Saturday, April 28, 2018
It's not too late to donate! Send us your over-crowded, off shoots or just any plants you've grown weary of having in your house. The plant gals will bring them back to life, give 'em a new pot and make them pretty. Then your donated plants become income for the All Volunteer Capitan Public Library. We are also accepting donations of yard art, porch furniture, whimsical and fantastic sculptures, pots, artwork, books.
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Audiobook lovers - free books once a week. Teen book teamed up with a classic. Check it out. I use this each year to get FREE audiobooks. Go to this website to hear clips of books and to sign up. Each week, they will offer two books to you to download.
Monday, April 23, 2018
Our Monthly Meeting for April addresses preparation for a local disaster such as a wild fire.
Friday, April 27th, at 10am in room 102.
We are pleased to announce that Robert Barber of the Red Cross is putting together a panel of area wide speakers whose mission is to ensure our safety.
For many of us who experienced the Little Bear Fire, it becomes clear that we need to get organized ahead of time
We also need to beware of those we know who may need our assistance.
Jeff Bleu, from Creative Aging, has a background in disaster planning and will help us in determining how Creative Aging can connect with local efforts to involve man if such a disaster should occur.
Remember fire danger is now at the high level.
Please pass on this email to others and if you want extra flyers just let me know.
Thank you, Clara Farah.
Presentation by Alexander Kurota on April 27th at the First National Bank Atrium in Alamogordo at 6:30. Alex is our newest research associate and has some extremely intriguing information to share regarding his recent work at White Sands Missile Range regarding the El Paso phase occupation that is centered around several playa lakes. As his presentation will show, a sizable population lived in a number of communities until about AD 1450. He will also be talking about the adobe pueblos of the same time period that were located in Alamogordo. We hope the public finds this of interest and we hope to periodically have other presentations. It is FREE and Open to the Public, so please share this with others. David Greenwald and the Jornada Research Institute
Monday, April 16, 2018
Saturday, April 14, 2018
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Please plan to attend and also to invite others.
We have extra flyers if you need them and also you can call me with any questions.
1. This upcoming we have our 3rd meeting on Alzheimer/Dementia related issues. It is Friday, April 13 from 2 to 4pm at ENMU room 109.
2. The focus of this meeting is on how to be an effective caregiver by building a team of expertise and support. Eugene Heathman is our speaker and his knowledge of being a caregiver is very helpful to our understanding of this most challenging role.
Refreshments will be served.
Amazing Women of the Wild West: Territorial New MexicoAmazing Women of the Wild West: Territorial New Mexico
Sat, Apr 14, 2018, 10:30am - 11:30am
Special Collections Library, Central Avenue Northeast, Albuquerque, NM, United States
One of the most dramatic eras of New Mexico’s rich history is the Territorial Period when the United States first raised the American flag on August 18, 1846 over the plaza of Santa Fe for the first time. VanAnn Moore examines territorial women through living history portrayals of Doña Tules (Gertrudes Barcelo), Susan Shelby Magoffin, and Lydia Spencer Lane. These women represented what it took to survive and thrive during very colorful and extremely challenging times in New Mexico’s Territorial Era. It brings history into an understandable and personal reality. Doña Tules opened Santa Fe and New Mexico to America; through Susan Magoffin’s detailed journal we understand the beginning of New Mexico as a Territory; and through Lydia Spencer Lane we experience frontier military life and the beginning of the American Civil War out West.
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Monday, April 9, 2018
The National Library Week 2018 celebration will mark the 60th anniversary of the first event, sponsored in 1958.
1. Visit your library.
Head to your public, school or academic library during National Library Week to see what's new and take part in the celebration. Libraries across the country are participating.
2. Show your support for libraries on social media.Follow your library on social media and I Love Libraries on Facebook and Twitter. Join the celebration on social media by using the hashtags #NationalLibraryWeek and #LibrariesTransform.
"Where did the library lead you" promotion.
National Library Week is the perfect opportunity to tell the world why you value libraries. This year, in keeping with the Libraries Lead theme, we're asking you tell us how the library led you to something of value in your life.
Library lovers can post to Twitter, Instagram, or on the I Love Libraries Facebook page during National Library Week for a chance to win. Entries can be a picture or text. Creativity is encouraged. Just be sure to they include the hashtags #LibrariesLead and #NationalLibraryWeek for a chance to win.
One randomly selected winner will receive a $100 gift card and a copy of "Firebird," the Coretta Scott King Award-winning book by Misty Copeland, our National Library Week Honorary Chair.
Join in the fun. The promotion begins Sunday, April 8 at noon CT and ends Saturday, April 14 at noon CT. Official rules (PDF)
Need a prop to get started? Download these printable PDFs: My library led the way to (PDF); The library led me to (PDF).
Celebrations during National Library Week
- Monday, April 9: State of America's Libraries Report released, including Top Ten Frequently Challenged Books of 2017.
- Tuesday, April 10: National Library Workers Day, a day for library staff, users, administrators and Friends groups to recognize the valuable contributions made by all library workers.
- Wednesday, April 11: National Bookmobile Day, a day to recognize the contributions of our nation's bookmobiles and the dedicated professionals who make quality bookmobile outreach possible in their communities.
- Thursday, April 12: Take Action for Libraries Day.
