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Get Your Tech Questions Answered at the Library

Community members learn computer skills with WNMU Adult Education Services.Do you want to learn how to borrow e-books and downloadable audiobooks for free? Do you need troubleshooting advice for your laptop? Do you need to know more about using a smartphone or tablet? Stop by free technology learning sessions at the Silver City Public Library, located at 515 W. College Avenue in Silver City.

Open Lab
Friday, August 12, 2:00-4:00pm

Practice computer skills and ask questions. Try out tablets and 2-in-1 devices provided by the library. Bring your own laptop or mobile device for troubleshooting. Knowledgeable library staff and volunteers will be available to help.

Tech How-To Workshop: How to Borrow E-Books and Downloadable Audiobooks
Thursday, August 25, 10:00am-12:00pm

Learn how to access New Mexico Library To-Go at and how to download the Overdrive app to a device for easier access. A librarian will demonstrate how to search and browse for items, place items on hold, borrow, and download e-books/audiobooks.

If you have not used your library card for a long time, come early and stop by the library front desk to make sure your card is up-to-date! You will need it to log in.


Join a Counter Culture Digital Storytelling Project

Courtesy sepia-tinted photo of people holding hands in a circle in an octagonal building by Seth Roffman

Courtesy photo by Seth Roffman

The New Mexico History Museum and Palace of the Governors is putting together a 2017 exhibit on counter culture in New Mexico, and they are looking for contributors. 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the iconic Summer of Love. The Museum is partnering with digital storytelling facilitators StoryCenter to lead community members in a cross-generational digital storytelling initiative: “Turn On, Tune In.” Inspired by the revolutionary movements of the 1960’s, the Museum seeks people who lived in New Mexico between 1960 and 1975 who want to tell their own stories of the times. They are also looking for spokespeople from today’s younger generation who can speak to their engagement in political and social change. The project will explore the intergenerational threads stemming from the themes of the ‘60’s: those of justice and equality, sustainability, spirituality and creative lifestyles. The stories will offer perspectives on the legacies we carry and the history we are creating today, as a result of those times.

They need two members from each of these communities:
Las Vegas
Silver City

Participants will attend a FREE digital storytelling workshop to the Santa Fe October 14-16, hosted by the NM History Museum and StoryCenter. Over a 3-day program each participant will craft a 3-minute video using a personal narrative. These stories will become part of the 2017 museum exhibit on counter culture in the Southwest.

Apply here:

E-books Website Transition


Those of you who use New Mexico Library To Go to borrow e-books and downloadable audiobooks may notice that Overdrive has updated the website. In the course of this upgrade, there has been some difficulty integrating Overdrive – New Mexico Library To Go with our library’s catalog at Some patrons may not be able to reach the e-books website using the links provided in our catalog. If you do reach the e-books site, you will probably be asked to log in again before you can borrow items. Some people are having difficulty, and others are not. If you are having difficulty accessing e-books via, try going directly to instead. Our catalog provider and Overdrive are working on the problem. Thank you for your understanding!

CLAYplay Coming Up

CLAYplay participants create clay creatures.

Join the Silver City CLAY Festival and the Silver City Public Library for free clay workshops for children in grades 3-6! These hands-on clay experiences will be led by artist Zoe Wolfe. There will be four sessions next week:

Monday, July 25, 2:00-3:30pm
Tuesday, July 26, 2:00-3:30pm
Wednesday, July 27, 2:00-3:30pm
Thursday, July 28, 2:00-3:30pm

Each session is limited to 15 participants. No pre-registration: we will give out free admission tickets starting 30 minutes before the program begins. Due to space limitations, we will not be able to accommodate groups of greater than five children.

The 2016 CLAYplay series is made possible by the Friends of the Library! Also ask about CLAYplay at the Bayard Public Library (575-537-6244) and the Gila Valley Library (575-535-4343).

