Friends of the Santa Fe Library

Special Events

Join the Friends for a fundraising party to celebrate Anne Hillerman’s latest mystery Song of the Lion, the third in the series featuring Navajo Nation Police Officers Bernadette (Bernie) Manuelito, her husband Jim Chee, and their mentor, the legendary Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn.

Where: A home in the Sangre de Cristo foothills
When: Thursday, May 4, 2017, from 5:30-7:30 PM
Details: A Fundraiser Party, Ticket Required
Conversation, Margaritas, Wine,
heavy hors d’oeuvres
Cost: $50 per person ($35 tax deductible)
$75 includes a copy of Song of the Lion
($35 tax deductible)

Silent Auction Items, donated by Anne Hillerman, available at the Fundraiser, include:

  1. Signed copy of The Shape Shifter, Tony Hillerman’s last book.
  2. Illustrated copy of The Blessing Way, Tony Hillerman’s first book.

Song of the Lion, along with Anne’s other books,
will be available for sale at the event.

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

Buy Tickets to An Evening with Anne Hillerman: A Fundraiser

1984: A Talk Show hosted by author James McGrath Morris
Sales of Orwell’s Classic Novel Are Up In The Era of Alternative Facts
Tuesday, March 7, 2017, 7:00 PM at the Santa Fe Playhouse, 142 East DeVargas Street
Free tickets are available online

1984George Orwell’s book, 1984, will be the topic of a panel discussion led by historian James McGrath Morris. Styled in a talk show format, Morris’ special guests include Grant Franks, Tutor, Saint John’s College; Ray Rivera, Editor, The Santa Fe New Mexican; Robyn Rikoon, Director, Santa Fe Playhouse’s upcoming production of 1984; and Vaughn Irving, Artistic Director and Actor, Santa Fe Playhouse. Co-sponsored by the Friends of the Santa Fe Public Library and the Santa Fe Playhouse, 1984: The Talk Show will commence at 7:00 PM at the Santa Fe Playhouse.

Orwell’s 68-year old book about a dystopian future where critical thought is suppressed under a totalitarian regime, has become something of a political barometer of late, rising to the top of Amazon’s best seller list in late January. First published in 1949 and imagining a future authoritarian society, 1984 is widely regarded as one of the most influential novels of the 20th century. The book focuses in particular on the impact of omnipresent government surveillance and the state's use of propaganda to enforce orthodoxy to an all-powerful leader, known as “Big Brother” Its state, Oceania, employs a language called Newspeak (and words like “doubleplusgood”) to limit freedom of thought.

NPR recently reported, “A spokesman for Signet Classics which currently publishes 1984 said sales have increased almost 10,000 percent since the inauguration and moved noticeably upwards on Sunday, January 22, 2017. That’s when Counselor to the President, Kellyanne Conway, appeared on Meet the Press. When host Chuck Todd challenged the Trump administration's assertions about the size of the Inauguration Day crowd, Conway responded by saying that the administration had ‘alternative facts.’ That phrase drew a lot of attention.”

On CNNs Reliable Sources, Washington Post reporter Karen Tumulty said “alternative facts” was a “George Orwell phrase.” Expanding on that idea in an interview, Tumulty said it reminded her of the double speak found in 1984 where “war is peace, freedom is slavery, ignorance is strength. CNN tweeted Tumulty's remark which contributed to the surge in book sales. Eventually other journalists also made the connection and the story took on a life of its own. As the story took off so did sales of 1984.

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An Evening with David Morrell

