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Library Notes

  • Author Steven Havill will conduct a Writer's Workshop on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, at the library. Hours will be 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., with an hour break for lunch at noon. Please come and take advantage of Mr. Havill's experience, success and teaching skills. Feel free to bring a sample of your work. Refreshments will be served.
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  • Preschool Story Hour is conducted every Wednesday morning at 10:00 a.m. We read books to the children and there is a project every week. It's never too soon to introduce your children to the library!
  • Craft hour is held on Fridays at 3 pm. It is open to all ages, we do recommend that children under 10 be accompanied by an adult or older sibling.
  • Plumbing project to start at end of August 2015
  • Cyber Legal Fair will be held on September 12, 2015, from 10:00 a.m. til 2:00 p.m.
  • Raton Science Cafe Meeting on October 8, 2015, at 7 p.m., at the Arthur Johnson Memorial Library. Refreshments will be served at 7 pm
  • Schedule a meeting at the library. Call 445-9711 to get on the calendar in advance. The library stays open until 6:00 P.M., Monday - Saturday, except for Thursday, when it stays open until 9:00 P.M.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

COMING IN OCTOBER: Writer's Workshop by Steven Havill, author of the Posadas County Series

  When Steven Havill first moved to Raton back in the 90's, he had already published several books in his Posadas County series.  Set in southern New Mexico on the border with Mexico, they followed Sheriff Bill Gastner and Under-Sheriff Estelle Reyes in what were often referred to as 'police procedurals.' 
  But they were much more than that.  As residents of the area started reading his series, they fell in love with Posadas County.  With the sheriff's department, with the citizens and their families, with the school and businesses, with green chile burritos and, of course, with the solving of all sorts of problems and crimes, from an elderly woman who parked her RV on the local judge's lawn in protest (armed with a shotgun), to cattle rustling, accidental death, border crossings, murder and more.
  As readers discovered Posadas County, the list of people reserving his latest book grew longer.  People asked, "When is the next Havill coming out?"  The books just couldn't be written and published fast enough to satisfy readers.  One older man told me, "Tell Mr. Havill to write faster."  When I passed the message on, Mr. Havill dead panned, 'Tell him to read slower."  That, of course, was impossible.  So some of us re-read the old ones while waiting for the latest one.
  In the beginning, Mr. Havill told me that his books were more popular in the east than they were in the southwest.  But as time went on, I began to find his latest book in pre-publication lists printed for libraries.  That meant that the popularity of Posadas County, New Mexico,  had spread across the nation and people everywhere were enjoying Mr. Havill's books, and rightly so.
  On Saturday, October 24, 2015, Mr. Havill is returning to Raton to give another writer's workshop.  His workshops held while he lived in Raton helped more than one person develop, write and publish fiction that is on the library shelves along with his work.  We invite writers to attend another one of these excellent workshops and take advantage of Mr. Havill's experience, success and teaching skills.

Date: Saturday, October 24
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., one hour lunch break at 12:00 p.m.
Subject: - Writing and Publishing Fiction

  Please feel free to bring a sample chapter of your work.  Refreshments will be served.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

FAMILY PASS - Your Ticket to 15 Exceptioal Museums and Historic Sites

  The library now has three Family Passes that provide free entry to fifteen museums and historic sites in New Mexico.  These passes are provided by the New Mexico State Library through the Department of Cultural Affairs.  The passes provide free entry for up to six people and check out for one week, with applicable fines or replacement costs for overdue or lost passes.  They are available for checkout at the library through August 31st, 2016. 
  The museums and historic sites are:
1. New Mexico Museum of Space History (Alamogordo)
2. National Hispanic Cultural Center (Albuquerque)
3. New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science (Albuquerque)
4. New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum (Las Cruces)
5. Museum of Indian Arts and Culture (Santa Fe)
6. Museum of International Folk Art (Santa Fe)
7. New Mexico History Museum/ Palace of the Governors (Santa Fe)
8. New Mexico Museum of Art (Santa Fe)
9. Coronado Historic Site
10. El Camino Real Historic Trail Site
11. Fort Selden Historic Site
12. Fort Stanton Historic Site
13. Fort Sumner Historic Site/Bosque Redondo Memorial
14. Jemez Historic Site
15. Lincoln Historic Site
  A map on the back of each pass shows the general location in the state of each museum and site.  A Borrower's Agreement must be signed at the time of checkout (signature in blood not required - ink will do.)
  This is the year to travel our wonderful state and get in free to each of these great locations!

Updating the plumbing

The Arthur Johnson Memorial Library will be undergoing plumbing upgrades starting at the end of August through October.  The library will remain open.  If it becomes necessary to shut down, it will be posted on our blog, Facebook page, and also in the library to let you know ahead of time.  Thank you for your patronage.

Cyber Legal Fair

The library will host a free Cyber Legal Fair on Saturday, September 12, 2015, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  This program is being provided throughout New Mexico.  It will be held in the meeting room on the second floor.  A dozen lawyers from Albuquerque will be available online to give face to face legal consultations to individuals with questions concerning civil and criminal issues.  The library will provide the wireless computer access through multiple computers.  Fair representatives will be available to help those on the computers.  The Cyber Legal Fair will be here to help with any legal questions that might be on your mind, including domestic issues, wills, power of attorney, where to find representation, and any other issue you many need answers about.