Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Memorial Day Closing

All locations of the Santa Fe Public Library will be closed on Monday, May 29, in observance of Memorial Day. All libraries will return to their normal hours on Tuesday, May 30.

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Community Conversations on 25-Year Sustainability Plan Draft Begin

The Sustainable Santa Fe Commission, a volunteer citizen advisory commission charged with advising the city’s elected officials on sustainability-related programs, projects and policies, will be conducting community meetings to discuss and garner feedback from the public on the development of the city’s 25-year sustainability plan.

In November 2014, the City of Santa Fe established a goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2040, and as a result, the commission is developing the plan with the primary goals of improving the health and wellness of the community, and achieving carbon neutrality by 2040. Areas of the plan’s focus include energy; transportation; water; climate; food security; natural environment; social equity; and others.

“Improving the lives of everyone in our community goes hand-in-hand with protecting our environment,” said Mayor Javier M. Gonzales. “Our 25-year sustainability plan is designed to serve the entire community, so public participation at the upcoming community meetings is very important, because we want feedback from everyone.”

The community meetings will be held on:
·         Wednesday, May 3, 5:30-7:30pm at Genoveva Chavez Community Center (3221 Rodeo Road)
·         Tuesday, May 9, 5:30-7:30pm at Hotel Santa Fe, Kiva Rooms (1501 Paseo De Peralta)
·         Saturday, May 13, 1:00-3:00pm at Southside Library (6599 Jaguar Drive), co-hosted by EarthCare
·         Saturday, May 20, 2:00-4:00pm at Chainbreaker Community Center (1515 Fifth Street), co-hosted by Chainbreaker Collective
Light food, childcare and bilingual services will be provided at each meeting. All citizens in the city and county are encouraged to attend.

Support for these conversations has been generously provided by the Santa Fe Community Foundation, McCune Charitable Foundation, Green Fire Times, and IATSE Local 480.

To read more about the plan and submit online feedback, please visit

Monday, May 08, 2017

May 2017 Art Displays at SFPL

Stop by and peruse our great art shows that will be on display during the month of May:

Main Library Tybie Satin Davis Gallery: “Michael McGuire and his Watercolor Group” (Watercolor paintings). Reception will be held on Sunday, May 7, 1:30-4:30 p.m. in the 2nd floor gallery.

Main Library Display Cases: Santa Fe Public Library Children’s Department, “Build a Better World, 2017 Summer Reading Program”.

La Farge Branch Library: Artworks: Art by school children.

Southside Branch Library: Eve Genevieve Pilcher, “Wild” (Acrylic paintings).

Monday, May 01, 2017

Southside Branch Library 10th Anniversary Plaza Fair & Summer Reading 2017 Kickoff, Saturday, May 20, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

On May 20, the Southside Library will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a Plaza Fair!  The free Plaza Fair will open at 11:00 a.m. to the music of Mariachis Buenaventura followed by a welcome from Mayor Javier Gonzales and City Councilors.

The event will go from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.  Over 25 non-profits serving the community will have booths at the Plaza Fair! This special day will be celebrated with activities for children, information from local agencies for adults, music, and special guest Randi’s Reptiles will be in the Community Room. Dahlia Cummings will do a special Books & Babies program.  Also performing will be Wise Fool and EMI ARTE Flamenco dancers.  MAKE Santa Fe will be there to join in the creative day!  Sparky the Firedog mascot and a fire truck will be on site.

Other booths will include the Santa Fe Botanical Garden, United Way, Somos Un Pueblo Unido, the New Mexico Museum of Art, Earth Care, 1 Santa Fe, Chainbreaker Collective, Friends of the Santa Fe Public Library, Food Oasis, the Santa Fe Farmers Market, and La Familia. 

Food will be a part of this festival.  Everything in the Plaza Fair will be free! Many of the sponsors will provide special coupons for the attendees!

The generous sponsors of the Plaza Fair include Dairy Queen, Genoveva Chavez Community Center, 1 Santa Fe, the Brindle Foundation, the Friends of the Library, and the Santa Fe Botanical Garden.

The ever popular Summer Reading Program kicks off at the May 20 Plaza Fair. Children will be able to sign up for this year’s Summer Reading Program during the event. This year’s Summer Reading Program theme is “Build a Better World.” The performances presented during the Summer Reading Program will explore that theme using songs, stories, and other methods. The crafts programs will feature building structures using one’s imagination.

Can’t make it to the Kickoff event? Registration for the Summer Reading Program is available at all three Santa Fe Public Libraries through July 15. The Summer Reading Program registration and all events are free. Prizes are given after each week of reading, starting on May 30. Children may enter for the grand prize drawing of a bicycle after the third week of reading. The Grand Prize drawing and other drawings will be held at the end of the Summer Reading Program during parties at all three locations. The program is open to children up to the age of 12.

Special sponsors of the Summer Reading Program include Dairy Queen, the Genoveva Chavez Community Center, Friends of the Santa Fe Public Library, McDonald’s, Applebee’s, Santa Fe Century, and the Santa Fe Botanical Garden.

What do you do when you join the Summer Reading Program? Read books or have them read to you! Attend special performances and participate in arts and crafts activities! It is a great time to explore personal areas of interest, everything from ghosts to the sciences, how-to books, and great stories.

Numerous studies have proven that active participation in summer reading prevents reading loss, not only for the youth reading on their own, it includes the children you read to. Reading loss is cumulative and children who do not read during the summer may be left behind when school starts again.

Participation in the Summer Reading events is available to all families and children whether one joins the program or not. Stop in at the Main Library, La Farge Branch, or the Southside Branch for more information.

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