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.


Attention Creative Writers/Artists: Deadline Extended for Messages from the Hidden Lake

The deadline for submissions to the 10th edition of Messages from the Hidden Lake has been extended to October 15, 2018.

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.

Please read the instructions, complete the submission application (pdf) or (rtf - rich text) and return with your submission via email to: October 15, 2018.  Previous   for review or purchase

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.

Our first book sale for 2020 announced at a future date.  Due to the "Safe at Home" order, some sales have been canceled.

See schedule below for other sale dates.

Due to COVID 19 we are not currently accepting donations.


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       TBA (contact:
Sept. 5, 2020      9:00-3:00 pm

Oct. 3, 2020        9:00-2:00 pm

Nov. 7, 2020      9:00-2:00 pm (Special Holiday Sale)

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 Meeting

Do you have books to donate?

WE ARE CURRENTLY NOT ACCEPTING DONATIONS.  We will announce when we are allowed to accept donations.

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.

StoryWalk in Cole Park

Friends of the Library are now the proud sponsors of the StoryWalk in Cole Park!

ECC (Early Childhood Council) and PAT (Parents as Teachers) installed new book August 28, 2019



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