Monday, November 18, 2019

Teen Recommends

Welcome to our inaugural Teen Recommends reviews by real teens in our community. Thank you to Wendy from Santa Fe High School for sharing her thoughts on these library resources that she highly recommends for other young readers. If you want to review some of your favorites to share, please go to to find the form to be turned in at your nearest SFPL location!

I Want to Eat Your Pancreas
Author: Yoru Jumino

            I Want to Eat Your Pancreas, look I know it sounds weird but it is really not. IWTEYP is a manga in which a sick girl whose pancreas is failing, meets an antisocial boy and create a great friendship. It made me emotional, hope it makes you emotional as well. :)

Reviewed by Wendy E. - Santa Fe High School      
Find I Want to Eat Your Pancreas at the library.

Call Me by Your Name
Author: André Aciman
Director: Luca Guadagnino

            Overall a good book and movie, both, very emotional and I also recommend watching Call Me by Your Name: Movie Soundtrack Explained online. The book and movie are about a summer fling between Elio and his parents’ summer guest. I must say, at first everything is okay, but then it hits you, it really does :( I really recommend both, they’ll change your life, I promise!

Reviewed by Wendy E. - Santa Fe High School
Find Call Me By Your Name at the library.

Main Artist Jack Bordnick Coffee and Culture Interview

November artist at the Main Library, Jack Bordnick was interviewed on Coffee and Culture last Saturday. Take a listen to the podcast at

Friends of SFPL Holiday Book Sale, Saturday, December 7 at the Main Library

The Friends of the Santa Fe Public Library will hold their Holiday Book Sale in the Community Room at the Main Library on Saturday, December 7, 2019, from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

We will be selling gift quality books, holiday-themed CDs and DVDs and more!  The Santa Fe Woman’s Club will be selling tickets to their Holiday Home Tour.

Tuesday, September 03, 2019

Fall 2019 Book Sale at Main

September 21 & 22: Main Fall Sale, 145 Washington Avenue
Specially-priced Books (Southwest Room) & Discount Books (Tatum Community Room)
  • Saturday 21st: FRIENDS Members only 10:00 a.m. –Noon, Open to the Public Noon–4:00 p.m.
  • Sunday 22nd: 1:00–3:30 p.m. Open to the Public
     Specials continue in Southwest Room, Bag Day in the Tatum Community Room
Attention Teachers: All teachers with school ID may take materials for their classrooms free of charge on Sunday starting at 2:00 p.m.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Friends of SFPL Happy Hour Book Club: Sherry Thompson's The Kreminologist

Happy Hour Authors Club
All Friends members are invited to join us for book discussions with the authors at the Bourbon Grill at El Gancho in our Happy Hour Authors Club. Enjoy drinks and hors d’oeuvres at Happy Hour discount prices during the informal author introduction and free-ranging conversation. Bring your thoughts, opinions, and your questions for the author.
FREE benefit for Friends members; non-members may purchase memberships at the door
Time: 5:00–6:30 PM (Doors open at 4:30 PM for drink & hors d’oeuvres orders.)
Location: 104 Old Las Vegas Hwy, Santa Fe, NM 87505

Thursday, August 22, 2019Sherry Thompson will lead a discussion on The Kreminologist
Free Required Ticket Reservation (for Friends members only)
Against the sprawling backdrop of the Cold War, The Kremlinologist revisits some of the twentieth century’s greatest conflicts as seen through the eyes of its hardest working diplomat, Llewellyn E Thompson. From the wilds of the American West to the inner sanctums of the White House and the Kremlin, Thompson became an important advisor to presidents and a key participant in major global events, including the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Vietnam War. Thompson’s daughters Jenny and Sherry Thompson skillfully and thoroughly document his life as an accomplished career diplomat. In vigorous prose, they describe how Thompson joined the Foreign Service both to feed his desire for adventure and from a deep sense of duty. They also detail the crucial role he played as a negotiator unafraid of compromise. Known in the State Department as "Mr. Tightlips," Thompson was the epitome of discretion. People from completely opposite ends of the political spectrum lauded his approach to diplomacy and claimed him as their own. Refuting historical misinterpretations of the Berlin Crisis, the Austrian State Treaty, and the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Thompsons tell their father’s fascinating story. With unprecedented access to Thompson’s FBI dossier, State Department personnel files, letters, diaries, speeches, and documents, and relying on probing interviews and generous assistance from American and Russian archivists, historians, and government officials, the authors bring new material to light, including important information on the U-2, Kennan’s containment policy, and Thompson’s role in US covert operations machinery. 

Tuesday, August 06, 2019

Tonight is National Night Out at the Santa Fe Plaza

Join the Santa Fe Public Library, local law enforcement, and numerous City/community partners at the Plaza tonight (August 6) for National Night Out (! There will be live music from legendary Raton rockers The Fireballs featuring Jimmy Gilmer and Judge Bob and the Hung Jury.

