Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Know Your Library #5 December 2013: Special Edition



      Start ‘em right! The very best favor you can do for your children is to get them their OWN library card. Even if s(h)e can’t read yet, children as young as five can be started off on a lifetime of the love of reading.
     The Taos Library has an excellent Children’s Library, under the fervent direction of Annette Montoya, who will be happy to guide parents, teachers, grandparents, in getting kids started with books.
     While this newsletter has been going through the Dewey Decimal System, beginning with the 100s in past months, this time we’re doing a special survey of books for children of all ages. Since, of course, there are several thousand books in all categories, we can only give a glimpse.

Friday, November 22, 2013

In the Spirit of the Upcoming Holidays: Events at the Children's Library & Taos Plaza


Everyone has heard the tale of “Beauty and the Beast” or “Bella y la Bestia”. Dr. Lucille Gallegos-Jaramillo (Dr. G.) has again taken the liberty of telling her version of this story.  The story will be told bilingually (Spanish and English).  Come and meet Belle (Bella), the Prince (el Principe) and “the Beast” (la Bestia) on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 10:30 AM.  The story book reading and special craft will be held at the Taos Children’s Library and is offered FREE for audiences of all ages.  

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Know Your Library #4


       A service of the Taos Public Library

  written by Joanne Forman

We’re up to the 300s in our survey of the books in the Taos Public Library: Social Sciences.

 November brings the holiday of Veterans’ Day—which was

Originally Armistice Day; remembering November 11, 1918, when Germany and the allied powers halted the senseless slaughter that had left millions dead.
     Like all wars, especially the horrendous wars of the 20th century, the sorry story gave rise to some of the great novels: Ernest Hemingway’s A FAREWELL TO ARMS,  e.e. cummings THE ENORMOUS ROOM,  Dalton Trumbo’s JOHNNY GOT HIS GUN, to name just a few.
     But probably the most brilliant and poignant of them all was by the German Erich Maria Remarque: ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT. This story of a small group of German soldiers is universal: they’re kids—none of them is yet twenty years old, and, if they cannot at the beginning articulate it, they know well they’ve been hoodwinked, robbed, swindled.
Here is all the misery of the insane trench war—starvation, disease, unspeakable wounds, boredom relieved only by terror.
     Toward the end of the book, Remarque shows well why this novel was one of the first banned by Hitler:
     “It’s queer, when one thinks about it,” goes on Kropp, “we are here to protect our fatherland. And the French are over there to protect their fatherland. Now who is in the right?”
…..”Then what exactly is the war for?
…..”Every full-grown emperor requires at least one war, otherwise he would not become famous…”
,,,,,almost all of us are simple folk. And in France, too, the majority of men are labourers, workmen or poor clerks. Now just why would a French blacksmith or a French shoemaker want to attack us? No, it is merely the rulers….

…..”There are other people back behind there who profit by war……”

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Staff Picks Of The Month For November

In case you haven't seen our display in the library, our staff regularly recommends books, CD's and DVD's that we like. This month's selections are:

Monday, November 11, 2013

Look Who Also Showed Up On Halloween!

Do you recognize this royal highness?

Here's a hint: She has lots of treats for our youngest patrons.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Trick Or Treat!

Who says librarians don't have fun? Cheryl, Shirley and I got in the Halloween spirit today. And what better place than the Taos Public Library  - full of boo-ks!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Show Us What You Got!


3rd Annual Teen Art Show

November 4th - November 8th
Artists must be in 7th - 12 grade
1st, 2nd, and 3rd prizes awarded for traditional art & photography
Deadline for art submission is November 1st, by 5 pm.

Rules follow the jump-

Monday, October 28, 2013

Taos Big Read 2013

Join the Taos Public Library and SOMOS this Saturday, November 2nd for the Taos Big Read kickoff!
There will be free Mexican and New Mexican food, mariachi music, reading, coloring for the kids, and information about the month-long celebration of books and reading.

The first 100 adults will receive a free copy of Sun, Stone, and Shadows: 20 Great Mexican Short Stories.

