Saturday, April 29, 2017

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Is it April Fool's MONTH?

Ha-ha on me, I got fooled.  I told you Saturday, April 22, was the last day to buy a bag of books for $1.  WELL, there are FIVE (5) Saturdays in April - so one more Saturday left  to get a bag of books for $1.  Did it make you run out to the library and buy a bag of books?  If so, it was a dollar well spent - for both you AND the library. 

SATURDAY, April29, the absolute last day to get a bag of books for $1. 

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Learning about Mason Bees last Sunday

16 people attended to learn about Mason bees and made a beehive to attract the bees to their yards and gardens.  Getting ready to have beehives in place for all those plants we plan to buy on May 6th at the CPL Plant & Garden Sale on May 6th!
Imelda Horne sharing her Mason bee knowledge with attendees at Make a Beehive Program

Monday, April 24, 2017

Plant donations - Yard art, pretty pots, birdhouses, etc. ALL DONATIONS WELCOMED

Got anything you want to donated for the library plant & garden sale on May 6th? Hustle it down to the library.  Too big? No vehicle? Debbie Myers & crew will pick it up.  Just leave a  message at the library for her. 575.354.3035

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Mark your calendar for a special concert of Western songs. Yee-haw! Yippy ki-yay! Grab your hat and git on down there on May 7, y'all hear?

ENMU-Ruidoso Community Choir's Western Songbook concert will be
 Sunday, May 7, 3 PM,
 at the Flying J Ranch, 1070 State Hwy 48, Alto.
  A choral concert with a Western theme: from traditional songs like
 Home on the Range and  Billy the Kid
 to songs like Tumbling Tumbleweeds and Ghost Riders in the Sky 
 from the golden age of Western movies and TV.
These songs represent not only Western style, but also tango (O Fair New Mexico),
 spiritual, jazz (Route 66), Broadway (Anything You Can Do), even classical! 
 Tickets are $5 at ENMU-Ruidoso, 709 Mechem Dr., or at the door. 
 More info: 512-458-4412.
Whoopie ti yi yo - Git along, little dogies 
to the Flying J Ranch on May 7 @ 3pm
See y'all there!

Friday, April 21, 2017

This weekend: April 22 & 23

Saturday, April 22 10am -2pm:  LAST SATURDAY to take advantage of the EVERY-SATURDAY-IN-APRIL BAG-OF-BOOKS sale.

Sunday, April 23 @ 2 pm: Learn about the pollinating bees - Mason Bees and make a beehive to attract them to your yard/garden.  Imelda Horne with the Lincoln County Garden Club will be presenting the program.  We've got enough supplies for at least 30 people.  Not to late to join in the fun.  Don't forget to bring your favorite snack!
We're not making a beehive this fancy, but you can at home, once you know all about Mason bees 

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Two free audiobooks every week available starting April 27

Free Summer Listening
Aimed at Teens 13+, SYNC 2017 will give away 32 titles — two paired audiobook downloads a week, starting April 27th and ending August 16th!

Check out the complete list of exciting audiobook titles from award-winning authors such as Daniel José Older, M.T. Anderson, Franz Kafka, Ruta Sepetys, and Nikki Grimes.

The SYNC program is a project of AudioFile Magazine in partnership with OverDrive and audiobook publishers.
Aimed at teen readers - but open to everyone - all ages.  I read teen books - so can you. And maybe you will discover a whole new genre to read.

  • Teen readers to text syncya to 25827 to receive text alerts about all the featured titles.
  • Visit and sign up for title alerts by email.
  • Be sure to download the OverDrive app in advance of the program.
SYNC Program Questions
For questions about the program, titles, and how to use the toolkit to connect with students, patrons, and other listeners, please contact the SYNC Manager, Michele Cobb, at

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Creative Aging Friday, April 21 @ 10am

Please review the attached flyer and plan to attend our next monthly meeting, Friday, April 21. It will start at 10am and will go to 12 noon with three different subjects and speakers, room 115.
Come early, socialize and enjoy the refreshments.
The theme of the meeting is knowledge is power.
1. Our first speaker is Karen Rounds, financial advisor. She will address the subject of "basing life on what you can afford".
2. Following this will be a presentation on becoming computer/phone literate by our two computer tutors, Silas Laspada and Dan Jones.
 At the break we will take a tour of the computer lab so all of us can know where to find these brave souls on Thursday mornings and Thursday afternoons.
3. Finally, we have our lead speaker driving down from Santa Fe and representing the ADRC, the Aging and Disability Resource Center run by the State Department  of Aging and Long-Term Services. 

Remember "who you gonna call?" They are the guys and gals and can  answer your questions on aging issues and will work closely with our own local Creative Aging Resource Center.

