Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Taos Public Library Holiday Season Closings

The Taos Public Library along with the book drop will be closed December 22-26th 2016 and December 30, 2016 thru January 2, 2017 in observance of the upcoming Christmas and New Years holidays. 

---> No items are due during these closures <---

Thank you for NOT leaving any items outside. The weather can damage items that are still checked out to you. 

Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Thanksgiving Library and bookdrop Closure

The Taos Public Library and the book-drop 
will be closed November 24-27th 2016
No library materials are due at this time. 
Please do NOT leave anything outside. 
Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, August 29, 2016

Labor Day Closure

The Taos Public Library will be closed

September 5th, 2016 in observance of

 Labor Day.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Know Your Library Newsletter - July 2016


July 2016. written for the Taos Public Library by Joanne Forman



      Even Native Americans, “Indians” (Columbus was lost)—are thought to have entered north America and what is now the United States via a land bridge from Siberia to Alaska. Whether that is so or not, what is true is that every other American is either an immigrant or the descendant of immigrants. What could be a more apropos topic for July, when we celebrate the independence of our nation from a powerful empire.

     Yet, one of the constant threads of American history is the fear of, the despising of, the looking down upon, those whose ancestors arrived five minutes after ours. What’s going on here?

     As always (we keep saying it because it’s true!) your Taos Public Library has some 161 books on immigrants and immigration to help you understand this background, this history. Check things out for yourself!

THOMAS PAINE AND THE FIGHT FOR LIBERTY by Samuel Crompton (jBPai) is in the childrens’ room, but even teens and grownups will enjoy this short succinct biography. After the United States came into being, Paine went back to England and wrote THE RIGHTS OF MAN, which got him into very hot water with the government of the day. Common men to have rights? What a radical idea!!

       He went on to France to their Revolution in 1789, wrote “THE AGE OF REASON”—and was almost guillotined. Rescued, he returned to the USA and died in New York City.

      The words of Paine are collected in a book with a thorough and interesting introduction by the major (and nowadays too much neglected) American novelist John Dos Passos in THE ESSENTIAL TOM PAINE. (320.51Pai.) this includes not only the major works, but many occasional pieces; Paine was nothing if not prolific.

     The above two books are quite short; a longer biography is
THOMAS PAINE AND THE PROMISE OF AMERICA by Harvey J. Kaye. This is thorough not only on Paine’s life and work, but his continued influence on American life, thought, and politics. It may not be immediately evident, but it’s there!

Next month: HIROSHIMA. Joanne Forman, author and composer of PIKADON, a radio docudrama, will give a talk—with some of her music, performed by singer/harpist Julie Hawley and flutist Tina Hahn, at noon on Saturday August 6 in the Taos Public Library meeting room. Free, of course.

Joanne Forman also writes a newsletter for the Talpa Community Library!

Friday, May 27, 2016

Know Your Library Newsletter - June 2016

KNOW YOUR LIBRARY! JUNE 2016       Written for the Taos Public Library byJoanneForman……………

     Having noticed that the island of Cuba, 90 miles off the tip of Florida, has not sunk into the sea because the United States government doesn’t like the Cuban government, the recent re-opening of relationships cannot but benefit both nations. And, as always, your Taos Public Library is ready: there are 111 books on Cuba, so you’re bound to find what you need and/or are curious about.

     Whether you’ll get to go there in person, or merely by armchair, you’ll find entertaining BICYCLING CUBA. 917.291.

     And whether you find Fidel Castro antichrist or one of the great figures of the age, it can’t be denied that he’s had a colorful life. There are several biographies in our library; a good one to begin with is CASTRO’S CUBA, CUBA’S FIDEL by the journalist Lee Lockwood. 972.91LOC

     The United States has had a long and usually contentious relation-ship with Cuba, dating back to at least the late 18th century. This is detailed in CUBA:a new history, by Richard Gott. 972.91. Gott.
     Another exposition of this topic is CUBA AND THE UNITED STATES by Jane Franklin. 327.7291073F824c

     Of special interest to Taosenos may be THE GREENING OF THE REVOLUTION: CUBA’S EXPERIMENT WITH ORGANIC AGRI-CULTURE by Peter Rossett and Medea Benjamin. 635.987R829g.

