Rules of Reading

Reading, when done right, is joyful. It opens up the world to all kinds of possibilities. When I was a kid, though, some of my relatives thought I read too much, and some of my teachers thought what I was reading was “trash.” I’m sure I’m not the only one who has had such experiences. […]

CyberStrong: A series of family wellbeing programs at the library

Hurry—the first program is set for 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 6! Please register at mesacountylibraries.org or by calling 970-243-4442. Studies and articles have been popping up about the impact of various online activities particularly aimed at children. We continue to chart the territory as digital dependencies develop and permeate our lives. The cyber world is […]

Jalapeños, Bagels, and Collaboration

                     Jalapeños in bagels? Yes, please! While the pairing might seem unlikely, it really is delicious. But who would’ve thought to make such a combination in the first place? In the heartwarming (and mouthwatering) Jalapeño Bagels, Pablo, whose mother is Mexican and whose father is Yiddish, […]

Picture Books – Not Just for Preschoolers!

At one time in history, books with pictures were just for kids. Books categorized as jE (E for Easy or E for Everybody, depending on the library) are usually intended for parents to read to littles, for preschoolers, and for kids just beginning to read. There seemed to be an unspoken rule that people should […]

Recommendations for Kids: Sci-Fi

Excited about ComicCon? I am. Because I was introduced to cons through science fiction conventions such as WorldCon and DragonCon, just the thought of ComicCon got me excited about reading new science fiction from our library. It’s never too early to start enjoying science fiction.  For the youngest kids Zelda’s Big Adventure by Marie Alafaci, […]

Mesa County Libraries win District of the Year Award from state association; Public celebrations planned Sept. 21 at several library locations

The Mesa County Public Library District has been selected as the 2017 District of the Year by the Special District Association of Colorado. This year marks the first time that a library district has won the honor. The Mesa County Public Library District operates eight library locations throughout Mesa County, circulating 1.4 million items and […]

De Beque Branch to reopen in new space Wednesday, Sept. 20

The Mesa County Libraries De Beque Branch is set to reopen to the public at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017, in a brand-new space at the De Beque School, 730 Minter Ave. Library patrons will find many new amenities, such as an improved, dedicated entrance from the parking lot; a small study room; a […]

Summer Reading Grand Prize Winners!

Greetings!  I hope you enjoyed participating in Summer Reading this year, because we rocked it!  I’m happy to state that nearly 5,000  people registered, and participants, who were 6 and older, read a staggering 28, 113 hours!  Our youngest participants, ages 0 to 5, were read a total of 18,528 books this summer!  Way to go, […]

Friendship for Little Ones — 15 Children’s Books

Public librarians serve a diverse clientele with equal rigor and enthusiasm — kids, families, retirees, folks passing through town — the list goes on. Cultural, economic, religious, political, and personal differences are sure to exist — even with librarians. But when it comes to serving the public, a librarian’s professional commitment to understanding the views […]