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nvrd-social-graphics-04-300x225Today is National Voter Registration Day, and the deadline to register in New Mexico is October 11. You can register at the County Clerk’s office in the Grant County Administration Building, 1400 Highway 180 East, Silver City or at the NM Secretary of State’s website. More New Mexico election information can be found here: sos.state.nm.us.

There are other helpful links and resources for researching candidates on our Voting Resources Page.

Library Participates in Southwest Festival of the Written Word Prologue Weekend

web-banner-2016-eThe Southwest Festival of the Written Word (SWFWW) presents its even-numbered year event, the 2016 Prologue Weekend, on September 29-October 1.  All sessions are open to the public free of charge and take place in Silver City. The Silver City Public Library is pleased to be able to host the first Prologue Weekend session, a panel discussion entitled, “Self-Publishing–and other ways to get your writing ‘out there’.”

The library panel session will be on Thursday, September 29 at 4:00pm at the Silver City Public Library, 515 W. College Avenue. Local writers Beate Sigriddaughter, Stewart Warren, and Chris Lemme will share strategies and answer questions about self-publishing and offer insight into other means by which a writer’s work can be placed in the public’s reading spaces and on the public’s reading radar.  Writers of all ages are welcome. Students are especially encouraged to attend!

Sigriddaughter is a published poet and fiction author. Warren, who recently moved to Silver City from Albuquerque, is a published author of poetry and fiction, and is the owner of the Mercury Heartlink Publishing which moved with him to Silver.  Chris Lemme is the editor of the on-line Silver City Quarterly Review, the literary review magazine published four times a year (Jan, Apr, July, Oct)  that spotlights local authors in Silver City and southwestern New Mexico. Contact the library at 575-538-3672 or ref@silvercitymail.com  for more information about the event.

The Southwest Festival of the Written Word has several other events planned for the weekend. In 2013, Jim Smith’s novel about Billy the Kid, Catherine’s Son, The Story of a Boy who Became an Outlaw, was named a finalist for the New Mexico-Arizona Book Award as best historical fiction. On Friday, September 30, from 4:00-5:00pm, at the Miller Library on the WNMU campus, Smith will entertain and enlighten his audience on the topic of Billy the Kid’s time in Silver City.  Jim is the author of an American history textbook titled Ideas That Shape A Nation, a book that has been endorsed by teachers and scholars throughout the nation, including two Pulitzer Prize-winning historians (David Kennedy and Jack Rakove).  He is also the author of Skipper Hall: The Life and Religious Philosophy of a Methodist Minister in New Mexico and has published articles and book reviews in Healthy U, The Journal of Southern History, Phi Delta Kappan, AP Central, and Historical Times. Learn more about Jim Smith at his website, whyteachhistory.com.

If you are haunted by a great idea for a movie or a play, but not sure where to begin, or if you have already started one but are unsure of what your characters should do or say next, then you will want to attend Dr. Barb Ann Matson’s Scene Writing Workshop, Saturday, October 1, from 9:00am-Noon, at 808 W. 8th Street. The workshop is limited to 15; your space can be reserved by contacting blueheron@sbcglobal.net.  The heart of the workshop will address character development, consistency, complexity, motivation, conflict, actions, and dialog. Participants will watch an award-winning short screenplay (less than 10 minutes) followed by directed writing exercises. Dr. Matson is a WNMU Professor of English.

On Saturday, October 1, from 1:00-3:00pm, at 808 W. 8th Street, Silver City writer Bruce Wilson will lead a workshop entitled “The Marketing Plan”. Wilson’s first novel, Death in the Black Patch, is currently in production and will be published in September 2016 by Artemesia Publishing of Tijeras, NM. In this workshop, he will discuss how to develop and write a plan for publishing and marketing your book and how you can take control of your book’s future.  Space is limited to 15; contact blueheron@sbcglobal.net to reserve your spot. Learn more about Bruce Wilson at his website, www.brucewilsonwrites.com.

The 2017 Southwest Festival of the Written Word will be held September 29-October 1, 2017.

Letters About Literature Contest 2017

CenterForTheBookNew Mexico students are invited to participate in Letters About Literature, sponsored by the New Mexico State Library in cooperation with The Center for the Book at the Library of Congress and Dollar General Literacy Foundation. 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 NMSL_Logo_biggerletter to the author explaining how his or her work shaped their perspective on the world or themselves. This is the fifth 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.

Please see the Letters About Literature participation guidelines and the entry form.
Level 3 entries must be postmarked by December 2, 2016.
Level 1 and 2 entries must be postmarked by January 9, 2017.

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 2017 to learn more about the contest.

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Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month has begun! This celebration happens every year from September 15 through October 15. September 15 is independence day for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Other significant dates fall in this period, such as Día de la Raza, which is October 12. More about this commemorative month can be found on the official website. The site also includes a wealth of images, audio, and video from the collections of the National Archives, Library of Congress, National Park Service, Smithsonian, National Endowment for the Humanities, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and the National Gallery of Art. Teacher resources are also available.

The library has some displays for Hispanic Heritage Month! Dr. Lydia Huerta, Assistant Professor of Cultural Studies and Spanish at WNMU, has brought an educational display about the difference between the terms “Hispanic” and “Latino” and the variety of geographical places and cultures included.

 

Library staff have collected some relevant items from our collection for you to browse and check out.

 

We are also pleased to be hosting presentations about family history research and local history to help community members explore their heritage. The presentations will be given by Henrietta M. Christmas, a historian and genealogist who is the current president of the New Mexico Genealogical Society. The events are a collaboration between the library and the Silver City Museum.

christmas-hmThe first presentation will discuss using timelines to move one’s research forward and will be held at the Silver City Public Library on Tuesday, September 20, 1:00pm. Sometimes a genealogist will encounter discrepancies in their family tree, such as parents younger than their children, ancestors who lived too long, or unexplainable gaps. “Timelines can help keep things in research order, point out what is missing and even help break down the brick wall or two,” explains Christmas. Participants will learn how timelines can help them become better researchers.

