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Library Launches Community Survey

Let us know what you think at and enter a prize drawing!

The Silver City Public Library is looking for ways to meet the needs of the communities it serves – and it’s asking you to help by filling out a short survey. The survey, which is available both online and in print versions, is a chance for you to tell library staff what you want and need in a library.


Lillian Galloway, left, the Public Library’s Programming/Outreach Librarian, oversees Illimani Lopez, 6, and his brother, Kinan, 10, during Wild Works program last week, as they use a computer to help create their project. (Photo credit: Ted Lynn)

Thirty years ago, a library was a building with books in it, drawers of typed cards carefully arranged using the Dewey Decimal System, and microfiche magazines. But the traditional “bricks and mortar” model of the library is changing as more people turn to the Internet for research. Books and movies are widely available via streaming services, book readers, and other digital technologies.

People are using libraries more than ever before – but they are using them differently, often seeking low-cost entertainment options, job search, tax-filing assistance, and more. Research from the Pew Foundation shows that library patrons are still borrowing books, but they are also expecting libraries to fulfill a new role as a “community space” that offers access to technological tools, digital literacy, and other services.

“We will use the results of the survey to help us serve the needs of the residents of Silver City and the surrounding area,” said Library Director, Eileen Sullivan. “This is your chance to help direct your library’s growth in the 21st century.”

“Those who complete our survey will remain anonymous while they help our Library continue to evolve. You can win prizes while having fun with the questions when you fill out the prize drawing ticket,” Sullivan said.

The survey will be available April 1 through June 1. The survey is available online at You can also request a copy by emailing or calling 575-538-3672. Paper copies are available at the Library (515 W. College Ave), Town Hall, Hidalgo Medical Services (HMS), and other locations.

About the Silver City Public Library: Founded in 1952, the Silver City Public Library currently offers more than 39,000 fiction and non-fiction titles, as well as e-books, DVDs, CDs, magazines, online databases, computer work stations with Internet access, free Wi-Fi, and much more.


Four Women Reading


Self-assessments Workshop


NM Workforce Connection Assessment Tools: Measure Your Skills and Grow to Meet Your Career Goals

Workforce Connection will lead this free workshop at the library (515 W. College Avenue, Silver City) tomorrow (April 14) from 4:00pm to 5:00pm. Learn how to use employment, job training, self interest, and profile assessment tools, available on Walk-ins are welcome, but keep in mind that there are only 14 laptops available. To register ahead of time, call Workforce Connection at 538-3737.

National Poetry Month – Raven Drake Reading


Poetry Reading: Raven Drake
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
10:00 –11:00am
Silver City Library, 515 West College Avenue


Small-Blue-RGB-National-Poetry-Month-LogoRaven Drake, poet and author of The Jagged Edge, will perform his poetry in celebration of National Poetry Month.  This event is open to the public free of charge.

Drake moved to Grant County 10 years ago and found inspiration in the magical geography of the area.  His work reflects an ongoing exploration of and fascination with assorted mythic realms, and multi-dimensions of the imagination. For years, he’s been interested in poetry as an act of conjuration or spellcraft, taking as a given that archetypal space/time is fully inhabited with various aspects of the soul/self.

For more about Raven Drake, visit

Teen Tech Week 2015

Enhance your tech skills and get creative with us! Everything is free and will happen at the Silver City Public Library, 515 W. College Avenue, Silver City.
LLLlogonewTech Check at the Literacy Link-Leamos Study Lab
Tuesday, April 7, 2:00-4:00pm

Do you have the tools you need to quickly check homework off your to-do list? Stop by our study lab for a tech check. Tutors and librarians will offer resource lists and demos of free online tools for everything from math test prep to history research papers. Participants can enter a drawing for one of two prize science/technology kits! Come by anytime between 2 and 4pm.

StarLogoTNG Workshop: Create Games, Models, and More
Thursday, April 9, 2:00-4:00pm

StarLogoTNG_logoHave you ever wanted to program your own original computer games? Have you ever wondered how to visualize phenomenon like the spread of a zombie plague? Shanon Muehlhausen, Assistant Professor at the WNMU Math and Computer Science Department, will introduce free software from MIT for programming games and models.

Thursday, April 9, 4:00-6:00pm

Hangout for exploring, experimenting, creating, gaming, and more. Including, but not limited to, Lego Mindstorms, chess, electronics, 3D drawing, crafting, game programming…Ages 10+

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact Lillian at,, or 575-538-3672.

Promoting Social Causes on Social Media – Free Workshop

Join us for Promoting Social Causes on Social Media, Tuesday, March 31, 4:00pm – 5:00pm at the Silver City Public Library. This free workshop is presented by the NM Small Business Development Center and Abe Villarreal, director of communications at WNMU. Use new tools to spread the word about a cause that is important to you or to your organization. To register, contact Linda McArthur at 538-6342 or Limit 14 students.

This class is part of the Digital Literacy Training: 21st Century Skills for a Sustainable Grant County project, funded by a grant from the Freeport-McMoran Community Investment Fund. The partnership involves the Silver City Public Library, Bayard Public Library, WNMU Adult Education Services, the New Mexico Small Business Development Center, New Mexico Workforce Solutions, Literacy Link – Leamos, and the Silver City Arts and Cultural District. For more information, check out the project page.

Free Concert Tonight


Hard Road Trio in Concert

Friday, March 27th at 6pm, Silver City Public Library, 515 W. College Ave.

On Friday, March 27th at 6pm, the Hard Road Trio will perform their original Southwestern acoustic blend of Roots and Bluegrass music at the Silver City Public Library.

Life-long musicians Steve Smith (vocals, mandolin, octave mandolin and guitar) and Chris Sanders (vocals and guitar) have captured audiences across the country for over ten years with the depth of their songwriting and the power of their distinctive voices. They’ve combined with the exciting groove of Anne Luna for over five years now (bass and vocals) who has appeared with April Verch, Spring Creek Bluegrass and recorded with Kenny Maines and Alan Munde. Their music grows from Steve’s love of bluegrass rooted in his native Virginia, the beauty of choral singing ever-present in Chris’ Minnesota childhood and the tradition of music in Anne’s New Mexico family. Together, their Southwestern blend of Bluegrass and Americana provides a unique heartbeat and lilt underscored by Anne’s driving bass. Their “perfect harmonies” ( are “…delivered with a sense of connection and joy, both in the music and in sharing of it.” (Kerry Dexter, Wandering Educators)

Appearances by members of The Trio include Tucson’s Desert Bluegrass Festival, Pickin’ in the Pines, Bighorn Mountain Festival, Swallow Hill in Denver, Durango Bluegrass Meltdown, Albuquerque Folkfest, Wildflower Concerts, Berkeley’s Freight and Salvage, Rice Festival and Hardly Strictly Bluegrass. They were honored with an official showcase at Folk Alliance Region West in Oct. ’12.

Their latest release Monticello peaked at #2 on the Cashbox Roots Music Chart, reaching #4 Top Album on the Folk DJ Chart (tying with Willie Nelson) and #9 Top Artist. Monticello has been played on over 200 stations nationwide and many overseas.

This event is free and open to the public. Doors open 30 minutes before performance time. Space is limited and will be on a first come, first seated basis. The concert is sponsored by the Friends of the Library. For more information call: 575-538-3672.


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