David MorrellJoin the Friends for a fundraising party on February 9, 2017, celebrating David Morrell, the critically acclaimed author of First Blood, the novel introducing Rambo, a returning Vietnam veteran who brings the war back home to the United States. Morrell holds a PhD in American literature from Penn State and was a professor in the English department at the University of Iowa. His numerous New York Times bestsellers include the classic spy novel, The Brotherhood of the Rose (the basis for the only television mini-series to be broadcast after a Super Bowl). An Edgar and Anthony finalist, a Nero and Macavity winner, Morrell is a recipient of three Bram Stoker awards from the Horror Writers Association and was honored with the prestigious Thriller Master award from the International Thriller Writers organization. Morrell’s latest project is an historical thriller trilogy featuring Thomas De Quincey, who wrote a scandalous 1821 bestseller, Confessions of an English Opium-Eater, an autobiographic account of his addiction to laudanum (opium mixed with alcohol) and its effect on his life. De Quincey was fifty years ahead of Freud in formulating theories about nightmares and the subconscious, and an expert in murder, particularly the Ratcliffe Highway mass murders of 1811. Those murders were so sensational they literally paralyzed England. Their effect wasn’t equaled until the Jack the Ripper slayings at the end of the century. De Quincey wrote the first-true crime essay about the Ratcliffe Highway murders, “On Considering Murder as One of the Fine Arts,” the inspiration for the title of the first book in Morrell’s trilogy, Murder as a Fine Art. Set in 1850s London, De Quincey Lives with his irrepressible daughter Emily, assisting Scotland Yard to investigate a series of murders. (flyer)

Friends Annual Meeting
When: January 29, 2017, 2:00–4:00 PM
Where: Main Library, 145 Washington Avenue
Who: All Members of the Friends of the Library
What: Mingle & Refreshments, short Business Meetig, Guest Speaker Lucy Moore

Lucy MooreLucy Moore brings an extraordinary range of experience that will resonate with Friends members. An enthusiastic fan of public libraries from her childhood in Seattle to motherhood and the Santa Fe Public Library — and many other libraries in between — Moore has always included books as an important part of her life, first as a reader and later as an author. Her first book, Into the Canyon: Seven Years in Navajo Country (2006), is a cross-cultural memoir in which she reflects on the eventful years that she and her family spent in and around Chinle, Arizona in the 1960s. The book was praised by author Leslie Marmon Silko as “A delight to read; an invaluable historical and cultural narrative.” Moore’s second book grew out of her work as a practicing facilitator/mediator, specializing for many years in difficult water rights and other environmental clashes in the Southwest. Encouraged by her many friends and admirers, including 2015 Heart of the Library awardee and author James McGrath Morris, Lucy Moore recorded the stories of her work in Common Ground on Hostile Turf (2013). Of this truly engaging account, Charles Wilkinson of the University of Colorado wrote “Alternative dispute resolution is one of the main impulses in American law today, and this is notably true in environmental law. Lucy Moore, a creative and successful mediator, takes us inside the negotiating rooms and shows how listening, respect, and opening up are not homilies — they are the sturdy foundations for building true and lasting results.” Lucy Moore’s website distills her philosophy: A place for laughter • The courage to take risks • The art of listening • The art of being in the middle • The power of story.

First FolioLet’s Read Shakespeare Out Loud Together
Do you love Shakespeare? Or think it too hard? Either way, let’s read from a play out loud together and talk about it. All ages are invited, whether you have experience with Shakespeare or not. You can read or just listen. Join us and have fun. All materials supplied.
  • Monday, February 1, 2016, 6:00 PM, at Main Library (955-6781)
  • Monday, February 8, 2016, 6:00 PM,
at La Farge Library (955-4862)
  • Monday, February 15, 2016, 6:00 PM,
the Southside Library (955-2820)

First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare will be on view at the New Mexico Museum of Art from February 5–28, 2016, as part of the nationwide tour from the Folger Shakespeare Library in commemoration of the 400th Anniversary of Shakespeare’s Death. The Friends of the Santa Fe Public Library are thrilled to be a partner in New Mexico events celebrating the First Folio.

Stephen GrantCocktails with Stephen Grant
Join the Friends for a fundraising party to celebrate Collecting Shakespeare: The Story of Henry and Emily Folger (2014), Stephen H. Grant’s biography of the founders of the Folger Shakespeare Library. In Collecting Shakespeare, Grant recounts the American success story of Henry and Emily Folger of Brooklyn, a couple who were devoted to each other, in love with Shakespeare, and bitten by the collecting bug. Shortly after marrying in 1885, the Folgers started buying, cataloging, and storing all manner of items about Shakespeare and his era. The elegant library they built on Capitol Hill near the Library of Congress to house their extraordinary collection was dedicated on the Bard’s birthday, April 23, 1932. Today, it holds 82 First Folios, 275,000 books, and 60,000 manuscripts, welcoming more than 100,000 visitors a year and serving as a vibrant cultural center in nation’s capital. The library provided Grant with unprecedented access to the primary sources within the Folger vault. He draws on interviews with surviving Folger relatives and visits to 35 related archives in the United States and in Britain to create a portrait of the remarkable couple who ensured that Shakespeare would have a beautiful home in America.

