Wednesday, March 30, 2016

EVERY SATURDAY IN APRIL - $1 for a bag of books!!!

Now's the month (only on Saturdays) when all great people come forward to replenish their bookshelves and find those quintessential books for presents in the future for special people

Plan ahead & Stock up in APRIL. 

 EVERY SATURDAY 10am to 2 pm is $1 
for a whole BAG OF BOOKS!

This from my fellow librarian, Trish Koenig.  She has moved from Ruidoso  Library to a branch library of Rio Rancho.  Best of luck at your new library, Trish.  AND thanks for this cute conglomerate of why we love books AND libraries!

April means Amnesty!

Return your overdue items in good condition and have your fines waived.
Sally knows - stay in good grace with the library to keep on checking out books & movies!

Reminder - No fooling - April First Friday - April 1st @ 7 p.m.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Donate items for the Plant & Garden Sale

Saturday, May 7.  9 am to 2pm.
Save the DATE! 

Do you have too many plants?   Yard art you no longer like or you've changed your style?   Plant stands that need a paint job?  Pretty pots or wind-chimes you'll never use? Lawn furniture that blows away in our ferocious winds? Bring your plants & stuff by the library for volunteers to spruce up to sell at the Plant & Garden Sale.  It goes to a good cause...your favorite library!

ADVISORY: NMDVS to Host Veterans Cemetery Town Hall Meeting Tomorrow at Ft. Stanton

For Immediate Release
  March 29, 2016

  NMDVS to Host Ft. Stanton Cemetery Town  Hall Meeting
  TOMMOROW (Wednesday, March 30) (3pm)

 Ft. Stanton Historic Site Cafeteria
(117 Black Jack Pershing Rd.)

  (FT. STANTON, NM)- New Mexico Department of Veterans' Services Secretary Jack Fox and State Cemetery Program Director Tom Wagner will join other state officials tomorrow to host a 3p.m. town hall meeting at the Ft. Stanton Historic Site Cafeteria to give an update on the progress of the new Fort Stanton State Veterans Cemetery.

  Governor Susana Martinez has worked to secure state and federal funds to build rural veterans cemeteries in New Mexico. New Mexico's veteran population is currently served by Fort Bayard and Santa Fe National Cemeteries, as well as Fort Bliss National Cemetery in El Paso, Texas. More than 170,000 veterans live in New Mexico, and more than half of them live in rural areas that are simply too far from the national cemeteries in Santa Fe or Fort Bayard.

  The new cemetery in Fort Stanton will include 650-gravesites, a main entrance, roads, administration complex, and maintenance facility, a Columbarium with niches for 480 urns, all landscaping, and other supporting infrastructure. This location will be readily accessible to more than 52,000 veterans and eligible family members. Those living in communities like Alamogordo, Roswell, Capitan, and Carrizozo will all be within 75 miles of this location.

When: 3 p.m. Tomorrow (Wednesday, March 30)
  Where: Fort Stanton Historic Site Cafeteria
                 117 Black Jack Pershing Rd.
                 Fort Stanton, NM 88323


  Ray Seva
  Public Information Officer,
  New Mexico Department of Veterans' Services
  (505) 362-6089 mobile<>

  New Mexico Department of Veterans' Services
  Office of the Secretary
  406 Don Gaspar
  Santa Fe, NM  87501
  ATTN: Ray Seva/Public Information Officer
  (505) 827-6352 office

Monday, March 28, 2016

Southwest Wildfire Awareness Week is March 27 – April 2, 2016 #NMFire #OneLessSpark #FireAdapted

March 27, 2016 by npsnmfireinfo

The federal, state, and tribal partners of the Southwest Prevention and Information Committee invite you to join us in promoting Southwest Wildfire Awareness Week, March 27 – April 2, 2016. This year’s theme is “Where We Live, How We Live, Living with Wildfire.”  The focus of the week is to increase awareness and to promote actions that reduce the risk from wildfire to homes and communities.

We encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity to reach out to your local community, neighborhoods and media with wildfire prevention and preparedness information.

(NOTE:  The Moon Fire in Ruidoso that started March 28 is in an area previously mitigated.  Even with these ferocious winds, the fire at this time is staying predominately on the ground.) 
A variety of wildfire prevention materials are available at the Little Bear Forest Reform Coalition table at the  Sacramento Mountains Wood Industry Summit at the Ruidoso Convention Center March 30 & 31.

You can order many free Firewise outreach materials (including brochures, posters, bookmarks, DVDs, door hangers, stickers, and an interactive Firewise Challenge Exhibit Kit) from

Thank you for your commitment to promoting wildfire prevention and preparedness.  We appreciate your support!

More info at

Saturday, March 26, 2016

@ the Ruidoso Convention Center March 30 & 31

You might want to check out this conference. TWO Stihl chainsaws to be given away in drawings.  One is a door prize and the other will be given away by the Little Bear Forest Reform Coalition.  Come by their table to sign up.  Chainsaws includes an extra year's warranty and a six-pack (of oil!).  See you there...

Friday, March 25, 2016

April 1 First Friday @ 7 p.m.

Loretta Hall presents: New Mexico is a Treasure Trove of Space History
 From Anasazi star watchers forecasting seasonal changes for agriculture planning through the development of manned spaceflight and into the new era of commercial space industries, New Mexico has been a major contributor to understanding and exploring the universe.  

