Teen Reviews: It

For most, this 1100 paged epic novel would intimidate people, but this book is all-around amazing. It is absolutely terrifying; it gave me nightmares for weeks. It took a while to finish, but even today, Pennywise the Dancing Clown still haunts my dreams. The only reason I didn’t give it five stars is because of […]

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Kids Read Picks

Kids Read Picks presents book reviews and recommendations from kids in Mesa County. Don’t be surprised if you can’t find some of these books at the library or in stores: kids who attend Kids Read Book Club on Tuesdays at 4:00 at the Central Library have access to books before they are officially published. Rating […]

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New and fun ways to read noir

What is noir? It’s fiction loaded with amoral, nihilistic creeps on the run from the consequences of their morally bankrupt actions. At its best and most noir-y, it’s pretty hard to take. Here are some examples:             The thing about real noir fiction is, there are no happy endings, nobody […]

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Local History Thursday: Wolverines on Piñon Mesa and Wolves in the Bookcliffs

In her interview for the Mesa County Oral History Project, Lucille Mahannah, longtime superintendent of Mesa County Schools, remembers playing in bountiful grasses that covered the dobies (desert hills) around her home between Fruita and Grand Junction. Anyone looking at the sparse vegetation on our rolling adobe desert might scoff at this claim, but Emma […]

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Place Names from the Dominguez-Escalante Expedition

In 1776 Atanasio Dominguez and Silvestre Vélez de Escalante set out on an expedition to find a route from Santa Fe, New Mexico to the coast of northern California. Dominguez and Escalante were Franciscan priests who were traveling along with 9 other companions. Part of their expedition took them from northward from New Mexico through […]

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How to manage stress the fun and easy way

What to do about stress? If you’re like me, you’ve tried junk food, negative thinking, staying up late to watch crap TV,  excessive nap-taking,  and criticizing strangers. None of it has worked. It got me thinking, “Could it be time for …gulp…self-help books?”   After the screaming and hyperventilating subsided, it occurred to me that while I […]

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