The Village of Bosque Farms Public Library reached 6,000 registered members on June 6, and later celebrated the event with food and lemonade.
Librarian Sophita Kyhnsen, along with staff members Ronda Duncan and Laurie Kestelic, welcomed the community of friends and patrons for lunch as a way to say “thank you for your patronage.”
Service has been the key to the growth of the library, which has 25,000 books and four public access computers. The library has even attracted members from Los Lunas and other communities in the county.
“People think we are a little library, but when you start treating people the way you want to be treated, it works,” Kyhnsen said. “We make it a point to get to know the people, and try to help them with what they are looking for.
“If we don’t have it, then we’ll find out where they can get it, and it saves them a lot of running around.”
A strong section of 9,000 books for young people, ages 5 to 15, keeps children coming back to the library, especially when they have a science project at school. Three shelves of books on farm animals cater to a rural community.
On Wednesday, the library hosted Exotics of the Rainforest, as 50 children and 25 adults came out to watch Carolyn Newell and her macaw parrots, along with snakes and reptiles.
The children laughed and smiled, as one parrot climbed onto their arms. Then, some youngsters experienced what it was like to have a parrot perch on top of their heads.
This was just one of several summer programs that the library hosts. This event was held in the village council chambers in order to accommodate the crowd.
The library receives an annual book budget of $5,900, and uses another $1,900 from a state grant to purchase new books. Still, Kyhsen said the community has “supported us tremendously,” with the twice-annual used-book sale.
Library hours are Monday and Tuesday from noon to 6 p.m., and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday. The library closes on Fridays, but opens on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 869-2227 for further information.