Resources for dealing with suicide

Suicide is a very serious and ongoing concern in Mesa County – the overall suicide rate in Mesa County is almost double the national average and suicide is the leading cause of death for youth ages 15-19 in Colorado.  The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline offers free and confidential counseling 24 hours a day by calling […]

New Indie Lens film series begins Dec. 7

A new season of Indie Lens Pop-Up film screenings will begin in December at the Mesa County Libraries Central Library, and the film lineup has a little something for everyone. From water scarcity in Colorado to drone warfare, the films explore a wide variety of issues. All films are shown in the Central Library’s Community […]

Mesa County Libraries announce 2016 holiday-season closures

All Mesa County Libraries locations will be closed Friday, Nov. 11, 2016, in observance of Veterans Day. In addition, Mesa County Libraries will be closed on the following dates during the upcoming holiday season: Thursday and Friday, Nov. 24 and 25 (libraries close at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23) Saturday through Monday, Dec. 24-26 Sunday […]


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 […]

Birding presentation set for Thursday, Nov. 3, at Central Library

  Learn more about the unique species of birds in Mesa County and why the area is a destination for birding enthusiasts in “Why Birders Flock to Colorado,” a public presentation set for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016, at the Mesa County Libraries Central Library, Fifth Street and Grand Avenue in Grand Junction. The […]

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 […]


  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 […]