New Library Manager Speaks at Feb. 14 ‘Lunch with a Leader’

LWV News:

The Los Alamos League of Women Voters invites the community to Lunch with a Leader from 11:40 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14.

This month, the guest will be Steven Thomas, the new Mesa Public Library manager. He will not have to go far to deliver his talk, since the event is upstairs in Mesa Library. 

Thomas grew up in Arkansas. He graduated with a BA in History from the University of Arkansas. While attending the University of Tennessee, he earned his MLS in Library and Information Science at the University of Tennessee, where he also met his wife Lisa.

Thomas’ career has taken him all over the United States. He started in Brooklyn, N.Y., went to Fayetteville, Ark, later moved to Charleston, W.V. where he was assistant director of a system of 11 libraries. Just before coming to Los Alamos, he was the assistant director of the Washington County Library System in Fayetteville, Ark.

Although Thomas was not really looking for a job change, when he and his wife saw an advertisement for the position at Mesa Public Library, they knew they wanted to move here.

Thomas said he immediately fell in love with Los Alamos, the library and its staff. The combination of physical beauty, and the friendly, interesting, and highly educated population makes Los Alamos perfect for them,Thomas said.

Thomas will speak about e-books and current trends in publishing, and how they are affecting libraries. He will also talk the P.A.T.R.I.O.T. Act and its impact on libraries.

Those attending Lunch with a Leader may order a salad or sandwich with salad or soup from the Los Alamos Cooperative Market for $10.

To order a meal, call Karyl Ann Armbruster at 661-6605 or email her at Meals must be ordered by 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12. It is not necessary to order food to attend the event.

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