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Become a Member

Membership is open to all ages. The New/Renewal Membership form is available at the FriendShop or by printing this PDF form.

Membership benefits include:

  • 10% discount at the FriendShop when you present your membership card at checkout
  • Periodic Bookfriends newsletters
  • Numerous volunteer opportunities

The Friends’ Annual Membership Meeting and Spring Luncheon is usually held in April. At that meeting the Volunteer of the Year is announced, new Board members are elected, and a summary of the Friends’ past year is presented.

The Friends’ Holiday Luncheon honors members who are Friends’ Volunteers and is usually held in early December.

Until the COVID-19 pandemic subsides, these luncheons, sadly, must be cancelled.

History

Friends of the Library are now Friends of Libraries and Literacy.

Friends of the Library of Rio Rancho was formed in 1982 as a non-profit 501(c)(3) all-volunteer charity to establish a library in Rio Rancho. The Friends raised money to build the Esther Bone Memorial Library and made significant contributions to building and furnishing the Loma Colorado Main Library.

For 37 years the Friends operated stores in the Rio Rancho Public Libraries and conducted monthly sales of community-donated books and media. The profits were used to support the libraries and to fund library programs for children, teens and adults. In 2018 the Friends and the City formalized their partnership by signing a Memorandum of Understanding.

Sadly, in 2020 the Rio Rancho City administration unilaterally terminated the Memorandum of Understanding and dissolved the partnership that brought public libraries to Rio Rancho and helped make them great. Without the Memorandum, the Friends were forced to abandon their stores and leave City property. However, as an independent, non-profit, public charity, the Friends continue to exist and to support libraries and literacy through sales of community-donated books and media in the FriendShop.

The Friends changed their name to Friends of Libraries and Literacy, Rio Rancho Inc. and expanded their mission to include libraries and literacy in Sandoval County, New Mexico.

Books for Babies

By reading to babies and toddlers, parents develop their children’s language skills that starts them on the path to success in reading and learning. The Friends and the national literacy program Books for Babies help new parents with this role.

New parents at Presbyterian Rust Medical Center, Lovelace Westside Hospital and at WIC (Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children) receive a Books for Babies kit from the Friends that includes a board book for baby, a certificate for baby’s first library card, and brochures with reading tips and early literacy information from nationally-recognized educational organizations. The kits are available in both English and Spanish.

Sales of the sturdy Friends’ Totes at the FriendShop help fund the Books for Babies program along with a generous grant from the Brindle Fund Santa Fe Community Foundation. This allows the kits to be distributed free of charge to new parents..

Newsletters

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