Why should kids have all the fun at the library? Mesa County Libraries offer a number of entertaining and educational events for adults during April. Here is a sample:
How to Bead: Begin with a Bracelet!
6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, at the Central Library
Crafty adults are invited to learn and practice the art of beading by making a bracelet. If you have beading tools or mats, please bring them with you. Beads and materials will be provided by the library.
Seating is limited, and pre-registration for the class is required. You can register here.
6 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, at the Central Library
The Colorado Civil Rights Division wants you to know about the Anti-Discrimination Act and your rights to fair housing. At this event, learn how the act is enforced and how to file a complaint with the Civil Rights Division. Although the presentation is focused on housing, it also will cover the Division’s process for all complaints filed. Information will be presented by Lindsay Huusko, regional supervisor for the Colorado Civil Rights Division.
The event is open to the public at no charge.
Community Cinema: “The Island President”
Reception at 6:30 p.m., film at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, in Room 111 of the Academic Classroom Building at Colorado Mesa University. Presented by Rocky Mountain PBS, Mesa County Libraries, and CMU. Open to the public at no charge.
Jon Shenk’s The Island President is the story of President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives, a man confronting a problem greater than any other world leader has ever faced—the literal survival of his country and everyone in it. After bringing democracy to the Maldives after thirty years of despotic rule, Nasheed is now faced with an even greater challenge: A rise of three feet in sea level would submerge the 1,200 islands of the Maldives enough to make them uninhabitable.
The Island President captures Nasheed’s first year of office, culminating in his trip to the Copenhagen Climate Summit in 2009, where the film provides a rare glimpse of the political horse-trading that goes on at such a top-level global assembly. Nasheed is unusually candid about revealing his strategies—leveraging the Maldives’ underdog position as a tiny country, harnessing the power of media, and overcoming deadlocks through an appeal to unity with other developing nations. When hope fades for a written accord to be signed, Nasheed makes a stirring speech which salvages an agreement. Despite the modest size of his country, Mohamed Nasheed has become one of the leading international voices for urgent action on climate change.
Money Smart Week:
Mesa County Libraries are bringing you helpful information about personal financial management during Money Smart Week, a cooperative effort between the American Library Association and the Federal Reserve. Catch one or both of these events:
- Household Money Management
6:30 p.m. Monday, April 22, at the Fruita Branch
Household Money Management will cover topics such as budgeting, cash-flow analysis, credit and debt management, and emergency funds and insurance.
- Investment and Retirement Planning
6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, at the Central Library
Investment and Retirement Planning will cover liquid vs. nonliquid investing, retirement plans, mutual funds, and other investment vehicles, as well as asset allocation.
Both programs will be presented by Michael Pote, a local Certified Financial Planner who has been in financial advising and consulting for more than 28 years.
Biking in the Grand Valley:
6:30 p.m. Monday, April 22, at the Central Library
The Urban Trails Committee and Grand Valley Bikes will discuss everything you want to know about bicycling in the Grand Valley. They’ll talk about safety, where to ride, commuting, connecting with Grand Valley Transit, and some of the dirt-trail opportunities available locally. If you’re at all interested in getting around the Grand Valley using pedal power, please join us.
Tai Chi Easy with Sunny Ramsey:
5:30 p.m. Monday, April 29, at the Fruita Branch
If you’re interested in trying Tai Chi, a slow-movement form of stretching exercise, this is your chance. Dress comfortably, bring water, and prepare to learn some Tai Chi.
Space is limited, and reservations are required. Save your space by making a reservation here.
Poetry Contest seeks entries:
April is National Poetry Month, and Mesa County Libraries cardholders who are 18 and older are invited to celebrate by submitting original, unpublished poems to the library poetry contest.
The deadline for entries is 6 p.m. April 20. All entries must be submitted online.
Poems will be judged by Luis Lopez, local poet and former Colorado Mesa University professor. Gift certificates to Downtown Grand Junction will be awarded to the top three entries.
Complete rules and the submission form are available here.
Visit the library’s event calendar for a complete listing of events!