Mesa County Library's New Popularity

With more and more people in Mesa County looking for low cost activities to fill their time, the mesa county library is finding it's a hot spot,
and staff is just trying to keep up.

Many in mesa county are turning to the library for help in these hard economic times. "I bring the kids down here cause it's something cheap and the kids like to do, they have all the activities" says Micha Roten,
and others like him are doing the same. Whether it's just to kill time or to use their computers to hunt for a job the library is flooded with people.

Over the past year the Mesa County Library has seen an increase in the number of people using their services. "I looked out this morning right before 9 o'clock when we open and the entire foyer was filled with people looking in and that's becoming very, very common." This coming from a library employee. This higher demand has the library banding together to make sure all the community's needs are met.

The library is seeing a demand for it's classes that help people learn a new skill, or to just hone up on an old one. So many people that there's hardly room to fit them all. Nancy Trimm, head of Reference and Instructional Services says their class attendance is up 58% from this time last year and they are filling up fast. So fast that there's waiting lists to get in.

This is a trend the library thinks will continue. They are currently training current staff members to learn to become instructors so they can offer more class times and even new subjects. "One of the things we'll be offering in May is a couple of job search classes and we're talking about resume writing." With this cross training and some good old fashioned team work The library is well prepared for all of its new patrons, no matter what their need.

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