Friends of the Santa Fe Public Library
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Welcome


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.
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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

Friends Annual Meeting
Sunday, January 27, beginning at 1:00 PM
Southside Branch Library, 6599 Jaguar Drive
All Friends members are invited to join us for a short business meeting and our guest speaker Ricardo Caté.


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.
Cost
: 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

Prairie FiresThursday, February 21, 2019
Caroline Fraser will lead a discussion on Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder
Free Required Ticket Reservation (for Friends members only)
Millions of readers of Little House on the Prairie believe they know Laura Ingalls, the pioneer girl who survived blizzards and near-starvation on the Great Plains, and the woman who wrote the famous autobiographical books. But the true saga of her life has never been fully told. Now, drawing on unpublished manuscripts, letters, diaries, and land and financial records, Caroline Fraser, the editor of the Library of America edition of the Little House series, masterfully fills in the gaps in Wilder’s biography. Revealing the grown-up story behind the most influential childhood epic of pioneer life, she also chronicles Wilder’s tumultuous relationship with her journalist daughter, Rose Wilder Lane, setting the record straight regarding charges of ghostwriting that have swirled around the books. The Little House books, for all the hardships they describe, are paeans to the pioneer spirit, portraying it as triumphant against all odds. But Wilder’s real life was harder and grittier than that, a story of relentless struggle, rootlessness, and poverty. It was only in her sixties, after losing nearly everything in the Great Depression, that she turned to children’s books, recasting her hardscrabble childhood as a celebratory vision of homesteading and achieving fame and fortune in the process, in one of the most astonishing rags-to-riches episodes in American letters. Spanning nearly a century of epochal change, from the Indian Wars to the Dust Bowl, Wilder’s dramatic life provides a unique perspective on American history and our national mythology of self-reliance. With fresh insights and new discoveries, Prairie Fires reveals the complex woman whose classic stories grip us to this day. [winner of the Pulitzer Prize]

More Happy Hour Authors Events


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