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Summer Reading Everywhere!

We’re excited that the Summer Reading Program is coming up here at the Silver City Public Library, but did you know that the Bayard Public Library is also kicking off their summer reading program in June? The Bayard Public Library summer reading program will run from June 1 through June 30, Tuesdays through Fridays, 10:00am-12:00pm each day. The Silver City Public Library program will run from June 8 through July 22, with a final grand prize party on Friday, July 29. At both libraries community members can sign up to track their reading and win prizes, and there will be a wide range of activities for all ages.

Indy-and-Crystal-SkullThe Bayard Public Library will host a special performance by storyteller Indiana Bones, Keeper of Legends on Tuesday, June 7, 10:00am. Indiana Bones will then visit the Silver City Public Library on Wednesday, June 8, 10:30am to officially kick off their summer reading program. Indiana Bones (aka Mike McCartney) is an Emmy Award-winning writer, producer and performing artist. Now a full-time professional storyteller, he has been a PBS documentary producer/writer, TV personality, professional actor and faculty member of Mississippi State University. Indiana combines archeology, action, adventure, and mythology, thrilling and educating his audiences with artifacts, fossils, lively puppets and a crack of his bull whip.

Other activities at the Bayard Public Library will include presentations by the Cooperative Extension Service Ideas for Cooking And Nutrition (ICAN) program and Archaeology of the Southwest. The Bayard Public Library is also sponsoring a BMX bike show at the Cobre High School parking lot on Saturday, June 11 at 11:00am. Activities at the Silver City Public Library will include story times, Little Engineers (Lego and more!), board gaming, and hands-on challenges like library golf. Special guests will include the following:

Families can visit each library for their full calendars of upcoming events. Silver City’s activities calendar is also available at silvercitypubliclibrary.wordpress.com/summer-reading-program. Our summer reading program would not be possible without the support of the Friends of the Silver City Public Library, our community partners, and volunteers–thank you!

The Bayard Public Library is located at 1112 Central Avenue in Bayard and is open Tuesday through Friday 8:30am-5:30pm and Saturday 9:00am-3:30pm. They can be reached at 575-537-6244 or online at facebook.com/bayardpubliclibrary. The Silver City Public Library is located at 515 W. College Avenue in Silver City and is open Monday through Thursday 9:00am-6:00pm, Friday 10:00am-5:00pm, and Saturday 10:00am-2:00pm. We can be contacted at 575-538-3672 or ref@silvercitymail.com.

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Catalina Claussen Presents Diamonds At Dusk, New YA Novel

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Catalina Claussen will present her newly-published young adult book Diamonds at Dusk, on Tuesday, May 24, 4:30pm-5:30pm at the Silver City Public Library. This event is free and open to the public. Diamonds at Dusk is a place-based novel full of romance and adventure set in Southwestern New Mexico and reflecting the rural teen experience. Claussen is a founding English teacher at Aldo Leopold Charter School in Silver City, and a long-time resident of the Mimbres Valley. She is a graduate of Reed College, Prescott College, and Western New Mexico University in 2012. She studied in the graduate writing program under Sharman Russell and Dr. Mary Leen. More about Claussen’s work and upcoming events can be found on her blog: https://catalinaclaussen.wordpress.com/2016/04/09/diamonds-at-dusk-comes-to-the-silver-city-library/

The Silver City Public Library is located at 515 W. College Avenue on the corner of College and Cooper Street in Silver City.
For more information about this and other activities at the library, contact Lillian at 575-538-3672 or ref@silvercitymail.com.

Ron Hamm Discusses His Latest Book

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Ron Hamm will discuss his latest book, Ross Calvin, Interpreter of the American Southwest on Tuesday, May 17, 4:30pm-5:30pm at the Silver City Public Library. This event is free and open to the public. Calvin used his observational skills and intellect to help others comprehend the unique factors that make New Mexico what it is–its history, people, culture, climate, and so much more. Calvin’s story as discoverer and interpreter unfolds in rich detail in this essential work. Ron Hamm has written widely and extensively as a journalist, then later as author and biographer over some five decades. His previous books have been The Bursums of New Mexico: Four Generations of Leadership and Service and New Mexico Territorial Era Caricatures (Sunstone Press 2014).

The Silver City Public Library is located at 515 W. College Avenue on the corner of College and Cooper Street in Silver City. For more information about this and other events at the library, contact Lillian at 575-538-3672 or ref@silvercitymail.com.

Local Day of Giving May 14

“Give Grandly!” is a Local Day of Giving to benefit 47 nonprofits in Grant and Luna Counties in southwest New Mexico. The event is coordinated by the Grant County Community Foundation. Two foundations will be matching contributions made that day.

The event will take place on Saturday, May 14, 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM on 7th Street between Cafe Un Mundo and the Market Cafe on Bullard Street. This will run concurrently with the Opening Day of the Farmers Market. There will be music, food, and an artisan market as well.

During the 24 hours of giving on Saturday, May 14 there are three ways that you can make your donations.

  • Stop by the Silver City Farmers Market on Saturday, May 14 from 8:30 to 2:30, visit with the nonprofits, and donate with cash or a check.
  • TEXT to: 41444 and type in “grandly”. Click on the link and make your donation.
  • Go to www.grantcountycommunityfoundation.org/give-grandly.html. Select a nonprofit and make your donation. You can give online from anywhere but the opportunity will only be available from 12:00am to 11:59pm MDT on May 14.

