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Old West topics to highlight history presentations  

History enthusiasts can get their fill of Old West tales during January and February at Mesa County Libraries. Topics such as bank robberies, train heists, ghost towns, and frontier economics will be the subject of several public presentations at library locations in Grand Junction and Fruita. All presentations are open to the public at no […]

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Local History Thursday: The Grand Mesa Ski Club

It’s been snowing in Mesa County, and I know a certain bunch of locals who associate snow with one thought – POWDERHORN! With the abundance of fresh snow the Grand Mesa has received in the last few weeks, it feels appropriate to share a bit of the area’s winter-themed history.  A prior Local History Thursday […]

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New Year’s Resolution with Mango

Another year has come and gone, and with it, another semester of High School Spanish Class disappears from my memory. I used to be proficient, and now I sheepishly struggle to pronounce Chilaquiles, a dish from my favorite restaurant. Speaking a second language is such a valuable skill to have, and I’ve long wanted to […]

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Welcome back to the library! No more overdue fines

As of Jan. 1, 2020, Mesa County Libraries no longer charge overdue fines on books and other items, and all accumulated fines for overdue materials have been waived. Today, we wish to welcome back more than 5,800 library patrons who were blocked from further checkouts because of accumulated fines exceeding $10. With overdue fines waived, […]

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Applications accepted for library Board of Trustees

Applications are being accepted to fill an opening on the Mesa County Public Library District’s Board of Trustees. The seven-member volunteer board adopts and oversees the budget, bylaws, and policies of the library district; conducts long-range planning; and hires and evaluates the library director. The open seat on the board was created when a trustee […]

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Local History Thursday: The Plateau Voice

In the early days of Mesa County’s Plateau Valley, specifically the town of Collbran, Colorado, there existed a newspaper called the Plateau Valley Stockman.  The newspaper began in 1901, changed its name to the Plateau Voice in January 1905 until 1929, and lastly went under new ownership and became the Plateau Valley Voice until October […]

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Kids Read, vol. 15

Kids Read Picks presents book reviews by kids in Mesa County. Don’t be surprised if you can’t find some of these books at the library or in stores: kids who attend Kids Read Book Club on Tuesdays at 4:00 at the Central Library have access to books before they are officially published.   Rating System: […]

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