This illustrated presentation will provide an overview of an aspect of our state's history that is not well known but has been  important to New Mexico's economy and the United States' technological progress for eighty-five years.

Loretta Hall is an Albuquerque-based freelance writer specializing in science and engineering topics.  She is the author of six nonfiction books.  The most recent one, Space Pioneers: In Their Own Words, consists of annotated excerpts from oral history interviews of ninety men and women who were involved in various national and international space programs from 1945 through the space shuttle era.  It was named "Best Book" in the 2014 New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards and received a Silver Award in the Science category of the 2014 IndieFab Book of the Year Awards.  Hall's 2011, Out of this World: New Mexico's  Contributions to Space Travel, is a history of New Mexico researchers' crucial contributions (including those of high-altitude balloonists) to NASA's manned space programs and to the emerging commercial space industry.  It won six regional and national awards. 

Hall is a member of the Historical Society of New Mexico, the National Space Society, and New Mexico Press Women
 This program at the Capitan Public Library is brought to the public by the Historical Society of New Mexico.

Hall's books will be available for purchase and autographs.  Refreshments served after the presentation.


Also by Loretta Hall: The Complete Space Buff's Bucket List: 100 Space Things to Do before You Die

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Book Club selection for April

Book club selections for April and May are now available on the Kindles to check out. Hard copies are also available.
Book club meetings are held the first Thursday of every month at 10:00 am.

Join us on April 7th to talk about the Secret of the Tsil Cafe by Thomas Fox Averill and enjoy some tasty chile treats.

May book will be Ladies of the Canyons by Leslie Poling-Kempes.

N2SS giving away CLOTHES this week - Thursday - Saturday

Clearing out Winter to make way for Spring.  All winter clothing is free to the community through
 Saturday, March 26.

Learn more about LCMC plans

Creative Aging Advisory Committee to Lincoln County Agenda for Friday, March 25, at ENMU-Ruidoso, room 115, starting at 9 am. For more information, contact Clara Farah, 575-973-7835 or email

Health Care: Future Plans for Lincoln County Hospital.  Elaine Allen, L.C. County Commissioner and Steve Duffy, Hospital Fundraising Consultant.
Housing:  USDA Home Loan Program for Rural First-time Buyers.  Jessica Sheldon
Social Activities and Community Involvement:  Margaret Lucero, Alamogordo Senior Center's Manager, and  Problem Gambling.
Transportation: Lincoln County Transit Taskforce:  Bonnie Ambrose, Cecile Kinnan, Paula Tipton.
Employment Updates:  Phyllis Starr, Employment Counselor for 50+, Aging and Long Term Services.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Artist @ the Library. Works of Madeleine Sabo on display March & April

Art Without Sight

We sometimes take our eyesight for granted as we go through life. But, to those who lose this precious sense, it can be overwhelming.  A lose of sight is even more devastating to an artist – a person whose life’s work and world revolves around creating art and seeing it evolve.
Fortunately, even if an artist suddenly becomes blind, the artist can still use the “mind’s eye” to create art. Claude Monet painted even though he had failing eyesight.  Van Gogh often complained of vision problems and is rumored to have been color blind.  
Blindness is debilitating, but as some of the masters have shown, this does not make it impossible to create art.  Throughout her entire life, Madeleine Sabo has been in love with art and expressed herself through her creative artistic skills.  In 2008 Madeleine had a dramatic change in her life.  She had contracted MRSA, a type of bacteria that is resistant to certain antibiotics, resulting in a blood staph infection that left her with detached retinas.  After many surgeries and drug therapy, Madeleine has only slight blurry black and white vision with some color perception in the periphery of her left eye.
As a person who does not give up, Madeleine continues to develop and utilize her life skills as an artist.  Prior to losing her sight, she painted in great detail with acrylics.  Now, still using the same medium, she paints bigger, freer more abstract, more electric and definitely more colorful paintings!  While painting is still her first love, Madeleine has now taken on new new medium, clay.  Ceramics have provided her with a rewarding art form in which she can use her tactile skills.  Her ceramic leaf bowls have become extremely popular.  And, she continues to work on a wood lathe, creating beautiful wooden vases and bowls.  Because of her developed tactile touch, she prides herself in the satin like finishes applied to the wood. All of this – done by a woman who is almost completely blind!

Friday, March 18, 2016

Steve Havill writer workshop appreciated by local novice writers

Steven F. Havill, author of 27 novels.  His latest Posadas County mystery, Come Dark , is due on the shelves April 2016.

Our favorite local* author, Steve Havill, gave a writers workshop on March 14 at the library.  This workshop was the last workshop at the Capitan Public Library provided by a grant from Otero County Electric Coop. 

All six workshops were a smashing success.  Thanks to Pearl Tippin for creating and organizing the workshops, to Otero County Electric Coop for the grant and to Preston Stone for giving us the heads up that grants are available from OCEC for organizations such as our library for community education and enrichment.

Once again, thanks to Pearl for the wonderful assortment of art workshops: singing, acting, fabric painting, drawing (with confidence) and two writing clinics.  And hats off to our chef, Teri Neff, for the fantastic catered meal at the Havill writer workshop.

* (well, technically Havill's not local anymore since he moved away from Lincoln County, but WE still consider him one of our favorite LOCAL authors AND he is still a New Mexico author with  novels set in New Mexico.)

Wednesday, March 2, 2016