Friday, March 29, 2013

SFPL on History Detectives, Tuesday, April 2

The History Detectives, seen locally on PBS, filmed an episode in the Main Library’s Southwest Room last year. The History Detectives story on Kit Carson and a book that might have belonged to his family will air Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013 8 PM Pacific, 7 PM Central, in Episode 1008 of Season X.  Please check your local station to confirm times and days. 

Here are a couple of links that will keep you connected - the History Detectives web site for more information about this episode and other stories airing this season, and Facebook for up to date information about the airing of this episode.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

City of Santa Fe Issues Request for Proposals $70,000 Available for Selected Projects to Bring in Younger Tourists

The City of Santa Fe’s Convention and Visitors’ Bureau is accepting proposals for Occupancy Tax Advisory Board (OTAB) funding. The deadline for proposal submission is close of business on April 23, 2013. The purpose of the funding is to provide marketing money to support sustainable annual events that bring overnight visitors to Santa Fe and increase tourism.

Local nonprofits are encouraged to apply. The new application form is now available online at, under the link for OTAB Form at the bottom of the homepage.

Some highlights of the program include:
  • A single annual grant program
  • $70,000 dollars will be granted
  • Funds will seed marketing outside of Santa Fe to encourage visits to the community
  • Multi-year funding is available with a tiered match requirement in years 2 or 3
  • The application is in keeping with formats and criteria already in place for New Mexico State grants, which should make proposals among multiple agencies easier for applicants.
  • The application must be submitted by a nonprofit organization
  • For the sake of this application, off-season is defined as periods where historically, the occupancy has fallen below 50%. A 2012 analysis of occupancy is included in the application packet.

In July of 2012, the Santa Fe City Council approved Resolution 2012-70, a resolution directing staff to energize Santa Fe tourism by preparing a process for funding and other assets to establish event attractions that will bring a new generation of traveler to Santa Fe. The resolution required redefining OTAB grant funds to attract a younger tourist to Santa Fe while filling periods of low occupancy in area hotels and motels. Over the period since then, a comprehensive redesign of the program, application and process have been honed culminating in a new application and timeline for proposal consideration. PLEASE NOTE: The deadline to apply has been extended to April 23, 2013.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Free Family Matinee at Southside this Saturday

SFPL will be closed Easter Sunday, March 31

Santa Fe Public Library will be closed Sunday, March 31, for Easter. Normal hours for all branches will resume April 1.

However, the City of Santa Fe is open for business on Good Friday, March 29, 2013 -- including the Library!

Post by AA

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Fine Arts for Children & Teens Spring 2013 Student Exhibit

You're Invited....

Fine Arts for Children & Teens
Spring 2013 Student Exhibit

At the Santa Fe
Southside Branch Public Library
6599 Jaguar Drive

Opening Reception Friday, April 5th, 2013
Free art-making for the whole family!

Come celebrate FACT's young artists! The exhibit will feature over 200 works of art by students in FACT visual arts programs in the city of Santa Fe, including Agua Fria Elementary, Nava Elementary, Salazar Elementary, Sweeney Elementary and FACT's Zona del Sol Community Studio.

Exhibit runs April 2nd-April 30th  
Stop by during regular library hours to view our students' work!

FACT exhibitions are made possible by the generosity of:

Business Development Assistance for Artists Offered By the City of Santa Fe Arts Commission

Santa Fe Creative Tourism, a program of the City of Santa Fe Arts Commission, will be offering a series of artist professional development classes and one-on-one consultations by appointment in the Arts Commission’s Community Gallery located inside the Santa Fe Community Convention Center, 201 W. Marcy St. The Creative Tourism effort was born through Santa Fe's 2005 UNESCO Creative Cities designation and the subsequent International Conference on Creative Tourism, hosted in 2008. Since its inception, Santa Fe Creative Tourism has been building the infrastructure to facilitate and promote awareness of creative tourism in our city via a website,, which links visitors to local arts businesses offering interactive workshops

The classes will take place March 26 through June 4, 2013. Sessions will include how to participate in the Santa Fe Creative Tourism program, increasing web presence, savvy social media usage, and other business development topics, as well as an interactive workshop on pricing artwork. The classes will include a combination of lectures and demonstrations. The consultation appointments are offered to artists, artisans, and craftsmen interested in working with the Creative Tourism program.

