Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween!!!

Read about the history and traditions of Halloween at the Library of Congress' American Folklife Center:

(Halloween costume at a deaf social club, photo by Stephanie A. Hall)

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Family Bedtime Stories, Wed. Nov. 6 at 6:30 p.m., Oliver La Farge Branch

The Oliver La Farge Branch, 1730 Llano Street, offers a series of Family Bedtime Stories. Join us on the first Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. when Children's Librarian, Walter Cook, will select and conduct story times.

Cook has been a Children's Librarian for over ten years. Telling stories to families is one of my favorite things about being a Children's Librarian. Not only am I sharing great stories, I see families together listening and creating their own memories, says Cook.

Children and their families are invited to participate in fun stories and hands-on activities. This is a great opportunity to make literature come alive for the whole family, as well as build memories and stimulate family conversations.

For more information please call (505) 955-4867.
This free program is sponsored by the Friends of the Santa Fe Public Library.

Improving Area Quality of Life in Southwest Santa Fe

Two-Day Kick-off Event | November 1-2, 2013 | Zona del Sol Community Center

The public is invited to a two-day kick-off event that seeks to create a broad community conversation and ongoing work to improve quality of life in southwest Santa Fe. Events will be held at the Zona del Sol Community Center at 6601 Jaguar Drive, across from the Southside Library on November 1-2, 2013.

What: Community Conversation on Improving the Quality of Life in SW Santa Fe

When: Friday, November 1, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
             Saturday, November 2, 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Friday, November 1st will feature a series of panels and community discussions focused on improving quality of life in Southwest Santa Fe.

Saturday, November 2nd will be a Community Fiesta starting with a free breakfast and listening session at 9:30 a.m. which will be followed by information tables and fun free activities for the whole family. Activities include a mariachi band, Zumba class, cooking demonstrations and more.

Where: Zona del Sol Community Center
6601 Jaguar Drive, across from the Southside Library
Santa Fe, NM

Topics covered will include:
·         Immigration: Pasado, Presente & Futuro
·         Health Care and Healthy communities
·         Education: Child and Teen Wellbeing
·         Economy, jobs and business
·         Transportation, Housing and Infrastructure
·         Access to Healthy Foods
·         Juvenile Justice and Youth series
·         Role of Faith Community and Non profits

Participants will have an opportunity to learn about options under the Affordable Health Care Act and sign up for health care plans. The city will be giving away recycling bins to city residential customers and reusable grocery bags. Voter registration will be available. Numerous community service organizations will be on hand to provide information about the services they offer and other services available to the community.

"Access to quality public education, healthcare, good jobs, better nutrition and a safer Southside community can no longer be met with hurdles or delays. We need a new definition to what constitutes ‘care’ and this must include full access to these basic rights--as well as our best effort to provide timely and responsive action for the best outcome. Our Southside citizens deserve nothing less," said City Councilor Carmichael Dominguez.

"I'm proud to join this collaborative effort to address the needs of working families and find homegrown solutions that strengthen and empower our local communities. Utilizing models that have been successful in other underserved areas in New Mexico, this initiative will bring together government leaders, non-profits, businesses, and faith-based organizations to help improve the quality of life throughout Santa Fe," said U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich.

“When the community comes together as friends and neighbors to find innovative solutions to the challenges that face our families, there is no limit to what we can achieve. I look forward to the engaging discussions that this important event will foster and the ideas that will be put forth to address the key issues that impact families every day in an effort to build a stronger community in Santa Fe,” said U.S. Congressman Ben Ray Luján.

The event is sponsored by:

City Councilor Carmichael Dominguez, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich’s office, U.S. Congressman Ben Ray Lujan’s office, Santa Fe Community Foundation, New Mexico Health Equity Partnership, La Familia Medical Center, The Interfaith Leadership Alliance, Somos Un Pueblo Unido, Health Action New Mexico, SFPS Superintendent Joel Boyd, Santa Fe Community College, Envision Santa Fe, Santa Fe Prevention Alliance, United Church of Santa Fe , The Food Depot, City of Santa Fe Children and Youth Commission, Santa Fe County Community Services Department, Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center and Chainbreaker Collective.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

National Cat Day!

As Librarians, we are stereotypically fond of cats here at the Santa Fe Public Library and pleased to discover that today is National Cat Day! Spoil your furry feline friends with affection today to let them know just how much you appreciate their company!