(Video courtesy of Ace Records)

Monday, July 29, 2019

Harry Potter's Birthday Party, Wednesday, July 31 at La Farge

Invitations have been delivered via Owl Post for our Harry Potter Birthday Party at La Farge! 

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Insights & Sounds: Walt Whitman’s America at the Southside Branch Library, August 1

Dr. Bruce Noll, a nationally-recognized expert on the poetry of Walt Whitman, currently teaches in the Department of Educational Leadership and Organizational Learning in the College of Education at the University of New Mexico. With appearances throughout North America to his credit, Dr. Noll will recite Walt Whitman poetry in celebration of the 200th anniversary of the poet’s birth. A quartet of singers from the Santa Fe Desert Chorale will perform selections from the concert program “The long-enduring pensive moons”: A Bicentenary Celebration of Walt Whitman and Other Esteemed American Poets.
Sponsored by The New Mexico Humanities Council and the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs.
Date: August 1, 2019
Time: 3:00 pm
Venue: Southside Branch Library
6599 Jaguar Dr., Santa Fe, NM 87507

Harry Potter's Birthday Party at La Farge, July 31, 12-4 p.m.

Hedwig arrived to La Farge with an Owlpost Invitation! We can't wait for Harry's birthday!

Friday, June 21, 2019

Santa Fe Public Library at Fiesta Para Bebes

(Photos by Penny Holcomb)

New and expecting parents and families alike joined together for a fun Saturday morning with their kids, to learn about all the amazing community resources Santa Fe has to offer. Many organizations came from around the county, whose mission is to support families and help children succeed.  To name a few, the Randall Davey Audubon Center bird sanctuary was present to encourage children and families to get out and engage with nature. Fathers New Mexico was there, a non-profit helping to support healthy fatherhood. And The Food Depot, who helps ensure that no one goes hungry, had a booth to provide information, as did many more. With over 30 vendors present, there was someone to represent every kind of support a family could need to help their child succeed.  While parents browsed the booths, children were encouraged to participate on stage in the live and amazing performance by Teatro Paraguas.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Volunteer Party at the Main Library

This past Monday, staff and volunteers met for a Mad Hatter's High Tea Party at the Main Library to show our appreciation for our volunteers! These volunteers help our library run smoothly and raise much needed funds for library materials and programs. This National Library Week we'd like to recognize all of our volunteers with the Friends of the Santa Fe Public Library and beyond for helping us to serve our community.

We also thank El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe and Pandemonium Productions for loaning out their wonderful Alice in Wonderland panels to decorate the party! They really helped make the party look amazing!

(Photo by Kyra Ochoa)

Monday, March 25, 2019

Santa Fe Public Library Director Pat Hodapp has retired

This article was published by the Albuquerque Journal online on March 4, 2019:

The longtime director of Santa Fe’s public libraries has closed a chapter on her life and started another one as a retiree.Patricia Hodapp, who joined the library staff in Santa Fe in 2004, officially retired Jan. 31, according to a news release.

Prior to coming to Santa Fe Hodapp served for 12 years as director of marketing for the Denver Public Library, where she helped shepherd the library through a system expansion, as well as building a new main library downtown.

Similarly, she worked closely with the library board and supporters to develop Santa Fe’s south side library. She was also instrumental in developing the “Books and Babies” program, now in its 13th year. Last year, Hodapp oversaw the extension of hours at the La Farge branch and worked with Friends of the Library on a study of library services, buildings and needs to help guide future planning.

Hodapp was winner of a New Mexico Book Co-op’s literary award in 2015 for her ongoing support of local authors and books. She is an author herself, having penned “The Complete Santa Fe Bucket List: 100 Things to do in Santa Fe Before You Die” in 2016.

The many gifts of libraries by Pat Hodapp

Libraries are a gift to everyone. Today, they are more than the library of your childhood. Libraries are bursting with books, media, technology and programs to tempt you to explore and widen your world, whatever your age.
Libraries have become the hubs of their communities. They provide that place where everyone is welcome.
According to recent studies, parents feel they are better parents if they take their children to the library. And they should! Exposing children to the library is crucial to their children’s mental and social growth.
One of the Santa Fe Public Library’s innovative programs is Books and Babies, which I started over 12 years ago at the then-new Southside Library. With the vision and support of the Brindle Foundation, thousands of young children and their caregivers have been exposed to the magical world of books and song. This is just one of hundreds of programs that the library provides year round.
With the support of our generous community giving through the Friends of the Library, you can see a wolf, enjoy opera for children, hear authors and much more. All for free.
The library’s technology and databases can provide access to information, and such diverse programs as learning languages and homework help or finding just the information you need to fix a truck or how to bake at high altitude. Plus free internet and WiFi.
Many of the children who were at the Southside Library’s opening in 2007 are now are in college or raising families of their own.
Joining the 3,600 people attending the library’s 10th anniversary celebration were former Mayors Larry Delgado, Javier Gonzales and David Coss, who attested to the value and importance of libraries and all that librarians do.
Libraries have been a part of my life ever since I first rode my bicycle to our rural library at age six. What a joy it is to see that same excitement in children today. Recently, a child asked her mother if she could come to the library with her friends for her birthday rather than going to a commercial party place. Hurrah!
This year, you will have the opportunity to take part in a community survey to determine the future of our libraries and the services they will provide. Share your vision.
These are just some of the many highlights I have experienced over the 13 years I have proudly served as the director of the Santa Fe Public Library.
I thank the Library Board for its support, as well as the wonderful staff who provide the best customer service day after day to our patrons.
My retirement won’t take me far from libraries as they are woven into the fabric of my life.
Hodapp retired as director of the Santa Fe Public Library on Jan. 31.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Postponed until March: Tech Talk: Internet Security

