Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Holiday Hours

The Taos Public Library will be closed Monday, December 24th and Tuesday, December 25th.
All of us here wish you and your family a joyful and safe Holiday!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

The Era Of Free Online News May Be Over

The days of free news online may be ending, according to CNN. The Washington Post is probably going to start charging for news online and the Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News have already announced plans to do so.

New Taos Public Library Director?

Don't forget the RIF book giveaway and visit with Santa Claus is TODAY in the Children's library from 10am to 4pm.
Santa Claus and a special guest will be in the Children's library from 2pm-4:30pm.
Come have your picture taken with Santa Claus!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Giovanna Paponetti's Long Journey with Saint Kateri

This Saturday, December 8th, at 1:30 pm, Giovanna Paponetti, artist and author, will speak about the life of Native American Saint, Kateri Tekakwitha.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

LIbrary Lecture This Saturday, December 1st

Bill Dunmire, author, will lecture on New Mexico's Living Landscapes, this Saturday, December 1st, from 1:30 pm-3:30 pm.

Graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, with degrees in wildlife management and zo-ology, Bill Dunmire served 28 years in the National Park Service, mostly as a naturalist in a number of parks including Yosemite, Hawaii Volcanoes, Yellowstone, and Carlsbad Caverns, where he retired as Superintendent in the mid-80s. For seven years he was a field biologist with The Nature Conservancy in New Mexico. Bill is an Associate in Biology at the University of New Mexico and a Research Associate at the NM Museum of Natural History & Science.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Holiday Hours

The Taos Public Library will be closed for Thanksgiving on Thursday and November 22nd and Friday, November 23rd. We will reopen on Saturday, November 24th.
We wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

The Little Free Library Movement

There's an interesting article in the Wisconsin Badger Herald about the Little Free Library movement that seems to be picking up steam in and around Wisconsin.

One-room schoolhouses, log cabins, barns or anything else people think up. These are examples of the many creative Little Free Libraries people have made around the world, and many students have probably seen them around Madison.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

General Election 2012- Bond B Passed!

Taos county  had the highest percentage of  "yes" votes for Bond B in the state! 72%! The Taos Public Library is supported and valued by you! The passing of Bond B will allow for library resource acquisitions and capital improvements.
Please let us know how we're doing and how we may better meet your needs. Drop us an email or come talk to us when you next visit the library. Library director, George Jaramillo,  is always available to meet with you (unless he's in a meeting).

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Talk and Slide Show with International Mountain Guide, Dave Hahn

The Taos Public Library presents mountain guide Dave Hahn, this Saturday, November 10th, in our community room, from 1:30pm to 3:30pm- "A year in pretty pictures and exaggerated stories...a roundup!!!"

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Weekends with O'Keefe

Seven Years of Weekends with O'Keeffe 1973-1979
Join us for a special talk and reading with author Carol Merrill. Carol will read from her two books Weekends with O'Keeffe and O'Keeffe: Days in a Life.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

All Hallows' Eve

Did you know the word Halloween comes from a Scottish variation of "All Hallows Even' (evening). It was first used in the 16th century. All Hallows day means  mass-day of all saints. Halloween also has pagan influences. With preparation for winter, bonfires were lit, feasts and rituals held.
Jack 'o lanterns may have come from faces carved in turnips in the Scottish highlands! As early as 1895, in Scotland, children were going door to door wearing costumes and carrying turnip lanterns. They were given coins and cakes.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

General Election 2012

Here in Taos county, we are in the middle of early voting for the 2012 presidential election. If you've followed the debates and are not clear on  whether the candidates are pro or con on certain issues, you can go to ProCon to see where they stand. Another site for fact checking is PolitiFact.
In case you didn't know about State Go Bond B on the ballet this election, it is to authorize $9.7 million to purchase books, electronic resources for school, public and academic libraries in New Mexico.
If you're not sure where to vote on election day, Taos County has a map of the precincts.
Don't forget November 6th!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Young Adult Books: Not Just For Young Adults Any More

Thanks at least in part to the universal appeal of the Harry Potter, Twilight and Hunger Games series, 55% of Young Adults books are now being purchased by adults, mostly by those ages 30-44. 78% of those book buyers say they are purchasing the books for themselves.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Reading Trends of Young Adults

According to a report from Pew Research Center's Internet and American Life Project, 8 out of 10 young adults age 16-29, have read a book in the last year. That's compared with 7 out of 10 adults reading a book in the last year. The findings of this report are meant to be positive, but I find them a little discouraging.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Events This Saturday, October 20th

The last book sale of the year will be this Saturday from 8am to 1pm at the Farmers Market. Thank you to the friends of the Taos Public, for all their hard work in making these Summer book sales a big success!

