Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Peter Cottontail Hoppin' Over to the Taos Public Library on April 15th!

Hippity hoppin’ Peter Cottontail is on his way to Taos Public Library and invites you to join us on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 for a Peter Cottontail story reading and crafts.  The Peter Cottontail story book reading and crafts are scheduled from 1:30 PM to 4:00 PM at the Taos Public Library Community Room.  The book reading of Peter Cottontail will be told bilingually (Spanish and English) by Dr. Lucille Gallegos-Jaramillo (Dr. G.). 

The Easter Bunny “Peter Cottontail” will be available for visits and pictures.  Bring your own camera.  This event is FREE for children of all ages. Children under 9 must be accompanied by an adult.   All materials for the crafts will be provided, just bring your imagination.  For more information call Judy at 737-2598 or via e-mail at


Saturday, March 22, 2014

Long Time Friend of Taos Public Library, Passes Away

"Chilton Anderson, long time Friend of the Taos Public Library, has passed away. Our heartfelt wishes go out to Judy and all the Anderson family. The Andersons
were instrumental in founding the “Friends” and their efforts and support helped build the present Taos Public Library. From all of the Friends of the Taos Public Library,
thank you, Chilton."

            -posted on the Friends of the Taos Public Library Facebook page.

The Taos Public Library staff would also like to express their condolences to Judy and the Anderson family. We are deeply grateful for all that Judy and Chilton have done for the Taos Public Library.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Staff Picks for March

City of Women
David Gillham

 City of Women is yet another novel about World War II.  It is at once a thriller, a mystery, a romance and expose of those dark days in 1943 Berlin when most of the men were off fighting and the women were left home working war-effort jobs, raising babies for the glorification of the Reich, hiding in air raid shelters almost every night when the allies bombed and clandestinely working the black market or smuggling Jews and dissidents out of the country.

  A beautifully written, compelling, passionate story, where no one is quite what they seem and it is almost impossible (in a world of Nazi spies and snitches), to find anyone you can trust.

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Paul Harding

Enon is the name of the small town where Charlie Crosby grew up, worked, married, and where he raised his daughter. Enon is about Charlie’s descent into self-destruction and hallucinogenic landscape, where reality and illusion are blurred. Charlie’s life changed forever when the worst tragedy a parent can imagine, happened to him and his wife.
No wanting to reveal too much of what Charlie goes through, suffice it to say, how Charlie responds to his life situation, is hard to take in, because of the depth of emotion, loss, family ties, and grief.
I was drawn in by Harding’s  prose and deeply intimate portrayal of Charlie.
Enon is a continuation of the Crosby family written about in Harding’s debut and Pulitzer prize winning novel, Tinkers.
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Cheryl’s Pick of the Month
March 2014
Portraits of Black Women in Church Hats
by Michael Cunningham & Craig Marberry

One white lady told me I could wear a paper bag on my head and look all right.  I came home and rolled a paper bag up and put it on my head. I looked at myself and said, “Humph, she just telling a tale.”
Carmen Bonham
You haven’t seen beautiful until you see a black woman all dressed to the nines ready to go to church. Her crowning glory is her hat!  This book is an exquisite collection of black women in their finest hats. Each photo is accompanied by a 2-page essay where each woman tells about her hats, friends, family, and of course her church.  What’s interesting is when you look and these beautiful women in their hats, is what the hat tell you about the woman.
Some of my favorites:  Carmen Bonham, page 13; Charlene Graves, page 42; Denise Hartsfield, page 61; Jacquelyn Jenkins, page 69, Charlotte Swann, page 141.
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Horseman, Pass By may be the Larry McMurtry book you haven’t read yet. The good things about it are that it:

      ·        is not a traditional Western about cowboys, trail drives, and gunfights;

·        is short; and

·        is a very good human story.

Yes, the story involves the West but the story is told from the point of view of the teenager Lonnie who is torn between the traditional life and character of his grandfather and the wild living of his irascible uncle, Hud.

In the beginning of McMurtry’s career he swore that he would not write stories about the romanticized, unrealistic and stereotypical perception of the historical frontier. Lonesome Dove changed that but that’s another story.  Horseman, Pass By is his first book (1961) and it describes a West that is changing from the dusty, hard life of the past to a more modern and urbanized reality less secluded on the ranch and engaged in more pervasive cultural and societal change.

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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Know Your Library #8

     We continue our gentle meander through our library, sampling from the Dewey Decimal System, under which all our 63,000 books are classified. We’re up to the 600s—Technology, Applied Science, we are sternly told. Fortunately, for technophobes like this writer, this includes books on cooking—a subject in which we’re all interested. As usual, our library is copiously equipped, whether you need cookbooks for diabetics, Kosher cookbooks or just something mouth-watering.

     Among the latter, to name just one, is THE FOOD CHRONOLOGY by James Trager (641.09 Tra) “A Food Lover’s Compendium of Events and Anecdotes from Prehistory to the present.” The reader will be agog to learn—for instance—that foods mentioned in the Sumerian legend of Gilgamesh include caper buds, wild cucumbers, figs, grapes, honey, meat seasoned with herbs, and a pancake of barley flour mixed with sesame flour and onions. Equally entrancing is the news that carrots, cabbage, cauliflower, par-

snips and turnips were introduced into England by Flemish weavers fleeing Spanish persecution—or that potatoes and tomatoes were among the gifts of the so-called New World to the Old—not to mention tobacco.

     Very useful for today’s busy person is BEST EVER RECIPES FOR YOUR SLOW COOKER by Catherine Atkinson (641.58Bes) Many of us call it a crockpot; whatever the name it is a godsend: throw the stuff in, turn it on low and either go to sleep or work; eight or so hours later, it’s ready!

     There are recipes not only for main dishes, but also desserts,

 sauces, even cakes and preserves. Profusely illustrated, of course.

    This is just a sampling of what you’ll find in the 600s of your Taos Public Library. Check it out!