Pwning Literacy: Gaming in the Library

It’s Friday afternoon at the library. The doors to the Teen Center are shut and the lights are out, but it is not quiet. A sign posted on the door reads “Teen Gaming in Progress: Come In, We Are Open!” Those who enter are engulfed by the joyful screams and shouts of teenagers, eating Doritos […]

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 […]

Six-week Toastmasters Youth Leadership Workshop offered for teens Oct. 10-Nov. 14 at Central Library

Toastmasters Youth Leadership Workshop, a six-week course for teens designed to develop presentation and leadership skills, will be offered six consecutive Tuesdays beginning Oct. 10, 2017, at the Mesa County Libraries Central Library, 443 N. 6th St., Grand Junction. The course, open to teens ages 13-17, helps participants develop communication and leadership skills through practical […]

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 […]

Paleontological illustrator Melody Brooke Safken is 970West Studio Artist in Residence through early December  

  Melody Brooke Safken, an award-winning illustrator and instructor at Colorado Mesa University, is the new Mesa County Libraries 970West Studio Artist in Residence. Specializing in paleontological illustration, Safken plans to host open studio hours and a variety of workshops during her residency, which lasts through Dec. 4, 2017. Born and raised in Grand Junction, […]

970West Studio to host Teen Video Camp July 31-Aug. 4

Teens can learn how to create a custom movie trailer during a one-week Teen Video Camp set for Monday through Friday, July 31-Aug. 4, at the Mesa County Libraries 970West Studio, 502 Ouray Ave. (across from the Central Library) in Grand Junction. Teen Video Camp takes place 9 a.m.-noon each day, and participants will learn […]

Bike to Work Day is Wednesday, June 28

You might see more bicyclists on local roads than usual on Wednesday, June 28, as Mesa County celebrates Bike to Work Day. Hundreds of local workers – including many staff of Mesa County Libraries – will be riding bicycles to work and back home tomorrow. Bike to Work Day is part of Bike Month in […]

Drum Safari comes to Mesa County Libraries June 27-29

Get ready for a variety of great summer entertainment through mid-July as we celebrate the halfway point of Summer Reading at Mesa County Libraries! Beginning Tuesday, June 27, join us for several performances by Drum Safari, a local favorite whose interactive and energetic drum performances attract more fans every year as they perform at library […]

“Dragonkyn” author Nathan Smith Jones to present June 24 reading to teens

Young-adult author Nathan Smith Jones will present a reading from his book “Dragonkyn” to teens at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 24, 2017, in the Teen Area of the Mesa County Libraries Central Library, 443 N. 6th St. in Grand Junction. The reading is open to interested teens ages 12-18 and their families at no charge. Seating is limited. “Dragonkyn” is […]