(Photo credit:

Friday Afternoon Art: Papermaking, Friday, November 1, 2-4 p.m. at Main

Monday, October 28, 2013

SFPL Presents: The Wildlife Center, Nov. 8-9

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Free Business Seminars for Santa Fe Businesses

The City of Santa Fe Business Ombudsman’s Office in partnership with the Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE), are announcing their free Business Education Series of Workshops and Seminars to Santa Fe businesses. Starting November 2, 2013, the Fall Series will consist of three interactive workshops and one seminar. The workshops and seminars are designed to enhance the skills of business owners and entrepreneurs and are developed to provide key resources for Santa Fe businesses.

“We’re proud to partner with SCORE to offer these resources to help Santa Fe’s economy grow and prosper one business at a time,” said Fabian Trujillo, Economic Development Division Director.

The workshops and seminars will give business owners free access to expert consultants in each subject. Registration is required and there is limited space, and participation is first come first serve. Workshops are limited to 15 attendees and seminars to 40 so space is limited. All workshops and seminars are free and will be held at the Santa Fe Business Incubator located at 3900 Paseo del Sol. For more information visit the website at

Register by phone: 505-424-1140 (option 1) or by

These workshops and seminars provide information on key business resources and skills that are critical to the success of small businesses. Below is the schedule:


  • Practical Accounting and Budgeting - Saturday, November 2, 9 a.m. - noon.
Presenter: Maryanne Mowen. Don't let numbers get you down! This workshop will help business owners determine how best to keep track of, record, and use financial information. A flexible system that can be used for budgeting and decision making will be explained. Basic budgeting will be presented and tailored to your business needs.

  • Intermediate Quickbooks - Saturday, November 9, 9 a.m. – noon.
Presenter: Suzanne Atkinson.  This is a hands-on, interactive workshop featuring expert presenter Suzanne Atkinson. It is designed for business owners/finance officers who are currently using Quickbooks. The workshop is ideal for those who are ready to move beyond just using the register to the specifics of invoicing, entering bills, and creating more sophisticated reports. Participants who want to bring their own Quickbooks files on a laptop to get specific advice are welcome to do so. Participants who wish to email the presenter with their questions in advance are encouraged to do that.
  • Pitching Your Ideas To Grow Your Business - Saturday, November 16, 9 a.m. – noon.
Presenter: Stephanie Palmer and Ben Taxy. In Hollywood, the writers and producers at the top routinely pitch and sell multi-million dollar ideas that are invisible, intangible, and unquantifiable. They do it in a seemingly casual and effortless way, though there is a strategy to how they succeed. In this interactive workshop, former MGM studio executive Stephanie Palmer and professional writer Ben Taxy will share these pitching techniques and help you to customize what works in Hollywood for your own business. This workshop is designed for small business owners and entrepreneurs who are looking to find new clients, build their customer base, or secure financing from investors.

  • Understanding Contracts & Legal Structures -  Wednesday, November 6, 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Presenter: Marcia Swain. This seminar presents information on selecting the legal structure (e.g., corporation, limited liability company and the like) most appropriate for organizing your business and describes the process of setting up a company, including regulatory and compliance matters. Information about contracts and contractual issues of importance to all small business owners, including the meaning of legal terminology frequently used in contracts will also be discussed, enabling workshop participants to determine what contracts say and what they mean. Expert presenter Marcia Swain has spent her career in the practice of law as well as mediation and negotiation.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Tierra Contenta Sidewalk Clean Up Event, Sunday, October 27th

Since Southside is closed, please come and help cleanup the neighborhood this Sunday!

The community is invited to participate in a neighborhood, sidewalk clean-up of the Tierra Contenta Subdivision on Sunday, October 27, 2013. The event will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Camino Rojo at Paseo del Sol West and Golden Mesa. Clean-up efforts are in partnership with the “Sidewalk Angels of Tierra Contenta,” a volunteer task force and the City of Santa Fe Parks Division, Environmental Services Division and Keep Santa Fe Beautiful.

“Our mission is to clear sidewalks in the Tierra Contenta neighborhood, provide a way to volunteer, grow the community spirit, and improve the beauty and quality of life in Tierra Contenta,” said Sidewalk Angels Spokesperson, Bridget Wolf.