     Prior to the 1959 revolution, Cuba had been, for many decades, a glittering and smarmy mob-controlled destination for gamblers and rich tourists. However, at least one had a more substantial love affair with the island, and made it his home for many years: the great American novel-list Ernest Hemingway: HEMINGWAY IN CUBA by Norberto Fuentes.B813.52.

     The “George Washington” of Cuba is the philosopher, writer and revolutionary JOSE MARTI. (If you fly into Havana, you will land at the Jose Marti airport.) When exiled, he lived in New York City, and was a cigar-maker in Tampa, Florida. (Cigar lovers know that the best are Cuban.) Marti was killed in an abortive uprising in the late 19th century, as part of the long struggle to free Cuba from Spain. He is the subject of the oddly named novel THE DIVINE HUSBAND by Fran-cisco Goldman. FIC G19d.
Comments? What topic would you like covered in this newsletter?
Telephone: 751-1102.
July: Who was Tom Paine? August: Hiroshima.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Know Your Library Newsletter - May 2016

WRITTEN FOR THE TAOS PUBLIC LIBRARY  by Joanne Forman. May 2016      ______________________________________________________________________________
      The coming of Spring creates a new impulse for being healthy, looking forward to the increased activities of the warm weather: walking, hiking, swimming—to name just some of the tamer things people indulge in. So it’s time to pay attention!
     As always, your Taos Public Library has plenty of books to send you on your way to a healthy and (we hope!) happy Spring and Summer. There are some 250 books in our library on this subject, so whatever your need, you’ll find it here.
     If you’ve become too much of a couch potato over the winter, you probably couldn’t do better than consult THE COMPLETE MANUAL OF FITNESS AND WELL BEING. Edited by Readers Digest. (613.7Com)
     When I surveyed our catalog, the first thing that caught my eye was ENDING BACK PAIN, by Jack Stern, MD. (617.564Ste.). We bipeds, many (most?) of us notice, pay a big price for our upright posture—and for many (again, most?) of us, it doesn’t get better as we grow older. Back pain, injuries, can be terribly debilitating, and we need all the help we can get! Reading a book may not solve your problem, but it’s a good place to start.
     Very many Taosenos suffer from various allergies and/or sinus conditions, and, especially in the Spring, it can make one really miserable. Help is at hand, with SINUS SURVIVAL: the holistic medical treatment for allergies, asthma, bronchitis, colds and sinusitis by Robert S. Ivker. (616l.2Ivk)
     The days when one just accepted the word of the (supposedly) godlike doctor are long gone, and your library has books addressing controversial issues. There are troubling questions for many parents about vaccinations, and there’s help: VACCINATION edited by Peggy O’Mara. (614.47 Vac.)
     Increasingly, as people live longer, the middle generation feels squeezed between the problems of taking care of kids—and of ageing parents. There’s help! TAKING CARE OF MOM AND DAD by Mike Rust will help start you on your way. (362.6
     THE DIRTY DOZEN: TOXIC CHEMICALS AND THE EARTH’S FUTURE by Bruce Elliott (363.738 Joh.) will give you plenty of information and insight about this controversial and often difficult topic.
     Along these lines, there’s also CRITICAL CONDITION: HOW HEALTH CARE IN AMERICA BECAME BIG BUSINESS AND BAD MEDICINE by Donald L. Barlett and James B. Steele. (362.109Bar.)
     If you’re bent out of shape by all this, you might want to consult ANGER KILLS (616.1 Wil.) As you well know, we all get angry at least sometimes—but it’s bad for the arteries.
     A very troubling medical problem nowadays is diabetes. Again, a book won’t solve the problem, but it can get one started. Knowledge is power: TYPE 2 DIABETES by Marcia Roper. (616.462Rop.)
     Everyone now knows the importance of diet, and your library will not fail you. COOKING THE WHOLE FOODS WAY by Christina Pirello will get you started. (641.563Pir)
     More general on health: NEW CHOICES IN NATURAL HEALING edited by Bill Gottlieb. (615.5)  This is a new book, so look for it in the new/current book section to the right as you enter the library.
    Full of helpful information on all aspects is THE COMPLETE HOME HEALTH ADVISOR by Rita Elkins. (616.024E43c.)

