Library databases: NoveList, how I love you

When you are desperately under-read, where will you turn? You could ask your many “chums” for advice, I suppose. But perhaps they have terrible taste and will only tell you to read the latest Schlocky McBestseller. And then they will follow up by asking what you thought of it. Ugh. Just no. Listen to the […]

Local History: mining in Western Colorado

Join us at the Palisade Branch library, July 18 at 3:30 pm, for A Brief History of Mining in Western Colorado.  Librarian Ike Rakiecki, who is in charge of the Central Library’s Rasheigh Regional History collection, will present a program about the history of mining and the types of mining on the western slope.  And for […]

Staff picks-the “Yay for Bookworms” edition

We at the library love to read! I’ve rounded up some of the favorite books of our staff members, and it’s a great list.  Rabbit Cake by Annie Hartnett Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty My Family and Other Animals by […]

Adventure and survival

If you’re like me, you know that the best way to survive in the wild is to never go into the wild. But that doesn’t mean that we can’t experience the terror and peril vicariously. Instead of chasing thrills, the smart reader will turn to great lists like Book Riot’s 100 Must-Read Nonfiction Adventure Books. National […]

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

In Gail Honeyman’s novel, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, she has created a beautifully imagined character in Eleanor. Prudish and precise, lonely and devoid of social skills, Eleanor’s life begins to change when she becomes infatuated with a local musician.  Her touching certainty that meeting him will lead to true love leads her to tentative attempts at […]

A salute to Walter Mosley

Who’s Walter Mosley? He’s the guy with 40-plus books under his belt who wrote the hard-boiled Easy Rawlins series, to start with. Set in post-WWII Los Angeles, the first book in the series, Devil in a Blue Dress, deals with the African-American Rawlins’ experience with murder, racism, and political thuggery. He’s written science fiction, nonfiction about political […]

Know your mushrooms

Do you want to know how to safely forage for fungi? Join us at the Central Library, Wednesday, June 7, at 6:30, in the community room for a look at the different varieties of mushrooms to be found while hiking on the Grand Mesa. Led by experts Travis Cornwell and Scott Koch, this presentation will […]

Little Deaths

In Emma Flint’s compelling new crime novel,Little Deaths, Rose Malone is a complicated woman. A cocktail waitress and single mother of two, she likes booze and men and flashy clothes and lots of makeup.  This makes her unpopular with the dowdy and narrow-minded mothers in her Queens neighborhood; when her two young children go missing, and are […]

Make friends with the birds

Do you ever wish you could slow down and and really see the beauty of the world? Bird watching is a fine way to start, and Mesa County Libraries has a lot of great ways to help you. Watching Birds in Western Colorado, a presentation by Dr. Meredith Walker, is happening Tuesday, May 23 at 3 […]

Calling all Harry Potter fans

In June, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the first Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Pottermore is introducing the Wizarding World Book Club, a free, online book club designed for readers to read (or re-read), discuss and debate every book in the series. Sounds like a great reason to scram over to the […]