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

October, 2021

On Behalf of the Board

Julia Clarke

Julia Clarke
President, APLF Board of Directors

Hello again! October is quite a busy month in our community. Our wonderful weather is at its best with cool mornings and warm afternoons, and this month, we again are enjoying balloons along with welcoming family and friends to all celebrations of fall.

Our wonderful newsletter editor, Amy, is sharing information on the newest public art project to come to life in our city—the ARTE ESCONDIDO Banner Project. One of those banners came to life through the meeting of the artist with the fine staff at the Central and Unser Library.

Did you know that thirteen (13) of our libraries throughout Albuquerque and Bernalillo County have public art installations? Perhaps this fall will be the perfect time of year for you to tour the libraries and select your favorites. Mine include:

  1. Reverse Target Red by Nancy Kozikowski at the Central and Unser Library
  2. Melissa Zink’s Book Warden at Special Collections,
  3. The magnificent mural Once Upon a Storytime on the exterior of the Juan Tabo Library
  4. Diana Stetson’s unique Historical Timeline of Books in the Center for the Book at the Special Collections Library.

I hope you will enjoy exploring the public art available at the libraries!

Support Libraries

This year there is an election on November 2nd. A General Obligation Bond question impacting all public library users will be on the ballot. The City is seeking approval for a $4,157,000 bond that will cover library materials (books, digital media, and electronic resources) as well as $500,000 for repairs and renovations to the City’s 15 (soon to be 16!) libraries. Funding for needed improvements and repairs is designated for libraries in Council Districts 1, 3, 7 & 8. Please consider voting YES on this important ballot initiative.

Your support of our library system by voting for bond issues and by making contributions of any size to APLF is important to all who use our libraries every day.

Community Giving. Community Strong.

News & Events

Arte Escondido: West Central Route 66 Street Light Banner Project

Art is important to us because it carries on our traditions, our culture and it doesn’t let us forget where we come from.

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APLF’s Newest Community Supporter

All Seasons Roofing

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The new EVENTS GUIDE is here! Have you gotten yours yet?

The initial print run is 10,000 copies and the Guide is being distributed system wide.

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Love Notes to the Library

Love notes come to the library in many ways.

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Why I Support the Public Library

Diane Fleming, APLF Board

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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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