4-7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22
Tech Expo to showcase variety of local technology
Where can you see a demonstration of a live-stream event, learn tips for gazing at faraway planets, interact with robots, and experience virtual reality?  Mesa County Libraries Tech Expo 2019 offers all of those options and more when it happens from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, at the Central Library, 443 N. 6th St. in downtown Grand Junction.

Tech Expo, now in its third year, is an annual showcase of exciting technology that helps people live, learn, and play every day. The Central Library fills with displays and demonstrations of unique technology, ranging from 3D printers to robotics to instruments that measure human fitness.

Tech Expo is an all-ages event with free admission. Those who attend and visit all of the display areas will be eligible for valuable door prizes, including a home camera IP security system and a portable phone charger.

Julia March Crocetto is new 970West Artist in Residence
Julia March Crocetto photo
Julia March Crocetto, the new Mesa County Libraries 970West Artist in Residence, blends printmaking, painting, and stitching to create intricate and unique interpretations of the Western landscape.

Crocetto will host a variety of workshops for adults and teens during her 970West residency and also will host weekly studio hours where the public can drop in and visit with her about her artwork. Her residency at the Mesa County Libraries 970West Studio, 502 Ouray Ave., began Jan. 14 and lasts through April 22, 2019.

Crocetto will host open studio hours from 2-4 p.m. each Tuesday through April 22 at the 970West Studio, across from the Central Library. 

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Local History Thursday: A Sticky Situation
for Dr. de Beque
Armand de Beque, an early Mesa County resident and interviewee of the Mesa County Oral History Project, had his fair share of dirt on his father, Dr. Wallace A.E. de Beque. Dr. de Beque was one of the founders of De Beque.

As described in an interview with Armand, Dr. de Beque came to the Mesa County area in the late 1800s. Dr. de Beque arrived after a young adulthood spent fighting in the Civil War then going to the University of Pennsylvania to become a surgeon. After his school years, Dr. de Beque moved to Mesa County and pursued jobs working as a cattle rancher and then a surgeon in De Beque for railroad workers.

Don't miss Local History Thursday blog posts, compiled each week from the history resources of Mesa County Libraries.

The blog contains musings, news, and book recommendations from library staff. If you're not reading the blog, you're missing out!

Library now offers Mango Languages
Want to learn a new language? Mesa County Libraries now offer Mango Languages, a convenient resource for language learning that’s easily accessible and downloadable on mobile and other devices.

Mango Languages features user-friendly instruction in more than 70 languages, including Spanish, French, German, four types of Arabic, two types of Chinese, Latin, Cherokee, and more. Mango Languages also offers a robust selection of English courses for non-English speakers.

The self-paced learning programs within Mango teach languages by using relevant dialogue that covers vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, and culture. The programs, developed by expert linguists and language teachers, are presented in short units that focus on specific topics, thus helping students learn, use, and remember the subject matter.

Mesa County Libraries offer Mango Languages at no charge to users.

Mango Languages is a new addition to the library’s large volume of online eResources. A current language resource, Rosetta Stone, will no longer be offered at the end of April.

970West Studio gains statewide exposure
with local musician interview
An exciting new collaboration between the Mesa County Libraries 970West Studio and Rocky Mountain PBS premiered Jan. 10 with the statewide broadcast of a studio-produced interview featuring local singer/songwriter Shaun Ray.

The segment, which includes an interview with Ray and samples of his music, aired throughout Colorado as part of RMPBS's " Arts District ," a weekly 30-minute program that showcases local and national artists pursuing their passions in creative and thought-provoking ways. The segment about Shaun Ray was recorded and produced at the library's 970West Studio .

Last year, while looking for more local content to include on "Arts District," RMPBS asked the library if it could provide any. The library's studio staff had previously worked with Ray through the 970West Studio Lounge series and thought he would make a great subject for a short interview. Ray agreed to the interview and talked with studio staff about his music, his inspirations, and his thoughts on western Colorado. 

The collaboration on the Shaun Ray segment worked so well that the 970West Studio looks forward to partnering with RMPBS to contribute more material for "Arts District." This project will provide an opportunity to showcase some of the amazingly talented Mesa County residents who use the 970West Studio as well as other influential artists in our community.

Ray's 970West Studio Lounge performances can be found in the Mesa County Libraries catalog, on the Mesa County Libraries YouTube channel, and on Facebook pages for Mesa County Libraries and the 970West Studio.
What else is happening at the library?
Want to find out what's happening at Mesa County Libraries? Visit the online Event Calendar for a full list of events and activities.

Here's a sample:

Home, Garden, and More: CSU Extension Can Help, 3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, at the Clifton Branch

Learn about Lynda and Universal Class, 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30, at the Central Library (Seating is limited, and reservations are encouraged; sign up online)

Introduction to Internet Privacy and Security, 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30, at the Central Library (Seating is limited, and reservations are encouraged; sign up online)

NOTE: All Mesa County Libraries locations will be CLOSED Monday, Jan. 21, for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.


SAVE THE DATE for these events in early February:

Author Reading, Discussion, and Signing: Amy Irvine, 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4, at the Central Lib rary. Seating is limited; tickets for seating priority will be handed out at 5:30 p.m.

Owls of the Grand Valley, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, at the Central Library

Armchair Travel: Colorado Wilderness Areas -- The Sequel, 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11, at the Central Library
Contact Mesa County Libraries at 970-243-4442 or visit