Thank you for your support and I look forward to seeing you..
Clara Farah, Ph.D.
P.O. Box 737
Alto, NM 88312-0737   
Cell  :  575-973-7835

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Serenity in Solitude--solo sojourns seeking silent, soulful spaces

(With permission to reprint from the Desert Exposures Publisher’s Notebook of Richard Coltharp)

Serenity in Solitude
Solo sojourns seeking silent, soulful spaces
 “I’m not alone in being alone.”  — The Police, Message in a Bottle, 1979

There is a big difference between solitude and loneliness.

Where loneliness can be painful and heartbreaking, solitude can be renewing and

No matter how much of a people person you are, there can be peace and comfort in your alone time.

Southern New Mexico seems created ideally for optimum solitude. The big skies, the majestic peaks, the forests and deserts each have their way of communicating
awe and humility.

You don’t want to have a candlelight dinner alone, or ride a bicycle built for two by
yourself, but have you ever spent time all by yourself in an empty church?  There can 
be a spiritual healing, regardless of your religious persuasion. If the church is a 
300-plus-year-old adobe sanctuary, such as the San Miguel Mission in Socorro, 
even better.

Outdoor activities require a measure of caution if you’re going it alone, but the
rewards routinely outweigh any risk.   When visiting the Gila Cliff Dwellings by
yourself, you can sense a communion with the  peoples who inhabited them
so long ago. 

One autumn, I hiked a mile or so into White Sounds National Monument and 
encountered a cottonwood tree with its leaves changing from green  to gold. 
Its trunk, and probably half its height, were buried in a white gypsum dune.
As I walked among the top 15-20 feet of this beautiful tree, I realized its leaves were
shading me from a hot afternoon sun. Why not take a nap? So I lay down and enjoyed
the quiet, with the gypsum sucking out all of the stress.

Hiking in the Lincoln National Forest, traipsing across the Sacramento Mountains, 
you can receive mixed signals. Particularly in the summer, when the aspens are full,
the wind can blow in such a way the leaves mimic exactly the sound of ocean waves.
It’s a great sensation with or without company, but alone, it feels like the wind and
waves envelop and surround your soul.

Riding a bicycle, whether mountain biking or on the road, can be a cathartic individual 
exercise, especially with our diverse scenery.

And while it distances you further from nature’s realm, there’s nothing like a good solo 
drive to calm your nerves and give you some think time.  My friend and former colleague
Darrell Pehr, who used to commute from Artesia to Alamogordo, and now commutes
from Alamogordo to Las Cruces, often found striking images in rock and mountain
formations,  the way many people look for them in the clouds. The Land of
Enchantment, of course,  is also great for finding cloud creatures, too.

Our part of the world blessed with small towns and friendly communities, as well as
 lots of great “third places.”  If your first place of comfort is your home, and your 
second place is where you work, third places are where you feel home away from 
home, those comfortable spots where “everybody knows your name,” and you’re
 equally at peace by yourself or in a group.

Places like COAS Books in Las Cruces, Little Toad Creek Brewery in Silver City, Plateau
Espresso  coffee shop in Alamogordo, or any of our local libraries can be great third
places. You may show up alone, but unless you want to, you won’t be by yourself
very long.

Richard Coltharp is publisher of Desert Exposure and the Las Cruces Bulletin. 
He can eat a green chile cheeseburger all by himself. 
He can be reached at

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Let's be busy bees & make a beehive on Sunday - April 23 @ 2pm

Mason bees are one of nature's great pollinators.  These bees do not produce honey.  Instead, the females gather pollen for their larvae.  To attract these pollinators, on Sunday, April 23 @ 2 pm, we are going to create a special bee hive out of rolled cardboard tubes place in a can.

Supplies will be provide.  Please call ahead of time and sign up for the Mason Beehive class at 575-354-3035. We just want to know how many to expect - but last minute drop-ins won't be turned away!

 Imelda Horne with  Lincoln County Garden Club will be guiding us in this hive construction and telling us about these special bees. Horn has been a Master Gardener for over 10 years. She served as President and other positions in the Lincoln County Garden Club, which is a part of the New Mexico Garden Club, Inc.

After you have made your bee hive, your next step will be to place it near pollen-rich blossoming plants and trees. AND near a place with mud for the bees to use to build cells within their nest.  Mason bees especially like flowers from fruit trees, but will also visit native plants and garden plants. (HINT: CPL Plant Sale is May 6!)

