Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Five Years of Service!

Congratulations to these three lovely ladies from the library. Two employees from the Southside Branch and one from the Library Technical Services department were honored at the City’s Longevity Awards Ceremony. Mayor Coss and the City Manager presented them with a certificate for their five years of service. How time flies! We thank them for all of their hard work and loyal service, and look forward to their next five years. Be sure to congratulate them the next time you see them at the Library.

The three pictured here are among the seven employees who were honored from the Library system. Kudos to all!

Blog post by MGB, photo by AA

Monday, October 29, 2012

Bring Your Library Card On Thursday, November 1st!

All patrons must have their library cards Thursday, November 1, 2012 to check out library materials.

On Thursday, November 1, 2012, our catalog server will be out of service for maintenance. We anticipate it being out of service for the full day and should be up and running by Friday, November 2. 

How will this affect you? 

The Catalog will be unavailable for one day, November 1, 2012 

All branches of the Santa Fe Public Library will be open regular hours, 10 am - 8 pm.

Our subscription databases will not be accessible on November 1

Internet access will not be affected and you will be able to reserve computer time as usual. 

Patrons will be able to check in, check out, and renew materials at any check-out desk if they have their library card

We will not be able to look up library accounts by name or birthday. 

Checkouts and renewals will not be permitted without your library card.
Patrons will not be able to place holds on items, nor will patrons be able to check their account
on the online catalog. 

Reference librarians will be able to assist in finding general locations of materials, but they will not be able to pinpoint an item's whereabouts if it isn't on the shelf. 

The automatic renewal phone line, 955-6987, will be unavailable, and the library will not be sending out hold notices by phone or email November 1st

Thanks for your patience, and check the website for updates.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Crafts for Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)

The Santa Fe Public Library presents crafts for Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebrations on October 30th and November 1st.  Dia de los Muertos is celebrated in Mexico and by Mexican Americans throughout the United States.  The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died.

•Southside Branch Library: Tuesday, October 30th from 3:30 p.m.- 4:30 p.m. 6599 Jaguar Drive, (505) 955-2828

•Oliver La Farge Branch: Thursday, November 1st from 3:30 p.m.- 4:30 p.m. 1730 Llano Street, (505) 955-4863

•The Main Library: Thursday, November 1st from 3:30 p.m.- 4:30 p.m. 145 Washington Avenue, (505) 955-6783

Both the Main Library and Oliver La Farge branches will feature traditional sugar skull decorating and the Southside branch will have a spooky craft activity.  Space is limited and registration is recommended for this FREE event.  All materials are provided.

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

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Southside presents Free Family Animated Movie Matinees

The Southside Branch of the Santa Fe Public Library presents free Family Animated Movie Matinees on three Saturdays: October 27th, November 17th, and December 8th.  Each of these family-orientated movies will begin promptly at 2 p.m.  Free light refreshments will be provided for moviegoers.  Outside food is not allowed in the library.

Children under the age of 10 must be accompanied by an individual 13 years of age or older.

Please call the Southside Branch at (505) 955-2820 for more information including the names of the movies. The Southside Branch is located at 6599 Jaguar Drive.

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

Photo by Evert F. Baumgardner [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Zombies at Southside

Thursday, Oct 25th from 4:30 pm to 5:30 p.m., the Southside Teens will become THE WALKING DEAD. This is a strictly bite-free program!

Instead, the library will be providing the make-up supplies (including fake blood and latex-free fake skin) needed to embrace your inner zombie. Just in case you want to zombie up for Halloween, come and learn the basic how to’s of zombification by way of a make-up sponge.

If you have questions, call the Southside Library (955-2828) for more information.

 Post by AA, Photo from Night of the Living Dead (Romero, Public Domain)

OneClickDigital – New Arrivals

New titles have been released on OneClickDigital!

