Thursday, July 27, 2017

La Farge Temporary Closure July 24 – August 7

The book drop near the staff parking area is accessible during the closure.  Items returned in the book drop are retrieved and checked in daily including weekends.
Patrons will be notified by phone or email when their holds come in.

La Farge hold items will be available at Southside Branch, 6599 Jaguar Drive.

La Farge Book drops will not be accessible during closure. Items may be returned to the Main or Southside branches during closure.

Books and Babies program has been rescheduled to be held at the Main Library, 145 Washington Avenue, at its regular day, Wednesday and regular time, 10:30am during the two week closure.
For more information call 955-6781.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Southside Family Movie Matinee: The Jungle Book, August 12, 2:30 p.m.

Jess Checks Y.A. Book Talk: Giant Days Vol. 1

Giant Days

Vol. 1

Created and Written By John Allison

Main Artist – Lissa Treiman

Giant Days dives into the lives of three very unique young women who have become very close since being placed as neighbors during their first years of college. As Freshman year of college usually goes, it is full of fun as well as drama.  Readers will enjoy the eccentric characters the graphic novel follows.

Daisy is a little sheltered but ready to try new things with the guidance and help from her new friends, even though she desperately misses home and her Granny. Esther is edgy and outgoing and without her consent dubbed “third hottest Freshman” by some gross boys at school. Susan is a bold feminist with a hot temper and a sassy fem zine. Join this charming trio as they begin their new lives at University.
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Allison, John. Giant Days Vol.1. Los Angeles, CA. BOOM! Box (December, 2015). Print. ISBN: 978-1608867899. Paperback. $6.46.

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Awards: Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards Nominee for Best Continuing Series & Best Writer (for John Allison) (2016)

GCCC's New Skatepark Grand Opening, July 28th

Friday, July 21, 2017

Jodi Thomas, “A Writer’s Life”, author talk and signing at the Main Library, Monday, August 7 at 6:00 p.m.

The Santa Fe Public Library is pleased to welcome best-selling western romance author Jodi Thomas to the Main Library (145 Washington Ave.) on Monday, August 7 at 6:00 p.m. Jodi will present a talk titled “A Writer’s Life: a window into the working world of a writer” and will be available for book signing afterwards.

With millions of books in print, Jodi Thomas is both a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over 40 novels and 13 short story collections. Her stories travel through the past and present days of Texas and draw readers from around the world.

In July 2006, Jodi was the 11th writer to be inducted into the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame. With five RITA’s to her credit, along with National Readers’ Choice Awards and Booksellers’ Best Awards, Thomas has proven her skill as a master storyteller.

Honored in 2002 as a Distinguished Alumni by Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, Thomas enjoys interacting with students at  West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas, where she currently serves as Writer in Residence.

When not working on a novel or inspiring students to pursue a writing career, Thomas enjoys traveling with her husband, renovating a historic home, and “checking up” on their grown sons and four grandchildren.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Friends of SFPL Fundraiser: An Evening with James McGrath Morris, August 7. Buy your tickets now!

The Friends of the Library are hosting an Evening with James McGrath Morris on August 7. 

Where: Thursday, August 10, 2017, from 5:30-7:30 PM at a private home in Santa Fe.

Details: A Fundraiser Party, Ticket Required, Conversation with the author, wine & beer, heavy hors d’oeuvres. 

Cost: $50 per person ($35 tax deductible), $75 includes a copy of The Ambulance Drivers. 

All proceeds benefit children’s reading programs at the Santa Fe Public Library.

James McGrath Morris has just released his latest biography, The Ambulance Drivers: Hemingway, Dos Passos, and a Friendship Made and Lost in War. The Ambulance Drivers is a story of the turbulent friendship between two of the century’s greatest writers, and an illustration of how war both inspires and destroys, unites and divides.

Morris is a strong advocate for Santa Fe’s Public Library and has taught writing workshops there for teens and for adults.

His other books include Eye on the Struggle: Ethel Payne, The First Lady of the Black Press (2015), which was awarded the Benjamin Hooks National Book Prize; Pulitzer: A Life in Politics, Print, and Power (2010),  called one of the five best books on American moguls by the Wall Street Journal; The Rose Man of Sing Sing: A True Tale of Life, Murder, and Redemption in the Age of Yellow Journalism (2004); and, Jailhouse Journalism: The Fourth Estate Behind Bars (2001).

