The Do-Right

In The Do-Right, by Lisa Sandlin, it’s  1973 in Beaumont, Texas, and Delpha Wade is out of prison after 14 years.  She was in because she killed one of  the men who was raping her. She’d have killed the other one, too, but he got away.  She’s out now, and all she needs is a quiet […]

The cover of The Road to Little Dribbling by Bill Bryson

Happy Early May Bank Holiday for Anglophiles and walkers!

Early May Bank Holiday, which falls on May 2nd this year, kicks off the start of the summer season in England.  Timed to coincide with the more traditional May Day, it is a day for Britons to head outdoors.  To help you celebrate vicariously, we offer three books about walking in England.  The first is […]


Mining History in Mesa County

Agriculture was the original economic backbone in Grand Junction but the discovery of mineral resources in the area would quickly make an impact. Deposits of coal, copper, radium, vanadium, and uranium were discovered and mined for decades in the region. In 1888 commercial coal mining began and numerous coal mines were in operation in the […]

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Free Comic Book Day set for Saturday, May 7, at all Mesa County Libraries

Free Comic Book Day, a nationwide event at participating libraries and comic book shops, will be celebrated Saturday, May 7, 2016, at Mesa County Libraries locations. Patrons of all ages may pick up a free comic book at any library location during regular hours on May 7. At the Central Library in downtown Grand Junction, […]


Where Are The Ladies? The Lonely Men of Grand Junction in 1883

It seems not many women lived in Grand Junction in its earliest years. In 1882 and 1883, women were scarce enough that the Grand Junction News often remarked when the wife of a man joined him here in town. The News also occasionally noted when a single woman passed through, as it did with Miss […]


Remembering Prince

The first 4 months of 2016 have not been very forgiving to music fans.  After losing legends David Bowie, Phife, Glenn Frey and Merle Haggard, we got news of Prince’s death last week. In addition to his many albums, and of course, the semi-autobiographical movie Purple Rain, below are some nonfiction picks if you’d like […]


Guest Post: 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.  I guarantee this is the cutest thing you’ll see all day! Also, be sure to tune in to KAFM (88.1) this […]


Building a Town: Grand Junction’s Construction

    Settlers in Grand Junction faced obstacles in building their town. Among these impediments was a lack of building materials. While the nearby Uncompahgre Plateau and the Grand Mesa might provide timber supplies, these sources were relatively distant in the days before automobiles, and before roads were built that enabled people to get from there […]


One Book 4 Colorado: Giraffes Can’t Dance

Copies of Giraffes Can’t Dance available to 4-year-olds at Mesa County Libraries locations April 11-25 Copies of Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees are available to all 4-year-old children at Mesa County Libraries between April 11 and 25, 2016. “Giraffes Can’t Dance” is this year’s selection for the One Book 4 Colorado […]


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 […]