Saturday, November 30, 2013

December 2013 Art Exhibits

• Main Library Tybie Davis Satin Gallery and display cases: “Recent Works — Portraitures, flowers and plein air”: Oil paintings by Elba Pineda Philips

• Oliver La Farge Branch: Holiday display 

• Southside Branch: “A Patterned World”: Oil paintings by Robin Berrie

Monday, November 25, 2013

All Libraries Closed Thursday, Nov. 28 and Friday, Nov. 29

All branches of the Santa Fe Public Library will be closed Thursday, November 28 and Friday, November 29 for the Thanskgiving holiday and President's Day (observed). We will reopen Saturday, November 30 with our regular hours, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.


The Library will be participating in the Santa Fe Alternative Gift Market (AGM) for the third year. The Market will take place in the De Vargas Mall, December 6 through 15th. The Alternative Gift Market will be open regular Mall Holiday hours. A special kick-off and ribbon cutting will be held on Friday, December 6th from 5:00-7:00 pm. Actor Ali McGraw is the honorary chair person and will be present to open the Alternative Gift Market.

Volunteers are needed to staff the Library table to let people know what the Library does to support children and the Books for Babies program. Hours are available each weekend, December 7 and 8 and December 14 and 15, 10:00-5:00—plan to  donate a couple of hours that will really make a difference. This is a great opportunity to bring your children to help other children. To volunteer call 955-6788.

Volunteers and visitors to the market will also be able to enjoy Coffee, hot cider, and holiday-baked goods while considering their donations. On Sunday, December 8, the Santo Nino school’s choir, grades 3-6, will provide a holiday concert. Come get into the holiday mood!

In 2012 the Library received $2,800 from the generous donors attending the Alternative Gift market.

The Market will be open both weekends, December 7 and 8 and December 14-15., including weekday evenings.

The AGM provides people with the opportunity to purchase gifts that provide urgently needed assistance to local and international organizations providing shelter, medical help, food, working to reduce illiteracy and assisting homeless veterans, among other projects.  People can choose from close to 60 different items. The choice literally runs from A to Z.  This popular type of market is held through the US. All donations are tax deductible.

Among those participating in Santa Fe are:
·         The Santa Fe Public Library and Books For Babies, where books can be purchased for newborns and  for the Library to provide books for the thousands of children seeking books to check out. Last year almost 200,000 library children’s books were checked out!  Books are needed to replenish the book collections which provide a wide selection for parents at the libraries.
New mothers are given a book to take home from the hospital through Books For Babies. These two needs are supportive of early literacy efforts.
· La Familia provides free dental care and other health assistance
· Santa Fe’s Interfaith Shelter provides safe shelter 
· Veterans helping veterans works to support homeless veterans
· Esperanza provides housing and help for abused women and their families       
· The Alternative Gifts International is a non-profit which offers dozens of projects that can be supported world wide in the areas of health, education, literacy and humanitarian causes. They provide an alternative for donors to designate charitable gifts through carefully selected agencies around the world.

To  volunteer to support our literacy projects or for more information contact the Library at 505-955-6789.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Last Fall Session of Science After School Program, Nov. 26-27

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.
  • Tuesday, November 26, 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., Oliver La Farge Branch, 1730 Llano Street, (505) 955-4863
  • Tuesday, November 26, 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., Southside Branch, 6599 Jaguar Drive, (505) 955-2828
  • Wednesday, November 27, 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., Main Library, 145 Washington Avenue, (505) 955-6783

Philippines Library Relief

From the ALA:

The Philippines face a long path to recovery in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan--one of the most powerful storms ever recorded. Thousands of people in the central islands of the Philippines have been affected.
The American Library Association is accepting donations from the United States for libraries in the Philippines. The Philippines Library Relief Fund will help to rebuild libraries and archives in the Philippines that were destroyed or damaged by the Typhoon Haiyan on November 8, 2013. Please make tax deductible donations to help rebuild libraries in the Philippines.
Leyte Provincial Library (before)

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Friends of the Santa Fe Public Library Book Sale, Saturday, Nov. 23 & Sunday, Nov. 24 at La Farge

Discount Books, hardcover books for $1, paperback books 3 for $1, VHS Videos and Children's Books. Cash or Checks only.
  • Saturday, November 23 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Sunday, November 24 from 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. is $3 Bag Day

Monday, November 18, 2013

Friday Afternoon Art: Foil Art, Friday, November 22 from 2-4 p.m.