For additional information or to be a volunteer, contact Bridget at (505) 470-5803 or via email at Visit Sidewalk Angels at or “LIKE” them on Facebook: “Sidewalk Angels of Tierra Contenta.”

2013 City of Santa Fe Common Ground: Art Exhibit and Prize Opening Reception, Friday, October 25th, 5-7 p.m. Winners to Be Announced

The City of Santa Fe Arts Commission will open an exhibit of work by local artists who submitted to the 2013 “Common Ground: Art Exhibit and Prize.” Winners will be announced Friday, October 25th, at a reception from 5-7 p.m. in the City of Santa Fe Arts Commission Community Gallery, 201 W. Marcy Street. The public is invited.

“Common Ground” is a non-juried exhibit that provides an opportunity for local artists to display their artwork and received recognition by the larger community. A panel of judges consisting of Arts Commissioners, artists and community members select three pieces to receive special recognition and honoraria. Best of Show receives a $1,000 honorarium, 2nd $500 and 3rd $250. The Best of Show will also be reproduced on a notecard.

The exhibit will be on display through November 8th. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Most entries exhibited will be available for purchase. 

For more information about Common Ground: Art Exhibit and Prize send an email to or call 505-955-6705.

The Community Gallery promotes, sells and exhibits the work of New Mexico artists and artisans, with the emphasis on Santa Fe, through exhibitions, professional training and community involvement in the arts. Community Gallery programming provides a range of services, exhibitions and activities that engage the public as well as support the efforts of local artists and artisans. For more information about the Community Gallery, visit

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Catch the Last Trout From the Santa Fe River Fishing Bag Limits and Tackle Restrictions Lifted On The Santa Fe River

Beginning Thursday, October 24, anglers will be allowed to catch and keep unlimited numbers of fish from a two-mile stretch of the Santa Fe River as the City of Santa Fe prepares to stop the flow from city reservoirs. The Department of Game and Fish issued the official emergency salvage order, to go into effect at 12:01 a.m. Oct. 24, and remain in effect through 11:59 p.m. Friday, November 1.

The salvage order will affect only the section of river from Paseo de Peralta two miles downstream to Camino Alire.

Tackle regulations also will be suspended during the salvage period for fish to be removed from the Santa Fe River, and appropriate fish salvage methods can be found at the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish website: Anglers ages 12 and older are required to have a valid state fishing license.

The salvage order will allow anglers to remove trout from the Santa Fe River before it runs dry. The Department stocked more than 500 trout in the river this fall to provide angling opportunities during the highly successful Children’s Fishing Derby. People have caught most of those fish, but some may remain, mostly in the stretch of river downstream from the Paseo de Peralta bridge.

For more information about New Mexico fishing regulations and angling opportunities, please visit

Planning For Santa Fe's Food Future

Santa Fe Solid Waste Management Agency Announces Television Recycling and Bicycle Reuse Pilot Programs

Residents and businesses in the City and County of Santa Fe can now safely recycle their televisions during the TV Recycling Pilot Program! The Agency’s electronic waste recycler, Natural Evolutions of Tulsa, Oklahoma, has expanded their take-back program and can now accept televisions for the same fee as other electronic waste.  Natural Evolutions is an “e-Stewards” certified e-waste recycler which means that all e-waste collected by them is processed and recycled in the U.S.  Televisions were previously not accepted for recycling at the BuRRT facility because they contain around 4 pounds of lead in each CRT, which makes them cost prohibitive to recycle.  The recycling fee is 50 cents per 20 pounds.

The Agency is also excited to announce the Bicycle Reuse Pilot Program in partnership with the Chainbreaker Collective, a nonprofit alternative transportation advocacy organization.  Bicycles and bike parts that are brought to BuRRT as scrap metal recycling will now be diverted to the Chainbreaker workshop where volunteers will teach community members in need of bicycles for transportation how to build their own bike.  Chainbreaker will accept any usable bike parts including seats, chains, frames, handlebars, and more unless they are deemed unsafe for reuse.

Tomás Rivera, Executive Director of the Chainbreaker Collective, expresses, “Chainbreaker is excited about this new partnership with the Agency.  Chainbreaker's bicycle recycling program has been in operation for 9 years. During that time, we have distributed nearly 1,500 bikes to people who would have otherwise been unable to afford transportation. That has conserved nearly 2 million gallons of gasoline, saving riders nearly $6 million and preventing almost 30,000 tons of CO2 emissions from entering our air. This partnership will allow Chainbreaker continue to help people get where they need to go while preserving our natural resources and protecting our city's air quality.”

