Teen Reviews: Ship It

‘Ship It’ is a fabulous YA novel about a girl obsessed with a TV show, who gets to live every fangirls dream- Meeting the actors of the show! Unfortunately, one of the lead actors is… Less than kind to her after she asks a question at a comicon panel about whether a ship between the […]

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2018 Poetry Contest Adult and Teen Winners!

Congratulations to our 2018 poetry contest winners!  We had dozens of great submission this year and included a Grade 6-12 option for the first time.  If you missed entering this year, keep an eye out for our 2019 contest!  Winning poems from this year can be found below.  Adult winners: 1st Place/Adult: Patrick G. Metoyer […]

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Teen Reviews: Brightly Burning

  This book was absolutely brilliant – it was a mix of so many things; sci-fi, mystery, romance. It was a beautiful blend and had just the right amount of each element. Being set in a future of governmental evils and love interests who just can’t stay still, it reminded me much of Defy the Stars […]

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Volunteer Appreciation infographic

Volunteers are crucial to the library – and its patrons

Thank a library volunteer this week! It’s Volunteer Appreciation Week, and it’s time to recognize how crucial volunteers are to the services that Mesa County Libraries provide. How crucial are they? The work that volunteers do helps the library circulate materials efficiently. In other words, when a patron returns a book or DVD to the […]

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Poetry Contest flier

2018 Library Poetry Contest open through April 19

If you’re a poet and you know it, enter your best work in the Mesa County Libraries 2018 Poetry Contest! New to this year’s Poetry Contest is a Teen category for poets in grades 6-12. The Adult category welcomes entries by poets 18 and older. Poets are invited to submit as many as two original, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Bibliotherapy: Finding Comfort Through Reading in Times of Grief

“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?” –Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll   Reading has the power to provide us with comfort and insight during difficult times. Re-reading beloved stories can conjure nostalgic feelings of contentment and happiness, providing emotional comfort and physical relief from stress. Immersing the […]

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