Thursday, May 29, 2014


The Southside puppets love bath day.  They get to hang out on the line afterwards.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Pre-School Story Time Summer Schedule

Summer Reading Program: Diane, the Magicienne, June 6-7

Santa Fe Public Library Closed Monday, May 26

All branches of Santa Fe Public Library will be closed on Monday, May 26th, in honor of Memorial Day. We shall resume regular hours on Tuesday, May 27th.

City Offices, community and recreation centers, the Municipal Court and the Santa Fe Trails bus service will also be closed.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Book Talk by James Bailey Blackshear, Honor and Defiance: A History of the Las Vegas Land Grant in New Mexico

May 24, 2014, 1:00–3:00 PM
Main Library Community Room, 145 Washington Avenue

In 1835, a petition for land far from Santa Fe, New Mexico was awarded to pobladores (settlers) willing to relocate to the eastern edge of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Founded along the Gallinas River, the settlement became the Las Vegas Land Grant. The history of this grant is the history of New Mexico. On this 496,000 acre community grant, beliefs about land and faith were intertwined within a system of shared sacredness. In the 1890s, Anglo-American merchants and cattlemen joined with Hispano elites in the first concerted effort to wrest control of this grant from its original owners and heirs. The heart of this book investigates how a rural nuevo-mexicano (New Mexican) movement on the Las Vegas Land Grant evolved from burning barns and cutting fences to political activism and success at the ballot box. It also examines the history of New Mexico land grants, Hispano mountain culture, the origination of the town footprint, the boom of Territorial Las Vegas, and the cultural diversity that existed within the two distinct towns that emerged when the railroad came to Las Vegas in 1879. Honor and Defiance details the impact of American expansion into a well-established Hispano urban center, and highlights the robust nature of nuevo-mexicano spirit, determination, and ingenuity on the Las Vegas Land Grant. The book also includes photographs of Las Vegas, leaders of the period, and the land the land they fought for.

Author James Bailey Blackshear received his master’s degree in history from Texas A&M and his PhD in history from the University of North Texas. He has won awards for his literary essays, and has been published by the New Mexico Historical Review and the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. He has spoken about the Las Vegas Land Grant at history conferences in both Colorado and Texas.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Main Library Closed Weds. May 21 and Thurs. May 22

The Main Library of the Santa Fe Public Library will be closed on Wednesday, May 21 and Thursday, May 22 to install new carpeting in anticipation of its new Media Department location on the 1st floor of the library. The two day closure is a precautionary measure to avoid exposing our patrons to dust and particulates in the air that will result from removing the old carpeting and to expedite the moving of fixtures and furniture within the library. La Farge and Southside branches will remain open their normal hours both days and Main will reopen on Friday, May 23. We apologize for the inconvenience to our patrons.

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Bag Day Book Sale, Saturday, May 17 at Southside Branch

Bag Day, Saturday, May 17 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Southside Library, 6599 Jaguar Drive. All the books that fit into a provided bag for only $4. Cash or checks only, please. Sponsored by the Friends of the Santa Fe Public Library.

Santa Fe Dulcimer Society, May 17 at La Farge

Thursday, May 01, 2014

May Art at SFPL

  • Main Library Tybie Davis Satin Gallery: Recent Watercolors by Suzanne Schuetz

  • Main Library Display Cases: Reggio Emilia Approach to Early Childhood Education and Summer Reading Program by Santa Fe Public Library's Children's Department

  • Oliver La Farge Branch: Abstract Metal Sculpture by Jeff Smith

  • Southside Branch: Spring into Abstraction acrylic with archival ink by Emily Van Cleve