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Fall Take & Make Kits!

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Pick up a fun fall Take & Make Craft Kit at your branch library!

Children’s craft kits include materials for a woven placemat and a family hands wreath.

While supplies last.


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“Lion Heart” Illustration Exhibition at Southside Library

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Santa Fe Public Library is pleased to announce that the original collection of illustrations from the book Lion Heart (written by Kiley Swearingen; illustrated by Matt Swearingen), will be on exhibit at Southside Branch Library throughout the month of November.


Lion Heart is a self-published, collaborative effort between siblings. Kiley and Matt grew up in Normal, Illinois. Kiley, the author, graduated from Indiana University and the University of North Texas. She is a practicing Speech Language Pathologist in Texas. She has always dabbled in writing and had the idea to write a seek-and-find book to use in speech sessions to cultivate communication skills and integrate language and literacy skills.


The text was designed by Kiley to encourage dialogue and build vocabulary with her speech students. She uses a rhyming pattern to serve both those purposes; as well as providing clues to find the lion’s body part hidden within each illustration. The underlying message of the book encourages a positive outlook and collective action in meeting challenges we all face. She extended artistic freedom to her brother Matt to create the illustrations for her text.


Matt graduated from the University of Illinois and the University of Northern Colorado. Art has always been a passion of his and he rose to the challenge of his sister’s request. His illustrations reflect memories of his hometown and his travels across the United States. Through his illustrations he wishes to spark thought and creativity in young readers and adults alike. He resides in New Mexico and continues to pursue his interest in various art media.


The illustrations are inspired by the human condition on earth in relation to the heart, mind, body and soul, connecting to each other and the environment, from microbes and insects to plants and animals. Matt used ink pens to provide the smallest detail and vibrant colors in his artwork. Scenes of mountains, streams, forests, deserts and night skies are reflective of his living in Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico. Pages are influenced by Matt’s desire to live in surrounding ecosystems with love and respect for all beings, the land, water and air. Within each scene, he has hidden pieces of the geometric shaped lion that challenge the reader to find the missing part described by the text.


Matthew Swearingen worked on several illustrations at Southside Branch Library during the book’s creation. He noted,” Many of the last pages in the book were finalized in the comfort of my favorite back corner desk at the Southside, losing track of time and drifting into another world from open to close.”

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Come and get your library card!

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Come and get your library card!

Did we create a library card for you when we were closed? If you haven’t picked it up already, there is a card waiting for you!

Please bring a photo ID and a piece of mail to claim your library card to keep it active.

Not sure which library has your card? Give us a call:

Main (505) 955-6785 – La Farge (505) 955-4860 – Southside (505) 955-2810

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Library 101

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Library 101

Tech Help

Would you like a personal introduction to resources available at the library? Or perhaps you need help learning how to use your laptop, tablet, or phone? Make a free appointment with a librarian for a one-on-one tech help session.

To schedule an appointment call

  • La Farge (505) 955-4867
  • Main (505) 955-6781
  • Southside (505) 955-2820
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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