Children's kickoff: 10 AM - 12 PM
Adult's kickoff:     1 PM - 3 PM

~sponsored by SOMOS, Taos Public Library, and the National Endowment for the Arts~

Friday, October 25, 2013

How Much Did the Library Save You

            Value of Services Used at  Taos Public Library
In the left most column is the number of times patrons used the library services described below with estimated retail values. The result is the savings to our patrons for utilizing library services in Fiscal Year July 1, 2012 - June 30, 2013.
 2013 Annual Report Statistics Library Services Average                Retail Value Value of services
22399  Adult Hardcover Books Borrowed $26.95                 $603,653.05
26982  Children's and Teen Books borrowed $18.95                  $511,308.90
15300  Paperback Books Borrowed $9.00                  $137,700.00
41311  Movies Borrowed $2.00                   $ 82,622.00
6472  Audiobooks Borrowed $40.00                  $258,880.00
332  Interlibrary Loans $25.00                     $8,300.00
1989 E-Books Downloaded $10.00                   $19,890.00
406 Audiobooks Downloaded $20.00                      $8,120.00
2968  Magazines Borrowed $5.00                    $14,840.00
15540  Magazines Read in the Library $5.00                    $77,700.00
2142 Newspapers Read in the Library $1.00                      $2,142.00
5796  Adult Programs Attended $10.00                   $57,960.00
2120  Children's and Teen Programs Attended $6.00                    $12,720.00
29320  Computer Use sessions $12.00                 $351,840.00
2856  One-to-one Computer Assistance $30.00                   $85,680.00
60  Online Language Learning $20.00                      $1,200.00
1200 Online Database Use $20.00                 $24,000.00
4653  Reference Questions Asked $15.00                    $69,795.00
90  Notary Services $5.00                         $450.00
4590 Free Wi-Fi $13.00                    $59,670.00
Total Value (Est. Cost to Use Alternatives)              $2,388,470.95
Return on Investment
To determine Return on Investment: Cost to use Alternatives + expenditures paid directly back into community by the library (i.e. staff expenditures, janitorial, office supplies, etc.) divided by Total local Operating Funds.
Cost to use alternatives              $2,388,470.95
Direct local expenditures +                    $40,800.97
Compensation for Library staff (Salary & Benefits) +                 $472,582.00
Total Value               $2,901,853.92
Local Operating Funds /                  $575,502.00
Return per Dollar Invested    $5.04
Based on method used by Library Research Service's Colorado ROI Report

Monday, October 21, 2013

Excerpts from Neil Gaiman's Lecture on the Value of Libraries

Neil Gaiman recently gave a lecture in London, for the Reading Agency. Gaiman makes a strong case for libraries, reading, and daydreaming. Excerpts from his lecture were in The Guardian.
I found these quotes to be especially poignant during these challenging times of library closures or library hours being cut.

"But libraries are about freedom. Freedom to read, freedom of ideas, freedom of communication. They are about education (which is not a process that finishes the day we leave school or university), about entertainment, about making safe spaces, and about access to information."

"I worry that here in the 21st century people misunderstand what libraries are and the purpose of them. If you perceive a library as a shelf of books, it may seem antiquated or outdated in a world in which most, but not all, books in print exist digitally. But that is to miss the point fundamentally.
I think it has to do with nature of information. Information has value, and the right information has enormous value."

"Libraries really are the gates to the future. So it is unfortunate that, round the world, we observe local authorities seizing the opportunity to close libraries as an easy way to save money, without realising that they are stealing from the future to pay for today. They are closing the gates that should be open."

"Libraries are places that people go to for information. Books are only the tip of the information iceberg: they are there, and libraries can provide you freely and legally with books. More children are borrowing books from libraries than ever before – books of all kinds: paper and digital and audio. But libraries are also, for example, places that people, who may not have computers, who may not have internet connections, can go online without paying anything: hugely important when the way you find out about jobs, apply for jobs or apply for benefits is increasingly migrating exclusively online. Librarians can help these people navigate that world."

