By BERNADETTE LAURITZEN
As the first librarian of the new Los Alamos Middle School building, Lisa Laprairie-Whitacre takes her collection quite seriously and any chance to add to the collection is a bonus.
The community is invited to shop the school book fair and help add to the stacks, which will benefit students year after year. The hours for the book fair are 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday this week, with special extended hours 4:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
“With the support of the elementary principals, Los Alamos Middle School is inviting sixth graders and their families to visit the book fair,” Whitacre said. “Our student council will be giving tours of the new building, to give incoming 7th graders and their families a chance to familiarize themselves with the school.”
The library has one of the greatest views in town, so you might want to arrive before dark, Whitacre said.
The Friends of the Library will also make this holiday season a bit brighter for some students by offering gift certificates to help some families that find book buying as a luxury.
“I was so grateful when Anne Browning called to tell me about the donation from the Friends of the Library,” Whitacre said. “To get a $5 gift certificate is very exciting for a student.”
The Friends of the Library can benefit programs like the LAMS library by the purchases made from their bookstore and the donations the community makes to it throughout the year. According to Whitacre, middle school students have a hard time fitting recreational reading into their busy lives and it should be encouraged whenever possible. Whitacre also highlighted the importance of reading in a child’s life, especially by modeling the behavior for them.
“As a parent, you have a lot of power to help your child in school by taking them to the public library or buying books at a garage sale,” Whitacre said.