Sunday, July 23, 2017

Monday, July 24 - Wonder on Wheels at the Capitan Public Library. Everyone invited to come check it out 10 am to 1 pm

The exciting interactive, hands-on exhibits provide a rich, experiential curriculum delivered by trained educators who engage students in diverse subject matters ranging from New Mexico history to folk, native and fine arts, natural history, space science, and more. The WoW program is in partnership with, and will make stops at New Mexico’s public and tribal libraries and offer full family programming at each stop. This unparalleled out-of-the-classroom experience will provide a critical museum-based educational experience to students who live too far away from, or don’t otherwise have access to DCA museums and historic sites.

Saturday, July 15, 2017


At our last First Friday program, this topic came up while enjoying refreshments.  We were all saying "No way! Impossible"  Well...yes way - here's documentation backing up the claim from August 2017 Birds and Blooms magazine.  Still say - NO WAY!  Isn't life full of mysteries? Like the Asombro Institute for Science Education that did a yucca moth program for CPL Summer Reading Program.  Asombro mean "wonder" in Spanish.  Go out and find some asombro today. I dare you.  (P.S. sometimes you can discover something asombro at your library!)

Monday, July 10, 2017

New Prices in the Bookstore Room

Large Paperback........$1.00
Small Paperback.............50 cents
Children's Books.............25 cents
VHS................................25 cents

First Saturday of every month, only $5 for a bag of books


Monday, July 3, 2017

JULY 4th @ the Library

Capitan Public Library will hold its annual bake, book and hot dog sale on Tuesday, July 4.  Bake sale starts at 8:00 a.m.  Starting about 9:00, we will be serving hot dogs and smoked sausage with your choice of toppings, nachos, sodas and bottled water. You can't get a better deal and you can eat your lunch in our cool back yard.  Books will be sold for $5 a bag and if you bring in the card handed out at the parade, you'll get the books free.  This year we will have a specialty table with small electronic items.  Join us as we pay homage to our founding fathers for providing the freedom to enjoy this day of celebration. 

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Tiffanie Owen, Current Showcased Artist at the Capitan Public Library

     A native New MexicanTiffanie Owen has deep family roots in southern
 New Mexico.  Her interest in art began at  an early age with instruction and
 encouragement from her mother and grandmother.  Later, Owen studied at
 The Art Center in 1994, where she earned degrees in Advertising Art and 
 Computer Graphic Design.  
     In 2008, Owen took over directorship of the Hurd-La Rinconada Gallery 
& Guest Ranch in San Patricio, New Mexico.  This allowed her to meld art into
 her daily life, but the work was still not her own.

     A search for her own artistic voice led Owen to Master Artist, Lou Maestas, 
who instructed her in the technique of oil rub-out.  The origins of this  technique 
are unknown, but what is known about oil rub-out is that it was once a training 
requirement of the Old Masters.  Before learning color theory, students were
trained  to use a limited palette which forces the painter to study values without 
the distraction  of color.  Using only two pigments, darker values are placed first, 
then the lighter values are revealed as the artist “rubs out” the highlights, usually
with a rag or other unconventional tool.  
Owen further explains this art.  “I am attracted to this technique because of 
my life-long love of photography…particularly historic sepia photos.  Quite 
by accident, I have discovered that I can create texture…the look of 
splintered wood, crumbling adobe, the tanned leather of a tipi, or the 
camouflaged plumage of a barn owl.  I think texture adds an extra 
dimension to my paintings the same way that it adds feeling and sensation
 to life.
     “I love to paint historic places…especially those that no longer exist. It is sad 
when old buildings die…they have charm and personality just like people.  
I hate to see history lost to progress,but when I paint the old buildings, it’s like
painting a portrait of a beloved family member who is no longer here…gone, 
but not forgotten.”
Owen is currently the Instructional Coordinator at Lincoln & Fort Stanton 
Historic Sites.  She lookforward to painting some of the historic locations 
in Lincoln County.  With three successful one-woman art exhibitions in the
past and a current member of the Cloudcroft Art Society, she continues to
participate in several CAS art shows.  She also owns a mobile “paint-n-sip”
business called Saucy Paint which allows beginning painters to
 “uncork their inner artist.” 

Tiffanie Owen's art will be on display July through August.

Friday, June 30, 2017

BAG of Books $5 at the library!

Saturday, July 1st, 10am to 2 pm

62nd Smokey Bear Parade - July 4th, 2017
2017 Annual Smokey Bear 4th of July Parade & Stampede Rodeo - Capitan 4th of July Parade begins at 10am.

