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.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Self-professed map nerds - this one's for you

On New Mexico Humanities Council website.  Too cool.  I love maps. Use to have a spare room  wallpapered in Colorado topo maps

Saturday, June 3, 2017

NM Humanities Chautauqua provides quality entertainment for small town library patrons

Brenda Hollingsworth-Marley performed as Ms. Billie Holiday--Lady Day-- last night at the library.  An evening of soulful songs accompanied by a heart breaking story of one of the talented ones that died too young.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Don't miss this one! Friday, June 2 @ 7 pm

Billie Holiday: 
Singin' the Blues
 A Chautauqua 
This Chautauqua is funded  in part by the 

New Mexico Humanities Council and the State 
Department of Cultural Affairs and a generous
donation specifically for Chautauquas from
patrons of the library.

On Friday, June 2, 2017, at 7 pm at the Capitan Public Library, learn
 about the troubled life and career of blues and jazz vocalist, Billie Holiday.
This is a one-hour program with Brenda Hollingsworth-Marley
 performing as Billie Holiday.  The subject matter is for mature 
audiences and includes adult language..

The late great Ms. Billie Holiday, also known as "Lady Day," was born to
 sing her blues in jazzy sultry tones from coast to coast. Billie's personal
 life was tumultuous and the difficulties of poverty, racial prejudice and 
a world at war created a complex backdrop for a sadness the "Lady" 
was unable to overcome. 

Introduced to Harlem and the Harlem Renaissance in the late 1920s and
 the Great Depression in the 1930s, Holiday used her unique singing style
 to work with Benny Goodman, Teddy Wilson, Bessie Smith and a host of
 blues and jazz greats of her time. 

During her career she fought many battles, but her battle with drugs was 
to overcome her talent and take her life. Known for her rendition of 
"Strange Fruit" the memory of Billie Holiday has endured through 
generations of jazz lovers. 

Brenda Hollingsworth-Marley brings to life Billie's story with a haunting refrain 
of pain and pleasure.  Billie Holiday famous songs that she may perform 
include:    “Strange Fruit” "All of Me" and "God Bless the Child".

popular vocalist, Brenda Hollingsworth-Marley appears at numerous 
community, church and jazz events.  She is also a popular story-telling 
who has performed  in many venues. 

 In 2014, Hollingsworth-Marley came to Lincoln County libraries. for Chautauquas portraying Coretta Scott King, Rosa Parks and Lena Horne.
So it is with great appreciation of her fine talent that the Capitan Library invited Hollingsworth-Marley back to present Billie Holiday.

Refreshments after the Chautauqua.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

What is a Chautauqua? What an unusual name - where did the name came from?

What is a Chautauqua? A Chautauqua program brings history to life with a 
performance by a scholar posing as a historical figure or an expert speaker 
on an intriguing topic.  

Lively discussion follows each show, with the Chautauquan, still in character, 
taking questions from the audience.  The fun of the extended performance is
 the illusions that a famous historical character is "really" present.  The 
performer will then "breaks character" and the audience has a chance to ask
 personal questions of the scholar. 

The performer has thus accomplished her mission: to transport the audience 
with a "humanities time machine" to experience, explore and enjoy history. 

Originally, the idea of traveling humanities programs started in the late 1800's 
in the lakeside village of Chautauqua in upstate New York.

The village got its name, Chautauqua, from the Iroquois.  Supposedly it means "bag tied in the middle/two moccasins tied together".

More info on the original Chautauqua and historic photos at:
1950: Art Fest

Today, the Chautauqua Institution is a not-for-profit, 750-acre educational center beside Chautauqua Lake in southwestern New York State, where approximately 7,500 persons are in residence on any day during a nine-week season, and a total of over 100,000 attend scheduled public events. Over 8,000 students enroll annually in the Chautauqua Summer Schools which offer courses in art, music, dance, theater, writing skills and a wide variety of special interests. 
The Institution, originally the Chautauqua Lake Sunday School Assembly, was founded in 1874 as an educational experiment in out-of-school, vacation learning. It was successful and broadened almost immediately beyond courses for Sunday school teachers to include academic subjects, music, art and physical education.
While founders Lewis Miller and John Heyl Vincent were Methodists, other Protestant denominations participated from the first year onward, and today Chautauqua continues to be ecumenical in spirit and practice. Chautauqua's Department of Religion presents distinguished religious leaders of many faiths from this country and abroad, both as preachers and teachers.
MillerVincentThe Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle (CLSC) was started in 1878 to provide those who could not afford the time or money to attend college the opportunity of acquiring the skills and essential knowledge of a College education. The four-year, correspondence course was one of the first attempts at distance learning. Besides broadening access to education, the CLSC program was intended to show people how best to use their leisure time and avoid the growing availability of idle pastimes, such as drinking, gambling, dancing and theater-going, that posed a threat both to good morals and to good health.
With the success of the CLSC, many new Chautauquas were created, known as "Daughter Chautauquas," giving rise to what was called the "Chautauqua Movement." Some years later, the talent agencies that provided speakers and entertainers for these platforms, put together shows of their own, which traveled to small towns across the United States and Canada. These were known as the 'circuit chautauquas" or "tent chautauquas."
1930: FDR "I Hate War" speech

By 1880 the Chautauqua platform had established itself as a national forum for open discussion of public issues, international relations, literature and science. Approximately 100 lecturers appear at Chautauqua during a season.

