GCPL May 2023 Newsletter

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May 2023 Newsletter

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“Jan Minich is a poet persistently informed by the numinous beauty and mystery of the natural world. And yet in this collection of far-ranging, poetic gems, it is the

 interface with the human that resonates with the most heartbreaking clarity...”

- David G. Pace

Poetry Reading


Jan Minich

Celebrating his latest book

Coming Into Grace Harbor

Wednesday, May 3 @ 6 pm

Moab Library Courtyard

(Weather permitting, otherwise indoors

in the Large Meeting Room)


Radio Book Club:

Hardback Radio on KZMU

On the first Monday of every month, the library teams up with Back of Beyond Books to bring you the latest exciting literary news, and discuss

the best of what we're reading. 

Tune in to KZMU on Monday, May 1st

@ 5 pm to join the conversation!

90.1 or 106.7 FM or click "listen live" from www.kzmu.org.

Hardback Radio Logo

Take a look at some

recently mentioned books

River History with Roy Webb

Films and Lecture

Part 2:

Thursday, May 11th @ 7 pm

Star Hall

If you missed out on the fascinating and entertaining Part 1, don't despair! You can still join us for Parts 2 & 3!

Author and river historian Roy Webb continues the series, bringing us more rare archival films, this time focusing on the San Juan River and Cataract and Glen Canyons.

Free at Star Hall, 159 E. Center St.

Part 3: June 22

Free Screening: NAVALNY

Thursday, May 25th @ 7 pm

Moab Library

A true-life thriller, this film follows Russian Opposition Leader Alexei Navalny who survives an assassination attempt by poisoning with a nerve agent in 2020. During his recovery in Germany, he makes shocking discoveries about the attempt on his life and decides to return to Russia.

2022 Academy Award Winner for Best Documentary

and 16 other awards

Navalny trailer

"The only thing necessary for evil to triumph in the world is that good people do noting"

In Case You Missed It...

A video recording of USGS Hydrologist Chris Wilkowske's informative

presentation on

USGS Streamgages

is available here:

USGS Streamgage Presentation

More about Brave the Wild River

Starred reviews from Kirkus, Booklist, and Publisher's Weekly

Brave the Wild River

A Reading and Conversation with author Melissa Sevigny

Thursday, June 1st @ 7 pm

Moab Library

Melissa Sevigny will be here to tell us about her new book: Brave the Wild River: The Untold Story of Two Women Who Mapped the Botany of the Grand Canyon


2nd Wednesday Book Club

The group will meet at the Moab Library

at 6:00 pm on May 10th to discuss

The Flag, The Cross and the Station Wagon

by Bill McKibben

All are welcome!

Next month's read:

The Fatal Shore: The Epic of Australia's Founding

by Robert Hughes

Call the library to reserve your copy:


Castle Valley Book Club

The Castle Valley Book Club

will meet at the

Castle Valley Town Pavilion

at 9:30 am on Friday, May 26th to discuss The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes, and you're invited!

Please call 435-259-1111 for more info,

or to reserve your copy.

The June book selection is

Hurricane Lizards and Plastic Squid

by Thor Hanson

World of the Wild

Annual Hogle Zoo Art Exhibition

Swing by the Moab Library and take a gander at our latest art exhibit: it's wild! Sponsored each year by the Hogle Zoo, this traveling display depicts all kinds of wild critters in a variety of mediums. Sloths, pangolins, elephants and more will grace the walls of Grand County Public Library

until May 31st.

Volunteers Needed

Love books?

Making new friends?

Making a meaningful contribution while having fun?

Here's the opportunity you've been waiting for:

The Friends of Grand County Public Library are looking for volunteers to spend a couple of hours each week helping sort book donations and stocking

the Library Lobby Book Sale.

The Friends organization supports the library by raising funds through the ongoing book sale.

If you're interested in joining this amazing team,

please email jessie@moablibrary.org,

or ask any staff member.

We're Hiring a

Children's Services Library Clerk

Do you enjoy working with young people?

Ready to make a difference?

Grand County Public Library is now hiring a part-time Children's Services Library Clerk to help serve our community's youth and families

In the library's Children's Department.

I'm interested, tell me more!

Storytime with a Ranger

Saturday, May 13 @ 10:30 am

Moab Library

Spring Reading Challenge Banner

Spring into Reading

2023 Youth Reading Challenge

March 1st - May 31st

Join the Challenge Today!

This spring, youth ages 0-18 are invited to spring into reading with Grand County Public Library. Log your reading and complete challenge activities to earn prizes from our reading challenge treasure chests and new colorful spring virtual badges!

To complete this challenge read whatever you want for a total of eight hours by May 31st.

Make sure you log every single minute you spend reading, no matter what you read - books, ebooks, graphic novels, comics, audio books, and magazines all count. Reading aloud counts twice - once for the reader and once for the listener!

Everyone who registers for this challenge earns a registration reward from our reading reward treasure chest.

Join us for a free showing of The Bad Guys @ Free Movie Friday and learn all about this year's Summer Reading Program!

On Friday, May 19th, the show starts at dusk @ Swanny Park after the Arts and Ag Market.

Bring your blankets, chairs, and water.

Thank you to the Moab City Sports and Recreation and Moab Arts for making this screening possible!




3:30-4:30 pm

All ages welcome, this program is geared towards ages 6-12.

Music and Movement Storytime

Active Songs, Rhymes, and One or Two Short Books

Wednesdays @ 10:30 am in the library's large meeting room.

All ages welcome, this storytime is geared towards ages 0-5 and their caregivers.

May 2023

Early Learning Calendar

Read! Talk! Write! Play! Sing! Count!

Available in both English and Spanish! Click for a digital copy or pick one up at the library.

May Early Learning Tip - Good readers have a large vocabulary. You can help your children learn lots of words by: Reading together! A lot!

Cosmo Cat with free covid tests

We still have free

COVID Self-Test Kits!

Located at the library's front desk, these handy self-test kits will give you results in a mere 15 minutes.

Come pick up enough for your

whole household. Free!

*Cute cat not included

Please call us or email info@moablibrary.org with any questions. We are here to help.

Wishing You a Happy Springtime!

Grand County Public Library | 435-259-1111 | www.moablibrary.org