Today's Tech Talk is postponed and will be rescheduled in March. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Join us for our monthly series of talks about technology at the Main Library!
In this talk, we’ll discuss tools to better protect yourself online. We’ll address strong passwords, password managers, two-factor authentication, phishing and spam, browser security features, malware, and tips to keep in mind. Participants are welcome to bring smartphones, tablets, or laptops to follow along.

Thursday, February 07, 2019

New Mexico FamilyPass brought to you by the Department of Cultural Affairs

Did you know that the Santa Fe Public Library has FamilyPasses brought to you by the Department of Cultural Affairs that will get you and your family into 8 museums and 8 historic sites for FREE! All you need to check one out is your SFPL library card. Ask at your nearest library's circulation desk for the availability of this pass and make sure to take their online survey after your visit to ensure this service remains available to the public:

Santa Fe Community College and AARP Foundation Offer Free Income Tax Help

Santa Fe Community College, in partnership with AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, will host free income tax preparation assistance beginning Feb. 4 through April 15. This year, the free service will be available on an appointment basis at a new location, the Santa Fe Higher Education Center, 1950 Siringo Road.  AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is the nation’s largest free tax assistance and preparation service. The services are provided by volunteers from the community. This year the Higher Education Center is the only AARP Foundation Tax-Aide site in Santa Fe.
AARP Foundation’s Tax-Aide Santa Fe is now taking appointments either online or by calling 505-946-3615. To read more about the program and access the online registration link visit Those who do not have computer access can call 505-946-3615. A volunteer will return your call. The tax assistance appointments will be available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays, as well as 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturdays. Reservations are required, however, AARP will accommodate a limited number of walk-in clients based on availability and will make reservations at the HEC on tax preparation days.
Tax-Aide services are not available during any holidays observed by the HEC including the Spring Break from March 18 through March 24. Please note: Tax-Aide services will also observe all HEC weather delays or closures (appointments affected by weather delays or closures will be re-scheduled). Visit to see notices of weather delays or closures.
The State Director of AARP New Mexico Gene Varela said, “We’re delighted to partner again with Santa Fe Community College to offer this service through AARP’s foundation. The new location at the Santa Fe Higher Education Center has plenty of parking and is a great mid-town location to serve the community.”
In addition to providing the location for tax preparation services, SFCC accounting students who were trained specifically for the service will be among the volunteers available to assist anyone in filing their taxes.
Those seeking assistance with their tax return must have all tax forms collected prior to coming in for help. Be sure to bring all of the information and documents you need, including these items:
  • Copy of prior year return, if available
  • Photo ID of the primary filers
  • Social Security Card or ITINs for parents and children or dependents
  • Social Security year end statement
  • Proof of health insurance
  • Income documents: W-2s; 1099’s for retirement income or self-employment; interest, dividend, stock or CD sales; Unemployment (W2-G) form; Gambling win/loss documents from casinos
  • List and supporting documents for expenses: child care, college or vocational training, medical expenses not covered by insurance – including mileage, charity donations, property tax bills or receipts (Santa Fe and Los Alamos County only) and mortgage interest paid
  • To have your refund direct deposited, bring a blank check or savings card
  • For married filing jointly returns, both individuals must be available to sign documents
The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program cannot prepare returns that include:
  • Rental income
  • Self-employment returns with expenses of $25,000 or more, home office deduction, employees, inventory or operating loss
  • Married Filing Separately
  • Royalty income with associated expenses
  • Casualty loss
For more information, please call 505-946-3615.

Wednesday, February 06, 2019

February 2019 Art Displays at the Santa Fe Public Library

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

Main Library, Satin/Reichman Memorial Art Gallery: Jean Marc Richel, “Arroyo Mundo” (Original Prints). There will be an artist meet and greet on Friday, February 8 from 4-6 p.m. in the 2nd floor gallery.

Main Library Display Cases: Bridget Rose Green, “Quotidian Pots” (Functional Pottery).

La Farge Branch Library: Darrin Graham & Jodi Drinkwater, “Mixed-media Abstracts”.

Southside Branch Library: Jacki Munro, “From Numbness to Awakening” (Photography and Posters).

Congressman Lujan's Staff Open Office Hours at La Farge, Friday, February 8


Wednesday, January 16, 2019