Saturday, February 16, 2019

Mark your calendar! Sunday, February 24 @ 2 pm. Let's have an enjoyable afternoon at the Library

“Flute & Fret Boys”
An afternoon of music – from
Rock to Classical to Country!
 Jim Helms, Debbie Myers & 
Fred Kinnan    @
Capitan Public Library
February 24th @ 2:00pm
Dancing & Refreshments!

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Be Mine Valentine Bake Sale

Don't forget at the Capitan Library

Be Mine Valentine Bake Sale 

Thursday, Feb. 14  
starts at 10am to 5:30 pm

Come early to get your favorite

 pie, cake, cupcakes or cookies
milk or dark chocolate-dipped pretzels
Call 575.354.3035 for more info

Plus look at these other goodies available 

to select something special for your someone special

by supporting your library

Sunday, February 10, 2019

A different Valentine: Open your heart to teens in need

reprinting Veteran's Flyer

easier for you to read: 

Danielle ThompsonVeteran Service Officer
New Mexico Veteran Service Roswell Office
1600 SE Main St Suite A
Roswell, New Mexico 88203
O 575.624.6086

The isolated elderly - "How are you doing?"

Creative Aging helped our community out with public transportation. Now, they are looking for input on our community isolated seniors.  Those of you who belong to different churches, how you deal with your elderly who are not able to come to church on a regular basis?  Do you have a committee that checks on them by phone or personal visits? Creative Aging is finding that many elderly people do not belong to a church, are alone and may need a  friendly call or may be even a visit.  We have heard of elderly who have no family or close neighbors to check on them. Some times it is too late.  If you have anything to share on this subject, please call Cecile Kinnan at 575.336.7752 or Clara Fara at 575.973.7835

Let's help our elderly neighbors out

AARP magazine showed this website that approaches the subject on isolation   It lays out many of the causes of isolation, health concerns and if you peruse the website you can find many enlightening ideas of how to reach out & help.  

End Social Isolation Among Seniors

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Valentine's Day Bake Sale at the library

Be Mine Valentine Bake Sale 
Thursday, Feb. 14  10am 
Flowers, books & gifts for sale, also
Get something sweet for your love one - a homemade edible or a sentimental three-dimensional object to show your love.  Your one-stop Valentine's gift shopping place. OK, two-stop: be sure to stop by the N2SS to see what Valentine goodies are in the store!

Special Orders Available
Call 575.354.3035


Carrizozo Music event on Feb 14th

Carrizozo Music, Inc. and the New Mexico Humanities Council present Todd Green in a lecture and concert featuring instruments from Africa and the Middle East.  The event will take place on Thursday, February 14, at 5 PM at the Carrizozo School Old Gym. At 3PM, in the Old Gym, Todd will present a concert for Carrizozo School students.  All events are free and open to the general public.
 Multi-Instrumentalist Todd Green performs original music on over 30 acoustic strings, flutes and percussion instruments from all over the world, inspired by many different cultures in the Middle East, Central Asia, Far East and South America. His custom-built electronic system allows him to layer instruments as he performs, which in effect turns him into a high-tech one-man-band of World Music. As Todd takes his audience on a fascinating tour of many countries and their diverse styles of music, he intersperses his playing with entertaining and informative explanations of the music and the instruments. Todd’s artistic mission is to "help bring down the barriers that divide us by experiencing other cultures through their music."
Todd Green began studying guitar at the age of ten. He has been writing and performing his own music professionally since the age of fifteen. He studied composition and arrangement at Berklee College of Music, in Boston, Mass. At the same time he was studying privately with Mick Goodrich, jazz guitar legend at New England Conservatory of Music, Pat Metheny, Grammy Award winning guitarist and George Benson, international recording star. After spending five years in Boston, he moved to New York City where he performed with the top echelon of studio musicians and toured with bands throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe.