The City of Santa Fe Arts Commission’s Community Gallery Announces “In/Visible Borders: New Mexico Photographers” Exhibit Opening, Friday, November 22, 5-7 p.m.

In Collaboration with The Santa Fe University of Art and Design
Marion Center for Photographic Arts
Curated By Mary Anne Redding

The City of Santa Fe Arts Commission’s Community Gallery announces “In/Visible Borders: New Mexico Photographers” an exhibition in collaboration with the Santa Fe University of Art and Design’s Marion Center for Photographic Arts. This exhibit examines the contemporary New Mexico landscape in terms of the cultural, political and economic realities of the 21st century along the borderlands between the United States and Mexico. The exhibit is curated by Mary Anne Redding, Chair of the Photography Department at the University. A public opening will be held on Friday, November 22, 2013 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Community Gallery, located at 201 West Marcy Street. The opening is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Community Gallery at 505-955-6705.

“This exhibit is an opportunity for the City of Santa Fe Arts Commission to work with an outstanding local curator, Mary Anne Redding, to produce an exhibit that is poignant and visceral,” said, Rod Lambert, Community Gallery Manager. “The issues being addressed by the exhibit bring thoughtful, if sometimes uncomfortable, topics to the public through the beautiful and haunting imagery of a group of leading New Mexico photographers.”

Nineteen photographers have been invited to exhibit images relating to this topic. Participating artists include: Tony Bonanno, Michael Borowski, David Bram, Kirk Gittings, Lauren Greenwald, Mindy Jean-Paul, David Michael Kennedy, Karen Kuehn, Greg MacGregor, Norman Mauskopf, Delilah Montoya, Patrick Nagatani, Teresa Neptune, David Robin, Sharon Stewart, Jamey Stillings, Martin Stupich, Carlan Tapp and Tamara Zibners.

In/Visible Borders investigates the organic and often hidden borderlands that define the state of New Mexico and the southwest,” states Mary Anne Redding, Curator. “The exhibit addresses issues such as the physical border between two countries or states, but also political, economic, race, ethnic and national boundaries.”

In conjunction with the exhibit, there will be a series of free lectures and workshops intended to further explore the topics raised by the exhibit. In partnership with the School of Architecture and Planning of the University of New Mexico, Moises Gonzales will lead a series of weekend workshops in which participants explore their communities.

Lecture:  “Environmental & Community Issues,” by Carlan Tapp
Wednesday, December 4, 2013, 6-8 p.m. in the Community Gallery
Carlan Tapp is a photographer, lecturer and activist of Anglo and Native American descent who will be speaking about his work with various Native American groups and the preservation of their landscape and traditional ways of life.

Workshop I: “Identifying Your Community,” by Moises Gonzales
Saturday, December 7, 2013, 12-4 p.m. in the Community Gallery
Moises Gonzales is an Assistant Professor at the University of New Mexico’s School of Architecture and Planning. This hands-on workshop will engage participants in fun activities that will help them to better understand their environments. Upon leaving the workshop, participants will be encouraged to use their digital cameras and/or cellular phones to record their communities and return for a follow-up review and discussion in Workshop II.

Workshop II: “Reviewing Results,” lead by Moises Gonzales
Saturday, January 11, 2014, 12-4 p.m. in the Community Gallery
Participants from Workshop I will return and share their experiences and images with the group. A selection of images will be chosen for inclusion in a pop-up exhibit to be held in the Lobby Gallery of UNM’s School of Architecture and Planning.

