Friends for the Albuquerque Public Library
Our mission is to maintain a charitable and educational organization to support and advocate for the public library, increase its resources, recycle donated materials, stimulate use of the library's resources, and encourage and support educational and literacy programs through the library.
The Friends uses funds from its Book Sales to support: 1. Every Child Ready to Read, an interactive early childhood literacy program that trains parents and caregivers of newborn to 5 years old with the skills their children will need to learn to read. The mission of Every Child Ready to Read is to improve school readiness and future academic performance in children ages newborn to 5 years old through the development of early literacy skills. Free 1 hour workshops are presented where parents and caregivers learn 6 essential skills, interactive picture book reading, and word games to use everyday with their children. Children who learn to love books and reading before they reach school will become lifelong readers and successful learners. 2. The Center for the Book, a cultural and historical collection at the Special Collections Library. 3. The Summer Reading Program for children, teens, and adults. 4. All adult, teen, and children's programs held at the 17 branch libraries such as musical performances, craft programs, puppet shows, storytellers, cooking demonstrations, author visits, etc.