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A Word with Writers: Hampton Sides (Posted: 07/02/2018)

Bookworks and the Albuquerque Public Library Foundation will present their bi-annual literary fundraiser, A Word with Writers, with Santa Fe author Hampton Sides, on tour for his new book, On Desperate Ground. The event will be on Thursday, November 1, 2018, 7 p.m. at the KiMo Theatre.

Tickets will admit two and include one signed hardcover and a donation to the Albuquerque Public Library Foundation. They will be on sale later this summer..

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Bank of America Invests in the Future of our Country (Posted: 07/02/2018)

On Thursday, March 22, 2018, Paul Mondragon, the Market President of Bank of America, New Mexico, visited the Tony Hillerman Library during story hour to encourage young children to read. In recent months Bank of America generously donated $6000 to the Albuquerque Public Library Foundation to buy furniture and supplies for early literacy centers at Los Griegos and Tony Hillerman public libraries. The centers are designed to provide a safe and inviting space for young children to develop cognitive, social and language skills needed for success in school.

The Early Childhood Literacy Centers encourage positive parent/child interactions to foster reading readiness skills. A large rocking chair in each library is the perfect place for a young child to sit with his/her parent and learn the magic of printed words and story books. Child-sized tables, chairs and bookcases encourage children to linger and solve puzzles, draw a picture, play a game or participate in a science experiment.

It is with great appreciation that the Albuquerque Public Library Foundation partners with Bank of America to invest in the future of our young children. Learning to read is one of life’s great gifts that keeps on giving. APLF looks forward to more partnerships with Bank of America as we work together to invest in a bright and literate Albuquerque. If your company would like to partner with the foundation, please contact us or phone at 505-553-1074.

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Code Club for Teens Program Supported by Sandia National Laboratories - Honeywell (Posted: 07/02/2018)

Thanks to Sandia National Laboratories/ Honeywell for their 2018 financial support for Code Clubs for Teens for the second year in a row. This series of 90-minute monthly programs is held at several branch libraries in the library system. The Code Club meets 3 goals:

  • it teaches students to write code;
  • it is scheduled for students as the program takes place after school and during the summer months;
  • it provides resources for students who do not have this opportunity at school or have no computer access.
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North Valley Library Dedication (Posted: 05/14/2018)

Bernalillo County has named the North Valley Library after renowned New Mexican Rudolfo Anaya, author of Bless Me Ultima and many other books.

View the dedication of the Rudolfo Anaya North Valley Library.

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2018 Teen Book Trailer Winners (Posted: 05/14/2018)

In celebration of the American Library Association’s Teen Tech Week 2017, the library staff conducted a book trailer contest sponsored by the Albuquerque Public Library Foundation.

Book Trailers are similar to movie trailers or previews, but they promote books instead of films. Book trailers are made to encourage people to read a particular book or novel. they give an audience a sense of what a book is about without giving away too many details. A Book Trailer is not a book review or a book report.

The winners are posted here for you to enjoy. Click on the links to appreciate the skills of Albuquerque's tech savvy teen readers!

A Gift of Magic (Group Entry)
Westing Game (Audience Favorite)
Blood Red Road (Teen Entry)
Sisters (Tween Entry)

Additional background information may be found here.

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A Word With Writers: Luis Alberto Urrea (Posted: 12/04/2017)

The Albuquerque Public Library Foundation & Bookworks presented Luis Urrea, The House of Broken Angels at the KiMo Theatre on March 14, 2018.

A Word with Writers, with Santiago Vaquera-Vasquez, moderator.

Hailed by National Public Radio as a “literary badass” and a “master storyteller with a rock and roll heart” Luis Alberto Urrea is a prolific and acclaimed writer who uses his dual-culture life experiences to explore greater themes of love, loss and triumph.

A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for his landmark work of nonfiction The Devil's Highway, Luis Alberto Urrea is also the bestselling author of the novels The Hummingbird’s Daughter, Into the Beautiful North, and Queen of America, as well as the story collections The Water Museum.

He has won the Lannan Literary Award, an Edgar Award, and a 2017 American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature. Born in Tijuana to a Mexican father and American mother, he lives outside of Chicago and teaches at the University of Illinois-Chicago.

“Urrea is unstintingly, unironically, and unselfconsciously tender…. His pages slip past effortlessly, with the amber glow of slides in a magic lantern.” New York Times Book Review

Luis Urrea website

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New City Library will serve residents of International District (Posted: 12/04/2017)

In a recent article in Construction Reporter author Garry Bollard writes that a new Albuquerque library is set for a historic site in a unique district.

“For decades, music and dance lovers from around New Mexico and the larger region of the west made their way to the famous Caravan East Night Club.”

Located at 7605 Central Avenue NE the nightclub, billed as “America’s Finest Western Club,” was host to a variety of performers including Charlie Pride and Al Hurricane, finally closing its doors for good last December.

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Ukulele Launch at Juan Tabo Library a Smashing Success (Posted: 12/04/2017)

Albuquerque’s first circulating ukulele collection became available at the Juan Tabo Library at a packed house launch event on September 16, 2017.

Judy and Mike Muldawer, who donated the ukuleles to the library system, introduced the instruments to an excited crowd of musicians and would be musicians by teaching them three chords. With a little practice, these chords became a complete song that was rendered by those lucky enough to be first to check out a ukulele and those who had brought their own instruments. The rest of us sang along, enjoyed refreshments and a great time was had by all!

Ten brand new ukuleles along with instructions and music are now available for checkout at the Juan Tabo Library. There may be a waiting list as they are very popular.

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Shopping at Smith’s & Amazon Can Benefit Libraries (Posted: 02/11/2015)

Sign-ups on Amazon and with your Smith's reward card help the Library Foundation.

When you shop on Amazon, the company will make a donation to the Foundation. All you have to do is sign up at smile.amazon.com. Select The Albuquerque Public Library Foundation as your charitable organization and shop as usual. Make sure you start all subsequent shopping sessions the same way. The shopping experience is identical to the regular Amazon site: same selection, same prices. (Some products are not eligible for the donation.)

If you shop at Smith's, get a rewards card or update your existing one at www.smithscommunityrewards.com. Register to create an account. After you create your account, you fill in the name of your desired charity, The Albuquerque Public Library Foundation, or # 72646. Then, every time you use your card, the Foundation will benefit. In 2014, the Foundation received more than $700 from Smith's. Your registration will not affect coupons or gas rebates. Select “Albuquerque Public Library Foundation” from the drop-down list.

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