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Let’s Go to the Dentist

I was always afraid of going to the dentist when I was young. The masks, the too-bright light, the tiny metal picks, the high-pitched whirr of the drill all combined to make a place much scarier than any haunted house. Terrified by dentists, I vowed to never EVER trust one. Never say never, right? One […]

Hail to the Chief: great presidential biographies

Presidents Day is coming soon, and if you’re like me, you like fun facts about U.S. presidents. For example, did you know that Franklin Pierce, our 14th president, is considered to be one of our most handsome presidents?  That “Hail to the Chief”,  the official presidential anthem, first became a tradition because James K. Polk […]

A New Way to Learn

In college, I cringed anytime the syllabus said the dreaded words: “Textbook Required” because I knew that meant that I had countless hours of bland reading ahead of me. More often than not, I would skim the pages hoping that obtaining information through osmosis was real and that I wouldn’t need to read the text at […]

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Black History Month: classics to read and watch

February is Black History Month, with such a wide range of voices and experiences, over centuries and continents, that it is hard to present all the rich variety of history, commentary, and fiction. Here are a few classic books by African-American authors to start with:                     […]

Best New YA Authors

Every year the American Library Association (ALA) presents the Morris Award to an outstanding Young Adult book written by a first-time writer. Because of its defining criterion, I like to think of the Morris Award as the ALA’s version of a Rookie of the Year Award. Don’t, however, let these authors’ newness to the scene […]

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Solving the Case of the Forgotten Book Title

It happens to the best of us. You read a book review, then head to your local library with that certain book in mind you’re dying to read.  You pull into the parking lot, whistling a happy tune, because hey, you’re at the library! The library rules!  You head over to the stacks and stare […]

Literary horror-fancy scares for the highbrow among us

If you’re like me, you’re too tasteful and refined for the gaping-maw, bloody bones of everyday horror. You want excellent writing and psychological shivers to give you the creeps. Thanks to Unbound Worlds, I now know about literary horror fiction and the high-class path to getting scared. Dread, fear, and distorted reality are all part […]

Rearranging the Children’s Center

At the Central Library, we are shifting some of your favorite items within the children’s center. Movies, graphic novels, audio books, new chapter books, and world language materials are now spruced up and in new locations. A handful of staff members and volunteers are helping this go very smoothly. It all started when the children’s […]

Tales of icy adventure and exploration

Why are stories about polar exploration, and the resulting disasters, so appealing? Are the icicle-laden beards and mustaches of our heroes to blame? The poor frosty gents certainly have my respect and admiration, even if they were sometimes motivated more by vainglorious ambition than the pure search for knowledge. Their heroic stories of endurance and […]

Video producer Nicholas Moore is new 970West Studio Artist in Residence

Nicholas Moore, a producer, filmmaker, and digital marketing consultant, is the new Mesa County Libraries 970West Studio Artist in Residence for the first four months of 2018. Moore, who holds an English degree from Colorado Mesa University, is a collaboration artist and digital videographer. For years after graduating from CMU, Moore traveled to multiple countries […]