Also, the winners of this years teen art show will be announced this Saturday at 1:30pm. This year, Lloyd Rivera is the judge. Take a look at our talented teen art entries in the community room. You have until Friday to vote for your favorite. Thanks to those teens who submitted their artwork!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Become a "Friend" of the Taos Public Library

"Libraries bring people and ideas together" ALA

This Saturday, November 13th, from 10 am to 1:30 pm in the library community room will be a membership drive for the Friends of Taos Public Library. Join us for a book sale, readings by Taos High school students, and refreshments.
For a little more than a price of a latte, you can support your local library. Just $10.00 a year (and up)! Donate $50.00 or more to receive a free, sturdy, book bag.
Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

2nd Annual Teen Art Show!

2nd Annual Teen Art Show
October 15th-October 20th

Deadline to submit artwork is October 12th by 5pm!
Winners will be announced Saturday, October 20th at 1:30 pm
Special guest judge and local artist Lloyd Rivera
Read more for rules and regulations.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Spotlight On...Library Director George Jaramillo

We continue our Spotlight On interview series with the Taos Public Library director, George Jaramillo. Watch this candid interview to learn more about George's professional background, what goes on behind the scenes, and George's favorite authors.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Diabetes Educational Event This Saturday

The Taos Public Library has teamed up with Albertson's Diabetic Life Center to present a "Diabetes Educational Event". The National Medical Association lists diabetes as the 7th leading cause of death by disease. This talk will include healthy eating, menu planning, nutrition, and monitoring your diabetes.

Please join us in the Taos Public Library community room this Saturday, September 29th from 10:30am-noon.
It's free!
For more information call 737-2590

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

NY Library's Cost Savings Measure: Ads On Toilet Paper

Library Journal has a report on this unique partnership between the Port Chester-Rye Brook, NY, Public Library and a local entrepreneur.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Book Sale This Saturday!

The Friends of the Taos Public Library are having another book sale this Saturday, September 15th, at the Farmers Market from 8am-1pm. You never know what treasure awaits you!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Goodbye Summer!

With the end of Summer, comes the conclusion of our well attended lecture series. Do not despair, we have more lectures coming up in November. Please check back for lecture topics and dates in October when the leaves are turning.
Come in and peruse our new fiction and non-fiction. Throughout the whole month of August a lot of new books were added, including mysteries.
Our computer classes beginning at the end of this month are quickly filling up! If you're interested in what we're offering and availability, give us a call or stop in. Refer to a previous post here at Library Lowdown for all the details.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Last Remarkable Women Lecture This Saturday!

This Saturday, September 8th, from 1:30pm-3:30pm, author and historian Elizabeth Cunningham will speak on The Art and Lives of Mary Greene Blumenshein and Helen Blumenshein.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Friends Book Sale

Friends of the Taos Public Library will be holding a book sale this Saturday, September 1st, at the farmers market, from 8am-1pm. See you there!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Meet The Man Building The World's Biggest Library

His name is Brewster Kahle. He's a dotcom multimillionaire who's working on what he calls Alexandria 2.0, aka the Internet Archive. Among other things, you can use its Wayback Machine to see what the web or a website looked like at a previous time.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Why Support Your Local Library?

This link has a whole range of statistics of how libraries are of value and where funding comes from.
While the amount of new patrons getting library cards and daily count of visitors to the library continues to climb, the Taos Public has had to do more with less, as our funding from the state and town dwindles. Thanks to a vibrant Friends of the Taos Public Library, we are able to fund  lectures and other special events that we have throughout the year.
You too can become a member of the Friends. Stop by the circulation desk to see how.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Free Basic and Intermediate Computer Classes!

Register today either by calling the Taos Public Library at (575) 758-3063
or go to
Classes will fill up quickly!

