Thursday, November 30, 2017

Santa Fe Public Library presents WRAP: Winter Reading Appreciation Program, December 15th – January 3rd

Jess Checks Y.A.: The 57 Bus

The 57 Bus:

A True Story of Two Teenagers

and the Crime That Changed Their Lives

By Dashka Slater 
Two High School students, from two drastically different realities, share the same bus on their way to and from school. One, a white teen, attends a private school in Berkeley, while the other, a black male, goes to Oakland High. Sasha is Agender, appears male but doesn’t identify as a male or female. Sasha is very smart with supportive parents and peers, has a bold sense of style, often in Steampunk fashion and skirts. 
Sasha Fleischman
Richard lives in East Oakland where the community struggles with high crime and poverty. He has lost many friends and family to gun violence. His mother works extremely long hours to support her family. School is difficult for Richard, it is easy for him to fall through the cracks at O High, but he works closely with a school counselor to try to pass his classes and get to graduate. People know him as a fun-loving prankster with a big heart, who has been dealt a good deal of difficulties in his young life. 
Richard Thomas, left, with his brother, Derriyon
One day as the two teens’ lives passed by each other on the 57 Bus, Sasha was asleep near where Richard and his friends were sat. The friends noticed that Sasha was wearing a skirt and found it to be weird and disagreeable. Richard is dared to flick his lighter at the skirt and quickly, what was suppose to be a small, laughable flame, became a person’s legs completely engulfed in fire.  After the senseless crime, Richard now faces the court for hate crimes and possible life in prison.  Sasha returns home after months of surgeries and recovery. The community hangs rainbow flags throughout the streets, the school body all wears skirts in support of Sasha. 
The 57 Bus is an important read for teens and educators. It creates great opportunity for conversation and deep thought about divided communities, both racial and financial, gender identity, and the justice system. One single thoughtless crime can alter lives forever. Richard’s careless “prank” destroys his chances of graduating High School and having a brighter future than family before him. Sasha’s attack thrusts the teen into the spotlight which builds a stronger, more supportive and aware community, that work toward creating a safer, more inclusive world for all genders. Both of these teens’ story deserve attention.

Check Out The 57 Bus from SFPL!

Slater, Dashka. The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives. NY,NY. Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR). October, 2017. Print. ISBN: 978-0374303235. Hardback. $11.55

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Children's Author Jan Brett at the Main Library, Thursday, December 10 at 10:30 a.m.!

Legendary children’s book author and illustrator, Jan Brett, will be at the Santa Fe Public Library's Main Library (145 Washington Ave.) on Thursday, December 7th at 10:30 a.m. She will be presenting an illustration demonstration as well as signing books. Books will be on sale at the event or, if you can’t make it, Bee Hive is taking orders now and will get your books signed for you.
For information, please call Bee Hive at 505.780.8051.

This event is sponsored by Bee Hive Books and the Santa Fe Public Library.

Monday, November 27, 2017

30th Anniversary Celebration of the opening of the Main Library, Sunday, December 10, 2:30 p.m.

The Santa Fe Public Library’s Main Library is celebrating 30 years at its current location of 145 Washington Avenue on Sunday, December 10 from 2:30 p.m. – 4:00pm.

The Library is inviting those who helped move the old Library from 120 Washington Avenue across the street to its current location in 1987 as special guests for the Celebration!   All are asked to join us in celebration and to sign a special guest book to commemorate the 30th Anniversary.

Please come join us for a trip down memory lane with bizcochitos and live music from the MARC Record Trio! The band plays a bohemian mix of covers from everywhere, on guitar, bass, accordion, and percussion. A reception in the Community Room will welcome new and former Library supporters. The Library asks that the public invite their friends and neighbors to come by to celebrate and say hello.

Members of the community and staff, coordinated by Library Director Marcy Litzenberg, formed a chain across Washington Avenue and 20,000 books were placed in the new Library building. Over 1,100 residents joined the chain and helped open the Library in 1987. The Library was assisted in the celebration by the members of the Santa Fe Woman’s Club and Library Association. The original Library in Santa Fe was founded by the Woman’s Board of Trade and Library Association in 1896 in the barracks at Fort Marcy.

The current Library was formerly a Court House and then redesigned as City Hall, with the fire department and police department in the building.  City Council met in the old judges’ chamber which today is the Southwest Reading Room.

