The Last Chance Mine

In the 1890’s there were several copper mines operating in southwestern Colorado. Some of the abandoned mines are located within easy driving distance from Grand Junction. The Last Chance Mine was one of those sites. The operation was an example of hard rock mining, which is the process of extracting hard minerals like copper, zinc, […]

Good Vibrations

So much has been written about the Beach Boys during their extraordinary fifty-five year history, but Mike Love as the group’s front man and principal lyricist has the inside scoop on the history of the legendary American band with his new book Good Vibrations: My Life as a Beach Boy. Their origins were middle class; […]

Giving Trees at Mesa County Libraries to help needy during holiday season

Mesa County Libraries and Grand Valley Catholic Outreach are working together to help local needy families during the holidays. Giving Trees decorated with gift requests from underprivileged Mesa County residents of all ages are at the Central Library in Grand Junction and library branches in Clifton, De Beque, Fruita, and Palisade through Dec. 10, 2016. Using […]

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 […]

NaNoWriMo

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 […]

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 […]

Mischling

  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 […]