Class Schedule:

March 26:        How to Participate in Creative Tourism
April 2:             Basic Websites through Blogging: BlogSpot, WordPress, Blogger, and More
April 9:             Press Releases and Public Relations with Jim Luttjohann and Staci Golar
April 16:           "Pricing Your Work from a Reality-Based Perspective" with Bette Bradbury**
April 23:           Basic Professional Development101 with Rod Lambert
April 30:           Email Marketing with Constant Contact, Vertical Response, Mail Chimp, and Others  
May 7:             Creative Approach to the Business of Marketing Art with Sara Eyestone
May 14:           Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google Plus: Harnessing Social Media
May 21:           Slide Show 2.0: Promoting Your Work with Digital Video using Apple iMovie
June 4:            Slide Show 2.0: Promoting Your Work with Digital Video using Windows Movie Maker

All classes are free and held from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Santa Fe Community Gallery, 201 West Marcy Street (at the intersection of Marcy and Sheridan). RSVP to

**The April 16 class will be two hours in length, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

One-on-One Consultations:

Artists, artisans, and craftsmen who offer workshops and classes for the public within Santa Fe county are invited to sign up for a free consultation on Internet marketing. Consultations on creating websites and blogs as well as using social networks and other Internet marketing strategies are being offered free to small arts-related businesses interested in finding workshop customers through Consultation appointments are available Tuesdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. starting March 26, 2013, at the Community Gallery.  Appointments can be made by contacting Chris Nierman at  or 505-913-7266.

The City’s marketing of Creative Tourism is centered on the website Listings are free to local art businesses that offer a hands-on workshop, class, or experience. Those wishing to place a listing should visit the site and see the tab titled “Get Listed.” The website is actively marketed through a blog, newsletter, and other websites.  

The City of Santa Fe Arts Commission is continuing to work with artists and arts businesses to further develop the organization and promotion of workshops that allow visitors to experience Santa Fe in a hands-on fashion. Partnerships and collaborations with the hospitality industry and other entities are welcomed, such as artist residencies and shared promotional opportunities. This initiative was created as a result of the city of Santa Fe’s 2005 appointment to the UNESCO Creative Cities Network and builds upon the successful 2008 International Conference on Creative Tourism held in Santa Fe.

The City of Santa Fe Arts Commission (SFAC), an agency within the municipal government of the City of Santa Fe, provides leadership by and for City government in supporting arts and cultural affairs. The SFAC also recommends programs and policies that develop, sustain and promote artistic excellence in the community. For more information contact SFAC at (505) 955-6707, email or fax (505) 955-6671.

Save the Date: Genoveva Chavez Community Center Celebrates Earth Day

The Genoveva Chavez Community Center announces that it will host an Earth Day event on Saturday, April 20, 2013 with tree seedling giveaways, family activities, dancing and more! The event is free and will feature a variety of entertaining and educational activities for all ages. The Recreation Division has partnered with Keep Santa Fe Beautiful and The Santa Fe Solid Waste Management Agency to sponsor this event.

Details will be posted on our website when the event schedule has been finalized.

The Genoveva Chavez Community Center is located at 3221 Rodeo Rd, Santa Fe NM.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Reminder: Spring Book Sale is at Southside this Weekend

Discount books & specially-priced books. Open to the public both days, no members-only hours. Cash or checks only please. The Southside Branch Library is located at 6599 Jaguar Drive.
  • Saturday, March 23 from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 24 from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., Bag Day (Fill a bag for $3.00. Bags provided.)

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Blind Date with a Book at Southside!

Blind Date with a Book Display

Looking to fall in love with a new book this spring?  Southside Library is ready to help!  Check out our new and exciting Blind Date with a Book Display; you might just luck out and find your dream book.

Here’s how it works: We have a group of specially selected (for their awesomeness) eligible books, ready and waiting for you to check out.  Most are adult fiction, but there are also a few non-fiction titles and young adult titles thrown in there, just to spice things up. 

