The movers have come and gone. Most of the books are on the shelves, computers and other electronic equipment are being set up and staff is putting the finishing touches on the new White Rock Library.
Patrons can to start enjoying Los Alamos County’s newest amenity this week. The grand opening is 11 a.m. Friday, but library Manager Steven Thomas plans to have a soft opening Tuesday or Wednesday, as soon as all systems are up and running.
“The building looks and works great, with just a few loose ends to tie up before opening,” Thomas said. “We’re really excited to share the space with the community as soon as we possibly can.”
Despite numerous hours of hard work, Thomas and other key staff cannot stop smiling.
“I am giddy. I feel like I’m dreaming a couple of times. I have to pinch myself and say, it’s really happening,” branch Manager Veronica Encinas said. “The moment I first walked in the building and saw all the books on the shelves, I said, it’s real. It’s a real library, and it’s just beautiful.”
Library Specialist Monique Archbold, who just joined the library in April, cannot believe her good fortune.