Monday, July 16, 2018

Bookclub reads

On Thursday, August 2 @ 10 am, we will be discussing Less  by Andrew Sean Greer. It won the Pulitzer Prize and was the June selection of the PBS NewsHour Book Club. 



The book for September will be 
A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park. It will be a quick read at 120 pages. It is based on a true story, set in Sudan.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Last chance to see Alto Artists in the libraries. Art leaves July 31 for the tour Aug 3-5

Libraries showing artwork of the artists of the Alto Artist Studio Tour

Capitan Library

Ruidoso Library display case


The exceptional talents of Alto artists are on display at the Ruidoso and the
 Capitan Public Libraries for the months of June and July.  Go to either, or
 go to both, to see art that is a preview of what can be seen on the actual
 Alto Artist Studio Tour in August.  Tour flyers will be out mid-July to show
 the tour route on Aug 3-4-5 weekend. 

 Plus there will be another preview of Alto artists artwork at the Spencer Theater
 free Preview Party on Thursday evening, Aug. 2, with special guest, Michael
 Hurd.

Art at the libraries is available for purchase, but you will need to contact
 the artists  directly to buy their pieces. 
 Contact information is with their art.

At both libraries, you can see the art of: Kai Brown, Nancie Ferguson, Deborah
 Christopherson, Deborah Harris, Anacleto Loya, Steve & Madeline Sabo, Pam
 Schuster and Mark Stambaugh.

At the Ruidoso library, you can also see art by Christine Citarella, Linda Hand,
 Karen McCort and Tish Rhoads.

To view Alto artists work online, go to www.altoartistsstudiotour.com and on
 FaceBook at Alto Artist Studio Tour 2018.

Capitan Public Library is located at 101 E. 2nd St in Capitan. (closed Sundays
 and Mondays). For times open call 575-354-3035

Ruidoso Public Library is located at 107 Kansas City Road in Ruidoso.
 (closed Sundays). For times open call 575-258-3704.  

The August tour will be awesome if the library preview art is any indication.
Ruidoso Library

Ruidoso Library


Ruidoso Library display case

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Sunday, July 15 at 2 pm PROGRAM "Precipitation variations in the Southwestern United States" presented by Bob Harper


Climate models tend to predict an increasingly arid 
future for the Southwestern United States, in large
part because of increased evaporation due to rising
global temperatures.  But current climate models do
not handle precipitation well, and are not able to 
accurately model natural variability.

This talk will leave the climate models, 
and present actual precipitation data across 
the Southwestern United States from 1860 to the 
present, focusing on the long term natural variability, 
which to date is much larger than any global warming
related precipitation component.  Multi-decadal variations 
of average precipitation of +/-20% around the long 
term mean are largely driven by Pacific Ocean sea surface
temperature changes.  

Presented by Bob Harper.  He has a A.B. in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University (1965) & a PhD in Space Physics from Rice University (1972).  His dissertation was on the dynamics of the Earth's Upper Atmosphere. Harper was also a geophysicist in the Petroleum Industry.

Light refreshments afterwards.  

Monday, July 9, 2018

"The New Mexico Humanities Council does a lot with very little." Request for support

The last few years have been tough on the cultural sector. State budget cuts and threats to eliminate the nation's cultural agencies have pushed some humanities and arts nonprofits to retrench or even close. Your support is critical to helping NMHC forge ahead and continue giving voice to New Mexico's stories.
The New Mexico Humanities Council does a lot with very little. This year we have already served more than 4,500 of the state's students with our National History Day program, booked 98 humanities speakers and performers to appear in 36 communities around the state, awarded 10 grants totaling $55,000 to local nonprofits in support of their cultural work, and launched our Journalism, Democracy and the Informed Citizen initiative. 
But that's as far as we can go without support from allies like you. Thousands of New Mexican stories will remain hidden and the creative ideas that could propel us to a more vibrant future will remain unexplored. The thing is, we have big plans. We want to take our speakers bureau on the road to significant historic and archaeological sites and provide you and other New Mexicans with an immersive "humanities-on-the-go" experience, led by experts who can give you each site's "hidden story." We're also developing plans to take high-quality book and story programs across the state. You already know that "story" is a deeply-rooted strand in New Mexico's DNA; your support can help us take storytelling festivals, book fairs, and reading + discussion programs to every corner of the state from Raton to Lordsburg, Clovis to Gallup. Finally, how long has it been since you've been able to chat with your friends at a local bar about current events and ideas through the lens of history or the arts? We want to give you a chance to do exactly this at a Humanities Happy Hour.
Without you, we'll be bound simply to continue our programs as they currently are, with little room for experimentation. Your support will make the difference between NMHC maintaining the status quo and taking our work to a new exciting level.
Please help us take our next step toward creating the "humanities council of the future." As always, your gift to the Council is tax-deductible.
Sincerely,  Brandon Johnson, Executive Director / Jerry Brown, Chair, Board of Directors
 PS: More than ever, we need your support to make the humanities more relevant in New Mexico. To make a gift, please go on-line at http://nmhum.org/NMHC.php?c=1146

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Jul 12 Chautauqua at NM Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum

The Churro and the Navajo: One Family's Journey to Save the Sacred Sheep

The Churro and the Navajo: One Family's Journey to Save the Sacred Sheep

Thu, Jul 12, 2018, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum, Dripping Springs Road, Las Cruces, NM

The Navajo elders cried when they saw Sharon Begay bringing the sacred Churro sheep back to the reservation. They thought the "old time" sheep were gone forever. As children, they weaved the fleece and lived on the mutton. They also witnessed government forces slaughter their families' Churro to prevent over-grazing.

Stacia Spragg-Braude's presentation features photographs and anecdotes documenting one
Navajo family's journey to help save the Churro, and in the process, saving the family and Navajo culture.
Stacia Spragg-Braud is a photographer mainly interested in families and communities struggling to maintain cultural identity. She is a former newspaper photographer and has covered projects in the Balkans, Cuba and Uganda, including an extensive project on Bulgarian Gypsies. She is the author of "To Walk in Beauty: A Navajo Family's Journey Home."

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Help your Capitan Library this 4th by...eating! Can't get any easier.

Come on over to CAPITAN PUBLIC LIBRARY'S annual bake, book and hot dog sale.  You will be treated to the best hot dogs in town.  Also available to satisfy your hunger will be smoked sausage, nachos, pop corn, water and soft drinks. The dogs and sausage can be plain or with the works (chile, cheese, jalapenos, onions, etc.) The shady backyard will open for you to enjoy your lunch.  Our excellent bakers are busy making goodies for dessert or to take home.  
  
Baked goods will be on sale starting at 8:00 a.m. providing you with munchies as you await the best parade in Lincoln County. 
Anytime after 9 am, visit the book sale room & fill a bag for $5.
 The food window will open at 10:00 a.m. 

You don't need to keep it a secret!
the Capitan Library has some great eats on the 4th!
Come get a dog, or 2 or 3...





SEE YOU ON THE 4TH!