Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Have You Noticed Anything New In Our Library Lately?

                                                      Hint: think Fine Arts room!

Taos sculptor and library patron Joseph Frustaci has donated the sculpture you see here. You can find it displayed on the south wall of our fine arts room.

                                                                     Thanks, Joe!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011



Thursday, December 15, 2011

'Tis the Season to Give

Are you Running out of ideas for stocking stuffers, gifts for family living out of town, or your favorite local bookworm ?
Check out our unique, one of a kind mugs, now on sale- two for $15.00! Beautiful image of the gorge by local photographer Geraint Smith. A perfect mug for Santa's hot chocolate!
Click here for fun gift ideas for book lovers, from the Chicago Tribune. 
More unique gift ideas from Huffington Post here.
The Mark Twain doll and paperback perfume caught my eye!
Don't forget our local bookstores for the latest bestsellers.

What was your favorite read of 2011? Comment here or stop by the library. We'll do a future post on the results.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Join us in the Children's Library on December 14th, for gifts, books, and Santa!!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Spotlight on...

Taos librarian Ellen gets the library lowdown from long time volunteer David Hillman.
If you are interested in volunteering, drop by the circulation desk for an application.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Traitor in our midst?


According to, "Amazon: Kindle Fire best selling product for eight weeks running, quadruples Black Friday sales."

Upon the delivery of my pre-ordered Kindle Fire, I have joined the masses in the ebook revolution. I love my Kindle Fire! I bought it primarily because I wanted an ereader. But it does so much more! Movies, apps galore, email, FB, web browsing, music, and of course books. Beyond a little glare on the screen with certain lighting, and the touch screen not being as sensitive as the ipad, I can't find any fault with it.
80 apps and 10 movies, 800 songs, or 6,000 books may be loaded. If you're running short on storage space, you may move content to and from your Kindle Fire and your Amazon Cloud (free storage). The battery life is about 8 hours, depending on what your viewing.

Despite loving the functionality of the Kindle, I don't consider myself a traitor to reading paper books nor the institutions that house them. I will always enjoy sitting by the fire on a cold winter's night, turning the pages of a good novel.

(Is the Taos Public Library going digital? Check back soon...)

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Library Christmas Tree Is Lit

I got to work today and found that the library elves had put up the tree, decorated it and hung our stockings!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Coming Attractions: Youth Poetry Slam And Remarkable Women Of Taos

We work way in advance planning our events at the library. Even though it's not yet winter, our Library Director, George Jaramillo, and several staffmembers (Connie, Judith, Lisa and myself) have begun work on our 2012 Summer Lecture Series. This year's theme will be "Remarkable Women of Taos." In addition to the famous names, we also hope to include some of the lesser-known lights that have made and continue to make our community so uniquely wonderful. Believe it or not, it takes months to find our speakers, book them, get their bios and photos and prepare the publicity.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Giving Thanks

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, one of the many things I'm grateful for, is new books added to our collection! Here are some of our latest, most of which are bestsellers.

Fiction: Then again, The art of fielding, The forgotten waltz, The marriage plot, The cat's table, 1Q84, The empty family, The affair, Shock wave, The race, and Now you see her.
Non-Fiction: Steve Jobs: a biography, Blue nights, No higher honor: a memoir of my years in Washington, Unbroken: a World War II story of survival, resilience, and redemption, Jack Kennedy: elusive hero, and Boomerang: travels in the new third world.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Big Read 2011

Welcome- to the first post of the Taos Public Library's blog! Our intention is to keep you, a valued library patron, in the know with the latest happenings here at the library.

 Here on Library Lowdown,you will find scheduled events, exciting new services, hot book and dvd pics by the staff, spotlight on someone in our library community, our staff, and our volunteers. We would like to hear from you with any comments or suggestions on how we can help make the library a welcoming and dynamic place for you to find information, research tools, internet resources, and anything else you might be looking for.

On Saturday, November 5th, the Taos Public Library in conjunction with Somos, had a successful kickoff for the Big Read 2011. This year we gave away 100 books of Louise Erdrich's Love Medicine. The event included a hot lunch feast and drummers from Taos Pueblo.

A big Thank you to all the cooks, volunteers, George Jaramillo, and Summer Wood who made all this happen!
To see a list of continued events throughout the month of November for the Big Read click:  here