Library databases: NoveList, how I love you

When you are desperately under-read, where will you turn? You could ask your many “chums” for advice, I suppose. But perhaps they have terrible taste and will only tell you to read the latest Schlocky McBestseller. And then they will follow up by asking what you thought of it. Ugh. Just no. Listen to the […]

Staff picks-the “Yay for Bookworms” edition

We at the library love to read! I’ve rounded up some of the favorite books of our staff members, and it’s a great list.  Rabbit Cake by Annie Hartnett Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty My Family and Other Animals by […]

Adventure and survival

If you’re like me, you know that the best way to survive in the wild is to never go into the wild. But that doesn’t mean that we can’t experience the terror and peril vicariously. Instead of chasing thrills, the smart reader will turn to great lists like Book Riot’s 100 Must-Read Nonfiction Adventure Books. National […]

Workshop series to examine the American West through literature July 11-25

“American West as Living Space,” a three-part series of workshops July 11-25 in Grand Junction, will explore the West through a series of readings and discussions with history and English professors from Colorado Mesa University. The American West is associated with wide-open spaces, lots of elbow room, and open lands beckoning adventurous men and women. […]

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

In Gail Honeyman’s novel, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, she has created a beautifully imagined character in Eleanor. Prudish and precise, lonely and devoid of social skills, Eleanor’s life begins to change when she becomes infatuated with a local musician.  Her touching certainty that meeting him will lead to true love leads her to tentative attempts at […]

Little Deaths

In Emma Flint’s compelling new crime novel,Little Deaths, Rose Malone is a complicated woman. A cocktail waitress and single mother of two, she likes booze and men and flashy clothes and lots of makeup.  This makes her unpopular with the dowdy and narrow-minded mothers in her Queens neighborhood; when her two young children go missing, and are […]

Calling all Harry Potter fans

In June, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the first Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Pottermore is introducing the Wizarding World Book Club, a free, online book club designed for readers to read (or re-read), discuss and debate every book in the series. Sounds like a great reason to scram over to the […]

Do you love poetry?

Maybe you’ve never been into poetry, but wish you could be. Now’s a good time – April is National Poetry Month, and you can celebrate with the library. Enjoy a live poetry reading on April 25, at 6:00 p.m.  on our Facebook page with L. Luis Lopez and others. Naturally, we also have some mighty fine […]

What will you read next?

Does finishing a great book fill you with feelings of impending doom? What if you don’t have another good one lined up already? Better you should avoid the tedious sniveling that could ensue (or is that just me?), by going directly to the Book Reviews and Recommendations page on the Mesa County Libraries website. There you will find […]

Live-stream poetry reading to feature three poets April 25

Enjoy a live poetry reading in the comfort of your own home! To celebrate National Poetry Month, poetry fans are invited to tune in to the Mesa County Libraries Facebook page for a live-webcast Poetry Reading by three local poets at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 25, 2017. The reading – featuring poets L. Luis Lopez, […]