Frequently Asked Questions


What became of my donated book?

The Friends of the Library and Rio Rancho’s library staff work closely together to ensure that the Library benefits from your donations of books, CDs, DVDs, etc.

Click here to read “What Happens to My Donations? –A Librarian’s Perspective”.

The remaining donated items are sorted and priced by the Friends for inclusion in our shops or in our mega book sales.


Whom do I contact for information about:

  • joining the Advisory Council?
  • the Books for Babies program?
  • joining the Board of Directors?

For the above, please contact us via this form.

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  • volunteering? Please contact us via this form.
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What did the Friends do last year?

During 2009, the Friends supported the Library and Rio Rancho through:

    • Bookstore sales of donated books.
    • Monthly “2nd-Saturday” mega book sales at Loma Colorado Main Library.
    • A mega book sale at Esther Bone Memorial Library.
    • Internet & collector book sales of donated books.
    • Membership dues.
    • Our first annual Bowl-a-thon.
    • Our first fundraiser with Chili’s Restaurant.
    • Volunteers contributing over 3,000 hours of free support in sorting and pricing donations, helping with our monthly mega book sales, managing and staffing the book store.
    • Our unpaid Board of Directors members contributing over 2,000 hours of free support managing and growing the Friends as well as participating in Friends’ activities, including sorting and pricing donations, holding the mega book sales, overseeing the book stores, planning and holding the bowlathon, fundraiser, and in overall management.
    • Our Books For Babies program.
    • Distribution of thousands of collected Box Tops for Education and Labels for Education to area schools for redemption and use towards purchase of educational supplies.
    • Funded and awarded our first Scholarship for Rio Rancho City’s library staff.
    • Hosted our first Business After Hours event.

In 2010, we supported the Library and Rio Rancho through:

    • Bookstore sales of donated books.
    • Monthly “2nd-Saturday” mega book sales at Loma Colorado Main Library.
    • Extended mega book sale hours for two sales.
    • Internet & collector book sales of donated books.
    • Membership dues.
    • Frequent articles and ads within local newspapers.
    • Our second annual Bowl-a-thon.
    • Launched our stand-alone web site, designed to increase awareness of the Friends, need for donations of books, opportunities to volunteer, and increase public awareness and use of Rio Rancho’s libraries.
    • Volunteers contributed thousands of hours of free support in sorting and pricing donations, helping with our monthly mega book sales, managing and staffing the book store.
    • Our unpaid Board of Directors contributed over 3,000 hours of free support managing and growing the Friends as well as participating in Friends’ activities, including sorting and pricing donations, holding the mega book sales, overseeing the book stores, planning and holding the bowlathon, fundraiser, and in overall management.
    • Our Books For Babies program.
    • Distribution of thousands of collected Box Tops for Education and Labels for Education to area schools for redemption and use towards purchase of educational supplies.
    • Developed and began sales of a cookbook, sale proceeds from which will help fund library programs for all ages.
    • Funded and awarded our second, renamed, Pat Watson Memorial Scholarship for Rio Rancho City’s library staff.
    • Hosted our second Business After Hours event, to increase the business community’s awareness of the Friends and the fabulous programs offered by and at Rio Rancho’s public libraries.

In 2011, we are supporting the Library and Rio Rancho through:

    • Bookstore sales of donated books.
    • Monthly “2nd-Saturday” mega book sales at Loma Colorado Main Library.
    • An additional mega book sale on Feb. 26th at Loma Colorado Main Library.
    • Extended mega book sale hours for Jan-Mar and May-June.
    • Internet & collector book sales of donated books.
    • Membership dues.
    • Frequent articles and ads within local newspapers.
    • Sales of our cookbook in our Friends’ Shop and at our monthly mega book sales.
    • Sales of collectible 1st edition and author signed books at our monthly mega book sales.
    • Our third annual Bowl-a-thon, May 7th at Tenpins & More in Rio Rancho, with proceeds helping to fund children’s programs.
    • As a Chamber of Commerce member, hosting our third annual Business After Hours event at Loma Colorado Main Library on May 17th.
    • Volunteers contributing hours of free support in sorting and pricing donations, helping with our monthly mega book sales, managing and staffing the book store.
    • Our unpaid Board of Directors contributing thousands of hours of free support managing and growing the Friends as well as participating in Friends’ activities, including sorting and pricing donations, holding the mega book sales, overseeing the book stores, planning and holding the bowlathon fundraiser.
    • Seeking sponsors for and expanding our Books For Babies program.
    • Distribution of thousands of collected Box Tops for Education and Labels for Education to area schools for redemption and use towards purchase of educational supplies.

Why do you charge so much for late fees?

The Friends of the Library of Rio Rancho is not the Library. We are a completely separate entity. We are a nonprofit business whose mission is to encourage support and expand community involvement with Rio Rancho’s public libraries’ services and facilities. The management of Rio Rancho’s public Library System sets and modifies late fees, and other fees, as it deems appropriate.


Aren’t you the same thing as the Trustees?

No. The Trustees comprise of City appointed representatives from the six council districts within Rio Rancho. Their purpose is to advise the City Council (the six District Councilors and the City Mayor) on library issues. The Trustees are not a fund-raising organization.


Why donate to the Friends? / Why join the Friends?

The City of Rio Rancho owns, staffs, manages and is responsible for the public libraries in Rio Rancho. Taxes and fees collected by and State library bond distributions received by the City of Rio Rancho fund its library system facilities, employees and consultants. Current laws and regulations make direct monetary donations to the library actually the possession of the City with no guarantee that any portion of said donation will be used by or for the library. Such donations are not tax deductible.

The Friends of the Library of Rio Rancho, Inc. receives gifts, donations and raises money on behalf of library services that benefit Rio Rancho’s residents. Money and items donated to, and accepted by, the Friends of the Library are tax deductible to the extent of the law. Receipts for donations are available for tax deduction reporting purposes.