Little Deaths

In Emma Flint’s compelling new crime novel,Little Deaths, Rose Malone is a complicated woman. A cocktail waitress and single mother of two, she likes booze and men and flashy clothes and lots of makeup.  This makes her unpopular with the dowdy and narrow-minded mothers in her Queens neighborhood; when her two young children go missing, and are […]

Make friends with the birds

Do you ever wish you could slow down and and really see the beauty of the world? Bird watching is a fine way to start, and Mesa County Libraries has a lot of great ways to help you. Watching Birds in Western Colorado, a presentation by Dr. Meredith Walker, is happening Tuesday, May 23 at 3 […]

Calling all Harry Potter fans

In June, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the first Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Pottermore is introducing the Wizarding World Book Club, a free, online book club designed for readers to read (or re-read), discuss and debate every book in the series. Sounds like a great reason to scram over to the […]

Adults- join us for coloring fun!

If the hurly-burly of this modern world is getting you down, come to the Central library Monument Community Room May 11, from 6:00 to 7:30 pm, and chill out creatively.  We supply the coloring pages, coloring books, and colored pencils, and you bring your own sweet self ( and a friend!). It’s a fun, peaceful way to […]

The Department of Intrepid Women-the Nellie Bly edition

When moxie was being handed out, reporter and writer Nellie Bly got the lion’s share. Known for her journalistic exposés, such as Ten Days in a Madhouse, in which she feigned insanity to get into an asylum, her investigative work led to reforms in the treatment of mentally ill people. She also replicated Jules Verne’s Around the World […]

Do you love poetry?

Maybe you’ve never been into poetry, but wish you could be. Now’s a good time – April is National Poetry Month, and you can celebrate with the library. Enjoy a live poetry reading on April 25, at 6:00 p.m.  on our Facebook page with L. Luis Lopez and others. Naturally, we also have some mighty fine […]

What will you read next?

Does finishing a great book fill you with feelings of impending doom? What if you don’t have another good one lined up already? Better you should avoid the tedious sniveling that could ensue (or is that just me?), by going directly to the Book Reviews and Recommendations page on the Mesa County Libraries website. There you will find […]

Looking for a light-hearted read?

Taking a break from my usual diet of treacherous-women/lecherous-men fiction, I happened on Man at the Helm, by Nina Stibbe. It was just what I needed to expel the bitter aftertaste of the psychological thrillers I habitually feast upon. A charming specimen of the eccentric-British-family-novel (see these classic examples), Man at the Helm begins with ten-year-old Lizzie and her family moving […]

An engrossing thriller

A mother’s life is shattered in an instant when a speeding car runs down her five-year-old son. In  I Let You Go, by Clare Mackintosh, the story alternates between the police search for the driver and the stunned and heartbroken Jenna. She leaves everything behind as she escapes to a remote Welsh town by the […]

Fun, snarky, and enlightening

Combining juicy bits of Victorian history and custom with some delightfully scathing social commentary, Unmentionable: The Victorian Lady’s Guide to Sex, Marriage, and Manners, by  Therese Oneill, will delight and infuriate you. The author wishes to not-so-gently disabuse the reader of any romantic notions of a simpler and more gracious time by detailing the rigors of the […]