Local History Thursday: New Book Review of “The History of Railroads in Palisade, Colorado”

Local history buffs, rejoice! A new book has been published by the Palisade Historical Society. Written by local historian and railroad enthusiast Matt Darling, “The History of Railroads in Palisade, Colorado” has made its way to our library shelves. This read explains the complications, successes, and technicalities of the railroad making its way through the Grand […]

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March Staff Picks

Spring is resurfacing, and new book recommendations are sprouting from the minds of our library staff.  To enjoy these reads with us, click on any of the book covers below to be directed to the Mesa County Libraries catalog.  Kelsey’s Pick:  Vampires Never Get Old: Tales with Fresh Bite edited by Natalie C. Parker and […]

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February Staff Picks

The highly respected groundhog weatherman known as Punxsutawny Phil saw his shadow this year, meaning all you fans of winter can expect six more weeks of the stuff! This brings extra time to cozy up and enjoy the following reads recommended by our library staff: Rachel H.’s pick: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi In my mind, […]

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Local History Thursday: The Bridges of Palisade

The increase of convenient transportation methods has always been a fascinating part of history.  Roads were trampled out, built, and eventually paved.  The seemingly charming horse and buggy morphed into horsepower engines.  Living in a land where the prominent, fast-flowing Colorado River (called the Grand River until 1921) cut through the land for miles, many […]

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January Staff Picks

Happy 2021! With the new year, we here at Mesa County Libraries hope you are feeling rejuvenated, hopeful, and perhaps considering some fulfilling goals.  If reading 20, 50, 100, or any amount of books this year is one of your goals, well, you know who to turn to for recommendations! Our knowledgeable staff have offered […]

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Local History Thursday: Evelyn Beatty and the Early Days of Public Health

If you’ve spent time browsing through the Mesa County Oral History Project interviews, you’ll notice two common occupations worked by women settlers: nurses and teachers.  As we’ve seen through the tireless, incredible efforts of our healthcare professionals and teachers during this past year, positions like this are crucial for the well-being of a community.  One […]

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2020 Music Books

This year has been tough in a multitude of ways, one being the decrease in live music performances.  An at-home activity to honor the fan within and expand your love of music is to read up on some musical legends from the comfort of your couch! There has been a slew of books published this […]

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December Staff Picks

Like it or not, winter is on its way.  What better way to dream away the cold than cuddling up with a good read? Although Mesa County Libraries are currently closed to public access, we are happy to be offering Curbside pick-up services to continue replenishing your reading lists and movie-watching needs.  Our staff has […]

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Local History Thursday: Native American Heritage Month

If you’ve ever stood in Grand Junction and looked east towards the Grand Mesa, you may have noticed some prominent bird-shaped white markings staining the mountainside. standing out amidst the dark volcanic rock.  In Ute tribal legend, these unique features represent the Thunderbird, an entity well-known throughout Native cultures.  Mesa County has its own special […]

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