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By John Greenwall

November 23, 2015 (La Mesa) - La Mesa Conversations and the Friends of the La Mesa Library presented a joint program earlier this week titled: The Town Library: A Valuable Community Partner?  Members of the audience listened to various leaders from around the San Diego metro region about the evolving role of libraries and how they maintain relevance in contemporary civic life.  After the panelists presented their views, there was a very robust, but civil moderated discussion with more than 35 attendees, including La Mesa City Councilmembers Guy McWhirter and Kristine Alessio.

The event was moderated by Jeff Clemetson (Editor, La Mesa Courier) and featured panelists José Aponte (Director, San Diego County Library System), Kimberly Gallo (Exec Director, San Diego First Five), Betty Waznis (Director, Chula Vista Public Library), and Elizabeth Vagani (Manager, Lemon Grove Public Library).

The next event will be a holiday social and mixer held on December 3rd at the new Helix Brewing Company from 5:30 pm to 7:30 p.m. View flyer for details.

The next event on January 27 will focus on the Future of Downtown La Mesa.  This event will be held at the La Mesa Masonic Lodge (4731 Date Avenue) in the heart of La Mesa from 6  p.m,to 7:30 p.m.  The  moderator will be Barry Jantz (CEO of Grossmont Healthcare District & Retired La Mesa City Councilman) and our panelists will include David E. Witt (City Manager of the City of La Mesa), Christopher D’Avignon (CEO of Land and Design Inc.), Shon Finch (Development Professional at Fairfield Residential), and Mary England (CEO of La Mesa Chamber of Commerce).  For more information, view flyer.

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