The University of New Mexico Center for Regional Studies contributed $23,000 to purchase books published by the University of New Mexico Press for under-funded public and tribal libraries across New Mexico.

Tobías Durán, CRS director, authorized purchase of copies of 25 titles for distribution to 65 libraries. The project has contributed more than $163,000 for books for the state's most in-need libraries. The initiative promotes literacy and learning for New Mexicans, interests shared by CRS and UNM Press.

"A mission of the Center for Regional Studies is to promote collaboration between UNM and the wider community. What better way to do that than providing books of local and regional interest for New Mexico public libraries?" Durán asks.

The CRS supports research and teaching with a focus on New Mexico, the United States, Southwest, Mexico, the Americas and Spain. Through its acquisition and preservation of manuscript, diary, document, photographic and oral history collections, the CRS encourages a learning community, as exemplified in its donation to State libraries.

With more than 1,000 books in print, UNM Press is the largest book publisher in the state and is an important voice in educating the public about the Southwest through general interest and scholarly books and history textbooks for elementary, middle school and high school students.

Libraries receiving books this year meet the state code requirements as a recognized public library, are located in counties with at least a 20 percent poverty rate and meet the New Mexico State Library's definition of "needy."

Donated UNM Press books include recent releases in the subject areas of southwestern history, literature, photography, nature and children's books that reflect the diversity of New Mexico's American Indian, Chicano and Anglo cultures.

"We are pleased to again partner with the University of New Mexico Press to provide books for the state's most in need libraries," Durán said. "This has been a successful initiative for both the CRS and UNM Press, but the real beneficiaries are public and tribal libraries and their patrons," he added.

Libraries:

ABIQUIU PUBLIC LIBRARY
ACOMA LEARNING CENTER LIBRARY
ADOBE ACRES ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
ALBERT W THOMPSON MEM LIBRARY
BALDWIN CABIN PUBLIC LIBRARY
BAYARD PUBLIC LIBRARY
BLOOMFIELD COMMUNITY LIBRARY
CAPITAN PUBLIC LIBRARY
COCHITI PUEBLO COMMUNITY LIBRARY
COLUMBUS VILLAGE LIBRARY
CUBA PUBLIC LIBRARY
DAVID CARGO PUBLIC LIBRARY
DEXTER PUBLIC LIBRARY
EAGLE NEST PUBLIC LIBRARY
EDGEWOOD COMMUNITY LIBRARY
EL RITO PUBLIC LIBRARY
ELEANOR DAGGETT MEM LIBRARY
EMBUDO VALLEY LIBRARY
ESPANOLA PUBLIC LIBRARY
ESTANCIA PUBLIC LIBRARY
FORT SUMNER PUBLIC LIBRARY
FRED MACARON LIBRARY
GILA VALLEY PUBLIC LIBRARY
GLENWOOD COMMUNITY LIBRARY
HATCH PUBLIC LIBRARY
HILLSBORO COMMUNITY LIBRARY
IRENE S SWEETKIND PUBLIC LIBRARY
ISLETA LIBRARY ADULT EDUCATION
JEMEZ PUEBLO COMMUNITY LIBRARY
JICARILLA PUBLIC LIBRARY
LAGUNA PUBLIC LIBRARY
LORDSBURG-HIDALGO LIBRARY
LOVINGTON PUBLIC LIBRARY
MAGDALENA PUBLIC LIBRARY
MESCALERO COMMUNITY LIBRARY
MICHAEL NIVISON LIBRARY
MORIARTY COMMUNITY LIBRARY
MOUNTAINAIR PUBLIC LIBRARY
PENITENTIARY OF NEW MEXICO
PLACITAS COMMUNITY LIBRARY
POE TSAWA COMMUNITY LIBRARY
POJOAQUE PUEBLO COMM LIBRARY
PUEBLO OF SAN FELIPE LIBRARY
PUEBLO OF SANDIA
QUESTA PUBLIC LIBRARY
RED RIVER PUBLIC LIBRARY
RESERVE PUBLIC LIBRARY
RIO ABAJO COMMUNITY LIBRARY
SANTA ANA PUEBLO COM LIBRARY
SANTA CLARA PUEBLO LIBRARY
SANTO DOMINGO PUEBLO LIBRARY
SHIPROCK BRANCH LIBRARY
SHUTER LIBRARY OF ANGEL FIRE
SOUTH VALLEY LIBRARY
SUNLAND PARK COMMUNITY LIBRARY
TALPA COMMUNITY LIBRARY
TATUM COMMUNITY LIBRARY
TO'HAJIILEE COMMUNITY SCHOOL
TRUCHAS COMMUNITY LIBRARY
TUCUMCARI PUBLIC LIBRARY
TULAROSA PUBLIC LIBRARY
VALLE DE ANTON CHICO LIBRARY
VALLEY PUBLIC LIBRARY
ZIA ENRICHMENT LIBRARY
ZUNI PUBLIC LIBRARY

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