Anti-fraud workshop set for July 31 at Central Library

Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman and a representative from a seniors’ advocacy organization will present “How to Protect Yourself from Fraud” at 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 31, at the Mesa County Libraries Central Library, 443 N. 6th St., Grand Junction. Coffman and a representative from the AARP Foundation ElderWatch Colorado will lead a class and […]

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Local History Thursday: Rural School Shenanigans

In the old days of rural schoolhouse education in Mesa County and the Western Slope, most kids simply withstood the smacked wrists and hits they received from teachers, and understood it was the price for bad behavior. Farm and ranch kids, the boys especially, were thought to be wild by nature, and they often simply […]

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Time to sew

Everyone needs a quiet place of their own when they can pout, lurk, or snivel quietly. I’m lucky to have a sewing room to hide in, and when I want to escape from the hurly-burly of everyday life, I turn to my trusted sewing machine. I can’t claim any great sewing expertise, but I like doing […]

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Who Wants to Go Ice Swimming?

Crank up those swamp coolers and chug frosty pitchers of lemonade: it’s (still) extremely hot outside.  If you’re feeling drained from the summer heat, it may appease you to sprawl out in front of a fan with a mentally cooling read! The following titles are about swimming in abnormally cold waters for competition, thrills, health […]

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Reading Attica Locke

Attica Locke’s new book, Bluebird, Bluebird, deals about race and justice, and the way they work in rural East Texas. When a black man from Chicago and a local white woman are found murdered in the tiny town of Lark, Texas, Darren Matthews wants to look into it. As a suspended Texas ranger, he has […]

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Teen Reviews: It

For most, this 1100 paged epic novel would intimidate people, but this book is all-around amazing. It is absolutely terrifying; it gave me nightmares for weeks. It took a while to finish, but even today, Pennywise the Dancing Clown still haunts my dreams. The only reason I didn’t give it five stars is because of […]

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Kids Read Picks

Kids Read Picks presents book reviews and recommendations from 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 […]

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New and fun ways to read noir

What is noir? It’s fiction loaded with amoral, nihilistic creeps on the run from the consequences of their morally bankrupt actions. At its best and most noir-y, it’s pretty hard to take. Here are some examples:             The thing about real noir fiction is, there are no happy endings, nobody […]

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