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

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Challenge: Despite support for libraries in bond elections, economic constraints have made public funding inadequate. The libraries struggle to maintain hours, staffing, collections, programs and operations.

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Objective: Develop additional sources of funding, including individual donations, grants and corporate contributions, to restore and revitalize library services and operations for people of all ages and resources.

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Strategy: The Foundation offers donors flexible, tax-deductible ways, including memorials and bequests, to have an impact on libraries in their neighborhoods and community and to create a personal legacy.

News & Events

Contact Your City Council Member

The ABQ City Council is expected to finalize our Cityʼs 2021 budget in October. Let them know how important the library is to YOU and YOUR FAMILY.

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A Virtual “A Word with Writers”

The Library Foundation and Bookworks present a Zoom event with author Helen MacDonald.

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Friends’ Book Sales and Bookshop Hours Resume This Month

The Friends of the Library Bookshop at the Main Library will be open 11 to 3 Monday through Friday.

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Expanded Library Hours

Hours will be expanding throughout the library system in September.

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Library Services are Adapting to our New Reality

The library staff have been busy preparing videos of programs on a variety of subjects.

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International District Library Update

Excavation work is underway at the site of the International District Library.

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How are Libraries Faring Since Reopening?

Libraries in Albuquerque reopened in part in May, with altered hours and social distancing.

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Board Member, Samantha Meyer Gallegos

Our most recent board member, has libraries in her blood.

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Rudolph Anaya

The Albuquerque Public Library Foundation notes with sadness the death of the renowned New Mexico author.

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Abq Public Library Opening

Almost all branches of the Albuquerque Public Library opened up again on June 2 with limited hours and limited services and social distancing in place!

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Ground Broken for International District Library

Coronavirus or not, Mayor Tim Keller celebrated groundbreaking of new library.

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Earth Day Celebration

The 50th Earth Day fell on April 22 of this year.

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Interview with Dean Smith

How is the shuttered Albuquerque Public Library doing in this strange time?

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Upcoming Commemoration Event

During Mayor Tim Keller’s recent telephonic town hall, the mayor spotlighted the “wonderful International District Library” as evidence that the city is progressing despite the pandemic.

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Board Member Suzanne Apodaca

Suzanne Apodaca and her daughter used the Juan Tabo Library for many of Suzanne’s 30 years in Albuquerque

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Celebrations & Memorials

The Albuquerque Public Library Foundation is encouraging our library supporters to recognize a friend or family member with a donation to the Foundation.

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Additional News Stories

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What is the Public Library?

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Thanks to the faithful generosity of TLC Plumbing, Heating and Cooling eleven Albuquerque/Bernalillo County public libraries circulate Literacy Kits. These kits are designed for parents or caretakers and young children to enjoy at home and to expand of what was learned at the weekly library story time.

Joyin Puppets

Joyin Puppets

Write and Wipe ABC 123

Write and Wipe ABC 123

Hohner Kids Musical Toys

Hohner Kids Musical Toys

The theme of the kit(s) is based on one of the five components of the American Library Association’s Every Child Ready Read® program: Reading, Writing, Talking, Singing/Rhyming and Playing. Each kit contains an item related to the theme, such as musical toys, alphabet flash cards, puppets and books. The kits facilitate modeling. As Laura Yip, a children’s services staff member at the Central and Unser Library stated, “we don’t know if children always listen, but we do know that they always are watching.” These kits help families ensure that children see and do those things that will prepare them to enter kindergarten or first grade ready to learn. Laura also pointed out that children learn how borrowing works at the library. The kits are such fun often they don’t really want to give them up. Learning that when they return checked out items, they will be able to take home something new is a great lesson both for library use and getting along with others. Library staff have prepared a Tip Sheet for parents and caretakers and one accompanies each kit.

TLC has been supporting this program since 2017. Their support has enriched the lives of many families and contributes to reading readiness for our youngest library customers.

The goal for 2020 is to double the number of kits available and to expand the service to all Albuquerque Bernalillo County public library locations.

Thank you, TLC!

TLC Plumbing & Utility, an HVAC & Plumbing Company in Albuquerque

Thank You to Our Corporate Sponsors

  • Al’s Big Dipper
  • Amazon Smile
  • Bank of America
  • Bookworks
  • Bubonicon
  • The Frost Foundation
  • New Mexico Bank and Trust
  • Sandia National Laboratories
  • Smith’s
  • Speedzone Print & Copy
  • TLC Plumbing
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