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Seed Library Roundtable: Starting Seeds Indoors

seedlibrary_vegetablesThe Silver City Public Library will host a Grant County Seed Library roundtable on Saturday, February 25, 10:30-11:30am. The topic will be “Starting Seeds Indoors,” including information and a demonstration. Come and bring your questions and answers! New and seasoned local gardeners are welcome at this free event.

The Grant County Seed Library, once located at the Volunteer Center Commons, is now available at the Silver City Public Library. The seed library is a project sponsored by the Volunteer Center, High Desert Organic Gardeners, and the Silver City Food Co-op.

Seed libraries are shared community resources that are growing in popularity. Community members donate seeds from plants they have grown. Others borrow the seeds, plant them, then donate some seeds from their crop back to the seed library. The Grant County Seed Library began with packets of seeds from an organic seed company that gives them away at the end of each season. Now there are many locally-grown seeds available. “Seeds that are grown locally for three generations or more are the best. They begin to adapt to our climate and soil,” explained Azima Forest, seed library manager. The seed library goal is two-fold: to encourage community members to grow food more, and to develop a source for healthy seeds that are well-adapted to our region.

The Silver City Public Library looks forward to hosting its first seed library roundtable this Saturday, and hopes to see you there!

Black Reconstruction and the New Fusion Politics

JeffreyScottThe Silver City Public Library will host a presentation and discussion about the historical concept of Reconstruction on Tuesday, February 21, 3:30-5:30pm, in commemoration of African American History Month. The presentation is entitled, “Black Reconstruction and the New Fusion Politics.” “Reconstruction” refers to the historical period following the Civil War. Some historians have begun to view subsequent periods in American history as second or third Reconstruction periods. Presenter Jeffrey Scott will give further information about how this concept applies to several historical periods, and how it is relevant today.

Jeffrey Scott has taught African American History to university and high school students across the United States. Since his teens, Jeffrey has participated in movements for social change. He has recently completed a novel about the African American Civil Rights Movement.

To find books, audiobooks, and DVDs about African-American history at the Silver City Public Library, community members are invited to browse the relevant book list at Library staff at the Information Desk are also available to assist.

Celebrate the Anniversary of the Discovery of Pluto

pluto_videostill_012017The Silver City Public Library is showing a series of NOVA science documentaries this winter and spring 2017! Each month community members can view a film on a different fascinating topic. The events are free and open to the public. On January 10 we saw How Does the Brain Work? and learned a lot about our powers of perception.

Tomorrow, Tuesday, February 14, 4:30pm, we will celebrate the 87th anniversary of the discovery of Pluto! The librarian will show historic photographs from the collection of Clyde Tombaugh, discoverer of Pluto. This collection is housed at the New Mexico State University archives in Las Cruces. Attendees will also view photos taken by the New Horizons spacecraft, which is now hurtling past Pluto into the outer reaches of the solar system. Then we will see the film The Pluto Files: The Rise and Fall of America’s Favorite Planet, in which Neil deGrasse Tyson investigates why Pluto fascinates Americans and causes passionate debate.

The next NOVA documentary showing will be Ancient Computer on Tuesday, March 14 at 4:30pm.

Voting and Tax Reporting

vote_buttonCommunity members, take note: the school board elections for Silver and Cobre districts are tomorrow, Tuesday, February 7. Early voting has been happening for a few weeks at the Grant County Administration Building. Download information about voting times and polling places here (PDF, 429KB): 2017_school_board_election_posterr2  Basic information about the candidates and issues on the school board election ballot can be found in this January 4 Silver City Daily Press article, and this January 15 Silver City Sun-News article. The municipal election for the Town of Silver City will be March 7. More details about the municipal election deadlines, early and absentee voting, and polling places can be found on this page and the menu of Election Links on the Town of Silver City website.

It’s tax preparation season, and the library can help you find the resources you need to get the job done. Forms 1040, 1040-A, and 1040-EZ have arrived at the library. We also have copies of the instruction book for the 1040 and the 1040-EZ (as of February 6, 2017). You can order copies of tax forms to be mailed to you by visiting or calling 1-800-829-3676. You can download tax forms here:

New Mexico personal income tax forms have arrived and can be picked up from a table near the library front desk. They can be also be found here:

Please consider filing your taxes online at for federal and for New Mexico. You can receive your refund more quickly that way.

simple_calculator_01The AARP has begun this year’s tax assistance program. It is a free program for low-to-moderate income taxpayers, with special attention to those age 60 and older. Community members can sign up here at the Silver City Public Library or at the Silver City Senior Center. After you sign up, an AARP representative will call to schedule an appointment. Appointments will be on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from February 2 through April 15th. The location will be Watts Hall, 500 E. 18th Street on the corner of Highway 180 and Swan Street. To make an appointment to do your taxes at the Bayard Public Library or the Mimbres Senior Center, call Anna or Mary at 575-536-9323.

