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Book Talk for Sci-fi Title 2084

cover of 2084: A Time Capsule Warning from the FutureThe library will host a book talk and signing for a new science fiction title on Friday, December 16, 3:00-4:00pm. A community member writing under the pen name Dr. T.F. Fieve will speak about his novel 2084: A Time Capsule Warning from the Future, just released this fall from Dorrance Publishing. The story follows four generations of the Keen family as they build the Land Ark to survive the Volcanic Winter in the last outpost of New Zealand and go on to defeat the Big Blimp and Chip dictatorship. 2084 is not only thrilling reading, it also gives timely civil defense information in the story line and in the Mini-Survival Manual in the back of the book.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information contact the library at 575-538-3672 or

Friends of the Silver City Library Winter Book Sale

FOL LogoJust in time for the holidays and for the long, cold winter nights when nothing beats a good book, hot chocolate, and a big fluffy quilt to hunker into, comes the Silver City Friends of the Library (FOL) Quarterly Book Sale on Saturday, December 10 from 10:00am-2:00pm, at the FOL Bookstore, in the big yard on Market Street across from Cheyenne Street, six blocks west of the Habitat for Humanity Restore yard.

Everyone is invited to come wander amongst the full shelves of quality books and to purchase as many volumes as they want at low prices. “Since the successful September book sale, the Bookstore has received donations of hundreds of books to replenish our shelves and a large percentage are in high quality condition,” said Barbara Guber, FOL Bookstore manager. “The Bookstore is designed to help book lovers find printed and electronic media treasures to own and to give as gifts.”

New for this sale is a separate section of large print books and a separate section of books for education and home schooling. Priced at a fraction of what they would cost new are a number of collectible book sets on history, art, and reference material. There is also the largest collection yet of books for toddlers, picture books, easy readers, chapter books,  and books for adolescents and young adults. A superb selection of “coffee table” and collectible books on art, history, outdoors, photography, travel, and other topics is also available.

Separate displays are arranged throughout the Bookstore for over fifty individual authors. These are in addition to displays of more than thirty different categories– fiction (including romance, sci-fi, fantasy, mystery, military, historical, westerns, action/adventure, horror, paranormal) and non-fiction (including literary classics, plays, poetry, world history, American history, Native American history, biographies, memoirs, human behavior, religion, travel, music, gardening, landscaping, cookbooks, food writing, archaeology, architecture, DIY, animals, ranching, automotive, arts and crafts).

Also available are CDs, both audio books and music, in excellent condition and a good selection of movies in DVD format.

Inside the Bookstore, hardback and trade paperback books are priced at $1.00 each and paperbacks at $0.50 each.  In some individual cases, books may be priced higher. Clearance items sales take place in the FOL parking lot where visitors can purchase a bag of books (special bags are provided in the parking lot) at $2.00 per bag. Sets of books in the parking lot are priced significantly lower than value or retail cost.

The Friends of the Library accepts donations of books from the public and uses these donations to raise funds to support the Silver City Library’s programs and activities. For information about the Friends of the Library, contact You do not have to be a member of the Friends to purchase books.

Special WildWorks Projects in December

WildWorks is a space to hang out, experiment, build, and create. The event, which happens at the library every Thursday at 4:00pm, is geared to youth ages 10 and up. It’s free, no registration necessary. We will have a few special projects at WildWorks during the month of December:

WildWorksDraft4December 8: Learn how to do window painting!

December 15: Holiday ornament making!

December 29: Make your own noise makers!

In addition to guided activities like these, WildWorks always includes technological and creative objects to try out like robots, electrical circuits, 3D drawing, photo editing, and computer programming. Funding for Cubelets and Sphero robots is provided by the New Mexico State Library, a division of the NM Department of Cultural Affairs.

Railroad History with Donald Beem

Donald Beem with a steam engine touring New Mexico in celebration of the state's centennial

Donald Beem, local historian and long-time railroad enthusiast, will give a free presentation on the history of Grant County railroads at the Silver City Public Library on Tuesday, December 6, 4:00pm. The railroad first came to Grant County in 1892 to support the mining industry, and it subsequently played a significant role in the development of the area. Mr. Beem will discuss the timeline of railroad development, the companies, and the people involved. Mr. Beem is also an avid modeler, deeply involved in operating the model railroads currently at the Old Hurley Store. Items from his collection will be on display at the library for the remainder of the month of December.

