Poetry Contest Winners!

We’re pleased to announce the winners of this year’s poetry contest in honor of National Poetry Month! The winners and poems are as follows: 1st Place:  “Before the Storm” by John Anglim 2nd Place: “Mobile Hope” by Chelsea Tryon 3rd Place: “Ghost Writer” by Ruth Michels   Before the Storm by John Anglim Skipping nimble […]

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Guest Post: Artist in Residence Jessica Scriver

The following is a guest post from Jessica Scriver. Jessica is the first artist selected for the Artist In Residence program for 2016 with her quarter running from April 1 through June 29, 2016. Jessica is fascinated by the desert landscape and irrigation systems that allow things to grow. In her new series of encaustic […]


Happy birthday, Beverly Cleary!

Did you know that today is my favorite children’s author Beverly Cleary’s 100th birthday? Famous and beloved for her Beezus and Ramona (and Henry Huggins and Ribsy) books, Cleary wrote about real kids and their everyday lives and struggles with a comic touch.  Never preachy, always lively and engaging, she wanted to write about ordinary […]


Celebrate National Library Week!

This week is National Library Week, April 10-16, a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support. Whether you’re a “regular” or haven’t been in the library in a LONG time, stop by your favorite library branch and say hello! We’d love to know: What […]

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National Volunteer Week

Mesa County Libraries and the Literacy Center depend on hundreds of volunteers to provide great services to the community. National Volunteer Week (also National Library Week!) from April 10 – April 16 gives us an opportunity to thank our volunteers for being an integral part of our organization. In 2015 alone, library volunteers and Literacy […]


Everything She Forgot

In Everything She Forgot, Margaret Holloway’s life is literally cracked up when she is in a multi-car pileup one winter evening.  Trapped in her burning car, she is rescued by a disfigured man who breaks the window and pulls her out of the car right before it explodes.  Although she is not hurt seriously, the […]

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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 […]

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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 […]