Help Needed: Support the Friends’ Book Sales and Bookstores
Since 1983 when the Friends of the Library of Rio Rancho was formed, the Friends have raised money to build libraries and to support library programs for children, teens and adults. Since 2007, the Friends have contributed $296,563 to the libraries. Last year the Friends contributed 13,974 volunteer hours and more than $32,000 to support library programs.
In 2018 the Friends and the City of Rio Rancho signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to define the spaces and activities that the Friends use to support the libraries. Now, contrary to the MOU, a few City Staff have proposed taking over the Friends’ monthly book sales, taking over the Friends’ bookstores at both libraries, and requiring all Friends’ volunteers to become City volunteers.
Regardless of the MOU legal requirements, the Friends believe that the proposed takeover is not good for the libraries, the Friends or the City:
- The proposal would make retaining current volunteers and acquiring new volunteers much more difficult. People would no longer be volunteering with Friends of the Library, a charitable organization, but for the City government.
- The proposal would overburden the already busy librarians who would have to organize and manage volunteers, book sorting, bookstores and book sales.
- The Friends are able to offer tax receipts for charitable donations.
- If the City took over the book sales and bookstores, the money might not go directly to library programs like it does today. Book-sale funds could eventually just become a part of the City’s general operating funds.
There is no reason to change the current relationship between the City, the Libraries and the Friends that has been very successful for almost four decades. There are many good reasons to continue its present form as a strong, community-supported relationship.
We need the support of our friends to keep the relationship that has worked so well for so long alive and healthy. Please write or email or call Rio Rancho Mayor Greggory Hull and your Rio Rancho City Councilor. Ask them to direct City Staff to honor the 2018 MOU and maintain a relationship that has benefited the community for nearly forty years.
Friends of the Library of Rio Rancho Board of Directors
If you don’t know what District you live in, go to https://rrnm.gov/212/City-Council-Districts to see the district maps. For email addresses and phone numbers, click on the names below.
Summer Reading Program
Every year, the largest Friends-sponsored activity is the Summer Reading Program. Although the normal program can not be held this year, the Friends are working closely with the Library staff to fund an exciting virtual Summer Reading Program. Registration begins June 8 at https://rrnm.gov/4217/Library-Information-Services. Check the website for more information.
The Friends are still participating in the Amazon Smile program. Same prices and items, but 0.5% of what you spend will be sent to the Friends quarterly. When buying from Amazon, go to smile.amazon.com instead of amazon.com. You will be asked what charity you want to support, or you can click on this link https://smile.amazon.com/ch/85-0307889 to automatically select the Friends. It’s fast and easy; a painless way to support the Friends.
Thank you for your support and understanding in these difficult times. Be safe and stay well.
Friends of the Library is a non-profit 501(c)3 volunteer organization that funds all adult, youth and children’s programs, such as the summer reading and special events, at the Rio Rancho NM libraries. The Friends raise money through the sale of community-donated books, recent magazines, CDs and DVDs.
Monthly sales are the second Saturday of each month (except April 4, 2020) from 10 am to 2 pm at the Loma Colorado library auditorium. In addition, the Friends’ Bookstore in the Loma Colorado library is staffed Monday to Thursday from 10 am to 6 pm and on Friday and Saturday to 5 pm. The Friends’ Shop at the Esther Bone library is available when the library is open.
Updated scanner policy: From 10 am to noon, each customer may take one, 1.5 cubic foot or smaller, box of books at a time to be scanned at a designated table in the lobby. Unwanted books must be replaced in the proper areas before scanning another box of books.
No ISBN scanners or cell-phone scanners in the sale room(s) from 10 am to noon; Scanners in silent mode OK from noon to 2 pm.
Come early for the best selection.
Admission and parking are free.
Whatever the occasion, please remember that Friends participates in the Amazon Smile fundraising program. When buying from Amazon, go to smile.amazon.com. When asked what charity you want to support, please select Friends of the Library of Rio Rancho. Thank you for supporting Friends of the Library of Rio Rancho!