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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.

Friends of the Library Summer Book Sale

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The Friends of the Silver City Public Library is having its Summer Book Sale on Saturday, May 7, 10:00am-2:00pm. The Friends bookstore is located at 1510 Market Street in Silver City. This is a great opportunity to stock up on low-cost books and media, including

  • Large selection of mysteries, histories, fiction and non-fiction
  • Lots of books on Native Americans – from the Cheyenne to the Navajos
  • Plenty of Craft, Garden and Cookbooks
  • Interesting selection of DVDs
  • and more!

Hardbacks and better-quality paperbacks are $1, and regular paperbacks are 50 cents. The books outside are $1 a bag except between 1 and 2 p.m. when the outside books are free! All proceeds go to support the Silver City Public Library. The Friends of the Library provide funding for library supplies, collections, and especially activities, including concert series, the summer reading program for all ages, educational presentations, and technology and do-it-yourself activities for tweens and teens. Find out How You Can Help!

Open Technology Lab May 3

Community members learn computer skills with WNMU Adult Education Services.There will be an open lab at the library on Tuesday, May 3, 10am-12pm. Each open lab is an opportunity to learn, practice computer skills, and ask questions. Participants can try out tablets and 2-in-1 devices provided by the library. You can also bring your own laptop or mobile device for troubleshooting. Knowledgeable Silver City Public Library staff and volunteers will be available to help. No registration necessary.

Small Business Development Center Offers Workshops

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The New Mexico Small Business Development Center at Western New Mexico University is hosting a series of free workshops for aspiring entrepreneurs and current small business owners. The events will be held at their Silver City and Deming locations, as noted in the following schedule.

April 20 – “Essentials of Starting a Business,” Mimbres Valley Learning Center, Deming

April 21 – “How to Use Excel in Your Business,” 5:30-7:30 pm, WNMU Global Resource Center, Computer Lab 110

April 19 – Sandia Lab “Information Session,” 4:00 – 6:00 pm, Room 112, Watts Hall, 500 18th Street

May 5 – “Bookkeeping for Small Business,” 4:00 – 6:00 pm, Room 112, Watts Hall, 500 18th Street

May 24 – “Advertising for Your Small Business”, 5:30-7:30 pm, Room 112, Watts Hall, 500 18th Street

June 15 – “Financing Your Business,” Mimbres Valley Learning Center, Deming

July 17-23 – “New Mexico Economic Development Course,” WNMU Global Resource Center, ABC Room

September 13 or 14 – Panel: Financing Sources, Deming and Silver City locations to be announced

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) offers free management consulting and assistance with free computer/internet use for businesses in the southwest corner of New Mexico. The Silver City Public Library is pleased to partner with the SBDC on a regular basis to offer technology workshops geared towards entrepreneurs, artists, freelancers, and small businesses.

Poetry by Raven Drake April 15

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Friday, April 15, 2016
11:00am–12:00pm
Silver City Library, 515 West College Avenue

Raven Drake will hold a poetry reading for National Poetry Month featuring poems from his 3rd book Cruel Radiance and upcoming 4th book Epiphanies. 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 silvercitytourism.org/poets/raven-drake

Grant Funds Provide New Robots for Library Makerspace Programs

WildWorks participants work on robots and learn about how to make mini art-bots with motors.Thanks to a mini-grant from the New Mexico State Library, new robots are coming to the Silver City Public Library’s WildWorks youth hangout. WildWorks is a space for tweens and teens (ages 10 and up) to experiment with robots, electrical circuits, 3D drawing, kinetic art, computer programming, and other hands-on activities. The activity happens during the school year on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month, 4:00-6:00pm. Using the State Library funding, the public library has purchased one set of twelve Cubelets and two Sphero robots. “Up to this point we have used Lego Mindstorms robot kits and free game-building software from MIT to learn computer programming concepts at WildWorks,” said Lillian Galloway, programming and outreach librarian. “The addition of Cubelets and Sphero robots increases our opportunities to learn about coding and computer logic.” As described on the Modular Robotics website, Cubelets snap together easily to create robots whose behavior changes depending on the components used and the order in which they are connected. The Sphero is an orb-shaped robot that moves and lights up in response to the users’ instructions. Youth at WildWorks will be able to program the Sphero robots using library devices and free apps. More about Sphero can be found at sphero.com/sphero-sprk.

The next WildWorks event for youth will be on Thursday, March 31, 10am-12pm (special spring break session). Tweens and teens are welcome to stop by the library anytime during the event to join in, no registration necessary. Adults are invited to try out the makerspace tools on Thursday, March 31, 3:00-5:00pm. We are excited to be able to respond to demand and give the grown-ups a turn!

The pilot grant program from the New Mexico State Library is offered to public libraries to establish, improve, or expand public makerspace programs for children, teens, and adults. “A makerspace is a place to share tools, supplies, and ideas for creation and experimentation,” explained Galloway. “Makerspaces across the country, many housed within libraries, give people a chance to learn new skills and concepts in an organic, fun way.” The New Mexico State Library is supporting makerspaces in New Mexico public libraries in order to excite communities about STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math), encourage participants to reclaim New Mexico’s rich heritage of making, and introduce exciting new technologies in a fun and accessible way.

The library is located at 515 West College Avenue, on the corner of College Avenue and Cooper Street. For more information, contact Lillian Galloway at 575-538-3672 or ref@silvercitymail.com.

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