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We have received two “Working Tress” info sheets from the USDA National Agroforestry Center on the following topics: “Where can edible non-timber forest products be sold?” and “Can windbreaks do more than slow the wind?”  You can stop by the library information desk to view them, or check them out on their website.

We have also received a copy of the Alzheimer’s Association – New Mexico Chapter publication AlzAdvocate.  This is also available at the library information desk.  Previous issues can be found online at the New Mexico Chapter website.

Many informational publications of local interest can be found in the Community Information box at the library information desk.  We can also direct you to online resources, many of which are bookmarked on the library Delicious account.  You may also want to investigate the Resources pages on this blog.

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Minecrafters Gathering

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End-of-Summer Events and Break

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The Silver City Public Library 2014 Summer Reading Program has come to an end, and the library would like to thank all the presenters, partners, and volunteers who helped make it possible. There are just a few more end-of-summer events coming up. The library will be hosting four CLAYplay Youth Workshops for 3rd-6th graders, in collaboration with the Silver City Clay Festival, Gila Valley Library, and Bayard Public Library. The Silver City workshops will be held from 10:00am to 11:30am Tuesday through Friday, July 29 through August 1. For a full schedule of workshops and to register, contact the Silver City Public Library at 575-538-3672. There is a limit of 15 students per workshop.

MinecraftLogoOn Tuesday, August 5 the library will host a Minecrafters Gathering from 2:00pm to 4:00pm.   Youth ages 10 and up are invited to join us for a scavenger hunt, Minecraft videos, craft, and some player vs. player action.

There will be no Lego Mindstorms Club, Chess Club, storytime, or Lego Club during the month of August. This break will give the Silver City Public Library programming team time to plan and schedule all the activities for the fall.

Change of Silver City Public Library Hours

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Beginning on Monday, August 4, the Silver City Public Library will be open during the following hours:

Monday         12:00pm – 6:00pm

Tuesday         9:00am – 6:00pm

Wednesday   9:00am – 6:00pm

Thursday       12:00pm – 7:00pm

Friday            9:00am – 5:00pm

Saturday       9:00am – 1:00pm

For more information about library hours and services, contact director Eileen Sullivan at 538-3672.

Silver City Public Library Announces Partnership for Digital Literacy

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This July the Silver City Public Library is formally launching a broad partnership to offer technology training in Grant County. The Silver City library is working with the Bayard Public Library, WNMU Adult Education Services, the New Mexico Small Business Development Center, New Mexico Workforce Solutions, Literacy Link – Leamos, and the Silver City Arts and Cultural District to offer free classes, workshops, and open lab sessions focused on computers, internet, and other technology tools. The project, Digital Literacy Training: 21st Century Skills for a Sustainable Grant County, will promote the development of the technology skills that are essential for economic growth, and will increase the capacity of citizens to fully engage in the community, access needed services, and participate in educational opportunities. It is made possible by the support of a Freeport-McMoran Community Investment Fund grant of $15,000, awarded to the library in March. “The grant has allowed us to obtain the necessary equipment—laptops, FreeportMcMoranperipherals, storage cart, projector, and projection screen—to host classes with a mobile computer lab,” explained Lillian Galloway, project coordinator. Eva Artschwager, representing the New Mexico Broadband Program of the New Mexico Department of Information Technology, is also offering her time and expertise to ensure the success of the Digital Literacy Grant County project.

The first training to be offered will be a four-week series led by WNMU Adult Education Services, beginning July 30. The series will cover computer hardware basics, computer operation basics, internet and emailing, and Microsoft Office basics. Classes will be held on Wednesdays and Fridays at the Silver City Public Library, and the series will be offered repeatedly throughout the fall as listed below. In addition, New Mexico Workforce Solutions will be offering a hands-on workshop introducing the resume builder, cover letter tool, and other resources available on jobs.state.nm.us. This workshop will be held at the library on August 13 from 9:30am to 11:00am.

Basic Computer Skills Series – WNMU Adult Education Services WNMU-AES

July 30 – August 22
Wednesday and Friday, 2:00-4:00pm
Register at the first class session on July 30, or call Adult Education Services at 574-5101 to register beforehand. Limit 14 students.

 

August 27 – September 19
Wednesday and Friday, 2:00-4:00pm
Register at the first class session on August 27, or call Adult Education Services at 574-5101 to register beforehand. Limit 14 students.

 

September 24 – October 17
Wednesday and Friday, 2:00-4:00pm
Register at the first class session on September 24, or call Adult Education Services at 574-5101 to register beforehand. Limit 14 students.

 

October 22 – November 14
Wednesday and Friday, 2:00-4:00pm
Register at the first class session on October 22, or call Adult Education Services at 574-5101 to register beforehand. Limit 14 students.

 

November 19 – December 19 (Holiday November 24-28)
Wednesday and Friday, 2:00-4:00pm
Register at the first class session on November 19, or call Adult Education Services at 574-5101 to register beforehand. Limit 14 students.

 

Job Seekers’ Intro to the New Mexico State Jobs Website – NM Workforce SolutionsNMDWSlogoWeb
Wednesday, August 13, 9:30am to 11:00am.
To register, call Workforce Solutions at 538-3737. Limit 14 students.

 

In addition to free classes and workshops, the library and its partners will offer open lab sessions for participants to ask a wide variety of technology questions.   Future plans include “train-the-trainer” sessions for community members who would like to become technology trainers. “The digital literacy project is an important way that the library and its partners can contribute to economic development, education, and community engagement in Grant County,” said library director Eileen Sullivan. “Through this project, more of our citizens will develop the skills to fully participate in the civic and economic life of our community.” For more information about the project, contact Lillian Galloway at the Silver City Public Library, 575-538-3672 or ref@silvercitymail.com.

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Water Report Available

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The Town of Silver City annual drinking water report is now available!  You can find print copies in English and Spanish on the shelves near the library information desk.  The report can also be accessed online here.  The Utilities Department writes, “For more information about this report or for any questions relating to your drinking water, please contact the Utilities Department at (575) 534-6365. You may also email Robert M. Esqueda, Utilities Director at resqueda@qwestoffice.net or Norma J. Ramirez, Utilities Executive Secretary, at nramirez@silvercitymail.com.

El Reporte Anual de la Calidad del Agua ya está disponible en la biblioteca.  Vaya a la tabla de información para obtener una copia.

Summer Reading Lineup June 23-27

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Mindstorms club this evening was awesome; eight young people stopped by to experiment with robots.  Here’s what else is happening this week:

Tuesday 6/24 10:30am: Creative Creations (craft/science experiment), limit 35 children

Tuesday 6/24 4:00pm: Chess Club, all ages

Wednesday 6/25 10:30am: Storytime

Wednesday 6/25 4:00pm: Lego Club

Thursday 6/26 10:30am: Presentation by the Silver City Astronomical Society, all ages

Thursday 6/26 4:00pm: Family movie

Friday 6/27 10:30am: Storytime with Nancy

Friday 6/27 2:00-4:00pm: Youth DIY, Imploding Aluminum Cans

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