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Michael McGarrity Second-Chance Event


Michael McGarrity, the author of the acclaimed Kevin Kerney crime-suspense novels that take place in modern New Mexico, will be presenting a lecture on his experiences as a writer and law enforcement officer on Friday, April 25th at 5:30 PM at the WNMU Global Resources Auditorium. Refreshments will be provided starting at 5:00 PM. This presentation is presented by the Western Institute of Lifelong Learning as part of their Reflections of an Artist series.

Mr. McGarrity will be at the Silver City Public Library on Saturday April 26th, at 10:00am for the “Second-Chance” portion of this event. A number of his books will be on sale at both venues.

WILLLogoThe library is very pleased to be collaborating with the Western Institute of Lifelong Learning to offer another opportunity to meet Mr. McGarrity.

Michael McGarrity holds a BA with distinction in psychology and a master’s degree in clinical social work. As an undergraduate, he held a Ford Foundation Scholarship at the University of New Mexico. Additionally, he is an honor graduate of the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy. His career in criminal justice includes work in corrections, law enforcement, security, and police officer training. As a Santa Fe County deputy sheriff, he worked as a patrol officer, community relations officer, training and planning supervisor, and lead investigator for the sex crimes unit, which he established. He also has served as an instructor at the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy, an investigator and caseworker for the Public Defender’s Office, and an investigator for a state government agency. In 1987, he was honored as Santa Fe’s Police Officer of the Year.

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. He was responsible for re-establishing mental health services for the New Mexico Corrections Department after the infamous prison riot of 1980. That year he was recognized by his peers as the New Mexico Social Worker of the Year. He served on the faculty of several colleges and universities, teaching courses in psychology and counseling and functioning as a field supervisor for undergraduate and graduate clinical social work students. For a number of years he maintained a private practice in family therapy and consultation services to community-based treatment agencies. With the publication of “Tularosa” in 1996, McGarrity turned to writing full time.

He lives in Santa Fe New Mexico with his college sweetheart, Emily Beth (Mimi). 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. He received the New Mexico Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts -Literature in 2004.

Beate Sigriddaughter – Book Talk and Signing

Beate Sigriddaughter, photo by Stephen Straight

Book Talk and Signing—Beate Sigriddaughter
Beauty Sleeping
Thursday, April 24, 10:00am
Silver City Public Library


The Silver City Public Library is pleased to host Beate Sigriddaughter, who will discuss her latest book, Beauty Sleeping. The book is a novel about an artist’s journey. “She realized that no matter what she did, what anybody did, the beauty inside her would never die. It lived in dirt, in anger, even in meaningless work. It was sleeping, but it lived. It was time. It had been sleeping long enough.”

Beate grew up in Nürnberg, Germany, not far from the castle, reading fairy-tales and playing in World War II ruins. She graduated with a B.A. in English and Philosophy from Georgetown University College of Arts and Sciences, and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. At Georgetown University she studied with poet Roland Flint, former poet laureate of Maryland. Beate also befriended late science fiction writer Roger Zelazny and his family.

Beate has published short stories and poetry, including books of poems A Well-Behaved Skeptic, Old Friends, and Letters to a Stranger (under former name Beate Goldman). She won a 6th place award in the 2003 New Century Writers short story contest and three of her published short stories were nominated for a Pushcart Prize. More about Beate Sigriddaughter can be found on her website,

Computers Unavailable Apr. 17 2-4pm


Please note that the public internet computers will be unavailable on Thursday, April 17 from 2:00 to 4:00pm, for a Teen Tech Week activity.  Our presenter Shanon Muehlhausen will be teaching the teens about computer programming during that time.  This is a great opportunity for our youth!  We appreciate your understanding.



Teen Tech Week 2014


Pushing the Limits – Connection


Join us for the third installment of the Pushing the Limits discussion series Saturday, April 12, at 10:00am here at the library!   The discussion will revolve around Erik Larson’s Thunderstruck and themes of connection and science.  We will also watch an author interview video and a human interest video supporting these themes.  Haven’t read the book?  Join us anyway; we’ll summarize and talk about lots of exciting ideas!