Class descriptions and dates after jump-

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Be Transformed Mugs On Sale!

Looking for a gift for friends and family?
 How about a one of  a kind "Be transformed @Taos Public Library" mug.
Now on sale for only $5.00!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Do You Know Which Generation Buys The Most Books?

If you thought the answer is baby boomers (who used to hold the title), think again. A thought-provoking article from the Christian Science Monitor reveals that Gen Y (those born between 1979 and 1989) just may be the most book-buying generation alive today.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Two Library Events This Saturday, August 18th

Our Remarkable Women Summer lecture series continues with Cherie Burns, the author of the biography, Searching for Beauty-The Life of Millicent Rogers, published by St. Martin's Press in September, 2011. Ms. Burns will review her book and share insights into the fascinating and exciting life of Millicent Rogers.
Please join us in the community room from 1:30-3:30pm. 
For more information call 737-2590

Also, this Saturday, the Friends of the Taos Public Library  is having another book sale at the farmers market, from 8:00am-1:00pm.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Reading and the Digital Age

I recently read an interesting online article about how reading trends, what people are reading, and how often they're reading, are influencing their time spent reading books. With the advent of social media on the internet and all the portable electronic devices available, perhaps time spent reading has increased. What about time spent reading books? Does anyone have the attention span these days to read War and Peace? With all the twittering, blogging, email, and FB, who has extended (undistracted) time and inclination to read the latest Pulitzer prize winner? The argument could be made that people are reading more than ever because they have more available at the tap of a screen, via ereaders and ipad.
For me, I choose not to watch television. I average ten books checked out from the Taos Public and three books loaded on my Kindle. I can't manage to read everything! But I am reading more than I used to five years ago. I know my time limits for FB and other enticing internet based sites so that I have time to read the next great novel. Despite the ease of reading many books on Kindle, I have no intention of giving up hardcover books.
What about you? How have your reading habits changed, if at all? Are you a frequent visitor at the Taos Public? We'd love to hear what your comments are!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Spotlight On... Volunteer Leslie

Librarian Ellen interviews Children's Library volunteer Leslie Bond. The latest in our series of spotlight videos about our amazing volunteers. Video after the jump.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Remarkable Women of Taos Lecture This Saturday

July 28th from 1:30pm to 3:30pm

Judith Kendall, Gallery Owner and Director
will lecture on: 
                          "Contemporary Taos Women Fine Artists-
                                            How Does it Work?"
Judith Kendall owner of the Fenix Gallery has assembled a panel of five women artists who will discuss the contemporary art scene. Founded in 1989 by Judith Kendall, the Fenix Gallery strives to present the best in contemporary Taos Art. After twenty exceptional years, over fifty solo exhibitions and countless group shows in two distinct physical spaces in Taos, the Fenix is rising again as a strictly virtual space. With her vast experi-ence the panel that has been assembled represents some of the finest women artists in Taos County.
Ms. Kendall will moderate the panel discussion, asking questions of the panel and providing the audience with points of discussion. The five women artists will include Ginger Mongiello, Barbara Zaring, Zoe Zimmer-man, Dienke Nauta, and Rachael Varela. The panel is made up of artists that exemplify celebrating culture, preserving our past, and nurturing the soul through fine art. Each artist will talk about their medium and give an overview of their struggles and achievements as an artist. The panel will address issues such as special challenges they have encountered in Taos, are women artists supported by the community and the art world, are women gaining ground in art, are there accommodations that need to be made to harmonize with other artists in Taos, etc.

This is a free event. Sponsored by Friends of Taos Public Library

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Book Sale This Saturday!

The Friends of the Taos Public Library will be holding a book sale at the farmers market, from 8am to 1pm this Saturday, July 21st. Go early for some great treasures!

