Back When the Library Had Hitching Posts

In 1901, a Carnegie Library was opened in Grand Junction to serve the citizens of the town. The building was located at the corner of 7th St. and Grand Ave. The architecture was of a Greek-style design and included large Corinthian columns, cathedral windows, and a fireplace in the center of the building. Visitors would […]

Happy birthday, L. Frank Baum!

If you love ruby slippers, emerald cities, cowardly lions, and wicked witches, you can thank L. Frank Baum. His creation of the fantastical world of Oz charged the imaginations of countless children when his first book, The Wonderful World of Oz, was published in 1900. The book’s overwhelming popularity with children, as well as adults, led to […]

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Resources for exploring the outdoors and local culture

We’re pretty lucky to be living in beautiful western Colorado–there are no shortage of recreational opportunities and our local area is also rich in history and art!  To help you explore, your library has some great resources to make your cultural and outdoor experiences more fun AND easier on your wallet.  For Exploring the Outdoors […]

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Work begins on the Mesa County Libraries People’s Garden

Volunteers on Friday, May 11, began building a perimeter fence and cleaning up the future site of the Mesa County Libraries People’s Garden. The garden, which will occupy library-owned ground at Fifth Street and Chipeta Avenue in Grand Junction, will be a place where volunteers and organizations join up to create and maintain a beautiful […]

Library Foundation launches new wine May 17

Soon, you’ll be able to help raise funds for Mesa County Libraries just by opening a bottle of wine to enjoy. The Mesa County Libraries Foundation is launching Well Read, a specially branded red wine produced by Grande River Vineyards, with a special launch party set for 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 17, 2018, at Grande […]

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Feed Your Creative Soul

You’ve been brainstorming which direction to take next for hours, days, or even months.  You sit down to write the song, but the melody refuses to match the words. The canvas continues to be disparagingly blank. You yearn to create something fulfilling and beautiful – but what? But how? This, folks, sounds like a case of […]

2018 Poetry Contest Adult and Teen Winners!

Congratulations to our 2018 poetry contest winners!  We had dozens of great submission this year and included a Grade 6-12 option for the first time.  If you missed entering this year, keep an eye out for our 2019 contest!  Winning poems from this year can be found below.  Adult winners: 1st Place/Adult: Patrick G. Metoyer […]

May 8 is Truman Day

Harry Truman Day, that is.  My favorite modern president and the only modern president to not have a college degree, Harry Truman was born on May 8, 1884, in Lamar, Missouri.  He was a selfless son who returned to the family farm to help his parents, a soldier in World War I, an unsuccessful haberdasher, and […]

Teen Reviews: Brightly Burning

  This book was absolutely brilliant – it was a mix of so many things; sci-fi, mystery, romance. It was a beautiful blend and had just the right amount of each element. Being set in a future of governmental evils and love interests who just can’t stay still, it reminded me much of Defy the Stars […]

In praise of our furry friends

Where would we be without our pooches and kitties? In a very dismal place, that’s where. Our critters are our friends, companions, walking buddies, and alarm clocks. Sure, there are the gusts of fur that drift through our homes and the occasional chewed earbud cord to vex us, but studies show that having pets can […]