The mission of the Socorro Public Library is to meet the evolving educational, cultural, and recreational needs of local residents by providing modern library resources and services. The library strives to acquire materials, plan programs, and provide services that reflect an understanding and consideration of the community served with concern given for all ages, backgrounds, interests, abilities, and levels of education.
Our staff provides services and programs for area children and adults which encourage reading, learning and literacy: weekly reading; and crafts projects for pre-schoolers in Children's Story Hour; a program called "Reading is Fundamental" which distributes books to Socorro children in Kindergarten through third grade; and our summer reading incentive program. We also provide wireless access to the internet, ten public computer work stations, and access to a wide variety of resources through the reference desk. We do our best to provide our patrons with modern library materials in a variety of formats.
The Socorro Public Library has grown and changed with the community it serves since its beginning in 1924. The oldest portion of the library, now serving as the Reading Room, was built around 1913. Over the years, rooms have been added to house the growing collection of books.
In 1932, a group known as the Woman's Auxiliary to the AIME (American Institute of Mining and Metallurgical Engineers), purchased this building from the Baptist Church. The group had founded the Socorro Public Library in 1924, but this was the first permanent home for the collection. The WAAIME's improvements to this building included the distinctive viga and latilla ceiling, the fireplace, and a flagstone floor.
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