down and rebuilt. Among the goodies squirreled away in the wall was this nice old library card. While it's a far cry from our excellent online catalog and barcoded cards, the metal insert is a nice nod to modernity.

Part of me wants to keep the mystery intact, so I'm not looking to see if this patron is still in our system and checking out books. However, I hope this patron did eventually get her card replaced!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Christmas Holiday Closings

All branches of the Santa Fe Public Library will close at 1:00 pm on Saturday, December 24.

We will also be closed on Sunday, December 25 and Monday, December 26 for the Christmas Holiday.

All branches will resume normal hours at 10:00 am on Tuesday, December 27.

May everyone have a healthy and happy holiday!

Photo by AA @Main

Friday, December 16, 2011

Seasonal Sculpture

After our snowfall this past week, the Southside librarians couldn't resist making their own snowman. Here's a close-up:


And here's a wide shot:


Happy Holidays from the Santa Fe Public Library!
Photos by AB @SS

Monday, December 12, 2011

Giving from the Heart

The Friends of the Library Joins the

SnowflakesFriday- Sunday,
December 16-18
De Vargas Center

Shoppers will enjoy free Java Joes coffee, hot cider and holiday-baked goods while choosing gifts that benefit those in need at the second annual Santa Fe Alternative Gift Market. The Market begins with a grand opening celebration Friday, December 16, at 5:00 p.m., chaired by Ali MacGraw. The Market will be open Saturday & Sunday, December 17 and 18, at the DeVargas Center in Santa Fe. Weekend hours are Saturday, December 17, 10:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m. and Sunday, December 18, Noon-5:00 p.m.

Participants can select tax-deductible gifts that provide urgently needed assistance to local and international organizations providing medical help, books for libraries, shelter and food, working to reduce illiteracy, and assisting homeless veterans, among other things.

Santa Fe non-profits taking part include the Friends of the Library, InterFaith Community Center, La Familia Medical Center and Esperanza Shelter for Battered Women and New Mexico Veterans Helping Homeless Veterans.

Gift-givers can choose from more than 60 different items. The choice is enormous. Gifts range from providing flu shots to Santa Fe children from La Familia Medical Center, books for the Santa Fe Public Library, to legal representation for a girl rescued from sexual slavery in Asia; from sending a bicycle to rural health workers in Zambia, to underwriting one night’s stay in Santa Fe’s Interfaith Shelter, or providing entrepreneurial training to one Egyptian trying to start a business.

Highlights this year will be story times for children, as librarians and volunteers from the Santa Fe Public Library take turns reading holiday favorites, plus musical performances by local musicians.

Alternative Gifts International is a non-profit organization that inspires support for humanitarian and environmental causes. It offers donors the option to designate charitable gifts through carefully selected agencies in the name of their relatives, friends and associates.

by PCH @Main

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Pearl Harbor Day

Pearl Harbor DayToday, December 7, 2011 is the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. It was a day that changed the nation as a whole and Americans as individuals. It shook the nation up much as another attack on the United States did in 2001. Whatever your political views on the attack on Pearl Harbor (did the President know it was coming? Was it a well conceived plot to get us into the war?) it is a good time to sit back and remember what we lost and gained as a nation and as individuals.

Pearl HarborIt is also a time to give your thanks to those that served the nation in the years that followed that attack. Many of those people have passed on, and that generation will soon be gone. If you are still lucky enough to know a veteran of that war, now is a good time to sit down and talk and listen to their story. I have been privileged to know men and women who served in that war, including some Pearl Harbor and Bataan survivors, Marines who served in the South Pacific and dearest to me of all, my father who was an Army Aircorps veteran. Take a moment and remember this important day in our history.

by KS @LF

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Free Parking!

