90 Years Ago in Grand Junction

On Sunday, September 20, 1925 the residents of Grand Junction must have been excited about the upcoming week. Monday would mark the beginning of classes at the first college in Grand Junction and the newest institution of higher learning in Colorado. Grand Junction State Junior College opened it doors to students at 8:00 AM on […]

Orchard Mesa Story Time Fridays

Our Orchard Mesa branch has a wonderfully warm and cozy story time every Friday at 10 a.m.  Please join us! Also, on Wednesday, September 23rd from 4-5 p.m. we’ll have a Dog Ears program – giving children an opportunity to read to a therapy/service dog.  Please call in advance to reserve a spot (243-0181 or […]

Picture book of the week: Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great

A goat with good dance moves and decent enough marshmallow square-making-abilities is filled with envy when Unicorn enters the scene. What’s so great about making rainbow cupcakes, turning things into gold, and flying? Bob Shea’s Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great tells the tale of a jealous goat who learns that he has some pretty impressive traits […]

Picture book of the week: My Cousin Momo

Momo is a flying squirrel, and his cousins are excited for him to come visit. But when Momo comes into town, his cousins soon realize he isn’t quite what they were expecting. Momo is shy, he dresses differently, and his idea of pretending to be a superhero is wearing a giant muffin costume! Momo’s cousins are frustrated […]

New dates for Fruita branch storytime

Parents and caregivers, please note that beginning on Monday, September 14th, story time at the Fruita branch library will be on Mondays at 10 a.m.    Also, during Labor Day week (the week of September 7th), there will be no story time.

Mesa County Libraries in 1901

1897 saw the formation of the Woman’s Library Association in Grand Junction. This organization had determined a need for a free public library in the city and was dedicated to making the goal a reality. In 1900 the association received a promise of $5,000 from renowned philanthropist Andrew Carnegie to build a new library. Construction […]

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami

After Tsukuru Tazaki is rejected by his four best friends without explanation, an unfulfilled wish to die dominates his early adulthood. He moves through life broken and unable to truly connect with others. Gradually, he builds a life around his one true love: the building of train stations. Through this life, he meets a woman […]

A gem of a library in Collbran

If you plan a trip up to the Grand Mesa to view the changing seasons in the coming weeks, we urge you to visit the Collbran Branch Library, located at 111 Main St. in Collbran.  We can’t promise you’ll see riders on horseback from the windows of the library, but we are confident you’ll enjoy seeing how Mesa […]

Picture book of the week: The New Small Person

Elmore Green is a happy only child – he enjoys lining his things up and not having them moved, watching whatever he wants on television, and eating orange jelly beans. One day, however, a new small person arrives on the scene, and everything changes. Elmore doesn’t like sharing attention or play things with the new […]

Check Out R.E.M. Singer Michael Stipe’s Top 10 Favorite Books

Michael Stipe is best known as the frontman for the groundbreaking band, R.E.M. but he is also a music producer, visual artist, songwriter, and activist. From the early 1980’s through the late 1990’s, R.E.M. was a highly influential part of the alternative rock genre. As I grew up during the 90’s the bands’ songs helped define […]