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

September, 2021

On Behalf of the Board

Julia Clarke

Julia Clarke
President, APLF Board of Directors

September is here! Schools are in session and our libraries are introducing in-person programming and other enhancements to our library system.

The first enhancement is the publication of our very first system-wide Library Event Guide made possible by your Library Giving Day donations to APLF. Created in-house by talented library staff, the FREE Guide will be available for you to pick up at all library locations and on-line.

At one glance, you will be able to see the FREE programs and special events available September - December 2021 across our library system. You are always welcome at all libraries for the programs and events that interest you. Come and explore what is available! As always, health and safety protocols will be followed. Thanks to the generous support of our donors, more enhancements for programs and information sharing system-wide are on the way. We will keep you informed.

As 2021 begins to wind down, many of us are reviewing the successes and challenges of 2020. An unanticipated and welcomed change is the increase of donations APLF has received in memory of a departed loved one and in celebration of a special friend or family member. As I look at the list, I smile when I read “In celebration of my favorite Bookworm’s 39th Birthday” and notice another in celebration of grandchildren.

For each donation in memory or celebration of, the Foundation sends a letter of thanks to the donor and shares the news with the person being honored or the family of a person being remembered.

Please consider the Albuquerque Public Library Foundation as your milestones occur. Your thoughtful gift ensures that our libraries offer the best services possible to all who enter our libraries!

Community Giving. Community Strong.

News & Events

MedlinePlus - Your Trusted Source of Health Information

One of the many online services the Library offers with your library card is access to MedlinePlus.

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Why I Give - Julia Grimes, APLF Board Member

Libraries and books have always been part of my life.

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International District Library (IDL) Update

The construction of this newest addition to our library system remains on time and on budget.

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Love Notes to the Library

A South Valley Library user recently shared that she used to bring her mother to the library, where they would sit and read.

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National Library Card Month

The Public Library ABQ-BernCo is conducting a social media photo contest in celebration of National Library Card Sign-Up Month.

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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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