Book Review: The Poisoner’s Handbook

Last night the Kiva Book Club discussed The Poisoner’s Handbook, a non-fiction book by Deborah Blum. All in all, it was a successful selection. Some people found parts of the book slow, a little heavy on the technical/science side, or “gruesome,” but almost all of us agreed that we were kept interested by the true […]


Nontraditional quilters display work at Central Library through April 19

  Mesa County Libraries are proud to host an exhibit of unique artistic quilts made by members of The Art Quilt Association.   The exhibit, on display in the main corridor and checkout area of the Mesa County Libraries Central Library at 443 N. 6th St. in Grand Junction, features approximately 30 colorful and beautifully […]


Introvert or Extrovert?

You may have heard of the recent New York Times Bestseller, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, which explored how our society is more geared toward extroverts than introverts.  Are you wondering what all the fuss is about?  Curious about the differences and what they could mean to you […]


Teen Creative Writing Club

Next Monday will launch the beginning of our Teen Creative Writing Club called Wordsmiths. We’re excited to add this new program to our calendar of regulars. We will meet monthly on the second Monday of each month from 3:30-5pm.

Our instructors are …


Online Biographies

It happens fairly often, students and their parents come to us in search of “library resources” on a particular topic or person. Currently, one of the topics is biographies on people involved with the American Revolution. Unfortunately, sometimes it is difficult getting materials into the hands of students as quickly as they need or want […]


Literary Western

A long list of American fiction shows that our large diverse American landscape and frontier mind-set wield strong influence on our narratives and stories. Current day writers in this tradition include Gregory Hill (East of Denver), Ron Carlson (Return to Oakpine), and other familiar names such as Kent Haruf, Ivan Doig, Cormac McCarthy, and William […]


The End of Your Life Book Club

The library’s Kiva Book Club read Will Schawalbe’s The End of Your Life Book Club this month and we had a very lively discussion. Schwalbe and his mother are readers, and as such, they relate to one another best through what they have been, are reading or intend to read. Once his mother is diagnosed […]


Our One Book Committee Thanks You!

One Book 2015 wrapped up with our finale, a presentation by author Roz Chast, on Saturday night. Roz addressed nearly 400 audience members, who were certainly treated to an original, comical, and honest presentation. Roz shared with us insights about how she became interested in drawing, how she became involved with The New Yorker at […]


Teen Geek Meetup

Calling all Potterheads, Whovians, Sherlockians, etc! Next week is going to be a pretty epic week in the Teen Center. Why? It’s our very first edition of a new regular program we’re calling the Geek Meetup! If you’ve ever come to Teen Book Club you might have noticed that sometimes our conversations go off on […]