Where: A private home in Santa Fe Collecting Shakespeare
When: Saturday February 20, 2016, from 5:30-7:30 PM
Details: A Fundraiser Party, Ticket Required
Wine, Sparkling Wine, heavy hors d’oeuvres
Cost: $50 per person ($35 tax deductible)
$75 includes Collecting Shakespeare: The Story of Henry and Emily Folger
($35 tax deductible)
  Collecting Shakespeare will also be available for sale at the event.

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

Lois RudnickFriends Annual Meeting
When: January 24, 2016, 1:30–3:30 PM
Where: Main Library, 145 Washington Avenue
Who: All Members of the Friends of the Library
What: Business Meeting followed by special guest speaker
Lois Palken Rudnick and refreshments

Lois Palken Rudnick has been researching and writing about northern New Mexico for almost all of her adult life. A retired professor, she chaired the American Studies Department at the University of Massachusetts Boston for 26 years, before retiring in 2009 and moving to Santa Fe. She has taught, published, and lectured widely throughout the US and internationally on modern American culture, history, and literature, most especially on the writer and artist communities of Santa Fe and Taos. She is best known for her numerous books on Mabel Dodge Luhan, the doyenne of the Taos art colony in the early 20th century. Among her many books are Mabel Dodge Luhan: New Woman, New Worlds; Edge of Taos Desert: An Escape to Reality; Utopian Vistas: The Mabel Dodge Luhan House and the American Counterculture; and The Suppressed Memoirs of Mabel Dodge Luhan: Sex, Syphilis, and Psychoanalysis in the Making of Modern American Culture.

Lusitainia GreggSunday, May 24, 2015 at 2:00 PM
New Mexico History Museum Auditorium, 113 Lincoln Avenue
Sponsored by the Friends of the Santa Fe Public Library
   and the New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governors
Enter for Free through the museum’s Washington Avenue doors

One hundred years ago on May 7, 1915, the Cunard superliner R.M.S. Lusitania was sunk in a mere 18 minutes by a German submarine 11.5 miles off the coast of Ireland. Almost 1,200 passengers and crew, including 128 Americans, perished in the disaster that turned American opinion decidedly anti-German. Two years later, the United States entered World War I. Eight decades later, in peacetime, on September 28, 1994, the cruise ferry MS Estonia sank off the coast of Finland while en route from Tallinn, Estonia, to Stockholm. Despite rescue efforts, 852 lives were lost. As part of the transatlantic commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Lusitania, Gregg Bemis delivers a lecture on the two maritime disasters, focusing on the similarities between them and the implications for the future. A prominent Santa Fe resident, entrepreneur, and former director, chairman and principal owner of The Ocean Corporation, Bemis is also the owner of the Lusitania. He has undertaken extensive research and investigation into the sinkings of both The Lusitania and The Estonia. Author Hampton Sides will introduce him. (Press Release)

Cocktails with Anne Hillerman

Join the Friends for a fundraising party to celebrate the launch of Anne Hillerman’s new mystery Rock with Wings, the second in the series starring Bernadette (Bernie) Manualito, a Navajo Nation Police Officer.

Where: A home in the Sangre de Cristo foothills
When: Tuesday May 19th from 5:30-7:30 PM
Details: A Fundraiser Party, Ticket Required
Putting on the green, Margaritas, Wine, heavy hors d’oeuvres
Cost: $50 per person ($35 tax deductible)
$75 includes a copy of Rock with Wings ($35 tax deductible)

Rock with Wings, along with Anne’s other books, will be available for sale at the event.

