2016 One Book, One Mesa County kicks off celebration of “Kitchens of the Great Midwest”

The 2016 edition of Mesa County Libraries One Book, One Mesa County will present a tasty  lineup of special events in February and March centered on “Kitchens of the Great Midwest,” the debut novel of author J. Ryan Stradal. The novel is a coming-of-age story about an orphaned girl with extraordinary culinary abilities. Mesa County […]

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David Bowie, the Dedicated Reader

The adage goes that to be a decent writer, it helps if one is an avid reader. It was no secret that David Bowie, the galactic songwriter, loved to read. When asked by Vanity Fair’s Proust questionnaire what his idea of perfect happiness was, Bowie matter-of-factly answered: reading. A true innovator and dream weaver, Bowie […]

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Before the Grand Mesa National Forest Existed

Many residents of western Colorado recognize the Grand Mesa as one of the dominant landmarks in the Grand Valley.  It rises to over 10,000 feet in elevation and contributes to the overall beauty of our region. The Grand Mesa National Forest was established on March, 11 1924 but it didn’t always go by that name. In […]

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Archaic Cultures in Colorado

The Archaic time period ranged from 6,500 BC to 200 AD and Western Colorado was home to humans during this era. These people lived after the Paleo-Indians but much earlier than the Utes, who were in Colorado as early as 1500 AD. Much is not known about the Archaic cultures when compared to the Ute. […]

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Generous contribution propels Wild Colorado mobile app beyond its fundraising goal  

  A fundraising campaign to help develop Wild Colorado, a wildlife-identification and outdoor-recreation mobile app under development by the Mesa County Public Library Foundation, reached its goal Dec. 8 with a generous contribution from Alpine Bank. The library Foundation has been seeking contributions for the project since early November via the Kickstarter website. The Kickstarter […]

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A New Way to Access 19th Century Daily Sentinel Articles

Daily Sentinel issues from 1897 and 1898 are now available digitally on the Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection. This collection contains over 200 newspapers published between 1859 and 1923. Over 690,000 pages are available to search and browse, making it a great resource for history enthusiasts and researchers. Check out the Sentinel articles here. Other Mesa […]

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Book Review: Gold Fame Citrus

Luz is a dystopian mess. While her boyfriend Ray spends his days gathering water and working around the former starlet’s mansion where they squat, Luz stays in the bedroom, trying on the starlet’s many glamorous dresses, or laying listlessly in bed. They are Mojavs, living in a Los Angeles depopulated by years of drought. Ray, […]

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