Further information can be found on the Voting Resources and Tax Resources pages.

Cipriano Vigil in Concert February 3

Cipriano Vigil performing with guitarDr. Cipriano Vigil will perform at the Silver City Public Library on Friday, February 3, 6:00pm as part of the library’s spring concert series. The event will be an exploration of ritual and traditional folk music and song from Northern New Mexico. The concert is free and open to the public, thanks to the sponsorship of the New Mexico Humanities Council, the NM Department of Cultural Affairs, and the Friends of the Library.

Cipriano Vigil, a native of Chamisal in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, is the living embodiment of nuevomexicano ritual music. As a boy, he learned from the previous generations of musicians at bailes (dances) and at entriegas, matrimonios y difuntos (christenings, marriages and funerals). Renowned as a composer, Vigil works in traditional genres such as the romance, the décima, the cuando, and corrido. Like the Mexican group Los Folkloristas with which he apprenticed in the late 1970s, his goal has been to research and master local styles, to introduce new listeners to traditional music, and to build on tradition by creating new compositions that address contemporary social themes. His songs in the nueva cancion tradition (related to U.S. protest and labor songs) address poignant issues of today.

Cipriano Vigil has been recognized by the New Mexico Endowment for the Humanities (now the New Mexico Humanities Council) and has performed at the Smithsonian Institution several times. He received the New Mexico Governor’s Award in 1994, and taught for many years at Northern New Mexico Community College.

Vigil has also written a book about New Mexican music entitled New Mexican folk music: treasures of a people / Cancionero del folklor Nuevomexicano: el tesoro del pueblo. The book presents songs from Vigil’s repertory, including much traditional material that has never been seen or studied before. Some of Vigil’s original compositions also appear. The book and its accompanying CD are available to borrow from the Silver City Public Library.

The doors to the February 3 concert will open at 5:30pm, 30 minutes before performance time. Space is limited and will be on a first come, first seated basis. The library is located at 515 W. College Avenue on the corner of College and Cooper Street in Silver City. For more information call us at 575-538-3672.

Cipriano Vigil and family members performing on stage

Thank You Dede Feldman

We would like to thank Dede Feldman for visiting the library last week to inform us all about the workings of the New Mexico Legislature. Forty two community members joined us for an interesting and educational presentation. As the former senator mentioned, is a resource to see what is happening during the legislative session. You can identify you state senator and representative here. Feldman also suggested that citizens keep up with legislative actions in the Santa Fe New Mexican, other New Mexico newspapers (Silver City Daily Press, Silver City Sun-News), and other media like KRWG’s In Focus program.

elportal-logobluebackgroundWhen a community member needs to research issues that come up in state or national government decision-making, the New Mexico State Library’s El Portal can be a useful resource. Articles, reference e-books, and other media that are usually not freely available online can be accessed for free through El Portal. If you would like to learn more about how to use this resource, the staff at the Silver City Public Library are happy to assist.

prospectors_logo_grant_clr_sm2If you are interested in getting more directly involved, you may want to attend the Grant County Prospectors kickoff event at Little Toad Creek (200 N. Bullard in Silver City) on Thursday, January 26. The gathering will begin at 5:30pm, and the official meeting will start at 6:00pm. The Prospectors are a group of local leaders who present Grant County’s needs to our representatives and the legislature. At the kickoff event, they will present their issues of concern brochure and make plans for Grant County Day at the legislature (which will be February 1).

More helpful websites for following local, state, and national government can be found here.

Workshop: Addiction and Aspiration

“Addiction and Aspiration” will be the topic of a workshop on Tuesday, January 24 at 2:00pm at the Silver City Public Library, led by Joni Kay Rose, M.Div., CHT. Participants will practice differentiating between self-centered addictive cravings of all kinds and true unselfish aspirations of the heart. While both might be labeled “desires” in English, in Sanskrit and other languages they are entirely different, as Rose will explain. In this workshop Buddha’s Four Noble Truths and the Twelve Steps of recovery are applied jointly to help people of all faiths let go of false self-images that fuel our addictive behavior patterns, so we can live peaceful and fulfilling lives. This free event is open to everyone, applicable to people of any religious or non-religious background. For information please call 575-956-5414.

A freelance writer and therapist for many years, Joni Kay Rose holds a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and a Master of Divinity degree. A longtime participant in twelve-step recovery meetings, she has been a student of Buddhism for over twenty years. She is the author of The Joy Beyond Craving: A Buddhist Perspective on Addiction and Recovery (©2003, Desert Wordsmith Productions). “Rather than urging people to give up their previous religions and become Buddhists, I’d like to help them see the Buddha’s teachings as universal principles that are compatible with all true religions” (Joni Kay Rose in The Joy Beyond Craving, page 9).