APRIL 2021
Take a StoryWalk® in the Discovery Garden!
Enjoy a new StoryWalk® in the Mesa County Libraries Discovery Garden! Through April 30, enjoy the children's book Just Ask!, 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 is available at the end of the StoryWalk while supplies last. Watch this video to follow along with a library staff member as you create your Take and Make.

The StoryWalk is an innovative and delightful way for children — and adults! — to enjoy reading and the outdoors at the same time. The Discovery Garden at Fifth Street and Chipeta Avenue, one block north of the Central Library, is open to the public free of charge from sunrise to sunset.
Virtual Travels: 40 Shades of Green - Ireland
Spring is a wonderful time to visit Ireland. The flowers are blooming, the earth is fresh, and baby animals abound in the countryside.

Join Giselle Smith as she recounts her trip to Ireland. Smell the sea air, walk along the beach, enjoy traditional music, and taste the cuisine during your travels right from your home. You will feel the hospitality that the country and its residents offer to visitors time and time again.

This video premieres at 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 19, on Mesa County Libraries' YouTube, Facebook, and IGTV pages.
Join a book club to discuss
fascinating reads with other readers
Advance registration is required for in-person attendees
Clifton Book Club

Join us at 8 a.m. Tuesday, April 13, in-person at the Clifton Branch Library or online via Google Meet to discuss Clementine: The Life of Mrs. Winston Churchill by Sonia Purnell with other people who've read the book. 
Kiva Book Club

Join us at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 15, in-person in the Central Library Mesa Community Room or online via Google Meet to discuss Lab Girl by Hope Jahren with other people who've read the book. 
Beyond Words Book Club

Join us at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 28, in-person in the Central Library Monument Community Room or online via Google Meet to discuss The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America by Timothy Egan with other people who've read the book. 
In-person attendance for these book clubs is limited. Registration is required. Visit the Event Calendar at to register.
All-ages Take and Make to show
community's pandemic resiliency
Pick up a kit beginning the week of April 12
Creativity can relieve even the greatest stress, and an upcoming art project by Mesa County Libraries and community partners will let Mesa County residents share how they have coped with the pandemic.

Beginning the week of April 12, county residents can pick up an all-ages Take and Make kit that will let them use creativity to share with others how they endured the pandemic. The kits contain a ribbon, and residents can use their unique creativity with the ribbon to express what helped them the most.

Ribbons can be returned to your local library branch the week of April 26, and they will be placed in trees throughout the county in early May. Then they'll be gathered and sewn together into a tapestry that will be displayed throughout the community this fall and winter.

Beginning the week of April 12, these special "Do Art, Feel Better" Take and Make kits will be available at all library locations and The Art Center of Western Colorado while supplies last. There is no charge to participate.

Partners in Do Art, Feel Better include Mesa Count Libraries, The Art Center of Western Colorado, the Grand Junction Downtown Creative District, the Western Colorado Writers Forum, and Museums of Western Colorado.
Pick up your "grown-up" candle Take and Make starting April 28
Adults can learn how to make their own beeswax candle with this Grown-Up Take and Make!

This Take and Make kit will be available starting April 28 at all library locations while supplies last. You can also 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.
Discover a new title in April's Staff Picks
Curious what our staff is reading this month? Stop here for a monthly glimpse into the reading lives of Mesa County Libraries employees. Who knows, you might find your next favorite book!
Library Friends continue to host
Saturday book sales April 10-May 22
Stock up on reading material to add to your home library! Friends of Mesa County Libraries will host weekly book sales 9 a.m.-2 p.m. each Saturday April 10-May 22. All proceeds from these sales benefit programming at Mesa County Libraries. 

All sales are cash only, and masks are required. Because of pandemic restrictions, 10 shoppers at a time will be allowed into the sale.

Please note that these book sales happen at the First Congregational Church, 1425 N. 5th St. (across from Grand Junction High School).
Mesa County Public Health to provide
COVID-19 vaccine information and sign-up assistance April 12
Mesa County Public Heath will provide information on the COVID-19 vaccination, answer questions, and help individuals sign up to get vaccinated. Assistance will be available in both English and Spanish.

This open house will take place 3:30-6:30 p.m. Monday, April 12, in the Central Library Mesa Community Room. This event is free and open to all. Face masks are required for all in-person events at the library.
Do you write poetry? The library's annual Poetry Contest is seeking entries!
You're a poet, and you know it? Enter Mesa County Libraries' annual Poetry Contest for teens and adults!

Submit up to two original, unpublished poems by 8 p.m. Sunday, April 11, for a chance to win prizes and have your winning poem featured on the library website.

Authors of the top three poems in each category will win Downtown Grand Junction gift certificates (1st $100, 2nd $75, 3rd $50).

Entries must be submitted online using the entry form at the link below. No poems will be accepted in-person, in any format, at any library location. Poems cannot exceed 40 lines, and they must be suitable for a general audience.
Get creative in our Fiber Arts Club - now offered in-person at the Clifton Branch Library
Advance registration is required for in-person attendees
Join us in-person at 8 a.m. Tuesday, April 27, in the Clifton Branch Library, or virtually via Google Hangouts, for craft and conversation! We encourage all ages and all skill levels to bring a crochet, knitting, or other favorite art project to work on. This club meets on the fourth Tuesday of every month. We hope you'll join us!

In-person seating is limited, and registration is required. Please register by visiting the Event Calendar at
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