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.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

2019 is here!

Saturday, Jan 5: 10am - 2 pm $5 for a bag-of-books

Or go build a snowman with all the snow we got! 
Nature and book reading go hand-in-hand, in my book

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

The volunteers at the Capitan Library & N2SS Wish You a Happy New Year!

We'll be here in 2019 to assist you in your future library endeavors and to provide you with these services and more: books; free internet/WiFi; interesting programs for kids & adults; genealogy research; FamilyPass to NM museums; local art to view; and used books to purchase
AND great deals on gently used items @ N2SS - with proceeds going to run the library. 

Your favorite library is here -- FOR YOU!

P.S. - still need some more volunteers for the N2SS.  Join one of Lincoln County's best volunteer organizations today. For more info, call 575.354.0149 (N2SS) or 575.354.3035 (library)

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Many items left for your shopping this week before Christmas. Stop by. There's something special calling your name. I just found a colorfulwarm hat yesterday!

Jewelry & collector pots
Collectible dolls, dishware, more

children's items

glassware, doll, religious statues

I see some Santas looking for a home 

Cabinet for sale

tablewear, beautiful doo-dads

See's chocolate! yummmmm.
collectible dolls, lamps, ironwork, scarves
Saw some funky ornaments (like monkeys?)
Desk for sale. It's still here, calling your name
ornaments, hand-made wallets, tablet covers,collectible dolls
bears - saw many bears

Sunday, December 16, 2018

The Nutcracker is coming THIS week - don't miss this special holiday event

Dalí Ballet Company of Ruidoso presents three live performances featuring company dancers and guest artists in the classic holiday favorite, Tchaikovsky’s
“The Nutcracker”
at the Spencer Theater for the Performing Arts in Alto Saturday, December 22 at 2 PM & 7 PM and
Sunday, December 23 at 2 PM.
For ticket information:
575-336-4800 or 1-888-818-7872.
Online tickets purchases at

Friday, December 14, 2018

Saturday, Dec 15 at 9 am - place wreaths at Fort Stanton Military Cemetery

Wreaths Across America   Article written by Holly Braden -- Volunteers are needed and welcome to help place Christmas wreaths on the graves of our veterans this Saturday, December 15th, at 9 am. The wreath laying will take place at the Fort Stanton Military Cemetery. This project is supported and sponsored by the cemetery and the Spencer Theater ushers led by Cecile Kinnan.  It is part of the National Wreaths Across America project.

The cemetery is located on Hwy 220 off HWY 48 on Airport Rd. or through Capitan on HWY 48 to 380 to 220. It is near Ft. Stanton. Wreaths will be placed regardless of the weather, so be sure to check the conditions at Ft. Stanton and come appropriately dressed.

Another choir singing on Sunday, Dec 16. (Alas - the SIGNING choir has sound- my error last week...but it would be an interesting concept, if you think on it.)

The Community Choir will present our cantata “Celebrate the Child”, on Sunday, December 16th, 3 pm at the Carrizozo Trinity United Methodist Church.  The concert is free and refreshments will be served after the performance. 

it's official! Carrizozo Community Public Library and Archive coming into being

The Carrizozo Library/Bookstore will be CLOSED WednesdayDecember 19, 2018 until FridayJanuary 18, 2019

Carrizozo Community Public Library and Archive on
Friday, January 18th, from 10 am – 7 pm.

During this month, volunteers will be moving sale books off the shelves and replacing them with 7,500 lending library books. An exciting task! We will become the Carrizozo Community Public Library and Archive. With a library card, you may check out books, DVD's, CD's, and books on tape.

