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Mission: The Albuquerque Public Library Foundation raises funds to enrich Library programs, services and facilities.

November, 2021

On Behalf of the Board

Julia Clarke

Julia Clarke
President, APLF Board of Directors

November is the beginning of many things — family celebrations that continue into the new year, colder weather, shopping, gatherings with family, dear friends and colleagues, and requests from non-profit organizations for financial support.

The Albuquerque Public Library Foundation (APLF) is among those asking for your support. Launched in October, 2013 our enthusiastic (see photo above) all-volunteer organization works tirelessly to raise money to enrich our public libraries by purchasing things not covered by tax dollars. Tax dollars, including General Obligation Bonds, cover operating expenses and library materials, but not the supplemental programming.

These include: Early Literacy Centers, Literacy Kits, Lego Clubs, Code Clubs, STEM/STEAM programs, the Teen Book Trailer Contests, the Career Online High School, “Ukuleles in the Library” and the newly published Library Event Guide are just a sample of the impact made by individual donations, corporate support and grants to the Foundation.

  • After the 2014 fire at the North Valley Library, our generous donors furnished a Teen area, refurbished the Adult Reading area and added an Early Literacy Center to the Children’s Room.
  • In 2015 APLF purchased furnishings for the Children’s Area and the Children’s Craft Room at the new Central and Unser Library.
  • Opening Spring 2022, the Children’s Room of the International District Library is being furnished with APLF donor support.

In short, your donated funds are used to provide social, educational and community building resources that contribute to the strengthening of our community.

Another way to support the library system and the Albuquerque Public Library Foundation is to spread the word! You make a difference by telling friends and family members about your positive library experiences and why YOU love the library. Thank you for your continuing interest in and support of The Public Library, Albuquerque and Bernalillo County.

Community Giving. Community Strong.

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Kathleen Raskob, APLF Board Member

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Photos of the New International District Library

Opening Spring 2022!

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Welcome to our New Board Members

Anna Zollinger & Russ Davidson

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APLF is pleased to be awarded a Sandia Educational Success Grant to be used for scholarships to the Career Online High School. Sandia is committed to improving the lives of people in our local communities by increasing family stability, improving educational success, and supporting community leadership. We sincerely thank Sandia for this award.


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What is Career Online High School (COHS)?

COHS is open to Albuquerque and Bernalillo County residents who are at least 19 years old and have successfully completed 8th grade and wish to earn their high school diploma. Applicants who successfully complete an online self-assessment and prerequisite course, followed by an in-person interview, will be considered for enrollment. Program applicants must have a library card in good standing or be willing to apply for a library card.

How will students be selected for the program?

Enrollment is limited, and demand is high. Currently, six students are receiving full scholarships. The six scholarships covered by the Sandia National Laboratories Educational Success Grant are being matched by the New Mexico State Library, enabling our library system to enroll a total of 12 students at this time. Click here for a complete program overview.

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