If you’ve been away this summer, you may have missed the grand opening of the new Mesquite Library Campus and all of its new offerings. To start, the campus now includes two buildings, the Library and the Learning Center. From the outdoor play area with STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) activities to the multigenerational Club Room for reading or quiet conversations, there truly is something for everyone.
The new library features two homework spaces – one for children and another for teens. There are laptops dedicated to homework that children can check out, freeing up the desktop computers for even more children to enjoy. Teens have their own haven for homework, reading, crafting, or hanging out together. There’s also the multipurpose room which hosts musical performances, author visits, children’s events, educational workshops, and more.
Since opening at the end of May, there have been no shortage of events, which has included magic shows, movie matinees, concerts, and a comedy show for the community to enjoy.Those special events are in addition to ongoing programs such as storytimes, teen scene, and clubs for adults. Adults also have dedicated spaces in which to enjoy their library experience, including the Club Room that includes two 65-inch televisions, a large sofa, laptop tables, and a boardroom table with comfortable chairs. Across the street from the new building is the former library, which was redesigned and now includes an adult computer center, an instructional classroom, a meeting room, and study rooms. It is also home to the One-Stop Career Center, which provides a broad array of services for businesses and job seekers.
Another exciting feature of the Library Campus is an independently owned and operated café housed in the new library building. The café is locally owned by Mountain View Services as a result of the Business Enterprise Program of Nevada that gives opportunities to visually impaired business entrepreneurs. With a menu featuring fresh, high-quality ingredients, customers can enjoy a delicious nosh as part of their library visit.
The full-service café offers both hot and cold beverage options and a menu that is sure to satisfy any appetite. Brownies, cookies, and muffins are just a few of the fresh-baked goods made daily. According to the owner, lunchtime favorites are the gourmet, eight-inch personal pizzas, and hot dogs. Customers can also select subs and sandwiches prepared with all natural, non-GMO meats. All items are made-to-order, ensuring they’re as fresh as possible. In August, the cafe added ice cream novelties and plans to expand into other ice cream desserts.
While in the café, customers can enjoy artwork which is housed in the Library’s Artspace, a showcase area for local artists. It has a covered outdoor patio with a view of the mountains, perfect for business meetings or catching up with a friend. Another new feature is a drive-up window where customers can pick up and return their items quickly and then grab a snack without stepping out of your car. Throughout both buildings and in the café, customers have access to free Wi-Fi.
With this new dynamic space and great vendor on site, the Mesquite Library Campus is perfect for special events, group meetings, training events, or gatherings. Meeting rooms are available for the public to rent at the rate of $30 per hour and can be reserved up to six months in advance on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations to book one of the rooms can be completed online at lvccld.org by using a credit or debit card. You can even come into the library to reserve a room with a check or money order.
The Mesquite Library Campus reflects the newest thinking and ideas for library spaces from across the country, expanding upon what a library is and can be. It gives the families and businesses of Mesquite more than a new building filled with books. It is a community space they can use and enjoy to foster friendship, support, creativity, and inspiration. If you haven’t visited Mesquite’s newest gem, add it immediately to your to-do list.
For more information on the new library, events, rental, and more, visit LVCCLD.org, or stop by 121 West 1st North St., Mesquite, Nevada.