Stop by the library this week, or whenever you see cars at the library (we will be working there a lot) for your free library card application. Fill it out before the January Grand Opening date and your official library card will be ready for you January 18th

The library will have the same open hours: Wed 2pm-7pm; Fri/Sat 10am-3pm. Your library has great, free lending books, free WiFi, computers, copy service $.10 black & white, $.40 color

Thank you for your constant enthusiasm and support! If you would like to volunteer, a little bit or a lot, and help your library continue to grow, stop in 406 Central Ave., Carrizozo, NM (we will be around most days working away) or call 575.648.2595

by Rick Geary

Monday, December 10, 2018

volunteers needed

Still many items at the Capitan Library for your holiday shopping

including this super nice desk for the studious person with highly developed intellectual powers, especially one whose profession involves intellectual activity. Or, could be the perfect desk for someone going into business (you know -- like accounting or some such)

Writers: this could be a creative exercise and MAYBE you'll get published. Worth the try, eh?

Avoid the Scam

Creative Aging’s November 30th meeting at Eastern New Mexico University – Ruidoso
 was a discussion of how to avoid being scammed. Information was presented by
 Karen Rounds, Edward Jones financial adviser, and Darren Hooker, Ruidoso Chief
 of Police. This serious problem was detailed with frightening statistics: 145 million
 Americans have their identities stolen each year, either personally or through a data
 breach according to the Federal Trade Commission; fraud and financial abuse targeting
 the elderly have cost victims at least $2.9 billion annually according to the Department 
of Justice; approximately 1 elder in 20 is victimized although only 1 in 44 is reported 
according to the National Center on Elder Abuse.

With these numbers in hand, the presenters outlined specific types of fraud. The telephone
 calls demanding money for a variety of reasons are meant to scare the person called. The 
IRS will never demand money for unpaid taxes over the phone. Your family member who
 needs money wired for an immediate emergency may be a smart scammer – call another family member or call the real family member to see if the money is actually 
needed. Don’t send money to that girl/boyfriend met on an online dating service. Never send 
money to a supposed lottery/sweepstakes organization in order to collect your winnings. A
 local bank tells the story of an elderly customer who wanted to withdraw a large amount of
 money from his account. The tellers became suspicious when he told them he had received 
a call from the IRS demanding back taxes. A call to the man’s daughter brought her to the bank
 quickly and this fraud was adverted. 

It is now possible to make scam calls look as if they are coming from local numbers or from 
people you know. This is called spoofing.  Let calls go to your voice mail, then answer if it is 
someone from whom you expect a call or from someone whose voice you recognize or simply
 return the call after the message is recorded.

Computer scammers are now attempting to access computers by flashing messages that you
computer has been attacked and you need to click on a link on the screen to repair it. Do not
 click on the link as it can allow your computer to be hacked and may give personal information
 to the scammer. Simply turn your computer off and wait a few minutes before turning it back
 on. Keep an up-to-date anti-virus on your computer and use hard to recreate passwords.
 Change passwords if a compromised account is suspected.

Credit card hacks are also common. Banks will work with customers to set up accounts that
 will alert the holder of the card if suspicious activity occurs. Customers also need to check their
 accounts frequently to check for fraudulent charges. Purses and wallets are now being created
 that block electronic access to cards.

Chief Hooker reported that very few scams originate locally, but many come in from outside
 the Ruidoso area. If there is ever a doubt about whether a scam is occurring, contact the
 police department and it will investigate.

The major message participants left the meeting with was to be skeptical and diligent.

The next two meetings of Creative Aging will take place at ENMU-Ruidoso. 
The topic of the January 18th meeting will be social isolation and it will take place
 at 10:00 a.m. The topic of the second meeting on January 25th will be care giving and
 guardianship. It will take place at 3:00 p.m.

Friday, December 7, 2018

Choir singing Sunday, Dec 9 & Dec 16

The Corona and Carrizozo Community Choirs

“Rural Community Choir Heads West for a Lincoln County Christmas”

The holiday music season in western Lincoln County will be made brighter 
again this year with major Christmas concert performances of “Celebrate the
 Child Who is the Light”  by the combined Corona, Ancho and Carrizozo 
community choirs, the largest choral performance group in Lincoln 
County. The group’s initial performance was December 3rd in Corona.
 They now go on the road for a Capitan performance on Sunday,
 December 9, 3:00 pm at the United Methodist Church, 228 3rd Street.
 The final group performance will be on Sunday December 16, 3:00 pm at 
 Trinity United  Methodist Church in Carrizozo. 
The performance time is approximately 35 minutes and the 
general public from across Lincoln and 
Torrance Counties including tourist visitors to the region are invited.
 Refreshments will be served following the concert at each location. 