CLAYplay workshop participants shape and design circular plate-like slabs of clay

Free Computer Classes July 19-29


The Community Action Agency of Southern New Mexico is visiting Silver City this week and next week to give free computer classes! There will be sessions on four different topics, each session lasting 6 hours total over two days. All sessions will take place at Watts Hall at the corner of Highway 180 (Silver Heights Blvd.) and Swan Street. Register by contacting 575-527-8799, Ext. 113 or 136 or

Basic Computer Skills: In this course, participants will learn the fundamentals of computers and get hands-on experience with Windows 7. July 19-20, 9:00am—12:00pm

Introduction to the Internet: In this Introduction to the Internet Course, participants will be given an overview of the Internet and what’s available on it. Search engines, E-mail, and online forms will be covered. July 21-22, 9:00am—12:00pm

Career Ready 101: WorkKeys is used by thousands of companies worldwide as a tool to help select, hire, train, develop, and retain a high-performance workforce. In this class, participants will be introduced to an online, self-paced tutorial known as KeyTrain. This tool will help job-seekers be work-ready, identify and enhance the work skills that employers are looking for. July 26-27, 9:00am—12:00pm

Legitimate Ways to Make Extra Money Online: This class is for participants who would like to expand their knowledge on making extra money online while avoiding scams. This course requires a basic knowledge of the internet. It touches on basic business concepts, but is not a business course and is open to everyone. July 28-29, 9:00am—12:00pm

Downloadable flyer with details: 2016-07CAA_SilverCityFlyer

Final Week of Summer Reading Activities

Finish Line copy

We are approaching the final week of the 2016 summer reading program. The deadline to submit reading logs for prizes is Friday, July 22. If you have completed your reading log, bring it in by July 22 so that we can enter you into the grand prize drawings. Youth/teens who complete three items–any combination of book review slips or bingo cards–are also eligible for grand prize drawings.

A survey about the summer reading program is now available online in English: and in Spanish: Please help our library and the New Mexico State Library evaluate the 2016 Summer Reading Program. Your answers on this survey will help obtain funding for the program as well as improve it. Thank you for your time and we appreciate your participation!

We have an exciting final week of activities lined up! Join us for the following special events:

Tuesday, July 19, 10:30am: Storytime and a simple craft, ages 0-5


courtesy photo

Wednesday, July 20, 10:30am: Dance workshop: join Maria y Yahví for a fandanguito! Zapateado (Mexican clogging from Southern Veracruz) is used in the fiesta called fandango where community members dance in the middle of the tarima (wooden box) surrounded by musicians, listeners and convivencia! Hard soled shoes are recommended to make the percussive sounds with our feet. This presentation is geared towards ages 6 and up.

Wednesday, July 20, 4:00pm: Little Engineers (Lego and more!) (ages 6-12)

Thursday, July 21, 10:30am: Craft: Paper Plate Kangaroos! Come to the library to make a kangaroo to take home. This activity is geared toward children ages 6-12. Limit 35 participants, admission tickets will be given out starting 30 minutes before the beginning of the event.

Thursday, July 21, 4:00pm: Board gaming (all ages)

Friday, July 22, 2:00pm: WildWorks: Mini-foosball table. Make a mini foosball table to take home. Special thanks to the Shoe Dept. for donating empty shoe boxes! (ages 10+)


Zoo Visit Tomorrow and More Activities this Week


If you did not have a chance to see Zoo To You in Bayard today, they will be here at the Silver City Public Library tomorrow, Wednesday, July 13. There will be two identical sessions: 10:30-11:30am and 1:00-2:00pm. Meet animal ambassadors like birds, reptiles, amphibians and small mammals in this interactive educational program about wildlife conservation. For the safety of the animals and participants, there will be a limit on the number of people who can attend each session.  Free tickets will be distributed starting 30 minutes before the beginning of each presentation.

Also happening Wednesday, July 13, at 4:00pm: Little Engineers (Lego and more!). During the 2016 Summer Reading Program, Lego Club is expanding! Along with Lego free-building we will have K’NEX and Strawbees for more creative construction possibilities. This activity is geared toward children ages 6-12.

On Thursday, July 14, 10:30am, Get Your Putt On: play miniature golf inside the library! We will also have board gaming for all ages on Thursday at 4:00pm. We have classic like chess, mancala, checkers, and go; as well as favorites like Monopoly, Clue, Battleship, and more.

Finally, the older kids are invited to join us for WildWorks on Friday, July 15, 2:00pm. We will do some creative engineering using Strawbees.  WildWorks is a space for hands-on experimentation and creation, geared towards ages 10+.

All summer reading events are free, no registration necessary. Contact the Silver City Public Library at 575-538-3672 or for more information.


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