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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.

Register for Adult Summer Reading

escape riding tablet

Summer reading for children and teens is a long-held tradition at the library, but did you know that summer 2015 is the third time that the library is offering summer reading for adults? It’s a great way to expand your reading habits, challenge yourself a little, and have some fun! It’s also a great opportunity to read some of the works written by authors who will be visiting Silver City for the Southwest Festival of the Written Word, October 2-4, 2015. (For a list of these authors’ books available at the library, see Register anytime between now and the end of the program on July 17. There will be six prize drawings, one at the end of each week between June 8 and July 17.

Participants can enter prize drawings three ways:

  1. Complete a book review slip and place it in the Escape the Ordinary box near the information desk.
  2. Submit a book review online by going to the library catalog: Sign in using your library card number. Your default password is your phone number. Then search for the book you want to review, click on it, and click on the “Review this title!” button. Each book review submitted online will count as an entry into the weekly prize drawing.
  3. Complete three squares in a row on an Escape the Ordinary tic-tac-toe card and place it in the Escape the Ordinary box near the information desk

Come by the library to register and get your tote bag, bookmark, tic-tac-toe card, and book review slips!

Memorial Day Weekend

Flag Raising on Iwo Jima - photo from the National Archives and Records Administration (NWDNS-80-G-413988)

The library will be closed Saturday, May 23 through Monday, May 25 in observance of Memorial Day. We will re-open on Tuesday, May 26 at 9:00am. You can read more about the history of the observance here: It started out as a day to remember those who died in the Civil War, but was later expanded to honor those lost in all American wars.

Library Announces Summer Hours

The Silver City Public Library will begin “summer hours” on June 1st. The summer operating schedule will run from June 1st through August 2nd. During this time, the library will be open additional hours during the week, but will be closed weekends. Regular hours will resume August 3rd.

two youth glue components together

Young people glue together a water blaster during Youth DIY, summer 2014.

Summer Hours are:

Monday and Wednesday 9am – 6pm
Tuesday and Thursday 9am – 7pm
Friday 9am – 5pm
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

The change of hours will allow the library to provide a full calendar of activities during its annual Summer Reading Program, which begins on Wednesday, June 3rd with a kick-off event by The Magic Guy at 10:30am. Registration is currently open for the Summer Reading Program. All children and youth ages 0-18 are now welcome to stop by the library to register!

Summer Reading Program Pre-registration Has Begun


All children and youth ages 0-18 are now welcome to stop by the library to register for the 2015 Summer Reading Program! Our theme this year is superheroes, and we’ll be celebrating with a variety of hero-themed activities for each age group. We’ll keep track of reading, give out prizes, and do activities from June 3 through July 17. The program will kick off on June 3 at 10:30am with a special appearance by The Magic Guy. All reading logs/book reviews/bingo sheets will be due on July 17, and we’ll wrap up with a Superhero Party at 2:00pm July 24. A more detailed schedule can be viewed on our Summer Reading Program page, and a detailed schedule of youth (ages10+) activities is on the Youth page.

Stay tuned for news about the adult summer reading program, coming soon!

SRP 2015 activities-Harmony


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


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