Here are all the nonprofits participating in Give Grandly:

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The Bike Works
Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Grant County
Community Partnership for Children
El Refugio, Inc.
End of the Road Ranch and Rescue
First Born Program
Fort Bayard Historic Preservation
Friends of the Silver City Public Library
Gila Community and Tourism Development
Gila Mimbres Community Radio /KURU 89.1 FM
Gila Native Plant Society
Gila Regional Medical Center Foundation
Gila Resources Information Project
Gila Valley Library
Gila Valley Mobile Food Pantry
Girl Scouts of Desert Southwest New Mexico
Grant County Community Foundation
Guadalupe Montessori School
High Desert Humane Society
Imagination Library of Grant County
The Learning Center for Dyslexia & Academic Success
Life Quest
Literacy Link-Leamos
LGBT Grant County
Lotus Center
Mimbres Region Arts Council
National Center for Frontier Communities Non Profit Resource Group
Puppy Dog Ranch
Silver City Arts & Cultural District
Silver City Mainstreet Project
Southwest Chicano Music Festival
Southwest Festival of the Written Word
Southwest New Mexico Transition Center
Upper Gila Watershed Alliance
Virus Theater
The Volunteer Center of Grant County
Wellness Coalition
Western Institute for Lifelong Learning

Luna County

Border Partners
CHANCES
Children’s Reading Foundation of Luna County
Deming Arts Council
Deming – Luna County Humane Society
Friends of Healing House
Girl Scouts of Desert Southwest New Mexico
Performing Arts Foundation of Luna County
Southwest New Mexico Transition Center
Wilson Summer League

The Friends of the Silver City Public Library is participating in Give Grandly. Library activities for all ages including summer reading, WildWorks youth hangout, Lego Club, and concert series are all made possible by funding from the Friends. Friends funding also supports additions to the library’s collections and interlibrary loan services. Donating to the Friends during Give Grandly is one way you can help. Click here to learn about other ways you can help!

Tiffany’s Angels Presentation

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Tiffany’s Angels: Their Commission, Disappearance and Recovery
Friday, May 13, 10:30am-12:00pm
Silver City Public Library, 515 W. College Avenue, Silver City

Stunning images of Louis Comfort Tiffany’s larger-than-life stained glass windows of the seven angels from the Book of Revelation, their intriguing history, the art of the glass, and the inspiration for Tiffany’s craftsmanship. This presentation will include a lecture by Rev. Carla A. Friedrich, projected imagery, meditation with music, and poetry recitation by Stewart S. Warren. For more about this topic, see www.incompanywithangels.org.

Deadline to Register to Vote in the Primaries: May 10

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If you are not yet registered to vote or need to update your information, stop by the Grant County Clerk’s office to do so by Tuesday, May 10. The clerk’s office is located in the Grant County complex at 1400 US Highway 180, behind In-N-Out Lube and Wash (https://www.google.com/maps/place/Grant+County+Clerk/@32.784478,-108.2609404,17.92z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x17230114f59d3de3!8m2!3d32.7835694!4d-108.2606649).  The primary elections are on June 7.

View or download a map of the five county commissioner districts here: http://www.grantcountybeat.com/news/news-articles/27610-grant-county-map-five-commissioner-districts

View a sample of the ballot for your districts by looking it up here: https://portal.sos.state.nm.us/OVR/WebPages/SampleBallot.aspx

Download information about voting times and polling places (PDF, 115kb): 2016 primary poster 2

More helpful links for registering, researching candidates, and voting can be found on our Voting Resources page.

Registration Begins for 2016 Summer Reading Program

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Community members of all ages are invited to participate in the 2016 Summer Reading Program at the Silver City Public Library. The theme, “On Your Mark, Get Set…READ!” highlights sports, outdoor play, games, health, and wellness. The library is offering activities for pre-school, school-age children, and teens, including special guest performers, hands-on activities, board gaming, and storytimes. Participants will get active with library golf, dance, a spy challenge, and more. There will also be a summer reading program for adults with weekly prize drawings. Summer reading registration begins Monday, May 2 and continues through the duration of the program. Those interested in signing up can do so by visiting the library front desk, bringing their library card if they have one.

The program will officially kick off on June 8, 10:30 AM with a special performance by storyteller Indiana Bones, Keeper of Legends. Activities will continue for more than six weeks during June and July. July 22 will be the last day to turn in completed reading logs and pick up prizes. The Summer Reading Program Party will be on Friday, July 29, 3:00 PM. There will be grand prize drawings for those who completed their reading logs, made possible by a grant from Walmart, and snacks for everyone. “The library summer reading program would not be possible without the support of the Friends of the Library,” said Lillian Galloway, programming and outreach librarian. “The Friends provide funding for reading logs, incentives, performers, equipment for activities, and everything else we need to make the program a success each year. We are very pleased to provide an opportunity for children and teens to engage, have fun, learn, and read every summer.”

The library is located at 515 W. College Avenue in Silver City and is open Monday through Thursday 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM, Friday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM, and Saturday 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM. For more details see the Summer Reading Program page, and if you have any questions contact the library at 575-538-3672 or ref@silvercitymail.com.

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