“1,000 Books Before Kindergarten” to encourage love of reading in early childhood

Mesa County Libraries are launching “1,000 Books Before Kindergarten,” an ambitious effort to encourage a love of reading in young children. Because parents are their child’s first and best teachers, “1,000 Books Before Kindergarten” gives parents a framework for reading with their children. Children who read with their parents extensively in the years before kindergarten […]

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Friends of the Library Fall Book Sale set for Oct. 14-17

The onset of autumn weather has caused Mesa County readers to start asking when the annual Fall Book Sale to benefit Friends of the Mesa County Libraries will happen. Good news! The day is arriving quickly; mark your calendar for Oct. 14-17. The sale will take place at the First Congregational Church, 1425 N. 5th St., across from […]


Wrapping up Banned Books Week

Libraries are a place with something to offend everyone. They are also places of discovery, wonder, enrichment, and understanding. Throughout this week dedicated to bringing Banned (and Challenged) Books to people’s attention, we have had some heart-warming moments: Listening to a mother tell her child the reasons given for banning Green Eggs and Ham, an […]


Banned Book Review: Maus

I first read Maus when I was in 7th grade and I can recall the experience almost like it was yesterday. The book was created by Art Spiegelman and has been nominated for over 10 national and international book awards. In the graphic novel, Spiegelman retells the account of his father, Vladek Spiegelman, a Polish Jew who […]


Beloved by Toni Morrison – Challenged!

The past is a fearsome ghost hanging over Sethe’s life. It is 1873, slavery has been abolished, and while she now lives a safe and seemingly peaceful life, she remains haunted by a dark act she committed 20 years ago. She has stayed sane by “beating back the past” , but the horrendous legacy of […]


Banned Books Week Review of And Tango Makes Three

Based on a true story, And Tango Makes Three, by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell, with illustrations by Henry Cole, is a heartwarming children’s book about companionship and family. Two penguins, Roy and Silo, in New York City’s Central Park Zoo, meet and become a family of two. They see the other penguin couples laying eggs […]

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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz – BANNED!

Originally published in 1900, L. Frank Baum’s children’s book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (frequently reprinted as simply The Wizard of Oz) has been translated into many languages and reprinted numerous times in the 115 years since it first hit the shelves. Adapted into a Broadway musical, a classic film, and a cartoon, Baum’s unique story of a girl from […]


The Canterbury Tales – BANNED!

I don’t remember much about my high school English classes (it was a long time ago), but I do remember studying The Canterbury Tales.   That work, by Geoffrey Chaucer, sparked in me a lifelong interest in the history of the English language and medieval history.  It is a piece of literature that continues to […]


Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary – BANNED!

How many times did your parents or teachers say “Look it up in the dictionary?”   The dictionary most people in the U.S. think of when they hear that phrase is the Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary.  The direct descendant of Daniel Webster’s dictionary, it remains the best-selling desk dictionary in the country.  It was banned by […]

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Eleanor and Park – Challenged!

  Eleanor and Park is an ultimately hopeful Young Adult novel grounded in some harsh realities that probably won’t feel unfamiliar to many teen readers. The characters face bullying, domestic abuse, and racism. The book still manages to feel light and romantic in spite of the obstacles the characters are facing and illustrates that change is possible […]