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

  Rock with Wings

Making Friends

The Friends of the Santa Fe Public Library and co-sponsors, The State Library/Department of Cultural Affairs, will host a statewide conference — Making Friends — on April 8, 2015 from 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science in Albuquerque. This conference has been made possible with support from the Brindle Foundation.

Designed to support Friends of the Library organizations at all stages of development, the daylong event will feature three tracks of workshops geared toward New Friends (Friends groups that are just getting started), Growing Friends (Friends groups that are building), and Old Friends (Friends groups that continue to expand).

Topics will include: Recruiting and Board Building, To c(3) or Not To c(3), Social Media, IRS 990: Management and Marketing Tool, Enterprising Operations, Branding and Marketing, The Art of the Business Ask, Fundraising Strategies, Public Relations, Teamwork: The Public/Private Partnership.

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Future of Libraries Panel
(James McGrath Morris, Michael Delello, Patricia Hodapp, Tomas Jaehn, Jennifer Sprague, Sarah Heartt)

The Future of Libraries: A Panel Discussion
February 7, 2015, 10:00 AM – Noon
Great Hall at St. John’s College
1160 Camino de Cruz Blanca, Santa Fe, NM 87505

The panel discussion was moderated by author, columnist, and radio show host James McGrath Morris. Panelists:
  • Michael Delello, Acting State Librarian and Deputy Cabinet Secretary for Cultural Affairs
  • Sarah Heartt, former Librarian, Santa Fe Public Schools
  • Patricia Hodapp, Director, Santa Fe Public Library
  • Tomas Jaehn, Archivist, New Mexico History Museum
  • Jennifer Sprague, Library Director, St. John’s College

This event was co-sponsored by the Friends of the Santa Fe Public Library and St. John’s College.

Library officials mull changing roles, challenges of public institutions (Santa Fe New Mexican, 2/7/15)

Libraries in the digital age? Yes, they’re still crucial (Albuquerque Journal, 2/13/15)

Michael McGarrityFriends Annual Meeting
January 25, 2015, 1:00–3:00 PM
Southside Library, 6599 Jaguar Drive
Business Meeting followed by special guest speaker Michael McGarrity and refreshments

Michael McGarrity: Random Thoughts About Literature, Books, Libraries, and Santa Fe

Michael McGarrity’s career in criminal justice includes work in corrections, law enforcement, security, and police officer training. As a trained psychotherapist, McGarrity specialized in the treatment of high-risk populations including drug abusers, chronically mentally ill patients, juvenile delinquents, adult felons, and abused and neglected children.

With the publication of Tularosa in 1996, McGarrity turned to writing full time. A number of his best selling novels have been nominated for various awards, and in 2004 he received the New Mexico Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts—Literature. He has been instrumental in establishing the Hillerman-McGarrity Creative Writing Scholarship at the University of New Mexico, the Richard Bradford Memorial Creative Writing Scholarship at the Santa Fe Community College, and the N. Scott Momaday Creative Writing Scholarship at the Institute of American Indian Arts.

¡Muchísiamas Gracias! to the Friends of the Santa Fe Public Library!

On Wednesday, December 10th, the Mayor honored the Friends of the Library with a ¡Muchísiamas Gracias! Award in honor of our 40th Anniversary.

Muchisiamas Gracias

Since 1974, the non-profit Friends of the Santa Fe Public Library has helped to support the Santa Fe Public Library by raising money to provide the resources for additional programming, much-needed materials and equipment, support for children’s summer reading and other programs, and special events throughout the year. The Friends commit their time and resources to preserve and enhance our libraries for generations today and tomorrow because they understand the critical importance of a well-funded library to our community. In the past year, from July 2013 through June 2014, a total of 119 Friends volunteers contributed 9,425 hours of their time to support the Santa Fe Public Library.

Now, therefore, in honor of their fortieth anniversary and forty years of service to the community of Santa Fe, the City of Santa Fe presents this ¡Muchísiamas Gracias! Award to the Friends of the Santa Fe Public Library.

James McGrath MorrisHow To Tell a True Story: Writing Workshops with James McGrath Morris

Santa Fe author, columnist, and radio show host James McGrath Morris will present two workshops focusing on the art and craft of writing non-fiction.

