Summer Reading at Mesa County Libraries launches June 3!

Summer Reading logoPrepare to blast off into a universe of stories with Summer Reading at Mesa County Libraries!

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing, this year’s Summer Reading adventure is space-themed! The fun begins the week of Monday, June 3, at all eight Mesa County Libraries locations. Be sure to visit your nearest library branch to enjoy family-friendly entertainment, fun activities, and a self-paced reading program that lets you set your own reading goals!

With categories for all ages, Summer Reading at Mesa County Libraries welcomes participation by the whole family! Create your own reading goals, earn books as prizes along the way, and participate in grand-prize drawings. Grand prizes include kids’ telescopes, space science kits, literature kits, gift certificates, and more.

This year, it’s easier than ever to sign up for Summer Reading at Mesa County Libraries! Sign-ups begin June 3 online or at any convenient Mesa County Libraries location. Set your own reading goals and chart your progress on an easy-to-use tracking sheet, then turn it in for a chance at a grand prize. As always, there’s no charge to participate in Summer Reading!

Why is Summer Reading so important for kids? Research indicates that when youngsters don’t read during the summer, up to two months of reading skills can be lost, putting students behind when they return to school in the fall. All it takes is reading two to three hours a week during the summer to combat this summer learning loss and help students maintain their reading achievement levels.

Mesa County Libraries thank our generous Summer Reading sponsors for their support: the Mesa County Libraries Foundation; Friends of the Mesa County Libraries; Del Taco; the Grand Junction Rockies, and KREX News Channel 5 CBS.

For a complete list of awesome summertime events planned at Mesa County Libraries, please see the online Events Calendar. Here are some of the highlights:



One of the best parts of participating in Summer Reading at Mesa County Libraries is enjoying the variety of professional magicians, musicians, and entertainers who bring their unique talents to library branches throughout the county. Don’t miss the Summer Entertainment Series performers when they visit a library near you. Admission is free to all performances!


Cody Landstrom, magician

  • 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 4, at the Central Library, 443 N. 6th St., Grand Junction
  • 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 5, at the Central Library
  • 10 a.m. Thursday, June 6, at the Clifton Branch, 590 32 Road
  • 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 6, at the Central Library
  • 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 7, at the Collbran Branch, 111 Main St.


Sarahndipity, local author leading an interactive story time and dance party

  • 10 a.m. Friday, June 7, at the Orchard Mesa Branch, 230 Lynwood St.
  • 2 p.m. Friday, June 7, at the Central Library
  • 10 a.m. Saturday, June 8, at the Central Library
  • 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 10, at the Fruita Branch, 324 N. Coulson St.
  • 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 18, at the Clifton Branch


Embodying Rhythm, percussion musical performance

  • 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 11, at the Palisade Branch, 119 W. Third St.
  • 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 12, at the Fruita Branch
  • 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 12, at the Clifton Branch
  • 1 p.m. Thursday, June 13, at the Gateway Branch, 42700 Highway 141
  • 11 a.m. Friday, June 14, at the De Beque Branch, 730 Minter Ave.


Rocky Mountain Puppets with Meghan Casey, a ventriloquist puppet show

  • 10 a.m. Thursday, July 11, at the Clifton Branch
  • 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 11, at the Market on Main in downtown Grand Junction
  • 10 a.m. Friday, July 12, at the Orchard Mesa Branch
  • 2 p.m. Friday, July 12, at the Central Library
  • 10 a.m. Saturday, July 13, at the Central Library



“The Sun Is Kind of a Big Deal”

  • 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 11, in the Central Library Children’s Area
  • 10 a.m. Thursday, June 13, at the Clifton Branch
  • 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 17, at the Fruita Branch
  • 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 18, at the Palisade Branch
  • 10 a.m. Friday, June 21, at the Orchard Mesa Branch



2-5 p.m. Friday, June 7

Central Library Community Room

Kick off summer right with karaoke, a selfie station, brain busters like a scavenger hunt and a guessing game of famous landmarks, and crafts such as Nebula Jars and Shrinky Dinks. Oh, and there will be food! Teens only, please.



2-5 p.m. Thursday, June 20

Central Library Community Room

Teens will test their knowledge against one another on galactic pop culture such as Star Wars, Star Trek, Firefly, and more. Teens only, please.



2-5 p.m. Friday, June 28

Central Library Community Room

Teens can choose their character and use their own controllers when they meet up to see who’s the best.



2 p.m. Thursday, July 18

Central Library Community Room

Teen contestants will play trivia with and against librarians. Categories will include geography, history, math, and astronomy. Teens only, please.



2-5 p.m. Friday, July 26

Central Library Community Room

Teens square off over retro video games. The number of entrants is limited, and registration is required on the Event Calendar at Teens only, please.



9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, June 15 (Viewings every 30 minutes)

Central Library

How many constellations are in the night sky? What kind of celestial objects are in space? Why do stars appear to move across the sky? Discover the answers to these questions and more while taking a tour of the night sky inside an inflatable planetarium with stunning visuals. This is a family event for all ages!



6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 18

Central Library Community Room

Learn about the Gunsight Pass Archaeological Site, a prehistoric archaeoastronomy site recorded by Dominguez Archaeological Research Group archaeologists Brian O’Neill, Cheryl Harrison, and H. Sonny Shelton in 2013. The site consists of man-made stone rings with cross feature alignments likely used to predict solstices, equinoxes, and other astronomical events.



The Central Library Community Room will host several movie screenings that are open to all ages at no charge.

  • “Guardians of the Galaxy” (PG-13), 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 26
  • “Cowboys and Aliens” (PG-13), 1 p.m. Saturday, July 13
  • “E.T. The Extraterrestrial” (PG), 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 24



4 p.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday, June 25

Central Library Community Room

The Western Slope Astronomy Club will host this clinic which focuses on the selection, operation, and maintenance of telescopes and their components. There will be an assortment of scopes and mounts on display in case you are thinking about buying a telescope of your own. The public is welcome to stop by and learn, or bring in your telescope and learn more about it from astronomy club members.



6:40 p.m. Wednesday, July 31

Suplizio Field, Lincoln Park, Grand Junction

(Regular game admission rates apply)

The Grand Junction Rockies take on the Ogden Raptors on a special evening honoring Mesa County Libraries. The first 500 fans get a special READ poster featuring Corky the Coyote!



6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2

Central Library

Join us for an end-of-summer celebration of your reading accomplishments! Celebrations also are planned at each library branch location. Stay tuned! Details will be announced at a later date.



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