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Dia De Muertos Crafts available at Curbside this week

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Ask for one or all of our take-and-make Dia De Muertos crafts during our Curbside Pickup Service this week!

(While supplies last)

(Allergy warning: Sugar skulls made with egg products)

October 27, 28, 29, & 31 • 12 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

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Michael McGarrity Author Talk, Tuesday, Oct. 27 at 6 p.m.

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Please join us for a talk with Santa Fe author Michael McGarrity and an opportunity for questions and answers after the talk.

Online Zoom Event

Tuesday, October 27th at 6:00 p.m.

Register Here


Head Wounds: A Kevin Kerney Novel

Clayton Istee, son of retired police chief Kevin Kerney, goes up against an elusive Mexican hitman in a mesmerizing story of murder, revenge, and redemption.

Given a chance to salvage his law enforcement career, Dona Ana County Sheriff’s Detective Clayton Istee catches a bizarre late-night double homicide at a Las Cruces hotel. Both victims, a man and a woman, have been scalped with their throats cut.

The murders show all the signs of a signature hit, but national and state crime databases reveal no similar profiles. Digging into the victims’ backgrounds, Clayton discovers that six months prior the couple had walked out of a nearby casino with $200,000 of a high-stakes gambler’s money.

He also learns the crime had been hushed up by an undercover federal DEA agent, who resurfaces and recruits Clayton for a dangerous mission to seize the Mexican drug lord responsible for the killings.

Thrust into the nightmare world of borderland drug wars and corrupt cops, Clayton duels with a cunning assassin poised to kill him and his family in a ferocious climax to the Kevin Kerney series that is sure to stun.

Look out for Michael McGarrity’s new book Head Wounds: A Kevin Kerney Novel, available for purchase November 10th, 2020!


Author Bio

With the publication of Tularosa in 1996, Michael McGarrity turned to writing full time. Many of his novels have been national best sellers.

His career in criminal justice spanned over twenty-five years and included creating treatment programs for drug offenders, supervising outreach services for at-risk juveniles, and re-establishing mental health services for the Department of Corrections after the infamous 1980 riot at the New Mexico Penitentiary.

As a Santa Fe County deputy sheriff, he worked as a patrol officer, training and planning supervisor, community relations officer, and was the lead investigator of the sex crimes unit, which he established. In 1980 he was named New Mexico Social Worker of the Year and in 1987 was recognized by the American Legion as Police Officer of the Year.

In 2004 he received the New Mexico Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts — Literature. He is also the 2015 recipient of the Frank Waters Exemplary Literary Achievement Award and the 2015 Santa Fe Mayor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts – Literature.


Learn more about Michael McGarrity at .

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October Events for Children and Adults

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SFPL has many virtual events for all and take and make craft for children and families until the end of October. Stop by during Curbside Pickup hours (Tues.-Thurs., & Sat., noon-5:30 p.m.) to take home craft kits for Autumn and Halloween (while supplies last) and the last week of the month will have Dia De Muertos sugar skulls and crafts also available.

Check out all of our awesome virtual programming listed briefly below or check our calendar for full info on each event at

Wednesday, October 21st, at 6 p.m., Ann Murdy – On The Path Of Marigolds (All Ages), Register for this event here:

Thursday, October 22nd at 6 p.m., The Haunted Kimo Theater (Parental caution recommended), Register to attend here:

Friday, October 23rd at 5 p.m., Santa Fe Ghosts (Parental caution recommended), Register here:

Tuesday, October 27th at 6:00 p.m., Author Talk with Michael McGarrity (Adult event), Register here:

October 28th, 2020 at 1:30 p.m., Stories with Felicia Sanchez Garbiso (Children & Families), Register here:

Wednesday, October 28th, 2020 at 6:00 p.m., Contacting the Dead: Seances from the Victorian Era to the Modern Age (Parental caution recommended), Register to attend here:

Thursday, October 29th at 5:00 p.m., Spirits, Ghosts, and ETs (Oh My)! (Parental caution recommended), Register here: HTTPS://TINYURL.COM/GHOSTSWITHJANE


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“The Mummy at Mystery Mansion” presented by Talewise

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Brand-new animated story from Talewise (formerly ScienceTellers)!

Join the Santa Fe Public Library as we unravel this interactive mystery and learn some awesome science concepts along the way! Make this event a part of your COVID safe celebrations this fall.

The Friends of the Santa Fe Public Library bring you a brand-new animated story from Talewise (formally ScienceTellers)! Access to the video experience will remain available for one year so you and your family can watch as many times as you’d like.

Frankie and Casey visit their Uncle Norville for his annual Halloween party – only to find out that a creepy mummy is scaring everyone away! Everybody says the house is haunted, but Frankie and Casey have a different idea.

 Santa Feans will need to access this platform by following the steps below:

  1. Follow this link to the show on the Talewise online learning platform
  2. Click “Get Access,” then create an account with your name and email address.
  3. Enter the coupon code L00056 on the checkout page – no credit card info required. Don’t let the cost confuse you, the Friends of the Santa Fe Public Library have already paid for access for our community!

Science Standards Length: ~30 minutes. Concepts: Mummification, electricity, gemstones.

You can also see a familiar face from the Children’s Library transformed into Walter, the Library Mummy on YouTube at


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Quarantine Book Club

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The Santa Fe Public Library is launching an all-new, all-virtual book club! Join us on Friday, December 4th, at 4:00 PM on Zoom, where we will discuss our first selection, Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. Register here to receive a Zoom invitation link: Invitations will be sent out one week prior to our meeting. 

 Place Where the Crawdads Sing on hold to be picked up during curbside hours (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 12:00 PM noon to 5:30 PM), or talk to one of our librarians about reading or listening to the book on your own device. 

For questions or help getting started, call the Main Library at (505) 955-6781, the La Farge Library at (505) 955-4862, or the Southside Library at (505) 955-2820. You can also direct questions to

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  • Main Library

    145 Washington Avenue
    (505) 955-6781

  • Oliver La Farge Branch

    1730 Llano Street
    (505) 955-4862

  • Southside Branch

    6599 Jaguar Drive
    (505) 955-2820