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This month the League of Women Voters invites the community to their Lunch with a Leader with Steven Thomas, the new Mesa Library manager. He will not have to go far, since the event is from 11:40 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Feb. 14, upstairs in the Mesa Public Library.
Thomas grew up in Arkansas, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Arkansas. While he was at the University of Tennessee, he earned his master’s degree in library and information science and met his wife Lisa.
His career has taken him all over the United States. He started in Brooklyn, N.Y., then went to Fayetteville, Ark. as director of operations, then went to Charleston, W.V., as 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.
Although he was not really looking for a job change, when he and Lisa saw an advertisement for Mesa Public Library, they knew they wanted to move here. He said he immediately fell in love with Los Alamos, the library and its staff.
He will talk about e-books and current trends in publishing, and how this is impacting libraries. He will also talk about relevant updates regarding the P.A.T.R.I.O.T. Act and libraries.
Attendees can order a salad or a sandwich with salad or soup from the Los Alamos Co-Op for $10.
To order a meal, call Karyl Ann Armbruster at 661-6605 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Meals must be ordered by 8 p.m. Feb. 12. Food does not have to be ordered to attend the meeting.