Pueblo de Abiquiu Library and Cultural Center
The purpose of this library and cultural center is to provide resources
for residents and neighboring communities to educate youth and adults
about this region's history and culture; maintain ways to communicate and
interact, both as individuals and community; develop educational programs.
32.58% of NM residents do not have access to internet according to a networked nation-wide report. Public Libraries continue to fill this gap by providing 1,405 public access computers used 1,863,512 times 2008 in NM alone. This increase of 42% since 2004 shows 8.26 items per 1,188,285 registered borrowers were checked out in 2008. NM Libraries provided 15,290 events whereby 363,145 people attended.
Staffing and funding have not kept pace with service needs. Librarians are now required to educate themselves on troubleshooting computers, download updates and administer computer labs for patron assistance. Grants for operating expenses to keep doors open are not readily available.
Rural community libraries connect opportunity for outreach and information. Many would be affected if doors are closed. We are striving to meet supplemental education that is required more so each day for financial aid, scholarships, student loans, FAFSA, etc. teen advocacy in 3 local high schools while using GO Bonds for phonics, inter-active electronics or hardware/software for nearby elementary and boys & girls club.
We provide space for AA and other social issues group meetings. We have heritage inter-generational projects, pilot programs with NNMC and so much more.
Isabel W. Trujillo