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Learn from Elephant and Piggie

Grown ups are always wondering what the moral of the story is. I didn’t even know what “moral of the story” meant until I asked a librarian the other day. It means the lesson that you learn from a story. Since I love Mo Willems‘ Elephant & Piggie books, I thought I would share with you some […]


New! Download Zinio Digital Magazines

New at your library – Zinio Digital Magazines! Choose from dozens of popular titles Stream or download and keep forever – no checkout limits, no due dates Apps for Android and Apple for offline viewing Create an account today – all you need is your library card! See our Zinio How-To Guide for more info […]

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Story Time Beat

  Featured here are Trevor and Dave, both local musicians in the GJ band scene and library staff members.  They stepped up to story time at the Central Library on Tuesday, playing for 93 kids and grownups who sang (and mooed) along.  Now that’s a party.​ Story time is hosted at all Mesa County Library locations.  We […]

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The Locavores are Coming

Kitchens of the Great Midwest’s Pat Prager lovingly crafts her Peanut Butter Bars to compete at her local fair. After some success, friends convince her to apply for a more elite competition. When she arrives, she is greeted by perhaps the most negative stereotype of the foodie snob and uber locavores. Her competition seems obsessed […]


“Table of Content” fundraiser on March 4 to benefit Mesa County Libraries Youth Services

Enjoy a unique evening in the library, sampling signature appetizers, desserts, and beverages from Mesa County’s best restaurants, breweries, and wineries Friday, March 4, at the “Table of Content” fundraiser to benefit Youth Services at Mesa County Libraries. Those who attend also can meet J. Ryan Stradal, author of “Kitchens of the Great Midwest,” the […]


The Adoption Process

Kitchens of the Great Midwest has a very unique heroine. Eva is larger-than-life—physically, for one thing; but also in her capabilities and talents, her confidence and her success, and in her attitude that keeps her down to earth, even at the peak of her culinary stardom. There is no doubt that Eva’s experiences, shared with […]

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Tell us how we’re doing! Take our library survey

Here is your chance to tell Mesa County Libraries how we’re doing. Please take a few moments to complete our survey about the services at your local library. We’ve designed the survey so that it should take no more than five or 10 minutes to complete, and your honest answers will help us provide you […]


The Science of Taste

One of the enjoyable factors to Kitchens of the Great Midwest is the change in perspective and narrator that each chapter brings. In the only chapter that is from Eva’s point of view, she is a young girl, experimenting in the growth of chili peppers and breeding for the hottest possible. In her bedroom closet. […]


Dontcha know where the Midwest is?

Location, location, location. In some books, the sense of place becomes its own character. The location provides a meaning and impact all its own, contributing to the actions of the characters as well as the readers’ understanding of them. Kitchens of the Great Midwest is one such book. The first giveaway, of course, is the […]


Story Time Survey

Have you attended a story time or a puppet show at one of our participating locations? We would love to hear your feedback! In order to stay informed about what you want and need, we have developed a brief survey. As an organization that focuses on serving our community, we strive to keep our programs […]