If you have a bike or bike parts you would like to donate directly to Chainbreaker, you can drop it off at their shop on 1515 Fifth Street on Sunday from noon to 4:00 pm or visit for more information.

Residents and businesses can bring their electronic waste and bicycles to the Buckman Road Recycling & Transfer Station (BuRRT) facility 7 days a week from 8:00 am until 4:45 pm except holidays.  Visit for more information.

For more information about these pilot programs please contact Lisa Merrill; Education & Outreach Coordinator; 505.820.0208 x4420;

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Santa Fe Humane Society to Visit Main Library, Saturday, Oct. 26 at 3 p.m.

Friday Afternoon Art: Come Play With Clay, Friday, Oct. 25, 2-4 p.m. at the Main Library

Upcoming Santa Fe National Forest Prescribed Burns

Fall provides good prescribed burning conditions—warm days, cool nights and good ventilation for smoke.  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest plan to use this time to conduct several prescribed fires across the forest over the next few weeks to reduce hazardous fuels, improve wildlife habitat, and reduce overcrowding of vegetation.  The start dates and duration of the burns are subject to change depending on favorable conditions.  Through hand ignition firefighters will burn slash piles and conduct broadcast burns (burning surface fuels in a mosaic pattern).  Smoke may be visible intermittently through the coming weeks.

Name of the prescribed burn:  Borrego Mesa
Start date:  October 23 through November 15.
Location: Espanola Ranger District ,Borrego Mesa area, approximately 2 miles east of Cordova, NM, and 3 miles south of Truchas, NM. 
Total acreage: The goal is to incrementally treat 110 acres
Possible smoke impacts:  Smoke may be visible from Santa Fe, Tesuque, Truchas, Cordova, Penasco and El Rito.   

Name of the prescribed burn:  Mesa Camino
Start date:  October 23
Location: 15 miles NE of Gallina, NM, 8 miles north of the Coyote Ranger Station. 
Total acreage: Approximately 200 acres (100 acres per day)
Possible smoke impacts: Smoke from the burn will be visible from Gallina, Coyote, Youngsville, Regina, Llaves, Canones, Ghost Ranch, Monastery of Christ in the Desert, Abiquiu and possibly Canjilon.  Smoke is expected to settle into lower elevations and in drainages during the evenings, but it should lift by mid-morning. 

Name of the prescribed burn:  Gallina Wildland Urban Interface
Start date:  The week of October 21st or 28th
Location: 8 miles northwest of the community of Coyote and 1 mile south of the community of Gallina, NM. 
Total acreage: 200 acres; 50-100 acres are planned for each day as conditions allow.
Possible smoke impacts: Avoid using Forest Road 76 due to potential smoke impacts.  Smoke may also be visible from Gallina, Coyote, Youngsville, Lindrith, Regina, Llaves, Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu, and possibly Canjilon. 

Name of the prescribed burn:  Chaparral Wildland Urban Interface
Start date:  October 29th through November as weather permits
Location:  Cuba Ranger District, south of Rancho del Chaparral Girl Scout Camp
Total acreage:  190 acres
Possible smoke impacts: Smoke may impact Jemez, Gilman, San Ysidro, and might be visible from Albuquerque, Rio Rancho and Cuba.

Name of the prescribed burn:  La Cueva
Start date:  October 29th
Location:  Pecos Ranger District, 4 miles west of Pecos, NM
Total acreage:  136 acres

Possible smoke impacts:  La Cueva, Glorieta, Canada De Los Alamos, La Joya, Apache Canyon, Pecos/Upper Pecos Canyon, Rowe, Santa Fe and Santa Fe watershed.
Name of the prescribed burn:  Santa Fe Watershed
Start date:  October 29th
Location:  Espanola Ranger District, 2-6 miles east/northeast of Santa Fe, NM
Total acreage:  120 acres
Possible smoke impacts:  Santa Fe, east of Santa Fe, Tesuque, and I-25; and to the East from Glorieta to the Pecos Canyon area.

