City Government

The Town of Bernalillo

The Town of Bernalillo has grown from a small, active community on the outskirts of Albuquerque, to a bustling town of approximately 8,320. We stay true to our friendly, small town charm and our sense of family and community. We strive to maintain economic and cultural vitality with over 500 years of history serving as the foundation.

The stated mission of the Town Council is: "To provide fair, open, and responsible governance to all citizens of the Town of Bernalillo; and, to enact ordinances, regulations, and policies consistent with the administrative needs of the government for the benefit of this and future generations."

The Town Council is the Legislative branch of the Town of Bernalillo, and consists of the Mayor and four publicly-elected Trustees. Trustee terms of office are four years, staggered so that two Trustees are elected each two years. The Mayor serves a four year term. By majority vote, the Town Council also approves the Mayor's appointment of the Town Administrator , Town Treasurer , Town Clerk , Fire Chief and Chief of Police . State law and local ordinances dictate the powers and duties of the Mayor and Council.

Departments

Community Planning & Development

Coronado Campground

Finance Administration

Fire Department

Geographic Information System

Housing Services

Human Resources

Information Technology

Motor Vehicle Division

Municipal Courts

Parks Department

Planning & Zoning

Police Department

Public Library

Public Works

Recreation Department

Town Clerk's Office

Wastewater Department

Water Department

TOWN OF BERNALILLO
MARTHA LIEBERT PUBLIC LIBRARY

Library Director: Vacant
Library Assistant: Olivia Bueno

Location

124 Calle Malinche
Bernalillo, NM 87004
Phone: (505) 867-1440
Fax: (505) 867-8040

Hours of Operation

10:00 am - 6:00pm Monday through Friday
10:00 am - 2:00 pm Saturdays Closed on Holiday weekends.

Wi-Fi at the Library

Wi-Fi is now available at the Martha Liebert Public Library for use of personal computers.

Summer Reading Program

Summer events will be published soon. First program should start in June 2010.

History

In February of 1965, the task of establishing a library was set in motion by Martha Liebert, Helen Elliott, Judy Blum, Stella Hill, Socorro Romero, Nora Frank, and Dorothy Darnell with Doris Lester and Ruth Hendrikson of Santa Fe.

For the next few months "volunteers"collected books from sources such as the Corrales and Placitas Libraries who contributed their duplicates. Donations were also received from Our Lady of Sorrows School in Bernalillo and St Joseph college. Mayor Hilario J. Torres offered the north room of the city hall as a location for the library. Wood for shelving was given by N.M. Timber, the construction and installation labor was donated by carpenters from the Bernalillo Public Schools, and VFW members painted the completed shelving.

In October of 1966 the library was officially incorporated. In January of 1967, Mary Aguilar was elected president of the Library Board. In July the city contributed $500 to purchase books and a typewriter.

In October of 1966 the library was officially incorporated. In January of 1967, Mary Aguilar was elected president of the Library Board. In July the city contributed $500 to purchase books and a typewriter.

In 1969 the library moved to the newly constructed community building located behind the Roosevelt School. The city furnished a rug and heater which was installed by OEO, and in September of that same year the building was dedicated.

In October of 1969 a new Library Board was organized. Story hour, arts and crafts, recreation and games made up the Library Program. Manpower employees kept the library open eighteen hours per week. In January 1970 formal by-laws were written and a budget of eight hundred seventy five dollars was proposed.

Once again the library moved, with the permission of the Town Council, to the old Caldwell House. The entire building was re-wired with help from members of the VFW, and the lights came on Christmas Day 1974. When the old Caldwell house was demolished to make way for the subsequent construction of the Town Hall building on that site, the library was hosted by the Bernalillo Women's Club.

In February of 1978 the library moved once again into the new Town Hall Building designed by architect G.L Castillo. The building was famous for its circular wrought iron staircase. The library was housed in this building until 1995 when the library was moved to 134 Calle Malinche located in the restored Roosevelt Building. The library shares the downstairs floor with the K-2 elementary school library, and consists of approximately seventeen thousand volumes in its collection including those kept as reference in the Southwest Room.

The Southwest Room

In November 1997 the Southwest Room in the Town of Bernalillo's library was formally dedicated.

The Southwest Room is in the present day library in honor of Martha Liebert for her part in starting the collection.

The Southwest Room is a special collection of books and periodicals about the history, geography, culture of the southwest, focusing on New Mexico, but also includes materials from Colorado, Arizona and Utah. No books in this collection will be checked out. They are only to be used for research in the Southwest Room.

The Roosevelt Building

It is a 1930's two-story adobe and viga building. The ten thousand square foot plus building was built as part of the Works Projects Administration (WPA). The building was part of the Bernalillo Public School System, and was the first public school in Bernalillo, (often called "Escuelita 1-2-3" by the locals) but had fallen into disuse and abandonment. A joint venture between Bernalillo Public Schools, the Town of Bernalillo and Sandoval County, to fulfill common needs, led to joint funding through Bernalillo Public Schools and a Capital Outlay Appropriation of the 1993 New Mexico Legislature for the renovation of the building.

The building was reroofed and restuccoed, and received new windows. A new elevator and stairs were added to the back of the building and new mechanical and electrical systems were added. The new additions included restrooms, mechanical rooms, stairways and an elevator to make the building handicap accessible.

Future plans include restoration of the upstairs interiors to classrooms, community meeting rooms, office/workroom and public restrooms. The west classroom will be historically preserved with original light fixtures, chalkboards and radiators and will be available for various functions.

Dale Crawford and Associates Architects (DCA) worked closely with Ed Boles, Preservation Architect at the State Cultural Affairs Division, to design the renovation and addition to meet NPS standard for historical preservation. This project has been nominated to both the National and State Historical Registers.

The Bernalillo Roosevelt Library building is now the centerpiece of a revitalized area just west of Bernalillo Town Hall known as the Roosevelt Complex. What had been a collection of dilapidated, underused school buildings is now a lively complex including Head Start, Roosevelt Elementary School, a Cafeteria/Multipurpose building and a new school and public library. The building that children had feared, believing that it was haunted, is now a place they can go with their parents and learn about its past.

In 2006, a re-dedication ceremony took place at the Library's new present location, 124 Calle Malinche.

Visits

Schools, clubs, or other large groups planning a trip to the library, are required to make an appointment a week in advance. Visits are limited to 1 hour, all groups must be accompanied by an adult.

Library staff is not responsible for the safety of young children left unattended at the library.

Rude, disruptive or inappropriate behavior will not be tolerated. Any child or adult displaying these types of behaviors will be asked to leave.

Bookdrops

For your convenience, there is a book drop outside Town Hall at the south-end of the building - 829 Camino del Pueblo.

Donations

Only those materials that are in good condition and relevant to the needs and interests of the community will be accepted for the collection. Cash donations will be accepted only if donor agrees that the library director and staff are solely responsible for the selection of materials purchased with the money.