The original Berardinelli Building was designed by the famous architect John Gaw Meem and completed in 1932. His design of the Southwest Reading Room includes a parquet floor, library tables, and floor to ceiling glass cases for rare books. The high plaster walls support a wooden ceiling of boards laid over with carved wooden vigas and carved crossbeams.  The wrought iron lamps and tin chandeliers add a soft glow to the room. The room is popular for readers and computer users today.

CANCELED: FLAMENCO by Juan Siddi Arte Flamenco, Saturday, December 9 at Southside

CANCELED: FLAMENCO by Juan Siddi Arte Flamenco, Saturday, December 9th at the Southside Branch Library.

Sorry for the inconvenience but FLAMENCO by Juan Siddi Arte Flamenco scheduled for Saturday, December 9th at the Southside Branch Library is CANCELED.  

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Holiday Book Sale and Lisa Bemis Watercolor Exhibit at Main

Holiday Book Sale at the Main Library
December 2, 2017

Gift quality books will be offered for sale at the Friends of the Santa Fe Public Library Holiday Book Sale. A wide range of books including fiction, art books, biography, history, and books for children will be displayed. Choose the perfect gift for someone special, or for yourself!

     Gift quality, individually priced books and assorted holiday-related items

     Saturday, December 2nd from 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
     Open to the Public all day, no members hours

     Main Library Community Room, 145 Washington Avenue

The Santa Fe Woman’s Club, continuing to serve Santa Fe for 125 years, will be promoting their Second Annual Holiday Home Tour, selling tickets at the Book Sale on Saturday, $20.00 per person.

Lisa Bemis Watercolor Exhibit

Watercolor landscapes by Lisa Bemis are on display in the Satin/Reichman Memorial Art Gallery at the Main Library right outside the Community Room from Friday, December 1st through Sunday, December 3rd. Paintings are specially priced to benefit the Friends of the Santa Fe Public Library

Opening Reception
Join the Bemis Family and the Friends of the Santa Fe Public Library for an informal opening on Thursday, November 30th, from 5:30–7:30 PM.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Thanksgiving Closure

All branches of the Santa Fe Public Library will be closed Thursday, November 23rd, and Friday, November 24th, to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday. We shall resume regular hours on Saturday, November 25th.

Lisa Bemis Art Sale Fundraiser and Holiday Book Sale

December 2: Main Holiday Sale, 145 Washington Avenue
Specially-priced gift books upstairs in the Community Room
Open to the public all day, no members-only hours.
• Saturday 2nd: 10:00 AM–5:00 PM

Lisa Bemis landscape watercolors will be for sale in the 2nd floor Satin/Reichman Gallery 
December 1-3 only. Details on purchasing will be available on site. 
A significant portion of the proceeds will be donated to
the Friends of the Santa Fe Public Library.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Friends of the Santa Fe Public Library Annual Appeal Challenges


is kicking off with TWO challenges


Challenge I:  The Friends of the Library Endowment

 An anonymous donor will match, up to a total of $1000, all gifts made to the Friends of the Santa Fe Public Library Endowment during the month of November 2017.

Checks for Challenge I must be made out to Friends of the Santa Fe Public Library
with “Endowment” and “Thankful for libraries” in the memo line.

Challenge II:  The Friends of the Library General Fund

 An anonymous donor will match, up to a total of $1000, all gifts made to the Friends of the Santa Fe Public Library during the month of November 2017.

Checks for Challenge II must be made out to Friends of the Santa Fe Public Library
with “Thankful for libraries” in the memo line.

Remember, in order to trigger a match through one of the Challenges, gifts must arrive during November and include the phrase “Thankful for libraries.”

Please send your gifts to
“Annual Appeal Challenge”
Friends of the Santa Fe Public Library
145 Washington Avenue
Santa Fe, NM 87501
Donate online
And add “Endowment” or “Thankful for Libriaries” in the “in honor of” field.

The Friends of the Santa Fe Public Library and the Santa Fe Public Library appreciate your support! We are thankful we have supporters like you.

Sunday, November 05, 2017

November Art Displays at SFPL

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

Main Library, Satin/Reichman Memorial Art Gallery: Richard Sober, “Selected Paintings”.

La Farge Branch Library: Danni Moresi, “Watercolors”.

Southside Branch Library: Stephen Lund, “Ancient Landscapes” (Photography).