Celebrate the holidays with Mesa County Libraries!
Find the spirit of the holiday season at Mesa County Libraries! From puppet shows to holiday sing-alongs, your local libraries are hosting a variety of holiday events that will appeal to all ages.

All events are open to the public free of charge.

"Spanish Trails Navigation: Dominguez and Escalante Were Never Lost!" set for Dec. 4
Ever wonder how early explorers kept their bearings as they traveled through unfamiliar country?

If so, you won't want to miss a unique presentation titled "Spanish Trails Navigation: Dominguez and Escalante Were Never Lost!" The talk is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, at the Central Library, 443 N. 6th St. in Grand Junction.

Retired Air Force Col. Al Matheson will describe how early explorers on the Old Spanish Trail were guided by the stars and will share his collection of antique navigation instruments. Matheson is a noted speaker and lecturer on National Historic Trails and aviation archaeology.

The event is open to the public at no charge. Space is limited.

This presentation is part of a new programming partnership between Mesa County Libraries and the Western Colorado Astronomy Club. The "Spanish Trails Navigation" program is co-hosted by Mesa County Libraries, the Western Colorado Astronomy Club, the Old Spanish Trail Association, and the Colorado Archaeological Society (Grand Junction Chapter).
Library offers two options for high-school completion:
GED preparation and Career Online High School
Mesa County Libraries now offer two options for Mesa County residents who want to complete their high-school education: a GED preparation program and Career Online High School.

The new GED preparation program at Mesa County Libraries is currently enrolling students who wish to complete their high-school equivalency. Assessments are scheduled for Dec. 10 and 11 for enrollment in classes starting in January 2019.

Mesa County Libraries to close for Christmas
and New Year’s holidays
All Mesa County Libraries locations will be closed Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 24 and 25, 2018, for the Christmas holiday. Library locations also will be closed Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019, for New Year’s Day.

Library branches in Collbran, De Beque, Orchard Mesa, and Palisade also will be closed Saturday, Dec. 22, for the holiday.

In addition, please note that libraries will close at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31 (the Fruita Branch will close with the community center at 5 p.m.), for New Year’s Eve.

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

A complete list of library locations and hours is available here.
What else is happening at the library in December?
Want to find out what's happening at Mesa County Libraries in December? Visit the online Event Calendar for a full list of events and activities.

Here's a sample:

Armchair Travel: The Canyons of Escalante, 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17, at the Central Library

Writers Night: Open Mic, 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, at the Central Library

Neighbors Read: Kids' Yoga, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 27, at the Central Library

Contact Mesa County Libraries at 970-243-4442 or visit