Participants will learn how to use storytelling techniques to enliven non-fiction writing. Among the topics to be covered are:

  • Shaping your story
  • Where to begin and where to end
  • How to create scenes, introduce action, develop tension, and work with quotations and dialogue
  • Making effective use of research

The workshops are appropriate for anyone interested in writing books, memoirs, or articles, as well as for students writing class papers.

Registration begins on Saturday, October 25th, and space is limited. Please call the appropriate number to reserve your spot.

    • Workshop for Teens ages 13–18 (call 955-2820 for reservations)
Saturday, November 8th from 1:00–5:00 PM at the Southside Library, 6599 Jaguar Drive
    • Workshop for Adults (call 955-6781 for reservations)
Saturday, November 15th from 1:00–5:00 PM at the Main Library, 145 Washington Avenue

James McGrath Morris’s booksbooks include Pulitzer: A Life in Politics, Print, and Power — named one of the five best books on American moguls by the Wall Street Journal and featured on the Booklist 2010 list of the ten best biographies  — and The Rose Man of Sing Sing: A True Tale of Life, Murder, and Redemption in the Age of Yellow Journalism, a Washington Post Best Book of the Year.

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Mark O'ConnorMark O’Connor Presents The O’Connor Method
Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 3:30 PM
Community Room at the Main Library, 145 Washington Avenue, Santa Fe

Performer, composer, and educator Mark O’Connor will present a free lecture and demonstration of his Suzuki-alternative string teaching method, the O’Connor Method, on Wednesday, August 27th, at the Main Library. He will be joined by violinist Maggie Dixon for demonstrations of music from the O’Connor Method.  “The O’Connor Method aims to modernize string pedagogy by not only bestowing on youngstring players comprehensive technical and theoretical foundations but also teaching them how to improvise and creatively manipulate the music they learn,” explains O’Connor.

The Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival commissioned both his 1st and 2nd string quartets, and the Santa Fe Symphony commissioned his Fiddle Concerto. O’Connor won the CMA Musician of the Year six times as a fiddler.

James McGrath MorrisJames McGrath Morris
The Changing World of Publishing and Reading: An Author’s View of the Fast-Evolving Universe of the Written Word

Thursday, July 31, 7:00 PM in the Great Hall at St. John’s College

Morris will speak about the future of books and reading and will outline the seismic changes shaking up the world of book publishing and reading. “What is happening to books today is as important a moment in history as five centuries ago when Gutenberg created moveable type and launched the printing revolution,” said Morris. “The changes now taking place are more than a matter of replacing type, ink and paper with pixels—a profound shift is taking place in the act of reading itself.”

Combining his work experience in the publishing industry and his years as an author, Morris will explain why current changes are so significant and what lies ahead for readers. In a recent column, Morris noted, “The ominous tones from the lesson learned by the music industry when it underwent a similar digital transformation may forecast the future of writing.”

St. John’s College and the Friends of the Santa Fe Public Library are pleased to co-sponsor this event as part of their respective anniversary celebrations.

Honor and DefianceBook Talk by James Bailey Blackshear
Honor and Defiance: A History of the Las Vegas Land Grant in New Mexico
May 24, 2014, 1:00–3:00 PM
Main Library Community Room, 145 Washington Avenue

In 1835, a petition for land far from Santa Fe, New Mexico was awarded to pobladores (settlers) willing to relocate to the eastern edge of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Founded along the Gallinas River, the settlement became the Las Vegas Land Grant. The history of this grant is the history of New Mexico. On this 496,000 acre community grant, beliefs about land and faith were intertwined within a system of shared sacredness. In the 1890s, Anglo-American merchants and cattlemen joined with Hispano elites in the first concerted effort to wrest control of this grant from its original owners and heirs. The heart of this book investigates how a rural nuevo-mexicano (New Mexican) movement on the Las Vegas Land Grant evolved from burning barns and cutting fences to political activism and success at the ballot box. It also examines the history of New Mexico land grants, Hispano mountain culture, the origination of the town footprint, the boom of Territorial Las Vegas, and the cultural diversity that existed within the two distinct towns that emerged when the railroad came to Las Vegas in 1879. Honor and Defiance details the impact of American expansion into a well-established Hispano urban center, and highlights the robust nature of nuevo-mexicano spirit, determination, and ingenuity on the Las Vegas Land Grant. The book also includes photographs of Las Vegas, leaders of the period, and the land the land they fought for.

