Mixed: A Colorful Story

I love a good picture book that sneaks in a message. Mixed: A Colorful Story, by Arree Chung, might just be about colors. But it might also be about celebrating diversity. In the beginning, there were three colors. Reds, yellows, and blues. They live in harmony. Until the Reds decide they are the best. Eventually, […]

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Caldecott Winner’s New Book

At the end of each year, I love looking at all of the Best Of The Year lists that are published by magazines, blogs, libraries, and more. It is a great way to discover – or rediscover – some of the most celebrated books of the past year. I came across After the Fall by […]

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Why I Read Non-Fiction Picture Books

If I’m going to enjoy reading a book, I need it to fit with my personal reading needs: I have a short attention span and an imperfect memory. This means that dense books written for adults aren’t my first choice. Instead, I prefer reading non-fiction picture books. I can spend 30 to 60 minutes with […]

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A Humble Star

Mesa County Libraries’ third-annual Comic Con — a celebration of comic books, cosplay, sci-fi, fantasy, art, and pretty much all things awesomely nerdy — was held on October 7th. It was a smashing success, due in no small part to the wonderful fans and guests who attended the event. Ian Doescher, author of William Shakespeare’s Star […]

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Free Comic Book Day

Come in to any Mesa County Library location during regular hours on Saturday, May 7th, for a free comic book! Free Comic Book Day is a national event and is a way of encouraging readers of all ages to discover – or rediscover – this unique storytelling medium. Libraries and comic book shops (including Grand Junction’s own Top […]

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Banned Books Week Review of And Tango Makes Three

Based on a true story, And Tango Makes Three, by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell, with illustrations by Henry Cole, is a heartwarming children’s book about companionship and family. Two penguins, Roy and Silo, in New York City’s Central Park Zoo, meet and become a family of two. They see the other penguin couples laying eggs […]

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