What's Happening at the Library?


Thanks to a grant from the New Mexico Library Foundation we now have new creative learning toys and books for our littlest but very important patrons: 

  • Magformers magnetic construction set
  • Six Melissa and Doug wooden puzzles
  • Big Farm, truck and car Lego Duplo sets
  • Fifteen beautiful new picture books

Also to our collection, we have added fifty first readers!

Thank you, NMLF! 



SATURDAY, JUNE 3, 2017  2:00pm


Author of Hypnotizing Chickens and Other Stories: My Memories of Mogollon

Jan (Heyne) Sherman and her brother Bud on a burro in Mogollon, c. 1928."

Jan Sherman has spent the great majority of her nine-plus decades in Catron, Grant, and Luna Counties, New Mexico. Jan attended grade school in Mogollon and Reserve Union High School in Reserve in the early 1900s.

In her recently published book of memoirs, Hypnotizing Chickens and Other Stories: My Memories of Mogollon, Jan focuses on her growing up years—between 1928 and 1940—in the gold and silver mining town of Mogollon in Catron County. In recounting her stories of her brother Bud’s and her childhood adventures—such as hypnotizing the family chickens—to her friends and family, Jan was told that she should publish them. Developing her book became a nine-month project with the help of the team who comprise her publishing company, Peckin’ Order Press.

In Hypnotizing Chickens, Jan paints a charming picture of Mogollon, as it was in a unique time, through the eyes of adventurous children who enjoyed a simple and beautiful life in the wild, wild west. As Tom Hester states, “Abandoned mine tunnels, ownerless burros, overnight fishing trips, neighborhood hermits, …cowboy pranks, and hypnotized hens are recreated with wit dryer than the Chihuahuan Desert.”

Charlie McKee

February 14, 2017