The second presentation at the Silver City Museum will be about World War I soldiers of Grant County. This presentation will be on Wednesday, September 21, 1:00pm at the Museum Annex at 302 W. Broadway. World War I was fought from 1914 – 1918, but the United States did not enter until April 6, 1917. Several thousand New Mexicans fought and died during this time period. A draft of 24 million was done for men born between the years of 1873-1900; of those 2.8 million were drafted to serve. Henrietta Christmas will discuss various resources to discover the men in Grant County who served during this time, such as photos and service records.

Thanks to the Friends of the Silver City Public Library for making events like these possible!

If you have any questions, suggestions, or ideas about how we can better serve the community, please let us know! We can be reached at 575-538-3672, ref@silvercitymail.com, or on Facebook at facebook.com/SilverCityPublicLibrary.

Free Library Card Replacement Day September 28

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month, and the Silver City Public Library will celebrate by offering free library card replacements between 9:00am and 5:30pm Wednesday, September 28. Each person’s first library card is always free, but the library normally charges $5.00 to replace lost cards. Free library card replacement days happen once or twice every year. It is a great opportunity for those who have lost their cards to regain access to library resources and services.

NMLibraryToGoLogoBesides the books, audiobooks, DVDs, CDs, and magazines available for checkout with a library card, members can use their cards to borrow e-books and downloadable audiobooks from New Mexico Library To-Go, at nm.overdrive.com. Reserving or renewing physical items and updating your account information can be done conveniently online at silvercity.biblionix.com. Library cards can also be used to log into the public computers at the library. Please contact the library at 575-538-3672 or ref@silvercitymail.com for more information about accessing these resources. The Silver City Public Library is located at 515 W. College Avenue at the corner of College and Cooper Street.

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Explore Your Heritage with Henrietta M. Christmas

christmas-hmCommunity members are invited to explore their heritage at two presentations to be held in September at the Silver City Public Library and the Silver City Museum. The presentations will be given by Henrietta M. Christmas, a historian and genealogist who is the current president of the New Mexico Genealogical Society.

The first presentation will discuss using timelines to move one’s research forward and will be held at the Silver City Public Library on Tuesday, September 20, 1:00pm. Sometimes a genealogist will encounter discrepancies in their family tree, such as parents younger than their children, ancestors who lived too long, or unexplainable gaps. “Timelines can help keep things in research order, point out what is missing and even help break down the brick wall or two,” explains Christmas. Participants will learn how timelines can help them become better researchers.

The second presentation at the Silver City Museum will be about World War I soldiers of Grant County. This presentation will be on Wednesday, September 21, 1:00pm at the Museum Annex at 302 W. Broadway. World War I was fought from 1914 – 1918, but the United States did not enter until April 6, 1917. Several thousand New Mexicans fought and died during this time period. A draft of 24 million was done for men born between the years of 1873-1900; of those 2.8 million were drafted to serve. Henrietta Christmas will discuss various resources to discover the men in Grant County who served during this time, such as photos and service records.

“The library is excited to collaborate with the Silver City Museum and Henrietta Christmas to host history and genealogy events that complement the resources we have for the community,” said Lillian Galloway, programming and outreach librarian. “Helping community members explore their heritage is an apt way to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, which is September 15-October 15.”

Henrietta M. Christmas is an independent genealogist and historian has worked mainly in colonial military records for New Mexico.  Henrietta has volunteered her time acting as a research assistant for projects at the New Mexico History Museum, the Palace of the Governors, the Daughters and Sons of the American Revolution for soldiers pertaining to New Mexico and for various authors who are seeking genealogical research for their own projects. She regularly lectures on over 25 topics, some related to Colonial Women, Colonial Military and Genealogy of Hispanic Families in New Mexico.  The current president of the New Mexico Genealogical Society and a member of many New Mexico groups, she also has time for gardening and traveling around the state.

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Friends of the Library Fall Book Sale

Friends of the Library logo“A brilliant flight of bird books” has landed at the Silver City Friends of the Library’s (FOL) Bookstore, just in time for the Fall Book Sale on Saturday September 10 from 10:00am-2:00pm.  The Bookstore is located on Market Street directly across from Cheyenne Street and six blocks west of the Habitat for Humanity Restore.

And it is not just the books about birds that have arrived–generous members of the Grant County community have donated boxes and boxes of  “new” additions to the all the Bookstore’s collections.

Mysteries by well-known, loved, and best-selling authors such as J. A. Jance, Michael McGarrity, and Stuart Wood are shelved and ready for perusal and sale.  A fine selection of art books is ready and waiting, as are large collections of fiction, poetry, literature, reference books, cookbooks, food writing, travel writing, and books about gardening and landscaping.  Many other categories of writing are on the shelves, waiting to be discovered.

Bookstore visitors will find a treasure trove of history and military history books, books about the west and the southwest, books focusing on Native American history and culture including Apache, Cheyenne, Hopi, and Navaho, and digital gems in the DVD and audio CD collections.

Inside the Bookstore, hardbacks and better paperbacks will sell for $1 a piece; paperbacks, 50 cents/apiece.  Out in the parking lot, visitors can fill up bags, which are provided, with as many books from the parking lot tables as they can squeeze into each bag for $1/bag.  After 1:00pm, all books still on the parking lot tables will be available for free.

The Friends of the Library accepts donations of books from the public and uses these donations to raise funds to support the Silver City Public Library’s programs and activities. For information about the Friends of the Library, contact folsilvercitynm@gmail.com