Taos Public Library Closure

The Taos public library will close at noon this Friday, July 20th. We will reopen on Saturday as usual, at 10am.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Hotel Substitutes Kindles For Printed Bibles

If you stay at the Hotel Indigo in Newcastle, England, you can still find the Bible in your room but it won't be the only reading material available to you. Starting this month, each room will have a Kindle with wifi. The Kindles will come loaded with Scripture but also the option of downloading other books from Amazon.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Magic Show at the Children's Library

Magical Michael Steel
Performing magic, yoyo tricks, juggling, and more!
Friday, July 13th from 11 to 12pm at the Children's Library

sponsored by the Friends of the Taos Public Library

Friday, July 6, 2012

Your E-Reader Tracks A Lot Of Information About You

Privacy hawks take note: If you want to keep anything about your reading habits or subject matter confidential, you may want to limit your reading to dead tree material. A fascinating, if disconcerting article in the Wall Street Journal reveals that that fun new e-device that makes downloading and carrying around books such a breeze also makes tracking what you read and how you read it a breeze, too.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Prisoners In Brazil Earn Shortened Sentences For Reading Books

From the British Telegraph:

Inmates in four federal prisons holding some of Brazil's most notorious criminals will be able to read up to 12 works of literature, philosophy, science or classics to trim a maximum 48 days off their sentence each year, the government announced.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Meet The Rapping Librarian

Not coming soon to the Taos Public Library but available via the wonders of the blogosphere...

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Remarkable Women Lecture Series Continues This Saturday


                    A Lifelong Accumulation
                       Of Autumn Mornings:
                    Poet Peggy Pond Church 
       Kathleen Church
       Sharon Snyder

            Taos Public Library
            June 23rd  1:30 — 3:30

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Library Events this Saturday, June 16th

While you're at the farmers market, stop by the Friends book sale tent, where you're bound to find a treasure or two. There will be a lot to choose from in many different subjects. Go early for the best selection. The sale will be from 8am to 1pm.

This summer's lecture series, Remarkable Women, continues with Dr. Miller speaking on the "Native American Connection: The Early Moderns, Mabel Dodge Luhan, Taos Pueblo, and the D.H. Lawrence Ranch." Dr. Miller will reveal connections between the lives of Mabel Dodge Luhan, D.H. Lawrence and others.
The lecture begins at 10am, in the community room, with a tour of D.H. Lawrence ranch to follow.
There will be another lecture at 2pm.

Monday, June 11, 2012

50 Shades of Grey - A Controversial Bestseller

The New York Times best-selling trilogy, 50 Shades of Grey has been deemed too risque for some libraries. Elsewhere, the controversy has only served to increase demand.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Poetry Reading Friday, June 8th

Join us for a poetry reading with Sharmagne Leland-St. John. She  will read from "Cradle Songs",  an anthology of poems on motherhood, in the community room on Friday, June 8th from 1:30-3:30.
"Cradle Songs" is a collection of almost 220 poems, each with a distinctive tone and viewpoint of a grand topic.
"Cradle Songs" is edited by Sharmagne Leland-St. John and Rachelle Yousuf.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Library Lowdown Now Has A QR Code

For all our mobile users out there, we've now got a QR code you can use to scan and save our url into your device. For those not familiar with them, QR codes work like hypertext links - but you scan them without having to "click."

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Spotlight On...Volunteer Charlene

Recently, Ellen interviewed one of our long time volunteers, Charlene. All of us here at Taos Public appreciate and value Charlene SO much for all the help she's given us over the years. Charlene's energy and enthusiasm is contagious! Watch this short video to learn about Charlene, including what she's reading.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

How to Get Your Book Published and Sold

1001 Ways to Market Your Books (1001 Ways to Market Your Books: For Authors and Publishers)
Free lecture this Saturday, May 26th, from 10:30-12:30 in the community room.
John Kremer, author of 1001 Ways to Market Your Books, will show you how to get your book published. He has helped thousands of authors sell almost a billion copies of their books.
You can find out more about John at his website:

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Register To Vote At The Taos Public LIbrary

Registering to vote is as easy as a visit to The Taos Public Library. If you need to register or re-register to vote, just ask for a registration form at the circulation desk. We at the Taos Public Library encourage all citizens to participate in our democratic process by exercising their right to vote!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Two library events this Saturday, May 19th!

Patricia Michaels, a fashion designer with roots in Taos Pueblo, will kick off the Taos Public Library's summer lecture series: Remarkable Women of Taos and Northern New Mexico.
Patricia will talk about the ideas and accomplishments of her current projects, future direction, and show a video of her garments and travels to Italy, New York, South Africa, and New Zealand.
Please join us Saturday, May 19th from 1:30-3:30 in the community room.

