MESA COUNTY LIBRARIES
FEBRUARY 2021
Mesa County Libraries to offer access to Hoopla starting Feb. 17
Starting Feb. 17, Mesa County Libraries cardholders will have access to Hoopla Digital, an on-demand streaming service that offers more than 950,000 titles in the form of ebooks, eAudiobooks, movies, TV shows, music, and graphic novels.
 
Content on Hoopla can be streamed from any compatible computer, mobile device, or platform by downloading the Hoopla Digital app for iOS, Android, AppleTV, Fire TV, Chromecast, or Roku.
What’s awesome about Hoopla? For starters:
 
  • The content is always available, without any holds or wait times.
  • The content is available on a wide variety of devices.
  • The content is downloadable on tablets and phones, so it is accessible later if there isn’t access to Wifi.
  • More than 80% of Hoopla’s movie and television content can’t be found on competing streaming services, so the offerings are unique.

Hoopla will be available starting Feb. 17 to anyone with a valid Mesa County Libraries card. Patrons will be limited to eight Hoopla checkouts per calendar month. To start using Hoopla, visit the Hoopla tab on our Downloadable Media Guide.
Learn will-writing basics in upcoming
Virtual Write A Will seminars
Join us in one of two free Virtual Write A Will seminars designed to help you plan now so that your wishes will be carried out later. Attend one of these no-obligation seminars via Zoom and learn about will-planning basics:

  • How do you know whether you need a will?
  • How to avoid problems in your will.
  • How do you create a plan that reflects your personal and charitable wishes?

These 90-minute seminars, conducted by local estate-planning professionals, take place online via Zoom on the following dates:


Virtual attendance at the seminars is open to the public at no charge. Registration is required by visiting the Event Calendar at mesacountylibraries.org or by calling 970-243-4442.

These seminars are hosted by Mesa County Libraries and the Mesa County Fundraisers Network.
Mesa County Libraries to close
Monday, Feb. 15, for Presidents Day
All Mesa County Libraries locations will be closed Monday, Feb. 15, 2021, for the Presidents Day holiday.

Branch libraries in Collbran, Orchard Mesa, and Palisade will be closed Saturday, Feb. 13, in observance of the holiday.

During the holiday, patrons can use the library website at mesacountylibraries.org to download ebooks, place holds, renew items, and use online resources such as Mango Languages, Universal Class, and Kanopy streaming movies.

A complete list of library locations and hours is available online at mesacountylibraries.org/aboutus/hours
Multimedia artist Rebecca Woods to serve as Artist in Residence through May 3
Rebecca Woods is the new 970West Artist in Residence at Mesa County Libraries.

Woods has a bachelor of fine arts degree in studio art from Colorado Mesa University and a master of fine arts degree in installation and performance art from Newcastle University in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. She has shown work in the United States, Canada, England, and Italy. She lives and teaches in the Grand Valley and has a wonderful, lazy dog and a fluffy, hyperactive cat.

Woods is a multimedia artist who believes play and creation are intertwined, that mythology and folklore have an important place in our lives, and that we as human beings use symbols and narratives to give our lives meaning and structure. She is a tinkerer, an inventor, and a bit of a mad scientist, and she makes toys, books, fascinating objects, posters and paintings, devices that project light, and experiential art installations. A lot of her work has to do with the darker things in life such as death, desire, and impermanence because it’s only by facing the dark that we learn to not be afraid of it.

Woods offers weekly Meet and Greets each Wednesday via Zoom, and she will offer several workshops via Zoom showing how she makes some imaginative works of art. Check out the library's Event Calendar below for details and Zoom links!
Discover a new title in February's Staff Picks
The highly respected groundhog weatherman known as Punxsutawny Phil saw his shadow this year, meaning all you fans of winter can expect six more weeks of the stuff! This brings extra time to cozy up and enjoy the titles recommended by our library staff.
Check out Kanopy's special collection
of Black History Month titles
Kanopy makes it easy to watch some of the most critically acclaimed films ever made, along with Great Courses options.

