Not many citizens of Los Alamos County are familiar with a third library in town inside the County Detention Center.
But for the few who have had the misfortune of being incarcerated at the Detention Center, the library is a place of distraction, enlightenment and personal improvement.
The Lora Belle Cole Library was dedicated Aug. 21, 2010 in memory of the woman who volunteered hundreds of hours, to fulfill the reading needs of the inmates, after she retired from Mesa Public Library in 1983. For 13 years, Cole made books available to inmates as part of the (then called) Friends of the Library. A small room was designated as the Jail Library and Cole was their first librarian.
Shortly after Cole passed away Oct. 18, 2009, a dedication and naming of the room was made in her honor. Later the room was enlarged to accommodate a higher volume of media.
Over the years, the Friends of Los Alamos County Libraries (FLACL) has continued to support the LBC Library with money spent on magazine subscriptions, computer software, and books. Among the most common requested items are self help, vocational and biographies as well as fantasy and current fiction. And the needs of the library are still seen to on a weekly basis.
There have been many wonderful success stories of GEDs completed and vocational skills learned that have lead to full and successful lives for former inmates of LA County. That’s why it is important that FLACL continues to receive your support.
The community is encouraged to attend the $5 Bag Sale 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 28 in the foyer of Mesa Public Library. There will be thousands of books to choose from in all categories of interests and genres. Large paper bags will be provided to fill to capacity. It’s a win-win situation for all!