Karen Kllanxhja named Development Director for Mesa County Libraries

Karen Kllanxhja, a seven-year staff member of Mesa County Libraries, has been named Development Director for the library district.   As Development Director, Kllanxhja will lead grant-writing and fundraising activities for the Mesa County Public Library District and will serve as the library’s liaison to the Mesa County Public Library Foundation and the Friends of […]

Road Trip Reads

There’s nothing like a good audiobook to while away the hours on a long road trip or, for that matter, a short trip on a road under construction.  A great audiobook requires two things to capture your attention and entertain you: a great book and a great reader.  Here are some suggestions —   For a […]

Books to Film: The Dovekeepers

I apologize that I did not think to share this news earlier! My friend and co-worker, Giselle, let me know a couple of weeks ago that there would be a mini-series based on Alice Hoffman’s historical novel, The Dovekeepers. The mini-series is produced by Roma Downey and Mark Burnett. My apology comes because Part 1 […]

Book Review: Holy Cow

The review I initially read about Holy Cow by David Duchovny must have been a good one because it led me to the book. Allegory with animals usually irk me. My interest was sparked enough for me to place the hold and then to actually give the book a try once I had it home. […]

This is the Water

Annie watches her daughters at swim practice, while wondering why her husband doesn’t kiss her anymore. At the same time, a  killer watches the girls and imagines seeing the life leaving their eyes. In This is the Water, by Yannick Murphy, we see Annie’s harried life as a swim mom in rural Vermont, driving her daughters […]

Our Souls at Night

In this last novel before his death in 2014, acclaimed novelist Haruf (Benediction) captures small-town life to perfection in his signature spare style. Addie Moore and Louis Waters have been neighbors in the eastern Colorado farming town of Holt for over 40 years. Now, alone except for their grown children, Addie has asked Louis to […]

Book Review: The Poisoner’s Handbook

Last night the Kiva Book Club discussed The Poisoner’s Handbook, a non-fiction book by Deborah Blum. All in all, it was a successful selection. Some people found parts of the book slow, a little heavy on the technical/science side, or “gruesome,” but almost all of us agreed that we were kept interested by the true […]

Teen Creative Writing Club

Next Monday will launch the beginning of our Teen Creative Writing Club called Wordsmiths. We’re excited to add this new program to our calendar of regulars. We will meet monthly on the second Monday of each month from 3:30-5pm.

Our instructors are …

Online Biographies

It happens fairly often, students and their parents come to us in search of “library resources” on a particular topic or person. Currently, one of the topics is biographies on people involved with the American Revolution. Unfortunately, sometimes it is difficult getting materials into the hands of students as quickly as they need or want […]

Literary Western

A long list of American fiction shows that our large diverse American landscape and frontier mind-set wield strong influence on our narratives and stories. Current day writers in this tradition include Gregory Hill (East of Denver), Ron Carlson (Return to Oakpine), and other familiar names such as Kent Haruf, Ivan Doig, Cormac McCarthy, and William […]