The 30+ member choir also hails from across Lincoln County – 
Corona, Ancho, White Oaks, Carrizozo, Alto, Ruidoso and the
 ‘rural ranch country’ in-between.
 Choral direction has been provided by Carrizozo’s Scott Shafer and Sherrill 
Bradford of Corona. Rehearsals for the group started in October and have
 taken place in Corona, at the Old Ancho School House and in Carrizozo. 
The concert features “Celebrate the Child Who is the Light” created by 
Canadian composer Tom Fettke.
 The choral work provides heart-warming music and an 
inspirational narration with rich melodies and harmonies. The musical score
 focuses on the birth of Christ, weaving a variety of large choral works and 
several vocal solos, amid the narration of the timeless Christmas story.
 Accompanists include Cheryl Smith of Carrizozo and Becky Kohl of 
Corona, with Bob Curtiss of Carrizozo providing the narration. 
If You Go:                                                                                                                                                  What: “Celebrate the Child Who is the Light”,  performed by the Corona and
 Carrizozo Community Choirs                                                                                                                                                            When and Where: 3:00 pm December 9 at the Capitan United Methodist 
Church  and                                                      3:00 pm Sunday December 16 at Trinity United Methodist Church in 
 How Much: No Charge. Free! 
For more information on concert dates and times, contact
 Scott Shafer 648.2142 or  Sherrill Bradford at 849-1633.                                                                                                              ###

get in the mood for Christmas with live music this weekend

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

It's the holidays - that means it's Nutcracker time!

Dalí Ballet Company of Ruidoso presents three live performances featuring company dancers and guest artists in the classic holiday favorite, Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” at the Spencer Theatre for the Performing Arts in Alto on Saturday, December 22 at 2 PM and 7 PM and Sunday, December 23 at 2 PM. For ticket information:, 575-336-4800 or

December 9 - ENMU-Ruidoso Community Choir “Deck the Halls!” concert

An annual tradition for more than 20 years, members of the Eastern New Mexico University community choir will perform the "Deck the Halls" concert Sunday, Dec. 9.
Join them for a 3 p.m. concert featuring seasonal choral favorites, from the Renaissance to the present, at First Christian Church, 1211 Hull Road, Ruidoso.
The program will include:
 “The Christmas Song 
(Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire),”
 “I'll Be Home for Christmas,”
 “Mary, Did You Know?,”
 “Feliz Navidad,”
 “Ave Maria,” 
and other beloved Christmas songs from across the centuries & around the world. Audience will be invited to join in a Christmas carol sing-along. 
This performance features over 20 vocal participants, accompanied by musicians on piano, brass, and drums. Tickets are $5 at ENMU-Ruidoso, 709 Mechem Dr., or at the door. 
  More info: 512-458-4412

The ENMU-Ruidoso Community Choir began during the spring of 1992, under the direction of Danny Flores. Since then, over 500 different singers from the Ruidoso, Ruidoso Downs, Alto, Carrizozo, Mescalero, Capitan, and Lincoln communities have participated. The Choir makes appearances at community events throughout the year.  Community Choir is offered as a class in ENMU-Ruidoso's Community Education department.

ENMU-Ruidoso Student Art Show starts Dec 7th

Monday, December 3, 2018

Veteran Help at the library

We had a fantastic Holiday Bazaar on Saturday

Thanks to all of you for coming to support the library on a cold and windy Saturday.  Still have some items left, so stop by the next two weeks and shop some more! These photos are from 8am Saturday, so some items were bought, but it gives you an idea of what's there.  Not shown are knitted goods,cloth book covers, and a beautiful L-shape desk. Open Tuesday thru Thursday 10am to 5:30 pm.  Friday & Saturday 10 am to 2 pm

See's Candy

Peter Hurd prints