Eleanor and Park is an ultimately hopeful Young Adult novel grounded in some harsh realities that probably won’t feel unfamiliar to many teen readers. The characters face bullying, domestic abuse, and racism. The book still manages to feel light and romantic in spite of the obstacles the characters are facing and illustrates that change is possible […]
This week’s picture book is by celebrated author Matt de la Peña, who has written numerous young adult and some children’s titles. Last summer, Mesa County Libraries welcomed de la Peña to our Central location, where he gave a great teen writing workshop and presentation. While he is best known for longer books aimed at a somewhat older […]
We are celebrating Banned Books Week this entire week from September 28 through October 2! What is Banned Books Week? It is an annual celebration of the freedom to read! Libraries, schools, and bookstores across the country and across the world highlight titles that have been frequently challenged or banned. In 2015 the week is focused […]
In 1776 the Dominguez-Escalante expedition traveled through the Canyon Pintado region just south of Rangely, Colorado. The goal of the expedition was to find an easy route to California. However, the individuals on that expedition were far from being the first human inhabitants of the area. The Fremont Culture and later the Ute people had […]
The entry deadline for the Mesa County Libraries 2015 Culture Fest Juried Art Show is fast approaching! The deadline for entries is Monday, Oct. 5. The exhibition is competitive and is open to artists 18 and older who live in Mesa County. Two-dimensional fine art, including photography and computer-generated work, will be accepted. Work cannot […]
Beginning on Friday, October 2nd, the Kids Club at the Collbran branch library will take place on Friday afternoons, 4:30 – 5:30. Elementary school-age kids will enjoy craft and Lego activities. For more information, call the Collbran branch (487-3545) or the Central library (243-4442).
In 1995, the fading farm town of Mount Holly, Indiana, has an air of mourning. Shops are empty. Factory farms have muscled out people like Jim Falls, a struggling chicken farmer. A Korean-War veteran with old age ailments, he fights to survive each day while raising his biracial teenage grandson Quentin. With an off-putting weirdness, […]
May the Force be with you for Star Wars Reads Day, which will take place 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, at the Mesa County Libraries Central Library, Fifth Street and Grand Avenue in Grand Junction. Kids, teens, and adults will find many entertaining activities happening at the library for Star Wars Reads Day, including […]
The Adventures with Elephant and Piggy puppet show is traveling to the De Beque branch on Friday, October 2nd. The show will begin at 11 a.m. For more information, please call 283-8625.
On an island of music, the Drum Dream Girl imagines playing the drums – but she is told over and over again that only boys can play. Drum Dream Girl hears the rhythm wherever she goes and taps along, until finally her music is heard in public and celebrated by all. Margarita Engle’s Drum Dream Girl […]