"We have an obligation to support libraries. To use libraries, to encourage others to use libraries, to protest the closure of libraries. If you do not value libraries then you do not value information or culture or wisdom. You are silencing the voices of the past and you are damaging the future."
                                                                                                                            Neil Gaiman

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Last Book Sale of the Year, This Saturday!

Literary treasures await you at the Friends of the Taos Public Library last book sale of the year. Movies in video cassette format will also be available for purchase.
The sale will be at the Taos Farmers market Saturday, October 19th, from 8:00 am-1:00 pm.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Confused About New Health Insurance Exchanges?

Here are some helpful links about how Obamacare will work and who will most benefit by the plans:
                                                   -Overview from the New York Times.

                                                   -New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange article

                                                   -Health Insurance Marketplace
                                                   -New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange Website

Don't hesitate to stop in at the library reference desk if you'd like assistance with getting information on New Mexico health insurance exchange.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Staff Picks Of The Month - September And October

September slipped away before I had a chance to post our picks. So here's two months worth! Starting with my September pick: Mockingbird, by Charles J. Shields

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Friends of the Taos Public Library Annual Membership Drive

Support your local library! Join us for coffee and half off specially priced books!
Saturday, October 12, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm in the community room.
With looming budget cuts, Taos Public library needs your support more than ever.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Taos Public Library Presents an "Ask Immigration" Forum

Please join us on Saturday, September 28, 2013 from 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM to learn more about Citizenship and Immigration. The FREE Ask Immigration Forum will be held at the Taos Public Library, Library Community Room.  For more information please call the Taos Public Library at 758-3063. 

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Children's Library Halloween Party

Book giveaway at the children's library on Wednesday, Oct. 23rd, from 10:00 am-4:00 pm.
First 80 children will receive a treat bag!

Free face painting with Tatyana De Pavloff 2:00-4:00 pm
Sponsored by the Friends of the library and Taos Milagro Rotary

Friday, September 20, 2013

Know Your Library #3

Your guide to books in the Taos Public Library………

     Besides computer access, periodicals, reference materials, interlibrary loan and a place just to be quiet and read for awhile, your library offers 63,000 books. You’re not going to run out anytime soon.
No matter what you need or like, you can find it here. Using the Dewey Decimal system, the universal numbering system for libraries,
We review one non-fiction book from each category, and one novel.
We urge you, too, to browse—you’ll always find something provocative—and certainly something you didn’t know was here.
     The 200s are books on religion, and our library has over 250 titles, including many on Islam, a subject many of us are either ignorant of or about which we’re misled. Also, of course, books on all the other religions of the world.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Bestselling Author Cheryl Strayed's Half-Sister Found - Thanks To A Library Book!

In case you missed it, Cheryl Strayed, the bestselling author of the memoir, "Wild," was recently contacted by her long-lost half-sister. The sister recognized that they shared a father from Strayed's description of him, even though he was not named in Strayed's book. That's pretty cool as it is. But did you know that this serendipity was thanks to a public library?

Monday, September 9, 2013

Know Your Library #2

A newsletter about the books of the TAOS PUBLIC LIBRARY

     Our library has, in addition to reference materials, periodicals, computer access, DVDs, VHS, CDs about 63,000 books. Using the Dewey Decimal System of classification  we’re giving you just a taste. (The Dewey Decimal System, incidentally, was not invented by philosopher John Dewey, but by librarian Melvil Dewey in 1876.) Each month, we’ll review a non-fiction book and a novel. For September, we’re up to the 100s—the big artillery, since this classification includes philosophy and psychology—names such as Plato and Aristotle, Freud and Jung, among others. If you want to stretch those brain cells, turn right upon entering the library and march to the last row.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Lecture This Saturday: New Mexico's Livestock Heritage

Bill Dunmire, author of six books on New Mexico, will speak and show slides from his latest book: New Mexico's Spanish Livestock Heritage: Four Centuries of Animals, Land, and People.

Saturday, September 7th, 1:30 pm, in the Taos Public Library community room.