Friends of the Santa Fe Library

Programs Sponsored by the Friends

These special programs at our Libraries are made possible by the Friends of the Santa Fe Public Libraries. Please consider making a contribution to help maintain these programs.

Books and Babies
Books and Babies is a 6-week program for babies (from 6 months to 2 years old) and their caregivers. It’s never too early to start your child on the road to reading. Your child will enjoy books, songs, and finger games from the comfort of your lap. Please call to register for this free program.

Ongoing Sessions
  • Tuesdays, 10:30–11:00 AM, at Main Library (955-6837)
  • Wednesdays, 10:30–11:00
AM, at La Farge Library (955-4863)
  • Thursdays, 10:45–11:14
AM, at the Southside Library (955-2828)

Sponsored by a grant from the Brindle Foundation and Friends of the Santa Fe Public Library.

Books and Babies

Pre-School Story Time
This free program is for children from age 2–5. Pre-school children will enjoy stories, songs, finger games, puppets, and crafts. Registration is not required. For more information, please call your library branch.
    Pre-School Storytime
  •  Tuesdays 10:30–11:15 AM, at the La Farge Library (955-4863)
  •  Wednesdays 10:45–11:30 AM, at the Southside Library (955-2828)
  •  Thursdays 11:00–11:45 AM, at the Main Library (955-6783)

Science After School
Do you like science? Do you enjoy doing science experiments? Then these FREE classes for children ages 6-12 are for you! Registration is required and starts two weeks before each class begins. Please register by calling the appropriate library. (Flyer)

March Session
  •  Tuesday, March 17th, at the La Farge Library (955-4863)
  •  Tuesday, March 17th, at the Southside Library (955-2828)
  •  Wednesday, March 18th, at the Main Library (955-6783)
April Session
  •  Tuesday, April 21st, at the La Farge Library (955-4863)
  •  Tuesday, April 21st, at the Southside Library (955-2828)
  •  Wednesday, April 22nd, at the Main Library (955-6783)

Southside Teen Programs
4:30 PM, at the Southside Library, 6599 Jaguar Drive at Country Club Road (955-2829)
  •  1st Thursdays: Teen Book Club
  •  2nd Thursdays: Librarian’s Choice
  •  3rd Thursdays: Anime Club
  •  4th Thursdays: Anime Club
  •  5th Thursdays (if there is one): Party!

BusSchool Visits: Free Bus Trip
The Friends would like to encourage Santa Fe Public School children to become acquainted with their public library. We believe that a library visit can encourage a lifetime of library use. To fa ciliate the field trip, the Friends will underwrite bus transportation for one visit per Santa Fe Public School Elementary and Middle School class each school year. Directions for applying for a Free Bus Trip pdf

Summer Reading
Every summer the Santa Fe Public Library presents a Summer Reading Program. Each week in June and July will feature a fun craft, family program, or both! Free programs include: magic, music, wildlife and more! A circus act, cool crafts, and strange musical instruments are all a part of this summer’s magical, scientific, and crazy summer reading program extravaganza! Toddlers and children ages 0 through 12 are eligible to participate in the Summer Reading Program. Children may read on their own or parents (grandparents, etc.) may read to their children. They can read their own books or library books. All children who participate in the summer reading program will receive a certificate showing their reading accomplishment. At the end of the 8 weeks, an end-of-summer party will be held at each branch with a drawing for special prizes.

Books for Babies New MexicoBooks for Babies
Books for Babies New Mexico, a partnership between the Santa Fe Public Library, Friends of the Santa Fe Public Library and St. Vincent Hospital Foundation, was created to stress the importance of reading to children at an early age. Beginning with the first baby of 2012, every child born in the hospital will go home with a brightly colored canvas bag containing a book, a CD of lullabies, an innovative die-cut brochure on the importance of reading to babies (which can be folded into a box), an application for a library card, and information on community resources. Printed on the side of the bags, soon to be seen all over town: “I read to my baby every day.” Contributions to purchase books for the program can be made to the Books for Babies NM Fund c/o St. Vincent Hospital Foundation, 455 St. Michael’s Drive, Santa Fe, NM 87505.

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