Friends of the Library

“Messages from the Hidden Lake”

The Friends of the Alamosa Public Library are now accepting submissions to the 12th edition of its literary and art collection, Messages from the Hidden Lake.

This literary and art collection is produced by Friends of the Alamosa Public Library. It showcases work by Colorado authors and artists. Creative writers and artists of all ages may submit pieces for the volume, to be published in the fall.


11 Editions of the "Messages from the Hidden Lake" Literary book are now available. To be a part of the new 12th edition of our literacy and art collection click here

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Book Sale News

Visit the Friends of the Library Book Nook located inside the library.  The Library will have limited access hours: Mon. - Fri. 10-1 pm.  Curbside will continue to be available 10-5 pm Mon. - Fri. and Saturday 9-10:45.

Our first book sale for 2020 will be September 5th, 2020.  Due to the COVID 19 safety guidelines entrance will be limited - masks required - social distancing will be layed out.

See schedule below for other sale dates.

Due to COVID 19 we are currently accepting donations by appointment only.  Drop off will be only at the Friends of the Library's "Spines" building.


Book Sale Schedule

2020 Book Sale Schedule

Schedule subject to change due to Safer-At-Home restrictions

(To volunteer, complete this form and return it to the library)

May 2, 2020         Canceled

June 5, 2020        Canceled
June 6, 2020        Canceled

July 11, 2020      Canceled

Aug. 8, 2020       Canceled
Sept. 5, 2020      9:00-2:00 pm

Oct. 3, 2020        9:00-2:00 pm

Nov. 7, 2020      Canceled 

Call Allyn Lewis 719-588-9410 to make an appointment to Shop in 'Spines'.

Sale Location and Parking

The Friends sale shed is located north of the Alamosa Post Office and just west of the new skate board area at Cole Park. 
From 3rd Street, turn north into the alley between the post office and Pro-Clean and then look to the right. 
From 2nd Street, turn south in either of the 2 alley entrances and then look to the left. 
Parking near the shed is usually available unless there is a big event in the park. Look for our forthcoming improvements at the sale shed that will enhance your shopping experience!

Friends of the Library Book Bike


StoryWalk in Cole Park


Friends of the Library Meeting


Do you have books to donate?

WE ARE ACCEPTING DONATIONS through appointments.  Please call Allyn at 719-588-9410 to meet for delivery to 'Spines'.  We are not accepting donations at the library.

Donate books year-round by bringing them to the Library or by calling Rhonda Borders at 580-2010 (April-October) to arrange a drop-off time at the shed. 
Please do not give us newspapers, magazines, personal papers, encyclopedia sets, cassettes, or books in very poor condition.
It would be a great help if you remove sticky notes, bookmarks, etc. from donated materials, although we do like to find hidden 100-dollar bills!
We attempt to take books that don’t or won’t sell to a recycling, but those facilities are rare.  So please help by sorting your donations before delivery.


To join Friends of the Library, return the Application Form to Alamosa Public Library with appropriate dues. You will receive a yearly membership card which gives you 20% discount on purchases at the book sales and late fees on your library account are forgiven.

The Friends always need good volunteers to help with hauling or unpacking boxes, setting up tables, sorting, shelving, advertising and book collection, or recycling.

Help with projects or events like:


Volunteer opportunities:
Ride the Book Bike
Book sales
Little Free Library
Book Nook
Volunteer in the Library
Book collection & sorting
Literary & art collection “Messages from the Hidden Lake” committee
Repurpose Library Craft Days
Read at Evergreen Nursing Home