While in New York, he began studying Western Flute, East Indian Bansuri Bamboo Flute (with Steve Gorn), and Tablas (Indian hand drums) with Ray Spiegel. He now lives in Northern Nevada near Lake Tahoe.  Todd performs nationally as a multi-instrumental solo artist in the college and fine arts markets. Frequently, along with his concerts, Todd conducts college master classes and interactive school clinics and assemblies. His columns on improvisation have been published in Fingerstyle Guitar Magazine

For information about Carrizozo Music, the 2019 season schedule and concert updates, please check, email or call Elaine at575-648-2757.  Carrizozo Music sponsors a series of classical, summer Portico Concerts and school outreach performances with a commitment to providing free quality music to the residents of Lincoln County and the surrounding area.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Creative Aging presents Friday, Feb 15

Please come join us for Dr. Suzelle Moffit's presentation. 
9am breakfast and networking, then 10am presentation.  
Bring your questions and feel free to email or call me with additional concerns.

Clara Farah, Ph.D.
P.O. Box 737
Alto, NM 88312-0737 
Cell  :  575-973-7835

Lincoln/Fort Stanton Historic Sites learning

Veteran info

Date change on Veterans Affairs outreach office hours in Ruidoso 

The Department of Veterans Affairs outreach officer will be in Ruidoso Feb. 12, date changed from Feb. 5  

Danielle Thompson
Veteran Service Officer
New Mexico Veteran Service Roswell Office
1600 SE Main St Suite A
Roswell, New Mexico 88203
O 575.624.6086

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Book Club February Book

The meeting is February 7 at 10 am at the library. The book is: 

This should be an interesting discussion.  The  synopsis on Amazon ends with: " Informative, alarming, and aphoristic, The Disappearance of Childhood is a triumph of history and prophecy."

Pillars of the Earth fans

Ken Follett Announces ‘Pillars of the Earth’ Prequel

By G.G. Andrew| '...the prequel will be set around the year 1000 AD in Kingsbridge, the setting of The Pillars of the Earth. Except in this earlier time, Kingsbridge is only “a little Anglo-Saxon settlement threatened by Viking invaders.” Follett went on to say that the draft is currently being read by editors and a group of historians specializing in that period of history. He anticipates he’ll spend 2019 rewriting the story with suggestions from these editors and historians, and it should be released sometime in 2020. Follett concluded by saying, “It’s a long process, but I think it’s worthwhile, and when you read the book, I hope you’ll agree.”
'Fans of Ken Follett’s 1989 epic The Pillars of the Earth are thrilled by the news. An epic medieval tale about the people behind a quest to build the world’s greatest Gothic cathedral, The Pillars of the Earth was a #1 New York Times bestseller, and what Booklist called a “monumental masterpiece.” '

Friday, February 1, 2019

How do you arrange your books?

Saturday, Feb 2 10am to 2 pm, you can buy a bag of books for $5.  So, how will you arrange those books at home?
from Jefferson County Library facebook page,
 BUT photo struck a synchronistic chord because of current book I am reading

"Brett...busies himself organizing her books.  I can't discern his methodology -- colors, shapes, alphabetically by author or title?"  Quote from To The Stars Through Difficulties by Romalyn Tilghman

"A library outranks any other one thing a community can do to benefit its people. It is a never failing spring in the desert."

 Andrew Carnegie

A book review by The Blogger: 

To The Stars Through Difficulties by Romalyn Tilghman.

Not finished yet, but so far I have found this a most interesting fiction book. Three women are the main characters developed in the writing style so many authors use now, where one chapter is in one character's voice, the next chapter in the another character's voice and so on.  I'm still out on IF I like that style of writing, but it works for this particular story line. 

In the background tying all the characters together is the story of Andrew Carnegie building 1,689 libraries across America. (All total, Carnegie built 2,509 libraries when including the ones built in foreign countries.)  

Personally, I've only seen one Carnegie library, which was located at 500 National Ave in Las Vegas, NM. It is on a huge piece of land in town. I went to Las Vegas for a library conference.  Only three Carnegie libraries were built in N.M.  Besides Las Vegas, Roswell has one at 123 W 3rd St, but today is empty and Raton's Carnegie library faced the wrecking ball in 1969.
Strange wall decoration inside LV Carnegie library

It is always an added bonus when a book, even a fictional book, intrigues you to further  investigate something you read within the story. In this case, the story is located in Kansas where Carnegie built 59 libraries. The Kansas state motto is  "Ad Astra per Aspera", translated means "To The Stars Through Difficulties", which is the title of the book.  Definitely different.  So, of course, the next step is for me to check out New Mexico's motto: "Crescit eundo", which means "It grows as it goes".  OK, also different and how does that pertain to N.M.?  Now a motto is different than a slogan for a state.  A motto often appears on the state seal and sometimes the state flag.  Whereas a slogan, such as NM's "Land of Enchantment", appears on license plates, advertising and so on. Although, NM now has another slogan with the "NM True" advertising campaign.

