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Vote "Yes" Twice for Library Bonds Nov. 6 (Posted: 10/15/2014)

There are two Library Bonds on the ballot this year:

  • A State Bond of $10.8 million from which ABC Libraries will receive approximately $875,000.
  • A County Bond of $1.8 million for ABC Libraries.

Bond questions are toward the end of the ballot, following the section for electing officials. Look for State Bond Question B and County Bond Question #1. Go all the way to the bottom of the ballot, find the bond questions and vote yes to each!

Voting yes on these bond questions will provide much needed funds for our libraries and will NOT raise our taxes.

Bonds are the only source of funding for the Library items we use: books, audiobooks, ebooks, magazines, databases, genealogy information, movies, music, and reference materials of all kinds, computers.

If the bonds don’t pass, the Library System will have to cut back on purchases and shorten loan times.

Vote early and encourage your friends and relatives statewide to vote yes for Library Bonds. Click here for information on early voting dates and locations and the location of voting centers on November 6th in Bemalillo County.

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2014 JCC Book Fest & Author Series (Posted: 10/15/2014)

JCC Bookfest
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Belshaw Lends Personality to North Valley Library Reopening (Posted: 07/24/2014)

Opening a library that has been gutted by smoke from a fire of unknown origin is reason for celebration. Many visitors came to the North Valley Library, 7704 Second St. NW, June 22, 2014, not only to see the new interior and early literacy center, but also to hear New Mexico writer and former Albuquerque Journal columnist, Jim Belshaw, talk about how the library felt just like a home where you’d like to stay awhile.

He praised the commitment by donors, the Albuquerque Public Library System staff, volunteers and The Albuquerque Public Library Foundation for bringing new life to the 14,000-square-foot building. The fire incident caused major smoke damage, destroying 80 percent of the 50,000 items in its collection.

New lighting, carpet and heating and cooling systems were installed, and sections were created for adults, young adults and children. Numerous literacy activities take place for people of all ages and education. In addition to regular books and periodicals, audio books, e-books and periodicals, and e-resources for any conceivable subject are available. Go to for further information.

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Other photos by Robert Fleming
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How Shopping on Amazon Can Benefit Library Foundation (Posted: 07/10/2014)

The Albuquerque Public Library Foundation encourages community members to shop locally. Supporting local retailers ensures a strong community and a vibrant economy.

However, when you are shopping on, you also can support The Albuquerque Public Library Foundation. It is simple: you shop and Amazon makes a donation to the Foundation.

Here’s how to get started.

  1. Set your bookmark for
  2. Select “Albuquerque Public Library Foundation” from the drop-down list.
  3. Shop as usual. Each time you return to and make a purchase, a donation will be made to APLF. The shopping experience on AmazonSmile is identical to the regular site, same selection, same prices.
  4. Eligible products will be marked as such on product detail pages. Books and eBooks are not eligible, nor are Shop and Save Subscriptions.
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Donors to the North Valley Library Fire Restoration (up to May 14, 2014) (Posted: 07/10/2014)

Carl & Linda Alongi
Jack & Laurel Babcock
Jan Bray
Craig Chrissinger
Emile Courreges
Julie & Steve Denning
Elisabeth Duban
Jennifer Dwyer & Philip Brown
Andrea Escher
Diane & Robert Fleming
William & Sue Gardner
Ilse J Gay

Judy & Chuck Gibbon
Joan & Neil Goldberg
Richard & Anne Gonzales
Janice & John Houser
Jo Anne Jager
Gail Kaplan
Linda Lewis
Marilyn Lovett
John & Sandra Marron
David Mehlman
Martha Miller

Novak MPGJ Family Fund - Tom & Deb Novak
Richard & Marian Nygren
Eileen O'Connell
Wendy Parker-Wood & Bev Nulman
Ila Dee Parnell
Ms. Jerrie Pedersen
Letitia Peirce
Roni Polk
Suzanne Redfern-Campbell
Bev & Reg Rider

Patricia Claire Rodgers
Joe & Mary Sabatini
Sara Sanchez
Judith & Jennifer Settle
Diana & Jerome Shea
Tom & Susan Slates
Constance Smith
Carol & Bruce St. John
Harold & Andrea Sunderman
Terry & Diane Taggart
Dr. Mark & Kathryn Yarbrough
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Smith's Supports Library Foundation (Posted: 04/04/2014)

Smith's Community Rewards Program will support The Albuquerque Public Library Foundation if you link your Smith's Rewards Card with the Library Foundation. It will not effect any coupons or gasoline rewards you might be earning by shopping there.

