News from the Mesa County Libraries 970West Studio
October 2020
Photo tips: Capture autumn on your camera
Photo credit: Sean Edens
Mesa County Libraries
Autumn has arrived here in Mesa County. With fall comes crisp morning air, bonfires, pumpkin spiced everything, and most importantly, vivid, warm colors to capture on camera. Whether you're using a modern DSLR, an older film camera, or your handy smartphone, there are a number of techniques that you can use to elevate your autumn photography.
Read Autumn Leaves: 5 Photography Tips from for simple fall photography tips. Do you prefer learning by watching? Watch this informative video by Nigel Danson titled 7 Simple Tips You Should Know for Autumn Photography.
Are you new to photography? We've got you covered! Check out this printable 970West Studio Intro to Digital Photography handout.
Photo credit: Joe Vigil
Mesa County Libraries 970West Studio
Looking for general information about our beautiful outdoors? From trail maps to hiking tips, check out this Outdoor Adventures subject guide with information for Western Slope enthusiasts.
Did you know that you can check out a State Parks Pass at your library?
In partnership with the Colorado Department of Education, State Library, local library systems, and Colorado Parks and Wildlife, your local library offers Check Out State Parks Backpacks. Visit the Culture and Nature Passes page for more information.
"Art Is Brewing" video explores local breweries' unique artistic expression
Is craft beer an art? Head brewers have a profound appreciation for their craft, so we explored the question with several Mesa County breweries. 

Video premieres at 6 p.m., Monday, October 26.
How to reserve the 970West Studio
Step 1. Check the calendar or call
970-243-4442 for available time slots. You can also email to check availability of the studio for the time and date needed. Reservations are accepted during the studio's open hours.

Step 2. Fill out the Request for Use of 970West Studio form. (View printable 970West Studio equipment list note only Control Room items are available at this time)

Step 3. Wait for an approval email from staff. Once we approve your application, we will notify you and place your reservation on the studio calendar.
970West Studio Hours
Mon - Thurs: 12pm - 7:30pm

Friday: 12pm - 4:30pm

Saturday: 9am-12pm and
Artist in Residence Evan Curtis shares
stop-motion animation basics
Learn about the basics of stop-motion animation with 970West Studio Artist in Residence Evan Curtis. Apply your new knowledge and create your own stop-motion animation at home!
Evan Curtis, a two-year resident of Grand Junction, comes from the Adirondack Mountains of New York. His animation and film work has been screened at SXSW, on PBS, and in more than 50 festivals worldwide, including in Canada, Brazil, London, Ireland, Greece, and Romania. His films can be viewed at
The Audissey Community Conversations featuring Meals on Wheels Mesa County
Isolation is bad for everyone. Health-wise, isolation is the same as smoking 15 cigarettes every single day.

Since March 2020, we’ve all experienced some of the negative effects of isolation. What we don’t realize is that sense of loneliness we’ve felt for a few months is actually many people’s everyday lives. Amanda DeBock, program manager of Meals on Wheels Mesa County, sat down with Bethany and Emmi to discuss how this SCL Health-sponsored program changes lives right in our neighborhood.

Enjoy this uplifting episode and learn about how Meals on Wheels Mesa County has pivoted its services to continue providing healthy resources to our seniors with frozen meals, contactless deliveries, and new partnerships with local food banks.
Apply for Studio Lounge today!
Do you live in Mesa County? Do you play original music? Apply to be featured in Studio Lounge! 

Studio Lounge is a recorded performance featuring local musicians playing at the Mesa County Libraries 970West Studio. Local musicians are invited to play two original songs live in the studio, which the library records and stores in the Mesa County Libraries digital archive for library patrons to view on demand.


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