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CLAYplay Coming Up

CLAYplay participants create clay creatures.

Join the Silver City CLAY Festival and the Silver City Public Library for free clay workshops for children in grades 3-6! These hands-on clay experiences will be led by artist Zoe Wolfe. There will be four sessions next week:

Monday, July 25, 2:00-3:30pm
Tuesday, July 26, 2:00-3:30pm
Wednesday, July 27, 2:00-3:30pm
Thursday, July 28, 2:00-3:30pm

Each session is limited to 15 participants. No pre-registration: we will give out free admission tickets starting 30 minutes before the program begins. Due to space limitations, we will not be able to accommodate groups of greater than five children.

The 2016 CLAYplay series is made possible by the Friends of the Library! Also ask about CLAYplay at the Bayard Public Library (575-537-6244) and the Gila Valley Library (575-535-4343).

CLAYplay workshop participants shape and design circular plate-like slabs of clay

Free Computer Classes July 19-29


The Community Action Agency of Southern New Mexico is visiting Silver City this week and next week to give free computer classes! There will be sessions on four different topics, each session lasting 6 hours total over two days. All sessions will take place at Watts Hall at the corner of Highway 180 (Silver Heights Blvd.) and Swan Street. Register by contacting 575-527-8799, Ext. 113 or 136 or

Basic Computer Skills: In this course, participants will learn the fundamentals of computers and get hands-on experience with Windows 7. July 19-20, 9:00am—12:00pm

Introduction to the Internet: In this Introduction to the Internet Course, participants will be given an overview of the Internet and what’s available on it. Search engines, E-mail, and online forms will be covered. July 21-22, 9:00am—12:00pm

Career Ready 101: WorkKeys is used by thousands of companies worldwide as a tool to help select, hire, train, develop, and retain a high-performance workforce. In this class, participants will be introduced to an online, self-paced tutorial known as KeyTrain. This tool will help job-seekers be work-ready, identify and enhance the work skills that employers are looking for. July 26-27, 9:00am—12:00pm

Legitimate Ways to Make Extra Money Online: This class is for participants who would like to expand their knowledge on making extra money online while avoiding scams. This course requires a basic knowledge of the internet. It touches on basic business concepts, but is not a business course and is open to everyone. July 28-29, 9:00am—12:00pm

Downloadable flyer with details: 2016-07CAA_SilverCityFlyer

Final Week of Summer Reading Activities

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We are approaching the final week of the 2016 summer reading program. The deadline to submit reading logs for prizes is Friday, July 22. If you have completed your reading log, bring it in by July 22 so that we can enter you into the grand prize drawings. Youth/teens who complete three items–any combination of book review slips or bingo cards–are also eligible for grand prize drawings.

A survey about the summer reading program is now available online in English: and in Spanish: Please help our library and the New Mexico State Library evaluate the 2016 Summer Reading Program. Your answers on this survey will help obtain funding for the program as well as improve it. Thank you for your time and we appreciate your participation!

We have an exciting final week of activities lined up! Join us for the following special events:

Tuesday, July 19, 10:30am: Storytime and a simple craft, ages 0-5


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Wednesday, July 20, 10:30am: Dance workshop: join Maria y Yahví for a fandanguito! Zapateado (Mexican clogging from Southern Veracruz) is used in the fiesta called fandango where community members dance in the middle of the tarima (wooden box) surrounded by musicians, listeners and convivencia! Hard soled shoes are recommended to make the percussive sounds with our feet. This presentation is geared towards ages 6 and up.

Wednesday, July 20, 4:00pm: Little Engineers (Lego and more!) (ages 6-12)

Thursday, July 21, 10:30am: Craft: Paper Plate Kangaroos! Come to the library to make a kangaroo to take home. This activity is geared toward children ages 6-12. Limit 35 participants, admission tickets will be given out starting 30 minutes before the beginning of the event.

Thursday, July 21, 4:00pm: Board gaming (all ages)

Friday, July 22, 2:00pm: WildWorks: Mini-foosball table. Make a mini foosball table to take home. Special thanks to the Shoe Dept. for donating empty shoe boxes! (ages 10+)


Zoo Visit Tomorrow and More Activities this Week


If you did not have a chance to see Zoo To You in Bayard today, they will be here at the Silver City Public Library tomorrow, Wednesday, July 13. There will be two identical sessions: 10:30-11:30am and 1:00-2:00pm. Meet animal ambassadors like birds, reptiles, amphibians and small mammals in this interactive educational program about wildlife conservation. For the safety of the animals and participants, there will be a limit on the number of people who can attend each session.  Free tickets will be distributed starting 30 minutes before the beginning of each presentation.