Author James Bailey Blackshear received his master’s degree in history from Texas A&M and his PhD in history from the University of North Texas. He has won awards for his literary essays, and has been published by the New Mexico Historical Review and the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. He has spoken about the Las Vegas Land Grant at history conferences in both Colorado and Texas.

Serious Fun: A Poetry Workshop for Children
with Jon Davis, Poet Laureate of Santa Fe

April 5, 2014, 2:30–4:30 PM
Southside Library, 6599 Jaguar Drive
Ages 6–12, adult supervision required

Poetry is serious business, but it’s also fun. The poet, William Carlos Williams (ignoring the rules of good grammer) once said, “If it ain’t a pleasure, it ain’t a poem”. Jon Davis agrees. So during the workshop, participants will play a series of poetry games, write some group poems, write poems that sound good but might not mean anything, and “mad lib” some famous poems. And somewhere along the way, there will be a discussion about the “seriousness.” To sign up for the workshop, stop by the Southside Friends bookstore, call 955-2839, or email the Friends.

Don’t Say What You Mean, Mean What You Say:
A Workshop for Teens and Adults with Jon Davis, Poet Laureate of Santa Fe

April 12 ,2014, 12:30–4:30 PM
Main Library, 145 Washington Avenue

“Tell the truth/but tell it slant,” Emily Dickinson famously wrote. We’re often told to “express ourselves” and “free our voices,” but in most cases that doesn’t result in art. In this workshop we will, instead, place restrictions on what we can say and how we can say it in the hope that those restrictions will lead us below the surface of what we think we think and to feel something deeper, stranger, more surprising — and more artful. To sign up for the workshop, stop by the Main Friends bookstore, call 955-2839, or email the Friends.

Friends 2014 Annual Meeting
Saturday, January 25, 2014, 3:00 PM
Main Library Community Room, 145 Washington Avenue

We shall vote on a new slate of officers, learn about the progress of the past year, and celebrate it, including an acknowledgement of those who have been great supporters of the Friends of the Library. Refreshments follow the business meeting.

Friends 2013 Annual Meeting
January 20, 2013, 1:30-3:30 PM
Main Library Community Room, 145 Washington Avenue
Business Meeting followed by special guest speaker Mark Dunn and refreshments

Mark DunnBorn in Memphis, Tennessee, Mark Dunn is the author of five previous novels—including Ella Minnow Pea and Ibid—and more than thirty full-length plays, a dozen of which have been published in acting edition. He is currently the playwright-in-residence with the New Jersey Repertory Company and the Community Theatre League in Williamsport, Pennsylvania and recently moved to Santa Fe.

Mark has received over 200 productions of his work for the stage throughout the world, with translations of his plays into French, Italian, Dutch and Hungarian. His play North Fork (later retitled Cabin Fever: A Texas Tragicomedy when it was picked up for publication by Samuel French) premiered at the New Jersey Repertory Company (NJRC) in 1999 and has since gone on to receive numerous productions throughout the U.S.

Mark is co-author with NJRC composer-in-residence Merek Royce Press of Octet: A Concert Play, which received its world premiere at NJRC in 2000. Two of his plays, Helen’s Most Favorite Day and Dix Tableaux, have gone on to publication and national licensing by Samuel French. His novels include the award-winning Ella Minnow Pea, Welcome to Higby, Ibid, the children’s novel The Calamitous Adventures of Rodney and Wayne,Under the Harrow, and Feral Park.

Mark teaches creative writing and leads playwriting seminars around the country, in addition to serving as Vice President of the non-profit PULA (People United for Libraries in Africa), which he founded with his wife, Mary, in 2002.

Thanks to Collected Works, Mark’s novels will be available for sale and signing after the talk. A percentage of the sale price will be donated to the Friends of the Santa Fe Public Library.