*sponsored by the Friends of Taos Public Library*

Also on Saturday, May 19th, from 8am to 1pm, is the first Friends of Taos Public Library book sale at the Farmers Market (next to town hall). I've heard from an inside source that there will be a lot of books there!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Children's Summer Reading Program 2012

“Dream Big READ”
is the theme
for this year’s
Summer Reading Program.

Schedule of Events

All Crafts are limited to 12
Please Pre-Register


Friday. June 15th, 10am-4pm Registration begins and Reading Is Fundamental Book Giveaway.
Wednesday, June 20th, 10:30am-11:30am Design and paint your own canvas bag.
Friday, June 22nd, 11:00am-12:00pm Stilts & Puppet show with Wise Fool New Mexico.
Friday, June 29th, 11:00am-12:00pm Forest Service Puppet Show

Wednesday, July 11th, 10:30am-11:30am  Paint  your own painters hat.
Friday, July 13th, 11:00am-1200pm Magical Michael Steele,
 with magic, yo yo tricks & juggling.
July 17th or 18th, 10:00am-12:00pm & 1:00pm-3:00pm Zoo to You, date to be announced.
Wednesday, July 25th, 10:30 am-11:30am Paint or Color your own pencil case.
Friday, July 27th, 10:30am-11:30am Be creative with Sand Art.

 Welcome to the
Taos Public Library’s
Children’s Summer Reading Program!

Grades 1st - 6th are eligible

How to participate:
Registration begins Friday, June 15th.
Books read for the contest must be from the Taos Public Library.
Once you have read 10 books, bring in your book log and get another.
After you have turned in 1 book log, you will be entered in the drawing to win his/her bike. We will be giving away two bikes, one girl one boy, for  participating in the summer reading program. Must be present to win.
For every additional 10 books read, you will receive a choice of prizes. PLUS 1st, 2nd and 3rd certificates will be awarded to those reading the most books.
ALL book logs must be returned by Monday, July 31st. NO EXCEPTIONS.

Attend the Ice Cream Party for the end of
Summer Reading Program
before we announce the winners!
Remember, you must be present to win
the his/her bike.  Good Luck!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Remarkable Women of Taos

The Taos Public Library is thrilled to be a part of the Town of Taos Summer theme "Remarkable Women of Taos". We are honoring remarkable women in a free lecture series held in our community room beginning in May thru September.
Here's the lineup: Remarkable Women of Taos  Click here to see what art exhibits and other events are planned around town this summer.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Farmers Market Library Book Sale Dates

     The Friends of Taos Public Library have set the following dates
           for the Farmers Market Library Book Sale:
            May 19
            June 16
            July 21
            August 4
            August 18
            September 1
            September 15
            October 6
            October 20
This is a great opportunity to pick up some treasures and support your local library. Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Please Welcome...

If you've been in the library lately, you may have noticed a new face. Dave comes to the Taos Public with  experience from the Los Alamos public library. He's been busy "learning the ropes" here. Next time you're at the library, say hello. All of us here at the library are glad he's joined us!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012


Celebrate your library- Taos Public Library! Come in this week and receive a free "bio-degradeable" book bag! 
Here are some of the services, events, and items available for checkout at our library:  Some of the latest and award winning documentary and movie releases, books on cd, digital library featuring the latest (and classic) ebooks and audio books, 100 magazines!, Fast Forward computer classes (until May 5th), teen art show, teen poetry slam, summer lecture series, Dr. Suess birthday party, RIF giveaway, and much more...

check this out- National Library Week 2012 for  national events and activities.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

How To Enable Downloading of Audiobooks To A Kindle Fire

Here's a neat tutorial prepared by our own Lisa Libro for those of you who have a Kindle Fire and want to download audiobooks from our library to that device.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

A Community In Massachusetts Shows Its Library Love

The folks in Shutesbury, Massachusett love their library so much that they took to YouTube in order to raise matching funds for a new building. This touching video is a great demonstration of what libraries mean to communities and patrons of all ages. (via Huffington Post)

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Calibre ebook Management

 Word is getting out that the Taos Public Library now has a downloadable e-book and e-audio collection!!
I recently learned about a very cool free ebook management program called Calibre. The link will take you to downloads for pc or Mac. You may also click on a demo video to see Calibre in action.
What I love the  most about Calibre is that I can convert an epub book to Kindle format- azw. You can add books to your Calibre library from your computer or your favorite book sites on the web. From there you can sync to your e-reader. You can even download the news from the web and convert into e-book form.