The most popular new releases:

1. Trickster’s Point by William Kent Krueger
2. Bones are Forever by Kathy Reichs
3. Severe Clear by Stuart Woods
4. Dick Francis’ Bloodline by Felix Francis
5. Live by Night by Dennis Lehane
6. The Tombs by Clive Cussler and Thomas Perry
7. Mad River by John Sandord
8. Rapture by JR Ward
9. Trust Your Eyes by Linwood Barclay
10. The Woman Who Died a Lot by Jasper Fforde
11. Garment of Shadows by Laurie King

Go to OneClickDigital to check out more new titles and start listening today!


Sunday, October 21, 2012

Friday Afternoon Art: Matchbook Shrines!

Friday Afternoon Art*: Matchbook Shrines!

A workshop for ages 5-12.

All crafts are free. Supplies are provided.

October 26, 2:00 pm at Main Library, 145 Washington Ave.

Registration suggested -- call 955-6783 to register.

*This Program runs every Friday (except Nov. 23rd) from October 5th to December 14th. Come on by!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Woof, Woof, Guk, Guk or Ham, Ham?

Librarians on rainy days often find esoteric questions being asked of them. This current reference search all started with someone stating that German dogs say “Bella Bella”. But it turned out that the German word for barking is “bellen.” As the verb gets conjugated, a dog (hund) bellt, or barks. Hmmm, what did Lassie say? And Rin-Tin-Tin? And a tough question, what does Scooby Doo say?

Back to the subject, here are the conventional representations for dogs’ barks from all over the world. My favorite is the Malay, “gong, gong” ("menggonggong" means barking).

From Wikipedia:

Woof is the conventional representation in the English language of the barking of a dog. As with other examples of onomatopoeia or imitative sounds, other cultures "hear" the dog's barks differently and represent them in their own ways. Some of the equivalents of "woof" in other European and Asian languages are as follows:

English - woof, woof; ruff, ruff; arf, arf (large dogs and also the sound of sea lions); yap, yap; yip, yip (small dogs), bow wow

Afrikaans - blaf, blaf; woef, woef; keff, keff (small dogs)
Albanian - ham, ham
Arabic - hau, hau; how how (هو, هو)
Armenian -haf, haf
Basque - au, au; txau, txau (small dogs); zaunk, zaunk (large dogs); jau, jau (old dogs)
Balinese - kong, kong
Belgium- woef, woef; blaf, blaf; waf, waf (large dogs) Keff, keff; Wuff, Wuff (small dogs)
Bengali - gheu, gheu; bhao, bhao
Bulgarian - bau-bau (бау-бау); jaff, jaff (джаф-джаф)
Burmese - woke, woke
Catalan - bau, bau; bub, bub
Chinese, Cantonese - wong, wong (汪汪)
Chinese, Mandarin - wang, wang (汪汪)
Croatian - vau, vau
Czech - haf, haf; štěk (the bark itself)
Danish - vov, vuf
Dutch - blaf, blaf; kef, kef; waf, waf; woef, woef
Esperanto - boj, boj
Estonian - auh, auh
Finnish - hau, hau; vuh, vuh; rauf, rauf
French - waouh, waouh; ouah, ouah; ouaf, ouaf; vaf, vaf; wouf, wouf; wouaf, wouaf; jappe jappe
German - wuff, wuff; wau, wau;
Greek - ghav, ghav (γαβ, γαβ)
Hebrew - hav, hav; hau, hau
Hindi - bow, bow
Hungarian - vau, vau
Icelandic - voff, voff
Indonesian - guk, guk
Irish - amh, amh
Italian - bau, bau
Japanese - wan-wan (ワンワン); kyan-kyan (キャンキャン)[5]
Korean - meong, meong (멍멍, pronounced [mʌŋmʌŋ])
kurdi - hau hau (حەو حەو)
Latvian - vau, vau
Lithuanian - au, au
Macedonian - av, av
Malay - gong, gong ("menggonggong" means barking)
Marathi - bhu, bhu; bho, bho
Norwegian - voff, voff or boff
Persian - vogh, vogh
Polish - hau, hau
Portuguese - au, au; ão-ão (nasal diphthong); béu-béu (toddler language); cain-cain (whining)
Romanian - ham, ham; hau, hau
Russian - gav, gav (гав-гав); tyav, tyav (тяв-тяв, small dogs)
Serbian - av, av
Sinhala - බුඃ බුඃ buh, buh
Slovak - haf, haf; hau, hau
Slovene - hov, hov
Spanish - guau-guau; gua, gua; jau, jau
Swedish - voff, voff; vov, vov; bjäbb, bjäbb
Tagalog - aw, aw; baw, baw
Tamil - வள் வள் - wal wal;லொள் லொள் - lol lol ;வௌ வௌ - wow wow
Thai - โฮ่ง โฮ่ง (pronounced [hôŋhôŋ]); บ๊อก บ๊อก (pronounced [bɔ́kbɔ́k])
Turkish - hev hev; hav, hav
Ukrainian - гав, гав (hau, hau); дзяв, дзяв (dzyau, dzyau)
Urdu - bow bow
Vietnamese - gâu gâu; ẳng ẳng
Welsh - wff, wff

