Libraries to close for Labor Day holiday
All Mesa County Libraries locations will be closed Monday, Sept. 7, 2020, for the Labor Day holiday.

Library branches in Collbran, Orchard Mesa, and Palisade will observe the holiday closure Saturday, Sept. 5.

The library’s website,, will be available during the holiday, and patrons will be able to place holds, renew materials, and use eResources such as the OverDrive Digital Library, Mango Languages, and Kanopy.


Please note that seasonal Sunday hours will resume Sept. 13 at the Central Library in downtown Grand Junction. Beginning that date, the Central Library will be open 1-5 p.m. each Sunday through May 23, 2021.

A complete list of library locations and hours is available here.
Pick up a new Take and Make kit!
Mesa County Libraries are offering new Take and Make kits that will surely inspire creativity for children and teens.

The current kits we're offering are tissue paper dyeing for kids, available Aug. 21-Sept. 3 at all library locations or via Curbside Pickup while supplies last, and DIY friendship bracelets for teens, available Aug. 28-Sept. 10.

Although we're no longer offering some past Take and Make kits, this YouTube playlist contains step-by-step instructions in case you want to build your own.

Get your Take and Make kits while supplies last!
Cooks & Books: Make delicious Wonka fudge
In the latest Cooks & Books online video, learn how to make your own amazing chocolate fudge, just like Mr. Wonka!

The Cooks & Books series explores how to make fun foods inspired by your favorite books.

Visit the library's YouTube page to find past Cooks & Books video kitchen adventures:

Stop-motion filmmaker Evan Curtis to serve as Artist in Residence Aug. 24-Nov. 30
Evan Curtis
Evan Curtis, an award-winning independent stop-motion animator and filmmaker, will be the new Mesa County Libraries 970West Artist in Residence beginning Aug. 24, 2020.

Curtis will offer weekly Meet and Greets from 4-6 p.m. Thursdays beginning Aug. 27 at the Mesa County Libraries 970West Studio, 502 Ouray Ave. across from the Central Library. The public can drop in and visit with him during those sessions. Please wear a mask and practice social distancing.

In addition, Curtis will offer two programs to in-person audiences (reservations are required). Those programs also will be recorded and posted online later so they can be viewed by patrons who cannot attend in person. He also will offer a live virtual presentation.

From cookbooks to astrology,
here are August's Staff Picks
Welcome back to our monthly Staff Picks! There’s never any shortage of variety around the library, and our staff is happy to share some of their current favorites in hopes you find an enjoyable title you never knew existed.

Beyond Words Book Club is now virtual
Join a community of readers for the Beyond Words Book Club. All are welcome to join via Google Hangouts. Visit the online Events Calendar for links to the meetings. Beyond Words Book Club meets monthly on Wednesdays.

In-person discussions will also be taking place for the meetings in August and September. Seating is limited, and registration is required via the online Events Calendar. Beyond Words Book Club will be entirely virtual starting in October.  

Beyond Words Book Club will meet to discuss the following books:
Clifton Book Club to host outdoor discussion
Join the Clifton Branch Book Club as we discuss Dead Run by Dan Schultz. This Colorado-based true-crime thriller tells the story of a 1998 manhunt for three violent fugitives in southwestern Colorado.

The meeting will take place on the north side of Long's Park, 3117 F Rd, at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8. Feel free to bring a lawn chair, a bottle of water, and something for shade in case the park shelter is full. Please be prepared for outdoor weather conditions. We ask that everyone practice social distancing.
Enjoy the sunshine
with outdoor story times
Families looking for activities outside can enjoy several outdoor story time opportunities for the months of August and September. These story times will include outdoor fun with books, songs, and crafts. Please be prepared for outdoor weather conditions by bringing water, sunscreen, hats, etc. We ask that everyone practice social distancing. Visit the Events Calendar for kids' events for more information.
Read about local history:
"The Death of the Area’s Last Grizzly Bear"
“Big Foot Mary” was well known among ranchers and inhabitants of the Uncompahgre area for having, well, big feet. CLICK HERE to learn more. Find other stories of interest in Mesa County Libraries’ Blog.
Now introducing the Adult Learning Center
The Mesa County Libraries Literacy Center has a new name!

It's now the Adult Learning Center, a name that better reflects the center's audience and its mission to provide educational programs to adults at no charge.

Classes are taught by trained instructors and involve one-on-one or small group instructions for adults looking to improve reading, writing, math, and study skills. Through the Mesa County Libraries Adult Learning Center, help is available to get your high school diploma (GED and Career Online High School), complete the citizenship exam, and learn English as a second language (ESL).

Visit the Adult Learning Center web page to learn more about the Adult Learning Center and all of its offerings.
Discovery Garden gets a new sign
A new sign graces the Mesa County Libraries Discovery Garden!
The sign, which faces Fifth Street near Chipeta Avenue, is built of steel and wood in a rustic design that evokes the feel of a country garden in a city setting.

Library staff designed the sign, which was then built and generously donated by All Metals Welding and Fabrication Co. of Grand Junction. Volunteers installed the sign Aug. 12.


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