KIDS & TEENS
MESA COUNTY LIBRARIES
APRIL 2021
Get ready to ride: Visit the Bicycle Fair
Start bike season right by getting ready for Bike to Work/School Day. Check out a variety of bicycle resources and information from local organizations.

This community event is a great place to get info on bike commuting, bike maintenance, safe routes to school, health and training tips, bike safety, proper helmet fitting, bicycle registration, and more.

Have a mechanic give your bike a safety check, learn the best routes through town, get helmets for the kids, and discover the thrill of bicycling in the Grand Valley -- all at no charge!

This event takes place 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, May 1, in the East Parking Lot of the Central Library, 443 N. 6th St., Grand Junction. Cyclists of all ages are welcome.
Take a StoryWalk® in the Discovery Garden!
Enjoy a new StoryWalk® in the library's Discovery Garden! Through April 30, enjoy the book Just Ask!, a children's book written by Sonia Sotomayor and illustrated by Rafael López, as you stroll through the library's garden.

A special garden-themed Take and Make kit will be available to you at the end of the StoryWalk. Visit https://youtu.be/OF2UaLNQQsg to follow along with a library staff member as you create your Take and Make.

StoryWalk® is an innovative and delightful way for children — and adults! — to enjoy reading and the outdoors at the same time. 
Explore Colorado National Monument in this month's episode of Explore! Mesa County
Hey, kids and families! Explore Mesa County with us! Join us for a video series on our YouTube channel at 6:30 p.m. the last Thursday of every month and get a special behind-the-scenes look at some super cool and interesting places all around Mesa County!

Join us at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 29, as we visit Colorado National Monument.
For more Explore! Mesa County adventures, check out the Explore Mesa County YouTube Playlist here!
Kids Take and Make: Earth Day Clay Necklaces
Celebrate Earth Day by making an earth necklace out of clay, paints, and yarn! This Take and Make kit is available April 16-29 while supplies last. For ages 6-11. Visit any library location to pick up a kit or reserve a kit when you schedule your next Curbside Pick-Up.
Kids books we're reading

A cute picture book, written as a children’s journal, that tells you facts about seahorses.

An incredibly heartwarming, true story about a man who found an abandoned baby in a New York subway. He and his husband (the author of the book) ended up adopting and raising the child.

One of the best graphic novels for kids/teens that I’ve ever read. The story and art are vivid, unique, engaging, and fun. A magical story with extremely well-written LGBTQ characters.  

This is the first story in a beginning reader fantasy series. Fun for children who like cats, unicorns, and sparkles!

A great collection of stories to help families talk about race in today’s America.     

A funny, heartwarming story about navigating middle school while trying to be invisible with a huge German shepherd by your side.

Have you ever wanted to be physically inside the world your book describes, interacting with its characters? Tilly suddenly experiences what that's like, and she has no idea why. This is the first in a fun-filled adventure series called Pages & Co.

A great read about a teen girl and her tenacious story.

Fun and informative book full of recipes for kids and their grown-ups to try together!

A great read-alike for fans of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series (fun chapter titles, kids with disabilities as protagonists), Maya explores the Yoruba myth in a fun, modern story that hops dimensions, includes fights with creatures of the dark, and more.
Share what you're reading in
Teen Readers Meetup
Teen Readers Meetup is BACK for in-person meetings at 4 p.m. every Wednesday in the Mesa Community Room at the Central Library. Join us for Teen Readers Meetup and share what you’re reading, listening to, and watching! Our next meetup is set for 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 14. Teens only, please.

Seating is limited, and registration is required via the Event Calendar. Face masks are mandatory for all in-person events.
Teen Dungeons and Dragons now offered
in-person at the Central Library
Join a Dungeons and Dragons campaign with other teens! Beginners are welcome; if you’ve never played before, we’ll teach you! Experts are welcome, too. We will be playing Dungeons and Dragons, 5th edition, and you must wear a mask in order to participate.

Teen Dungeons and Dragons take place from 4-6 p.m. on the first Fridays of the month. Seating is limited, and registration is required. Visit the Event Calendar at mesacountylibraries.org to register.
Teen Take and Make: Succulent Kit
Learn how to make a macrame hanger using a small pot, soil, yarn, and seeds for your very own succulent plant! This Take and Make kit is available April 9-22 while supplies last. Visit any library location to pick up a kit or reserve a kit when you schedule your next Curbside Pick-Up.
Teen books we're reading

The marvelous sequel to The Hate U Give, Concrete Rose tells Maverick’s story as a 17-year-old father of two.      

Demonstrates the importance of speaking up for others and one’s self.
  
El is determined to survive her dangerous, monster-filled, magical school and graduate to become a successful wizard. Now if she could just convince everyone else that she's not destined to become incredibly evil...      
  
This book revolves around three brothers when slicked-back hair and leather jackets were everywhere. When a fight results in the death of a young person, the brothers are forced into hiding.
   
Samantha has to relive the day of her death over and over again until she discovers what the most important things are to her.

Rags the thief is offered the choice between execution or stealing several ancient fae relics. Rags accepts but quickly realizes that nobody cared to mention that the ancient fae relics are actually people, and that Rags is one of the relics himself. He must team up with the other “relics” to save themselves from convoluted royal plots.
Looking for something else suitable for teens? Mesa County Libraries have a lot more suggestions! Visit the Booklists for Teens page on our website, or visit any library location!
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