100 Years Ago: August 11, 1915

On Wednesday, August 11, 1915 Grand Junction was busily preparing for what would become an incredible display of Old West traditions. The event was called Frontier Days and it was billed as the biggest attraction ever in the short history of the city. Frontier Days would run from August 12-14 and would showcase the town […]

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Teen Creative Writing Club

Our Teen Creative Writing Club called Wordsmiths is back to its regular fall hours after a couple of awesome extended summer sessions. All teen writers are welcome to drop in to the community rooms on Monday August 10th from 3:30-5pm to meet fellow writers and get writing advice and tips from local YA authors Renee […]

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New Videos Added to Veterans Remember Project

As part of our 970West Digital Collection, the Veterans Remember Project seeks to collect and document the memories, thoughts, and experiences of U.S. military veterans who live in Mesa County.  New accounts of WWII experiences by local residents Guido Bagett and Elbert Floyd have been added to our collection.  View all videos on our Veterans […]

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Palisade Branch landscaping brings touch of green to library

  A newly completed landscaping project at the Mesa County Libraries Palisade Branch, 119 W. Third St., has created a lush, patron-friendly space adjacent to the covered patio. A new lawn, along with some shrubs, young trees, and a fence, give the library’s patio a down-home, backyard feel. Many Palisade Branch patrons enjoy reading outside […]

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What’s the Story Behind Dinosaur Fossils?

Have you ever wanted to go on a dinosaur fossil dig? Or wondered how such fossils ended up here? Local paleontology expert Mike Calabro will bring a collection of fossils for us to look over that were primarily collected in Western Colorado. There’s more to discover from such fossils than we might think: plants tell […]

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Finding The Little Book Cliff Railway

Did you know that a narrow gauge railroad used to travel from the Book Cliffs all the way to 1st Street? In 1890 an entrepreneur named W.T Carpenter opened the Book Cliff Coal Mine. The Little Book Cliff Railway was built to transport coal from the foot of the Book Cliffs to Grand Junction. The […]

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Summer reading lists

Apparently, readers need a lot of help in the summer. Everyone and their dog publishes  “beach-reads lists” ; I ask you: who’s got a beach around here? How about “books to read when people insist you go with them when they fish”? “Books to read instead of going to the gym like you’re supposed to, […]

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YA Audiobook pairs

Looking for a few good audiobooks to get you through your next big trip? Have you heard about SYNC? It’s a free summer audiobook program for young adults. For the next 6 weeks SYNC will give away two complete audiobook downloads a week – a current young adult title along with a thematically paired classic or […]

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Wonder and Magic

Remember the wonder of reading fairy tales like Hansel & Gretel and the magical pull of musical arrangements that called to you? High Desert Opera has combined the two in their next performance of Hansel & Gretel. Come to the Central library on Tuesday, July 7th at 6:30 p.m. for an “Informance” presented by Ed […]

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Site work begins on 970West Studio building

Site preparation is underway at the future site of the Mesa County Libraries 970West Studio building. Crews installed a perimeter fence on Friday, then today (Monday, June 29) began removing old sidewalks and otherwise getting the site ready for construction to begin. The 3,000-square foot digital recording and production studio will be built on library-owned […]

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