National Salsa Month

Ann B.

Salsa is important. A staple of southwestern and Mexican foods, we love our salsa. And we all have opinions on which restaurant has the best salsa or which is our favorite from the grocery store. A quick poll of your Santa Fe Librarians resulted in a love for Posa’s El Merendero and Horseman’s Haven salsas. From the store, we love Sadie’s, Tio Frank’s, and 505’s Green Chile Salsa. Or we may make our own!

Marie V. shared her favorite Mango Salsa recipe:

Two mangoes chopped up, one-two jalapeno diced, finely chopped cilantro to your taste, 1/2 cup red onion, one limed squeezed over entire mixture.  Refrigerate for at least an hour and enjoy!

Whether red, green, or Christmas. Whether it’s going on eggs, steak, or enchiladas, we love our salsa. Check out some of the cookbooks available at Santa Fe Public Library. Maybe you’ll be inspired to make your own!

Style and spice: over 200 recipes from the American Southwest

Recipes from a Mexican grandmother’s kitchen: more than 150 authentic and delicious dishes, shown in over 750 photographs

 The hot sauce cookbook: the book of fiery salsa and hot sauce recipes

Mexican today: new and rediscovered recipes for contemporary kitchens

Claudia’s cocina: a taste of Mexico

Sally Ride Day – May 26th

Sally Ride Day – May 26th

By Nicole, Main Library 

Did you know that America’s first woman in space was also a published children’s book author? Sally Ride made history in 1983 aboard the space shuttle Challenger STS-7 and later published seven children’s books to encourage young people to explore space and pursue careers in science and technology. Today, we celebrate the birthday of American physicist and astronaut Sally Ride.

Sally Kristen Ride was born on May 26, 1951 in Encino, California. She is best known for being one of five crew members chosen for the STS-7 space mission in June 1983. Upon entering space, Ride was named the first American woman in space and the youngest American in space at the age of 32. Ride was the flight engineer for the space mission and helped launch two communication satellites and conduct numerous experiments. She also was part of the  STS-41-G space flight in 1984 and was involved in the investigation of the Challenger accident of 1986 and Columbia in 2003. Ride spent her later years working as a physicist and professor at the University of California in San Diego. She passed away in 2012 from pancreatic cancer at the age of 61.

Sally Ride is still considered a national hero and inspiration to many. She was passionate about education and encouraging young people, especially young girls, to focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) before STEM was a popular acronym in education. So, please join me in wishing the late Sally Ride a happy birthday for all that she has done for space exploration, education, and women everywhere.

To learn more, please be sure to check out one of our e-books about Sally Ride from our digital collection available now on Hoopla.

Works Cited:
Anderson, A. (n.d.). Sally Ride. Retrieved from
Granath, B. (2015, February 23). Sally Ride Remembered as an Inspiration to Others. Retrieved from

Self Care and Mental Health

Booklist submitted by Lou J.

Like many of us, you may find yourself in need of a little self care.  Whether that’s an at-home spa day, an extra helping of pasta, or permission to have a good cry is up to you.  Or maybe you need a little literary inspiration.  Below are books we hope will teach you, inspire you, or encourage you during these tumultuous times.   

Books by Melody Beattie

Make miracles in forty days: turning what you have into what you want

Journey to the heart: daily meditations on the path to freeing your soul

The lessons of love: rediscovering our passion for life when it all seems too hard to take

The new codependency: help and guidance for today’s generation

Books by Jalāl al-Dīn Rūmī

The essential Rumi

The Book of Rumi: 105 Stories and Fables that Illumine, Delight, and Inform

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Books by John O’Donohue

The inner landscape

To bless the space between us: a book of blessings

To bless the space between us: a collection of invocations and blessings

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By Anne Lamott

Hallelujah anyway: rediscovering mercy

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Books by Clarissa Pinkola Estés,

How to be an elder

In the house of the riddle mother

Bedtime stories

Women who run with the wolves: myths & stories about the wild woman archetype

May 11th – Twilight Zone Day

submitted by Marie V.

You are about to enter another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land of imagination. Next stop, the Twilight Zone!”