Parking Division Offering Holiday Incentives

First Two Hours Free Over Three Weekends; 20% Off of CashKey Reloads

The city’s Parking Division is helping shoppers ease their holiday stress by offering the first two hours of parking free at three city-owned garages and the Water St. parking lot, over three weekends: December 10 and 11; December 17 and 18; and December 24 and 25. Interim Parking Division Director Sevastian Gurule said, “The Parking Division plays an important role in the downtown area as it contributes to public safety and the success of downtown businesses. Our pervious parking promotions have been successful, and it just makes the holiday shopping experience a little nicer; to be able to park for free for a couple of hours in a secure covered garage located in the heart of our beautiful city.” The first-two-hours-free holiday parking promotion is valid at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center parking garage, 119 S. Federal Place; the Sandoval parking garage, 216 E. San Francisco St.; the Railyard parking garage, 503 Camino de la Familia; and the lot on Water St., 102 E. Water St.

Shoppers who want to park for two hours at a meter on those three weekends will find the meters hooded—courtesy of the Downtown Merchants Association and the city’s Parking Division. In an effort to ensure that all customers have an opportunity to partake in this holiday promotion, patrons are asked to adhere to the two-hour time limit.

For the gift that keeps on giving, the Parking Division is offering a 20% discount on all CashKey reloads beginning Monday, December 5 through Friday, December 30 except for December 8 and 9, when the office will be closed for staff training on the new Parking Management System. Reload the keys at the Parking Division office in the main post office, 120 S. Federal Place, third floor, Suite 321, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

For more information, contact the Parking Division administrative office at 505-955-6581.

Monday, December 05, 2011

Interlibrary Loan Holiday Hiatus

Holly in WinterInterlibrary Loans will be temporarily suspended starting Wednesday, December 14, 2011. No requests, either in person or via email, will be accepted after Tuesday, December 13, 2011.

The Interlibrary Loan Department takes a hiatus at the end of the year due to the closures of educational institutions from which we do much of our borrowing and lending. It also gives us time to clear our records and recover overdue items.

We will not be accepting requests while we are on hiatus, either in person or by email. If you have any questions, you can email Interlibrary Loan at or call 955-6780.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

"Holly in Winter" photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Friday, December 02, 2011

The 2011 New Mexico Book Awards!

New Mexico Book AwardsThe 2011 New Mexico Book Award winners have been announced!

The full list of winners can be found on the New Mexico Book Co-op website Congratulations to all the winners!

This year's list of award winners is long, so here's a sample:

Young Readers
Grandpa's magic tortillaGrandpa's magic tortilla
by Demetria Martínez and Rosalee Montoya-Read ; illustrations by Lisa May Casaus ; Spanish translation by Rosalee Montoya-Read.

Tortilla sunTortilla sun
by Jennifer Cervantes.

Young Adult
by Swati Avasthi.

Rio Arriba : a New Mexico countyRio Arriba : a New Mexico county
compiled and edited by Robert J. Tórrez & Robert Trapp.

Open range : the life of Agnes Morley CleavelandOpen range : the life of Agnes Morley Cleaveland
by Darlis A. Miller.

Kit Carson : the life of an American border manKit Carson : the life of an American border man
by David Remley.

Gardens of Santa FeGardens of Santa Fe
by Anne Hillerman ; photographs by Don Strel.

Multi-cultural Subject
 Chief Loco : Apache peacemaker Chief Loco : Apache peacemaker
by Bud Shapard.

 The return of the river : writers, scholars, and citizens speak on behalf of the Santa Fe River The return of the river : writers, scholars, and citizens speak on behalf of the Santa Fe River
edited by A. Kyce Bello.

Raptors of New Mexico Raptors of New Mexico
edited by Jean-Luc E. Cartron.

Thursday, December 01, 2011

December Art in the Library Galleries

Main Library
by Elba Pineda-Philips

Small Works
by Janice St. Marie

La Farge Library
Pyramids and Coyotes
An Interpretative Installation
from Mister Fant's Ancient Mathematics Class
with a Christmas Motif

Southside Library
Faith in New Mexico

Digital Photographs
by Bill Todino

For more information, check our Art page.

For upcoming events, check our Calendar and Children's pages.