Photo by Tkorting (Template:My camera) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Post by PCH and MGB/ Main Library

Science After School at the Library

Science made fun! This program is for children who like to explore the world around them. Work on exciting craft projects and experiments that demonstrate scientific concepts. This after school program is for children ages 5-12. Call your library and reserve a place in class now. All classes start at 3:30p.m. Registration is required.

Please call your local library to register or for more information:
Main Library, 145 Washington Avenue, (505) 955-6783
Oliver La Farge Branch, 1730 Llano Street, (505) 955-4863
Southside Branch, 6599 Jaguar Drive, (505) 955-2828

Coordinated by Nancy Costello, “The programs will include projects featuring microscopes and looking at the world in different ways, as well as projects using wind, sun, sound, and color.”

Fourth Session
•October 22, 3:30p.m. at the Oliver La Farge Branch Library
•October 23, 3:30p.m. at the Southside Branch Library
•October 24, 3:30p.m. at the Main Branch Library

Sponsored by the Los Alamos National Laboratories Foundation and The Friends of the Library.

Photo by Dr. Timo Mappes, Mappes (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

October is Adopt a Shelter Animal Month

The Santa Fe Public Library’s Main Branch is teaming up with the Santa Fe Humane Society to help shelter animals in need. If you would like to take home an animal in need, you can adopt a shelter animal and receive 50% off the adoption fee through the end of October. Don’t need an extra animal but want to help? Below is a list of items that the Santa Fe Humane Shelter is always in need of.

You can purchase the items and deliver them to the Humane Society, 100 Caja Del Rio Road, or to the Main Library now until Wednesday, October 31st:
Monday – Thursday 10am – 8pm
Friday and Saturday 10am – 6pm
Sundays 1pm – 5pm

Needed Supplies

Kennel Supplies:
• Kitty Litter (non-clumping)
• Cat toys
• Dog toys
• Pet Carriers/Kennel-Aires
• Large Stainless Steel Food Bowls
• Small stainless steel Food bowls
• Non-plush dog toys suitable for sanitizing
• Feline Platform Beds
• Collapsible dog kennels
• Blankets (in great condition)
• Towels (in great condition)

Mobile Spay/Neuter Supplies:
• Dog collars (small and medium only)
• Dog harnesses (small and medium only)
• Leashes (any length)

Miscellaneous Needs:
• Batteries (D, AAA, 9 volt)

• Purina Dog Chow
• Purina Puppy Chow
• Purina Cat Chow
• Purina Kitten Chow
• Canned (loaf-style) cat food
• Rabbit/hamster food
• Heavy duty hand-held can openers
*Please note: we can always use higher-end food for our animals, especially our cats. Their stomachs tend to be the most sensitive. While we do appreciate donations of the above foods, premium brands are often better for use with our cats.

