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On Behalf of the Board (Posted: 04/06/2022)

Julia Clarke

Julia Clarke
President, APLF Board of Directors

It’s here! Library Giving Month is April 1 – 30! The Albuquerque Public Library Foundation (APLF) raises funds to enrich Library programs, services and facilities.

This year we are emphasizing the importance of creative public library programming, especially programs that are somewhat new to the library environment — STEM & STEAM programs.

All gifts to the Foundation from April 1 -30 are eligible to be matched by the APLF Board.

“STEAM / STEM-based education teaches children more than science and mathematics concepts. The focus on hands-on learning with real-world applications helps develop a variety of skill sets, including creativity and 21st century skills.

  • 21st century skills include media and technology literacy, productivity, social skills, communication, flexibility and initiative.
  • Other skills attained through STEAM / STEM education include problem solving, critical thinking, creativity, curiosity, decision making, leadership, entrepreneurship, acceptance of failure and more.
  • Regardless of the future career path considered by these children, these skill sets go a long way to preparing them to be innovative.”

Excerpted from National Inventors Hall of Fame

STEAM and STEM are present in many schools throughout our community and some of our libraries, but not all. By strengthening our public library programming, more children and families will have the opportunity to encounter new ideas, learn new skills, become motivated to learn about the natural and the physical world and have fun doing it.

Library craft programs fuel imaginations, teach new skills and often provide resources not available in all households. APLF supports a number of programs including Gardening, Food and Nutrition classes for all ages, Early Literacy initiatives, the Career Online High School program and Ukuleles in the Library.

Please join us in enriching all creative opportunities available at our current 18 locations - soon to be 19 libraries with the opening of the new International District Library in Summer, 2022. We can’t wait!

Community Giving. Community Strong.

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James Webb Space Telescope (Posted: 04/06/2022)

James Webb Telescope

Many of you are familiar with the mission of the HUBBLE telescope and the photographs that have forever changed our idea of what the universe looks like.

You may not be familiar with the HUBBLE’s successor, the James Webb Space Telescope “the most powerful telescope ever launched."

The design challenge was how to collapse the WEBB’s solar array into a size that could be carried by the rocket designed to put it in orbit. All to observe “first stars and the formation of the first galaxies.” It came down to origami as a design solution. STEAM at one of its finest moments. Read on!

Origami

Excerpted from a FB comment from Kevin Liddane 1/14/22

“For the past 5 years I have been a presenter to middle school students on STEM. I have used the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) to cover all of it, math, physics, chemistry, engineering, optics, biology, astrophysics. It’s all wrapped up in WEBB. Recently, I met a mom who said to me... I don’t know what I’m going to do with my daughter.

“I asked her, ‘what’s going on?’ She told me her daughter is a graphic arts major and she wants to be an astrophysicist. I asked how her grades are in core sciences. She replied, excellent and her daughter is taking advanced mathematics on her own in the summer so she can prepare.

“I told her about WEBB, about how it wouldn’t fit into a rocket and engineers were struggling with how to get it into space — about how someone spotted an origami statue on a desk and was inspired to ‘fold it up’ like an origami statue.

“I pointed out to her that NASA had a ‘space’ problem and the solution came from an art object. I said she’s perfect for Astrophysics because she is trained and thinks differently, NASA needs artists who are also astrophysicists.”

APLF believes the future leaders, scientists, engineers, and technicians in our community will benefit from the creative enrichment opportunities, like STEAM and STEM, offered by the Library.

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APLF welcomes Daniel Wald to the Board (Posted: 04/06/2022)

Daniel Wald

As a non-profit executive who works in underserved parts of the world, I frequently visit places without public libraries. In these places, access to learning, meeting, and discovering new ideas in a library setting are reserved for the wealthy.

I’ve witnessed a mother in rural Panama rip pages from a gifted book to divide between her children, and I’ve seen the transformative effect the establishment of a children’s lending library had on my community in Kenya.

I cherish libraries — for myself, for my children, and for my community. This dedication to the institution of libraries led me to join the APLF board. I want to ensure that our library system in my adopted hometown of Albuquerque is strong and supported. I believe that healthy libraries are a fundamental piece of healthy communities and can help citizens realize their full potential. Because my work is global, I am excited to give back to my local community through volunteering.

My wife, a professor of geography, brought our family to Albuquerque (from Brooklyn) 5 years ago to take a job at CNM. We love the warm community and beautiful landscapes here. My weekly bike rides with my kids (ages 7 and 10) to our local library branch (Lomas Tramway) have become a cherished ritual. They love researching ideas, discovering new books, and surfing the library catalog. I intend to bring my background in non-profit management, grant acquisition, and civic engagement to my work with APLF.

