Santa Fe Public Library

Summer Reading Program


Santa Fe Public Library, Imagine Your Story 2020 Summer Reading Program, Community Services Department, City of Santa Fe, New Mexico


The Santa Fe Public Library would like to thank our participants of all ages and all of our wonderful weekly performers and storytellers for being a part of our first virtual Summer Reading Program!

Thanks to Andy Mason and those that joined us to party on Saturday! The recording of the  party can be found here on Facebook:  and on Youtube here:

Summer Reading participants can stop by the Southside Branch Library during Curbside Pickup hours (noon to 5:30 p.m.) for the first 2 weeks of prize claiming (Sat. Aug. 8; Tuesday, Aug. 11; Weds., Aug. 12; Thurs., Aug. 13; Sat., Aug. 15; Tues., Aug. 18; Weds., Aug. 19; Thurs., Aug. 20). Starting on Saturday, August 22, remaining prize pickups will be available at all three SFPL locations.

Got questions for the children’s librarians? We encourage children and youth to ask any and all questions via or call SFPL (Main Library: 955-6785; La Farge: 955-4860; Southside: 955-2810)


Virtual Performances Every Week of Summer Reading brought to you by the Friends of the Santa Fe Public Library!

6/05 “Stories That Sing!” Santa Fe Opera Young Voices Performances:

6/12 Science Tellers – Science Tellers combine experiments with storytelling to create a highly interactive program. As the story unfolds, they will use science experiments as special effects to make the story come to life! Video available on YouTube at:

6/19 Salida Circus – Whether it’s the Western Roundup, the Lost Circus, or the Lost Mermaid, children and their families will be laughing and clapping at this amazing circus, always focused on telling a story. Video available on YouTube at:

6/26 Rocky Mountain Puppets – Join us for the Great Fairytale Mythtree as Meghan and her puppet friend Aidan come across a glowing book wrapped with a lock but no key. Solving this mystery will be challenging and it will require everyone to use their imagination to stay out of danger. The last thing you’d want to do is follow a trail of marshmallows in the forest that leads to a gingerbread house… Video available on YouTube at:

7/3 Indiana Bones – Combining archaeology, action, adventure, ancient legends, mythology and folklore, Indy thrills and educates audiences with his unique storytelling abilities. Video available on YouTube at:

7/10 Peace Pets – Jojo Ulibarri is an animal conservationist. Her Peace Pets Exotic Animal Rescue program allows children and their families to learn about the animals she rescues, to reduce the fear of these exotic animals, and develop compassion for animals in need of rescue and rehabilitation. Playlist premieres at 10 a.m. on Friday, July 10 with a new video each following Tuesday at 9 a.m.:

7/17 John Bradley – John is a musical storyteller with years of experience with the Santa Fe Opera. He will be singing musical fairy tales! YouTube video at and on Facebook at:

7/24 Matilde Machiavello – As a storyteller, Matilde believes in the ‘magic power of stories.’ Children and their families will spend a magical hour with her as she weaves stories to capture the imagination. Her stories are influenced by the magical realism of Latin America. Matilde is our featured storyteller of the week and her videos can be found on Facebook and YouTube here:

7/31 Flying Debris – A comedy variety show filled with stunts, tricks and magic. Children and their families will be laughing, smiling, clapping, and at times, helping him to perform. YouTube video available at: and on Facebook at:

8/8 Summer Reading Party with live music from Andy Mason! Please join us on Facebook for a fabulous concert from Andy Mason on Saturday, August 8th at 10:30 a.m.! Andy will play his favorite songs for you and the winners of the Imagine Your Story Summer Reading Program Beanstack Challenge will be drawn and contacted by a library representative!

The party can be found here on Facebook:  and on Youtube here:


More virtual storytimes brought to us by Eastern New Mexico University:



Virtual Programs for Teens and Adults brought to you by Eastern New Mexico University

Find great talks and performances for adults every week at:

Weekly Library Programs and Events/Crafts to Go –

Take and Make Craft Kits:
Fairy Houses
Most craft kits are still available, just ask during our Curbside Pick Up hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, & Saturday; 12-5:30 p.m.



Make your own Maraca! FREE Arts Alive activity kits provided by MOIFA will be available on Thursday (8/13th ) & Saturday (8/15th ) at the Southside Library through curbside pick-up (noon-5:30pm) while supplies last.

Backyard Astronomy Activities

Check out these astronomy activities to do at home this August through October, as we are being treated to a great many astronomical events recently!

Click to access Backyard-Astronomy-revision.pdf

Harry Potter and the Online Oracle

Please join the Santa Fe Public Library as we celebrate Harry Potter’s birthday on July 31st with a virtual escape experience created by our talented La Farge Librarian Jessica! You can find Harry Potter and the Online Oracle at: and wax nostalgic with photos from last year’s celebration or share how you’re celebrating Harry’s Big Day (baking a wizard cake, wearing your favorite House socks, rereading the Prisoner of Azkaban for the 20th time?) on our Facebook page.


Mathemagical Times

This summer Math Amigos and the Santa Fe Public Library have teamed up to provide an exciting interactive program for children with storytelling and engaging math activities. Topics will include identifying even and odd numbers, rounding numbers, determining area and perimeter, understanding fractions, and geometry.

Designed to help reduce the usual summer slide of math skills, participants will listen to math-themed picture books read aloud and have the opportunity to discuss the stories and share how they solved the math mysteries. Children who participate in the e-learning sessions and complete activities for at least five books will be eligible for a raffle drawing of prizes.

Program starts Monday, June 22nd and videos and learning materials can be found at



The City of Santa Fe Arts and Culture Department is embracing social distancing in a new, fun program that encourages safe interactive art activities for youth (and the young at heart) during summer 2020. Starting in June, we will be releasing a public art curriculum focusing on pieces from the public art collection and using those artworks to tell stories that engage learning in art, science, and technology. Participants will have the opportunity to select from a variety of four curated public art tours that will provide informational online resources, fun activities, and problem-solving questions for students (young and old alike) to learn more about their public art collection.

Please visit to learn more about activities and programs available to youth this summer.


  • 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