Mission: The Albuquerque Public Library Foundation raises funds to enrich Library programs, services and facilities.
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.
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.
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.
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In January of 2020 the Central & Unser Library started a program featuring teen artwork in the Freedman Young Adult room.
The Friends of the Public Library are back in business!
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.
The Library Foundation and Bookworks present a Zoom event with author Helen MacDonald.
The Friends of the Library Bookshop at the Main Library will be open 11 to 3 Monday through Friday.
Hours will be expanding throughout the library system in September.
The library staff have been busy preparing videos of programs on a variety of subjects.
Excavation work is underway at the site of the International District Library.
Libraries in Albuquerque reopened in part in May, with altered hours and social distancing.
Our most recent board member, has libraries in her blood.
The Albuquerque Public Library Foundation notes with sadness the death of the renowned New Mexico author.
Coronavirus or not, Mayor Tim Keller celebrated groundbreaking of new library.
The 50th Earth Day fell on April 22 of this year.
How is the shuttered Albuquerque Public Library doing in this strange time?
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.
The Albuquerque Public Library Foundation is encouraging our library supporters to recognize a friend or family member with a donation to the Foundation.
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.
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!