New Mexico State Library, Rural Bookmobile West

New Mexico State Library, Rural Bookmobile West We are a mobile public library service for rural areas in Western New Mexico.
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Online services available; Delivery available

01/12/2021

Rural Bookmobile West is temporarily not traveling. We are offering books by mail service from our office until we can travel again.

Call or text a staff member at our request line weekdays 8am - 5pm - (505) 259-7433.

Email your requests to [email protected] or send us a message through Facebook.

View the online catalog at rbm.nmstatelibrary.org.

Library service is available for residents of the following counties: Catron, Cibola, Grant, Hidalgo, McKinley, Sierra, Socorro, and Valencia. Don't have a bookmobile card? Sign up by sending an email to [email protected] or send us a message on Facebook to get started.

Thank you for your continued support!

Greetings and happy new year! This post is to announce a new educational service offered by the the Rural Services Progr...
01/08/2021

Greetings and happy new year! This post is to announce a new educational service offered by the the Rural Services Program of the New Mexico State Library: Career Online High School! The program offers adults (19 plus years of age) the opportunity to earn an accredited high school diploma and entry level career certificate at the same time. This is not a GED but a real high school diploma, to be completed within 18 months. Qualified and successful student applicants will receive one free full tuition scholarship from the library. Please visit https://nm.careeronlinehs.gale.com/ to take an assessment and view student application instructions. If you or someone you know would be interested in applying and have more questions, please send me an email at [email protected] and I can also help you get started. This opportunity is open to patrons of Bookmobile West. Please contact me if you are in our service area and want to register for a library card with Bookmobile West. Thank you - Liana Morales, Rural Bookmobile West Manager

Take a look at this new reading challenge for 2021 called Read Native, brought to you by the American Indian Library Ass...
12/15/2020

Take a look at this new reading challenge for 2021 called Read Native, brought to you by the American Indian Library Association!

Today's the day! Take a look at the list of reading prompts, share your favorite authors. Keep your eyes out for activities and booklists to help you finish this challenge. Read Native year round!
https://ailanet.org/readnative21/

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12/01/2020

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Dear Patrons,Unfortunately, the bookmobile has been suspended again because of the lockdown. Tomorrow and Wednesday, I w...
11/17/2020

Dear Patrons,
Unfortunately, the bookmobile has been suspended again because of the lockdown. Tomorrow and Wednesday, I will be working to contact people who had requests for delivery this week and offer to switch to books by mail. Since I am unsure about December travel at this time, books by mail and eBooks are the services that the Bookmobile office will start promoting more until we can travel again.

Please note that our staff is currently teleworking 100% until November 30, so we appreciate your patience as we wait for news about returning to the office. I will make a more formal announcement with information about our changes to services by email and social media tomorrow. In the meantime, you are welcome to search the online catalog to place holds on books you’re interested in. Either I or someone in our staff will email you back to confirm your order.

I have heard some feedback about the search-ability of the catalog being a little tricky, so please don’t hesitate to send me a message if there is something I can guide you with or help you find. For the patrons on our stops that we haven’t been able to visit since March, please accept my utmost gratitude for your patience these past several months. If you want to return your checked out items by mail, simply send me a message to let me know so I can mail you a merchandise-return card.

Note: in order to place holds on books, you must be a registered patron with Rural Bookmobile West. If you are experiencing problems logging in, please send me a message so that I can reset your login.

Our public catalog is available here: http://rbm.nmstatelibrary.org.

Thanks for using the bookmobile!

Sincerely,
Liana Morales and the Bookmobile West Team

11/02/2020

We are all set to travel this week to deliver books. Remember, if you are on our temporary route, you can email us your requests at [email protected] or simply message us here on Facebook.

11/02/2020

If you have been trying to contact us at the office phone number, it is currently out of service. We hope to have it restored very soon!

Our schedule from October-December is up. Note that we are still traveling on limited basis and some of our stops will b...
10/05/2020
Bookmobile West Schedule - New Mexico State Library

Our schedule from October-December is up. Note that we are still traveling on limited basis and some of our stops will be unavailable due to distance.

