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Carlsbad City Council accepts State grant for Carlsbad Library

A nearly $10,000 grant from the New Mexico State Library (NMSL) could help operations at the Carlsbad Public Library.

The grant, accepted Nov. 9 by the Carlsbad City Council, was included in the City of Carlsbad’s fiscal year 2022 budget, read a memorandum written by City of Carlsbad Municipal Services Director Angie Barrios-Testa to councilors.

The grant-in-aid program was designed to supplement library collections, library staff development, library equipment and help with operational expenses associated with delivery of library services, read the agreement authored by NMSL.

Take home kits from the Carlsbad Public Library in 2020 were funded from a New Mexico State Library grant-in-aid fund. Carlsbad City Council accepted another grant for nearly $10,000 for fiscal year 2022.

“The State Library gives funds to eligible libraries who have completed the yearly report,” said Carlsbad Public Library Director Sarah Jones.

The annual report is sent once a year from a public library or developing library to the state library, per the NMSL website.

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“Last year we used these funds to create our take home kits for patrons,” Jones said. “This year these funds have not been designated yet. We normally use them where our City funds have run out.”

She said money from NMSL adds to the Carlsbad Public Library’s budget.

“It supports staff, and their development and it helps us bring important services to our patrons,” Jones said.

Library staff member Angela Runnels admires the new activity wall in the children's department at Carlsbad Public Library.

Carlsbad Mayor Dale Janway said the Carlsbad Public Library was an underrated service for the community.

“We had the opportunity to once again tour the library a little bit last week, and it is a beautiful facility that is one of Carlsbad’s unsung heroes. It was a busy day at the library during the tour, with residents of all ages enjoying looking at books and using computers. Thank you for everyone who worked hard on this grant, which will continue to improve on our excellent library,” he said.