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Library Donors Honored (Posted: 11/13/2014)

Donors were honored Sept. 27, 2014 at DSG Gallery, which features the work of Nancy Kozikowski, Chuck Gibbon, Lori King and recording artist Sid Fendley.

Donors honored at DSG Gallery
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Voting Results Add Value to our Libraries (Posted: 11/13/2014)

Bernalillo County was authorized by 74 percent of November 4 voters to issue $1,800,000 in general obligation bonds for the county's libraries.

How You Can Help

The Foundation appreciates the voters support; however, our libraries rank well below average per capita compared to libraries in cities with whom we compete for economic development, such as Austin, Tucson or Colorado Springs.

The literacy needs of our community remain, which is why The Albuquerque Public Library Foundation was initiated in 2013. Click here if you would like to make a donation.

You also can help by signing up for Amazon Prime and at Smith’s grocery stores.

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North Valley Library Reopening Features Jim Belshaw (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 www.abclibrary.org/northvalley for further information.

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Other photos by Robert Fleming
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Central & Unser Library in Progress (Posted: 11/17/2014)

The Central and Unser Library continues on schedule with a probable Spring 2015 opening.

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A Word with Writers Fills 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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2014 JCC Book Fest & Author Series (Posted: 10/15/2014)

JCC Bookfest
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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 Amazon.com, 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 http://Smile.Amazon.com.
  2. Select “Albuquerque Public Library Foundation” from the drop-down list.
  3. Shop as usual. Each time you return to http://Smile.Amazon.com and make a purchase, a donation will be made to APLF. The shopping experience on AmazonSmile is identical to the regular Amazon.com 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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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 www.smithscommunityrewards.com 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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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 abclibrary.org/csc 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 www.taas.org.

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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 juantabo@cabq.gov or stop by the library.

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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.

@ Your Library!

Museum Passes: The library system’s Museum Discovery Pass Program offers library cardholders free passes to local museums and cultural institutions. Click here for more details.

Every Child Ready to Read: "Books are a uniquely portable magic," said Stephen King. Daily story times for all ages. Click here for a printable weekly storytime schedule and tips for reading with your children.

Recurring Events: Adult chess, book clubs, Gizmo Garage, computer training, eResources, study guides, audio books are in your neighborhood library or one nearby. Click here to search the your area of interest and location.

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