WHILE in Capitan for the parade - Come on over to the library for the best deal in town.  Feed your family economically and enjoy your lunch in our cool backyard.  We will be serving hot dogs, sausage dogs, nachos, sodas and bottled water.  Top your dogs with chile, onion, and cheese at no extra cost. And find a fine selection of baked goods on sale starting at 8 a.m.  The book room will be open and selling books for $5 a bag.  

See you on the 4th at the library!

A Capitan Tradition, join the thousands that line the street to celebrate out authentic western heritage. Military, antique & custom cars, horse-drawn  wagons, fire trucks, pets, cowboys on horseback, rodeo queens and Smokey Bear. It's the biggest and best 4th of July parade in all of Lincoln County.

2017 Smokey Bear Stampede

The 62nd Annual Smokey Bear Stampede promises to be fun for the whole family. Eight rodeos in just four days plus a dutch oven cook-off, live music, steer wrestling, dancing, bull riding, and
Rodeo starts at 7pm daily.
Fireworks show on July 4th at dusk (fire restrictions and weather permitting)
Schedule of Events: 
Learn more about all the weekend’s events here.
Ticket Information:
There are a variety of tickets available for this awesome four day event. Click on ticket information to learn more about combo tickets, single event tickets, arena tickets and so on.
Dates & Times:
Saturday, July 1st at 5pm to 9pm
Sunday, July 2nd from 10am to 9pm
Monday, July 3rd from 10am to 10pm
Tuesday, July 4th from 10am to 9pm

Saturday, June 24, 2017

SRP continues...

Storydancer and retired educator for the Las Cruces Public Schools for 20 years, Terry Alvarez, knows many ways to tell a story. She enjoys telling stories through dance and music to communicate a sense of fun while stressing family and educational values.  Terry Alvarez has been a part of Capitan Public Library's summer reading program for fifteen years or more.

Rapt audience
Game time

Terry Alvarez

Friday, June 16, 2017

The value of your library

On the American Library Association website is a calculator to see what your library is worth to you.  You'll be surprised at the money your library saves you!

Here's what the calculator looks like - but it won't work here, because this is just a snapshot of the table.  Check it out - then you will really see what an asset the Capitan Public Library and its volunteers are to you.!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

at the June12 Summer Reading class, the children and adults learned abut the life of the yucca.  I'll bet you may not know all the facts.  Look them up - pretty amazing.  Presenter was  Rink Somerday from the Asombro Institute in Las Cruces.

Rink Somerday from the Asombro Institute

for our quilt lovers

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Not 2 Shabby Shop - Announcements from manager, Kay McNeer

NEW hours: Saturdays extended to 4 pm! 
So, you can now shop:
Thursday:  10 am to 5:30 pm
Friday:  10 am to 4 pm
Saturday: 10 am to 4 pm

AND: this week: June 15, 16 and 17  ALL clothing FREE --  
JUST CLOTHES - NO accessories (scarves, belts, etc), NO shoes, NO purses, etc.  
Household items priced as marked. 

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Summer Reading started with a chicken visit

Signing up for a summer of reading and fun programs
Andy Mason

Award-winning New Mexico children's musician Andy Mason brings his educational, interactive and fun musical performance to Capitan Public Library. Andy, from Portales, NM, will have the audience dancing and singing along to his songs about Pizza, Burritos, Sharks, Pirates, Owees and Hand Washing!  

Offering songs in English and Spanish, Andy Mason brings a little of New Mexico to each of his performances.  Andy also offers workshops and keynotes for educators throughout New Mexico and Texas. Emphasizing the importance of music in the education of children is a very important aspect in Andy's workshops.  

Andy Mason's music has been nominated for a New Mexico Music Award. Andy currently performs regularly in 15 local pre-schools in Eastern New Mexico and Texas.  Andy tours throughout the Southwest every summer visiting libraries in NM, TX, CO and WY.  Andy has toured in the United Kingdom and Iceland.  Andy's "A Brief History of Christmas Music" program is sponsored by the New Mexico Humanities Council and keeps Andy on tour from the end of November right up until Christmas. 

Andy's family-friendly music keeps the attention of children and adults alike, who will no doubt come away from Andy's show having learned something too.  

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Genealogy Class on Sunday, June 11 from 2pm to 4:30 pm

Sign up for a spot on one of the ten computers at CPL to learn how to search your ancestors on with Kris.

You can call in to have your name added to the class.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Book Club book announcments

Book Club - all readers are welcome!
July 13, Thursday at 10:00
The non-fiction book "Hidden Figures",. The story of a team of female African-American mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the U.S. space program.
August 3
"The Night Journal" by Elizabeth Crook about the Harvey girls in the late 1800's. Reading the journals of her Harvey Girl ancestor sends a young Texas woman back in time to the New Mexico frontier.