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Las Posadas: a Latin American Christmas

Families pray, children play, and everyone feasts. Endless spreads of ponche, tamales, champurrado, pozole, and buñuelos appear before hungry crowds. And, of course, there is the piñata! With sparklers in hand, kids watch and wait for the piñata to be bashed into surrendering its hoard of candy. Las posadas is a nine day Latin American […]

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Kids Read Picks, Vol. 8

Kids Read Picks presents book reviews and recommendations from kids in Mesa County. Don’t be surprised if you can’t find some of these books at the library or in stores: kids who attend Kids Read Book Club on Tuesdays at 4:00 at the Central Library have access to books before they are officially published. Rating […]

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Reading in a hypothetical snowstorm

Now that we’ve had our first mini snowfall, I’ve started fantasizing about being snowed in, without power, with just five great books to tide me over. Of course, in this fantasy, there’s a fireplace, plenty of wood, lots of good food, and naturally, not even the slightest hint of hardship. In this dream world of […]

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Kids Book Couture

Fashion can be fun for all ages. Dressing up, finding the right shoes, the right dress or shirt is a creative activity sort of like painting a picture or designing a set for a play. Every piece of clothing in our closet exists the way it does thanks to the many artists, designers, and fashion […]

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Mixed: A Colorful Story

I love a good picture book that sneaks in a message. Mixed: A Colorful Story, by Arree Chung, might just be about colors. But it might also be about celebrating diversity. In the beginning, there were three colors. Reds, yellows, and blues. They live in harmony. Until the Reds decide they are the best. Eventually, […]

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It’s the germiest time of the year

If you’re like me, you don’t like to think about the microbe-encrusted surfaces you encounter every day. Maybe you don’t want to look like a fussy little germ-phobic person with your arsenal of cleaning wipes, gloves, and distrust of public spaces. Maybe you think germs won’t get you, because you’re tough and cool. Perhaps, like […]

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Kids Read Picks, Vol. 7

Kids Read Picks presents book reviews and recommendations from kids in Mesa County. Don’t be surprised if you can’t find some of these books at the library or in stores: kids who attend Kids Read Book Club on Tuesdays at 4:00 at the Central Library have access to books before they are officially published. Rating […]

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An eerie ghost story and a murder mystery

 A dilapidated girls boarding school in small-town Vermont called Idlewild is the setting for a truly scary gothic mystery.  The Broken Girls, by Simone St. James, moves between 1950, when we meet four troubled school girls at Idlewild, and the present when Fiona Sheridan is investigating a plan to re-open the school, where Fiona’s sister was […]

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Local History Thursday: The Fremont Culture

November gets a lot of recognition for Thanksgiving, but a different reason to celebrate this time of year is National Native American Heritage Month. Mesa County and its surrounding areas were once home to multiple Native American cultures; one of the earlier cultures was a group of Native people known as the Fremont. The Fremont were […]

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Some favorite ghost movies for Halloween

Some people like to watch scary movies all year-round. Those people must be very brave. I myself think it best to save the frights for the Halloween season, and as a  meek and scare-averse human, I generally need the presence of a sturdy shoulder to cringe against when the going gets too spooky. My best […]

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