American Decameron   American Decameron
A girl in Galveston is born on the eve of a great storm and the dawn of the 20th century. Survivors of the Lusitania are accidentally reunited in the North Atlantic. A member of the Bonus Army find himself face to face with General MacArthur. A failed writer attempts to end his life on the Golden Gate Bridge until an unexpected heroine comes to his rescue, and on the doorstep of a new millennium, as the clock strikes twelve, the stage is set for a stunning denouement as the American century converges upon itself in a Greenwich nursing home, tying together all of the previous tales and the last one hundred years.

Ella Minnow Pea   Ella Minnow Pea
Ella Minnow Pea is a girl living happily on the fictional island of Nollop off the coast of South Carolina. Nollop was named after Nevin Nollop, author of the immortal pangram,“The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.” Now Ella finds herself acting to save her friends, family, and fellow citizens from the encroaching totalitarianism of the island’s Council, which has banned the use of certain letters of the alphabet as they fall from a memorial statue of Nevin Nollop. As the letters progressively drop from the statue they also disappear from the novel. The result is both a hilarious and moving story of one girl’s fight for freedom of expression, as well as a linguistic tour de force sure to delight word lovers everywhere.

Ibid   Ibid
Ibid, written entirely in footnotes, is the off-the-wall fictional biography of Jonathan Blashette, a three-legged circus performer and deodorant entrepreneur. Dunn, a character in his own novel, is Blashette’s esteemed biographer. But when Dunn’s editor destroys the manuscript in an unfortunate bathtub accident, all that remains are the footnotes, which they arrange to publish in a consummate portrait of Blashette’s strangely hilarious life story, one that offers some infinitely interesting morsels of American cultural history. Of course, as endnotes go, these are the tidbits, the marginalia: snippets of commentary, correspondence, court transcripts, song lyrics, and even a recipe for Boston baked beans. But in the topsy-turvy world of Ibid, the footnotes tell the truest story of all.

Under the Harrow   Under the Harrow
The Encyclopedia Britannica (Ninth Edition), a King James Bible, a world atlas, and a complete set of the novels of Charles Dickens are the only books left to the orphans of Dingley Dell when the clandestine anthropological experiment begins. From these, they develop their own society, steeped in Victorian tradition and the values of a Dickensian world. For over a century Dinglians live out this semi-idyllic and anachronistic existence, aided only by minimal trade with the supposedly plague-ridden Outland. But these days are quickly coming to an end. The experiment, which has evolved into a lucrative voyeuristic peep-box for millionaires and their billionaire descendants, has run its course. Dingley Dell must be totally expunged, and with it, all trace of the thousands of neo-Victorians who live there. A few Dinglians learn the secret of both their manipulated past and their doomed future, and this small, motley crew of Dickensian innocents must race the clock to save their countrymen and themselves from mass annihilation.

Welcome to Higby   Welcome to Higby
Welcome to Higby follows the hilarious goings-on in a small town in northern Mississippi over Labor Day weekend. From mousy Carmen Valentine, whose guardian angel, Arnetta, gives her penny-pinching shopping tips, to addled old Hank Grammar, who preaches Jesus to his neighbors’ pets, Higby’s townsfolk have a knack for getting into — and trouble getting out of — outrageous situations. Blessed with an unerring eye for dead-on details, Dunn lovingly traces the eccentric and touching lives of his characters, offering an intelligent yet heartwarming vision of life in small-town Americ ain this Southern comical tale about simple dreams both realized and thwarted by all the complexities of the human heart.

Ricardo Caté Talk and Book Signing
December 5th at 6:30 PM in the Community Room at the Main Library, 145 Washington Avenue, Santa Fe

CartoonCartoonist and local artist Ricardo Caté, from Kewa/ Santo Domingo Pueblo, spoke about how he came to be a cartoonist as well as how he comes up with his cartoons, which appear six days a week in the Santa Fe New Mexican comics pages at 6:30 PM on Wednesday, December 5th in the Community Room at the Main Library.

Caté’s daily “Without Reservations” cartoons have been gathered into a new book, aptly named Without Reservations. Proceeds from all sales at the event benefit the Friends of the Santa Fe Public Library.

Ricardo Caté with original art for one of his cartoons.

