Rio Abajo Community Library

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Basic Information

Established: 1999
Schedule: Tues, Wed, Thurs (11 am-6pm) and Friday (9 am-1 pm)
Address: 28 S Calle de Centro La Joya, NM 87028
Phone Number: 505-861-8289
Director: Donna Hernandez

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Rio Abajo Community Library
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Additional Information

Computer Capabilities:

Multiple public computers with internet access

Education Programs: At RAC Library, everything is done with volunteers. So, if one of our youth needs help, we maintain a list of tutoring volunteers from a wide variety of backgrounds. For example, if a student needs help with calculus, we contact those who did architecture and/or engineering. If the question relates to biology, we have retired scientists and veterinarians. Students not only get help with homework, but they also learn how that skill can be applied to life.
Summer Programs: Our programs have included things like participation in the National Computer Challenge, various reading programs, and 4H.
Membership Details:

All Rio Abajo community residents are able to acquire free membership; all others are required to make a security deposit or provide a valid credit card

Library Information:

Unlike municipal libraries, RACL is owned and operated by patrons, volunteers and donations, which means RACL has no paid staff, including the Director. So, everyone who uses the Library's facilities has a direct voice and impact on its growth and development.

RAC Library has grown from a few bookcases and two computers. Today they offer:

  • An expansive lending library with specialized publications and literature that a ranching/agricultural community would find entertaining, useful and helpful;
  • Publicly available computers that are hooked up to the internet for researching, reading, job searching and other helpful activities;
  • A monthly newsletter that is distributed throughout the community with news and information relevant to its readers;
  • A referral network for the exchange of resources and information regarding other services, agencies, and products that are available;
  • Use of meeting space for local groups;
  • Copying, printing and faxing services;
  • Notary Public services, and
  • Instruction regarding basic computer skills and internet use.
Library History:

The Rio Abajo Community Library (RACL) was founded in 1999. A pivotal point for the Library's existence has been the support from the La Joya Community Development Association (LJCDA). With encouragement from the entire village, LJCDA provided RACL with full use of the 1,000 sq. ft. community building for a very nominal annual lease.

We are proud of the impact we've made, including:

  • Raising the graduation rate from ±13% to 97%, with over 80% of graduates completing college with degrees;
  • Proving the viability of the community and thus removing the "red-line" status making Rio Abajo eligible for standard rate loans and increasing economic potential;
  • Establishing services and standards that are now being copied nationwide.

Our two annual fundraisers are the St. Paddy's Day Bingo and the Hispanic Month Loteria (Mexican bingo). This year we are also doing a bake sale/concert as a "Tribute to Fathers" to be held on Father's Day.