Week 1
Tuesday: Oct. 6, Nov. 3, Dec. 1
10am - 10:30am Bluewater Post Office
11am - 11:30am Thoreau Senior Center
1pm - 1:30pm Whispering Cedars Fire Department
1:45pm - 2:15pm Ft. Wingate Fire Department

Wednesday: Oct. 7, Nov. 4, Dec. 2
10:30 am - 11am El Morro National Monument
11:30am - 12:15pm Pine Hill Market
1:45pm - 2:15pm Ramah Post Office

Thursday: Oct. 8, Nov. 5, Dec. 3
11am - 11:30am Fence Lake Community Center
2:15pm - 2:45pm Villa de Cubero Trading Post
3:30pm - 4pm Highland Meadows mailboxes

Week 2
Tuesday: Oct. 20, Nov. 17, Dec. 15
10:30am - 11am Datil - across from Eagle Guest Ranch General Store
11:30am - 12pm Pie Town - old post office
12:30pm - 1pm Quemado Post Office

Wednesday: Oct. 21, Nov. 18, Dec. 16
8:30 - 9am Bosque - Cristo Rey Church
9:15am - 9:45pm Veguita Fire Department
12pm - 12:30pm Monticello Post Office
2:30pm - 3pm Winston Community Center

Thursday: Oct. 22, Nov. 19, Dec. 17
10:30am - 11am Cuchillo - Mo Bechtel Property
11:45am - 12:15pm Caballo - L'il Abner's RV Park
1:45pm - 2:15pm Hillsboro Post Office

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Here's an event for those interested in NM genealogy.
09/15/2020

Here's an event for those interested in NM genealogy.

Join State Historian Rob Martinez this Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020 at 6pm for an on-line presentation titled Making Sense of the Census For Genealogy! For FREE! Details below!

Good news, everyone, we are going to be traveling again! The limited schedule and details are below. Note: Please plan t...
09/11/2020
New Mexico State Library Rural Bookmobiles catalog

Good news, everyone, we are going to be traveling again! The limited schedule and details are below. Note: Please plan to bring your returns to us. We are happy to fulfill requests for next month if you bring us a list.

Week 1
Tuesday, September 15, 2020
Bluewater Post Office from 10am - 10:30am
Thoreau Senior Center from 11am - 11:30am
Whispering Cedars Fire Department from 1pm - 1:30pm
Ft. Wingate Fire Department from 1:45pm - 2:15pm

Wednesday, September 16, 2020
El Morro National Monument from 10:30 am - 11am
Pine Hill Market from 11:30am - 12:15pm
Ramah Post Office from 1:45pm - 2:15pm

Thursday, September 17, 2020
Fence Lake Community Center from 11am - 11:30am
Villa de Cubero Trading Post from 2:15pm - 2:45pm
Highland Meadows mailboxes from 3:30pm - 4pm

Week 2
Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Datil from 10:30am - 11am
Pie Town - old post office from 11:30am - 12pm
Quemado Post Office from 12:30pm - 1pm

Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Bosque - Cristo Rey Church from 8:30 - 9am
Veguita Fire Department from 9:15am - 9:45pm
Monticello Post Office from 12pm - 12:30pm
Winston Community Center from 2:30pm - 3pm

Thursday, September 24, 2020
Cuchillo - Mo Bechtel Property from 10:30am - 11am
Caballo - Li'l Abner's RV Park from 11:45am - 12:15pm
Hillsboro Post Office from 1:45pm - 2:15pm