Meet, Greet & Signing Party for How Hollyhocks Came to New Mexico
Sunday, November 25, 2:00-4:00 PM, Main Library Community Room, 145 Washington Avenue, Santa Fe

How Hollyhocks Came to New MexicoHow Hollyhocks Came to New Mexico, the new bilingual children’s book by Rudolfo Anaya, was released at a Meet, Greet & Signing party on Sunday, November 25th in the Community Room at the Main Library, 145 Washington Avenue, Santa Fe.

How Hollyhocks Came to New Mexico has a Spanish translation by award-winning author Nasario Garcia of Santa Fe. The illustrations for the book are by award-winning artist Nicolás Otero of Los Lunas. This is Oteo’s first book and already there is praise by many for his art. Otero is a participant in Traditional Spanish Market, The Heard Museum Spanish Market, the Corrales fall show, The Albuquerque Museum Miniatures Show, and many others.

Rudolfo Anaya is a recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts National Medal of Arts, winner of many New Mexico Book Awards, The Governor of New Mexico’s Award, NEA fellowships, as well as many other awards. He is regarded as the father of Hispanic literature in the United States.

Nasario Garcia
Nicolás Otero with his original art for How Hollyhocks Came to New Mexico

Heart of the Library Award Presented to the Brindle Foundation

Kim Straus
Alana McGrattan presents the annual Heart of the Library Award to Kim Straus of the Brindle Foundation

Thanks to Outgoing Board Members

Andrea Gross
Susan Sheldon thanks Andrea Gross for her years of service on the Board of the Friends of the Library.

Linda Mowbray
Susan Sheldon thanks Linda Mowbray for her years of service on the Board of the Friends of the Library.

C.S. Merrill at the 2012 Annual Meeting

C.S. Merrill

C.S. Merrill reads from Weekends with O’Keeffe, a record of the seven years of weekends she spent with Georgia O’Keeffe from 1973-1979, working as librarian, secretary, cook, nurse, companion, confidante, reader, and caregiver. She also shared poems from O’Keeffe Days in a Life.

2nd Annual Santa Fe Alternative Gift Market

Gift Market

Shoppers enjoyed free Java Joes coffee, hot cider, and holiday-baked goods while choosing gifts that benefit those in need at the second annual Santa Fe Alternative Gift Market. The shopping list for the Friends of the Santa Fe Public Library included books and DVDs for the library, sponsorships for Children’s Programs, prizes for the Summer Reading Program, computers for the Teen Afterschool Homework Program, and supplies for the Books-and-Babies Program and the Feed-A-Teen Program.

The Market began with a grand opening celebration Friday, December 16th and continued through the weekend at the DeVargas Center in Santa Fe.

Ribbon Cutting

Santa Fe Mayor David Coss cut the ribbon to officially mark the opening of the Second Annual Santa Fe Alternative Gift Market on December 16th. With the mayor, from left to right, is Tony Princ, executive director of Alternative Gifts International who flew in from Wichita, Kansas; actress and author Ali MacGraw with Pat Hodapp, director of the Santa Fe Public Library System; and, in front is five-year old Keifer Fitzgerald who was the first official shopper at the gift market. He selected as his purchase a night in the Interfaith Shelter. (Photo by James McGrath Morris)

Dedication of the Vanity Bench

 Vanity Bench

Peggy van Hulsteyn at the dedication of the Vanity Bench honoring her literary calico, Vanity, narrator of The Diary of a Santa Fe Cat, at Southside Library. (October 2011)

Farewell to Wayne Hammar

 Wayne Hammar

Wayne Hammar accepts a farewell gift from Co-Presidents Alana McGrattan and Susan Sheldon in appreciation for his six years of service to the Friends as Administrative Assistant. (September 2011)

James McGrath Morris at the 2011 Annual Meeting

 James McGrath Morris

James McGrath Morris, author of Pulitzer: A Life in Politics, Print and Power, and Andrea Gross, outgoing Co-President, after Morris’s dynamic presentation about the epic rise and tragic decline of Joesph Pulitzer, the American icon who transformed the press and created the modern mass media, at the Friends Annual Meeting on January 30, 2011. (Press Release)

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