Alamogordo Public Library A New Chapter Celebration 3 Days of Rebranding and Upgrade Events January 10th thru 12th


The Alamogordo Public Library has a history of innovation as a critical component to the fabric of Alamogordo dating back to 1900. The Alamogordo Public Library first opened on March 1, 1900. Its early permanent home was the corner of 10th Street and New York Avenue, then anchored by the First National Bank of Alamogordo now Roadrunner Emporium. The Alamogordo Women's Club and Public Library entrance we the present days Blush Beauty Salon Building on the 1oth Street side of 928 New York Avenue. The origins of the library were funded by the Alamogordo Women's Club. 

Now, almost 123 years later the Alamogordo Public Library is going through a major renovation of its image ensuring its relevant and serving the 21st Century needs of Otero County New Mexico's citizens. From January 10th to January 12th the library will be celebrating a rebranding and enhanced offerings launch.  There are 3 days of hosted authors workshops, meet and greets, meet the author events and a kickoff of refreshments, special announcements and more.

Tuesday, January 1oth renowned Taos Artist Angus McDonald will host an interview and meet and greet from 11:30 to 12:30 and then a special book signing from 12:30 to 1 pm. McDonald studied with American Artist Norman Rockwell. He owned the Reata Fine Art Gallery in Taos for several years in partnership with artist/actor Andersen Kee. The Alamogordo Public Library is fortunate to have him join the library events.

Wednesday, January 11th is a festive event to celebrate the library's new and improved services, along with their fresh new logo and brand relaunched. Musical guests: Scott & Johanna Hongell-Darsee. Scandinavian and Celtic music. Special events at 4:00 - 4:45 Refreshments and announcements. 4:45 - 6:30 More refreshments and entertainment come on out.

Thursday, January 12th, Writer workshop. Crafting a good story takes both art and skill. In this workshop, we'll explore the elements of story craft from idea generation to revision and everything in between. Learn about story structure, plot, voice, point of view, character development, setting and more. Bring your writing tools and start crafting your next story.  Stay after the workshop for a meet & greet and book signing with Amy Rivers.

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The history of the library and its founding dates to 1900.

Alamogordo was unusual for a Southwestern town at the time in that it was a planned community, the planning being carried out by Charles Bishop Eddy's and John Arthur Eddy's Alamogordo Improvement Company. The Eddys saw a library as being necessary for their community and they gave financial support to the Alamogordo Woman's Club to start the library. Ownership passed to an offshoot, the Alamogordo Library Association, and then to the Civic League. The Civic League retained ownership of the library until 1958 when it was sold for one dollar to the City of Alamogordo.

Alamogordo Public Library is a city-owned library, but library cards are free to all residents of Otero County.

The Eugene Manlove Rhodes Room, constructed as part of the 1987 expansion, holds the library's collection of Southwest books and materials. Within the room are a bank teller wall rescued from a bank in Vaughn, New Mexico and desks and other pieces of furniture from the early 1900s. In 1958 the Civic League purchased W. H. Hutchinson's collection of Eugene Manlove Rhodes materials and donated them to the library. The collection consists of books, correspondence, clippings, some magazines, and a few original manuscripts. These items and some other Rhodes-related items collected by past library director June Harwell have been photocopied, cataloged, and scanned into computer files and are available to researchers.

Access the Alamogordo Public Library...

Curbside pickup service of up to five library items is available with limited hours. Holds can be placed in the online catalog or by calling 575.439.4148. Pickup hours are Mondays and Fridays from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. (Appointments preferred; please call ahead for faster service.) Have your library card and photo ID ready when you arrive for pickup.

Curbside service can also be used on Mondays and Fridays to retrieve print jobs sent to the library via Mobile Print. Once you have submitted your print, call the reference desk 575.439.4148 to make arrangements to pick up your document.

You can obtain a library card by visiting the Alamogordo Public Library and completing an application. A valid library card is needed in order to check out materials from the library. Library cards are available free of charge to any Otero County resident, kindergarten age or older. (Patrons under the age of 18 require the signature of parent or guardian on the registration card.) A driver's license or other picture identification with current Otero County address is required. (If driver's license does not show your current Otero county address , two other documents displaying local address are required.)

  • Internet Use only cards are available for those with no current proof of address. (Use the library's computers; no materials checkout.)
  • Nonresident cards are available for $15
  • Replacement fee for lost cards is $5.25

Loan Period

  • Maximum of 50 items total may be checked out on one card at any one time
  • Most items 21 day loan
  • Most Videos 7 day loan
  • New Books (New Book Shelves) 14 day loan
  • Reference material does not circulate

Overdue Fines

All items are $0.10 cents per item per day.

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