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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Poem of the Day – April 29, 2020

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’Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
      Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
      And the mome raths outgrabe.

“Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
      The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
      The frumious Bandersnatch!”

He took his vorpal sword in hand;
      Long time the manxome foe he sought—
So rested he by the Tumtum tree
      And stood awhile in thought.

And, as in uffish thought he stood,
      The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,
Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,
      And burbled as it came!

One, two! One, two! And through and through
      The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
He left it dead, and with its head
      He went galumphing back.

“And hast thou slain the Jabberwock?
      Come to my arms, my beamish boy!
O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!”
      He chortled in his joy.

’Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
      Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
      And the mome raths outgrabe.

Source: The Random House Book of Poetry for Children (1983)

suggested by Emma

Poem of the Day – April 28, 2020

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Still I Rise


You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
’Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I’ll rise.

Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops,
Weakened by my soulful cries?

Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don’t you take it awful hard
’Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines
Diggin’ in my own backyard.

You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.

Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I’ve got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?

Out of the huts of history’s shame
I rise
Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
I rise
I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.

Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise
Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise
I rise
I rise.

Maya Angelou, “Still I Rise” from And Still I Rise: A Book of Poems.  Copyright © 1978 by Maya Angelou.  Used by permission of Random House, an imprint and division of Penguin Random House LLC. All rights reserved.

suggested by Christina

Poem of the Day – April 27, 2020

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I Am Offering this Poem


I am offering this poem to you,
since I have nothing else to give.
Keep it like a warm coat
when winter comes to cover you,
or like a pair of thick socks
the cold cannot bite through,

                         I love you,

I have nothing else to give you,
so it is a pot full of yellow corn
to warm your belly in winter,
it is a scarf for your head, to wear
over your hair, to tie up around your face,

                         I love you,

Keep it, treasure this as you would
if you were lost, needing direction,
in the wilderness life becomes when mature;
and in the corner of your drawer,
tucked away like a cabin or hogan
in dense trees, come knocking,
and I will answer, give you directions,
and let you warm yourself by this fire,
rest by this fire, and make you feel safe

                         I love you,

It’s all I have to give,
and all anyone needs to live,
and to go on living inside,
when the world outside
no longer cares if you live or die;

                         I love you.

Jimmy Santiago Baca, “I Am Offering This Poem”, Immigrants in Our Own Land and Selected Early Poems. Copyright © 1990 by Jimmy Santiago Baca.

suggested by Maria

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