The Community Gallery is located inside the Santa Fe Community Convention Center, 201 West Marcy Street, at the intersection of Sheridan Street. Public parking is available in the Center garage, located off Federal Avenue. The Community Gallery is open Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

SFPL School Age Craft: Duct Tape Craft, Nov. 19-20

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Recycle Santa Fe Art Festival

November 15-17, 2013

Santa Fe Community Convention Center

Friday 5 p.m. - 9 p.m., 7 p.m. Trash Fashion Show ($5 General Admission OR Fashion Show Ticket)

Saturday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Free)

Sunday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Free)

We will be returning to the downtown Santa Fe Community Convention Center (201 W. Marcy Street) for the 15th annual show on November 15-17, 2013.  Come check out one of the hippest, eco-conscious art market and juried art events of its time.
The country’s largest and oldest recycled art market, Recycle Santa Fe Art Festival, is dedicated to showcasing art created from discarded materials.  This exciting weekend-long event kicks off with Friday night’s famous Trash Fashion and Costume Contest, then continues with an inspiring art market, adult and student juried art exhibits, and make and take art activities.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Time Travel the Easy Way...

Ok, so it’s not quite as awesome as an actual time machine, but this month at Southside we’re aiming to help you time travel the low tech way; with a tool I am officially referring to as “Ye Olde Exhibition of Noteworthy and Interesting Works of Historical Fiction”. In other words, we have a new display out for the month, featuring fabulous works of Historical Fiction that are guaranteed to transport you to the past! Come check it out!
What delights await you on this low tech journey? Glad you asked.  Here is a small sample: 
  • For those who love scandal and drama, you’ll find a plethora of fiction written in recent years about one of history’s most infamous lineages, the Tudors. From Hilary Mantel to Philippa Gregory, heads will definitely roll. Or perhaps you like your scandal with an Italian flair? If so, we recommend checking out historical fiction’s new favorite family, the Borgias.
  • If you like the classics, another big trend right now in historical fiction is updates, mash-ups, and sequels to classic works of literature. Lovers of Jane Austen: I’m talking to you.
  • Or perhaps, you (like me) are counting down the days until the return of Downton Abbey (59, sigh…) on January 5th? To make your wait a little less agonizing, we’ve got a tantalizing selection of similar, historical upstairs/downstairs novels, plus some fascinating non-fiction looks into the real world and times of World War 1 era England.
And of course, much more!  It’s a veritable buffet of historical fiction! So, come check out the display, or ask your librarian for some recommendations, and get ready to do the time warp (again)!


Friday Afternoon Art: Printmaking, Friday, November 15, 2-4 p.m. at Main

Friday, November 08, 2013

Veteran's Day

I used to call my two brothers on Veteran’s Day and tell them they were my favorite veterans!

This year Veteran’s Day has an even more special meaning to me. It was my assignment last month to write the obituary for my last remaining brother. In the last year and a half our family lost our two brothers who had served in the military. One was 86 and the other was 88. They were career military Army, both fought in World War II and Korea. The younger brother Brian also fought in Vietnam.

Those are the bare facts. The older brother Lee graduated from high school and immediately joined the Army with friends and relatives. The entered WWII in North Africa, took part in the Italian Campaign taking Rome on June 4, 1944. My brother told of being in the Coliseum after taking Rome when the announcement came that the Channel Invasion had started on June 6; the Allies were landing at Normandy. Two big battles later, Monte Cassino and Anzio, my brother was injured and taken to France to recover. He joined an anti-tank unit and they liberated part of France and went on into Germany. He never forgot that General Patton in a jeep convoy stopped at their anti-tank armored vehicle and congratulated them for their good work in France. His battalion was awarded the French Croix de Guerre by the French Government, for bravery and valor in the Liberation of France.

The younger brother flew a helicopter in Korea and did two tours in Vietnam before returning to his home in Michigan.

 Neither talked much about war experiences.  My nieces and nephews call them heroes, but they would have denied that and just said they were “grunts” like cartoonist Bill Mauldin’s Willie and Joe.

Standing in Fort Custer Military Cemetery in Michigan last weekend, with almost as many flags planted as there were trees, I gave  thanks to all veterans, especially my older brothers, Lee and Brian.


