How independent libraries are transforming some New Mexico towns

In Rio Arriba County, a community fix for a book deficit.

 

In New Mexico, public libraries are funded by municipalities. That policy has unfortunate consequences: If you live in an unincorporated town, there’s no funding stream for a local public library. While other states, like Colorado, have library districts — like school districts — to provide funding, New Mexico’s rural communities are often forced to do without libraries and the educational services they provide.

In northern New Mexico, however, residents in several towns have joined together to change that dynamic. Their solution: to create independent, community-supported libraries that provide services like early literacy programs and after-school education. In the process, they’ve also transformed their communities. Lucia Duncan has the story for KSFR News.

This story is part of the "Small towns, big change" project through the Solutions Journalism Network.

This story is part of the "Small towns, big change" project through the Solutions Journalism Network.