Prior to actual ignition, fire managers will be considering many factors including:  fuel moisture levels, current and projected weather forecasts, fire personnel resources available, and air quality.  All these factors need to be in alignment in order to carry out a successful prescribed burn treatment.
The Santa Fe National Forest is committed to protecting sensitive areas from smoke to the greatest extent possible.  All prescribed burning is coordinated with NM Air Quality Bureau.  Smoke from prescribed fires is considerably less and of a shorter duration than smoke of wildfires that can burn for weeks and even months at a time.  Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory problems are urged to stay indoors with windows and doors closed when possible.
For more information about these prescribed fires, please call the Santa Fe National Forest at 505-438-5320.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Science After School Program: Session 2 this Week

Do you like science? Do you enjoy doing science experiments? Then these FREE classes are for you! For children ages 6 to 12.

Registration is required and starts two weeks before each session. Please call the library you wish to attend.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Santa Fe Public Library.

Second Session
  • Tuesday, October 22, 3:30pm-4:30pm, Oliver La Farge Branch, 1730 Llano Street, (505) 955-4863
  • Tuesday, October 22, 3:30pm-4:30pm, Southside Branch, 6599 Jaguar Drive, (505) 955-2828
  • Wednesday, October 23, 3:30pm-4:30pm, Main Library, 145 Washington Avenue, (505) 955-6783

Santa Fe Named as one of America's Top Mountain Bike Towns

USA TODAY named Santa Fe as one of America’s top towns for mountain biking. The article says the beautiful views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and its age of 400 years make it a cool place to ride. To read the article and see what other mountain bike towns that were named visit:

City Councilor Patti Bushee who is the Chair of the Bicycle and Trials Advisory Committee said, “I am thrilled to see all our hard work has paid off. Santa Fe is recognized and on the map as having some of the best mountain biking trails in the world.”

The City of Santa Fe has over 50-miles of hiking and mountain biking trails; these also include some shared multi-use trails for equestrians. The city's foothill trails connect to other well-known trails in Santa Fe County, the Santa Fe National Forest and the Nature Conservancy.

For more information, visit the city’s Hiking and Biking Trails page at:

Friday, October 18, 2013

"Celebrating Our City", Tues., Oct. 22, 5 p.m.

You're Invited to:

"Celebrating Our City"
Mayor David Coss's
State of City Address

Join us for a Reception

to salute and show appreciation for city workers.

Reception hosted by:  Progress Now and IATSE Local 480

October 22, 2013, 5:00 p.m.
Santa Fe Community Convention Center
201 West Marcy Street

Music by Manzanares and catered by the Cowgirl



Thursday, October 17, 2013

Reminder: National Alliance on Mental Illness, 'In Our Own Voice', Sat. Oct. 19 at 2 p.m., Oliver La Farge Branch

NAMI Santa Fe, the local organization of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, will offer its next NAMI, 'In Our Own Voice' presentation on Saturday, Oct 19 at 2:00 p.m. at the Oliver La Farge Branch, located at 1730 Llano Street.

National Alliance Mental Illness (NAMI), 'In Our Own Voice' is a unique public education program in which presentations consist of two trained speakers sharing their compelling personal stories of living with mental health challenges and achieving recovery. Audiences range from individuals living with mental health challenges, students of all ages, law enforcement officials and faith community members to veterans and service providers.

While audiences benefit from the inspirational stories of the speakers, presenters increase their confidence and develop leadership skills through helping to inspire and motivate others.

This Program is Sponsored by Santa Fe Public Library.

City Seeks Submissions for the 11th Annual Children’s Water Conservation Poster Contest

Public, Private, Charter and Home-Schooled Students in Grades 1-6 Invited to Submit

Show Us that Saving Water is Always in Season

The City of Santa Fe Water Conservation Office invites all students in grades 1 through 6 to participate in the 11th Annual Children’s Water Conservation Poster Contest. This year’s theme is Saving Water is Always in Season.  Students are encouraged to creatively express one point of view about the importance of saving water year-round. The entry deadline is November 22, 2013.

“Water conservation is a critical issue in Santa Fe and anyone of any age can be part of the solution,” said Laurie Trevizo, City of Santa Fe, Water Conservation Manager. “When we help children understand water as a resource, we get smarter water users,” Trevizo stated.

This year’s theme addresses the impact of seasonal happenings and how less mountain snowpack, earlier or reduced peak spring stream run-off flows, greater summer evaporation loss, drought and extreme weather events all have consequences that impact our water supply sources.