     Have a subject you’d like covered in future newsletters? Phone me at 751-1102.

     June newsletter: CUBA

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

2016 Summer Lecture Series

2016 Taos Public Library Summer Lecture Series

Sponsored by the Friends of the Taos Public Library

With the exception of the July 15 symposium, lectures begin at 1:00 PM. All lectures will be held in the Community Room of the Taos Public Library, 402 Camino de la Placita, Taos, NM.  All lectures are free and open to the public. 

Saturday, May 14 – “Some Like It Steep:  Ernie Blake’s Wild Ride” - Mickey Blake  “The entrepreneur moved his family into an 11-foot camper trailer at the base of the ski area in the early 1950s and built the first chairlift with 16 local men and a mule named Lightning.”  The colorful history of Taos Ski Valley and plans for the future will be discussed by son Mickey Blake, who remains on the current Board of Directors. 

Saturday, June 11 – “Three Centuries of Taos in One Life” - Fabi Romero  “Fabi Romero's life in Taos began with horse-drawn ploughs, no running water or electricity and now includes cell phones and the internet - plus a ‘side trip’ of 23 years in NYC. She'll talk about the changes she's seen in Taos and ‘my valley’ of San Cristobal with tales from her grandparents and her own works as an activist, all of which have shaped her vision of our community.”

Friday, July 15 - Taos Visionaries Symposium – in partnership with the Taos Arts Council, multiple speakers, 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM

9:30 AM     Arrival, sign-in, refreshments and welcome
10:00 AM   “New Mexico: Spiritualism and Moderns”         Sharyn Udall
10:30 AM   “Taos Moderns”                                           David Witt
11:00 AM   “Taos Contemporaries”                                 Jina Brenneman
11:30 AM   Questions and Answers
12:00 PM   LUNCH
1:30 PM     The High Road to Taos: FSA Photographers     Michael Butler
2:15 PM     Flamenco in Northern New Mexico                 Nicolosa Chavez
3:15 PM     Dramatic Reading of “Losing Lawrence”          Taos Onstage
4:30 PM     Closing Remarks, thank-yous.

Saturday, August 13 – “D.H. Lawrence and the Three Fates: Frieda Lawrence, Mabel Dodge Luhan, and Dorothy Brett” - Liz Cunningham  “The relationship between D. H. Lawrence and these Taos women has been an enduring subject of interest, even to each other. Dorothy Brett immortalized them in her 1958 painting, The Three Fates. A few years ago, The Three Fates: Mabel, Frieda and Brett won roadside recognition from the New Mexico Women’s Marker Initiative. Most recently the musical Lorenzo’s Ashes (2012) and the comedy Losing Lawrence (2015) provide new interpretations of their interactions. Liz Cunningham will talk about each woman’s relationship with Lawrence and with each other. Augmented by photos, paintings, and anecdotes, the lecture will be based on their unique perspectives, drawing from Frieda Lawrence’s Not I But the Wind, Dorothy Brett’s Lawrence and Brett, and Mabel’s Lorenzo in Taos.”

Saturday, September 10 - Harvey Solomon Memorial Lecture – “Taos, Shot from Above: Photographic Impressions of Taos from an Ultralight Aircraft” - Chris Dahl-Bredine   “To see this spectacular world from above - to soar like the birds - has been a dream of humans since the beginning of time. I have had this same dream since I was a child. My dream became a reality with my decision to learn to fly. I chose to fly something small and open so I could really see and experience my surroundings - an ultralight aircraft. What I see while up in the sky inspires me to document these beautiful sights through photography. Through these images I intend to convey the feeling of peace, the sense of wonder and awe that one feels while flying above the earth. This is what I experience from above.”

