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Belshaw Lends Personality to North Valley Library Reopening (Posted: 07/10/2014)

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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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A Word with Writers Fills the KiMo (Posted: 06/16/2014)

A lively inaugural conversation called A Word with Writers, cosponsored by The Albuquerque Public Library Foundation and Bookworks drew a crowd of 600 in May to hear renowned authors George RR Martin and Diana Gabaldon.

Martin is best known for A Song of Ice and Fire, his internationally best-selling series that HBO has adapted for its TV series, Game of Thrones. Diana Gabaldon, the author of the internationally bestselling Outlander series. The moderator and foundation board member was Stephen Spitz. Spitz is the author, interviewer and broadcaster of The Spitz Report, which airs on at 8 a.m. on KUNM, 89.9, the second Friday of each month.

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New Collection Grows with Neighborly TLC (Posted: 04/04/2014)

A major new collection is coming to a library near you: seeds. To build the collection, the library asks Albuquerque seed savers to help. Our special interests are local heirloom seeds and those that are easy for beginners to save. Our wish list includes varieties of food, flowers, herbs and plants native to Albuquerque and Bernalillo County.

To help, bring your locally-saved seeds separated by variety in sealed envelopes or bags to the Juan Tabo Branch Library, 3407 Juan Tabo NE. We will ask you to complete a form about the seeds that we can attach to your contributions.

Many seed, soil and gardening events take place April-June at the Juan Tabo Library and the BioPark Botanic Gardens. Call the Juan Tabo Library at 505-291-6260 for details.

The ABC Seed Library is a collaborative effort among the ABC Library, Friends for the Public Library, the ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden, the Bernalillo County Cooperative Extension Service, and community members. For more information, please e-mail or stop by the library.

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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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Grant for Solar Education Outreach (Posted: 04/04/2014)

The ABC Library has been awarded a grant by the New Mexico Library Foundation for a solar educational outreach program that will help students think critically and increase STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) literacy through the study of solar cycles. In partnership with the Albuquerque Astronomical Society, the library has purchased a Lunt Solar Telescope and accessories in addition to other project supplies. (Go to for more information.)

The Albuquerque Astronomical Society, TAAS, is a non-profit organization of over 300 amateur astronomers from all walks of life across New Mexico. TAAS has been sharing New Mexico skies for more than 40 years, and is Albuquerque's leading public education resource for astronomy. Since 1959, TAAS’s primary function has been public education, research, and the enjoyment of a common passion, the heavens. TAAS can be contacted on the TAAS HOTLINE at 254-TAAS (254-8227) or

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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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