We have had to eliminate some stops due to this being a “day run” schedule only. It is very important that we adhere to social distancing guidelines and masks will be required when coming to the bookmobile.
• All stops will only be 30 minutes.
• No one is allowed on the bookmobile at this time.
• This will be a pick up stop for returns only at this time. Please bring a list of books you would like us to take out to you in October. You may also use our online catalog to place holds. View the online catalog here: http://rbm.nmstatelibrary.org. Please feel welcome to call or email if you need your login information and how-to.
• Masks will be required at all times and 6ft social distancing is required.
• Please DO NOT come to the bookmobile if you are sick in any way.
• One person at a time will be allowed to come to the table that is set up outside the bookmobile – you will pick up your books and drop off any returns you may have for us. RETURNS – All returns must be placed in a bag for pickup.
• For those of you who have not yet submitted your census survey we will have a laptop set up and I (Liana) will assist in helping you submit your census information – PLEASE complete your census - It is the basis for distributing seats in the House of Representatives and in various state legislatures. It is also used to determine the distribution of nearly $900 billion for federally funded programs, which are apportioned based on an area's population, income, age, and other factors. It’s also what funds the bookmobiles!
• If a route is delayed or cancelled due to weather or safety concerns, we will notify you as soon as possible via an email, phone call or Facebook.
• For those stops we are unable to get to, we are happy to assist with eBooks and books by mail – please reach out to me for assistance.

For more info, call cell: 505-644-1755 or office: 505-841-5250, email: [email protected]

You must be logged in to your account and your specific bookmobile in order to send holds or lists to the bookmobile staff from the online catalog.

Before I make any announcements about potential travel, I am sharing this message about the census from our agency, the ...
09/11/2020
Census.gov

Before I make any announcements about potential travel, I am sharing this message about the census from our agency, the NM Department of Cultural Affairs. Thanks! - Liana

By now, many of you know that we are approaching the end of “Census Season” and that the deadline to complete the 2020 U.S. Census questionnaire is September 30th. You may have heard that New Mexico being undercounted will negatively impact our federal funding and political representation at the federal level for the next decade. What you may not realize is how important that information is to the arts and culture industry in New Mexico, as well as library services in rural areas.

Many federal agencies, including the Institute of Museum and Library Services, which funds a large portion of New Mexico State Library’s bookmobile service, as well as statewide databases, and the Library for the Blind and Print Disabled, distribute funds on a per capita basis that is determined by the Census. If we are undercounted, the effect is real. We also lose money for critical major arts and culture organizations like museums, theater groups, symphonies, and opera companies. We lose money for arts in the schools and community art programs. We lose money for local arts councils and studio tours, for folk art apprenticeship programs, and for small non-profit arts organizations.

Please complete the Census today and encourage your friends, family, and communities, to do so as well. You can find all the info at https://www.census.gov/.

The Census Bureau's mission is to serve as the nation's leading provider of quality data about its people and economy.

09/10/2020

We've got some hopeful news coming your way...stay tuned.

07/31/2020

"Imagine Your Story" kits are now available to rural NM residents on the Bookmobile West route! Fill out a form here https://forms.gle/p8fiAqoQJq1esbXB8 or call us at 505-841-5250.

Hi, it's Liana, from the Bookmobile West team. I will be going live today to make an announcement about a free library a...
07/31/2020
Bookmobile West "Imagine Your Story" Kit

Hi, it's Liana, from the Bookmobile West team. I will be going live today to make an announcement about a free library activity kit for kids. Click on the form below and tune in at 2pm for more info!

Sign up to receive a free "Imagine Your Story" Kit mailed to you. Once we verify your library account, someone from the bookmobile office will contact you and arrange to mail out your kit(s). This kit is available to all library patrons of Rural Bookmobile West in New Mexico. 30 kits are available,....

03/16/2020

The State Library has announced that all public services have been suspended due to COVID-19 concerns, including the bookmobile program. I hope to update you soon as to when the bookmobile will be on the road again!

02/11/2020

Due to hazardous winter weather conditions, this week's run is canceled.
Stay safe, everyone! 🌨🌨🌨

12/13/2019

Good news:
We are ON for Week 3!
The bookmobile has returned.

12/09/2019

Repairs to the bookmobile are ongoing this week. The stops on December 10th-12th have been canceled. Week 2 services will resume January 13-16. We are sorry for this inconvenience. This affects our patrons in Datil, Pie Town, Quemado, Aragon, Apache Creek, Reserve, Rancho Grande, Luna, Buckhorn, Rodeo, and Hachita. We hope to be back on the road by next week!

