Saturday, May 28, 2011

A Library Tour: South Broadway Branch

The South Broadway Library, also known as the Frances Parrish Library, is located at 1025 Broadway SE, part of the South Broadway Cultural Center. You can find driving & bus directions on the library webpage. The branch, in its current incarnation, was built in 1994.The South Broadway Library was originally conceived as a Model Cities library, designed to serve the unique community needs of the area. It was also designed to be very informal, an antithesis to the other library in the area, Main, even having a bicycle repair shop. However, as the cultural activites were split off into the Cultural Center, the South Broadway Library is now a more familiar library experience.

South Broadway has many of the services that are ABC Libraries' standards, such as public computers, a copier, fax services, and Fiction to Go! In addition, as part of the South Broadway Cultural Center, there is an art gallery, a multipurpose space, and a theater. South Broadway Library regularly schedules family films in this theater. You can take a virtual tour of the Cultural Center online!

South Broadway currently has on display art objects from the New Mexico Wood Turners. They will be doing a demonstration on June 8th. The library also acts as an extension of the South Broadway gallery space, so be sure to take a look at the current exhibit.

Some of the visual pleasures of South Broadway.

During this year's summer reading program, South Broadway has a lot going on. In addition to their kick-off party on Friday, June 3rd from 10 a.m. - noon, events at the branch will include a workshop on Japanese flower arranging, a Giant Coloring Book event, and a Sock Monkey workshop.

In addition to the great things scheduled for the Summer Reading program, "One World, Many Stories/Un Mundo, Muchas Historias", South Broadway offers a regular storytime, a Mystery Lover's book club, and computer classes. Check out the branch webpage for more details on these events.

While you are in the South Broadway area, consider a trip to Burritos Alinstante (a locally owned family operated New Mexican restaurant since 1989!) or check out the authentic Mexican food at Mujeres en Accion, where every day is a fiesta-both are down the street from the library;  the Barelas Railroad Park Softball field is a quick hop, skip & a jump away; & there are several parks nearby, including the South Broadway Park next door (it has a playground, soccer field, & 2 picnic tables!).

South Broadway has created a printable monthly calendar of all their June & July programs & sure & check it out!

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