The catch is that you don’t get find out the identity of your book until after you check it out and take it home with you, because we have cleverly concealed everything except for a brief personal ad describing these fabulous, eligible books. You simply select whatever description strikes your fancy, check it out (no peeking), and hopefully discover a new favorite book!

We don’t think you can go wrong with any of our selections, so feel free to go on as many blind dates as you want. Happy reading!

Post by MM/Southside

Reminder: Pysanky workshop is this Friday at Main

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Reminder: Santa Fe Poets 1 is this Sunday, March 24

Who:           City of Santa Fe Arts Commission

What:           Poet Laureate Jon Davis will host “Santa Fe Poets 1,” five local poets reading with the Laureate   

When:          Sunday, March 24, from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m

Where:         The Performance Space at La Tienda 7 Caliente Road in Eldorado

Information:  For more information, call Jon Davis at 424.2365 or email him at

“Santa Fe Poets 1” is the first of six readings that will take place over the next 15 months at various venues in and around Santa Fe. Davis will read from a new manuscript and from his most recent book, Preliminary Report, published by Copper Canyon Press in 2010. In addition to being Santa Fe’s fourth poet laureate, Davis is director of the new Low Residency MFA Program at the Institute of American Indian Arts, where he has taught for 22 years.

The other readers will be Dana Levin, who teaches at Santa Fe University of Art & Design and is the author of three books, including “Sky Burial” (Copper Canyon Press, 2011); Gabe Gomez, author of “The Outer Bands” (U. of Notre Dame Press, 2006) and “Seed Bank” (Mouthfeel Books, 2012); Ungelbah Daniel Davila, author of the chapbook “Outlaw Neon”, which is forthcoming in Effigies II from Salt Press; and Deborah Casillas, whose poems have appeared in Ontario Review, Crab Orchard Review, Prairie Schooner, and North American Review.

Suggested donation of $2 to support The Performance Space at La Tienda, 7 Caliente Road in Eldorado, but no one will be turned away.

Established in 2005, the Poet Laureate program actively promotes poetry and the spoken word as integral parts of our civic life.

Monday, March 18, 2013

City Needs Volunteers for Bike-to-Work Week, May 13-17

In other bicycle news, the City of Santa Fe needs your help! The public is invited to help plan, support and participate in the City’s annual Bike-to-Work Week on May 13 to 17. The first planning meeting will be held on Monday March 18, at 5:15 p.m. in the City Councilors’ Conference Room at City Hall, 200 Lincoln Avenue.

Bike-to-Work Week is intended to get people out of their cars and onto their bicycles and features bike workshops, tune-up stations, and giveaways, with the week culminating in a gathering on May 17, 2013 at the Santa Fe Railyard. Last year’s Bike-to-Work Week events attracted many Santa Fe area commuters, families, and businesses with many people participating.
For more information please contact Laneia Gonzales:  or 505-955-2507. 

Bike Santa Fe's Third Annual Bike Swap

Sorry, we had last year's info previously, this year's info below:

Saturday, March 30 • 10:00am - 1:00pmat the Saint Michael's Village West Shopping Center
Bike Santa Fe is pleased to announce our 3rd Annual Bike Swap! Buy/sell new & used discounted bicycles, bike clothes and accessories! Get great deals and get your ride ready for Spring!
$2 admission for the public to shop the swap. (Free for kids under 12)
All proceeds benefit Bike Santa Fe and local bicycle advocacy efforts. For more details contact:

Seller information: Come set up you table at 9am the morning of the swap. We will provide a space and a table, but you must sell your own gear. OR You can drop off items to be sold at a community table run by Bike Santa Fe volunteers. We will sell your items and collect 25% of the proceeds. Any unsold items will be available for pick-up. Items not picked up will be donated to the Chainbreaker Collective.
Individual Seller fee: $5 or 5% or total sales (whichever is greater.)
Club/Bike Shop fee: $20 or 5% of total sales (whichever is greater.)
Community Table: 25% of sale

Friday, March 15, 2013


The Media department of the Main Library, 145 Washington Avenue, will open at noon weekdays beginning Thursday, March 21, 2013 (Mon. - Thurs.., 12 p.m. - 8 p.m.; Friday 12 p.m. - 6 p.m.).  The Media department will be open regular hours Saturday (10 a.m. - 6 p.m.) and Sunday (1 p.m. - 5 p.m.).
The Library plans to resume a regular schedule for the Media department on June 1.  

