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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

A Word with Writers: Kirstin Valdez Quade

Bookworks and the Albuquerque Public Library Foundation are pleased to present Kirstin Valdez Quade for A Word with Writers on April 6, 2021.

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New Year Reflections from Julia Clarke, President APLF

Happy New Year! How wonderful to write those words after the many challenges of 2020. I am filled with hope and anticipation as we begin this New Year together.

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What We’re Reading Now

Palaces for The People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civic Life
Author: Eric Klinenberg

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Welcoming Our Newest Board Member

The APLF Board is pleased to welcome Amy Henne as our newest Board Member.

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San Pedro Library

Serving the neighborhoods of Elder Homestead, Fair West, La Mesa, Siesta Hills and South San Pedro.

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Message from Library Director, Dean Smith

Library staff and volunteers join me in thanking you for supporting the Library Bond Questions in the November election.

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Construction Continues on the International District Library

progress is being made on the new library that will be located at 7605 Central NE.

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It’s Easier to Obtain a Tax Deduction for Charitable Giving this Year

The importance of nonprofit organizations and the essential services they support was acknowledged in the CARES Act provision.

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Library Issues On the Ballot

Thank you for supporting the Library Bonds in the recent election. reminding us that the public libraries are valued throughout our community!

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Los Griegos Library Summer Reading Program Creations

Visitors to the Los Griegos Library enjoy treasures originally created for the 2020 Summer Reading program.

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Library Hours Update

The library system is following public health directives issued by the Governor and our Mayor.

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Main Library Tour

On October 24 Modern Albuquerque presented A New Modernist Landmark: Virtual Tour of the Albuquerque Main Public Library.

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Central & Unser Library Teen Room Whiteboard Artists

In January of 2020 the Central & Unser Library started a program featuring teen artwork in the Freedman Young Adult room.

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Weekly Book Sales at the Main Library are Back

The Friends of the Public Library are back in business!

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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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More News

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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