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Midterm Election Tuesday, November 4


Don’t forget the midterm elections! We still have voter guides available in the library, which describe all the proposed constitutional amendments and bond issues. A sample ballot can be viewed here:

As stated in the Grant County Clerk’s press release, “Early/Absentee Voting has started at the Grant County Clerk’s Office located at 1400 Highway 180 East in Silver City. Early voting hours are Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Early voting at the Bayard Community Center will begin on Satuday, October 18, 2014. Hours at the Bayard Community Center are Tuesday through Saturday 9:00 a.m to 6:00 p.m.”

There are many resources for learning more about the candidates.

Ballotpedia New Mexico page (browse their NM info or search for candidates in the box at the top):

New Mexico legislature site (view the records of legislators currently in office, and examine bills):

Grant County Beat’s election coverage

To learn about campaign financing and identify which businesses, organizations, or individuals are donating to which candidates or PACs:

Federal Election Commission campaign finance reports and data:

Lobbying disclosure by the Office of the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives:

Ad Hawk app for Android and Apple smartphones that identifies TV ads and tells you who paid for them:

Searchable state and federal campaign contributions, grants, contracts, lobbying, and more:

National Institute on Money in State Politics:

Data and maps showing spending on politicians’ campaigns:

More details can be found on our Voting Resources page. All of these useful links have been saved on the Public Library’s Delicious profile for easy access and sharing.  They are all “tagged” (labeled) “informed_citizen“.

Open House – Free Technology Training Project


The Silver City Public Library will be hosting an open house on Thursday, October 30, from 4:30pm to 6:30pm to tell the community about their free technology training project. Last March the library received $15,000 from the Freeport-McMoran Community Investment Fund to create a mobile computer lab and begin the project, entitled Digital Literacy Training: 21st Century Skills for a Sustainable Grant County. Community partners include New Mexico Workforce Connection, the New Mexico Small Business Development Center, WNMU Adult Education Services, the Silver City Arts and Cultural District, the Bayard Public Library, and Literacy Link-Leamos. During the October 30 open house, the mobile computer lab will be set up for viewing, and attendees will have an opportunity to hear about the importance of digital skill-building for economic development, jobs, and quality of life. Guest speakers will begin at 5:00pm and will include Christine Logan, Community, Business and Rural Development Representative at the New Mexico Economic Development Department; Kim Clark, Association Executive of the Silver City Regional Association of REALTORS; and Lynda Aiman-Smith, Silver City Town Councilor.

The Silver City Public Library is located at 515 W. College Avenue in Silver City. Details about the digital literacy project can be found online at For more information, contact Lillian at 575-538-3672 or

Fall Break Activities for Youth Ages 10+

Fall Break Youth Reviewers Challenge
Monday, October 20 through 10:00am Friday, October 24
All youth ages 10-18 are encouraged to read a library book (or find a library book that they have already read) in the library catalog ( and review it. Everyone who adds a review to the catalog during Fall Break will be entered in a drawing for one of four prizes. The drawing will take place on Friday, October 24 between 10am and 12pm. You need not be present to win. Contact a librarian to find out how to log in and submit a review!

Tuesday, October 21, 2:00pm-6:00pm
Special extra-long session for fall break. Hangout for exploring, experimenting, creating, gaming, and more. Including, but not limited to, Lego Mindstorms, chess, electronics, 3D drawing, Minecraft, programming…
Ages 10+

Thursday, October 23, 2:00pm-6:00pm
Special extra-long session for fall break. Hangout for exploring, experimenting, creating, gaming, and more. Including, but not limited to, Lego Mindstorms, chess, electronics, 3D drawing, Minecraft, programming…
Ages 10+

Youth Readers Think Tank
Friday, October 24, 10:00am-12:00pm
This is the time for youth (ages 10+) to tell librarians–and each other–about the best reads of the year so far and suggest titles that the library should consider adding to the collection. There will be a prize drawing for those who participated in the Youth Reviewers Challenge during Fall Break. We’ll compare notes about favorite blogs, apps, and sites, particularly for finding good reads. There will be refreshments.

Columbus Day – Yes, We’re Open!

We’re open our regular hours today, 12:00pm to 6:00pm. Stop by, especially if you’re off of work or school and looking for something to do. While you’re here, pick up your 2014 General Election Voter Guide (in English o en español). Early voting at the Grant County Administration Building (County Clerk’s Office) has begun. To vote early, visit 1400 Highway 180 East in Silver City, Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Information about Bayard early voting and absentee voting can be found in this press release from the County Clerk: Sample ballots can be found here:



Last school year we hosted Lego Mindstorms Club and Chess Club regularly here at the library. This year we’re combining them and adding a lot more activities to create our WildWorks hangout! The first hangout will be here at the library on Thursday, October 9, 4:00-6:00pm. There will be opportunities for exploring, experimenting, creating, gaming, and more. Including, but not limited to, Lego Mindstorms, chess, electronics, 3D drawing, Minecraft, programming…  Ages 10+

Youth ages 13+ are invited to like Silver City Public Library Youth on Facebook.

SW Festival of the Written Word – Prologue Weekend

The Southwest Festival of the Written Word, having met with great success in September 2013, is planning another large readers and writers festival for October 2015. To whet the community’s appetite, however, they are holding a Prologue Weekend on October 2-4, 2014, in just over one week! The library was very pleased to be part of the 2013 festival, and is excited to see more activities from this community group.

Details are below; click the image to view a larger version.


Letters About Literature Contest 2015


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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