Pysanky: a Workshop for Families, Friday, March 22 at Main

SFPL Library Director Pat Hodapp's Favorite New Mexican Authors

 I was asked to put together a list of 10 NM authors (I cheated, there are 11 here) for a local website.  I did not want to include all of the usual suspects, not that they are not deserving of being on the list, but anyone can make a list with Cormac McCarthy, Michael McGarrity, Jamie McGrath Morris and Hampton Sides, just to name a few of our stellar authors.

Here is my eclectic list…in no particular order!

Ricardo Cate— Without Reservations. Cartoonist Cate has a wicked sense of himself, Indians and everyday happenings. A daily cartoonist for the New Mexican, most of us turn to the comics the minute one gets the paper in one’s hands in the morning. Yes, even before coffee.

Judith Van Giesen—The Stolen Blue. Great mystery set in New Mexico with Claire Revnier on the job solving the mystery.

Sallie Bingham—Mending: new and selected stories.  Always makes you want to read more of her books.

John Nichols—The Milagro Bean Field War. This classic tale of conflict between developers and the farmers in northern New Mexico will make you laugh out loud. And cry for the truth it tells.

Angelo Jaramillo—The Darker: Tales of the City Different.  A coming of age book with dark overtones set in Santa Fe. You cheer for Angelo to survive.

Tony Hillerman—The Blessing Way. Ah, Leaphorn and Chee start on their adventures in Dine country.

Anne Hillerman—Tony Hillerman’s Landscape.  Don Strell’s photographs and Anne Hillerman’s text with quotes from her father Tony, lets you visit all of the mysteries’ sites where Leaphorn and Chee lived and worked.

Lucy Moore—Into the Canyon: Seven Years in Navajo Country. Lucy moves to a Navajo reservation in 1968 and masters the steep learning curve of living on a reservation and how she can do meaningful work within the Native American culture.

Rudolfo Anaya—Serafina.  This children’s book is charming and works from the old tale of 1001 Nights. Serafina’s stories captivate her captor and we cheer for her. (And of course, he is the author of the iconic Bless Me, Ultima.)

Pat Mora—Dona Flora. (children’s book) The engaging tale of a female Paul Bunyon who lives in New Mexico. The illustrations are perfectly matched to the tall tale.

Joe Hays—The Day it Snowed Tortillas. (children’s book) The consummate story teller, Hayes creates some memorable plots and situations—even adults will laugh out loud.

I have included three children’s books in this list—Mora, Hays and Anaya.  They can be read and enjoyed by adults as well.

Each of these books brings Santa Fe and New Mexico to life—some humorous, some touching and some with characters that will stay with you for a long time. Am not sure all of these would be ones I would take to a desert island, but then maybe I would! 


Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Friends of the SFPL Spring Book Sale, March 23 & 24 at Southside

Discount books & specially-priced books. Open to the public both days, no members-only hours. Cash or checks only please. The Southside Branch Library is located at 6599 Jaguar Drive.
  • Saturday, March 23 from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 24 from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., Bag Day (Fill a bag for $3.00. Bags provided.)

Legendary Locals of Santa Fe

On Sunday, March 17, 2013, the City of Santa Fe will host a book signing for Legendary Locals of Santa Fe by Santa Fe author Ana Pacheco. The event will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Community Room of the Genoveva Chavez Community Center, 3221 Rodeo Road. 

“It’s about people. It’s about time,” said Ana Pacheco about her book. She will be available to sign copies, Mayor David Coss will make brief remarks, and entertainment will be provided by Grupo Zia. The public is invited to this free event.

