Emma Virján

Author Spotlight: Emma Virján

 Author Spotlight: Emma Virján   Emma Virján is a wonderful author who writes wonderful books and has a wonderful personality to match (not to mention a wonderfully red, big wig). Around the middle of March, 2016 she took some time to talk to me about her character named Pig as well as herself. Here’s what I […]

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Grand Valley Orchards in the 19th Century

Western Colorado is known for fruit production, especially in the area of Palisade. In the past there were a variety of orchards spread throughout our region. Once the land was irrigated agriculture picked up quickly and by 1892 there were quite a few fruit growers in the valley. Peach, apricot, apple, and cherry trees were plentiful […]

storytime at mesa county libraries

Amanda’s Saturday Story Time

Amanda’s Saturday Story Time While Amanda loves selecting Mesa County Libraries’ books and movies for youth in her primary job, she also feels lucky because she can carve out a spot to present story time. Readers and non-readers delight in her stories, laughing and singing. First comes fun, then comes purpose. Amanda uses techniques that are […]


The Uintah Railway

In the late 1890’s and early 1900’s mining was an important part of the economy of the western United States. Several coal mines operated in the Grand Valley and western Colorado’s role in the mining industry was just beginning to emerge. During this time in Eastern Utah a rare mineral called Gilsonite was being mined. […]

Summer Youth Options Fair 2016

Summer Youth Options Fair

It is a fact.  Summer is right around the corner.  At Mesa County Libraries, we are assembling a slew of ideas to offer families things to do.  It’s all about fun, learning and well being.  But we are not alone!  Others have the same idea and more. To help our community know what is available, non-profits and businesses are convening for […]


Crime in Early Grand Junction

    No one will accuse early Grand Junction of being Tombstone or Dodge City, but early issues of the Grand Junction News reveal that the Grand Valley had its share of Old West crime. On November 25, 1882, the News reported that William Wencel of Grand Junction was robbed and shot to death in […]

J. Ryan

J. Ryan Stradal and One Book’s Finale

On Saturday night, Kitchens of the Great Midwest author J. Ryan Stradal entertained a large audience at the conclusion of One Book, One Mesa County. A native Midwesterner, J. Ryan discussed his upbringing, touching on his early love of books and reading, as well as things he ate and enjoyed (or didn’t.) He shared an […]


The Taylor Quarry

The Gateway area is home to a variety of historical and archaeological sites. If you travel through the region you’ll probably notice a variety of structures related to mining, ranching, and homesteading. Divide Road will take you up above Unaweep Canyon and through the Uncompahgre National Forest. If you look off to the side of Divide […]


Protect yourself online

Are you safe on the internet?  Could you be safer?  Attend an upcoming class at the Central Library to increase your awareness of the most common risks, get fluent in the lingo of internet security (e.g., phishing, malware), be able to identify online scams and frauds,  and learn common-sense techniques to protect yourself and your computer.  Although this […]

Act Prep 2016

Gear up for the ACT – upcoming practice test and other free resources

If you are applying for college, you may be currently wading through the world of admissions tests. Figuring out which test to take, when to take it, and how to prepare for it can be confusing, but don’t worry – the library has some great free resources to help you out. High school juniors will take the ACT in school […]