Saturday, October 8 – “Ghosts of Taos” - Melody Elwell Romancito  The thing about Taos is, for a town its size, it has had a very dramatic and turbulent past. Along with baggage like that come unsavory characters, unforgivable acts and a lot of misery. That’s a perfect recipe for ghosts and the paranormal. People ask me if I am afraid to walk through the streets of Taos at night, and I have to say yes. I’d be a fool not to be afraid – but that isn’t going to keep me from studying what I’m sincerely interested in and from sharing what I know about Haunted Taos with anyone who is interested.”  A writer, musician and digital media artist, Romancito has lived in Taos since the mid-1980s. She's written for several regional and national publications, including a decades-long relationship with The Taos News as an editor, columnist and reviewer.  Romancito is a member of New Mexico Research and Investigation of the Paranormal, and has conducted several investigations in Taos since 2011.


Friday, April 1, 2016

Know your library newsletter - April 2016

KNOW YOUR LIBRARY April 2016………….

Written for the Taos Public Library by Joanne Forman…………………

     Economics is often called “the dismal science.” And, true enough, thinking about it, paying the bills (or trying to pay them), especially nowadays can be dismal enough. And is it a “science?”—with objective laws that can be proven, tabulated, repeated? Or, are our economics controlled by—the government? The corporate world? And/or…??That in itself is a controversial question. And, as usual, your Taos Public Library has books to help you understand and cope—120 of them. Whatever your interest or problem, you’ll find help here.
      Most of us find the ins and outs of economics—especially nowadays—incomprehensible. One couldn’t do better than THE COMPLETE IDIOT’S GUIDE TO ECONOMICS by Tom Gorman. 330.Gor.
     ABUNDANCE: THE FUTURE IS BETTER THAN YOU THINK, by Peter H. Domandis and Steven Kotler. 303.48Dia…will technology (and changes of mind?) “save” us? This is a very American idea. Read it and decide for yourself.
     AFFUENZA: The all-consuming epidemic, by John deGraaf et al. 306.2973.DeG. We Americans are told 24/7, especially by TV, that the Meaning of Life is in what you own, and How Much. Never does the media propose the notion that everything you own owns you, and that the less you need, the more free you are. Read, and decide for yourself.
     THE ASCENT OF MONEY: A FINANCIAL HISTORY OF THE WORLD by Niall Ferguson. 330.9Fer. We’re led to believe that the economic world is the way it is because of “natural” “forces,” not decisions made by human beings. Is it true? Check it out for yourself.
     A big part of most budgets is the car, it’s payments, maintenance, insurance—the whole thing. Three thousand pounds of metal and plastic to transport every single body over the age of 16? Try BREAKING GRIDLOCK: MOVING TOWARD TRANSPORTATION THAT WORKS by Jim Motavalli. 388.4M917b. (Full disclosure: this writer has never owned a car.)
     Definitely related is ECO-ECONOMY: BUILDING AN ECONOMY FOR THE EARTH by Lester R. Brown. 337.7Bro.
     A radical view is provided by the prominent linguist, philosopher, writer and gadfly Noam Chomsky: THE COMMON GOOD, 327.C548.c
     A very different point of view is provided by CRASH PROOF: how to profit from the coming economic collapse. Peter Schiff332.609Schi.
If you have strong nerves this might be the very book for you.
Whatever the future holds, whatever kind of economy evolves, and we humans will still need to eat; try THE AGRARIAN READER by Norman
Wirzla. 338.1. Whether you have a teeny garden patch or lots of acres, this thoughtful book covers every aspect of what the future may hold for food production.

NOTE: During this (interminable) election season, YOUR TAOS LIBRARY is on the ball: in the new books section to the right of the entrance, are books by and about ALL the presidential candidates.

ALSO NOTE: The Children’s Room has two copies of the delightful WOLF! WOLF! By Caroline Rackley, easy-to-do plays derived from Aesop’s fables. These are perfect for school, church or community group. You could even turn off the TV and stage them in your living room!
Love to hear from you: 751-1102
Next month: Health
June: Cuba

Thursday, March 17, 2016

The Taos Public Library will be closed 
March 25th, 2016 for Spring Day!  


Friday March 18th - tomorrow is the last day to submit your completed 
community assessment survey - for a chance to win 1 of 4 Amazon Gift Cards. 

Drawing will be held March 28th, 2016.
Come in to the library to fill out your survey in person or
 Click herehttps://townoftaos.seamlessdocs.com/f/hFBpML 
to fill it out online.
We hope to hear from you! Good luck!

