Ignacio Mendez is settling in to a new home in Devils Lake, ND, and a new job at the Lake Region Public Library as the Director.

He’s been here a little over one month and so far he likes it fine and says the people he’s met have been warm and friendly.

Mendez presents himself as amiable, professional, efficient and eager to take on this new role in his life.

A single man, there is someone special back home and for a while it’s going to be a long-distance relationship because  home is the island of Puerto Rico.

Since July 25, 1952 Puerto Rico has been a self-governing commonwealth of the United States. Citizens of the island are citizens of the U.S.A. although they do not vote in US elections, he explained.

Mendez has plans to expand the library’s collection, make it more diversified. He says that the library that serves this community has a well developed collection of North American and Western European titles, but he’d like to see more international books that feature other cultures and authors. He’d also like to expand the number of graphic novels they have on hand, another of his interests. He also wants to feature more books by Native American authors. Mendez believes it is important that what they offer be meaningful and contemporary.

In his spare time he enjoys reading and playing video games. Mendez is a big movie fan, he admits to being a fan of “The Duke,” actor John Wayne. He’s trying his hand at cooking, too, various dishes from his home, since some of the ingredients are rather hard to find in this part of the world. Perhaps he’ll be willing to share some of his recipes at some point after he gets settled in.

Stop in to the Lake Region Public Library and welcome him to the Lake Region. The hours are 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; Tuesdays 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursdays 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. It is located at 423 7th St. NE next to Central Middle School. The library is closed on Sundays and national holidays.