Respectfully, Daniel Wald

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Welcome Spring! (Posted: 04/06/2022)

Abq-Bernco Seed Library

The ABQ-BERNCO Seed Library was established in 2014 to encourage a community of water-wise home gardeners. The Seed Library, now housed at the South Broadway Library, aims to provide access, helpful hints, and skills to enable everyone to participate in this gardening community by offering:

  • Free, open-pollinated, non-GMO vegetable, certified organic or untreated herb, and flower seeds to library cardholders
  • Free monthly garden-related programs to foster all levels of gardeners through growing, harvesting, seed saving, and more—all within our unique high desert environment.

Visit the Seed Library collection at 1025 Broadway SE. You can find the library located inside the South Broadway Cultural Center. Each patron with a library card in good standing may check out 30 packets of seeds each year to grow in a home garden. For your convenience, seeds can be delivered to other libraries.

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Begin Birding in Your Own Backyard (Posted: 04/06/2022)

Boy Birding

The City of Albuquerque’s Open Space Division and the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, with the support of the Albuquerque Public Library Foundation are bringing Beginning Birding Kits to The Public Library, Albuquerque and Bernalillo County!

Birding Kits will teach observation and recording skills. Not only is birdwatching an enjoyable pastime, the skills developed are essential to many careers!

Beginning Birding Kits are checked out on a first come, first served basis at most Public Library locations. Kits cannot be placed on hold by computer or phone, so please visit your neighborhood branch to get started. More information available here.

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Why I Give - Anna Zollinger, APLF Board (Posted: 04/06/2022)

Anna Zollinger

I have loved the public library as long as I can remember.

Growing up in Yorkshire, England, I loved climbing into the cozy warmth of the mobile library that wound its way up and down the narrow lanes to reach each tiny hilltop village.

Later, on my first visit to London, I was awestruck and in love with the imposing grandeur of the British Library – which I learned had the most catalogued items of any library in the world.

I loved the sense of mystery and arcane knowledge I felt in every library I explored.

I loved, and was astonished by, the idea that I was trusted to borrow these marvelous treasures….these books of magic and possibility! I loved the limitless feeling of abundance. I loved all librarians, regardless of temperament. I loved…and continue to love the library with unabashed intensity – and for so many reasons.

But my love of the public library is not why I give. I give because of all the times I have needed the library.

  • When I needed a refuge from the unkindness of my schoolmates, I found sanctuary at the library.
  • When I needed to believe I was destined for a bigger life than the one I saw stretching out in my small English village, I found a whole wide world waiting for me in books at the library.
  • When, arriving in New York City, I found it far more overwhelming than Holden Caulfield had led me to believe - it was at the New York Public Library that I got my bearings, and it was, of course, a librarian who helped me find my lodging, decipher the subway map and told me where to eat for cheap. I went back to the library every day until my money ran out and I fled to New Mexico.
  • I needed the library more than ever when I became a single parent, living in Albuquerque, where I hadn’t yet found my feet. I needed the elders who frequented the library, and who helped me in raising my sons.
  • When I began my career as a community inclusion advocate for people with disabilities, the library was often the only place my friends and I were not only welcomed but felt valued.
  • When I lost my job after 10 years, I needed the library to remind me I was a real person with potential.
  • When I realized I needed to be involved in positive change because the world had lost its mind, it was at the library that I found the sense of purpose and community and hope I so badly needed.

Looking back, I’ve needed the library for so many reasons. And I need it now – we all do - more than ever before.

And that’s why I give. Anna

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Friends Book Sale - April 9, 2022 (Posted: 04/06/2022)

Friends Logo

Mark Your Calendars for the next Second Saturday FRIENDS BOOK SALE!

Main Library at 501 Copper Ave NW
Lower Level - Activity Room

From 10 to 4 pm, shop more than 25,000 books, CDs, DVDs, and records, most discounted 80 – 90% Paperbacks are just 25 cents each!

Admission is free for members and $2 for non-members

  • FREE PARKING! Two-hour free parking available in the Very Special Arts Parking Garage on the SE corner of Copper Ave. and 5th St., kitty-corner to the Main Library. Bring your parking ticket to a library staff member to get validated.
  • CARRY OUT SERVICE! Can’t carry all those great buys? Take your books to the holding area and we’ll take them up to your car for you after you check out. Happy hunting!
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A Letter from the Editor, Amy Henne (Posted: 02/07/2022)

Amy Henne

Well, here we go again. Just when we were hoping the pandemic was waning, we are facing another round of health-related restrictions.

However, may I remind you of the incredible resources our libraries have to offer you in terms of movies and music and our own Youtube channel, TheABCLibrary? You’ll find an exciting list of possibilities there in PLAYLISTS, including 10 STEM lab experiments! Explore and discover what new resources have been added since the last time you took a look.

Be creative! Live dangerously! You may elect to pick up books you put on hold at a library you’ve not visited before. I’m partial to Special Collections at Central and Edith. The aesthetic atmosphere is so inspiring that I always enjoy my visit. I also enjoy the Ernie Pyle Library just because the tiny little house reminds me of a fondly remembered childhood library.

