Speaker’s Bureau

Knowledgeable library staff members are available to speak to your group, business or organization about various topics and programs.

We can:

  • Give presentations to small or large groups
  • Highlight information in as little as a few minutes or up to a 2-hour class with time to play and practice your new skills
  • Offer presentations at your Mesa County location or
  • Host you in a library community room or our computer lab
  • Tailor the presentation or class to meet your needs

After looking at our topics below, fill out the Request for Speaker form at the bottom of the page and we’ll get back to you shortly!

Topics

Getting to Know Your Local Library

  • Library 101
    • Join us for an overview of the library’s history and learn how to get more use of the library catalog and website. Library 101 ends with a tour of the building.
  • Finding Your “Next Good Read”
    • Learn to use NoveList, a library database that helps locate authors or titles similar to those you’ve already enjoyed reading.
  • “I Think I’ve Already Read This One!” Organizing Your Reading
    • Learn ways to keep track of what you’ve already read both on the library’s website and other free sites.
  • How to Start a Book Club
    • We’ll explore websites dedicated to helping with setting ground rules, choosing titles and finding discussion questions and other resources.
  • Savvy Searching: Finding What You Need on the Library’s Website
    • Learn more about the value of our eResources and Research Guides. Discover the wide variety of information such as voting information, genealogy records, tutorials and online classes that can be accessed through our website.
  • Books and Magazines on the Go
    • Learn how to download eBooks and eMagazines from OverDrive and RB Digital on your phone, tablet, or computer.
  • Never Stop Learning with Online Education
    • Discover the thousands of classes and videos available through Universal Class and Lynda. Work on career skills, personal skills, or explore a new hobby.
  • Beginning Genealogy
    • Explore the library’s online resources and other popular tools for building your family tree.

Business Tools

  • Using Google Tools for Business
    • In addition to email, Google provides free document and spreadsheet software, online calendars, and photo storage. Learn how using and sharing these tools with co-workers and partners can increase efficiency for your business.
  • Protecting Your Idea with Patent and Trademark Registration
    • The library is now a designated Patent and Trademark Resource Center.  Learn about the process of searching for registered patent and trademarks, basic laws, and what to expect during the process of registering your idea.

Local Area Information

  • Exploring Our Region (3 class options):
    • Learn about local history and archaeology resources.
    • Learn where to find local maps and how to use geographical resources.
    • Discover new trails, lakes, and activities through regional outdoor recreation resources.
  • Discovering Data and Resources from the United States Geographical Survey (USGS) Website
    • The USGS provides information on natural hazards, natural resources, and our environment. Learn how to find and use their data, maps, and items in their multimedia gallery. 
  • Finding and Using Local Government Information
    • Discover the variety of information that our local government offices provide. Learn how to search for information and understand how it can be helpful to you.
  • Understanding the 2010 Census
    • The government collects our information through the census. Learn why it is important, how to understand the website and data, and how it can be useful for you.
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Maps and How to Use Them
    • The City of Grand Junction provides GIS maps which provide information on zoning, public safety areas, transportation, utility areas, and other data. Learn how to navigate the maps and how they are relevant to local citizens.

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