This week's stops have been canceled. We are sorry for this inconvenience. This affects our patrons in Bluewater, Thorea...
12/02/2019
Books by Mail - New Mexico State Library

This week's stops have been canceled. We are sorry for this inconvenience. This affects our patrons in Bluewater, Thoreau, Whispering Cedars, Ft. Wingate, El Morro, Pine Hill, Ramah, Fence Lake, Cubero, and Ramah. We hope to be back on the road soon! In the meantime, if you haven't already, check out Books-By-Mail, the State Library's book delivery service. You can call 1-800-395-9144 or email [email protected] for more information. Here is the Books By Mail website: http://nmstatelibrary.org/direct-and-rural-services/books-by-mail

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09/30/2019

On the road again for week 1 tomorrow!

09/30/2019

Bookmobile Schedule October - December 2019

09/16/2019

The bookmobile crew is currently preparing for Week 3 tomorrow. We're happy to return!

09/05/2019

Are you interested in a monthly newsletter with a list of our newest books available on the bookmobile?

We've got a few boxes of books being unpacked! These new additions will be available on the bookmobile in the next few w...
09/05/2019

We've got a few boxes of books being unpacked! These new additions will be available on the bookmobile in the next few weeks including bilingual books in Navajo and English, several large print fiction titles, and the latest bestsellers. On their way soon:

09/03/2019

The bookmobile is back in service. We are excited to visit everyone in El Morro, Pine Hill, and Ramah tomorrow and Fence Lake, Cubero, and Highland Meadows on Thursday.

09/03/2019

The bookmobile is out of service this morning, unfortunately but we are working hard to get back on the road by tomorrow. We'd like to thank all of our Facebook patrons and especially in Bluewater, Thoreau, Whispering Cedars, and Ft. Wingate for your patience and understanding. We appreciate you!

08/22/2019

A last-minute notice to our patrons in Mimbres, Lake Roberts, and Doc Campbell's Post: due to mechanical issues, the bookmobile will not be able to visit your stop tomorrow, August 22nd. We apologize for this inconvenience and thank you for your patience! Hopefully we will be back on the road in September and will see you on Thursday, September 19th.

07/22/2019

Dear patrons, we are experiencing continued delays in the repair of the bookmobile so unfortunately we will not be able to travel to our stops in Week 3. This affects our patrons in Bosque, Veguita, Monticello, Kingston, Mimbres, Lake Roberts, and Doc Campbell's Post. We really look forward to being back on the road in August!
- Liana

07/16/2019

Repairs on the Bookmobile are ongoing this week, that means we will be out of service for the time being. We'll keep you updated! This will affect all of our Week 2 patrons.
- Liana

07/08/2019

We regret to inform our patrons that the Bookmobile is currently undergoing repairs and will be out of service this week. We hope to be back on the road very soon. We'll keep you updated! This will affect all of our Week 1 patrons.
- Liana

07/08/2019

Bookmobile Schedule July-September 2019

04/01/2019

We are ready to roll this week. We will be visiting Cibola and McKinley counties and all our folks in Highland Meadows!

04/01/2019

Bookmobile Schedule April-June 2019

02/19/2019

We are sorry to announce that we are cancelling our February Week 3 run (Feb. 19-21) due to inclement weather and hazardous road conditions. This affects all of our Week 3 patrons. We will be back on schedule for Week 3 from March 19-21.

09/11/2018

Hello everyone! Below is the second quarter schedule. We look forward to seeing all our awesome patrons soon!

