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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” (Audiophilereview.com) 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.

More Technology Learning for March

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So far this month there have been two study labs with Literacy Link-Leamos and an open lab for troubleshooting with librarians and helpers. There are a lot more opportunities for learning coming up! Everything is listed on the Digital Literacy page. Here is the schedule for the remainder of March:

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. For details call Literacy Link-Leamos at 388-0892. Literacy Link-Leamos has compiled links to many helpful learning resources, particularly for GED practice and math homework: http://literacylinkleamos.org/links.html
Tuesdays, 2:00pm-4:00pm
Walk-ins are welcome; 14 computers are available.

Basic Computer Skills Series March 18-April 10 – presented by WNMU Adult Education Services
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 or call Adult Education Services at 574-5101 to register beforehand.

Computer Maintenance and Security Class – presented by Silver City Public Library librarian
Learn simple techniques for maintaining your computer and protecting it from security threats.
Wednesday, March 18, 10:00am-12:00pm
To register, call the library at 538-3672. Walk-ins are welcome, but there is a limit of 14 students.

Microsoft Excel Basics Class – presented by Silver City Public Library librarian
Friday, March 20, 10:00am-12:00pm
To register, call the library at 538-3672. Walk-ins are welcome, but there is a limit of 14 students.

Introduction to Microsoft PowerPoint—presented by volunteer project partner
Learn how Microsoft PowerPoint can be used in work and business. Basic familiarity with Microsoft Word is recommended. For the well-being of the presenter, please refrain from wearing perfume or cologne.
Tuesday, March 24, 4:00-5:00pm
To register, call the library at 538-3672. Walk-ins are welcome, but there is a limit of 14 students.

Promoting Social Causes on Social Media—presented by Abe Villarreal and Small Business Development Center
Spread the word about a cause that is important to you or your organization.
Tuesday, March 31, 4:00-5:00pm
To register, contact Linda McArthur: 538-6342 or Linda.McArthur@wnmu.edu. Walk-ins welcome; limit 14.

Town Council Districts 1 and 3 Vote Today

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If you live in district 1 or district 3 in Silver City, today you can vote for your town councilor. Voting is happening 7:00am to 7:00pm at the Silver City Women’s Club at 411 Silver Heights Blvd. For more details and helpful links, see our Voting Resources page.

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.

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