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.
Saturday, July 9, brought together a remarkable group of several hundred people from all parts of Albuquerque to celebrate the opening of the newest addition to the libraries of Albuquerque and Bernalillo County—the International District Library at 7601 Central NE!
What a joy it was to come together after so many years to see this dream become a reality. Library Director, Dean Smith, shared his warm welcome and thanks to those who made it all happen. His complete remarks are here.
Excerpted from her work, The Great Equalizer, as Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones once stated: “Growing up, there are 2 institutional places that affect you most powerfully: the church, which belongs to God and the public library, which belongs to you. The public library is a great equalizer.”
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 (IDL) on July 9. You’ll find the complete text here.
Anna has lived in 6 different areas in the International District (ID). In her own words, “I understand and feel its beating heart. It was an honor to have that be my first occasion poem.”
Anna is Albuquerque’s sixth Poet Laureate, appointed June 29 at a gala Albuquerque Museum ceremony, to serve a two-year term starting July 1 by the city’s Poet Laureate Program.
Personally, I’ve never been able to jump on the digital book bandwagon. There is something in the physicality of printed books that is a comforting, tactile experience for me. So, naturally, I’ve collected a massive collection of books over the last few decades. This collection has followed me in my adult life as I’ve moved across the world and schlepped my books with me.
It’s been a huge liability to have hundreds of heavy boxes of just books trail me as I’ve taken the winding road that has led me to settle here in Albuquerque.
Although I seem to have passed on my bibliophile tendencies to my kids, a breaking point was inevitable. We simply don’t have the space to keep endlessly acquiring more books! For my family and me, the constraint is space. For others, it’s money and resources. For others, it’s cultural. There are many reasons why people may not have access to the books and ideas that they want or need. Libraries are, for me, a glorious wonderland of glee—shelf after shelf, wall after wall of books—new ones calling to me all the time to be discovered.
I give because I love books. And I want others, regardless of their circumstances or constraints, to have easy access to the world of ideas that books offer. I have lived abroad in places without public libraries. Access to the knowledge and ideas in these places is reserved for only the elite. Places without libraries tend to lack accessible indoor places for people to gather, and I can feel this inequity in the social interactions I have had living in societies without libraries.
To this point, I also give because libraries are safe spaces of connection in a world that is increasingly disconnected and lonesome. Yes, they offer books, but they offer so much more: community, connectedness, shelter, and self-discovery—to name a few. Libraries embody the best of society: a democratizing access point in our social infrastructure where everyone is welcome, everyone is respected, and where we are all on an even playing field. Money cannot buy you priority access in a library—they are countercultural in that way. Libraries are places where the rich and poor come together to ask questions and seek answers; to take classes and find solace; a free place of activity for the whole family.
Libraries are hidden gems that shoulder an oversized responsibility in bolstering what unites us, all the more important in times when divisiveness is pulling our communities apart. I especially felt this living in Brooklyn, NY, with a newborn and four-year-old. Four of us lived in 500 square feet (which we shared with my oversized book collection). We had limited income—I worked for a nonprofit, and my wife was finishing her dissertation. We didn’t have money or resources to regularly buy access to museums and play spaces that our neighbors did. The library was our place—rain, snow, or punishing sun—we were always welcome, and the kids were always entertained. Our local library was an extension of our daily lives.
I give because I want everyone in Albuquerque to have access to world-class libraries like I have. Our beautiful city has many serious challenges. Access to welcoming libraries can help fill the gap in instances where our schools and social services are falling short. Indirectly libraries can lead to a more skilled workforce, more economic development, and reduction in crime. I want libraries to help Burqueños elevate themselves to realize their full potential, regardless of race, ethnicity, age, or means. I want libraries to help Albuquerque blossom into a diverse, thriving community rooted in respect for ideas, cultures, and people.
Join me in giving to the Albuquerque Public Library Foundation to ensure our libraries continue to lead the people of Albuquerque to brighter tomorrows.
President, APLF Board of Directors
Dear Library Supporters,
The APLF Board of Directors joins me in expressing our heartfelt gratitude for your response to our second Library Giving campaign in April.
