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November is National Novel Writing Month

The Silver City Public Library will be hosting events for National Novel Writing Month to support aspiring novelists, in collaboration with the Southwest Festival of the Written Word. There will be an orientation on Tuesday, October 25, 5:00-5:45pm. The kickoff event and first write-in will be Tuesday, November 1, 4:00-5:45pm, and there will be another write-in on Tuesday, November 15, 4:00-5:45pm. All the events are free, open to the public, and located at the public library at 515 W. College Avenue on the corner of College and Cooper Street.

NaNoWriMo-RGB-HiResDuring National Novel Writing Month, also known as NaNoWriMo, writers worldwide challenge themselves to complete a 50,000-word first-draft novel. Participants can register, get support, and learn more on the organization’s website, Youth age 17 and under can register with the NaNoWriMo Young Writers Program at and set their own challenge. Guidance on how to get started will be offered at the October 25 orientation session at the library.

In November 2015, 431,626 writers took on the NaNoWriMo challenge, including 80,137 students and educators in the Young Writers Program.

Writers ranging in age from junior high through adulthood are invited to attend the NaNoWriMo events at the library. The November 1 kickoff event will include a prize giveaway. At the November 1 and 15 write-ins, participants can work on their drafts while sharing ideas and moral support. Simple refreshments will be provided, and participants are welcome to bring a snack to share. Budding novelists will also have access to the library’s open wi-fi network.

The Southwest Festival of the Written Word is co-sponsoring the NaNoWriMo events. “As the librarian in charge of community outreach, I collaborate with the Festival steering committee to support reading and writing year-round,” said Lillian Galloway, programming and outreach librarian. “To this end, we organize many literary events besides the large biennial Festivals.” For more information about the library’s services and events, contact Lillian Galloway at 575-538-3672 or For more information about the Southwest Festival of the Written Word, visit or email


Upcoming Technology Workshops

Tomorrow (Thursday, October 20, 10:00am-12:00pm) there will be a workshop on Microsoft Excel presented by Adult Education Services, hosted here at the Silver City Public Library. Learn how to use Excel for personal and business accounting!

Other upcoming tech workshops include the following:

Open Lab: Friday, November 4, 10:00am-12:00pm

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.

Microsoft PowerPoint: November 10, 10:00am to 12:00pm

How to make a slideshow or presentation

Online employ-ability skills: November 18, 2016, 2:00 to 4:00pm

DSCN1821How to use the internet for job searching and application completion


All workshops will be held at the Silver City Public Library, 515 W. College Avenue, Silver City. No registration necessary. There are laptops and tablets available for participants to use. We look forward to seeing you!

Celebrate National Friends of the Library Week

FOL LogoThe Silver City Library has Friends–about 200 of them.  They are the members of the Friends of the Silver City Library (FOL) and with FOLs across the country, they are celebrating National Friends of the Library Week, October 16-22, 2016.  Together with the Silver City Library, the Silver City Friends of the Library invites the public to visit the Library this week, during regular business hours and learn how the group contributes to help keep the Library and its services available to all community residents.

“The Friends of the Silver City Public Library was established in 1992 and has raised over $375,000 for the library to date,” said Linda Gray, FOL President. “The Friends is a non-profit 501c3 organization which provides funds to the Library to supplement its regular budget.”

Eileen Sullivan, Silver City Librarian said that “These additional monies assist the Library in offering children and adult programs, all open and free to public, as well as helping to cover staff training costs, and that of equipment and furniture the costs of which are often not available in our annual budgets.”

The Friends raise money for the Library through quarterly book sales at the Friends of the Library Bookstore and through on-going book sales inside the Library itself.  Book donations  from the public are used to stock the shelves at the Bookstore and at the library and are always welcome.  Donations can be deposited in the Friends’ bin outside the main Library doors on Cooper Street, or on most Thursday mornings from 10-11:30am at the Bookstore, located on Market Street across from Cheyenne Street.

“Libraries are alive and well,” says Board member Jeannie Miller.  “Libraries are often the vanguards in the use of new technologies for information retrieval and processing.  They were pretty much the first public organizations to use the Internet for information retrieval and to implement imaging techniques to archive and store information. They are often way ahead of other public organizations in thinking about how to provide easy and easier access to information for the general public.  And books are still a big business at the libraries.  Ours included.”

