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Community Invited to Black History Celebration

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The poet laureate of Silver City Elise Stuart is pleased to invite the community to a celebration of black history with poetry and music, to be held at the Yankie Creek Coffee House on Sunday, February 22, 1:00-3:00pm. There will be readings by Jeffrey Scott, JJ Amoworo Wilson, Beate Sigriddaughter, Judith Kenney, and Elise Stuart. Music by Jianda Monique, Amos Torres, Tom “Houndog” Romancik, and Dale Rucklos. The Silver City Public Library and the Southwest Festival of the Written Word are proud to support this event.

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Love Your Library Day Saturday!

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Literacy Link-Leamos is holding the annual Love Your Library Day celebration at the library this Saturday, February 21! Join us between 9:00am and 12:00pm for music, food, free books, bingo, prizes, scavenger hunts, children’s activities, robot demonstrations, and more. Young people can create poetry flags with poet laureate of Silver City Elise Stuart. Replacement library cards will also be free on this day. The library is located at 515 W. College Avenue, Silver City.

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February Computer Classes and Labs

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There are many opportunities this month to improve your computer skills for free at the library (at 515 W. College Avenue, Silver City). Our next basic computer class series starts Wednesday, February 11 at 2:00pm, and will meet every Wednesday and Friday afternoon for four weeks. There are also one-time sessions led by library staff to ask questions and learn basics, like email. On Tuesday, February 24, NM Workforce Connection will demonstrate tools to use to discover what types of workers are needed in various regions. The details for these sessions and more are listed below, and can be found on our Digital Literacy page.

Basic Computer Skills Series – presented by WNMU Adult Education Services – February 11 – March 6
Covers computer hardware basics, computer operation basics, internet and emailing, and Microsoft Office basics.
Wednesdays and Fridays, 2:00-4:00pm
Register at the first class session on February 11, or call Adult Education Services at 574-5101 to register beforehand. Limit 14 students.

Open Computer Lab – presented by Silver City Public Library librarians
Learn, practice computer skills, and ask questions. Bring your own laptop or mobile device for troubleshooting.
Friday, February 13, 10:00am-12:00pm No registration necessary.

Math Lab and Self-study Lab- presented by Literacy Link-Leamos
Work on self-paced tutorials and practice computer skills. Study for the GED, work on math homework, or learn how to use email, Facebook, internet, or word processing. One LLL tutor will be available to help for both labs.
Tuesdays, 2:00pm-4:00pm, beginning February 17
To register, call Literacy Link-Leamos at 388-0892. Walk-ins are welcome, but only 14 computers are available.

Email Basics Class – presented by Silver City Public Library librarian
Free librarian-led class on the basics of setting up an email account, organizing your email, practicing safe email habits, sending attachments, and more.
Thursday, February 19, 5:00pm-6:30pm
To register, call the library at 538-3672. Walk-ins are welcome, but there is a limit of 14 students.

Train the Trainer – presented by Eva Artschwager, Broadband Education and Digital Literacy Consultant for the New Mexico Broadband Program
Tuesday, February 24 and Wednesday, February 25, 9:00am-12:00pm
Eva will teach successful methods and approaches to use when teaching basic computer skills to others. Come to whichever sessions you can! The sessions will not repeat themselves, but each can stand alone. Contact Lillian at 575-538-3672 or ref@silvercitymail.com for details and to sign up.

Labor Market Information – presented by NM Workforce Connection
Discover what occupations are in demand in your region with powerful tools from NM Workforce Connection.
Tuesday, February 24, 4:00pm-5:00pm
To register, call NM Workforce Connection at 538-3737. Walk-ins are welcome, but there is a limit of 14 students.

Writing Groups

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The Southwest Festival of the Written Word recently posted an excellent piece about two local groups for writers to get feedback in a supportive environment. One of these is the Creative Writing Group at WNMU, which is open to everyone. They provide a space for writers to have their work read and reviewed by other writers. Most participants are working towards making their work publishable or performable. The Creative Writing Group meets the first and third Tuesdays of every month, 6 p.m. in the Kennedy Puentes Room at the WNMU Miller Library. Participants should bring 10 copies of their poetry, fiction, memoir or creative non-fiction (5-7 minutes’ worth of reading) to distribute to the group.

Gilawriters is another supportive group for writers. They are open to the public and meet here at the public library on Thursdays, 2:00pm-4:00pm. The meetings include writing periods that last 10-15 minutes, and everyone is invited to share their work, if they wish. Writers can keep their work to themselves if they prefer, and the privacy of the writers in the group is protected. Writers can receive feedback about what their writing effectively communicates, without negatives. Gilawriters is sponsored by the Southwest Festival of the Written Word and the Silver City Public Library.

For contact information and more details about these writing groups, see the piece posted on the Southwest Festival of the Written Word blog.

Cobre Mine Plan of Operations Environmental Assessment and FONSI

The Freeport-McMoran Cobre Mine Plan of Operations Environmental Assessment and FONSI (“Finding of No Significant Impact”) are available for public review. There is a proposed modification to the document. There is a copy at the library information desk, and it can also be viewed online here: http://www.blm.gov/nm/st/en/fo/Las_Cruces_District_Office.html  The comment period has been extended to January 31. Submit comments by that date to Douglas Haywood, BLM Las Cruces District Office, 1800 Marquess Street, Las Cruces, NM 88005. You can also call Mr. Haywood at (575) 525-4412, or email your comments to BLM_NM_LCDO_comments@blm.gov (please include “Comments on Cobre MPO Amendment No. 5 EA” in the subject line).

The Gila Resources Information Project has also informed us that Freeport-McMoran has submitted a closure/closeout plan for the Continental mine to the state Mining and Minerals Division. The documents for that are available here: http://www.emnrd.state.nm.us/MMD/MARP/GR002RE-2.html

Tech Conference for Girls

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The Grant County branch of the American Association of University Women is hosting their 23rd annual Expanding Your Horizons conference for girls in grades 5-8. The event is on Saturday, February 28, 2015, 9:00am-3:00pm, at Western New Mexico University. There will be a choice of hands-on workshops, lunch, a closing activity, and free t-shirts for participants. To sign up, you can contact Mikki Jemin at 654-5816 or maryjemin@yahoo.com. You can also fill out the small form on this brochure: SCEYH_2015_Brochure and give it to your math or science teacher. Registration deadline is January 30. The AAUW has organized twenty workshops for this event! Topics include “Chart Your Path in the Sky” (aviation), “Junior Vet for Your Pet,” “The Amazing Eye,” “Magnetron Magic,” “The Mystery of the Mine,” “Meet ALICE” (computer animation), and more! See the brochure for a full list of workshops.

School Board and Municipal Elections

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Spring elections are approaching quickly! The school board elections for Silver Consolidated School District and Cobre Consolidated District will be on February 3, 2015. The Town of Silver City Municipal Election will be on March 3, 2015. Candidates for Silver School Board district 3 are Trent Petty and Frances Vasquez. Candidates for district 5 are Anthony Gutierrez and Mike McMillan. Candidates for Cobre School Board Position 4 are Frank Cordova and Frances Gonzales. Candidates for Position 5 are Ralph Sepulveda and Hector Carrillo. Candidates for Town Councilor District 1 are Cynthia Ann Bettison and Ronald G. Perez. Jose A. Ray, Jr. is running unopposed for District 3 Councilor.

For all the voting dates, times, and places, and helpful links to learn more, visit our Voting Resources page.

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