It is interesting to investigate mottos and slogans of other states on Wikipedia. 

Sideline: Hey, remember the game when traveling when you were a kid and trying to collect licence plates from all 50 states?  No, not literally collecting, just notating. Easy to do back then when the individual state plates all looked the same plus you could read the state slogan.  With the proliferation of  custom plates today, it is a much more challenging game.

With regard to the book, since this is suppose to be a book review of sorts, in my opinion it is well written .  The author's use of adjectives, action verbs and analogies create excellent visualizations to "see" the story. Plus, Tilghman portrays librarians in a most positive light, almost placing them on a pedestal that necessitates adoration and adulation.  At first I thought the author must be a librarian, since she gets our feelings of competence, satisfaction and tolerance spot on.  Take this example from the book:   " It wasn't till grad school that I got the sense of power librarians feel in making suggestions to readers or in matching researchers with their resources.  One cannot help but feel smart when handing over just the right book." And another quote  "Does Elena mind when she spends a whole afternoon getting books in perfect order only to have a patron shuffle them to chaos?  There are two kinds of librarians.  The kind who want to know everything in the universe and the kind who want to categorize everything."  

Enough. I'll get off  my soapbox about adoration of libraries and librarians. I do tend to read a book if the synopsis says library or the main character is a librarian. In closing, this is a woman empowerment feel-good story. The publisher is She Writes Press, an award-winning hybrid publishing company for women writers.

Check out the awards Romalyn Tilghman's debut book already accumulated:

  2017 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards: Finalist

2017 IPPY Awards: Contemporary Fiction, Gold Medal
Readers' Favorite: Gold Medal Award for Women's Fiction
2017 Foreword Indie Finalist in Adult Fiction―General
2018 Next Generation Indie Book Awards Finalist in General Fiction/Novel (Over 80,000 words)
Pulpwood Queen Selection, June 2018

IF you would like to write a book review for the blog, email 
Submissions will be reviewed and possibly edited as needed
What better medium than a library blog to share your love for books by sharing reviews of books you've read.

Monday, January 28, 2019

Feb 2 - Bag of Books for $5

First Saturday of the month - BAG OF BOOKS FOR $5.
 Library open 10 am to 2 pm
ideas for bookworms

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Bookbub releases list of Books to Movies coming to theaters near you this year (or NOT near you - being rural tends to make which movies we get somewhat lacking)

If you love movies based on books, you’re going to love 2019’s line-up of new film adaptations. From historical fiction sagas like Kristin Hannah’s bestselling The Nightingale to suspense thrillers like A. J. Finn’s The Woman in the Window to childhood favorites like Eoin Colfer’s Artemis Fowl, there’s something for everyone in this year’s slate of upcoming movies. So grab your calendar and check out the biggest books to movies 2019 has to offer.
To see the list, go to:

One of my favorites is coming out in September.  I have a long wait...

Based on the bestselling book by Garth Stein, the film follows family dog, Enzo, as he considers life's lessons through the lens of his human owner, race car driver Denny Swift. Kevin Costner will voice the role of Enzo and Milo Ventimiglia stars as Denny.

Release date: September 27

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Grand Opening this Friday

Please help support our county's newest library! The Grand Opening of the Carrizozo Community Public Library and Archive is 
FridayJanuary 18th, 2019 
from 10:00am - 7pm. 

Several people from the Capitan Public Library will car-pool from CPL to Carrizozo at noon on Friday.  It would be great if a lot of you could join us in supporting Carrizozo!   The CCPL is located at at 406 Central Ave/ Hwy 54
Phone:  575.648.2595.