Silver City Public Library Joins Internet Hotspot Lending Pilot

NMSL_Logo_biggerStarting in early December, library card holders will be able to borrow a Wi-Fi Hotspot from the Silver City Public Library, as part of a 60-day pilot program organized by the New Mexico State Library in collaboration with T-Mobile. During the program, several public libraries in New Mexico will lend Wi-Fi Hotspots to community members. “It’s a great chance to provide your community with an opportunity to obtain more connectivity through the means of mobile hotspots,” said Patricia Moore, technology consultant at the New Mexico State Library.

mobilehotspot_zte“The Silver City Public Library is very excited to be part of the pilot, to learn how well this technology works in our area,” said Lillian Galloway, programming and outreach librarian. “We want to enhance everyone’s ability to connect, now and in the future. This program also complements our existing technology training program.” Adults with a library card in good standing will be able to borrow the devices for free.

The Pew Research Center reports that 13% of Americans do not use the internet at all. Among Americans living in rural areas like ours, 39% lack access to high speed internet that meets the standard of 25Mbps download / 3Mbps upload speed, according to the Federal Communications Commission’s 2016 Broadband Progress Report. Meanwhile, libraries are the sole provider of free public computers and internet access in two thirds of American communities, as reported in a survey by the Information Policy and Access Center. Libraries in New York and Chicago began lending mobile internet hotspots in 2014. Grant funding opportunities and partnerships with tech and telecommunications companies have enabled hotspot lending to spread to more libraries nationwide.

The Silver City Public Library is located at 515 W. College Avenue, at the corner of College and Cooper Street in Silver City. Their hours are Monday-Thursday, 9:00am-6:00pm; Friday, 10:00am-5:00pm, and Saturday, 10:00am-2:00pm. For more information, contact the library at 575-538-3672 or


The Silver City Public Library would like to wish you all a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday. We are thankful for our community and all the hard-working people who make it a wonderful place to be. Thank you to our staff and volunteers who keep things running smoothly, to the Friends of the Library and the library advisory board for their support, to community partners and donors and everyone else with whom we are pleased to collaborate.

We will be closed on Thursday, November 24 through the weekend, and we will re-open on Monday, November 28 at 9:00am. See you next week!

From the Arthur M. Faggart Collection (COLL/67), Marine Corps Archives & Special Collections, Quantico, Virginia OFFICIAL USMC PHOTOGRAPH

From the Arthur M. Faggart Collection (COLL/67), Marine Corps Archives & Special Collections, Quantico, Virginia

Grant County Seed Library

2016-11-09seedlibrary_croppedThe Grant County Seed Library, once located at the Volunteer Center Commons, is now available at the Silver City Public Library. The seed library is a project sponsored by the Volunteer Center, High Desert Organic Gardeners, and the Silver City Food Co-op.

Seed libraries are shared community resources that are growing in popularity. Community members donate seeds from plants they have grown. Others borrow the seeds, plant them, then donate some seeds from their crop back to the seed library. The Grant County Seed Library began with packets of seeds from an organic seed company that gives them away at the end of each season. Now there are many locally-grown seeds available. “Seeds that are grown locally for three generations or more are the best. They begin to adapt to our climate and soil,” explained Azima Forest, seed library manager. The seed library goal is two-fold: to encourage community members to grow food more, and to develop a source for healthy seeds that are well-adapted to our region.

“I arranged to house the seed library at the public library largely because more community members will see it and become familiar with the idea,” explained Forest. “The seeds will be more accessible, any time that the public library is open.”

The public library is excited to make the seed library available to the community along with our other resources. This fits our organization’s vision: to be a gateway to the knowledge and information needed to sustain a healthy, thriving community.

The Silver City Public Library is located at 515 W. College Avenue, at the corner of College and Cooper Street in Silver City. Their hours are Monday-Thursday, 9:00am-6:00pm; Friday, 10:00am-5:00pm, and Saturday, 10:00am-2:00pm. For more information, contact the library at 575-538-3672 or