LEARN more about Mason bees as pollinators at:

More about the Lincoln County Garden Club: The club presently have 35+ members and meet on the third Tuesday of the month at 9:45 in the conference room at 1st Christian Church-1211 Hull Rd. They invite speakers, do tours, and a plant sale in June . Club members plant and upkeep the Ruidoso Public Library front garden,  Lincoln County Medical Hospital atrium, Capitan Public library planter, provide some funding to "Keep Ruidoso Beautiful" and plant trees on Arbor Day.

At the program we will have refreshments.   Please feel free to bring one of your favorite snacks to share with the other beehive makers.  This will be a fun social Sunday at CPL!

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Don't forget this Friday for 1st Friday program at 7pm

CPL's First Friday goes deep

At Capitan Public Library's First Friday program on April 7, Doug Thompson relates some of his many stories of being a park ranger for the past 33 years.

He will discuss his book, “Underground Ranger: Adventures in Carlsbad Caverns National Park and Other Remarkable Places,” published by University of New Mexico Press.

In Underground Ranger, Thompson  passes along the essence of what he learned on his job at Carlsbad Caverns National Park, much of the time spent underground.

“My six years at Carlsbad Caverns were so extraordinary and exciting that I knew from the very beginning I’d have to write about my experiences.” Thompson said. “As an interpretive ranger who handled guided tours and other programs, I had to learn the story of the caves, from the chemistry of gypsum to the history of cave exploration and the hunting behavior of bats."

Thompson came to Carlsbad Caverns National Park from being the site manager at Gila Cliff  Dwellings National Monument.  But he enjoyed interpretation and felt instead the calling to be a front-line ranger working directly with visitors.  This change in his park ranger career landed him at Carlsbad Caverns.

He will also share with the audience his related adventures exploring the surrounding Chihuahuan Desert while at Carlsbad Caverns.

“I love deserts, all of New Mexico and Arizona,” Thompson said.
Author Doug Thompson will discuss his book, “Underground Ranger: Adventures in Carlsbad Caverns National Park and Other Remarkable Places,” published by University of New Mexico Press. (Photo: Courtesy)

After Carlsbad, Thompson worked as a front-line interpreter at Big Bend National Park.  He retired after 33 years in the park service to Capitan.  He remains an active caver and hiker. Check out his website for more details at

Refreshments will be served after the presentation.

For more information call Capitan Public Library at 575-354-3035.  The library is located at 101 E. 2nd Street, Capitan, NM.  Library hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday and is closed Sunday and Monday. Visit online at or

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Artist Marcia Chase now showing at CPL April - June

"Gratitude" The meaning of the Raven signifies that danger has passed and good luck will follow. Tree symbolizes strong roots, growth and stability and water brings in the element of cleansing purity and reflection.
Marcia Chase has been interested in photography for 25 years. "One of my favorite ways to spend the day is out in nature with my camera. If I am creating something, anything at all, then I am happy. I have channeled that creativity into painting and I love to try new things. I paint in watercolor, acrylic, encaustic and oil."

(FYI- Encaustic painting, also known as hot wax painting, involves using heated beeswax to which colored pigments are added. The liquid or paste is then applied to a surface.)

Marcia has original paintings, watercolor painting as Giclee prints and greeting cards, and photographs available.  Go to the imagekind link in the blog section of her website at:

Moving to Capitan from Colorado a year ago, Marcia has found the change of scenery refreshing and is happy there is not much snow.  At the end of 2016, she launched into doing craft fairs to sell her Deja Vu artwork.
"Eternal Falls" In Feng Shui, water is related to money and abundance. Images of waterfalls can helps us connect with and increase the flow of universal abundance.
The flower symbolism of "Iris" is faith, wisdom, friendship, hope and promise in love. 
"Harmony" Feng shui means “wind and water" the elemental forces which shape the landscape. The harmony of the natural world is a model for dealing with reality.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

$5 tickets for Spencer Theater kids' shows available

From: Spencer Theater Box Office <>
Date: Thu, Mar 30, 2017 at 3:48 PM
Subject: Spencer Theater 2017 Class Acts ticket availability

Spencer Theater currently have availability in these final performances for the Class Act 2017 season for $5.00 tickets.  Home schooled children and adults are welcomed:

               Johnny Peers & the Muttville Comix 12:30pm Tuesday, April 4, 2017.  (40 seats available)

               Ballet Folklorico 10:30AM Tuesday, May 9, 2017. (40 seats available)

               Ballet Folklorico 12:30PM Tuesday, May 9, 2017. (300 seats available)

Martha Heimann Box Office
Spencer Theater for the Performing Arts
108 Spencer Rd, Airport Highway 220
Alto, NM 88312-9559
Direct 575-336-4800
Fax 575-336-0055
Toll Free 888-818-7872

a 501 (c)(3) non-profit public charity organization