Welcome to Kids & Teens!
Welcome to the inaugural edition of Kids & Teens, an e-newsletter for families and caregivers of our younger patrons!

The early years of life are crucially important to every person’s social, emotional, and intellectual development. Mesa County Libraries strive to be an important resource for families and caregivers seeking a variety of fun and educational experiences for young people.

We hope that Kids & Teens will serve as a guide for patrons interested in the services that Mesa County Libraries offer for children and teens from birth to 18 years of age. In addition to this e-newsletter, you’ll find plenty of library resources online for kids here and for teens here.

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Library offers curbside and virtual services
Even though our buildings are closed to visitors through at least the end of December, Mesa County Libraries continue to provide many of the valuable services you've come to trust.
CURBSIDE PICK-UP: We offer Curbside Pick-Up of materials at most of our locations. Curbside is easy to use, and it is a service that's gaining popularity with those who have discovered it.
DOWNLOADABLE MATERIALS: Downloadable ebooks and eAudiobooks have boomed in popularity this year, even among readers who thought they'd never read a book on a screen. Mesa County Libraries offer a large and growing catalog of ebooks and eAudiobooks through OverDrive and Libby. In addition, we offer digital magazines and newspapers, as well as streaming movies.
Mesa County Libraries and Food Bank of the Rockies team up to bring after-school snacks to children and teens under 18
We've teamed up with Food Bank of the Rockies to bring you delicious and nutritious after-school snacks. Children 18 and under are invited to pick up and take home free prepackaged snacks from 3 - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Central Library, 443 N. 6th St., and Clifton Branch, 590 32 Road, locations! 

Parents can grab these snacks without children present. Snacks are available until the end of the school year.
Sing With Me: Early Literacy Tips
by Rose Marie Binger
Twinkle twinkle little star, we don’t care how good your voices are. What do we care about? Singing and how it helps children learn language, vocabulary, and early literacy skills. So please we implore you, no matter your voice, sing to your children.

Phonological awareness, as an early literacy skill, means that children are able to understand how the sounds in language are broken down to create meaning. One of the benefits of singing is that it naturally emphasizes the sounds that language makes. Singing together also creates bonding, connection, and helps make learning fun. Understanding what the sounds mean when spoken makes it easier for children to sound out words when they are learning how to read.

Offered three times a week, join us for
Virtual Story Time
Story Time makes learning fun!

Mesa County Libraries are offering online programming for your kids. Join us virtually via Zoom 2 p.m. Tuesdays and 10 a.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays for a story time intended for children aged 5 and under and their caregivers. Wednesday story times are presented fully or partially in Spanish!

These interactive Virtual Story Times feature stories, songs, fingerplays, rhymes, and other activities which explore the five early literacy practices – read, sing, talk, write, and play. Visit our Events Calendar for information on how to join us via Zoom.

Can’t join us via Zoom? We will have Story Time Snippets Live on our Facebook page at 1:30 p.m Tuesdays, and 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays. You can also find pre-recorded story times and other kids’ programming on our YouTube channel.
Virtual Kids Read Book Club features
new books before they're officially published
Do you want to read forthcoming kids chapter books that aren't available yet? Join us online at 4 p.m. every Tuesday for Kids Read, where Di, our youth collections librarian, will share brand-new kids titles that are sent by publishers directly to Di. Enjoy a large selection of books, an opportunity to win copies of the books, and the ability to share feedback about what you read with major publishers!

This book group discusses juvenile fiction chapter books. Parents are welcome to observe but are asked not to directly participate.

Join us virtually at
4 p.m. every Tuesday via Google Meet! Download the Google Meet app from the Apple Store or Google Play to join from a cell phone or tablet device, or access Meet here directly on your desktop.
Pick up your Kids Take-and-Make:
Paper Tube Snowflakes
(Dec. 18 - 31 while supplies last)
Create a large snowflake with paper tubes and bling! This Take-and-Make kit is available Dec. 18 - 31 while supplies last. For ages 6-11. Reserve a kit when you schedule your next curbside pick-up.

Visit to follow along with a library staff member as you create your Take-and-Make. This video premieres at 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18.
Library now offers
Miss Humblebee's Academy for young kids
Miss Humblebee’s Academy is now part of Mesa County Libraries' offerings for young children.

This resource helps children learn life skills as well as educational skills. This online learning platform offers children ages 3-6 a fun and interactive kindergarten readiness program.

The platform offers downloadable and printable lessons in both English and Spanish. There are fun do-it-yourself activities for children to do at home. In these lessons, children can choose to have a session read to them as they follow along, or the child can choose to read it by themselves.

Pick up your Teen Take-and-Make:
DIY Notebook
(Dec. 11 - 24 while supplies last)
Learn how to make your own notebooks out of paper and cereal box cardboard! This Take-and-Make kit is available Dec. 11 - 24 while supplies last. Reserve a kit when you schedule your next curbside pick-up.

Visit to follow along with a library staff member as you create your Take-and-Make. This video premieres at 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11.
Hey teens! Share what you've been reading, watching, or listening to in
Virtual Teen Readers Meetup
Join the Teen Readers Meetup at 4 p.m. every Wednesday and share what you are reading, listening to, and watching! You'll also get access to advance copies of pre-published books and the chance to review them before they are available to the public!
Teen Readers Meetup takes place virtually at 4 p.m. every Wednesday!
Looking for something happening
at your library?
Check our Event Calendar for full list of what's happening at Mesa County Libraries!

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Contact Mesa County Libraries at 970-243-4442 or visit