According to the American Library Association, the library “is the only institution in American society whose purpose is to guard against the tyrannies of ignorance and conformity, and its existence indicates the extent to which a democratic society values knowledge, truth, justice, books, and culture.” Some might argue that that’s pretty much the internet’s role now, although when you have no internet at home, chances are the first place you think of to gain easy access to the web is … the library.
Even when you can’t make it to an actual branch, it’s easy to keep in touch with Santa Fe’s public library system. Icarus, the Santa Fe Public Library blog (www.santafelibrary.blogspot.com), is a bustling online gathering place for the city’s greater brotherhood and sisterhood of the printed word. Information on library events; quirky tidbits of regional history; community activities throughout the state; links to the library’s resources and others for reading, writing, research, and learning; and informative discussions on certain books and literary genres are all at your fingertips.
Sign up to receive updates and other goodies from the blog, including this one: When you present a printable voucher from the site (good for Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 11 and 12) at Borders Books & Music (500 Montezuma Ave. in the Sanbusco Center and 3513 Zafarano Drive) the store donates a portion of proceeds from sales to Friends of the Library, which has raised more than $850,000 for the Santa Fe Public Library since 1974.
Speaking of books and money, at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 14, at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Santa Fe (107 W. Barcelona Road), the New Mexico Book Association presents “The Present and Future of Publishing,” a lecture by David Morrell, author of First Blood (the birthplace of the Rambo character). To register for the talk, visit www.nmbook.org/page40.html or call 660-6357. Tickets are $15 for NMBA members, $20 for nonmembers.