Also happening Wednesday, July 13, at 4:00pm: Little Engineers (Lego and more!). During the 2016 Summer Reading Program, Lego Club is expanding! Along with Lego free-building we will have K’NEX and Strawbees for more creative construction possibilities. This activity is geared toward children ages 6-12.

On Thursday, July 14, 10:30am, Get Your Putt On: play miniature golf inside the library! We will also have board gaming for all ages on Thursday at 4:00pm. We have classic like chess, mancala, checkers, and go; as well as favorites like Monopoly, Clue, Battleship, and more.

Finally, the older kids are invited to join us for WildWorks on Friday, July 15, 2:00pm. We will do some creative engineering using Strawbees.  WildWorks is a space for hands-on experimentation and creation, geared towards ages 10+.

All summer reading events are free, no registration necessary. Contact the Silver City Public Library at 575-538-3672 or for more information.

July Buy-One-Get-One-Free Sale for Friends of the Library Books

FOL Logo

The Friends of the Library (FOL) is holding a month-long “Buy One-Get One Free” book sale at the Silver City Public Library.   Throughout July, loads of fiction and non-fiction hardbacks and better paperbacks will be available for purchase at $1.00 and regular paperbacks will sell for 50 cents.  Buy one book and get another of the same value free.

The sale takes place at the library located at 515 West College Avenue, Silver City, New Mexico 88061 during regular hours in July. Library hours are Monday-Thursday 9am-6pm, Friday 10am-5pm, and Saturday 10am-2pm. The books for sale are located in the large bookcase against the back wall facing College Street.  The cart holding non-fiction books is in front of the bookcase.

The Friends of the Library accepts donations of books from the public and uses these donations to raise funds to support the Library’s programs and activities, including the summer reading program for all ages and concert series for adults. This month-long event is in addition to the four seasonal book sales that the Friends hold at the Friends’ bookstore at 1510 W. Market Street.  The next seasonal book sale will be on Saturday, September 10, 2016.

Thank you for your support! For information about the Friends of the Library, contact

Bike Works Friday

Bike Works will visit the library tomorrow at 2:00pm to demonstrate some techniques for basic bicycle maintenance and repair. Bring your bike! They may be able to show you how to fix it up and maintain it.

This free event is geared towards youth ages 10+, no registration necessary. If you haven’t already, you may want to register for the library summer reading program. Teens can submit brief book reviews or completed bingo cards to enter weekly prize drawings. There are two drawings each week! If you submit at least three items by July 22, you will be entered into the end-of-summer grand prize drawings.


Andy Mason in Concert and Hands-on Science

This week’s summer reading activities will include a free concert with Andy Mason and opportunities for hands-on experimentation. Here’s the calendar:

Tuesday, June 28, 10:30am: Storytime and a simple craft, ages 0-5

AndyMasonPromoImageWednesday, June 29, 10:30am: Andy Mason in Concert. Award-winning New Mexico children’s musician Andy Mason will bring his educational, interactive and fun musical performance to the Silver City Public Library. Family members of all ages are invited to join the fun. Andy, from Portales, NM, will have the audience dancing and singing along to his songs about Pizza, Burritos, Sharks, Pirates, Owees and Hand Washing! Offering songs in English and Spanish, Andy Mason brings a little of New Mexico to each of his performances. Andy’s family-friendly music keeps the attention of children and adults alike, who will no doubt come away from Andy’s show having learned something too.

Wednesday, June 29, 4:00pm: Little Engineers (Lego and more!) (ages 6-12)

Thursday, June 30, 10:30am: Create bubbles and explore the science of bubbles. We will learn how bubble solution is made, how bubbles form, and try making giant bubbles. We will also make thousands of small bubbles! This activity is geared towards ages 6-12.

Thursday, June 30, 4:00pm: Board gaming (all ages)

Friday, July 1, 2:00pm: WildWorks: Fireworks Milk & Walking Water (ages 10+)

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