Office Supplies:
• Ink Pens
• Plain White Copier Paper
• Colored Copier Paper
• Postage Stamps
• Scotch Tape

Cleaning Supplies:
• Scotch Scrub Pads
• Windex


Things Are Starting To Get Spooky In The Library!

Things are getting spooky in the Children’s Room at Main! What are your plans for Halloween? Come on by any of the Library branches and stock up on scary books!

And don’t forget our Day of the Dead craft workshops:
October 30, 3:30-4:30 at Southside
November 1, 3:30-4:30 at La Farge
November 1, 3:30-4:30 at Main

La Farge and Main branch will do traditional painted sugar skulls for their craft.

Post by AA, photos by SR

Assistance Dogs of the West

Please join these four-legged companions in the Santa Fe Public Library this Friday and Saturday! Learn how trained assistance dogs are making a difference for conservation and people with disabilities and then have a chance to see the dogs before a question and answer session. Come meet these special dogs and discover the critical ways they are helping in New Mexico.
  • Friday, October 19th at 4:00 p.m. at the Oliver La Farge Branch Library, 1730 Llano Street.       (505) 955-4863.
  • Saturday, October 20th at 10:30 a.m. at the Southside Branch Library, 6599 Jaguar Drive.   (505) 955-2828
  • and again on Saturday, October 20th at 2:00 p.m. at the Main Library, 145 Washington Avenue. (505) 955-6783
This free program is sponsored by the Friends of the Santa Fe Public Library.

Please visit for more information on this great organization.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Create pop-up cards!

Do you want to make a frog talk or a wolf growl?  Come to your local branch Library next week and make your own pop-up card.  Easy and fun for 5 to 12 year olds, all materials are provided and the craft is free. 

Monday, October 15 
 Oliver La Farge Branch Library,
1730 Llano Street
Tuesday, October 16
 Southside Branch Library,
 6599 Jaguar Drive
Wednesday, October 17
Main Library,
 145 Washington Avenue
         3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. 

 Register at your local library.. Sponsored by The Friends of the Santa Fe Public Library.


Thursday, October 11, 2012

400 Years, 400 Questions

 Photo by AA

The Santa Fe Public Library presents “Trivia vs. History: 400 Years, 400 Questions" on Wednesday, October 17 at 6:30 p.m. at the La Farge Branch Library, 1730 Llano Street. Elizabeth West, author of the City of Santa Fe’s 400th Celebration book, “Santa Fe: 400 Years, 400 Questions” will discuss how she created the 400 questions and researched the answers. Joining Ms. West will be Patricia Hodapp, Director of Libraries for Santa Fe.

“I did not want to write a dull history of Santa Fe, because Santa Fe is the City Different and has so many interesting tales to tell,” Ms. West stated. Many illustrations are included in the book. Questions include number 1 “What does Santa Fe mean?” to number 400, “The debate about the settlement and founding of Santa Fe is ongoing: what is the range of years around which the debate occurs?”

Favorite questions include, “What is the difference between a farolito and a luminario?” What grocery store has served Santa Fe since the 1890’s?” What were the three earliest railroads that served Santa Fe?”

Just like the game Trivial Pursuit, the book provides the answers.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Friends of the Library Booksale at the Main Library this Weekend

Purchase specially priced and gift quality books at the Friends of the Santa Fe Public Library Booksale happening on Saturday, October 13 and Sunday, October 14 at the Main Library, 145 Washington Avenue. Hundreds of donated books will be available.

On Saturday, the 13th, Members hours from 10 a.m. - noon and open to the public from noon - 4 p.m. Memberships may be purchased at the door.

On Sunday, the 14th, open to the public from 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Fill a bag (the bags will be provided) on Sunday for $3.00. Cash and checks only please.

All funds are used to purchase new books for the library.

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Wrap Up on Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week may have end Saturday, but that doesn’t mean that you still can’t pick up a banned book and start reading. Banned Books Week promotes the freedom for all to read what they chose without being censored. Here is a list of several staff member’s favorite banned books, and the reasoning behind the controversy.