Friday, March 11, 2016


March 2016…written for the Taos Public Library by Joanne Forman
    (International Womens’ Day is March 8)
     My trusty Century dictionary defines the word feminism as “the doctrine advocating extension of
the activities of women in social and political life.”
     That seems self-evident nowadays, to be taken for granted. Reading A CENTURY OF STRUGGLE by Eleanor Flexner and Ellen Fitzpatrick will remind us that it took nearly that— EIGHTY YEARS before American women were “given” the right to vote.305.42Fbl9c.
      The very interesting and informative DVD MAKERS indicates that everything women have won (so far) has not been “given” but fought for. (The film opens with the first woman to run the Boston marathon—in 1959!)
     The indispensable text on the resurgence of the feminist movement in the 1960s and beyond is THE FEMININE MYSTIQUE by Bette Friedan.305.42Fri.
     While Friedan’s seminal book talks mostly about and is directed mostly to white middle-class women, COLONIZE THIS! YOUNG WOMEN OF COLOR ON TODAY’S FEMINISM will correct that. Edited by Daisy
Hernandez and Bushra Rehman. 305.42Col.
      Alas, just about every woman has been told by a smug male, “just lie back and enjoy it”, Susan Brownmiller tackles this worldwide problem in    AGAINST OUR WILL: MEN, WOMEN AND RAPE. 364.1532b885a.

    The world of Islamic women is explored in: WOMEN’S REBELLION AND ISLAMIC MEMORY by Fatima Mernissi. 305.48697M566u. As it increasingly dawns on Americans that the Muslim world exists, it is useful to learn about it!

     Exploring the world of motherhood and attitudes over the ages is OF WOMAN BORN by Adrienne Rich. 301.42R498w.

     For a psychological/psychoanalytic approach: SEXUAL CONTRADICTIONS by JANET SAYERS.

     Interestingly, books about the 19th century history of feminism are only in the Childrens’ room. While this is of cardinal importance, perhaps we need adult expositions as well of: THE SENECA FALLS WOMEN’S RIGHTS CONVENTION by Sabrina Crew and Dale Anderson. J305.42c.

     Perhaps the most famous woman of all on this topic is Susan B. Anthony, who was ridiculed, feared, discounted—and even physically attacked. See MARCHING WITH SUSAN: SUSAN B. ANTHONY AND THE FIGHT FOR WOMEN’S SUFFRAGE. By Claire R. Murphy. Jf Mur.

     For a trenchant discussion of women in Central America and the Mexican state of Chiapas see FEMINISM AND THE LEGACY OF REVOLUTION by Karen Kampwurth. 305.42.

     As always, this is just a brief sampling of the 91 books available in our TAOS PUBLIC LIBRARY on this subject. Browse!!

Comments? Requests? jofo@kitcarson.net 

Thursday, February 11, 2016

The Taos Public Library's Annual DVD & BluRay Drive has begun. 

We are accepting all DVD's and BluRay movies, television shows

and documentaries to be added to our collection. 

Show your library and your community some love.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Tax Forms are now available!


They are located in the Lobby 

of the Taos Public Library

for your convenience.

Monday, February 1, 2016


The Taos Public Library will be closing at 2pm today 

due to increasing snow accumulation, 

falling temperatures and icy roads.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Complete our Community Assessment Survey and be entered to win one of 4 amazon gift cards

Win (1) of (4) Amazon Gift Cards

by completing the 

Taos Public Library 

Community Assessment Survey! 

Click here ---> Community Assessment Survey 

to complete survey through March 18th, 2016. 

Drawing will be held on March 28th, 2016.

You do not have to be present to win. Good Luck!

Friday, January 8, 2016

Taos Public Library
will be closing
@ 2:00
January 8, 2016 and Closed Saturday, January 9, 2016

Due to inclement weather conditions.

Thank you and

Be safe.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Explore our website at www.taoslibrary.org . 
Cozy up with a good eBook, eAudiobook and more with your electronic device and library card! Overdrive is a digital resource brought to you by the Taos Public Library.