Week 1
TUESDAY: October 2, October 30, November 27
Bluewater - Post Office 10:00 – 11:00
Thoreau - Senior Center 11:30 – 12:30
Whispering Cedars - Fire Station 2:00 – 2:45
Ft Wingate Post Office at Bear Springs Plaza 3:00 – 4:30

WEDNESDAY: October 3, October 31, November 28
El Morro National Monument 9:30– 10:45
Pine Hill - Market 11:30 – 1:00
Ramah - Post Office 2:45 – 4:15

THURSDAY: October 4, November 1, November 29
Fence Lake - Community Center 10:00 – 11:00
Cubero - Villa de Cubero 2:00 – 3:00
Highland Meadows – former Highway 6 Mini-Mart 3:45 – 4:30

Week 2
TUESDAY: October 9, November 6, December 4
Datil - Post Office 12:45 – 1:45
Pie Town – In front of the old Post Office 2:30 – 3:15
Quemado - Post Office 3:45 – 4:45

WEDNESDAY: October 10, November 7, December 5
Aragon – Community Mail Boxes (in front of old P.O.) 9:30 – 10:15
Apache Creek - Store 10:30 – 11:45
Reserve – Across from Catron County Courthouse 1:15 – 2:30
Rancho Grande – Adobe Cafe 3:00 – 3:30
Luna - Post Office 4:00 – 5:00

THURSDAY: October 11, November 8, December 6
Buckhorn - Post Office 9:30 – 10:30
Rodeo - Grocery/Café 2:00 – 2:45
Hachita – former Food Mart 4:00 – 5:00

Week 3
TUESDAY: October 16, November 13, December 11
Bosque – Cristo Rey Church 8:30 – 9:00
Veguita – Volunteer Fire Department 9:15 – 10:15
Monticello - Post Office 1:30 – 2:30
Winston - Community Center 3:45 – 4:30
Cuchillo - Mo Bechtel Property 5:15 – 5:45

WEDNESDAY: October 17, November 14, December 12
Caballo – SW Tiny Homes & RV Park 9:45 – 11:00
Hillsboro - General Store 1:00 – 2:00
Kingston - Fire Station 2:30 – 3:30

THURSDAY: October 18, November 15, December 13
Mimbres – Living Harvest Bakery 9:45 – 10:45
Lake Roberts - Sapillo Creek Fire Station 11:45 – 12:45
Doc Campbell’s Post - (near Gila Cliff Dwellings) 2:30 – 3:30

Rural Bookmobile West - 1000 Main St. NW, Building 16A, Los Lunas, NM 87031
Phone: 505-841-5250 Fax: 505-841-5255 Email: [email protected]

Bookmobile Staff: Vacant Manager,; Library Techs, Robert Marquez & Vacant

Books by Mail provides library service to those who are not reached by bookmobiles or
public libraries. Phone toll free 1-800-395-9144.

Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped - Phone toll free 1-800-456-5515.

Read and listen for our announcements in the following media outlets:

In these newspapers: Catron Courier, Cibola Citizen, El Defensor Chieftain, Gallup Independent, Glenwood Gazette, Hidalgo County Herald, Mountain Mail, Sierra County Sentinel, Silver City Daily Press, Silver City Sun-News, Truth or Consequences Herald, Valencia County News Bulletin.

On these radio stations: KGAK, KGLP, and KYVA-Gallup, KMIN AM and KDSK FM-Grants, KABR-Magdalena/Alamo, KTBD-Ramah, KNFT, KNUW, KSCQ, and KSIL-Silver City, KCHS-T or C

Rural Bookmobile West serves the following counties: Catron, Cibola, Grant,
Hidalgo, McKinley, Sierra, Socorro, and Valencia.

This program is funded in part with a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services which administers the Library Services and Technology Act. The bookmobile vehicles are purchased with funding appropriated by the New Mexico state legislature. Funds contributed by several counties support our book budget.

Address

Burroughs Hall 1000 Main St NW, Bldg 16-A
Los Lunas, NM
87031

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Bookmobile by Joyce Sutphen I spend part of my childhood waiting for the Sterns County Bookmobile. When it comes to town, it makes a U-turn in front of the grade school and glides into its place under the elms. It is a natural wonder of late afternoon. I try to imagine Dante, William Faulkner, and Emily Dickinson traveling down a double lane highway together, country-western on the radio. Even when it arrives, I have to wait. The librarian is busy, getting out the inky pad and the lined cards. I pace back and forth in the line, hungry for the fresh bread of the page, because I need something that will tell me what I am; I want to catch a book, clear as a one-way ticket, to Paris, to London, to anywhere.