National Library Week 60th Anniversary
The National Library Week 2018 celebration will mark the 60th anniversary of the first event, sponsored in 1958.
In the mid-1950s, research showed that Americans were spending less on books and more on radios, televisions and musical instruments. Concerned that Americans were reading less, the ALA and the American Book Publishers formed a nonprofit citizens organization called the National Book Committee in 1954. The committee's goals were ambitious. They ranged from "encouraging people to read in their increasing leisure time" to "improving incomes and health" and "developing strong and happy family life."
In 1957, the committee developed a plan for National Library Week based on the idea that once people were motivated to read, they would support and use libraries. With the cooperation of ALA and with help from the Advertising Council, the first National Library Week was observed in 1958 with the theme "Wake Up and Read!"
I love libraries. Always have and always will. They shaped my life from childhood onward. In my book What Unites Us, I dedicated a large section of the essay on books to libraries. And since tomorrow marks the beginning of #NationalLibraryWeek, I thought I would share an extended excerpt. I am grateful to all make libraries a continued part of our civic fabric.
"I recognize a quaintness in waxing nostalgic about libraries in an age when we have instantaneous access to more information than was contained in all the combined library collections of my youth. Still, libraries represent an aspirational notion of democracy. They were, and still are, civic institutions that welcome anyone who wishes to become a more informed and independent citizen. In books we can find expert and trustworthy scholarship on any subject imaginable. By reading books, we can continually challenge our own biases and learn beyond our level of formal education. These are qualities that are needed now more than ever...
If you travel to Washington, D.C., you can see our country’s debt to the power of books in the very heart of our federal city. Next to the Supreme Court and facing the great dome of the Capitol is the Library of Congress. I find the symbolism inspiring: three institutions that write, judge, and archive the words and thoughts that allow our nation to function. The Library of Congress was founded in 1800 with a modest mission, a reference resource for Congress. But that changed after the British burned Washington during the War of 1812 and the original collection was lost. In response, Thomas Jefferson offered to sell his own library to the U.S. government. His collection of books was considered one of the finest in the New World, containing thousands of volumes on almost every topic imaginable — not just law, statecraft, and history, but also the sciences, philosophy, and the arts. To those who argued that such a disparate set of works was unnecessary for a Library of Congress, Jefferson responded, “There is in fact no subject to which a member of Congress may not have occasion to refer.”
The library now had a bold new direction — a reservoir for capturing the world’s knowledge. This mission was enhanced greatly in 1870, when Congress stipulated that the library must receive two copies of every book, map, photograph, or other such work that was submitted for copyright in the United States. This caused the collection to expand exponentially, and the pace of growth continues at what is now the largest library in the world. The building on Capitol Hill — with a domed ceiling soaring 160 feet above its spectacular reading room — is itself a beautiful temple of learning. A guidebook from around the time the new building opened in 1897 celebrated Jefferson’s idea of an expansive collection and perfectly captures my feelings for this singular institution. “America is justly proud of this gorgeous and palatial monument to its National sympathy and appreciation of Literature, Science, and Art. It has been designed and executed entirely by American art and American labor [and is] a fitting tribute for the great thoughts of generations past, present, and to be.”
Growing up in a working-class Houston, I had never heard of the Library of Congress but my local branch of the Houston Public Library showed me that books were not only important, they were also objects of beauty. The stone building had high ceilings, big windows, and a red tile roof; its Italian-style architecture made the library seem worlds away from my hardscrabble neighborhood. I was pleased that it later became a recognized historic landmark. Even as a high school student, I would often prolong my walk home from school to go by the library. It may sound sappy, but the building inspired me to dream of exploring a world greater than the one I knew.
But while the library’s physical charm was impressive, it was what was inside that made it truly magical. I was a voracious reader and spent countless hours in what became a sort of second home. I was following, in my own small way, the path laid out by Jefferson, Carnegie, and all the others who believed in the power of books. And I had a wonderful guide, the librarian Jimmie May Hicks, who served at the Heights branch library from the year of my birth, 1931, until her death in 1964 — more than three decades of quiet but consequential service to her community and nation. Like all the best librarians, Ms. Hicks would suggest, question, and prod my reading into new and unexpected directions. The library now has a memorial plaque in her honor that reads, in part, She dedicated her life to her profession and sought always to impart to others joy in acquiring knowledge and pleasure in the art of reading. She was a true patriot...
Our nation was born in a spirit of fierce debate. Our Founding Fathers had sharp political differences, but they were almost all deep readers, writers, and thinkers. When they set about to create a modern republic, they went into their libraries and pulled out the works of philosophers such as John Locke and Thomas Hobbes. They consulted the Greeks, the Romans, the philosophers of Europe, and the Bible. They revered the power of the written word and how it enabled a nation free from the whims of a king. As John Adams wrote, a republic “is a government of laws, and not of men.” A government of laws is a government of reason, and a government of books. That was true at our founding, and we must ensure that it remains a hallmark of our future."
Libraries must be part of #WhatUnitesUs
Saturday, April 7, 2018
Friday, April 6, 2018
Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Monday, April 2, 2018
Do you have overdue items belonging to Capitan Public Library? This month is a good time to return them as there will be no fines charged. Check your bookcases, under the kid's beds and the DVD player. Did you find a book, or DVD disc from that last movie you watched? Your library would really like to have these items back. Thanks for looking!