KIDS & TEENS
MESA COUNTY LIBRARIES
FEBRUARY 2021
Mesa County Libraries to offer access to the streaming service Hoopla starting Feb. 17
Starting Feb. 17, Mesa County Libraries cardholders will have access to Hoopla Digital, an on-demand streaming service that offers more than 950,000 titles in the form of ebooks, eAudiobooks, movies, TV shows, music, and graphic novels.
 
Content on Hoopla can be streamed from any compatible computer, mobile device, or platform by downloading the Hoopla Digital app for iOS, Android, AppleTV, Fire TV, Chromecast, or Roku.
What’s awesome about Hoopla? For starters:
 
  • The content is always available, without any holds or wait times.
  • The content is available on a wide variety of devices.
  • The content is downloadable on tablets and phones, so it is accessible later if there isn’t access to Wifi.
  • More than 80% of Hoopla’s movie and television content can’t be found on competing streaming services, so the offerings are unique.

Hoopla will be available starting Feb. 17 to anyone with a valid Mesa County Libraries card. Patrons will be limited to eight Hoopla checkouts per calendar month. To start using Hoopla, visit the Hoopla tab on our Downloadable Media Guide.
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 the Clifton Branch, 590 32 Road.

Parents can grab these snacks without children present. Snacks are available until the end of the school year.
Receive online tutoring for school
with Brainfuse HelpNow
Brainfuse HelpNow™ is an on-demand, anytime, anywhere eLearning resource for all ages and levels. HelpNow provides differentiated learning solutions for users of diverse needs and backgrounds. 

Students can communicate with live tutors using an interactive whiteboard to chat, write, draw, copy/paste text or images, and graph homework problems.

For more detailed instruction, read the Brainfuse HelpNow user guide.

Do you prefer to learn by watching? Check out the HelpNow Demo on YouTube.
Anyone with a valid Mesa County Libraries card can use Brainfuse HelpNow. Visit the eResources tab at mesacountylibraries.org to access. Create an account with HelpNow and get started today!
Introducing "Explore! Mesa County,"
a new children's video series featuring
local areas of interest
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!

Last month we explored the Grand Junction Fire Department!
Tune in at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, on Mesa County Libraries' YouTube channel as we explore the Eureka! Science Museum.
Kids Take and Make: Slime Lab
It’s slime time! Let’s mix up some slime and learn a little bit about the science behind the goo. This Take and Make kit is available Feb. 19 – Mar. 4 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.
Join us for Virtual Story Time,
offered three times a week
Story Time makes learning fun!

Mesa County Libraries offer online programming for 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 Event Calendar for information on how to join us via Zoom.
Can’t join us via Zoom? We 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.
Books to read with your teen
Whether your family has a longstanding tradition of reading together or you’re just starting a habit of reading with your teen, here are some Young Adult book suggestions.
For Thrilling Fun:
One of Us Is Lying by Karen McManus. Imagine “The Breakfast Club,” but with murder. Suitable for ages 14+
For Crying:
Just Breathe by Cammie McGovern. The lives of Jaimie, a loner sophomore with depression, and David, a popular senior with cystic fibrosis, become intertwined. Warning: mentions of suicide. Suitable for ages 14+
For Laughs:
Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things that Happened. A graphic novel containing laugh-out-loud short stories with titles such as "The God of Cake" and "Dinosaur (The Goose Story)". Warning: profanity and discussions of depression. Suitable for ages 12+
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!
Teen Take and Make: Anti-Valentine’s Piñata
Celebrate (or hate) Valentine's Day by making your own heart piñata to crush. This Take and Make kit is available Feb. 12 - Feb. 25 while supplies last. Visit any library location to pick up a kit, or reserve a kit when you schedule your next curbside pickup.
Call for artists 16 and older for
Recycled Book Art Show
The Recycled Book Art Show focuses on projects that use recycled books. Make the book block itself into something creative or use the pages or cover to create something unique! Check out these examples.

New this year! A limited number of 3D pieces will be accepted for display in pedestal cases.

Our covered pedestals have a 15x15x15″ display space; this may allow for several small pieces by different artists to be displayed together or one larger stand-alone piece.
ELIGIBILITY
  1. Exhibition is competitive and open to artists 16 years of age and older residing in Mesa County.
  2. 2D work must be ready for hanging and cannot exceed 36” x 48” or weigh more than 40 lbs. Work must be display-ready with a secure wire hanger and if subject to damage must be under glass or plexiglass.
  3. 3D work cannot exceed 14x14x14″.
  4. Juror will have final authority to define an acceptable entry.

Entry deadline is at 8 p.m. Monday, April 5.  Entries will only be accepted online.

Show dates are from April 30 to June 24. Artists will be notified by April 20.
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 mesacountylibraries.org