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Mineral Display

The Rolling Stones Gem and Mineral Society has set up an extensive display in both of the library display cases. The minerals, rock-hounding tools, and club information will be available to view through the end of March.


The club has also donated books relevant to local geology for the library’s collection! Thank you!

Rolling Stones Gem and Mineral Society members with library director Eileen Sullivan, holding geology books donated to the library


Book display of geology materials at the library. Some of the materials in the kiosk are recent donations from the Rolling Stones Gem and Mineral Society.

Explore Ancient and Modern Technologies

Join us at the library today and tomorrow to explore ancient and modern technological knowledge-building tools! This afternoon, you’re invited to stop by our Wikipedia edit-a-thon to learn what Wikipedia is all about and contribute to the online encyclopedia. Tomorrow is the third in our NOVA science film series, Ancient Computer, at 4:30pm.

Wikipedia logoWikipedia Edit-a-thon
Monday, March 13, 3:30-5:45pm

Come to the library to get started on Wikipedia, learn policies and best practices, and edit/update articles. Teenagers and adults are welcome! This is a free event, no registration needed. Latecomers are welcome; you won’t be interrupting!

If possible, we encourage participants to create their free accounts beforehand by clicking on “Create account” in the upper right corner of Check out the event page at After you create your free Wikipedia account, you can sign your username under “participants” by typing four tildes (~~~~).

You may bring your laptop or mobile device and use the library’s WiFi. The library will have approximately 15 devices available to use. Our collection of print and electronic resources will be available to look up facts and cite sources. Reliable sources can also be found at El Portal, a tool provided by the New Mexico State Library. It might be particularly beneficial to add facts about our region which are found in the library’s Southwest Collection, because much of this information may not be accessible to the world online. For more information, contact Lillian at, Wikipedia username LillianLibrarian, or 575-538-3672.


NOVA Science Film Series: Ancient Computer
Tuesday, March 14, 4:30-5:45pm

Discover the story of an enigmatic shipwrecked piece of metal discovered in 1900. Recent imaging tools have revealed the object’s complexity, a sophistication that would not be matched for at least 1000 years.

Antikythera mechanism

National Archaeological Museum, Athens, No. 15987

Friends of the Library Spring Book Sale March 11

FOL LogoSpring means much more than daylight savings time kick-in and Juniper trees getting ready to disperse pollen on the March winds; it means it’s time for the Silver City Friends of the Library (FOL) Spring Book Sale on Saturday, March 11 from 10:00am-2:00pm, at the FOL Bookstore, 1510 Market Street–in the big yard on Market Street across from Cheyenne Street, six blocks west of the Habitat for Humanity Restore yard.

Everyone is invited to come wander amongst the full shelves of quality books and to purchase as many volumes as they want. You do not have to be a member of the Friends of the Library to purchase any of our books.

“Since the successful December book sale, the Bookstore has received donations of hundreds of books to replenish our shelves and a large percentage are in high quality condition,” said Barbara Guber, FOL Bookstore manager.  “The Bookstore is designed to help book lovers find printed and electronic media treasures to own and to give as gifts.”

With the arrival of Spring, come the celebrations of National Women’s History Month in March and National Poetry Month in April and the FOL Bookstore is ready to provide readers with outstanding selections of books which highlight these topics.  Biographies, memoirs, and histories that focus on the contributions of women in history and contemporary society can be found on the Women’s History shelves near the front of the store.  “To honor poetry, Elise Stuart, Silver City’s Poet Laureate, has created a display of books on how to write poetry for children and adults.  This is in addition to the wonderful selection of poetry anthologies and collections by famous poets that the Bookstore regularly maintains,” Guber said.

“Another special display,” continued Guber, “ features rare, 1st editions and collectible books.  Priced at a fraction of what they would cost new are a number of collectible book sets on history, art, and reference material.  There is also our largest collection yet of books for toddlers, picture books, easy readers, chapter books, and books for adolescents and young adults.  A superb selection of “coffee table” books on art, history, outdoors, photography, travel, and other topics is also available. “

Separate displays are arranged throughout the Bookstore for over fifty individual authors.  These are in addition to displays of more than thirty different categories– fiction (including romance, sci-fi, fantasy, mystery, military, historical, westerns, action/adventure, horror, paranormal) and non-fiction (including literary classics, plays, poetry, world history, American history, Native American history, biographies, memoirs, human behavior, religion, travel, music, gardening, landscaping, cookbooks, food writing, archaeology, architecture, DIY, animals, ranching, automotive, arts and crafts). The FOL Bookstore has separate sections for large print books, as well as a large section of books for education and home schooling.

Inside the Bookstore, hardback and trade paperback books are priced at $1.00 each and paperbacks at $0.50 each.  In some individual cases, books may be priced higher.  Clearance items sales take place in the FOL parking lot where visitors can purchase a bag of books (special bags are provided in the parking lot) at $2.00 per bag.  Sets of books in the parking lot are priced significantly lower than value or retail cost.

Friends of the Library representative Patricia Dunn presents a check to library director Eileen Sullivan and assistant director Ken Dayer. July 29, 2014The Friends of the Library accepts donations of books from the public and uses these donations to raise funds to support the Silver City Library’s programs and activities.

Come out on a crisp and brisk Saturday, March 11, to browse the Friends of the Library Bookstore, purchase wonderful volumes of reading material, and support the Silver City Library and the Silver City Friends of the Library.

