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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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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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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Still creepy after all these years

Published in 1963,  The Collector,  by John Fowles, gives readers one of the first, and still one of the best, psychological thrillers.  Frederick Clegg is a dull and colorless nobody whose only passion is for the butterflies he captures and mounts. That is, until he sees a beautiful girl. Miranda Grey, an art student, dazzling and full […]

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