1970: Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra 
Music became increasingly important at Chautauqua, especially after the turn of the century. A symphony orchestra season became part of the regular program in 1920. The Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, founded in 1929, now performs thrice weekly with leading soloists in the 4,000-seat Amphitheater, Chautauqua's program center. Popular entertainers perform other evenings. Chautauqua Dance also appears in the Amphitheater, sometimes with guest artists, while the Chautauqua Theater Company presents its season in Bratton Theater. The Chautauqua Opera Company, also founded in 1929, performs in English in Norton Hall.
Chautauqua plays a unique educational role today, offering studies on a vacation level, a more serious level and a professional level.
In addition, there are enhanced learning opportunities within Chautauqua's other programming.  Music, the arts, religion, recreation and the pursuit of knowledge are all available. Younger and older students often share learning experiences in an open, congenial atmosphere. Children and young people are also provided with their own special programs.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Summer reading starts June 5

Summer reading for kids starts June 5 - 10:00 to 11:30 every Monday until end of July.
The theme is "Building a Better World"
Come by library for more information and to sign up.

Summer ENMU-R singing classes at CPL

Summer classes through ENMU-Ruidoso at Capitan Public Library beginning June 3. Two will be held at the Library - but you must register through the college. 

1. Voice Class for Teens and Adults 
 Monthly Classes on Saturdays:

June 3, 10, 18, and July 1 (no class June 24)
July 8, 15, 22, 29
Aug. 5, 12, 19, 26
Time:  2 to 3:30 p.m.

Tuition: $90 per month.  Sign up for one month or all three!
Sign up at the beginning of each month: June, July and August.

Explore the development of your voice through classical, musical theatre
and folk repertoire. You will learn vocal warm-ups to increase your
range and bring out your unique sound and then apply your new skills
through song performance.

2. Performance Workshop for Teens and Adults
Saturdays beginning June 3 through August 26 
 Monthly Classes on Saturdays:

June 3, 10, 18, and July 1 (no class June 24)
July 8, 15, 22, 29
Aug. 5, 12, 19, 26
Time:  2 to 3:30 p.m.

Tuition: $90 per month.  Sign up for one month or all three!

Work on your performance skills through jazz, pop, and musical theatre 
repertoire. Perform new songs each week in class and build your rep while 
honing your craft.  Each monthly workshop will culminate in a
 performance cabaret.
 Sign up at the beginning of each month: June, July, and August.

$105 for 4 half-hour lessons (recommended for ages 8 to 14);
$155 for 4 forty-five-minute lessons;
$205 for 4 one-hour lessons (recommended for ages 14 to adult)
 at ENMU-Ruidoso. 
You can sing! For beginning and advanced singers alike. Imagine an 
environment in which you can take your voice to its next level of beauty
and expression. 
After registering with ENMU Community Ed, please contact
instructor Ellen Wilson to schedule your lessons: 575-305-5414.

Monday-Friday, June 5-9, June 12-16, July 10-14, July 17-
21, July 24-28; $89 per week (Room TBA).

 Each week there will be a showcase performance
 for family and friends. 

For Kids (Ages 8 to 12): 1 to 3 p.m. Learn the basics
 of musical theatre performance while singing
 fun musical theatre songs in an active learning 

For Teens (Ages 13-18): 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Develop
your musical theatre performance abilities and enhance
your stage presence. Sing for fun, prepare an audition
piece, and continue to hone your skills in a supportive

Be ready to audition July 10 for the next Missoula Children's Theatre!

Ellen Wilson, kneeling in white & black, hamming it up with class  

Instructor Bio: A voice faculty member at the University of El Paso at Texas until 
her move to New Mexico in 2013 and a current music/theatre faculty member at 
ENMU, Ellen Wilson’s focus is on bringing out your unique voice. Develop a 
new  warmup routine, learn new repertoire that you are really excited about, find
 greater communication in performance, and all in a supportive learning
 environment! Whether you like to sing pop/rock, musical theatre, choral, sacred
 or any other style/genre of music, Ellen will support your vocal and
 artistic development.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

8th Annual Textbook and Library Book Recycling Event!

