Ongoing and Upcoming Mesa Public Library Events

Courtesy/Lannan Foundation

MPL News:

Through 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31 at Mesa Public Library (MPL): The Faces of Lannan Exhibition comprises 74 photographic portraits by Don Usner of many of the world’s most noted authors including Nobel prize winners.

These black and white portraits, captured moments before the authors would go on stage for their Lannan Foundation Readings and Conversations lecture, offer insight and clearly evoke each personality.

Everyone from Gore Vidal and Noam Chomsky, Toni Morrison to Isabel Allende, are included in this special exhibition made possible with support from the Lannan Foundation. Books by each author are available in the gallery to peruse or check out.

Mesa Public Library FREE Film Series kicks off the New Year at 6:30 p.m., Jan. 2 with the charming and off beat Amelie (R) starring Audrey Tatou.

Amelie, an innocent and naive girl in Paris, with her own sense of justice, decides to help those around her and along the way, discovers love.

Library Facts & Statistics

· The library is open seven days per week at both locations, Los Alamos and White Rock, excluding holidays.

· Approximately 271,000 people visit the libraries each year.

· The number of registered borrowers is about 14,865. 80 percent are from the County; 71 percent of those are from the Town site, 29 percent are from White Rock.  20 percent live outside of the County.

· The annual number of reference transactions per year is about 28,000.

· Last year the library circulated 358,216 items. 

· 13,000 children participated in library programs last year. 125,762 items were circulated to the community’s youth.

· Both libraries provide free Internet access wired and /or wireless, that is used by thousands of visitors every year.

The Mesa Public Library Building

AIA Gold Medal Award winning architect Antoine Predock designed the 48,000-square-foot Mesa Public Library building, which opened to the public Oct. 5, 1994. Visitors and students of architecture from all over the world are intrigued by the unusual angles and curves of the structure that affords stunning views of the Jemez Mountains yet provides a comfortable, peaceful atmosphere for library patrons. From the active program space in the downstairs kiva to the upstairs art gallery and meeting rooms, Predock’s design has assured a multifunctional library for visitors of all ages.