Books are just the beginning. The library programs offered for enrichment and enjoyment for our entire community are supported through the fund-raising efforts of both the Albuquerque Public Library Foundation (APLF) and the Friends of the Public Library.

Your contributions to the 2021 APLF Library Giving Campaign funded two new communications tools to the benefit of us all. The Library Event Guide is first. Now in its second issue, it’s available in print at all libraries and on the Library website. The second being double-sided magnetic glass WELCOME boards to publicize and bring more programming and services to your attention. They are gorgeous! Look for them the next you are in.

This year, the APLF Board pledged a generous matching funds pool for the April 2022 Library Giving Month fundraising campaign. All donations received between April 1 and April 30 are eligible for matching. This year APLF is raising funds to support and strengthen STEAM and STEM programming throughout the library system. STEAM programming adds the ARTS to the equation of Science, Technology, Engineering, Math.

In the meantime, check the Library Event Guide available at all libraries for scheduled in-person programs close to you. No matter what it is you’re interested in, there’s something happening every day at your library! Join us!

Community Giving. Community Strong.

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Exciting News at the Taylor Ranch Library! (Posted: 02/07/2022)

Taylor Ranch Library

The Taylor Ranch Library is looking forward to welcoming library customers to the new Ken Sanchez Community Room this spring. Construction is well underway and on schedule.

This project has been in the works for several years and is named for Councilor Ken Sanchez, who initiated the funding process. Library lover Dolores Hartley left a bequest to the Albuquerque Public Library Foundation for the new Community Room, and her bequest is being used to purchase furnishings, such as tables and chairs. Our sincere thanks for her generous gift that will be put to such good use.

On December 16, Mayor Keller and Councilor Lan Sena invited the community to join in a “Beam Signing” event. Representatives from the surrounding neighborhoods were thanked for their work to get this project done, and all were invited to sign the beam before it was installed. APLF was well-represented by Julia Clarke.

CABQ One Albuquerque produced a wonderful video of the event. Take a look!

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Remembering and Celebrating (Posted: 02/07/2022)

Lit candles

So much has happened to all of us over these past few years—new beginnings and life passages, along with the difficulty of loss. In 2021, the Foundation saw a remarkable increase in the donations being made in memory of loved ones who have passed, in celebrations of the lives of those still with us, and many appreciations for our libraries and staff.

These dedications and more are posted on our APLF website during the calendar year. All memorials and celebrations are respectfully archived at the end of each year. As for me, I can think of no better place to give than to our public library. Emily Dickenson said, “Hope is the thing with wings.” I say hope is a library.

Should you feel so inspired, please join our community of givers in remembrance of your loved ones and in celebration of lives well-lived and jobs well done.

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Why I Give - Judy Gibbon, APLF Board Member (Posted: 02/07/2022)

Judy Gibbon

Ever since the day my mother took my sister and me on the bus to the Main Public Library in Galveston, Texas I have had a love affair with libraries. As a six-year-old I was smitten with the idea that all I had to be able to do was print my name and the world of book borrowing was mine.

While my public library usage was not always available during my growing up years, I always had access to the school library. Growing up, it was a consistent part of my life to have a book on my bedside table for the end of the day or to be with me on a rainy afternoon. Those times I was entranced by the lives of the March girls, and my other fictional friends.

As a young mother, taking my two boys to our local public library and pulling them home in our wagon loaded with them and with their laps full of books was part of our regular routine. When our daughter arrived, she joined the weekly library trek.

Why were these library trips so important? They were places filled with adventures, answers, personal growth, entertainment and compassionate librarians. I never could get over the idea of a “free public library”. It was a symbol to me of one of the best things about our community and there was a library branch near us wherever we lived. It was a place open to all - those who came on foot, a bus or in a car. My passion for libraries and what they offered to all grew along with my children.

When they were teenagers, I was a member of Leadership Albuquerque, and I received a notice from the City that the Library Advisory Board was looking for a representative from my quadrant of Albuquerque. I held my breath while writing my application letter and was ecstatic when I was accepted for what came to be a ten-year stint in that group. That was followed by my involvement as a founding member of the Albuquerque Public Library Foundation in 2013.

For the last two decades, I have been able to give back both with time and treasure to the places that have given so much pleasure and shared knowledge to me, my children and my husband in hopes that our libraries will continue to flourish.

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The Greatest Library Resource of All (Posted: 02/07/2022)

Librarian with boy

We enjoy sharing information on library resources with you. Some of this information is just a reminder, and we hope you might see something new and of interest. However, the best-kept secret is that the most significant resource in The Public Library, Albuquerque and Bernalillo County is our talented staff.

Many staff are librarians with Master of Science degrees from accredited universities. Some come to us after pursuing careers in other fields, and still, others are giving public library work “a test drive” to determine whether this is their chosen career. All come to work each day with enthusiasm for library customers and for sharing their skills and expertise. Library programming couldn’t continue to adapt to 21st-century realities—including a pandemic—without them. Next time you visit your favorite library, say hello to the staff. They always are there to welcome you!


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