Judging will take place in 2014 and the winners of the poster contest receive prizes and are featured in the 2015 calendar. The Grand Prize winning poster is displayed for a year on the back of a city bus and on the calendar cover.

To obtain poster paper, activities related to the theme and entry forms, please contact the Water Conservation Office at (505) 955-4225. Additional information and directions can be found at

  • All posters must be drawn horizontally (landscape) on 11x14 white poster paper.
  • Students must work individually.
  • Only original artwork will be accepted.
  • Trademarked, copyrighted or reproductions such as popular media games or television characters are not allowed.
  • Depictions of the Earth should be used sparingly.
  • All entry forms must be taped to the back of the poster and include name of student, name of school, contact information, and parent or guardian signature.

Last year’s Grand Prize Winner was Third Grader Tristan Lujan, from La Mariposa Montessori. Here’s photo of her entry:

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Friday Afternoon Art: Dia de los Muertos T-shirts

Sixth Annual Historic Canyon Road Paint Out

Come to Santa Fe and Canyon Road for the 2013 Historic Canyon Road Paint Out.
More than 100 artists will be painting outdoors on Saturday in front of the world-class galleries & sculpture gardens that occupy the century-old adobes on this ancient trail, which today is recognized as one of the top art destinations in the world.

This is a rare opportunity for the art-loving public to mingle with painters, sculptors, weavers, and carvers and to experience art as it comes to life at the hands of both established and emerging artists. Many of the works will be offered for sale.

Paint Out festivities begin on Friday evening when many galleries will host artist receptions, show openings, musical performances, and exhibits. A variety of artistic demonstrations take place during the weekend including bronze casting, painting, sculpting, canvas-making, weaving, and jewelry design. Artists at some locations will be working with children.

A festival parade with marching bands takes place at noon on Saturday and students from the Santa Fe Public Schools Music Education Program will perform in the early afternoon. The parade is sponsored by Furry's Pontiac Buick GMC of Santa Fe.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Councilor Carmichael Dominguez Invites Constituents from District 3 to Walk and Talk With Your Santa Fe City Councilor

Santa Fe City Councilor Carmichael Dominguez will be host a Walk and Talk event this weekend, giving constituents in his district the opportunity to discuss issues that they are concerned about.

“Join me for a little exercise and let’s talk about the issues that concern you in District 3 or the City of Santa Fe,” said City Councilor, Carmichael Dominguez.

The walk will start at 8:00 a.m. and will take place this Saturday:

·         Saturday, October 12, 2013 – Los Hermanos Rodriguez Park: located on La Cieneguita Street, off of Camino Carlos Rey between Cerrillos Road and Agua Fria.

New Mexico Book Association's Richard Harris Memorial Honor, Sunday, October 13

Celebrating the Great Literary City of Santa Fe

The Richard Harris Memorial Honor – free to the public on Sunday, October 13 at 7:00 pm at the First Presbyterian Church at 208 Grant, celebrates individuals and organizations that have made lasting literary contributions to our city.  

There will be music, readings by incredible readers, honor presentations, poetry, and refreshments.

From Barbara Beasley Murphy, New Mexico Book Association:
“Although not called a Celebration of the New Mexico Book Association, that's what this is.  Richard Harris helped create it, the city of Santa Fe encourages our artists who are writers, and the great state of New Mexico flourishes because of the Word Gotten Out.

You will learn about Richard Harris, hear readings from New Mexico authors and honor a few of the people who have created the great literary city of Santa Fe, profoundly affecting our lives.
It is a sign for us of a new era for dedicated writers, editors and publishers and book sellers with literary expressions revealing the heart of being human, its gift, its power and beauty.”

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Paper Cup Mania, Oct. 15-16

Cancer Awareness Events at GCCC

The Genoveva Chavez Center Hosts Breast Cancer Awareness Events
Friday, October 11th 5:00 - 7:15 p.m., Skate for the Cure
Friday, October 25th 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., Zumbathon® Party in Pink

The Genoveva Chavez Community Center (GCCC) is proud to host two Breast Cancer Awareness Charity events during October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Friday, October 11th from 5:00 - 7:15 p.m., Skate for the Cure charity event fundraiser. This ice skating event gives supporters and cancer survivors an opportunity to support the Anita Salas Memorial Foundation. Volunteers will be on hand soliciting donations for and selling baked goods to benefit the Anita Salas Memorial Fund.