1. Register online at using your Smith’s rewards card. If you have a Smith’s rewards card, but do not have an account click on “create an account” or “register”. If you do not have a rewards card, they are available at the customer service desk at any Smith’s.
2. Set up the Smith’s Rewards Account by entering your email address and password. Choose a favorite store by entering your zip code. You will receive an email from Smiths and will be asked to click on the link to activate your account. Click on “My Account” using your email address and password.
3. Click on Edit or Enroll Smith’s Community Rewards information and put in your Smith’s rewards card number. Update or confirm your information.
4. Enter the NPO number (72646) or name of organization, The Albuquerque Public Library Foundation, by selecting it from the list. Check confirm.
5. To verify you are enrolled correctly, you will see your organization’s name on the bottom of your information page. You may use your account by swiping your card at the register or by using the phone number that you used in registering. Questions? Call 1-888-876-4847, option #1.

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Library Confidential: Los Griegos Library (Posted: 04/04/2014)

"We love our patrons," says Los Griegos Library head librarian, Sue Heitz. Many young families with children come from the surrounding schools, including Griegos, MacArthur, and La Luz Elementary Schools.

Story times and Every Child Ready to Read® programs attract many children, parents, grandparents and caregivers. Retired people living nearby also enjoy the library's friendly atmosphere.

Los Griegos maintains a large international collection, much of it in Spanish, but also takes pride in its books from a sister city in Turkmenistan.

And another librarian, Brian Ho, has a background in Chinese and German languages. Besides studying linguistics at UNM, he especially is helpful on new technological devices, such as smart phones, iPads and Kindles.

The library, at 1000 Griegos Rd. NW, originally was built in 1956 and extensively remodeled in 1989.

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I Love the Library! (Posted: 04/04/2014)

Janet and Bob Ford call librarians their heroines. They love each librarian's "picks," the new book sections, and periodicals, whether they are at the Tony Hillerman, Cherry Hills or Erna Fergusson branches. They go at least once a week and always discover new treasures. They never fail to head for the library when their grandchildren visit.

Janet and Bob Ford call librarians their heroines. They love each librarian’s “picks,” the new book sections, and periodicals, whether they are at the Tony Hillerman, Cherry Hills or Erna Fergusson branches. They go at least once a week and always discover new treasures.

Janet recalls riding her bicycle to her hometown Iowa library as early as age 7. She would fill up her bike basket with books about horses and later, science fiction. She did her high school research in the library. Janet, a writer, and Bob, a retired financial advisor, also wander the stacks for familiar authors and look for books whose reviews they have read.

Both also are community volunteers.They believe the library system is an often overlooked resource for businesses. “Just about anything you want, those librarians can find it.”

As a general contractor, Gary Simpson spends most of his time on the road or at a construction site, a lifestyle that gave him little time to sit and read. Meticulous and thoughtful, he speaks excitedly about his new-found love: audio books.

Simpson renewed his 20-year-old library card at the Cherry Hills Library and now downloads audio books back-to-back. He notes that digital books provide several benefits. They shrink our environmental footprint, eliminate problems of losing or damaging a book and can be carried everywhere. "I'm psyched," Simpson says, eager to plug into his next book. "They fit with my lifestyle."

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Smart Investing for Teens (Posted: 04/04/2014)

ABC Library was one of 17 public libraries nationwide to win a grant from the American Library Association (ALA) in partnership with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Investor Education Foundation as part of Smart Investing@your library®. The grant will help the ABC Library provide effective, unbiased financial and investor education to the community. ABC Library is partnering with WESST® to offer various financial literacy programs for teens over the next two years.

Albuquerque Bernalillo County Library will collaborate with a nearby charter school and a statewide, nonprofit small business development and training organization to deliver financial education for teens ages 14 to 17. Eight library locations throughout the county and Amy Biehl Charter High School in Albuquerque will host learning activities. Program modules will address managing your money, planning your future, making your money grow and protecting what you have. The grant amount was $63,270.

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