News from the Mesa County Libraries 970West Studio
September 2020
Get back to recording - safely
The 970West Studio is now open for reservations after a hiatus between the months of March and July 2020. During that closure, the 970West Studio and its staff have worked to find the right balance between providing a certain level of service to the public and protecting vulnerable populations in doing so.

The 970West Studio has put in place several pandemic-related precautions to help give you, the user, safe opportunities to “hit Record.” You’ll likely notice some changes to the Studio in your next visit. Here are some of the ways we’re working to keep you safe: 
  • Limited equipment is available, due to proper quarantining and sanitization. Any gear that is used during a reservation is sanitized and then quarantined for 48 hours.
  • Only the Control Room is available for reservations at this time. This is to ensure adequate sanitation of gear and facilities.
  • The 970West Studio is only allowing one reservation per day.
  • There is a 4-person limit for all reservations. 
  • Masks are required per the state mandate except while recording vocals or on camera.
  • Technical assistance from studio staff is limited. This is to promote 6-feet social distancing guidelines.
New Studio Lounge session featuring
Roy Catlin
Are you missing the local music scene? Studio Lounge has got you covered. Check out this new Studio Lounge session featuring Roy Catlin.
Roy Catlin is an indie-rock singer-songwriter hailing from Montrose. In 2015, Catlin released his debut album “From Being Lost.” Since the album's release, Catlin has gone on to record an EP and more than 20 singles while building a solid online fan base. The adversity of 2020 has not slowed Roy’s musical endeavors. With a new full-length album nearly finished, Roy plans to finish 2020 strong with his best songs to date.
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.

New episode of Veterans Remember features WWII veteran and B-24 pilot Harry Warren
Harry Warren served in the U.S. Army Air Corps in the China, Burma, India (CBI) Theater during WWII as a pilot of a B-24 Liberator. After his military service, he worked as a mechanical and aeronautical engineer on some of the first rockets to explore space. This video was published on the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII (VJ Day) in honor of those who served to defeat Nazi Germany and the Empire of Japan. 
What is Veterans Remember?
Veterans Remember is an ongoing video project produced by the Mesa County Libraries 970West Studio. The project starts with World War II veterans living in Mesa County, and over time, as more interviews are collected, they will be added to this library video collection.
Stop-motion filmmaker Evan Curtis to serve as Artist in Residence through Nov. 30
Evan Curtis, an award-winning independent stop-motion animator and filmmaker, is the latest Mesa County Libraries 970West Artist in Residence.

Curtis offers weekly Meet and Greets from 4-6 p.m. Thursdays at the Mesa County Libraries 970West Studio, 502 Ouray Ave. across from the Central Library. The public can drop in and visit with him during those sessions. Please wear a mask and practice social distancing.

In addition, Curtis will offer programs to in-person audiences (reservations are required). Those programs also will be recorded and posted online later so they can be viewed by patrons who cannot attend in person. He also will offer a live virtual presentation.

The Audissey podcast:
Information and Digital Literacy
Information Literacy and Digital Literacy sound like big, scary words the average person wouldn't use. But when it comes down to it, Information Literacy is a set of abilities requiring individuals to recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information.

Bethany and Emmi sit down with frequent guest and Librarian Ike in the 970West Studio to discuss misinformation, disinformation, confirmation bias, and maybe the most important ways to combat the spread of falseness and intent to harm: Fact Checking and the CRAP Test (no, seriously).

Mesa County Libraries are always available to assist patrons in finding facts and evaluating sources. Visit, email us at, or call 970-243-4442 for more information.

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