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Bookworks Relaunches A Word With Writers (Posted: 04/27/2023)

Colson Whitehead

Colson Whitehead in Conversation with Hakim Bellamy

When: Thursday, July 27, 2023
Where: KiMo Theatre
Cost: $34 – $39

Bookworks and the Albuquerque Public Library Foundation welcome multiple Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Colson Whitehead, on tour for Crook Manifesto. Mr. Whitehead will be in conversation with Hakim Bellamy, inaugural Albuquerque Poet Laureate.

Each ticket includes a signed hardcover of Crook Manifesto and a donation to the Albuquerque Public Library Foundation.

Please join us for this thought-provoking evening to benefit APLF.

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On Behalf of the Board (Posted: 04/12/2023)

Julia Clarke

Julia Clarke
President, APLF Board of Directors

As always, our heartfelt thanks to the donors who made 2023 Library Giving Time such a success. One by one, we see small and large donors continue to join us in strengthening our Public Library system throughout Albuquerque and Bernalillo County. Thank you for being part of our growing community!

We appreciate all the support you have shown throughout our 2023 Library Giving campaign. Every click, like and comment on social media, every subscriber to our newsletter, every single donation makes a real difference. We truly could not do this without you.

Community Giving. Community Strong.

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Taylor Ranch Library & Ken Sanchez Community Room (Posted: 04/12/2023)

Taylor Ranch Library

Near the intersection of Montano and Unser, you will find our beautiful Taylor Ranch Library sitting at the top of the hill. Placed on the edges of the Petroglyph National Monument, this library is truly a neighborhood gem.

Taylor Ranch Library

The park area where this neighborhood library is located provides expansive outdoor space for sledding at first sign of a good snow, play areas for children and a dog park for canines and their "people." Park benches are plentiful for walkers.

Taylor Ranch Library

Opened in November 1989, the Taylor Ranch Library is located in the middle of the Santa Fe Village neighborhood in the Taylor Ranch area.

Taylor Ranch Library

The interior view east to the mountains is panoramic. The sense of peace and nature from the outside continues to the open and welcoming interior.

Taylor Ranch Library

The Delores Hartley bequest to APLF provided the funds to furnish the Ken Sanchez Community Room. Infants, toddlers and their grandparents, parents and caregivers come together in this gloriously colourful space.

Taylor Ranch Library

The Ken Sanchez Community Room was dedicated in 2022 after many years of planning and securing funding. It is used by community members, local schools and neighborhood organisations.

Taylor Ranch Library

Children are welcomed here at every turn. Kelly Brocklehurst, Children’s Librarian at the Taylor Ranch and library staff have a devoted following of young and old alike for storytime and other activities such as crafts, music and movement, journaling and book clubs.

Taylor Ranch Library

The Community Room opens to a beautiful shaded patio where the Summer Reading Program is held. There have been up to 200 participants for the Summer Reading Program.

Taylor Ranch Library

Many Taylor Ranch patrons first experienced the library when they themselves attended children’s storytime. Those children grew up and now bring their own children to storytime, too. Sweet and inspiring stories are shared of library adventures that span three and four generations.

Lilly Byres-Richardson

Lilly Byres-Richardson, Branch Manager of Taylor Ranch, has nothing but praise for her "extremely dedicated staff who are devoted to their jobs and to the community. We work really hard to have the answer to questions be YES!"

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Community Baby Shower (Posted: 04/12/2023)

Community Baby Shower

For new & expecting Moms & Dads

Saturday, April 22 from 1-3 pm

Central and Unser Library
8081 Central NE

A free community information fair for new and expecting parents (and big brothers and sisters!). Enjoy gifts, refreshments and other fun surprises. Bring your baby!

Sponsored by the Albuquerque Public Library Foundation

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On Behalf of the Board (Posted: 03/14/2023)

Julia Clarke

Julia Clarke
President, APLF Board of Directors

Dear Library Supporters,

We are pleased to announce the 3rd annual Spring Library Giving campaign March 17-27. This year’s theme is Spring for the Library - Come grow with us!

APLF is a 501c-3 non-profit organization, run by a volunteer Board of working and retired professionals.

