It’s Award Season for Books

Music has the Grammys, TV has the Golden Globes, and movies have the Oscars. There is no single award for books. Books, specifically books for Children and Young Adults (YA), are a little different. On February 12, the American Library Association (ALA) will host the Youth Media Awards Ceremony in Denver, and the entire ceremony […]

Best New YA Authors

Every year the American Library Association (ALA) presents the Morris Award to an outstanding Young Adult book written by a first-time writer. Because of its defining criterion, I like to think of the Morris Award as the ALA’s version of a Rookie of the Year Award. Don’t, however, let these authors’ newness to the scene […]

Video producer Nicholas Moore is new 970West Studio Artist in Residence

Nicholas Moore, a producer, filmmaker, and digital marketing consultant, is the new Mesa County Libraries 970West Studio Artist in Residence for the first four months of 2018. Moore, who holds an English degree from Colorado Mesa University, is a collaboration artist and digital videographer. For years after graduating from CMU, Moore traveled to multiple countries […]

SAT practice tests set for Feb. 10 and 17 at Central Library

Students who want to warm up for the SAT exam are invited to take a practice test at the Mesa County Libraries Central Library on Feb. 10 or 17, 2018. Timed SAT prep tests are offered at 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, and 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, at the Central Library, 443 N. 6th […]

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 […]