Friday, July 15, 2011

A Library Tour: Alamosa/Robert L. Murphy Branch

Journey Ahead by Kevin Zuckerman
What more appropriate image for our Summer Reading program this year?  Fly away with "One World, Many Stories/Un Mundo, Muchas Historias" at Alamosa Library!  When you visit the branch, make sure you don't miss this wonderful sculpture out front.

The Alamosa/Robert L. Murphy Library is located at 6900 Gonzales SW,  inside the Alamosa Multi-Service Center.  Look for the large sign that reads "Alamosa Multi Service Center" on the corner-the library is the light gray building. For driving & bus directions, visit the ABC Libraries' website. The library has 13 public computers including 2 express and 2 children's. Alamosa also offers many of the standard amenities of the ABC Libraries' branches: fax service; voter registration forms, None for the Road DVDs, & bus schedules are all available, but the branch does not have a magazine swap or a community room or study rooms for public use.

Since the library is in the center, it is one of the smaller branches.  But the interior is quite charming, with some nice seating & a real can-do attitude at their Information Desk!

Alamosa's children's section is jam-packed with delights for your perusal, with Madeline on hand to welcome you. I especially like (not pictured here) the half-moon-shaped enclosure where I imagine storytimes are held.  Please note that Alamosa is a branch that has a bunch of readalongs (children's book with accompanying tape)!  They also have a section for young adults.

Alamosa is Alamosiana on your Summer Reading Passport-"a beautiful country famous for its many stately and shady cottonwood trees. The friendly people of Alamosiana welcome visitors from all over the Summer Reading Program world to come and enjoy themselves." Their Summer Reading table looks very inviting! Won't you stop by & sign up or drop off your reading log here?

A 3-D snowflake made by staff member Tina!

Alamosa is a very kid-friendly branch! Stop by on July 13th for music by Red Rooster Trio or on July 20th for Storytelling with Margaret Edmunds! You can also attended Ready to Read storytimes on Monday mornings until August 22nd. All Summer Reading programs take place in Meeting Room B of the center. During the school year, Alamosa also has monthly arts & crafts programs & open Wii play.  Visit the library's website for more information on programs & events.


The library's placement in the Alamosa Multi-Service Center makes it easy to find other activities for the day of your library visit.  Alamosa Center staff provides emergency food, clothing, utility assistance, as well as community meeting rooms and seasonal services and activities to residents of the Southwest Mesa (South Valley and Westside) areas of Albuquerque, & there are onsite health care & social service agencies. The Child Development Center has childcare services  for children ages 0-5. There is also a Community Center, which includes access to a gym, exercise room, & game room, all free of charge.  (Classes are offered in yoga & boxing for a small fee.) The Summer Lunch Program takes place at Alamosa Center until July 29th, open to children and youth 1 through 18 years old. The Summer Recreation Program is offered for six to eight weeks (June to July) every year to school age children and youth from 6 -15 years old at the Community Center-it's a very popular program, & registration is required.

Make sure you check out Alamosa's fotonovela collection!

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