APLF steps in where there is a need and there are no public funds to meet those needs — as we are able. Support from our donors goes to fund new and continuing programs & services; along with facility upgrades and initiatives not covered by our tax dollars.

Books are just the beginning! Come join us.
Donations received by March 27 are eligible to matched by the APLF Board.

Community Giving. Community Strong.

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On Behalf of the Board (Posted: 02/09/2023)

Julia Clarke

Julia Clarke
President, APLF Board of Directors

Dear Library Supporters,

Like many of you, my thoughts turn to spring this time of year. I am ready to see the budding leaves, the crocus blooms, and, yes, even a weed or two. Spring’s promise of growth brings me joy, and as I think about our public libraries, the potential for individual growth comes to mind.


This potential manifests in different ways at different stages of life. Many of the programs sponsored by APLF help children develop new skills and identify new interests, story times nurture our newest readers, and the Library Event Guides grow attendance and awareness of programs and services that may be new to you.

Your donations support many of the efforts that occur in the one place where everyone is welcome and everyone belongs—our public libraries. Thank you.

Community Giving. Community Strong.

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Poets in the Library: Hidden Treasures in Every Neighborhood (Posted: 02/09/2023)

One Albuquerque, One Hundred Poets

Albuquerque’s vibrant community of poets gathered at the International District Library on December 17, 2022, to celebrate the publication of One Albuquerque, One Hundred Poets; Poets in the Library Anthology. Mayor Keller and Dr. Shelle Sanchez joined the festivities. Here are just a few of the poets who read. Photo acknowledgements to Jeff Hartzer.

Albuquerque’s fifth poet laureate, Mary Oishi, created the “Poets in the Libraries” (link) series in 2020 and 2021.

“Albuquerque has hidden treasures in every neighborhood,” Oishi wrote. Happily, quite a few of those treasures were discovered, including a truck driver, a paramedic, musicians, those who started writing in their later years, and those only ever shared with their family and close friends.”

One Albuquerque, One Hundred Poets
One Albuquerque, One Hundred Poets
One Albuquerque, One Hundred Poets

Several poets in the series performed and published for the first time, thanks to this series.

“Poets in the Libraries” was implemented with the help of staff throughout the library system. Library Engagement Coordinator, Mary Sue Houser, oversaw the project.

The team invited Albuquerque poets to read at seventeen of the city’s public libraries. The only public library not represented in the anthology is the International District Library, which was under construction during the pandemic.

Poets read virtually from home, outside, or at the city’s public libraries. The readings were recorded and produced as part of GOVTV’s “Poets in the Libraries” series on YOU TUBE, which also includes a visual tour and the history of each library.

View the videos here!

The "Poets in the Libraries" anthology showcases the work from the series and Albuquerque’s vibrant—and ever-growing—poetry scene.

The book features 100 poems, a map of the public libraries, an introduction by Oishi, and a bio for each poet, along with their home library.

Poetry is divided into sections, including poems on Albuquerque and New Mexico, nature and the environment, animals, relationships, grief and loss, healing, and empowerment.

The book lifts up our community poets, our city libraries, the poet laureate program, books and publishing, and public and private reading time.

One Albuquerque, One Hundred Poets is available at local bookstores or via Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Bookshop.

You will also find this anthology available to check out at Albuquerque public libraries.

Each book purchased benefits the Albuquerque Public Library Foundation, co-publisher of the anthology.

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Free subscription to NYT from NM State Library! (Posted: 02/09/2023)

The New Mexico State Library is making 2 high-profile digital resources available FOR FREE to NM state residents!

All libraries across New Mexico will now provide visitors with FREE ACCESS to a New York Times digital subscription, which includes access to both its cooking and games sections, along with The Palace Project e-book library. Both e-books and audiobooks are available through the service, and the material encompasses all reader levels in both Spanish and English.

“All of this is part of the New Mexico State Library’s commitment to improve access to entertaining and educational materials,” said Kate Alderete, deputy state librarian.

Albuquerque and Bernalillo County residents can access the New York Times for free from the public library’s website by clicking here OR clicking on Research, then eResources & Databases, and clicking on New York Times At Home. Then, simply click Redeem, and sign into your NY Times account or create a new account. This code will give you access to the Times for 24 hours, and can be reused.

