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Letters About Literature Contest 2015

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The New Mexico State Library invites students to participate in Letters About Literature, a writing contest organized in cooperation with The Center for the Book and the Library of Congress. Letters About Literature is a writing contest designed to promote reading and thoughtful writing by encouraging young readers to read a book and then write a letter to the author explaining how his or her work shaped their perspective on the world or themselves. This is the third year New Mexico State Library has sponsored the competition.

Readers in grades 4-12 write a personal letter to an author describing their personal reaction to a book, story, or poem. Students may write about works of fiction or nonfiction. Entries in Spanish will be accepted and translated for the New Mexico judges. State judges will select the top letter writers in New Mexico, who then advance to the national competition.

Letter writers compete at three levels: Level I is grades 4-6; Level II is grades 7-8; and Level III is grades 9-12. The one winning letter from each level from each state is entered into the final national competition. There will be cash prizes for the three state winners and also for the national winners.

Click here to download the Letters About Literature participation guidelines and the entry form: LettersAboutLiteratureEntryGuidelines2015
Level 3 entries must be postmarked by December 15, 2014.
Level 1 and 2 entries must be postmarked by January 15, 2015.

The entry form is for teachers or librarians submitting class or group entries, as well as for individual students who prefer to enter separately on their own. Individual entries are signed by a parent or guardian rather than a teacher or a librarian.

Please visit Letters About Literature 2015 to learn more about the contest!

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Technology Learning for September and October

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We have new technology workshops scheduled, along with open labs. Each open lab offers the opportunity to come in and ask the librarians technology questions. You can bring your own laptop or mobile device if you want! You can also use the library laptops to do self-paced online tutorials.

Open Computer Lab – Silver City Public Library librarians
The library mobile computer lab will be open for anyone to do self-paced tutorials, learn and practice computer skills, and ask questions. You may also bring your own laptop or mobile device.
Friday, September 12, 10:00am-12:00pm No registration necessary.NMDWSlogoWeb

Job Seekers’ Intro to the New Mexico State Jobs Website – NM Workforce Connection
Wednesday, September 24, 9:30am to 11:00am.
To register, call Workforce Connection at 538-3737. Limit 14 students.

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

Advertising Your Business on Facebook – NM Small Business Development Center with Abe Villarreal
Wednesday, October 8, 10:00am-12:00pmSBDClogo
To register, call the Small Business Development Center at 538-6320. Limit 14 students.

Open Computer Lab – Silver City Public Library librarians
The library mobile computer lab will be open for anyone to do self-paced tutorials, learn and practice computer skills, and ask questions. You may also bring your own laptop or mobile device.
Friday, October 10, 10:00am-12:00pm No registration necessary.

Autumn Storytime and Lego Club

Our August break is over, and storytime and Lego Club have resumed! Join us Wednesdays at 10:30am at the Silver City Public Library for reading, poetry, music and movement fun for children and grown-ups of all ages.

LegoBlocksChildren ages 4-10 are invited to join us for freestyle collaborative creation with Legos every Wednesday at 4:00pm. Please don’t bring your own Legos, because we have a lot and don’t want them to get mixed up. Thanks!

The library is located at 515 W. College Avenue in Silver City. If you have any questions, feel free to contact our children’s librarian Harmony at 575-538-3672.

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month

School has started and everyone is preparing for a productive autumn–there is no better time to sign up for a library card! Your work and play will benefit from the physical and electronic resources available to you with your card.  Besides the books, audiobooks, DVDs, CDs, magazines, newspapers, and energy-use measuring devices available at the library, you can use the card to borrow eBooks and downloadable audiobooks at New Mexico Library To-Go.  A new library card allows you to log into Tutor.com, where students and job-seekers can get resources, practice materials, and one-on-one chat tutoring in all subject areas. (Contact us for details on how to log into New Mexico Library To-Go and Tutor.com!) Your card also allows you to access the Newsbank newspapers database and other online resources, which you can find on our catalog home page.

Lost your card? Stop by on Wednesday, September 24 for free library card replacement day!

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Aug-Sept Tech Classes and Workshops

Tomorrow we have our first free technology workshop for the Digital Literacy Grant County project. There’s still room, so stop by in the morning:
Job Seekers’ Intro to the New Mexico State Jobs Website
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Covers the resume builder, cover letter tool, and other resources available on jobs.state.nm.us.
Wednesday, August 13, 9:30 – 11:00am at the Silver City Public Library
Limit 14 students.

There are more free classes coming up this month, all at the library:

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Presented by NM Small Business Development Center with Abe Villarreal
Tuesday, August 26, 10:00am – 12:00pm
To register, call the NM Small Business Development Center at 538-6320. Limit 14 students.

