Young readers can lose an entire grade level over the summer. The Summer Reading Program offers an engaging way for children and young adults to maintain and improve their reading skills.
Every week, a wide variety of Friends-funded arts and craft workshops (from seasonal yarn projects to graphic novels), story times, and movie screenings are offered at the branch libraries.
A multicultural celebration of children and literacy, Día de los Niños includes a variety of special events, including storytelling and music. Every child who attends can select a book to take home and keep. Last year, 3500 children attended.
The Friends fund fees and travel expenses so that library staff may attend conferences. In addition to out-of-town events, the Friends funded lunch for Staff Day, which brought together library staff from throughout the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Library system for all-day training.
Friends fund promotional materials for the Speakers’ Series held at the Special Collections Library at Central Ave. and Edith Blvd.
Nationally-known musical groups, presented by AMP Concerts, offer free daytime performances at the branch libraries thanks to funding by the Friends. Learn more about upcoming concerts on our Facebook page.
The library receives $2,000, which is distributed among the branches to spend as they wish. The funds are often used for coffee, tissues, hand sanitizers, hand lotion and the like, plus other items useful to library staff and volunteers, but not paid for by city and county funding.
Last year, the Friends funded radio spots, online advertisements and handout materials in support of library bonds. The bonds passed by a wide margin, thanks in part to this broadly-based effort.
This hands-on learning center at Special Collections presents programs on books and publishing. It was founded by the Friends and is now run by the Library. The Friends contribute to its support.
The Friends fund gifts and gatherings for volunteers at the branch libraries. Friends also hold an annual holiday dinner for Friends’ members who are active volunteers in pricing and sorting, at the book sales, in the bookshop and on the board.
The Friends also fund occasional needs, such as the $37,000 book van that stops at senior living facilities across the City and a survey of library users.