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Workshop: Addiction and Aspiration

“Addiction and Aspiration” will be the topic of a workshop on Tuesday, January 24 at 2:00pm at the Silver City Public Library, led by Joni Kay Rose, M.Div., CHT. Participants will practice differentiating between self-centered addictive cravings of all kinds and true unselfish aspirations of the heart. While both might be labeled “desires” in English, in Sanskrit and other languages they are entirely different, as Rose will explain. In this workshop Buddha’s Four Noble Truths and the Twelve Steps of recovery are applied jointly to help people of all faiths let go of false self-images that fuel our addictive behavior patterns, so we can live peaceful and fulfilling lives. This free event is open to everyone, applicable to people of any religious or non-religious background. For information please call 575-956-5414.

A freelance writer and therapist for many years, Joni Kay Rose holds a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and a Master of Divinity degree. A longtime participant in twelve-step recovery meetings, she has been a student of Buddhism for over twenty years. She is the author of The Joy Beyond Craving: A Buddhist Perspective on Addiction and Recovery (©2003, Desert Wordsmith Productions). “Rather than urging people to give up their previous religions and become Buddhists, I’d like to help them see the Buddha’s teachings as universal principles that are compatible with all true religions” (Joni Kay Rose in The Joy Beyond Craving, page 9).



Special NM Legislature Presentation by Dede Feldman

feldmanThe Silver City Public Library will be hosting a special presentation about the history and inner workings of the New Mexico Legislature on Tuesday, January 17, 2017, 4:00pm. The presentation will be given by Dede Feldman, former New Mexico senator from Albuquerque’s near North Valley (1997-2012), and now the author of a book about her experiences. This event is free and open to the public, thanks to the sponsorship of the New Mexico Humanities Council, the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs, and the Friends of the Silver City Public Library.

As Feldman explains, our citizens’ legislature is a reflection of the state’s history—the divide between the rural and urban lifestyles, the unique mix of ethnic groups, and the personal and familial connections at the heart of a small state. Spanish might be spoken in the hallways of the Roundhouse as much as English, and Native American issues are often pivotal. Feldman’s talk illustrates this culture with tales of heroes, villains, unlikely alliances, special interests, and successful advocates—informed by her 16 years in the legislature. Knowledge of historical antecedents and contemporary history allows citizens to place each session of the legislature in perspective, empowering them to become active and effective advocates for their own cause.

As the first woman elected a New Mexico senator from Albuquerque’s near North Valley, Dede Feldman has been a pioneer for women in government. Feldman built her foundation on a varied career as a journalist, high school and university teacher, and the owner of a small public relations business. Feldman holds both a BA and an MA in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania. She moved to New Mexico in 1975 and lives in a solar home with her husband of 46 years.

For more information about this and other events at the library, contact Lillian Galloway at 575-538-3672 or


Open Lab Friday and More Opportunities Upcoming

WNMU-AESAnnouncing: the January-February schedule of regularly-occurring free technology learning opportunities! These events are offered in partnership with other community organizations. We are pleased to continue our partnership with Adult Education Services, whose director leads basic technology workshops. The workshops are particularly great opportunities for job-seekers seeking to boost their skills and entrepreneurs who want to harness technology for their businesses.

The upcoming workshops are as follows:

Basic Internet, Thursday, January 19, 10:00am-12:00pm: how to safely search the internet and how to use it as a resource

Basic Email, Friday, January 27, 2:00-4:00pm: how to use email professionally, attach files/pictures, and how to manage email

Microsoft Excel, Tuesday, February 7, 4:00-5:45pm: how to use Excel for personal and business accounting

Microsoft Word, Thursday, February 16, 10:00am-12:00pm: how to use templates and ribbon functions

There will be open labs for practice, questions, and troubleshooting on Friday, January 13, 10:00am-12:00pm and Friday, February 10, 10:00am-12:00pm. 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. This is a great opportunity, especially if you have received a new device over the holidays and need to learn more about it.

Providing free technology training in the community is one way that the library fulfills its mission, which is to

Students take an assessment test to determine their computer skill levels.● Provide access to information and ideas
● Foster literacy, life-long learning, and creativity
● Connect people to each other and the wider world
● Strengthen our communities

Helping more people gain access to technology is an important way to contribute to economic development, education, and community engagement in Grant County.

Hard Road Trio in Concert Friday, January 6

The spring concert series is about to begin! The Las Cruces based Hard Road Trio (Steve Smith, Chris Sanders, and Anne Luna) will perform at the Silver City Public Library on January 6th at 6pm. 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. The trio has captured audiences across the country with their Southwestern blend of Bluegrass and Americana, the depths of their songwriting, and the power of their distinctive voices.

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


Science Film Series to Take Place January through May

NOVA logoThe Silver City Public Library will be showing a series of NOVA science documentaries from January through May, 2017. Each month community members can view a film on a different fascinating topic, ranging from the human brain to outer space. The events are free and open to the public.

On Tuesday, January 10 at 4:30pm, embark on an exploration of your own mind with the NOVA ScienceNOW production How Does the Brain Work? The film will cover brain research topics including our perception of illusions, “hacking” the brain, artificial intelligence, and more. Click here to see a list of items about the brain at the Silver City Public Library.

Celebrate the 87th anniversary of the discovery of Pluto on Tuesday, February 14 at 4:30pm, when the library will show The Pluto Files: The Rise and Fall of America’s Favorite Planet. Neil deGrasse Tyson investigates this scientifically captivating member of the solar system, which elicits Americans’ fascination and passionate debate.

On Tuesday, March 14 at 4:30pm delve into technology at the library showing of Ancient Computer, 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.

The library will show NOVA’s The Great Math Mystery on Tuesday, April 11 at 4:30pm, exploring how mathematics underpins natural forms, art, scientific advances, and our understanding of reality. The film considers whether math is simply a useful human invention, or “the language of the universe.”

The science film series will conclude on Tuesday, May 9, 4:30pm with Decoding Neanderthals, the story of Homo sapiens’ migration and surprise encounter with this mysterious species. Learn about the discoveries of the team that reconstructed much of the Neanderthal genome.

For more information about this and other events at the library, contact Lillian Galloway at 575-538-3672 or

Happy New Year 2017!

The library will be closed on Monday, January 2. We will re-open as usual on Tuesday, January 3, 2017, 9:00am. Happy New Year!

Kids Activities This Week

There will be no Babytime today, but we will have Future Engineers here at the library at 4:00pm! Future Engineers is a place for kids to build and create with LEGO, K’NEX, and Strawbees. The program is geared to ages 6-12.

On Thursday at 4:00pm we will have WildWorks, a hangout space for youth ages 10+ that happens weekly at the library. This week there will be a special project–make noise makers for New Year’s! Robots, electronics, 3D drawing, photo editing and more will be available too.

These events are free, no registration necessary, thanks to the Friends of the Library!

Children build on their own and collaboratively.