White Pine County Library employees pictured from left to right: Cindy Bell, Lori Williams and Lori Romero. Garrett Estrada photo

White Pine County Library employees pictured from left to right: Cindy Bell, Lori Williams and Lori Romero. Garrett Estrada photo

For most people, a new year means a new beginning. At least for the first month. For the Director of the White Pine County Library, Lori Romero, a new year means new ways to get people excited about coming to the library.

One of those ways is by adding new programs for kids and adults to participate in. The first of which will be a new LEGO building program, geared toward letting kids build things with their hands and let their imagination run wild. According to Romero, they will have plenty of LEGOs to work with.

“We just recently got approved to get a couple of LEGO kits as part of an initiative to get kids building things inside public libraries. Turns out, each kit has 10,000 LEGO pieces, so we will have plenty to work with,” Romero joked.

But bigger changes are on the horizon for Romero and her staff. The library recently signed on with a new architect to tackle the long in the waiting expansion plans for the building. Now partnered with Las Vegas-based architecture firm SH architecture, Romero said that the ball is finally rolling in the right direction for the project.

“We are all really excited about the expansion. It’s going to provide a lot of new features to what we offer here, but maybe the biggest one is having more meeting space, since it is always in demand in this town, yet we don’t have a lot of places to accommodate that,” the director said.

But while Romero might be thinking ahead to what’s coming next, there are still plenty of things to do and see at the library over the holiday season.

The last storytelling hours of the year will be held on Monday for 2-4 year olds and Tuesday for 4-6 year olds. Both will start at 10 a.m. and feature an appearance by Santa Claus himself reading Christmas stories.

For those looking to stay inside and bundle up in front of the television during the holidays, Romero said that the library has recently expanded its DVD collection by more than 100 new movies, bringing their total to somewhere over 700 titles total Romero estimated.

“A lot of people don’t realize that they can use their library card to rent free movies from us as well and we just got a bunch of  new movies added,” she said.

And for those purists who just want to settle in with a good book, Romero said that the library has teamed up wit some of their vendors to offer hundreds of free ebooks through www.starwalkkids.com/popup.

For more information on the library’s upcoming programs or book and movie availability, call 775-239-6900.