Friday, March 31, 2017

Calling All New Mexico Trivia Buffs!

The Friends of the Santa Fe Public Library and the Santa Fe Woman’s Club are looking for teams to compete in its first annual Great Santa Fe Trivia Smackdown!, a fundraiser and friend-raiser for the Santa Fe Public Library and the Santa Fe Woman’s Club.

The event will take place on Sunday, April 23 at 2:00 PM in the theater of the Santa Fe Woman’s Club at 1616 Old Pecos Trail. Teams of four persons each will compete for dazzling prizes in a rollicking on-stage progressive-elimination competition!

Registration has now begun for a limited number of team slots, with applications available online (see below). Applications may also be picked up at the Santa Fe Woman’s Club, the La Farge Branch Library, and each of the two Friends bookstores (located at the Main Library and Southside Branch Library), where they may be left with a cashier, or mailed to the Trivia Smackdown Committee, Friends of the SFPL/SFWC, 145 Washington Avenue, Santa Fe NM 87501. A check for the registration fee of $25 (per team) must accompany the application.

Those with questions are encouraged to contact the Trivia Smackdown Committee by phone (505-955-2839) or email ( A fun-fact sheet is also available which explains the mechanics of the competition and other particulars related to participation.

Registration is encouraged by April 15th, continuing until all slots are filled. Businesses or organizations that want to support this event should contact the Committee, too.
Get your game on!

Artist’s Books on the Road, a presentation by Alicia Bailey, Saturday, April 8 at the Santa Fe Community College

Open to the Public; Free
Sponsored by the Santa Fe Book Arts Group

Saturday, April 8, 2017, 1 pm to 4 pm
Santa Fe Community College Boardroom (Main Building)

Alicia Bailey, owner of Abecedarian Gallery in Denver, started her Artists Books on the Road project in 2014. With crowd-source funding, and permission from many of the dozens of book artists Alicia works with, she packs up a trunk with new and interesting titles from Abecedarian Gallery’s inventory and hits the road. For this presentation Alicia will give a brief overview of the selected books, with the rest of the time spent on an informal Q&A and hands-on perusal of the books on display. More information:

Monday, March 27, 2017

Your Library Catalog just got a makeover!

Like those older homes featured on HGTV, a library catalog can also benefit from an occasional renovation. 
Nothing extreme. Just something that pumps up the overall user experience, keeps everything up to code and adds that visual “curb appeal” – the kind that says “Welcome!” and, “stay awhile…”
NOTE: Our old catalog page, will no longer be maintained.
Visit our new catalog  Please update your bookmarks.

Upgrades include:

·         Browse materials by literally judging them by their cover.
·         Place holds and get to downloadable materials with fewer clicks.
·         Quickly identify where an item is located within the Library system.
·         Easily manage your checked out items and holds on your new streamlined accounts page.
·         Get recommendations based on what you’ve liked in the past.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Society for Applied Anthropology Hosts Special Program for Local Residents at the La Fonda Hotel. March 28 is Santa Fe/New Mexico Day at the annual conference and it’s free to the public.

A highlight is the special workshop – Writing the Southwest: A Conversation with Anne Hillerman, Michael McGarrity, Nasario Garcia, and Jeanne Simonelli (chair).

The day includes a series of lectures and special presentations on New Mexico heritage, archaeology, culinary traditions, climate change, water issues, immigration, and public health.  Don’t miss the historic New Mexico films. These little known short films are a treasure. 

We hope to see you on March 28!