CNET (click on CNET for full review) has given this program 4.5 stars!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Twenty-five of the Top 50 Most Popular Books About New Mexico

Do you know how many we have at the Taos Public Library? Hint: most.

1.     Death Comes for the Archbishop. Willa Cather
2.     Bless me Ultima. Rudolpho Anaya
3.     Milagro Beanfield War. John Nichols
4.     The Man Who Killed the Deer. Frank Waters
5.     No Life for a Lady. Agnes Morley Cleveland
6.     Red Sky at Morning. Richard Bradford
7.     Great River. Paul Horgan
8.     Tularosa. C.L. Sonnicshen
9.     House at Otowi Bridge. Peggy Pond Church

Monday, March 12, 2012

You Can Still Sign Up For Free Computer Classes

Our Fast Forward NM computer classes are a big hit. We've heard rave reviews from participants (including some from our own Taos Public Library staffers). Plus, it's free! Many of our most basic classes are "waiting list" only but there's still room in some of the later ones. Check it out here or at the Taos Library website.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Nice Photo Spread Of The Taos Public Library

The Taos News' Tina Larkin visited us last week for the kick off of Fast Forward New Mexico, a free program of computer and internet courses offered at the library during March and April. While she was there, Ms. Larkin captured the look and feel of the library on a typically busy Saturday afternoon. Check out the photo gallery, in case you missed it... you might even spot yourself.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

ebook/eaudio download training session

On Tuesday, March 6th, from 3-4pm, join us in the community room for a training on how to download digital material onto your ereader, ipod, ipad, and mobile devices.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

NEA’s Read Across America: Celebrating Dr. Seuss’s 108th Birthday

In honor of Dr. Seuss’s 108th Birthday and to celebrate fun and value of learning to read, the Taos Youth & Family Center and the Taos Children’s Library have joined together for the National Education Association’s (NEA) Read Across America on Thursday, March 1, 2012.  Our Birthday Party is scheduled from 3:00 PM – 5:30 PM at the Taos Youth & Family Center.  The Birthday Party is for children of all ages.  The first 550 children will receive a free Birthday bag. The Taos Children's Library will give away 400 books to children attending the party. Schedule and information about special guests after the jump!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Fast Forward New Mexico

This Saturday, March 3rd, 1-3pm,  is the kickoff for Fast Forward New Mexico computer training classes at the Taos Public Library. We are encouraging those interested in registering for classes to come to the kickoff event. Classes are filling up!
See the Feb. 6th post for details on classes offered, dates, and times.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Taos News On The Library Poetry Slam

The Taos News' Matthew Van Buren shares what it was like to be a judge in our recent Teen Poetry Slam. Van Buren writes: "When I agreed to judge a teen poetry slam a couple of weeks back, I wasn't sure what to expect. "I have no business being here," I thought as I sat down with cards and markers, ready to score young poets on their content and delivery."

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Congratulations To The Taos Teen Poetry Slammers

We all had a blast at the Taos Public Library's 4th Annual Teen Poetry Slam last week. Every year the teens blow us away and this year was no exception. Congratulations to our winners, Serena Smith (1st Place), Joseph Edwards (2nd Place), Helena Bassett (3rd Place), Elliot Romancito (4th Place) and Zia Pollis (5th Palce). As always, poetry and the Taos Public Library audience were the biggest winners. Photos after the jump.

