Bosque Farms library expansion underway

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More than three decades ago, the residents of the village of Bosque Farms came together to start something great for their community.

Julia M. Dendinger-News-Bulletin photo: It was with smiles and laughter that local officials broke ground on a new addition to the Bosque Farms Library Monday morning. Participating in the ceremony, from left, are Bosque Farms Library Board President Cathy Lindberg, State Rep. David C. Chavez (R-Dist. 7), Bosque Farms Councilor Wayne Ake, Bosque Farms Mayor Bob Knowlton, State Rep. Alonzo Baldonado (R-Dist. 8), Library Board Member Lillie McNabb and Los Lunas Mayor Robert Vialpando.

They gathered up 2,000 books in order to start the village’s first library. Two years later, the books found a home in a room in the administration building, where volunteers gladly catalogued them and checked them out to readers.

Realizing they needed more room than the room had, volunteers again began gathering — this time it was materials and labor to build an actual library.

In 1984 a 1,024 square foot building was constructed. Four years later, the Friends of the Library raised $20,000 and with the addition of state funds, a 1,750 square foot addition was built.

On Monday, a ground breaking for another expansion of the library was held, attended by local dignitaries and village residents who remembered the early days of the library.

Dorothy Vaughan and her husband, the late Jim Vaughan, who was the village’s first water superintendent, took delivery of the clear-story windows that were part of the first section of the library on a Christmas Eve.

Jim was one of the many village residents who helped with the construction.

“The whole community was involved in getting the library started,” Dorothy said. “I’m really happy to see this.”

The new addition will add on another 2,000 square feet to the library.

Mayor Bob Knowlton said the village received $260,000 from the state Legislature two years ago. They then village hired Mullen Heller Architecture P.C. out of Albuquerque to do the building design.

However, the architect said there wasn’t enough money to build the expansion the village wanted, Knowlton said.

In this past session, legislators allocated an additional $130,000 to the project. Knowlton recognized state representatives David C. Chavez (R- Dist. 7) and Kiki Saavedra (D- Dist. 10) and state senators Michael Sanchez (D- Dist. 29) and David Ulibarri (D- Dist. 30) for their assistance in securing the funding.

“This is a gem of our community,” Knowlton said. “There are 4,000 people in Bosque Farms, but the library has more than 7,000 patrons.”

He also thanked the governing body and former Mayor Wayne Ake for their “generous support,” as well the library board, the Friends of the Library and librarian Sophita Kyhnsen for all their hard work and dedication to the library.

Construction on the addition should start next week, according to Gayle Jones, the village’s clerk/administrator. The project is slated to last 120 days and the library will be open during construction, Jones said.


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