Basic Computer Skills Series – August 27-September 19
Presented by WNMU Adult Education Services
Covers computer hardware basics, computer operation basics, internet and emailing, and Microsoft Office basics.
Wednesday, August 27 2:00-4:00pm
Friday, August 29 2:00-4:00pm
Wednesday, September 3 2:00-4:00pmWNMU-AES
Friday, September 5 2:00-4:00pm
Wednesday, September 10 2:00-4:00pm
Friday, September 12 2:00-4:00pm
Wednesday, September 17 2:00-4:00pm
Friday, September 19 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.

The basic computer skills series will repeat throughout the fall, so there are more opportunities to take the classes!  If you have any questions, contact Lillian Galloway at the library at 575-538-3672 or ref@silvercitymail.com.

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Our Community’s Summer Reads

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The adult summer reading program was a lot of fun. Sixty-two people registered, and forty-seven book ratings/reviews were submitted! Anyone who gave correct answers to each of the five weekly puzzles was entered for a puzzle prize drawing. Each winner received a $10 Main Street gift certificate. We also held two drawings at the end of the program: one for everyone who submitted one or more book reviews, and one for those who submitted reading tic-tac-toe cards. Each winner received a book, a journal/notebook, and a pack of science playing cards (featuring constellations and geological specimens). Thank you to everyone who participated!

If you would like to review more of your reads throughout the year, you can add reviews to our online catalog!  Log in using your library card number and your phone number or password.  Search for the book that you read, click on the title to open the detailed view, and click on “Review this title!”

Here are the books that participants read for their tic-tac-toe cards (an asterisk indicates that the title was also rated or reviewed):

Nonfiction science books:
The Story of the Human Body by Daniel Lieberman
The Map the Changed the World by Simon Winchester

Books from the “New Books” shelf:
Confessions of a Wild Child by Jackie Collins*
Kinder than Solitude by Yi Yun Li
A Family Affair by Fern Michaels *grainbrain
Otherwise Engaged by Amanda Quick*
My Name is Resolute by Nancy E. Turner

Science fiction or fantasy books:
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood*
The Rathbones by Janice Clark

Books with great covers:
Grain Brain by David Perlmutter
Ghostwalk by Rebecca Stott*

Children’s or young adult books:ghostwalk
Corduroy by Don Freeman
R is for Rachel by Patricia Reilly Giff
The Sneetches and Other Stories by Dr. Seuss
Jubal’s Wish by Audrey Wood

Magazines:
The Book Refuge” by Janet Malcolm, The New Yorker, June 23, 2014

Others read for tic-tac-toe:
Heaven Is for Real by Todd Burpo* (2)
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway*
The Painted Veil by Somerset Maugham
I Always Loved You by Robin Oliveira*
The Collector by Nora Roberts*
The Guns of August by Barbara Tuchman

 

Books rated or reviewed:
Everything I Do You Blame on Me! by Allyson Aborn
Why Should I? It’s Not My Birthday by Allyson Aborn
Aesop’s Fables Set in Verse by H. Jerome Alter
Gestational Diabetes: What to Expect by the American Diabetes Association
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
Forever by Judy Blume
The Cat Who Went Bananas by Lilian Jackson Braun
Heaven Is for Real by Todd Burpo (2)confessionsofawildchild
Heaven Changes Everything by Todd and Sonja Burpo
A Christmas Memory, One Christmas, and the Thanksgiving Visitor by Truman Capote
Deception Cove by Jayne Castle
Confessions of a Wild Child by Jackie Collins
Turn Left at Orion by Guy Consolmagno
Angels Among Us by Jack Cornfield
This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen
Reason to Breathe by Rebecca Donovan
Isle of Lies by Donna Fletcher
Peace by Shelley Shepard Gray
A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking
A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
Veil of Night by Linda Howardabriefhistoryoftime
Operation Paperclip by Annie Jacobsen
The Brothers: John Foster Dulles, Allen Dulles, and Their Secret World War by Stephen Kinzer
River Road by Jayne Ann Krentz
A Love Shared by Chrissie Loveday
Ties that Bind by Chrissie Loveday
The Last Resort by Alison Lurie
A Family Affair by Fern Michaels
Cop by Michael L. Middleton
Countess Conspiracy by Courtney Milan
The Duchess War by Courtney Milan
Governess Affair by Courtney Milan
The Heiress Effect by Courtney Milan
The Wives of Los Alamos by TaraShea Nesbit
I Always Loved You by Robin Oliveira
Otherwise Engaged by Amanda Quick
Being Perfect by Anna Quindlen
A Short Guide to a Happy Life by Anna Quindlen
The Collector by Nora Roberts
High Noon by Nora Roberts
The Search by Nora Roberts
Still Missing by Chevy Stevens
Ghostwalk by Rebecca Stott
A Wedding to Die For by Leann Sweeney

New Resources

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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