by Ann B.

It can be hard to be thankful during hard or troubling times. And we have all had plenty of those this year. As we approach the holidays this year, and especially Thanksgiving, it may be hard to find that place of thankfulness and gratitude.

We at Santa Fe Public Library hope that in some way offering our services through phone or email or curbside pick up has helped you in some way during this time. We are grateful to provide the services we can in the form of books, craft kits, or even a timely and important print request! We are also grateful for our patrons who encourage us and let us know how grateful they are for the libraries.

Below you will find a few quotes to inspire, books to encourage, and some familiar, and not familiar, things to be grateful for from the staff at Santa Fe Public Library. We are so very grateful for you!

“The unthankful heart discovers no mercies; but the thankful heart will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings.” Henry Ward Beecher

Marie V.
I’m thankful for the love of my hubby and cat
I’m thankful for the health of my family
I’m thankful to be working for SFPL
I’m thankful to have the ability to enjoy a walk in nature
I’m thankful for books, they keep one sane during tough times.

Grateful: the transformative power of giving thanks by Diana Butler Bass

Callie S.
I’m thankful for:
Never running out of books to read
Snuggles with my dog and husband
Infinite places to visit
Tomorrow is another day with no mistakes in it (yet)

“Reflect upon your present blessings—of which every man has many—not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.”
Charles Dickens

Thanks!: how practicing gratitude can make you happier by Robert A. Emmons


  • New Mexico sunlight over textured landscapes 
  • Rancho Viejo trails with very little light pollution at night
  • The new microfilm reader at the Main Library
  • My TBR (to be read) pile is neither depleted nor smothering me
  • Curbside for those days I just can’t get a workout in 

“Gratitude is a quality similar to electricity: It must be produced and discharged and used up in order to exist at all.”
William Faulkner

Thanks a thousand: a gratitude journey by A.J. Jacobs

Christina S.
I am so very Thankful for my Staff.  They have given more than 100% to provide excellent service to our patrons, all while adapting to changes, weather, and all while wearing PPE!  I am constantly amazed by their dedication and determination.

Jessica G.
Five things I’m thankful for…
To live in Santa Fe
To work at SFPL

Jess’s furbaby #1
Jess’s furbaby #2

Living a life of gratitude: your journey to grace, joy & healing by Sara Wiseman

 “Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Elizabeth M.
Every day, I am thankful for my family (including the furry ones) and friends, my job, red wine, dark chocolate, guacamole, my sense of humor and the beady things I love to play with.
I am currently thankful that the political ads have disappeared, too.

The gift of thanks: the roots and rituals of gratitude by Margaret Visser

Living in gratitude: a journey that will change your life by Angeles Arrien

“For my part, I am almost contented just now, and very thankful. Gratitude is a divine emotion: it fills the heart, but not to bursting; it warms it, but not to fever.”
Charlotte Bronte

Attitudes of gratitude: how to give and receive joy every day of your life by M. J. Ryan

Jeff, Ann, and many others:
Green Chile

Gratitude by Oliver Sacks

Michele R.
As the elder stateswoman in our system (or at least I am pretty sure I’m the oldest) with 54 years of working under my belt I can honestly say that under the leadership of Maria Sanchez-Tucker I have never been more thankful for the folks with whom I work.  She knows how to play to our strengths, trusts that we are professionals who want nothing more than to do our job well, brings out the best in us.  Under her tutelage I have seen (much) younger colleagues spread their wings and fly higher than they thought possible.  Even in this time of separation she has brought us together like never before or at least in my time (6.5 years) with SFPL. So I guess I am thankful for each and every one who has the privilege and honor to work at SFPL.  My colleagues have gone over and above the call of duty to support my efforts to do that which I do best which is particularly poignant for me as SFPL will be the last institution I will work in full time.  Yes, I have tears in my eyes.   Thanks for asking us to reflect on our thankfulness.

Jess’s coworkers

And finally, this . . .

 “Rest and be thankful.” William Wordsworth

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