Mesa County Libraries plan reopening
for Jan. 19
Mesa County Libraries plan to reopen library buildings to public visits starting Tuesday, Jan. 19.

The reopening is contingent on COVID-19 case numbers in Mesa County remaining stable or in decline.

The eight library locations will be open on their regular daily schedules, except that the Central Library will be closed Sundays until fall 2021.
As library buildings reopen, some services and programs will be limited or unavailable due to pandemic-related precautions.

970West Artist in Residence applications
open now through Feb. 15
Mesa County Libraries are accepting applications now through Feb. 15 for openings in the 970West Artist in Residence program for 2021.

The 970West Artist in Residence program is open to artists 18 and older who reside in Mesa County and have a valid library card. The program will accept two artists in 2021 for terms of approximately 14 weeks each.

Artists in a variety of mediums are considered. Applications must be submitted online by 8 p.m., Feb. 15.

Virtual Culture Fest continues in January with two new interviews and instructional videos
Culture Fest, Mesa County Libraries’ annual celebration of cultural diversity on the Western Slope, is happening online.

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!

Virtual Culture Fest continues in January with the following video releases:
  • New Video Interview! Danya Aletebi is a native of Saudi Arabia who migrated to Durango, Colo., in the 1990s and is an accomplished artist.
  • 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 8, How-To: Libby – Multiple languages. OverDrive's Libby app is an alternative to the OverDrive app. It's great for first-time users of OverDrive eBooks and eAudiobooks.

  • 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20, a video interview with Meghan Bissonnette. Canada-born Meghan Bissonnette first moved to the United States in 1993 and returned again in 2015. She is an art historian, art critic, and artist living in Grand Junction. She holds degrees in fine art and art history and has recently returned to school for a degree in cybersecurity.

  • 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 22, How-To: Mango Languages – French (Canadian). Mango prepares learners for realistic conversations and strengthens everyday communication skills in over 70 world languages, including English. Apps available for download for Apple and Android devices.

For a full list of upcoming video stories and other Culture Fest virtual events, please visit the Event Calendar by clicking the button below.
Find out what our library director is reading
in this month's Staff Picks
Happy 2021! With the new year, we at Mesa County Libraries hope you are feeling rejuvenated and hopeful and perhaps are considering some fulfilling goals. If reading 20, 50, 100, or any number of books this year is one of your goals, well, you know who to turn to for recommendations!

Each month, our knowledgeable staff offer a few of their recent favorites for you to consider adding to your list. This month, we have some choices from our library director, readaholic Michelle Boisvenue-Fox.
Join a book club
in the comfort of your home
Clifton Book Club
Join us via Google Meet at 8 a.m., Tuesday, January 12, to discuss The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris by Jenny Colgan with other people who've read the book. 
Kiva Book Club
Join us via Google Meet at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, January 21, to discuss Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan with other people who've read the book.
Beyond Words Book Club
Join us via Google Meet at 10:30 a.m.., Wednesday, January 27, to discuss In Five Years by Rebecca Serle with other people who've read the book. 
Connect with others virtually in this month's Senior Social Club meetings
Join us for a bimonthly 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. 
Mindfulness Monday
This week we will get to know one another while bringing awareness to the present moment through a fun mindfulness exercise.

Event starts at 10 a.m., Monday, January 11, on the video conferencing app Zoom.

Registration is required to receive the Zoom link.
Icy and Dicey
This week we are going to be cutting through the cold with a few icebreakers followed by playing the classic dice game, Yahtzee.

Event starts at 10 a.m., Monday, January 25, on the video conferencing app Zoom.

Registration is required to receive the Zoom link.
Note: A Senior Social Club event may be canceled if there are fewer than five individuals registered. 
Virtual Travels: Oh Canada!
Join Elizabeth on a tour of several Canadian vacation destinations! She will discuss her trips to Victoria, Vancouver, Whistler, and Toronto while showcasing the fun to be had with our neighbors to the north!

Video premieres on Mesa County Libraries' social media pages at 6:30 p.m., Monday, January 18.
Enjoy (and hum along with) our
"Peter and the Wolf" online puppet show
A prowling wolf is on the hunt for a tasty snack! Will Peter be able to save his animal friends? Find out during "Peter and the Wolf," a puppet show featuring music from composer Sergei Prokofiev!

This puppet show is set to premiere at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, January 9, on Mesa County Libraries social media channels (click button below)!

Check out Story Blocks, which are children's literacy resources for parents, caregivers, and teachers, and Early Literacy Boredom Buster Ideas provided by Mesa County Libraries staff!
Call or text your library for service
and basic tech help
Call your library
Library staff are standing by to assist you over the phone! Call your library to place holds, schedule curbside appointments, get book recommendations, and receive basic tech help! Our main number is 970-243-4442.
Chat with your library
Got a question? Text us at 970-439-2484, and a librarian or library staff member will text you back with an answer! This chat service is monitored Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to noon (excluding holidays).

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