Monday, February 27, 2017

SIGN up to attend the Doodle class

Oodles of Doodles by Catherine Alred is the artwork currently on display at CPL
On Sunday, March 12th, at 2 pm Catherine Alred will teach a doodle class at the Capitan Public Library.  She's bringing the supplies, so you need to sign up at CPL.  Up to 25 people accepted - so call 575-354-3035 to sign up today.  COME doodle around with us.  Refreshments  afterwards!

(look below the January 30th blog to see more of Catherine's work.)


Protect the future of the National Endowment for the 
Humanities and the New Mexico Humanities Council 

The Trump Administration's Office of Management and Budget has recommended elimination of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the National Endowment for the Arts and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.  The combined savings from these drastic measures would be 0.02% of federal spending (read more). NMHC receives core funding from the NEH and is essential in enabling us to provide a broad spectrum of outstanding public humanities programming throughout the state. These programs are tailored to local and regional interests and reach geographical areas and groups that would otherwise not have access to such programs.

A preliminary federal budget is expected to be released in March. It is critical that you voice your support for the preservation of the NEH and associated state humanities councils today.

  • CALL your congressional delegation. Phone calls have the greatest impact. Here are some tips:
    • Contact representatives for your district only and both senators
    • Tell them what community you are in
    • Keep it short and to the point
    • Tell a personal story about the impact of NMHC programming
    • Include a thank you to those who have demonstrated support for NEH (Senator Udall recently signed a  letter of support).
  • WRITE to your representatives. Again, tell a story about how an NMHC program has enriched a person, an organization or a community and what would be lost without access to it.
  • SHARE this effort with friends, on social media and with us. We want to know about the action you're taking.
  • DONATE to the NMHC. Your financial support enables us to continue to provide programming that enriches individual lives and strengthen community.

Your support not only influences outcomes in New Mexico but for all 56 state humanities councils benefiting 5,300 communities and 43 million people nation-wide. Thank you for standing with us.

The arts and sciences essential to the prosperity of the state and to the ornament and happiness of human life have a primary claim to the encouragement of every lover of his country and mankind.

George Washington (1732-1799), First United States President

Spring back to Spring/Summer library hours

Library closes at 6 pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays again starting on Tuesday, Feb. 28th.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

old literature for sale

The library has the following for sale - $1 each.
5- 1930 Literary Digest Magazines
Approximately 100 - 1913-1929 National Geographic Magazines SOLD! as of 2/27

don't forget!   
THIS SATURDAY-March4th: $5 for a bag of BOOKS!

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Orphan Train rides into town - First Friday - March 3 at 7pm

Riders on the Orphan Train - Child Emigrants to New Mexico
 is coming to the Capitan Public Library for the First Friday Program on 
March 3 at 7 pm.   Funded by the New Mexico Humanities Council, this program
 is the official touring outreach program from The National Orphan Train Complex
 Museum and Research Center in Concordia, Kansas.  

The subject of the Orphan Trains is an eleventh hour situation as the last few survivors
 of the 250,000 orphans and unwanted children that were “placed out” are now reaching
 the end of their lives. Of particular interest to the New Mexico audience will be the 
discovery of the part this state played in the “placing out” movement. In 1904, several 
children came to Clayton and Des Moines from the New York Foundling Hospital and
 additional placements occurred in San Jon soon after. We are hoping to discover new
 stories of Riders who came to New Mexico and want to especially invite any 
descendants to the presentation to share family stories.

This historical presentation is designed to inform, entertain, and move audiences of all origins and ages. It combines storytelling, music, video with archival photographs and contemporary interviews of survivors, and informal discussion with a question and answer period to bring awareness about this little-known chapter of the largest child 
migration in history. 

In 1853, Methodist minister Charles Loring Brace was shocked at the number 
of homeless children he found in the streets of New York. He founded The Children’s
 Aid Society that  year and between 1854 and 1929 sent out over 250,000 orphans 
and “surrendered” children  of single parents. These children found homes in every
 state  in the continental United States.

Beginning in 1863, the Sisters of Charity of the New York Foundling Hospital 
also sent out children, specifically to Catholic families that requested them
 through their local priest.  Until a PBS documentary in 1995, this subject was 
largely unknown and is still not included in history books. 

This presentation was originally created by novelist/humanities scholar Alison Moore
 and musician/ producer Phil Lancaster as an outreach program for the Orphan 
Train Heritage Society of America, Inc. The two are now based in Austin, TX,
 and have been  touring the U.S. since 1998; this is their fourth tour
 New Mexico for presentations in museums and libraries.

Alison Moore's historical novel, Riders on the Orphan Train written with
 a fellowship from The National Endowments for the Arts will be 
available for purchase at the March 3 presentation. 

 In 2012, Moore and Lancaster were awarded the Charles Loring
 Brace Award for their contributions to raising awareness
 about the Orphan Train movement.

See more information go to 
After the program, refreshments will be provided.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Snowy Sunday quilt day at the library

Wanda Polhemus's quilt that she made.  She still hand stitches all her quilts.

Pat Garrett's pink quilt and George Shaffer's star quilt
Lynn Jeffery - quilt made for her after all of her quilts burned in a house fire.

Mary English's butterfly applique quilt

Molly Masen's quilt.  Wanda helping by holding.

Many quilts came out on Feb 12 program with Marlene Siepel

Donna Clarke shows her mother's quilt
Donna's mother - Diane examines other quilts

Nature scenes embroidery on quilt

Learned that you should always bring a picture of the quilt maker.

