Friends of the Library

Book Sale News

Visit the Friends of the Library Book Nook located inside the library.

Our first book sale for 2019 was May 4th. 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  See schedule below for other sale dates.

Plan ahead for our sales in 2019!  We plan a sale the first Saturday of every month from May to November.
Additional Friday sales will be held in June and September to coincide with events in Cole Park.


Book Sale Schedule

2019 Book Sale Schedule

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

May 4, 2019       9:00-2:00 pm

June 7, 2019    10:00-5:00 pm
June 8, 2019      9:00-3:00 pm

July 6, 2019      9:00-2:00 pm

Aug. 3, 2019      9:00-2:00 pm

Aug. 30, 2019    10:00-5:00 pm
Aug. 31, 2019      9:00-3:00 pm

Oct. 5, 2019        9:00-2:00 pm

Nov. 2, 2019      9:00-2:00 pm (Special Holiday Sale)

Friends of the Library Meeting

Friends of the Library Meeting Minutes

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!

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


Do you have books to donate?

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

"Messages from the Hidden Lake"

Submissions being accepted for “Messages from the Hidden Lake”

The Friends of the Alamosa Public Library is pleased to invite submissions for the eleventh edition of its literary and art collection, Messages from the Hidden Lake. Creative writers and photographers of all ages may submit pieces for the volume, to be published in the fall. Submission deadline is November 1, 2019.

Genre categories include poetry, short creative fiction and creative non-fiction, and black and white photography. There is a special category for full-color cover photography. Cash prizes will be awarded. Submission guidelines and entry forms are available online at:  For more info, call 589-6592 or Julie Waechter @ 719-298-7319

An application (to be posted soon) must accompany your submissions: [PDF]  or  [RTF (rich text)].

Submissions will only be accepted electronically
via email to:

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: by October 15, 2018.  Previous editions are available for review or purchase at the library.

10 Editions of the "Messages from the Hidden Lake" Literary book are now available. You may purchase them from the library for $10 each. The set of 10 editions is being sold as a set for $90. Our 10th edition was released February 15th 2019.

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