Korkos: Behind The Scenes At The Library

During a recent meeting, from left, Doris Logan, technical services librarian; Eva Jacobson, circulation librarian; Liza Rivera-Hudders, reference librarian; Veronica Encinas, White Rock Branch librarian and Eileen Sullivan, library manager. Not shown is Angie Manfredi, youth services librarian. Photo by Katy Korkos

Tatiana Klimov will host an opening reception 5:30-8:30 p.m. today for her exhibit at Mesa Public Library. Courtesy image


Los Alamos County Library System
Program Assistant

The Los Alamos Public Library is a great place to work and an inspiring place to visit. It’s also extremely complex! With two branches (Mesa and White Rock), dozens of employees, hundreds of thousands of items to circulate and track, hundreds of thousands of electronic items to circulate, programs like M & Ms and Authors Speak, two film series, and special events, there is a lot of “behind the scenes” work going on all the time.

 In this new weekly column, I’ll feature some of what goes on behind the scenes in order to bring you all of the great stuff you’ve come to expect, and tell you about what’s new here that you might not have discovered yet. In addition, each column will bring you a progress report on the planning for the upcoming library renovation project.

The most colorful new thing at Mesa Public Library is the show of Happy Paintings by Tatiana Klimov in the Upstairs Art Gallery. Klimov hung more than 100 vibrant paintings in the Gallery, with portraits, animals and flowers among her favorite subjects. She works in a bold, expressive style. Her philosophy of paintings is “to portray positive energy and happiness by splashing bright colors on canvas to share the beauty and inspiration she finds through her love of nature.” Klimov will host an opening reception 5:30-8:30 p.m. today of her work at Mesa Public Library.

Summer reading programs are going on now at both branches, through the end of July. We have a summer reading program for every age group, from the pre-literacy crowd (infants to pre-schoolers) to our most senior citizens. The school-aged kids are “Reading to Bead,” earning beads for each reading goal that they meet. In the adult summer reading program, we reward people for turning in book rating cards and recommending books. Each week brings a new winner and a new spate of recommendations for all types of books.

Beginning Aug. 20, access will be limited at Mesa Public Library as we undergo extensive renovations to replace an antiquated heating and cooling system. The old system will be removed, which means that during the construction the air quality will be really poor, and may experience some extreme temperature fluctuations. The building will be closed to the public with the exception of a small part of the library called the Zone. Access to the Zone is on the side of the building closest to the Senior Center. The Zone can be open to the public because it already has a newer, separate system of lighting, heating and cooling. The Zone will be a place where you can pick up things you’ve put on hold, get assistance with using some of the digital books we have, ask librarians for help with reference questions, or use one of the public computers.

The library staff will be allowed into the stacks for a short period of time each day, as conditions allow. During that short period, we’ll don hard hats and running shoes and dash in to reshelve books and pull the items you’ve put on hold. It’s our intention to maintain the high quality service you’ve come to expect, but we’re hoping for your patience because there will be some limitations on what we can deliver.

What are your questions about the renovations or about other library operations? We’re building a website to answer all of your questions, and I’ll share the address in this column as soon as it is ready to go. Please email all of your questions and comments to libweb@lacnm.us. Follow us on the Los Alamos County Community Services page on Facebook.