NaNoWriMo

If you haven’t heard, November is National Novel Writing Month and Grand Junction is a great place to get connected to the NaNoWriMo community. The goal is to write a 50,000 word novel by the end of November; the challenge is to stick with it! Try these 10 tips for NaNoWriMo writers to get you […]

Can It for Fines results in $980 of waived fines

Thanks to all of our library patrons who participated in the Can It for Fines amnesty event Oct. 19-20. In case you were wondering, Mesa County Libraries waived about $980 in overdue fines in exchange for donations of canned food items. During the event, patrons could get $1 off of their overdue fine balance for each […]

Kick off National Novel Writing Month in November at Mesa County Libraries

  Do you think you have a novel in you? Find out by participating in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) during November. Start right by attending a NaNoWriMo Kickoff Discussion and Party with an inspirational panel featuring published Young Adult authors Renee Collins, James Van Pelt, and Shannon Maynard. The discussion happens at 4 p.m. […]

Applications accepted for 970West Artist in Residence spots in 2017

Mesa County Libraries are accepting applications now through Nov. 11, 2016, for openings in the 970West Studio Artist in Residence program for 2017. The 970West Studio Artist in Residence program is open to artists 18 and older who reside in Mesa County. Artists in a variety of mediums are considered. The program will accept three […]

Mischling

  There is a lot I could  say about Mischling, Affinity Konar’s new Holocaust novel; it’s heartbreaking and beautiful and horrific. Twelve-year-old twin sisters Stasha and Pearl are sent to Auschwitz with their mother and grandfather, and come to the attention of the infamous Dr. Josef Mengele, who specialized in grotesque experiments on twins,  subjecting […]

Inhabited

In Charlie Quimby‘s follow-up to his debut novel Monument Road, he returns to his native western Colorado and the city of Grand Junction, a town built at the confluence of the Colorado and Gunnison rivers. And it is at the river where Quimby’s story begins. The river banks, covered in the invasive tamarisk, have become […]

Are You Curious About Fantasy Football?

Do you have questions about fantasy football that you’ve always wanted to ask? Come to a presentation on the basics of fantasy sports on Wednesday, October 19 at 5:30 PM in the Mesa Community Room. This presentation is not intended to offer advice on how to play. It is only intended to help explain the social […]

Children’s Story Time in 1939

In 1939 the Grand Junction Public Library was located at 5th and White. The children’s center had been recently remodeled and the youngsters who visited were undoubtedly excited to get to use the new area. At least 20 children regularly attended story time which was usually followed by a snack and crafts. It is now […]

‘Forrest Gump’ author 20 years later

El Paso is Winston Groom’s first work of fiction in almost 20 year since Forrest Gump. It is a brawny, sprawling novel, part legend, part history, of outlaws, revolutionaries, railroad tycoons, kidnappings, and daring rescues. While Europe plunges into the Great War, the Mexican Revolution intrudes on the still wild American southwest. When railroad tycoon […]