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Vision: To support the pursuit of knowledge, community life, and limitless learning opportunities for everyone.

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

August, 2022

On Behalf of the Board

Julia Clarke

Julia Clarke
President, APLF Board of Directors

Dear Library Supporters,

Albuquerque has a new library—the International District Library is officially open! Children have been seen laughing and blowing bubbles in the Activity Room! Computers are being utilized. Workspace and Study Rooms are being reserved. Each time I go through the door, there is more activity. Libraries come together slowly and purposefully, and our newest library is no different.

July 9th, 2022 was a special day in our community, and we want to share that joy with you. We have included Library Director Dean Smith’s opening remarks, along with the passionate presentation of Albuquerque’s newest Poet Laureate, Anna C. Martinez. Anna has lived in several areas of the International District and speaks from the heart.

On behalf of the Foundation and the staff of this beautiful library, please come experience the quiet calm, and sky-high views this gorgeous, purposefully designed building has to offer. After reading this issue, we hope you will feel like you were with us at the opening of the International District Library and be encouraged to come to visit. The staff will extend their warm welcome to you.

Right behind the information desk, you’ll see the names of our generous donors who made it possible for APLF to provide children’s room furnishings and other resources at the International District Library. We extend our heartfelt thanks to all of you who helped make it happen.

Community Giving. Community Strong.

News & Events

July 9, 2022 - Opening of the International District Library

Saturday, July 9, brought together a remarkable group of several hundred people to celebrate the opening of the newest addition to the libraries of Albuquerque and Bernalillo County

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Anna C. Martinez - Albuquerque’s Newest Poet Laureate

In her first official performance as Poet Laureate, Anna C. Martinez read out her newly commissioned poem, The Great Equalizer, for the opening of the Albuquerque International District Library.

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Why I Give

Daniel Wald, APLF Board Member

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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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