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Grand Junction’s History in “Firsts”

Every town has its firsts: the first baby born, the first death, the first editorial shaming of a woman for riding her horse through town in inappropriate dress (see news clipping). The firsts of many towns and cities are mired in the haze of pre-history, when no one thought to make a note about the […]

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Kiva Book Club – Ordinary Grace

Join us for our next Kiva Bookclub, at 6:30 pm on Thursday, July 21st, in the Central Library Community Room, as we discuss Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger. In Ordinary Grace, thirteen-year-old Frank Drum, a Methodist preacher’s son, explores the darker side of what the book jacket describes as a “time of innocence and […]

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Pride and Prejudice Redux

We don’t often talk about spin-offs in book form, but there is one novel that has a surprising number of published sequels or retellings or just plain knock-offs.  At Mesa County Library, we have at least 25 different titles that are based on Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.   Some are sequels that tell […]

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Safe surfing!

Concerned about being safe online?  Join us for an internet safety class at the Central Library on Thursday, July 7, at 1:30 pm. We’ll discuss the internet’s major risks: malware, hacking, identity theft, and scams – what do these terms mean, how to protect yourself, how to recognize if you’ve become a victim, and what […]

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Waning Colorado plains town

Childhood friends Gordon Walker and Leigh Ransom plan to attend college together in the fall, but over the summer, unsettling events in the dying Colorado plains town of Lions ruin those plans. Businesses close and residents leave for a better life elsewhere. The derelict sugar beet factory and the rusted grain elevator prompt the few […]

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The Boy in the Suitcase

Nina Borg was doing a favor for a friend, just retrieving a suitcase from a Copenhagen train station.  “You’re always so keen on saving people, aren’t you? Well, here’s your chance.”    Inside the suitcase was a small, drugged, naked boy, and Nina panics.  Soon she’s on the run with the boy, being pursued by the thugs […]

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As Good As Gone

Larry Watson’s stunning novel of the Sidey family is set in the turbulent sixties in the prairie town of Gladstone, Montana. Crusty old Calvin lives off the grid outside of town, staying away from anyone who might remember his mix-up with the law. Calvin’s son Bill runs the family real estate business. Despite their precarious […]

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Read with pride during GLBT Book Month

June is the American Library Association‘s GLBT Book Month, which is described as “a nationwide celebration of the authors and writings that reflect the lives and experiences of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community.” To find a diverse range of young adult fiction with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer and/or questioning characters, check […]

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Road Trip! 50 Great American Places by Brent D. Glass

If you are a road tripper who always wants to stop at historical markers, you must read 50 Great American Places by Brent D. Glass.  Mr Glass is the Director Emeritus of the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, colloquially known as America’s Attic.  His book is more than a list of travel destinations.  Rather, […]

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Antoine Robidoux’s Travel Log Entry

On November 13, 1837 Antoine Robidoux would have been traveling near the border of Utah and Colorado. There was a good chance that he was transporting trade goods between one of the trading posts that he established in the region. One of those trading posts was Fort Uncompahgre, which was located outside of what is […]