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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.
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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

Happy Hour Authors ClubThe Ambulance Drivers
Thursday, July 26

James McGrath Morris will lead a discussion on The Ambulance Drivers: Hemingway, Dos Passos, and a Friendship Made and Lost in War
Free Required Ticket Reservation (for Friends members only)
After meeting for the first time on the front lines of World War I, two aspiring writers forge an intense twenty-year friendship and write some of America's greatest novels, giving voice to a “lost generation” shaken by war. Eager to find his way in life and words, John Dos Passos first witnessed the horror of trench warfare in France as a volunteer ambulance driver retrieving the dead and seriously wounded from the front line. Later in the war, he briefly met another young writer, Ernest Hemingway, who was just arriving for his own service in the ambulance corps. When the war was over, both men knew they had to write about it; they had to give voice to what they felt about war and life. Their friendship and collaboration developed through the peace of the 1920s and 1930s, as Hemingway’s novels soared to success while Dos Passos penned the greatest antiwar novel of his generation, Three Soldiers. In war, Hemingway found adventure, women, and a cause. Dos Passos saw only oppression and futility. Their different visions eventually turned their private friendship into a bitter public fight, fueled by money, jealousy, and lust. Rich in evocative detail — from Paris cafes to the Austrian Alps, from the streets of Pamplona to the waters of Key West — The Ambulance Drivers is a biography of a turbulent friendship between two of the century’s greatest writers, and an illustration of how war both inspires and destroys, unites and divides.
Note: The Ambulance Drivers is available for purchase at both the Main & Southside Bookstores.

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

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