Mark your calendars for the future FOL book sales on Saturdays, May 13 and September 9. For information about the Friends of the Library, contact

Grant County and the Great War

Community members are invited to commemorate the one hundredth anniversary of the United States’ entry into World War I at a presentation at the Silver City Public Library on Tuesday, March 7, 4:00pm. In this presentation, “Grant County and the Great War,” a local historian and researcher will outline how the war influenced life in our region.

The Silver City Museum will also be commemorating the centenary with a small exhibit, “April 1917: The United States Enters World War I.” The exhibit will be on view in the new education and activity room from March 21 through May 14, 2017, and it will feature a uniform and original photographs. Photographs, informative text, and other materials will be available for study.

World War I soldiers, possibly from the First New Mexico Infantry

Marriott Collection, Courtesy of the Silver City Museum Collection

During the time before the second World War, people referred to World War I as “the Great War.” World War I was fought from 1914 to 1918, but the United States did not enter until April 6, 1917. Several thousand New Mexicans fought and died. The war also affected our region economically.

World War I is a sometimes-overlooked historical era. The March 7 presentation and the museum’s exhibit will be good opportunities to learn about it. It will be particularly interesting to discover how things like the draft and reduced food consumption influenced our local communities.

Those who are interested in this topic may also be interested in the World War I film series happening Thursdays through April 6, hosted by the Fort Bayard Historic Preservation Society at the Santa Clara National Guard Armory. More information is available at

The Silver City Public Library is located at 515 W. College Avenue, at the corner of College and Cooper Street in Silver City, and can be contacted at 575-538-3672 or The Silver City Museum is located at 312 West Broadway in Silver City, and can be contacted at 575-538-5921.

Mark Your Calendars for Tons of Special Children’s and Teen Activities This Month

The library is very pleased to be able to offer a variety of awesome activities for children and teens during March, especially during Silver Schools Spring Break (March 12-18). Our regularly-scheduled activities include Storytime (ages 0-5) on Tuesdays at 10:30am, Babytime (ages 0-12 months) on Wednesdays at 10:30am, and Future Engineers (LEGOs and more, geared to ages 6-12) on Wednesdays at 4:00pm.

The Little Artist Club offers creative fun for children ages 5 and under, Thursdays at 10:30am! Take a look at a few of the upcoming projects:

Little Artist Club display of March projects

During Spring Break we will have some more special events:

Children’s Movie: Percy Jackson and the Olympians – Tuesday, March 14, 2:00pm

Teen Movie: The Fault in Our Stars – Thursday, March 16, 2:00pm

WildWorks: Minecraft Madness – Thursday, March 16, 4:00pm

Teen Hangout: Games and more – Friday, March 17, 10:00am-5:00pm (Stop by to hang out anytime today)

Butterfly Presentation and T-shirt Making with Jerry Schneider – Saturday, March 18, 11:00am.  Jerry Schneider “The Butterfly Guy” will give a special presentation about butterflies and lead us in the process of making Butterfly T-Shirts. Bring your own blank light-colored t-shirt to dye, or pay $4 to get one at the event.


WildWorks is a space for youth to hang out, experiment, create, and more, geared to ages 10+. It happens every Thursday at 4:00pm. The space has robots to build and program, electrical circuits, 3D drawing and image editing software, and more. We will have a few special projects at WildWorks in March:

WildWorksDraft4Thursday, March 2, 4:00pm: WildWorks: MakeyMakey Wire Maze

Thursday, March 9, 4:00pm: WildWorks

Thursday, March 16, 4:00pm: WildWorks: Minecraft Madness

Thursday, March 23, 4:00pm: WildWorks: ArtBots

Thursday, March 30, 4:00pm: WildWorks: ArtBots

The Art Bots kit will be on loan to the Silver City Public Library from the New Mexico State Library for a few weeks. Thank you!

Sean Gaskell in Concert March 3

Sean Gaskell with kora in front of leafy green areaSean Gaskell will perform traditional West African music at the Silver City Public Library on Friday, March 3 at 6:00pm as part of the library’s spring concert series. Gaskell plays the Kora, a 21-string harp that he learned how to play during multiple visits to Gambia, West Africa. He will feature traditional songs that are the heart and soul of the kora’s musical repertoire in addition to some of his own personal compositions.

The Kora is native to the Mande peoples who live within the countries of Gambia, Senegal, Mali, Guinea, and Guinea Bissau. The music is traditionally played by oral and musical historians known as Griots (Gree-ohs). The Kora is a melodic and seemingly peaceful instrument, which is somewhat contrary to its musical repertoire. Many songs tell ancient stories of war and hardship, while others praise people of high political status and those who helped expand the Mande Empire. While the Kora is only 300 years old, some commonly played songs can be traced back 800 years to the Mande empires’ founding. Gaskell has studied extensively under the instruction of Malamini Jobarteh and Moriba Kuyateh of Brikama, The Gambia, and Kane Mathis of Brooklyn, NY. Gaskell has been featured at numerous festivals in the US, Gambia, and Senegal. Learn more about Sean Gaskell at You can also view a video of him performing here.

This event is free and open to the public thanks to the sponsorship of the Friends of the Library. All ages are welcome. Doors open 30 minutes before performance time. Space is limited and will be a on a first come, first seated basis. The library is located at 515 W. College Avenue in Silver City. Contact the library at 575-538-3672 or for more information.

Sean Gaskell with kora on his shoulder

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!