The best of the Southwest comes to Mesa Public Library

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By Special to the Monitor

Find the newest, coziest nook to read, research, or just daydream at Mesa Public Library.
The Southwest Room in the east wing, housing books, magazines and reference materials related to the region, was officially dedicated at 1 p.m. today.
The room, comprised of bookshelf walls and catalog computer, is decorated with Southwestern-style furniture and art.
The shelving, relocation of the collection and furnishings were funded with the support of the Friends of Mesa Public Library. Community donors provided decorations.
The library had long recognized the need to relocate and consolidate the collection of Southwest-related materials which had been housed in various locations, mostly on low shelves under the windows, making the collection difficult to browse and access.
Now, the popular topographical maps will be located near the Southwest Room and Southwest periodicals and reference materials, including the older bound volumes of New Mexico Magazine, are on the Southwest Room shelving, but facing out from the room.
 Library Manager Charlie Kalogeros-Chattan worked with county facilities staff to design a room without a huge financial and staff time price tag.   
“I am so pleased that we have been able to create this comfortable, accessible space for one of our best and most popular collections. We have many books by local authors, great resources about the peoples of the Southwest, their arts and cultures, as well as materials on the natural environment, history, recreation, geology and more,” Kalogeros-Chattan said.
“With over 700 linear feet of new shelving, the Southwest fiction collection is also included in the new area, along with New Mexico law books, environmental studies and local information such as resources on the Cerro Grande Fire.”
She said she hopes the community and visitors will enjoy the new area and use “this great, new resource.”