Creative Aging this Friday

According to the AARP Bulletin :

99 Ways to Add Healthy Years to your Life

# 98 - "Dust off that Library card.  A study of 3,635 older adults found tht book readers had a 23-month survival advantage and 20 % lower mortality risk compared with non-readers.  Reading was protective regardless of  gender, education or health."

But why was it list as #98?  Should have ranked higher.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Computer Classes offered by Lincoln County Adult Literacy

Every Thursday at 6 pm @ the Capitan Public Library.  Small class, so call 575.354.3035 for information and to reserve your place in the class.

Monday, January 7, 2019

Artist in the library: Gerald Garrett photographs

Gerald Garrett began dabbling in photography in 2005.  He spends many hours traveling the back roads of NM taking photographs.
He is particularly interested in animals, old churches, old trucks and trains

Garret is a true New Mexican, born in Clovis 1938 and grew up in Tucumcari. He received his BA and Masters degrees from Western NM University. A teacher and coach for 13 years in NM, then 22 years in California, he retired in 1996 moving to Capitan with his wife, Pat.  Pat Garrett has been the Capitan Public Library director for the past 20 years.

Come by the library the next couple of months to see Garrett's photography.  All are matted and for sale at $15 each. Below are three photos Garrett entered in the Corona Days Photo contest.  
Claunch Church, 1st place in category at Corona Days Photo Contest
Grand Prize at Corona Days Photo Contest

A category winner in the Corona Days Photo Contest

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Dec 2018, wreaths laid on veteran graves. Wreaths stay there till end of January - go by & see this magnificent homage to our Veterans

Fort Stanton Military Cemetery - Karen Kimmel photo credit
The sky was clear blue, the wind was calm, and the sun warmed 
the any volunteers who came for the laying of wreaths at the 
Fort Stanton Military Ceremony on December 15th. More than 
50 men, women, and children arrived from Lincoln & Otero 

Among those volunteering were families, relatives of those 
buried inthe cemetery, Spencer Theater ushers, and people 
visiting the cemetery for the first time. Wreaths were placed 
at the entry obelisk to represent the army, navy, marines, air 
force, coast guard, and merchant marines. Dennis Metz played 
TAPS, Marilyn Orr led volunteers in singing America the Beautiful,
 then 300 wreaths were laid on the graves of the veterans. 
Wreaths were also placed on the graves of veterans buried at 
Fort Stanton, and family members collected wreaths to be laid
on the veterans’ graves in other cemeteries in Lincoln County. 

This project is part of the national “Wreaths Across America” 
program and as part of that tradition, the wreaths will stay on
 the graves until the end of January 2019. 

A special thanks needs to go to Don Fowler for his continued 
support in handling the finances of this project.
Due to the generosity of the people of Lincoln County this
tradition was a success and will continue in the years to come.

press release by Holly Braden

Friday, January 4, 2019

New Mexico Humanities Council - Call for entries

Stories on the Sleeve: Connecting to Album Cover Art 

The New Mexico Humanities Council invites public entries for Stories on the Sleeve: Connecting with Album Cover Art. Deadline for submission is February 1, 2019. 
Do you remember a music album cover that mesmerized you? That you contemplated endlessly? A cover that gave deeper meaning to the music? Perhaps there is an album you purchased because you simply loved the cover art.

"Stories on the Sleeve: Connecting with Album Cover Art"  is seeking album covers and short stories that explain a personal fascination, relationship, or experience with a particular cover art. Your album cover will be displayed in the gallery with your story. All music genre will be considered. Entry is free and open to everyone 14 years old and up.
The exhibition will take place April 4 – June 28, 2019 at the New Mexico Humanities Council, 4115 Silver SE, Albuquerque.
Complete the Entry Form. Up to three entries may be submitted. Please complete entry form for each album cover & story submission.
  1. In 200 words or less, explain why this album cover resonates with you.
  2. Include front and back photos of the album cover as a JPEG file.
  3. Email all materials to Jodi Hedderig, with the e-mail subject line: Stories on the Sleeve Submission_Entry # (1,2 or 3)
Contact Jodi Hedderig at or (505)633-7371 if you have questions.