Universal Class Spreads Holiday Cheery

Universal Class Spreads Holiday Cheer

The holiday season is upon us.  It’s the time for random relatives to come out of the woodworks, sugar intake to go up, belt notches to be loosened, and shiny, bright decor to radiate light from all angles.  Are you feeling slightly lackluster or in need of some new ideas to spice up your season? […]

Portrait of a Russian leader

Gorbachev: his life and times,  by William Taubman, was recommended to me by a patron who uses the library frequently. The New York Times called it  “the definitive English-language chronicle of this most intriguing figure.”  Praised in the west for his contributions to overturning the Soviet empire and despised in Russia by his own people, Gorbachev, […]

Tis the Season to Eat Soup

‘Tis the Season to Eat Soup

The use of your five senses has confirmed it: Winter is, in fact, coming.  The trees are bare and stripped of color.  The air smells crisp and carries a lingering chill.  Sneezes and nose sniffles can be heard resounding throughout the land.  But fear not! There is a positive component amidst all this grey frigidity:  […]

Speaking of kombucha . . .

The library is offering, to staunch kombucha-loyalists and the rank amateur alike, a delightful and  informative program, Beyond the Garden: Kombucha! Trendy drink, or healthy gut and immunity booster?, on Wednesday, December 6, at 6:30 pm in the Central Library’s Community Room. Health coach Paula Roelands will talk about the history and health aspects of this […]

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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Funny audio books for kids

Is there a holiday road trip in your near future? Do you like to stay sane while driving around with your kids? Try these entertaining kids’ audio books, picked for their appeal to young-uns and parents alike: For young children: Revolting Rhymes by Roald Dahl A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond How to Train […]

Giving Tree

Giving Trees to help families in need this holiday season

Mesa County Libraries and Grand Valley Catholic Outreach are working together to help local families in need during the holidays. Giving Trees decorated with gift requests from underprivileged Mesa County residents of all ages will be at the Central Library in Grand Junction and library branches in Clifton, Collbran, Fruita, Orchard Mesa, and Palisade now […]

ReferenceUSA – Consumer Database

Are you a business or organization looking to grow and connect with other businesses and broaden your customer base? Mesa County Libraries may have just the tool for you to use. ReferenceUSA is a powerful database containing millions of consumer and business profiles. You can search and narrow down your results to meet the specific […]

Rules of Reading

Reading, when done right, is joyful. It opens up the world to all kinds of possibilities. When I was a kid, though, some of my relatives thought I read too much, and some of my teachers thought what I was reading was “trash.” I’m sure I’m not the only one who has had such experiences. […]

Where to start with magical realism

What is magical realism? Born in Latin American fiction during the late 1940s and 1950s, it unites the real and the mythical to reveal the fantastical elements of everyday life. Sometimes it will leave you wondering if an event in the story could really have happened. While this ambiguity is not for everyone, magical realism […]