Legendary Locals of Santa Fe pays tribute to a diverse group of individuals, who through different eras, have contributed to the city’s vitality. Profiles in the book include Allan Houser, Maria Benitez, Fra Angelico Chavez, Stewart L. Udall and many others. The book is part of Arcadia Publishing’s Legendary Locals imprint. Each book delves into the history of some of the unique individuals and groups, past and present that have made a memorable impact on their local community throughout its history.

Author Ana Pacheco is a weekly columnist for the Santa Fe New Mexican, with strong ties in Santa Fe.

For more information please call 505-955-6707.

Monday, March 11, 2013

New Mexican Editorial on SFPL

The Santa Fe New Mexican's editorial on the Libraries:

"The Main Branch and Oliver La Farge, much like the stuffed bear a child keeps close at night, have been loved nearly beyond capacity" ... 

What are your thoughts?

Post by AA

SFPL Now Hiring!

Many  times the Library staff have to take on many and sundry tasks, all in the course of a day.

But this job posting from the City seemed a little too broad:” Apprentice Pipefitter & Library Technician.

Ok, ok someone ran the two jobs together in the headline, but come to think of it there are some jobs that could be tied to library technician:

Library technician and jammed door fixer
Library technician and clean up specialist for little kids
Library technician and gardener
Library technician and photocopier fixer

All in the course of a day. Applications are open on the City’s Website right now:


Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Railyard Stewards

Hooray for the Railyard Stewards! 

Who Are the Stewards?
The Railyard Stewards is a local organization working in partnership with the City of Santa Fe in a unique care, conservation, and education effort to encourage residents to actively participate in our newest and largest city park and adjacent community plaza. The Stewards was originally a program under the nonprofit Trust for Public Land. The Railyard Stewards serve as the community ‘friends of’ group of the Railyard Park + Plaza in Santa Fe.

** There's no better time to volunteer than right now! **

Post by AA

Friday Afternoon Art on the SFR blog!

Friday Afternoon Art and its creator, our own Susan, have been featured on the Santa Fe Reporter blog!
It's Great to Make Mistakes:

March 2013 Art Exhibits

  • Main Library Tybie Davis Satin Gallery: Maharaja's Umbrella by Melissa Lind
  • Main Library Display Cases: Ducks by Kat French
  • Oliver La Farge Branch Library: Women's Suffrage by Tara Bloyd
  • Southside Branch Library: Photography as Fine Art by Lee Manning

Monday, March 04, 2013

This week's Friday Afternoon Art!

Reminder: Kite Craft starts tomorrow, register TODAY!

Come make kites! All crafts are free and supplies are provided. Registration is required to attend each craft program. Please call your library to register.
This free program is sponsored by the Friends of the Santa Fe Public Library.

Friday, March 01, 2013

Sustainable Santa Fe Potluck this Sunday

 Help the Emerging Sustainable Economy...Emerge! 

click here for larger Courtyard Compound image 

  for more info
Localized Energy, Food, Water, and Solid Waste Streams for  Economic Development, Resiliency, and Sustainability
How Do We Create the Triple Bottom-line Jobs for the Emerging Sustainable Economy??
Here's a reminder for this Sunday's Design Session
 Onsite Integrated Energy, Food, Water, and Solid Waste Loops  (March 3) 

Amory Lovins and the Rocky Mountain Institute have been redesigning industrial facilities to increase energy efficiency
 by 90%

Can we, here in Santa Fe, capture similar savings by designing sustainable neighborhoods that integrate and localize energy, water, food, and solid waste streams?? 

Maximize the Localize!

 Join with fellow innovators, producers, designers, architects, engineers, and enthusiasts to see how efficient, elegant, and ingenious we can be!  
Who should be there? 
Please send this invitation to them! 
And Mark Your Calendar for
Floor Plans, Housing Arrangements, Shared Facilities, Themes, and Locations (March 24)
What, When, and Where;
Potluck, bring your utensils and plate-Sunday March 3, March 24 2013, 10:25-2:30 at the Southwest Annex (next to library, follow signs) on SFUAD campus (formerly College of Santa Fe).
Click here for Map

Together we can make Sustainable Neighborhoods real!