Rod Serling

May 11th is Twilight Zone Day.  Twilight Zone was created by Rod Serling in 1959.  The beloved series explores themes of Science Fiction, Psychological Thrillers and Horror.  The show was popular and captivated viewers.  Most folks have a favorite episode of the series.  Some popular episodes include ‘Eye of the Beholder’ ‘Nightmare at 20,000 feet’ ‘Living Doll’ and ‘The Obsolete Man’ to name a few.  My favorite episode is “It’s a Good Life’ in this episode Little Anthony controls the townsfolk into obeying his every command or he will banish them into the cornfield. 

The Twilight Zone ran from 1959-1964.  The series is still a fan favorite.  It has inspired both books on the series itself as well as its impact on pop culture and life.  Several times within the year Twilight Marathons will grace our TV screens.  I’m sure all of you can hear the theme song and can hum along.

The following titles are available from the Santa Fe Public Library in either a book or e-book format:

The Twilight Zone encyclopedia

The Twilight zone FAQ: all that’s left to know about the fifth dimension and beyond

The Twilight Zone companion

The Twilight Zone

The Twilight Man: Rod Serling and the birth of television

Enjoy your time in the Twilight Zone and remember,

“Imagination… its limits are only those of the mind itself.”

― Rod Serling

Comfort Food Cooking

Sometimes we all need a little extra comfort in our lives.  Whether that comes from a cozy blanket, a cup of tea and a good book, a bowl of mac and cheese, or a plate of tacos, comfort comes in all shapes and sizes.  Here is a list of a few cookbooks to feed your soul and your stomach.  Ranging from Korean Soul Food to Santa Fe favorites, you are sure to find something to inspire and comfort. 

by Ann B. 


Judy Joo’s Korean Soul Food  “(C)hef Judy Joo is back with a brand new collection of recipes that celebrate the joys of Korean comfort food and get straight to the heart and soul of the kitchen.”  With mentions of Ko-Mex fusion recipes and a twist on the classic Philly cheesesteak, I’m feeling the comfort!

Eat joy: stories & comfort food from 31 celebrated writers by Natalie Eve Garrett.  “What makes each tale so moving is not only the deeply personal revelations from celebrated writers, but also the compassion and healing behind the story: the taste of hope.”  From walking through a divorce or learning how to adult, these writers share their experiences and the recipes that helped them along.

Tacos: 75 Authentic and Inspired Recipes by Mark Miller.  Who doesn’t love a good taco?  Whether soft or hard, street or restaurant, tacos are true New Mexican comfort food. “Each filling recipe provides suggestions for the best tortilla choices, salsas and sides, and beverages to complement the tacos—giving you all you need to make your next taco experience as authentic, inspired, and downright delicious as even the most well-seasoned taquero could make it.”

How to Cook Anything in Your Dutch Oven: Classic American Comfort Foods and New Global Favorites by Dave DeWitt.  “Most warming, comforting dishes reserve the Dutch oven as a savior, and these award-winning authors are here to show you how it’s done. In How to Cook Anything in Your Dutch Oven , you’ll find recipes like: Vampire-proof meatballs Islander sweet and sour beef ribs Ratatouille Lamb vindaloo One-pot ramen Giant maqlubah eggplant casserole Grown-up mac and cheese Choco-bacon Bundt cake And way more!”  I don’t know about you, but they had me at choco-bacon bundt cake!  Yum!

Dishing up New Mexico by Dave DeWitt. With 145 recipes, you are sure to find something to comfort your soul . . . or maybe just your stomach!  With chapters focusing on chiles, desserts, and farmers’ markets, DeWitt offers a taste of New Mexico for everyone, sometimes with a twist!

Cooking with Cafe Pasqual’s: Recipes from Santa Fe’s Renowned Corner Cafe by Katharine Kagel.  Are you hungry yet?  If not, the delicious recipes and beautiful photos will surely entice you.  “Inspired by the cuisines of Old Mexico, New Mexico, and Asia, chef Katharine Kagel creates her memorable comfort food from the freshest cheeses, chile sauces, chorizos, and more.” 


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Return of the Jedi – Beware the Power of the Dark Side! Angleberger, Tom

A New Hope – The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy Bracken, Alexandra

The Science of Star Wars: the Scientific Facts Behind the Force, Space Travel, and More! Brake, Mark

100 Things Star Wars Fan Should Know and Do Before They Die Casey, Dan

Image by prettysleepy1 from Pixabay

William Shakespeare’s Star Wars Doescher, Ian

The Empire Strikes Back – So You Want to be a Jedi? Gidwitz, Adam

Leia, Princess of Alderaan Gray, Claudia

Star Wars: Ahsoka Johnston, E. K.

