JULY 2022
Mesa County Libraries closed
for Independence Day holiday
All Mesa County Libraries locations will be closed Monday, July 4, for the Independence Day holiday. The Collbran, De Beque, Orchard Mesa, and Palisade branches will be closed Saturday, July 2, in observance of the holiday.
During the holiday, patrons will be able to visit to place holds, renew materials, and use eResources such as Kanopy, Hoopla, the Libby/OverDrive Digital Library, and Mango Languages.
A complete list of library locations and hours is available here.
Summer Reading ends July 16
Summer Reading at Mesa County Libraries ends July 16! There's still time to log all of your reading and earn prizes along the way!

As Summer Reading comes to a close, we'll be having Summer Wrap-Up Parties to celebrate all you've accomplished! There will be fun activities for everyone to enjoy! Wrap-up parties will take place July 12-16. Check the Event Calendar to find the date of a wrap-up party near you.

All ages are welcome to participate in Summer Reading at Mesa County Libraries, and there’s no charge!

Registration is still open at and at all library locations.

Keep watching and follow Mesa County Libraries on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok for more details about Summer Reading events going on!
Pop-Up Library coming
to Rocky Mountain Elementary Park
Mesa County Libraries are bringing a unique Pop-Up Library to Rocky Mountain Elementary Park in Clifton from 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 6, and neighborhood residents in the area are invited to stop by and check it out! The park is located at 474 32 1/2 Road.

This Pop-Up Library will offer activities for families with children, Chromebooks and WiFi for internet access, snacks, and a selection of library resources. Pop-Up Library services are free of charge, and Spanish-speaking library staff will be available.

More Pop-Up Libraries are scheduled at Rocky Mountain Elementary Park throughout the summer! They will take place 9-11 a.m. Wednesday, July 20; and 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2.
City forester discusses growing trees
in the Grand Valley
Join us 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 6, at the Central Library, 443 N. 6th St., as Grand Junction's City Forester and Open Space Supervisor Rob Davis discusses growing and managing trees in the Grand Valley, the value of our urban tree canopy, and smart tree species selection for our area.

Weather permitting, there will also be an optional tour of the Mesa County Libraries Discovery Garden following the presentation.

Registration is required. Head over to our Event Calendar to register.
Books on Tap begins at local breweries
Join Mesa County Libraries for Books on Tap! Rotating through a few of the great breweries in the Grand Valley, we'll gather on the second Thursday of the month at a local brewery to discuss what books we're currently reading.

5:30 p.m. Thursday, July 14, we will meet at Copper Club Brewing Company (153 N. Mulberry St., Fruita)

You're welcome to enjoy a cold brew during conversation, but it's not required.
Book author Riley Black discusses
"The Last Days of the Dinosaurs"
Attend a special book club meeting at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 14, at the Central Library, 443 N. 6th St., to discuss The Last Days of the Dinosaurs with the book's author, Riley Black!

Registration for this event is required. Head over to our Event Calendar to register.

This library program is taking place as part of a series, with an event at Dinosaur Journey Museum in Fruita taking place later on at 3 p.m. on Thursday, July 14.
Alzheimer's Association provides
10 warning signs of Alzheimer's
Join us at 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 26, at the Central Library, 443 N. 6th St., to learn about 10 common Alzheimer's warning signs and what to watch for in yourself and others, typical age-related changes, how to approach someone about memory concerns, early detection, the benefits of a diagnosis and the diagnostic process, and Alzheimer's Association resources.
Foundation supports adult learners in variety of programs
Congratulations to the Class of 2022!

In May, 16 students graduated from the Mesa County Libraries Adult Learning Center's Career Online High School and GED programs.

Gifts and grants to Mesa County Libraries Foundation provide critical support for the Adult Learning Center, located in the lower level of the Central Library, 443 N. 6th St. in Grand Junction. The Adult Learning Center serves adult students who are seeking English language acquisition, GED or Career Online High School diplomas, citizenship classes, adult literacy, and SB-251 driver’s license assistance.

A recent grant from United Way of Mesa County will underwrite costs for GED Ready tests and GED subject tests. This grant helps to remove financial barriers for our students as they pursue educational success!

Through its fundraising, the Mesa County Libraries Foundation supports, sustains, and enhances Mesa County Libraries’ efforts to enrich lives and build community.

The Foundation is grateful for the continued support of its generous donors.
Christmas in July at the
Book Drop Book Sale
Are you ready for that holiday feeling?!? Celebrate Christmas in July at the Friends Book Sales this month. Check out the holiday inventory and dream of cooler weather. Expanded selection is available July 8-30.

The Friends of the Mesa County Libraries weekly book sales take place 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. each Friday and Saturday through Oct. 15 (except for holiday weekends) at the First Congregational Church, 1425 N. 5th St. (across from Grand Junction High School).

All proceeds from these sales benefit programming at Mesa County Libraries. All sales are cash only.

Join a book club to discuss
fascinating reads with other readers
Advance registration is required for in-person attendees
Clifton Branch Book Club

Join us at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 12, at the Clifton Branch Library, 590 32 Road, to discuss The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michelle Richardson with other people who've read the book. 
The Clifton Branch Book Club meets monthly on the second Tuesday of the month. Visit the Event Calendar for details.
Fruita Branch Book Club

Join us at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 12, at the Fruita Branch Library, 324 N. Coulson St., to discuss The Children's Blizzard by Melanie Benjamin with other people who've read the book. 
The Fruita Branch Book Club meets monthly on the second Tuesday of the month. Visit the Event Calendar for details.
Kiva Book Club

Join us at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 21, at the Central Library, 443 N. 6th St., to discuss Once Upon a Town: The Miracle of the North Platte Canteen by Bob Greene with other people who've read the book. 
Kiva Book Club meets monthly on the third Thursday of the month. Visit the Event Calendar for details.
Beyond Words Book Club

Join us at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 27, at the Central Library, 443 N. 6th St., to discuss The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran with other people who've read the book. 
Beyond Words Book Club meets monthly at the Central Library. Visit the Event Calendar for details.
Keep working on your Summer Reading list!

If you're still looking for great reads, we compiled some Staff Picks for Summer Reading, and you can also browse the bestsellers from Publisher's Weekly.

Remember, you can read anything you want for Summer Reading, so put together your own unique reading list!
Learn more about eResources
Stop by the Clifton Branch Library, 590 32 Road, at 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 19, to learn the ins-and-outs of Mesa County Libraries' popular eResources: Libby, Kanopy, and Hoopla. These programs offer exciting value and are easy to learn; let us show you!

Bring your smart phone or tablet with you so we can help you get started.
Movie discussion group
to discuss blockbuster movies
Join us every fourth Tuesday of the month at the Clifton Branch Library, 590 32 Road, from 5 to 6 p.m. to discuss movies that coincide with the chosen movie theme of the month!

This month, come prepared to discuss your favorite blockbuster movies!
2nd Saturday Community Event invites community on a bird walk
Join us at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 9, for a bird walk along the Plateau Creek! We will meet at the Collbran Job Corps gate and then walk over to the creek from there.

All ages are invited and encouraged to bring their own binoculars!

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