Rotary Donates to FSN’s Beth Ladino Library

Susan Mack, executive director of Los Alamos Family Strengths Network. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Staff Report

Executive Director Susan Mack of Los Alamos Family Strengths Network (FSN), spoke to a meeting of the Rotary Club of Los Alamos Tuesday.

Mack thanked the Club for its donation of $250 to purchase books for FSN’s Beth Ladino Family Resource Library.

The donation is part of the Rotary Club’s Literacy Project.

The Beth Ladino Family Resource Library houses 1,400 resources on a wide range of topics related to family well-being.

Books for adults and for children of all ages are available.

The Library is named for young Los Alamos teen Beth Ladino who died of a rare heart disease in 1996. Ladino had planned to become a psychologist or counselor. All those who knew her felt her deep compassion and empathy.

The Library is open during regular Family Resource Center hours, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and during some programs.

Resources may be signed out for three weeks by members of the public. The service is free.

Many of the books purchased through the Rotary donation are on the topic of grief.

“We’ve had a number of requests for books on this topic recently,” Mack said. “This donation has given us the opportunity to increase the number of books on this subject that we can make available to the community.”

From left, Los Alamos Rotarians Linda Anderson and Wendy Schmidt and far right, Rotarian Chris Sierk with Family Strengths Network Executive Director Susan Mack Tuesday at the Dixie Girl Restaurant. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

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