MARCH 2021
Need a book recommendation?
Check our Booklists!
Looking for good books geared toward kids or teens? We have recommendations!

Booklists for Kids and Booklists for Teens are just a click away!

These lists are put together by Mesa County Libraries specifically for our patrons, and the lists cover a diverse selection of topics. All titles are age-appropriate, and we’re sure you’ll find a great read.

As always, we’re also happy to help you in person or via phone. Just stop by any Mesa County Libraries location or call us at 970-243-4442.
Enjoy a StoryWalk®
in the Discovery Garden March 29-April 30
Enjoy a new StoryWalk® in the Mesa County Libraries Discovery Garden! Read the children's book Just Ask!, written by Sonia Sotomayor and illustrated by Rafael López,
as you stroll through the garden. The self-guided, self-paced StoryWalk will be up from Monday, March 29, through April 30.

A special garden-themed Take and Make kit will be available at the end of the StoryWalk while supplies last.

The Discovery Garden is located at Fifth Street and Chipeta Avenue in Grand Junction, one block north of the Central Library. It is open to the public daily from sunrise to sunset.
Library Friends Book Sale includes
kids' and teen titles
Friends of Mesa County Libraries are hosting Saturday book sales that include many titles for kids and teens. You'll find great bargains there, and proceeds from the sales benefit programming at Mesa County Libraries.

The book sales happen from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. each Saturday through March 27, and then they resume Saturday, April 10.

Sales take place at the First Congregational Church, 1425 N. 5th St. in Grand Junction.

All sales are cash only, and visitors are required to wear masks. A maximum of 10 people at a time will be allowed into the sale.
Kids books we're reading

Living in a "perfect" world without social ills, a boy approaches the time when he will receive a life assignment from the Elders, but his selection leads him to a mysterious man known as the Giver, who reveals the dark secrets behind the utopian façade.

A silly chapter book that propels you to learn real facts about the amazing Amelia Earhart.

The book's hero, a blob of color with arms, legs, and a face, bids readers not to read the book, not to make a funny face, etc., all the while getting very flustered and mentioning rules that must be followed.

Cece makes a startling discovery. With the Phonic Ear she can hear her teacher not just in the classroom, but anywhere her teacher is in the school -- in the hallway ... in the teacher's lounge ... in the bathroom! This is power, maybe even superpower. Cece is on her way to becoming El Deafo, listener for all. But the funny thing about being a superhero is that it's just another way of feeling different ... and lonely. Can Cece channel her powers into finding the thing she wants most, a true friend?

This biography of a famous pop artist is really interesting and fun. It’s very colorful, and we learn about how much Keith loved painting with children. 
Explore The Art Center of Western Colorado 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, March 25, as we visit The Art Center of Western Colorado.
Kids Take and Make: Craft Stick Turtles
Using yarn and craft sticks, learn how to weave a colorful turtle! This Take and Make kit is available March 19-April 1 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.
Teen books we're reading

While on a mission to Antarctica to save the world from global warming, fourteen-year-old Maximum Ride and the other members of the Flock -- a band of genetically modified children who can fly -- are pursued by their creator, the Uber-Director, who wants to auction them off to the highest bidder.

Emmie has had a crush on her best friend's brother, Deacon, for years, and although he is the town bad boy, she is sure he is innocent of a violent assault on his father except for one thing -- his own sister believes Deacon is guilty.

In a small South Carolina town, where it seems little has changed since the Civil War, 16-year-old Ethan is powerfully drawn to Lena, a new classmate with whom he shares a psychic connection and whose family hides a dark secret that may be revealed on her 16th birthday. 

The summer following her father's death, Macy plans to work at the library and wait for her brainy boyfriend to return from camp, but instead she goes to work at a catering business where she makes new friends and finally faces her grief.  
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 Readers Meetups to take place
starting March 24
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 first meetup is set for 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 24. Teens only, please.

Seating is limited, and registration is required via the Event Calendar. Face masks are mandatory for all in-person events.
Teen movie titles abound on Kanopy
Find a wide range of movies available for streaming on Kanopy, a movie streaming service available to all Mesa County Libraries cardholders. You can check out up to 10 titles per month with your library card. Explore a variety of genres and titles.

Here are some recommendations of popular titles for teens:
Lady Bird

Nominated for five Oscars, this comedy follows a high schooler’s tumultuous relationship with her mother during her senior year.

Rated R for language, sexual content, and brief nudity.
Hearts Beat Loud

Single dad and record store owner Frank is forced to close his record store the summer he is preparing to send his daughter Sam off to college. Frank encourages Sam to turn their weekly jam session into a live act, and their first song goes viral.

Rated PG-13 for some drug references and brief language.
Hunt for the Wilderpeople

In this comedy, Ricky Baker, a troublemaking city kid, finds himself and his cantankerous foster uncle on the run in the wild New Zealand bush after a series of misunderstandings.

Rated PG-13 for thematic elements including violent content and some language.
Brainfuse JobNow
Brainfuse JobNow is a versatile online service designed to support every step of the job search process.

JobNow features live online coaches who can assist in resume/cover letter preparation and help teens prepare for job interviews.

Learn how to use JobNow by watching a demo on YouTube

Anyone with a valid Mesa County Libraries card can access Brainfuse JobNow. Visit to access. Create an account with JobNow, and get started today!
Teen Take and Make: Faux Leather Bracelet
Learn how to make your own braided leather bracelet! This Take and Make kit is available March 12-25 while supplies last. Visit any library location to pick up a kit, or reserve a kit when you schedule your next Curbside Pick-Up.
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at your library?
Check our Event Calendar for full list of what's happening at Mesa County Libraries!

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