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Friends The Friends of the Santa Fe Public Library is an independent non-profit organization whose mission is to advocate for and to support the public library by providing funding for programming, services, and materials that enrich our diverse community.

Our Santa Fe Public Libraries are community information hubs where everyone can gather to learn, create, and dream. The Friends of the Santa Fe Public Library seek to preserve and enhance our libraries for generations today and tomorrow.

We hope you will join us by becoming a member of the Friends of the Santa Fe Public Library, participating in the events we sponsor, attending our book sales, and volunteering for the Friends.

 

Our History

Friends of the Santa Fe Public Library was founded in 1974 as a vibrant community organization that promotes reading and learning through quality library services, and that is supported by an active, involved, and growing membership.
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Support Us

Santa Fe Public Libraries are community information hubs where everyone can gather to learn, create and dream. The Friends of the Library seeks to preserve and enhance our libraries for generations today and tomorrow. You can support the Friends by becoming a member, volunteering, and donating to the Friends. Virtually every penny donated to the Friends directly supports our Santa Fe Public Libraries.
Support the Friends

Storm Damage at La Farge Branch Library: damage to 1,500 children’s books occurred, about a $37,000 loss. The library is closed until further notice. The Friends of the Santa Fe Public Library has started a fund to replace the books. You can donate online (with “La Farge” in the note field) or send a check to: Friends of the Santa Fe Public Library, 145 Washington Avenue, Santa Fe, NM 87501


Our Events

Throughout the year the Friends present a variety of events, like our Happy Hour Authors Club book discussions (a Friends membership benefit) and special ticketed fundraising parties honoring local authors (open to anyone). Sign up for our Friends Event News email list to be the first to learn about our Events.
Upcoming Events

Leonard Bernstein’s 100th Birthday Celebration!
Leonard BernsteinThe Friends of the Santa Fe Public Library are holding a book launch party to present Charlie Harmon’s new book, On the Road and Off the Record with Leonard Bernstein: My Years with the Exasperating Genius. Harmon was Leonard Bernstein's personal assistant in the last ten years of the famed conductor/composer's life.

Harmon, a classically trained composer and arranger, approaches his subject from an interesting point of view. For four years in the 1980s, Harmon was the maestro’s personal assistant, accompanying him through a punishing schedule of composing, performing, and recording. This multifaceted perspective gives readers plenty of salacious gossip paired with insight into Leonard Bernstein’s remarkable artistic achievements later in life. The volume adroitly balances reporting on Bernstein’s personal hygiene, profligate love live, and bouts with depression with an informed discussion of his professional output during the period. Throughout, Harmon weaves his personal experiences as a gay man in a precarious profession. The net result is a volume that gives equal weight to Bernstein’s struggles as a composer to make a deadline on a commissioned opera and his experiences in applying Right Guard to his forehead to manage the sweat collecting on his brow while he conducted. (Library Journal)

Where: A home in Santa Fe
When: Thursday, August 23, 2018, from 5:30-7:30 PM
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 On the Road and Off the Record with Leonard Bernstein ($35 tax deductible)
On the Road and Off the Record with Leonard Bernstein will also be available for purchase at the event.

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

Buy Tickets to Leonard Bernstein’s 100th Birthday Celebration: A Fundraiser


The Stones SpeakThursday, September 27
Nancy King will lead a discussion on The Stones Speak
Free Required Ticket Reservation (for Friends members only)
Secrets that won't go away. Truths not faced. The Stones Speak is a novel about what it takes to find a true home within oneself. Naomi and Priscilla have been distant friends, meeting at professional conferences for many years. After Naomi moves from Boston to Santa Fe, where Priscilla lives, the proximity strains their relationship. The friendship is further threatened when Naomi becomes involved with Paul, a man Priscilla doesn’t like. When Naomi’s past catches up with her, she is forced to confront the results of a desperate decision she made while in her twenties. Her response to this personal crisis, and her choices about how to be with her friend Priscilla, and with Paul, help heal the old wounds that have held Naomi prisoner. She comes to recognize that being emotionally closed is ultimately more painful than taking the risk of opening one's heart. Her courage in confronting her demons helps Paul and Priscilla find their truths as well.


Our Book Sales

The Friends hold Book Sales at all three library branches throughout the year. Proceeds from the Friends bookstores and book sales go to support our public libraries, purchasing new books or other media and supporting library programs. Our bookstores and book sales are staffed by volunteers from the Friends.
Book Sale Schedule and more