The first 100 skaters will be admitted free, compliments of the Santa Fe Skaters Association. After that the admission fee will be $5.50 for members and $6.50 for non-members, including skate rental.

For more information please contact Mandy Edwards at the GCCC, 955-4033

Friday, October 25th from 5:30-7:30 pm: Zumbathon® Party in Pink charity event fundraiser. All proceeds will benefit Zumba® Global Research Grant for Breast Cancer Prevention. Cynthia Coulter and fourteen other Santa Fe Zumba instructors will be leading this exciting dance party. The event also features complimentary refreshments and raffle prizes.  Tickets will be available at the door for $10.00. 

For more information please contact Lisa Gulotta at the GCCC, 955-4009 or Cynthia Coulter at

Ebook Workshop at Southside, Tuesday, October 15, 6:30 p.m.

Did you know that Santa Fe Public Library now has e-books available for loan? Come join us for a free workshop to learn how to start using this exciting service powered by Overdrive, and begin checking out e-books from the Library on your e-reader, smart phone, tablet, or computer. This workshop will teach you how to find e-book titles in our collection, place holds, and demonstrate how to check them out on a variety of different devices. Feel free to bring your e-reader and/or laptop to follow along!
  • Tuesday, October 15, 2013, 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Autumn Book Sale, Oct. 19 and Oct. 20, Southside Branch

Discount Books and Specially-priced Books. Cash or checks only, please.
  • Saturday, October 19 from 10am-4pm
  • Sunday, October 20 from 1pm-3:30pm
Sunday is Bag Day. All you can fit into a bag for only $3! Bags provided.

Become a member of the Friends of the Santa Fe Public Library during the book sale, or online with your credit card or Paypal account at

Basic Computer FAQs Class at Southside, Friday, October 11, 10:30 a.m.

In this open forum, inspired by the many computer-related questions we get at the reference desk, we will attempt to answer your basic or general computer questions. Topics covered depend on what you want to know, but may include email, attaching files, copying and pasting, online job applications, and anything in between. Come prepared to ask us all of your burning computer questions! This course was designed with the beginner in mind.
  • Friday, October 11, 2013, 10:30 a.m.

Saturday, October 05, 2013

World acclaimed speaker Søren Hermansen Addresses City Leaders on Renewable Energy Initiatives

The City Business and Quality of Life Advisory Committee Meeting
October 8, 2013; 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.; Council Chambers

SANTA FE, NM – The City Business and Quality of Life Advisory Committee will hear a presentation from world acclaimed speaker Søren Hermansen who will discuss renewable energy initiatives in Denmark and around the world at its regular monthly meeting on October 8, 2013 11:00 a.m. in City Council Chambers.

“We are so pleased and honored to hear from renowned international renewable energy expert Søren Hermansen who’ll address Santa Fe business leaders on these very important issues,” said Mayor Pro Tem Rebecca Wurzburger.

The City Business and Quality of Life Advisory Committee is responsible for implementing the City of Santa Fe’s economic development initiatives. It consists of twelve members that are appointed by the Mayor; two of the members are City Councilors. The Chair of the Committee is Mayor Pro Tem Rebecca Wurzburger and its Vice-Chair is Councilor Chris Rivera.  The remaining members are representatives from business, labor and economic development.

Who:               Søren Hermansen is the director of Samsoe Energy Academy and the head of the Samsoe renewable energy island project. His mission is to demonstrate that it is possible to create a self-sufficient society based 100% on renewable energy. In 2008, Søren Hermansen was named one of the ‘Heroes of the Environment’ by Time Magazine. In 2009 he was awarded the Gothenborg award – the Nobel prize of the environment. Other Awards include the Energy Globe ’08 and Eurosolar ’02. He is currently an Adjunct Professor at Aalborg Universitet. The Samsoe project is an effort spearheaded by the Danish government to demonstrate the feasibility of sustainability. Starting in 1997, the island of Samsoe (pop. 4,100) managed to cut its carbon footprint by 140% through community involvement, and today exports wind-power to the European mainland. The island’s success as a model for the energy revolution draws thousands of visitors and tourists from around the world, eager to learn how this was accomplished.

What:              The City Business and Quality of Life Advisory Committee Meeting

When:             11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. on October 8, 2013

Where:            City Council Chambers | 200 Lincoln Avenue | Santa Fe, NM