Friday, February 17, 2012

New Mexico Library to Go

Taos Public Library now has a digital library! We are part of a consortium with four other New Mexico libraries. You may download eBooks and eAudiobooks from our website onto your ipad, ipod, smart phone, ereader, pc, and mac computer. Here's the link

New Mexico Library to Go may be accessed on our on-line catalog (ebook, eaudio button)
For those that may need assistance with learning how to download items, there is a help link on the homepage.
You may also ask library staff for assistance and there will be a digital download hands on training session in the near future. Details will be forthcoming.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

I couldn't resist posting about this fantastic short animated film. Book lovers of any age will love this sweet, magical story about Morris who's love of books was a saving grace when his world was turned upside down. He found solice in reading and taking care of these flying tomes. A delightfully imaginative and uplifting film!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Youth Poetry Slam Coming Up Saturday

The Taos Public Library will present the 4th Annual Youth Poetry Slam Saturday, February 11, 2012. All teens from the area are welcome to register (so long as we have open places remaining) and compete for cash prizes. If you've never attended a poetry slam, you'll be in for a wonderful surprise. This is not your father's poetry but a lively (some might say raucous) couple of hours of performance art that is guaranteed to reaffirm your faith in the power of the spoken word, poetry and Taos' young people. One of our favorite events each year. A flyer with all the details is after the jump.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Fast Forward New Mexico

Fast Forward New Mexico is coming to the Taos Public Library!
Fast Forward New Mexico is a 3 year grant funded program created to promote computer literacy and internet savvy skills in rural New Mexico. There is a known correlation between job opportunities and internet skills.
These internet and computer training classes are free! There will be 64 hours of training offered, beginning March 7th thru May 5th, 2012 , covering basic computer skills, introduction to the internet, selecting a computer, taking an online course, internet tools for business, and social media for marketing.
 Details of FFNM program
We are now taking registrations for FFNM. You may come in person to the reference desk, call us with any questions at 575-758-3063, or register here.
We expect these classes to fill up. Register now!

Saturday, January 28, 2012

a fond farewell

 The staff at the Taos Public Library bid a fond farewell to the library's cataloger, Connie. We wish her all the best! Connie has contributed so much to the Taos library. From cleaning up the overall collection, to raising cataloging standards, her high degree of professionalism, and much more. She will be sorely missed. Fortunately for us, she will be volunteering!
Thank you for all your contributions Connie!  

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

New Mexico's Centennial

This year marks the 100th year since President Taft signed the proclamation for New Mexico's statehood. There are events planned throughout the year to celebrate New Mexico's centennial.
Click here for planned events and here for a historical timeline to New Mexico's statehood.
Here in Taos, the Harwood museum, Millicent Rogers museum, the Blumenschein museum, and the Martinez Hacienda, will have events and exhibits honoring the centennial and the Remarkable Women of Taos.
The Taos Public Library will hold a Remarkable Women lecture series throughout the summer. Details will be forthcoming.
Look for our titles on the history of New Mexico and it's statehood in our Southwest room- 320.987 and 978.9

Friday, January 20, 2012

Teen Poetry Slam 2012

It's teen poetry slam time!!

mark you calenders for February 11th
*registration deadline is February 9th

Teen Poetry Slam Information

-sponsored by the Friends of Taos Public Library-

Friday, January 13, 2012

Spotlight on...

This month our spotlight is on our youngest volunteer, Rachael. 
 Thank you for all your help Rachael!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Library closure

The Taos Public Library will be closed on Monday, January 16th, in observance of Martin Luther King day.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Got Kindle? Got questions?

Did you get a Kindle for Christmas? Are you unsure of the ins and outs of how to download books and use it's other features? We invite you to join us in the Taos Public Library community room this Saturday, January 14, from 2pm to 3pm, for fun and learning about the Kindle. No need to register. Just show up. Librarians Shirley and Lisa will answer questions and demonstrate the many uses of the Kindle. Feel free to come even if you have a different e-reader. Aside from having their own Kindles with them, Shirley and Lisa will have two more Kindles for people to use.
Here's a link to an in-depth  comparison of e-readers

We look forward to seeing you!

Friday, January 6, 2012

Taos Library Staff's Favorite Reads In 2011

We asked our co-workers to name their favorite books read in 2011. The results show quite a diversity of  tastes and styles among our staff. Take a look and share your favorite reads in our comments section

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Celebrating Photography

During the month of January, photography is being highlighted in the lobby display case. Come have a look! Librarians Jim, Cheryl, Judith, and Lisa have brought in their favorite photos. Quite a variety of wonderful images!
A sampling of photography books is on our new display carousel. These books may be checked out. We have hundreds of photography books, primarily located in our fine arts room at 770 and 779.
Come in and get inspired!