A holiday message from your library
We at Mesa County Libraries want to take this opportunity to thank you, our patrons, for your continued support and use of local libraries.

This has been a most unusual and difficult year, and it has been our pleasure to serve our community in many different ways -- including some new ones that nobody had even considered last year at this time. We pledge to continue doing our best to provide our community with access to information and services in a variety of ways.

We also wish to thank you for your amazing response to the Giving Tree this year. When the pandemic closure forced us to move this program online at the last minute, we weren't sure what to expect. But generous members of our community opened their hearts and volunteered to fill every one of the 149 gift wishes for local residents in need. We deeply appreciate your willingness to step up and help, especially this year.

Happy holidays from Mesa County Libraries.
We've been fine-free for nearly a year!
How has it affected you?
Mesa County Libraries eliminated overdue fines from most materials in January 2020, and we would like to know how the change has affected our patrons.

We have put together a short survey to collect your feedback about the fine-free change. Please click the link below and let us know your thoughts. The survey will be open through Dec. 31.
Virtual forum set Dec. 5 for public to review new Clifton Branch design concepts
A virtual community forum for residents of the Clifton and Fruitvale communities to review conceptual designs for the proposed new Clifton Branch Library is scheduled for 2-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, on the Zoom online meeting platform.

The forum will present information about the project and the conceptual designs, and the public is invited to comment online about the plans. Feedback from the forums will be used to refine the eventual final design of the facility.

Those interested in attending the virtual forum can visit the Event Calendar at to find a Zoom meeting link in the calendar listing.
Can't make it to the virtual forum?
Designs and comment form are available online
The conceptual designs are available for viewing online (see link button below), and they are posted outside the current Clifton Branch, 590 32 Road. Written comments about the designs are being accepted.

Mesa County Libraries plan to build a new Clifton Branch on five acres of vacant land at 3180 F Road, on the north side of F Road approximately 0.2 miles east of Mount Garfield Greenhouse and Nursery.

The new branch – tentatively planned to be approximately 20,000 square feet – would replace the current Clifton Branch, which occupies 5,400 square feet of leased space in a shopping center. A tentative timeline for the project estimates that construction will begin in March 2022.
Read and discuss: Join a virtual book club!
We're always excited to see familiar friends and new faces at our book club virtual gatherings. They're easy to join: Just click through to the Event Calendar listing, where you'll find a link that lets you join the virtual meeting. Please join us for book club!
Clifton Book Club
8 a.m., Tuesday, December 8
Join us virtually to discuss The Story of Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth Berg with other people who've read the book. 
Beyond Words Book Club
10:30 a.m., Wednesday, December 16
Join us virtually to discuss The Six Wives of Henry VIII by Alison Weir with other people who've read the book.  
Kiva Book Club
6:30 p.m., Thursday, December 17
Join us this month as we discuss Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate with other people who've read the book
Virtual Culture Fest continues in December
Culture Fest, Mesa County Libraries’ annual celebration of cultural diversity on the Western Slope, happens online this year.

Culture Fest features a wide-ranging look at the stories of several immigrants to the region, an introduction to language-learning and other cultural resources at Mesa County Libraries, and some unique Take-and-Make crafts that combine learning and fun!

For a full list of upcoming video stories and other Culture Fest virtual events, please visit the Event Calendar by clicking the button below.

Our next video story features Claudie Bertin, and it is scheduled for premiere at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16, on the library's YouTubeFacebook, and Instagram TV channels.
Share your greatest adventures
and your best moments of 2020
in this month's Senior Social Club
Join us for a bimonthly Senior Social Club via Zoom! There will be structured and unstructured activities in which participants can chat and socialize online to share stories and life experiences.
My Greatest Adventure
10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 14
We want to hear about your greatest adventure. Whether that was a trip somewhere, the birth of a child, or life-changing experience, share with the group your memorable adventure story.

Registration is required to receive the Zoom link.
The Best of 2020
10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 28
We will be looking back on some of the best moments of 2020. What was your favorite book of the year, favorite song, your best laugh, best lesson, etc.?

Registration is required to receive the Zoom link.
Regional history: Legacy of Colorow
premieres Dec. 9
Colorow is recognized in history as one of the more well-known Ute leaders. In modern times, he is remembered in many ways. Join us online for this look at an important figure in Western Slope regional history.

This video premieres at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9, on Mesa County Libraries' YouTubeFacebook, and Instagram TV channels.
Library buildings closed to public access;
please use Curbside Pick-Up
and online resources
Due to the continued high rate of COVID-19 infections in the community, Mesa County Libraries have closed all buildings to public access.
The closure will last at least through the end of December.

Curbside Pick-Up of physical materials is available, as are virtual services: Ebooks and eAudiobooks thru OverDrive and Libby, popular magazines via RBdigital, streaming movies via Kanopy and Kanopy Kids, Lynda, Mango Languages, and more!
Cozy up to something new to read
with December's Staff Picks
Like it or not, winter is on its way. What better way to dream away the cold than cuddling up with a good read?

Although Mesa County Libraries buildings are currently closed to public access, we are happy to be offering Curbside Pick-Up services to continue replenishing your reading lists and movie-watching needs. Our staff has been diving into some excellent titles this month, and we encourage you to place a hold on any of the following that pique your interest. These titles are all available in our catalog.
Library now offers
Miss Humblebee's Academy for young kids
Miss Humblebee’s Academy is now part of Mesa County Libraries' offerings for young children.

This resource helps children learn life skills as well as educational skills. This online learning platform offers children ages 3-6 a fun and interactive kindergarten readiness program.

The platform offers downloadable and printable lessons in both English and Spanish. There are fun do-it-yourself activities for children to do at home. In these lessons, children can choose to have a session read to them as they follow along, or the child can choose to read it by themselves.
Interested in library resources for kids?
Mesa County Libraries are launching a new e-newsletter this month for families of kids and teens from 0-18 years of age.

Subscribe to the Kids & Teens e-newsletter today so that you don't miss an issue!
Looking for something happening
at your library?
Check our Event Calendar for full list of what's happening at Mesa County Libraries!

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