Having a baby and want to find the meaning of names?  The Library has many books to help you

  • 60,001 Best Baby Names
  • Complete Book of Baby Names
  • World’s Coolest Baby Names
  • Complete Book of Hebrew Baby Names
Having just had the opportunity to meet many of my great nieces and nephews recently and enjoy their names which are often creative and not “family” names. Most recent are:

Maddison, Zoe, Isabella, Logan, Lorelie, Owen, Edison and Hayden.  Friends have chosen Ezra, Eziekiel, Arlo, Xavier and Isaiah.

In doing family genealogy, I found names that are “family” names but rarely used today, such as: Thankful, Mercy, Thaddeus, Mehitabel, Festus and Waity.

Our son still thanks me for not naming him Keegan. Hey, it is a distinguished publisher’s name and I am a librarian…but now I agree with him, naming him Jonathan has done him well.


Thursday, November 07, 2013

All Libraries Closed Monday, November 11 for Veteran's Day

All City offices, libraries, municipal court, and recreation centers will be closed on Monday, November 11th. Santa Fe Trails will operate on a Saturday schedule.

Veteran’s Day Parade (Monday, 11/11, 10:30am – 12:00pm): This parade honoring our military veterans will begin at Santa Fe Fire Department Station 1 (200 Murales Road) and wind through town to the Bataan Memorial Building (407 Galisteo Street), where a ceremony will begin at 11:00am to honor those who have served.

Holiday Food

It’s that time of year – the eating season.  It seems to start with Halloween and end around Valentine’s Day.  Perfect.  Start with chocolate and end with chocolate with lots of baked goods in between.  Yes, there is a lot of material out there that can help you stay healthy through the holidays.  And that’s good.  But what about the occasional indulgence (did I mention chocolate?) and those holiday parties you want to give? 

You’ve come to the right place.  The Santa Fe Public Library has a large and varied collection of cookbooks, entertaining guides, and craft books to help you through the holidays.  Cookbooks are found in the Dewey Decimal section under 641.5.  They range from general cookbooks to quick meals to gluten free to foods from different parts of the world to sauces to desserts.  You get the idea, lots and lots of books.  If you are looking for ideas, a quick browse of the section will give you plenty of them.  If you have a specific idea, a friendly reference librarian can assist you with finding just the right book. 

Holiday entertaining books, such as The World of Jewish Entertaining, may be found in the 641.5 section, but some entertaining books are found elsewhere in the collection, depending on the emphasis (e.g., 395.2 for weddings).  Once again, a friendly reference librarian can guide you.  Don’t forget the crafts.  Most of the craft books can be found in the 745.5 section.  Books such as Christmas celebration: Santa Fe traditions: foods & crafts can jump-start your holiday party planning and All new crafts for Thanksgiving can get the kids involved.

So be healthy, but enjoy your holidays.  And don’t forget the chocolate.

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Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Wi-Fi is Working Again at Main

The wireless internet at the Main Library is now functional, so come back and surf to your heart's delight! Thank you for patience while we resolved this issue.

Calligraphy, Handwriting, and a Gift of a Card, Nov. 12-14, Register Today!

November 2013 Art Exhibits

  • Main Library Tybie Davis Satin Gallery: Geometric abstracts-watercolor and acrylics by Joseph Regezi
  • Main Library Display Cases: First it was a Book! and Cookbooks by SFPL Children's Department
  • Oliver La Farge Branch: Abstract Color and Pen and Ink by Celita Castillo and Michael Thompson
  • Southside Branch: Feathers & Leathers - Following the Curtis Trail, Photos of Native American Culture by Marilyn Angel Wynn

Monday, November 04, 2013

Santa Fe Friends Festival of Authors, Thurs. Nov. 7 at Main

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Wi-Fi is Out of Order at Main

The wireless network at the Main Library is currently not working. This could take several days to fix as we may need a new router. The Wi-Fi at La Farge and Southside is still working.

We'll keep you posted on our progress, and in the meantime, the wired public computers are working for anyone who needs to use computers at Main.

We apologize for the inconvenience.