Image by Andrew Martin from Pixabay

Star Wars: The Legends of Luke Skywalker Liu, Ken

Star Wars: Myths & Fables Mann, George

Are You Scared, Darth Vader? Rex, Adam

Smuggler’s Run : A Han Solo and Chewbacca Adventure Rucka, Greg

Image by Thor Deichmann from Pixabay

Star Wars: Before the Awakening  Rucka, Greg

Star Wars Adventures: Issue 1-5. Tales from Vader’s Castle Scott, Cavan

Star Wars: Force Collector Shinick, Kevin

Star Wars: The Wrath of Darth Maul  Windham, Ryder

Selected by Chelsea, one of SFPL staff member’s top Star Wars fans!

May – National Mental Health Month

by Ann B.

Life is hard right now.  World events are staggering, and our society has sustained some heavy hits in the past few months.  “While 1 in 5 people will experience a mental illness during their lifetime, everyone faces challenges in life that can impact their mental health” (, accessed 5/1/2020).  You, like many of us, may be struggling with a variety of emotions.
There is help available. Visit Mental Health America’s website,, to learn more. The National Association on Mental Illness,, reminds us that “you are not alone” in your struggles, challenges, or illness.  Their goal is to “fight stigma, provide support, educate the public and advocate for policies that support people with mental illness and their families” (, accessed 5/1/2020). 

The following resources are also available as well: 
*New Mexico Crisis and Access Line (NMCAL) 1-855-NMCRISIS (1-855-662-7474)
*Crisis Text Line Text 741741 for 24/7 emotional support for those in crisis.
*Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800) 273-TALK or (800) SUICIDE
*Veterans Crisis Line ( – 1-800-273-8255 and press 1.  Or Text at 838255. 

Stay safe. Stay strong. Reach out.

Happy May Day and International Workers’ Day

Celebrate May Day, or International Workers’ Day, by checking out one or more of the following ebook titles available via Hoopla!

Compiled by Elena V.


The Selected Works of Eugene V. Debs: Volume 1, Building Solidarity on the Tracks, 1877-1892 (2019) – Eugene Debs

No Man’s Land: Jamaican Guestworkers in America and Deportable Labor (2011) – Cindy Hahamovitch

Chinese Cubans: A Transnational History (2013) – Kathleen López

Defiant Braceros: How Migrant Workers Fought for Racial, Sexual, And Political Freedom (2016) – Mireya Loza

Dolores Huerta: Labor Activist (2019) – Kate Moening

From the Folks Who Brought You the Weekend: An Illustrated History of Labor in the United States (2018) – Priscilla Murolo

Black Marxism (1983) – Cedric J. Robinson

Servants of Globalization: Migration and Domestic Work (2015) – Rhacel Salazar Parreñas

Song of the Stubborn One Thousand: The Watsonville Canning Strike, 1985-87 (2016) – Peter Shapiro

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Looking Backward (1888) – Edward Bellamy

Bleak House (1853) – Charles Dickens

…y no se lo tragó la tierra / And the Earth Did Not Devour Him (1971) – Tomás Rivera

The Street (1946) – Ann Petry

The Grapes of Wrath (1939) – John Steinbeck *eaudiobook*

The Jungle (1906) – Upton Sinclair

Salt of the Earth (1954) *eVideo*

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Poem of the Day – April 30, 2020

Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening

By Robert Frost

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village, though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it’s queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there’s some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark, and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

Robert Frost. Public Domain
Submitted by Ann B.

Día – Every story matters. Every child counts

Día – Children’s Day/Book Day

April 30, 2020 is Día, Children’s Day/Book Day.  “Día is a national library program that fosters literacy for all children from all backgrounds. It is a commitment to include and celebrate a variety of cultures every day, year-round, culminating annually on April 30.”  

Día, along with the American Library Association and the Association of Library Services to Children, provides booklists to encourage reading and diversity. You are sure to find a good book to share with your children. . . and you will enjoy it too!

Please check the Santa Fe Public Library for availability. 

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