Planting Spirit Sowing Seeds

The Special Collections Library of the ABQ-BERCO Libraries is hosting an exhibit of handmade books, drawings and paintings, essays, poetry, photography, and journals by students and staff at Gordon Bernell Charter School beginning April 18 and continuing through May 18, 2017.  The name of the exhibit hints at the major themes underlying the work.


Themes like ‘Dear Mother Earth letters’, ‘Spirit Books’, ‘Prayers for our Civil Rights’ flags’, ‘Altar tributes’, ‘Roots of Albuquerque’, and ‘The Three Sisters’ are expressions and reflections of the artists on the issues facing the citizens of the world in 2017.


A Reception for the Community will be held

 Thursday, April 27, 2017 from 4PM to 6PM.


Great music by the Short Line Boys with Amanda Lee, poetry readings by students and staff, and wonderful food provided by our generous sponsors and community partners, as well as the exhibits to wander through… all in the elegant, historical spaces of the library, one of the lesser known architectural gems in Albuquerque.


The students at Gordon Bernell Charter School are adults working towards their high school diplomas as they also invest in changing their lives from the inside, which is the primary mission of this unique charter school.


Campuses are housed within the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Detention Center and Sandoval County Jail where inmates work on academics as well as life and transition skills toward more productive lives when they return to their communities across New Mexico and beyond. Roma Campus Downtown and campuses within JobCorps Albuquerque and Women’s Recovery Program all provide learning environments that support academic growth and becoming mindful citizens. Many of our students are parents who are provided with classes in-house and out in their communities to build creative, nurturing parent-child relationships.


The Special Collections Library houses research collections on Albuquerque history and New Mexico culture. The 1925 Pueblo /Spanish style building is a registered Albuquerque landmark in the historic Huning Highlands neighborhood.


Library and exhibit viewing hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 AM to 6 PM. The library stays open until 7 PM on Thursdays.  For more information on the library call 505-848-1376 or email Eileen O’Connell Branch Manager.


For more exhibit information, contact Juli Cobb, or Andrea Fletcher,


Please join us on April 27 from 4 to 6 PM and help us celebrate!