Enjoy Kanopy's special collection celebrating Black History Month. This special collection includes more than 60 films to watch on-demand with your Kanopy account.

Mesa County Libraries cardholders get 10 Kanopy checkouts per month, in addition to access to Kanopy Kids. Kanopy movies are available for any use, including classroom lessons and public performances.

To learn more about how to use Kanopy, visit our Kanopy Guide.
Join a book club in the comfort of your home
Clifton Book Club
Join us at 8 a.m., Tuesday, February 9, via Google Meet to discuss The Secrets of Love Story Bridge by Phaedra Patrick with other people who've read the book. 
Kiva Book Club
Join us at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, February 18, via Google Meet as we discuss Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman with other people who've read the book. 
Beyond Words Book Club
Join us at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, February 24, via Google Meet to discuss Where Rivers Change Direction by Mark Spragg with other people who've read the book. 
Connect with others virtually in this month's Senior Social Club meeting
Join us for Senior Social Club via Zoom! There will be structured and unstructured activities in which participants can chat and socialize to share stories and life experiences. 
Freestyle February
10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 22

This week we want to hear from you, and the topic(s) are endless since we will not be focusing on any particular subject or structure. Where did you grow up? What are your hobbies? Do you have any pets? What is your favorite meal of the day? Share with the group anything about yourself.
Registration is required to receive the Zoom link. A Senior Social Club event may be cancelled if there are less than five individuals registered. 
Work on crafts while socializing in
Virtual Fiber Arts Club
Join us at 8 a.m. Tuesday, February 23, via Google Meet for craft and conversation! We encourage all ages and all skill levels to bring their crochet, knitting, or other favorite art project to work on. This program will be offered online the fourth Tuesday of the month to everyone until further notice!

Visit the Events Calendar at mesacountylibraries.org to join.
Proposed Clifton Branch site plan revised
Responding to public comments, Mesa County Libraries revised a conceptual plan for the proposed new Clifton Branch Library to consolidate parking north of the building and to locate the main entrance on the northwest side.

The revised site layout is a near-final stage of the project’s conceptual design, which is being prepared by students in the University Technical Assistance Program of the University of Colorado-Denver. Initial concepts were presented to the public for comment in December 2020, and a number of comments indicated that patrons would like parking to be consolidated in one location, rather than split between north and south ends of the site. 

The proposed new library will be built on an empty lot at 3180 F Road, approximately 0.2 miles east of Mt. Garfield Greenhouse and Nursery. The building will be about 20,000 square feet in size, almost four times larger than the current Clifton Branch.
Library’s 2020 Annual Report now available
2020 was anything but a typical year, and Mesa County Libraries’ newly released 2020 Annual Report shows just how unusual it was for your public library.

For example, electronic circulation (ebooks and eAudiobooks) increased by 39%, driven by pandemic-related library building closures. Library visits dropped by 56%, and overall checkouts and renewals fell by about 20%.

But Mesa County Libraries adapted and innovated to meet demands for core services in the new environment. We added curbside holds pick-up (which served more than 14,000 patrons in eight months), moved events such as story times online, and devised new ways to engage our patrons, such as through Take and Make kits.

Zoom for community members
Need to host a meeting, but a free Zoom account or Google Hangouts doesn’t quite meet your needs?
You can request the use of the library’s Zoom account to have access to upgraded features, such as a longer meeting time.
A NOTE TO READERS

You are receiving this e-newsletter because you are a patron of Mesa County Libraries. The Library News email newsletter is sent monthly (with occasional special editions) to patrons to keep you informed about what’s happening at your local library. The library values your privacy and will not share your email address or other information with anyone. You can update your library e-newsletter subscriptions by visiting the "Update Profile" link at the bottom of this newsletter. You can also remove yourself from all library e-newsletter lists by visiting the “Unsubscribe” link at the bottom of this newsletter. 
Contact Mesa County Libraries at 970-243-4442 or visit mesacountylibraries.org