Friday, July 14, 2017

Jess Checks Y.A. Books and Graphic Novels, Book Talk: Husky by Justin Sayre

Husky By Justin Sayre

Davis is an incredibly sensitive 12 year old boy, he has a great passion for opera music, loves helping his Mother in her bakery, and is dealing with some self-esteem issues this particular summer. He isn’t comfortable living in his “husky” body. It’s the summer before 8th grade and a number of small occurrences are causing major changes in Davis’ life. His Mom starts dating someone new after a very long time of not dating anyone at all after the death of Davis’ Dad. His closest friends are female and finding themselves, maturing and starting to “like” like boys and getting make-overs.  Davis isn’t invited to his best friend’s “just for girls” party, and he goes through  a lot of emotions and hurt, searching for the words to describe how he is feeling about all of this change.

This is not a coming out book, not in the sense of sexuality, however, Davis may not be fully aware, but he is gay. His sexual orientation is just a part of the larger concept of finding himself through this transnational time before 8th grade.

Characters and scenes are well written and flow seamlessly. Sayre has crafted a book that represents perfectly some of the trials children and young people face as they mature and find who they are in the world and to their selves. The book is not very plot driven, but will no doubt pull at the heartstrings as you relate to those feelings of being unsure of yourself in the world.

Husky is the author Justin Sayre’s first novel. Sayre is a writer for major television comedies and the stage. He is a performer and comedian, described by the Village Voice as “Oscar Wilde meets Whoopi Goldberg.” He was named as one the Funniest People in Brooklyn by Brooklyn Magazine and called one of LA’s 16 Most Talented LGBT Comics by Frontiers Magazine.

Recognition for Husky: Deemed “a superb addition to the middle grade literary cannon” by VOYA Magazine and called “[a] moving journey of self-discovery . . .” by Publishers Weekly.

Index: information for startups, Tuesday, August 1, 5-7 p.m. at the Main Library

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Saturday, July 08, 2017

La Farge Branch Library - ADA improvements scheduled starting July 24 - Closed to the public July 24 through August 7

The Community Services Department and the Public Works, Facilities Division are working on a much needed improvement project to provide ADA accessibility upgrades at the Santa Fe Public Library’s La Farge Branch Library facility located at 1730 Llano Street.

Construction is anticipated to begin on Monday, July 24, 2017.  The Contractor, Facility Build of Albuquerque, is planning to complete the project by October 23, 2017.  La Farge Branch Library will be closed to the public from 7/24/17-8/7/17 to perform the majority of planned demolition work. City C.I.P. funds will be used to provides the upgrades.

No other major closures or interruptions to regular service due to this project are anticipated and patrons can expect nominal disturbance during daily use of the facility after August 7th through the end of renovation.  However, since significant remodeling is involved with these improvements, some inconvenience to patrons and minor closures may occur periodically.   Thank you for your patience as we work to optimize this important community asset for ease of use by all citizens.

For more information contact: 505-955-4868.
Updates will be available on the Santa Fe Public Library’s website,

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

July Art Displays at SFPL

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

Main Library Tybie Satin Davis Gallery: Janice St. Marie, “A Sense of Place” (Pastels). Reception will be held on Thursday, July 6, 5-7 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: Santa Fe Public Library Children’s Department, “Build a Better World, 2017 Summer Reading Program”.

Southside Branch Library: Christine Matthews, “Slant of Light” (Drawings & Watercolors).

Monday, July 03, 2017

Jess Checks Y.A. Books and Graphic Novels, a New Young Adult Readers' Advisory Column. Book Talk: Batgirl Vol. 1


Vol. 1


Adorable and awesome, Barbara, A.K.A. BATGIRL, enjoys going to rock n’ roll concerts as well as fighting for justice. She was born to be BATGIRL, through her struggles and strengths, she is learning  her place. After a fire takes everything she owns, Barbara Gordon moves to the young, hip, happening side of town, where she revamps her life and her image as BATGIRL.

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Check out this hip new BATGIRL of this generation, social media and iPhones in hand. Watch her take on twin assassins on motorcycles and other tough guys who want to rumble. Readers will love this smart, fun, new DC comic series.

Stewart, Cameron. Batgirl Volume 1. Burbank, CA. DC Comics; 52nd ed. edition (June, 2015). Print. ISBN: 978-1401257989. Hardcover. $17.51

Awards: Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards Nominee for Best Penciller/Inker (for Babs Tarr) (2015)