George Shaffers's heritage quilt.

Marlene Siepel, shows an "ugly" utility quilt that she saved from dirt & mildew by washing with Woolite in a tub using her feet to squish out the dirt, then dried by spreading it out on a sheet in the yard (but not too long in the sun!)  Never machine wash or dry clean a heritage quilt because the harsh treatment could break the threads. Assisting in holding up quilts is tall Paul Durham.

Pat Durham won the door prize quilt hand pieced by former residents of the Sunny Quilters at Sunshine Haven nursing home in Lordsburg, NM, and machine quilted by volunteers.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Creative Aging

Chief Hooker of the Ruidoso Police is our speaker for Creative Aging Monthly Meeting on
 Friday February17, at 10:00am ENMU #115. All are welcome.

Chief Hooker will address scams and other fraudulent behaviors that appear to specifically target older adults.  There will be time for questions on any subjects related to safety and our police presence.   A second guest who is new to our area from Aging and Long Term Services will also be present and will answer questions concerning different health insurance plans. Elizabeth Sanchez, headquartered in Roswell, is the Regional \ State Health Insurance Program Coordinator.  Clara Farah, 575.973.7835.

Program Schedule for rest of 2017

First Fridays 7pm:                                                             Social Sundays 2pm:

Mar 4thOrphan Train

Mar-12Doodling with Catherine Alred -  doodle class
April 7Underground ranger Douglas Thompson

April 23                                             Attracting Mason Bees to your garden  w/ Imelda Horne
May 6thPlant Sale on a Saturday 8 am

 Hands on - make a beehive
Jun-02Chautauqua:Billie Holiday (to be confirmed)


Summer-TBADavid Higgins History of Money 90 min presentation
Jul-07Open date

Aug4Chautauqua: Dale Evans - Kay Kuhlmann

Sept 1Open date

Oct-06Donna Birchell - Wicked Women of NM 

Nov 03    Hopefuls-music

Dec 2HOLIDAY BAZAAR on a Saturday 8am

Monday, February 6, 2017

BookTalkers - Feb 12 @ 3pm

Join us at the library 
for our second Sunday 
afternoon BookTalkers 
program. Refreshments 
On Sunday, Feb 12,at 3 pm 
Marlene Siepel, will tell us
 of  the  inception of an idea
 that  grew into a 5-year 
display of historical quilts and 
then into an actual book.

Marlene Siepel

Marlene Siepel was the library director at the Lordsburg Hidalgo Library in 2007
when the idea that a quilt show would be an excellent way to show pioneer women's contribution to the settling and homesteading of Hidalgo County.
Volunteers worked on the getting people to show their quilts and interviewed the 
quilt owners,  or if possible, the quilt maker.  The original requirement was that the
quilter had a family member connection to a resident of Hidalgo County.  
Hand-sewn quilts of original homesteaders to Hidalgo County came out of cedar chests
Siepel explains in a Hidalgo County Herald article,  
"Many of the women led homesteader lives in the unsettled territory or 
early statehood days of Southwest New Mexico.  A number of women
continued quilting through the Great Depression and WorldWar II.  Their biographical histories give a picturesque description of the lives 
they led and offers genealogical information for their families. Some
women were able to give their own first account information for the biographies.  All information is authentic and an important part
of New Mexico History."
The 2-day quilt show continued to happen for five years, 
2007 to 2012, with a total of 350 quilts & hand-work pieces displayed over the years.  Biographies of each quilter was shown with the display.  The quilts became a genealogical journey for Hidalgo County.

Ladies of the "Boot Heel" - Their Stories with Quilts highlights 107 quilts pictures with 
biographies of their makers. Books will be for sale with proceeds going to the Friends
 of the Lordsburg Hidalgo Library.

The Heritage Quilt show and the followup book came about through a cooperative
effort of many individual volunteers, the community & organizations, including:
  • The Lordsburg Hidalgo Library, 
  • Lordsburg Hidalgo Chamber of Commerce,
  • Lordsburg Hidalgo County Museum, 
  • Lordsburg County Herald, 
  • NMSU Hidalgo County Extensive Service,
  • City of Lordsburg, Hidalgo County,
  • and Hidalgo County Tourism.

This small spark of an idea to give women pioneers a place in at annual community
event  grew because community groups and individuals were able to join hands and
make it happen.  Yet the best outcome of the effort was important
oral history was documented and saved for  eternity. 
Siepel was the library director at Lordsburg Hidalgo Library for 27 years. 
Her husband, Charlie, is Professor Emeritus for the N M Cooperative
Extension Service at NMSU.   He retired  as the Southwest District
Director  for the NM Cooperative  Extension Service when they moved
Lincoln County in 2014. Siepel  currently teaches line dance at the
Capitan Senior Center &  Canaan Trail  Baptist Church.  

If you have a heritage hand-sewn quilt, bring it to Capitan Public Library Booktalkers program on Sunday, Feb 12, at 3pm.  The audience will have their own brief journey through quilts to pay tribute to our mothers, grandmothers, aunts and sisters who passed down family quilts to us! The quilt tells the story.
(Shown quilts were made by Sharon Stewart's maternal grandmother from Fairy/Cransfil Gap, TX)


Spiri program of most interest on Feb 3

Jim Spiri kept Capitan Public Library audience spellbound with his story of following his life goal to be an on-the-ground  war photojournalist.  Spiri continues his journalistic endeavors by publishing a new local newspaper, Lincoln County Leader.
Captive audience at Spri program last Friday.
They really do look like captives between bookshelves on either side!