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Icarus lives!

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.santafe­li­, 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.nm­ or call 660-6357. Tick­ets are $15 for NMBA mem­bers, $20 for non­mem­bers.

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