We are always encouraged by your financial support as well as by the expressions of appreciation for our wonderful library staff and the programs and resources provided by the library system.
The library community donated just over $27,000 to support creative programs and services that enrich participants’ lives. The APLF Board individually donated an additional $19,500 as matching funds — for a total of over $46,500. Our heartfelt thanks!
These programs and services include STEM and STEAM programs such as Leap into Science, gardening, food and nutrition classes for all ages, and Beginning Birding Kits. You’ll find a complete list here.
Summer is beginning, and many in-person events will be taking place at your neighborhood library. Pick up a free EVENT GUIDE at any library or check the library website for complete programming information.
Thank you for your continued support of The Public Library, Albuquerque Bernalillo County, and the Albuquerque Public Library Foundation.
We look forward to the new beginnings that will take place this summer!
Community Giving. Community Strong.
Mark your calendars! Come join us!
Saturday, July 9 at 1:00 pm
7601 Central NE, Albuquerque
What a community celebration it will be!
We are excited to see this 21st-century library come alive with customers, programs, and resources. In the meantime, you can see the preparations for opening in these photos.
We are so happy to introduce the newest member of the APLF Board — Lydia T. Ashanin. Lydia’s professional background includes over 30 years of impactful marketing and communications experience in New Mexico and nationally.
She led the successful development, creation and management of multiple programs focused on social responsibility, wellness and healthcare for under-served members of communities in New Mexico and elsewhere. Coalition-building is a fundamental value for Lydia, as it is for all of us on the APLF Board.
Lydia received her MBA from the UNM Anderson School of Management and was recognized in 2010 as the Albuquerque Business First Woman of Influence and again in 2019 as an Albuquerque Journal Women in Business honoree.
We look forward to working with Lydia to build strong programming and services that only are available through community financial support. Welcome, Lydia!
I’ll answer the question in two ways: First, for the importance of libraries to me personally. They’ve been a part of my life for almost as long as I can remember, starting in early childhood, with weekly trips to bring books back from the local branch library. Then in my teenage years, when I had summer jobs working for the San Francisco public library system, to working at the reference desk of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill library and the Environmental Protection Agency library in the Research Triangle, while in library school there.
Then onto a career based in the University of New Mexico Library and finally, to spending weeks and months doing my own research in libraries and archives in Mexico, Colombia, Ecuador, Spain, and the US West and Southwest. Libraries have been the springboard to my professional accomplishments.
The second reason, though, and the more important, is their universality. The public library is there for everyone; it’s a boundless world of knowledge, discovery, and possibilities open to all, free of charge.
We frequently hear that libraries and the free flow of information they provide are pivotal to our democracy. It’s a truth that can’t be stressed enough—now more than ever. Libraries, with everything they contain, also inspire us to bigger and greater things.
Nearly a half-century ago, one of America’s great writers, Ralph Ellison, made a reference to libraries that has lodged in my mind all these years: “The library,” he said, “is a nexus of dreams, a place where we are able to free ourselves from the limitations of today by becoming acquainted with what went on in the past and thus project ourselves into the future.” How true Ellison’s words were and how true they remain.
But in a more tangible, down to earth way, libraries across this country are essential to millions of people, year in and year out, in numerous practical ways:
In short, their contribution in sustaining and enhancing the quality of civic life is multidimensional and enduring. It’s for these reasons and others like them that I take great pleasure in supporting our libraries.
The Friends of the Public Library opens their book sale doors on the second Saturday of every month.
Mark your calendars for June 10th from 10-4 pm!
The Friends hold this in-person event at the Main Library in the Lower Level Activity Room. Click here for complete information. Proceeds from the Friends of the Library Book Sales support the Summer Reading Program.
This year’s theme is “Oceans of Possibilities.” Rhonda Trujillo is making sure that Los Griegos Library patrons of all ages immerse themselves in this fun program. We hope you enjoy these photos of her art work in support of this wonderful theme. Go take a look. The kids will love it.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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:
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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Did you know the Library has its very own YouTube account? Come see all your favorite story time videos, STEM activity videos, and more, all in one place! Great resources for parents!