The mission of the Friends of Libraries and Literacy, Rio Rancho Inc. is to support and promote literacy programs and to expand community involvement with libraries.
Friends of Libraries and Literacy, Rio Rancho Inc. (“FOLRR” or “The Friends”) is :
- All-volunteer membership organization
- Incorporated in 1982
- 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit
Board meetings are open to the public and are usually 6 p.m.-8 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month except December. During the covid-19 pandemic, Board meetings are virtual using Google Meet.
April Annual Membership Meeting includes Board elections, guest speakers, a luncheon for our members, plus Volunteer of the Year recognition and award. In-person Annual Meeting will resume when the pandemic subsides.
Members’ Holiday Luncheon is in December. In-person Holiday Luncheons will resume when the pandemic subsides.
- Sales of community donated books in our bookstore and online.
- Memberships, financial donations and grants.
- Fundraisers: The Friends participate in the Amazon Smile program. When buying from Amazon, go instead to its smile.amazon.com. Same prices and same selection, but 0.5% of what you buy will be sent by Amazon to the Friends. (No personal information is sent to the Friends, just the 0.5% from everyone’s purchases over 3 months.) The first time, you will be asked what charity you want to support, or you can go to https://smile.amazon.com/ch/85-0307889 to automatically select the Friends. It’s fast and easy; a painless way to support the Friends.
Funding Priorities :
- Quality programs and library events, for all ages, held in New Mexico’s Sandoval County Public and School Libraries.
- Literacy programs including Books For Babies and Summer Reading programs for children, teens and adults.
Why become a member of the Friends?
The Friends manages gifts, donations and raises funds for literacy (such as Books for Babies) and library programs that benefit Sandoval County’s residents. Money and items donated to the Friends are tax deductible to the extent of the law. Receipts for donations are available in the Friends’ book store.
What We Aren’t
The Friends is not part of the Rio Rancho Public Library system (which is a department within the City government) nor are the Friends the same as the Library Trustees who are appointed by the Mayor to advise the City Council on library issues.
We are a completely separate, all-volunteer, non-profit, entity with our own members and Board of Directors.