LL librarian asks for GO Bond support

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Librarians know how to hook young people into the love of reading, and everyday, Los Lunas librarians are teaching students how to navigate library systems, perform research and gather information for academic projects.

That's why they need up-to-date books with the latest information and discoveries.

The 2012 General Obligation Bond Issue B appropriates funding for that purpose, said Karin Trujillo, Valencia Middle School librarian, at a Los Lunas Board of Education meeting earlier this month.

The bond is within Senate Bill 66, signed by Gov. Susana Martinez last March, but the bond was started in 2002 to benefit all the libraries in the state, Trujillo said.

"It's not just the school libraries, it's also the community libraries," Trujillo said.

The cost per property owner is 56 cents per $100,000 assessed property value, and provides a large benefit to students and families across the state, she said.

"What's really important to understand is what we use it for," Trujillo said. "We really try to work on the nonfiction, date-sensitive material. We really don't want to have children check out books that are incorrect."

Valencia County would benefit by about $239,000, and each of the Los Lunas school libraries would receive about $4,000. The high schools would receive about $5,000 each.

The money is used exclusively for certain library book series, the 300 series in social science and law, the 500 series in sciences, 600 series in applied science, medical and technologies and the 900 series in history.

"Keeping the knowledge base of students up-to-date is so huge," said Mary McGowan, IEP facilitator at Ann Parish Elementary.

Basically, the Los Lunas School District has three pots to pull from to support library programs, Trujillo said.

The library distribution fund is provided by the district and based on enrollment, the library activity fund, and the GO Bond.

"We, as librarians, are trained to weed out our collection for date sensitive materials," she said. "The way we look at it is, those date sensitive areas need to have a copyright date of less than five years."

Fiction is kept within a 10-year copyright date.

"If we teach our kids that Pluto is a major planet, it is not anymore, much to my daughter's chagrin," Trujillo said with a laugh.

Last year, Valencia County didn't pass the bond, but fortunately the rest of the state passed it and Valencia County schools were able to benefit, she said.

Books are expensive, whether hard backs or e-books, she said.

"So, for us, this GO Bond is very important to our library, and we want to ask all of your support to vote yes on this," she said.

The 2012 GO Bond Issue B will provide a total of $9.7 million to New Mexico libraries, broken down to $3 million for academic, $3 million for public, $3 million for school and $700,000 for tribal libraries.


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