And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson
Book portrays same-sex marriage

As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
Contains offensive and obscene passages referring to abortion and uses God’s name in vain; contains profanity; has a segment on masturbation

Beloved by Toni Morrison
Too violent; inappropriate language; sexual material; inappropriate topics such as: bestiality, racism and sex

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Shows contempt for religion, marriage, and family; adult themes of sexuality, drugs, and suicide; book makes promiscuous sex “look like fun”

Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
Contains profanity, violence and contains a rape scene

Promotes Islam

Promotes Christianity

In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak
Contains a nude child

Justine, Philosophy in the Bedroom, and Other Writings by Marquis de Sade
Contains sex, homosexuality, and adultery

A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein
Promotes disrespect towards parents, horror, and violence

Little Red Riding Hood by Jacob Grimm
Red takes wine to her grandmother; violence

Lolita by Vladaimir Nobokov
Addresses themes of pedophilia and incest; unsuitable for minors

Age inappropriate since it contains the definition of “oral sex”

Too scary and inappropriate for children

What’s your favorite banned book?

Source: ALA
TLS @ Main

Friday, October 05, 2012

Autumn Is Upon Us!

Autumn officially arrived two weeks ago, but you’d never know it from the weather we’re having.  Still, some of the trees know better and are starting to wrap up in their fall finery.  Here’s to roasting chile, Balloon Fiesta, aspens turning, the Film Festival, Día de los Muertos, and everything else autumn in Santa Fe has to offer!

Post and photos by AA

Thursday, October 04, 2012

Columbus Day Library Closures

All branches of the Santa Fe Public Library will be closed on Monday, October 8 in observance of     Columbus Day.

All libraries will be open regular hours, 10 am - 6 pm, on Saturday, October 6.

Main Library will be open regular hours, 1-5 pm, on Sunday, October 7.

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Voter Registration Deadline in 1 Week!

This is just a friendly reminder that the deadline for registering within Santa Fe County to vote in the coming election is Tuesday, October 9th at 5:00 pm. You will not be able to cast your vote on Tuesday, November 6th if you do not register by that time.  The Santa Fe County Clerk's Office (located at 102 Grant Avenue) has put together a wealth of election information at: There is also a handy list of frequently asked questions at:  We have voter registration forms available at your nearest library, if you happen to be in the neighborhood.

Your vote is your voice, let it be heard!

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(Photo by Tvabutzku1234 (Own work) [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons)

Celebrate the Freedom to Read

September 30 through October 6 is the 30th anniversary of Banned Books Week. In 1982, Banned Books Week was launched due to the sudden increase in the number of challenged books in schools, bookstores, and libraries. Banned Books Week promotes intellectual freedom and the right to read.

If a book is "challenged" this means that there is "an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group". A "ban" removes those materials.

Since 1982, over 11,300 books have been challenged. According to the American Library Association, 2011 saw 326 challenges reported to the Office of Intellectual freedom. Many challenges go unreported each year.

10 Most Challenged Books in 2011

1. ttyl; ttfn; l8r, g8r (series), by Lauren Myracle
Reasons: offensive language; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group

2. The Color of Earth (series), by Kim Dong Hwa
Reasons: nudity; sex education; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group

3. The Hunger Games Trilogy, by Suzanne Collins
Reasons: anti-ethnic; anti-family; insensitivity; offensive language; occult/satanic; violence

Reasons: nudity; sex education; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group

5. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
Reasons: offensive language; racism; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group

6. Alice (series), by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Reasons: nudity; offensive language; religious viewpoint

7. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
Reasons: insensitivity; nudity; racism; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit

8. What My Mother Doesn't Know, by Sonya Sones
Reasons: nudity; offensive language; sexually explicit

9. Gossip Girl (series), by Cecily Von Ziegesar
Reasons: drugs; offensive language; sexually explicit

10. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
Reasons: offensive language; racism


TLS @ Main