8th Annual Textbook and Library Book                       Recycling Event! 
Lincoln and Otero Counties and Mescalero
June 4 – 8, 2017 
What:  Drop off All Discarded Textbooks and Library Books                                   Where:  Greentree Solid Waste Recycling Center 
                                    26590 US Highway 70     
Times:  8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 
                                                                                                    Who Can Participate:all Public and Private Schools, Tribal 
Schools and Libraries.  Home Schools. Public and 
Non-profit Libraries.  ENMU-RUidoso. Local residents.
Cost: No Charge!                                                                                                                    Information: Call 575.378.4697, ext. 12 for more information 
or to make  special drop off arrangements. 

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Time is running out for seniors to get a $10 lifetime pass to National Parks

Glacier National Park
IF you are 62 or older, you can get your pass at the Smokey Bear Ranger Station on Mechem Dr., in Ruidoso.  They take cash, checks, and credit cards.  It is quick and will last you a lifetime.  No one seems to know WHEN the price will be increased. 

Folks age 62 and older who love America's national parks and monuments can purchase a lifetime pass for $10, but that bargain won't last much longer.
The cost of a National Park Service lifetime pass will increase to $80, but just when that price hike will occur is unclear.
When enacted, it will be the first increase since 1994.
The senior pass offers lifetime admission to more than 2,000 recreation sites managed by the Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, Fish and Wildlife Service, Forest Service, National Park Service and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. 
Pass holders also get 50 percent off certain National Park Service fees, including camping, swimming, boat launch and other services.
At $10, the pass is an incredible bargain. At $80, it's still a great deal. Admission to Grand Canyon National Park, for example, is $30 for seven days.
The senior pass isn’t the only deal the park service offers. Other bargains include:
  • Annual pass: Available to anyone for $80.
  • Military pass: Free annual pass for current military members (including reserve and National Guard members).
  • Fourth Grader pass: Free to U.S. fourth-grade students (and accompanying family) from the start of the school year through the following summer.
  • Access pass: Free to U.S. citizens or permanent residents who have permanent disabilities.
  • Volunteer pass: Free to volunteers with 250 hours of service to participating federal agencies.
When asked about the reasons for the fee increase and when it would occur, NPS spokesman Tom Crosson said it was “congressionally mandated” and the date it would take place has not been determined.
Last December Congress approved the National Parks Service Centennial Act, which included a provision to raise the fee. Proceeds will fund park projects and services.
List of other places to purchase a lifetime passDetails:
Newspaper article by: , The Republic |

Wednesday, May 24, 2017


Thursday, May 25th – In room 109 at ENMU starting at 4 pm, Karen Rounds, Financial Advisor, will walk us through some helpful steps to gaining greater financial wisdom about our financial planning as well as hints to build upon our savings and investments.  I look forward to seeing you there.  All are welcome.  Email or call with questions.  Clara Farah 575-973-7835

Monday, May 22, 2017

Planned Electric Outage

Scheduled Electric Outage – 05/23-24/2017

Otero County Electric Co-op (OCEC) will have a scheduled electric outage next week that will affect all members whose service is fed out of the Carrizozo and Capitan Substations.

The outage will begin at 11 PM Tuesday, May 23, and
last until 3 AM Wednesday morning, May 24.

Members in Capitan, Carrizozo, Nogal and outlying areas
can expect the outage to last for about four (4) hours,
providing crews do not encounter any unforeseen problems.

Crews from both OCEC and Tri-State Generation & Transmission will be replacing insulators inside the substations that have been damaged during past lightning storms, repairing and adding additional switches, and performing other necessary system maintenance to insure the reliability of electric service to members. 

OCEC appreciates your patience while these changes are made to help provide more safe and reliable power to you, our members. Should you have questions about this outage, please call 575-648-2352 or 1-800-548-4660.

Friday, May 19, 2017

June 6: Public Update on the Lincoln National Forest Planning Process

Sabrina Flores, Chief Planner for the Lincoln National Forest, will be in Ruidoso the evening of June 6, 2017 to update the Public on the Planning Process of the 2015 Lincoln National Forest Plan.  This is the promised Update to be delivered to the public in the Spring of 2017 and marks approximately the half-way point for that process.  There has been a considerable amount of attention given to this plan not only by the public at large but by many forestry and environmental groups in the area as well as the state and United States.

This is YOUR chance to come and review the work that has been done so far by the USFS!  Bring your list of questions, comments and concerns for this work as it is one of the primary opportunities for you to have your say directly to those involved in this important process that will effect how the Lincoln National Forest is run/operated for the next 15+ years or more.  Anyone that enjoys and uses the forested lands for grazing, hunting, fishing, hiking, mountain biking, off-road activities; or, derives their living from the national forests should have an interest in this planning process.  Invite your friends, neighbors and business acquaintances to attend this very important meeting.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Free Movies at Sierra Cinema in Ruidoso

Participating Locations:
Aviator 10, North Plains 7, La Cueva 6, Fiesta Twin, Durango 9, 
Allen 8, Aztec 5, Eagle 9, Video 4, Galaxy 8 & Sierra Cinema
Seating limited to theatre capacity. 
Tickets issued on first-come-first-served basis. 
Films & Schedule subject to change.