The Palace Project is accessible through an app on your tablet or smart phone. Just download the app, choose New Mexico State Library when you are asked to "find your library", create a Palace Project library card, and start borrowing! If you have any problems with the app, just give the NM State Library reference desk a call at 505-476-9702.

Click here to read the entire Journal article. Permission granted by The Albuquerque Journal to link.

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CABQ Public Arts & the International District Library (Posted: 02/09/2023)

Reyes Padilla

Reyes Padilla is the artist selected in 2022 for the City of Albuquerque Public Arts Program. When completed, Padilla’s work will be installed inside the expansive windows of the new International District Library located at 7601 Central Ave NE.

For ten days, Padilla will study with international designers at Franz Mayer of Munich, Germany. Founded in 1847, Franz Mayer of Munich is a glass art company that transforms artwork into some of the most brilliant glass designs in the world. The company specializes in developing and producing international projects, spanning traditional to avant-garde artworks and techniques.

“The concept for this project was to really emphasize the amount of communities that make up the International District,” Padilla says. “There’s so much diversity there.” Padilla says when the project is installed, visitors will be able to see it from outside the library.

“You’ll have to enter the library to experience it to its fullest,” he says. “With the different equipment and materials, this project will be unlike anything we’ve seen here in New Mexico. It will be a great representation of the community.”

The Public Library has numerous pieces of public art installed across our library system—you can find a complete listing of all locations here.

Click here to read the complete article. Permission granted by The Albuquerque Journal to link.

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Why I Give - Julia Clarke, President, APLF Board of Directors (Posted: 02/09/2023)

Julia Clarke

Public libraries have always been a part of my life. Like most of you, my parents shared the wonders of the library when I was a small child.

Imagine my excitement when Frances Horwich of “Miss Frances and the Ding Dong School” came to “my” branch of the public library. I was hooked!

My career trajectory in academic and public libraries provided a front-row seat to learn that the public library is valued as a welcoming and helpful resource in one’s life journey as well as a place of comfort and often joy.

Allow me to share some observations of those who benefit from the daily work of the library staff and volunteers. It is those individuals who ensure that public libraries make a positive difference in the life of our community—growing their potential and enhancing their quality of life.

There wasn’t a dry eye in the room when we opened a note from a patron of the Special Collections Library. She wrote to thank the staff for taking the time to teach her how to set up an email account and apply for a job. She got the job, and her note said it all: “Thanks to the staff, I can pay rent and buy food.”

A customer who was left with one arm after surgery came to the library before attending any special events or even lunch with her friends. We combed her hair, made sure her dress was fastened correctly, put on her jewelry, and ensured that things were “just right.” In turn, she taught us how to make a cake with one hand and a few other tricks she’d learned along the way—a true win/win.

Over the years, I saw the tattoos on the arms of the Holocaust survivors, observed the grief of families impacted by horrific crimes, and witnessed miraculous recoveries. The library was always there for them.

On occasion, families stopped at the library on the way home from the hospital to get a library card for the newest addition to the family. And we all rejoiced when we learned of successful science fair projects. Sadness or joy—the public library was among the places they wanted to be.

I loved every minute of working in public libraries—even the pet show that failed to meet all expectations. Of course, the program was my idea. Little did I know that adults and children would arrive with mules, exotic birds, reptiles, and the more usual dogs, cats, and gerbils.

All was going well, and almost every pet was awarded the perfect ribbon: Biggest Ears, Longest Snake, etc. A darling white dog in a “sailor-style collar” was next, and I awarded him the “Most Nautical” prize. The 70+-year-old owner was not amused and hit me over the head with her purse. I laugh every time I think about it!

Our public libraries are treasures and mean something different to each person who walks through the doors. For many, the public library is a constant and is treasured throughout their lives.

Yes, our community members check out and read books, access databases, and otherwise enrich their lives. However, it is their interaction with the staff and the confidence in knowing that the public library will provide the help that is needed that makes the difference.

I thank all who contribute, support, and strengthen this beloved institution that is, quite simply, an essential part of our lives. This is why I give.

@ Your Library!

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