Dr. Lynn Haugen, associate professor of biology at Western New Mexico University, will assist librarian Lillian in leading the discussion.Thunderstruck

The event is free and open to the public. Because there is limited space, please contact Lillian at 575-538-3672 or to let her know you’re coming.

This event is part of a four-part reading, viewing, and discussion series for adults called Pushing the Limits.  The library is one of 75 rural public libraries nationwide hosting the series. This national program has been developed by a team of library professionals, scientists, and filmmakers. Their organizations include Dartmouth College, the Association for Rural and Small Libraries, the Califa Group (a California-based library consortium), Dawson Media Group, and Oregon State University– with generous funding from the National Science Foundation.

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April Events

Silver City Public Library
515 W. College Avenue, Silver City

Sunday, April 6, 2:00pm
Concert Series —Steve Smith and Tim May

Original, traditional and swing music. Steve Smith is known as one of this country’s top mandolin players and for his work with Roots/Bluegrass group The Hard Road Trio. Flatpicker Tim May has been working in the Nashville area for over 20 years as a sideman, session player, band member and performer. He has toured with Patty Loveless and John Cowan, and worked as a regular on the Grand Ole Opry with Mike Snider.


Saturday, April 12, 10:00-11:00am
Pushing the Limits Discussion Series 3—Connection

Interactive discussion focusing on Erik Larson’s Thunderstruck and themes of connection and science. Pushing the Limits is a reading, viewing and discussion program for adults in communities served by rural libraries, made possible by a grant from the National Science Foundation.

Please sign up: call 575-538-3672 or email


April 14-17
Teen Tech Week

All middle-schoolers and high-schoolers are invited!

Monday, April 14, 4:00pm: Lego Mindstorms Robots, 3D drawing with SketchUp
Tuesday, April 15, 2:00pm: Squishy Circuits
Wednesday, April 16, 2:00pm: Penny Batteries
Thursday, April 17, 2:00pm: StarLogo programmable modeling environment demo with Shanon Muehlhausen, Assistant Professor at WNMU Math and Computer Science Department. Snacks and raffle too!


Thursday, April 24, 10:00am
Book Talk and Signing–Beate Sigriddaughter, Beauty Sleeping

Beauty Sleeping is a novel about an artist’s journey. “She realized that no matter what she did, what anybody did, the beauty inside her would never die. It lived in dirt, in anger, even in meaningless work. It was sleeping, but it lived. It was time. It had been sleeping long enough.” More about Beate can be found on her website:


Saturday, April 26, 10:00am
Michael McGarrity “Second Chance” event, WILL Reflections of an Artist series

Michael McGarrity will revisit themes from his Friday night talk, The Writer as an Artist in a World Obsessed with Categories. This program is made possible by a collaboration with the Western Institute of Lifelong Learning.


Sunday, April 27, 2:00pm
Concert Series —Steve Cormier

Steve Cormier will sing old and traditional cowboy fare in “Music From the Ranch and Open Range,” a Chautauqua Program funded by the New Mexico Humanities Council and the Department of Cultural Affairs. “He sings the songs of the American West with caring love and real dedication to the romance and reality that embodies the old (and new) west” according to Art Thieme, Come for to Sing, Chicago.


Ongoing activities:
Mondays at 4:00pm: Lego Mindstorms robot-building club, ages 10+
Tuesdays at 4:00pm: Chess Club, all ages
Wednesdays at 10:30am: Storytime, ages 0-5
Wednesdays at 4:30pm: Lego Club, ages 4-10


Steve Smith and Tim May in Concert

smith and may

Sunday April 6th , at 2pm, at the Silver City Public Library

An afternoon of original, traditional and swing music with mandolinist/vocalist Steve Smith and Nashville guitarist Tim May.  Concert free and open to the public.  Doors will open 30 minutes before performance time. Space is limited and seating is on a first come, first seated basis. For additional information, call 538-3672. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.


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