Come visit the Silver City Library during National Friends of the Library Week to learn about the Silver City FOL and enjoy the Library, an exciting and vibrant community resource.

The Silver City Library is located at 515 West College Avenue, Silver City, NM 88061.  The phone number is 575-538-3672.  Library hours are Monday -Thursday, 9:00am-6:00pm; Friday, 10:00am-5:00pm; and Saturday, 10:00am-2:00pm.

For more information about the Silver City Friends of the Library, contact

Children and family members raise their hands in the air during a concert with Andy Mason.

Children and family members raise their hands in the air during a concert with Andy Mason. The Friends of the Library provide funds for summer reading program events every year.


Two Unique Art Forms on Display

The Silver City Public Library is currently hosting two displays of artwork in two very different types of media.

The upper display case holds still images from animated films by Ralph Bakshi.  Bakshi is an animator, director, and producer known for his unique, independent animated films including Fritz the Cat, Wizards, and The Lord of the Rings. Read more about Ralph Bakshi at

The lower display case features gourd art by Pierre Nichols, inspired by the designs of pieces excavated at Paquimé, Casas Grandes, Mexico. Nichols is an artist with over 20 years’ experience in gourd work. He is recognized as a Master Gourd Artist with numerous awards including first place ribbons in New Mexico, Arizona, Texas and Idaho. Read more about Pierre Nichols at

Both displays will be up through the month of October.

display of animation stills by Ralph Bakshi     display of gourd art by Pierre Nichols

New Mexico Early Voting Begins

Today is the last day to register to vote for the upcoming November 8 election. Visit to register, or go to the county clerk’s office in the Grant County Administration Building, 1400 Highway 180 East, Silver City. You can double-check to make sure you are registered using New Mexico Voter View:

Today is also the first day of early voting. You may vote early during regular business hours at the county clerk’s office.

View a sample of the ballot for your districts by looking it up here: The questions that appear on the ballot are explained in the General Election Voter Guides, available on the NM Secretary of State’s home page.

View or download a map of the five county commissioner districts here:

To learn about the candidates, try these sites:

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

Project Vote Smart:

GovTrack for tracking bills through Congress and viewing representatives’ voting records:


Open Lab Tomorrow

DSCN1821There will be an open lab for practice, questions, and troubleshooting on Friday, October 7, 2:00-4:00pm. Participants can use library-provided laptops and tablets to practice their skills and become familiar with different devices. Knowledgeable library staff and volunteers will be available to answer questions. Participants can also bring their own laptops or mobile devices for troubleshooting help. We’re always pleased to show you how to borrow e-books and downloadable audiobooks from the library, too!

Helping more people gain access to technology is an important way to contribute to economic development, education, and community engagement in Grant County. We are pleased to partner again with Adult Education Services, whose director is leading workshops on basic technology topics here at the library. Our organizations share many of the same goals, like offering learning opportunities for job-seekers to boost their skills and entrepreneurs to harness the benefits of technology. The upcoming workshops are as follows:

  • Microsoft Word, Friday, October 14, 2:00-4:00pm: how to use templates and ribbon functions
  • Microsoft Excel, Thursday, October 20, 10:00am-12:00pm: How to use Excel for personal and business accounting
  • Microsoft PowerPoint, November 10, 2016, 10:00am to 12:00pm: How to make a slideshow or presentation
  • Online employability skills, November 18, 2016, 2:00 to 4:00pm: How to use the internet for job searching and application completion

The Silver City Public Library is located at 515 W. College Avenue in Silver City, on the corner of College and Cooper Street. For more information about technology training and other library services, contact Lillian Galloway at 575-538-3672 or

Sugar Skulls at the Library and the Silver City Museum

sugar-skullOur WildWorks program for Thursday, October 13th at 4 pm will feature sugar skull making.  Ages 10 and up can come create sugar skulls with just sugar, meringue, water, and molds.  Participants are invited to take their sugar skulls to the Museum of Silver City  on Friday, October 14th for a sugar skull decorating class from 10 am to noon.  The cost for the museum’s event will be $5 a person.  Participants can decorate the sugar skulls with colored glue, sequins, and other materials.  Please check out the museum’s website for their other fall break programs.