Honestly, it is NOT my mom’s library any longer! My mom worked here from 1976 to 1987, retiring just as the library was making the big transition from card catalog to computers. Now, more than 28 years later, there is SO much that is offered digitally and the library has transformed into a space with a lot more than books.
Some of the libraries greatest resources are now found online. Check out all the free books, magazines, videos, music and more available with a library card at: http://www.mesalibrary.org/. (Overdrive is my personal favorite!)
The library is no longer just about checking out books, but, of course, you can still do that! More than 1.4 million books circulated through Mesa Public Library last fiscal year.
On the main floor it was interesting to see “behind the curtain.” Here, after a patron returns an item, a book or a DVD goes down the conveyor belt and is automatically checked in and sorted into bins to be reshelved.
The children’s area on the main floor is a wonderful place for children with separate spaces for young children to older children and teens. There are also a lot of activities and programs offered here. Check the online calendar for monthly schedules: http://events.mesalibrary.org/evanced/lib/eventcalendar.asp?ag=&et=&df=calendar&cn=0&private=0&ln=0
Did you know there are other things besides books that you can check out?
Downstairs is the Genesis Youth Center. Maricopa Workforce maintains and staffs the center and it is designed to assist youth between the ages of 14-24 gain the skills they need to become self-sufficient through education, employment, and leadership activities. If eligible, participants work with a Youth Career Guidance Specialist to create a personalized plan for a successful future.
For more information of the resources and services Genesis Youth Center offers, go to: http://myhsd.maricopa.gov/Divisions/Workforce-Development/Youth-Services/WIA-Youth-Program.aspx
Downstairs is the Mesa Room Local History Archives and Special Collections. For hours and resources available, go to: http://www.mesalibrary.org/about_us/services/mesaroom.aspx
What is it? “The primary mission of the Mesa Room is to collect, preserve and make available for research, materials on historic and present-day Mesa. We endeavor to provide prompt and professional information services to Mesa residents, city of Mesa employees, researchers and visitors. We promote knowledge and understanding of the City of Mesa through collaborative efforts with other historical and cultural institutions.” (from the Website)
There are old yearbooks from local high schools.
Sharon found her husband and herself in a Mesa High School yearbook.
Upstairs there are more books and some other interesting offerings.
The newest addition to upstairs is the seed library. Check out seeds for growing a vegetable garden and bring some back (if you want to) at the end of the season when your plants have gone to seed and help replenish the supply. Seeds are only offered for plants to grow in season. In just a little over a month since the seed library was introduced, more than 300 seed packets were “checked out.”
Upstairs there are also big and small rooms for group meetings or study groups. To reserve a room online: http://www.mesalibrary.org/about_us/services/meetingrooms.aspx
This tour was of the Mesa Main Library downtown, but there are three branch libraries:
Dobson Ranch Branch (DR)
2425 S. Dobson Road
Red Mountain Branch (RM)
635 N. Power Road
Mesa Express Library @ Power Square Mall
2055 S Power Rd. Suite 1031 (Entrance 5 of the Power Square Mall)
For more information, access to the many things the library offers online or a schedule of library activities, go to: http://www.mesalibrary.org/