MESA COUNTY LIBRARIES
MARCH 2021
Library Friends host Saturday book sales through March 27
The Friends of Mesa County Libraries are hosting weekly book sales 9 a.m.-2 p.m. each Saturday through March 27 at the First Congregational Church, 1425 N. 5th St. (across from Grand Junction High School).

These weekly Saturday “pop-up” sales feature a great selection of books at affordable prices. Stock up for your spring and summer reading!

All sales are cash only, and masks are required. Because of pandemic restrictions, ten shoppers at a time will be allowed into the sale. All proceeds benefit programming at Mesa County Libraries.
Swap seeds with your neighbors
at the Spring Seed Exchange
Bring a seed, take a seed at the Mesa County Libraries Spring Seed Exchange! Gardeners are invited to bring portioned seeds and take seeds left by others. 

Please divide your seeds into individual-sized, labeled packets before arriving at the exchange. There is no charge to participate. 

The seed exchange happens Saturday, March 20, at four library locations:

  • Discovery Garden, 5th St. and Chipeta Ave., 10-11:30 a.m.
  • Collbran Branch, 111 Main St., 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Fruita Branch, 324 N. Coulson St., 1:30-3 p.m.
  • Orchard Mesa Branch, 230 Lynwood St., 1:30-3 p.m.

Due to pandemic restrictions, social distancing is requested, and masks are required in close proximity to others.

Online Arts & Culture Forum
for GJ City Council candidates March 16
An Arts and Culture Forum for Grand Junction City Council candidates is scheduled for 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 16, online via Zoom.


Studies show that arts and cultural organizations significantly benefit the local economy, and arts and culture continue to grow and improve the quality of life in Mesa County. The forum will explore various arts and culture issues with the eight candidates for city council. All candidates have been invited to attend the forum.

Online attendance for the forum is limited to 100 viewers, who will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Lynda/LinkedIn Learning to end March 14
Lynda, a popular educational eResource now known as LinkedIn Learning, will no longer be offered through Mesa County Libraries after March 14, 2021.

The change is happening because of Lynda’s new technological requirements that the library is not currently able to meet. The library is working on a solution to the technical issues and hopes to offer Lynda/LinkedIn Learning again sometime in the future.

Learn how to organize your new business in an informative video presentation, then join a live Q&A session with the presenter
Need help organizing your new business? Learn the fundamentals of business in a prerecorded video presented by Aaron Brachfeld, then join us afterward via Google Meet for a virtual Q&A session with the presenter.

The video will premiere at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 31, on Mesa County Libraries' social media pages.

The Q&A session will take place afterward at 6:30 p.m. March 31. Participants are encouraged to watch the video before joining the Q&A session.

The video presentation will cover topics such as types of businesses, business plans, record-keeping, profitability analysis, marketing, and additional resources available in the community to assist startups and growing businesses. Brachfeld, the presenter, is a teacher at Western Colorado Community College and Colorado Early Colleges. He is also a volunteer at the Business Incubator Center in Grand Junction. 

Visit the Event Calendar at mesacountylibraries.org to participate in the Q&A session via Google Meet.
Regional History
Library video explores the Club Ranch,
one of western Colorado's earliest and most well-known ranches
Located at the future site of the mining town of Uravan, the Club Ranch was a large ranching operation which became well-known across western Colorado. This presentation explores the ranch's origins and history. 
Interested in local history? Check out our Western Colorado History Subject Guide.
Virtual Travels: Trekking the Inca Trail
Join Elizabeth on a five-day, 26-mile trek on the Inca Trail into Machu Picchu and see the famous ruins. Starting from the Sacred Valley, she will guide us through the various ecosystems and ruins found on the ancient roadway until we reach Machu Picchu. Once we have reached Machu Picchu, we will explore the famous site and climb to the top of the mountain rising over the ruins, Huayna Picchu.

This video premieres at 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 15, on Mesa County Libraries' social media channels.
Virtual Résumé Reboot Workshop
Do you struggle finding the right keywords to include on your résumé? Do you need help with your résumé design elements? Do you know how to really showcase your value to potential employers?

Mesa County Libraries present a workshop in collaboration with Brainfuse JobNow and Ashley Watkins, a job search coach, Nationally Certified Résumé Writer (NCRW), and Nationally Certified Online Profile Expert (NCOPE) with Write Step Résumés.

This workshop will cover three key areas to help you reboot your résumé:
  • How to create a keyword-rich résumé that hiring managers find so irresistible, they’d be crazy not to make the call.
  • What design elements draw the reader's attention to your skills and competencies.
  • Strategies for showcasing your value so you land more interviews and higher-paying positions.

This workshop begins at 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 10.

Space is limited, and registration is required. Visit the Event Calendar at mesacountylibraries.org to register.
Brainfuse JobNow is a versatile online service designed to support every step of the job search process. JobNow features live online coaches who can assist in resume/cover letter preparation, and help patrons prepare for job interviews.

Anyone with a valid Mesa County Libraries card can use Brainfuse JobNow. Visit the eResources tab at mesacountylibraries.org/eresources to access.
Discover a new title in March's Staff Picks
Spring is approaching, and new book recommendations are sprouting among our library staff. To enjoy these reads with us, check out our Staff Picks.
Call for artists for the upcoming
Recycled Book Art Show
We're looking for artists who can imagine something special in a recycled book!

The Recycled Book Art Show focuses on projects that use recycled books. Make the book block itself into something creative, or use the pages or cover to create something unique!

New this year! A limited number of 3D pieces will be accepted for display in pedestal cases.

Our covered pedestals have a 15x15x15″ display space; this may allow for several small pieces by different artists to be displayed together or one larger stand-alone piece.
ELIGIBILITY
  • Exhibition is competitive and open to artists 16 years of age and older residing in Mesa County.
  • 2D work must be ready for hanging and cannot exceed 36” x 48” or weigh more than 40 lbs. Work must be display-ready with a secure wire hanger and if subject to damage must be under glass or plexiglass.
  • 3D work cannot exceed 14x14x14″.
  • Juror will have final authority to define an acceptable entry.

Entry deadline is 8 p.m. Monday, April 5.  Entries will only be accepted online.

Show dates are April 30 to June 24. Artists will be notified by April 20.
Participate in Downtown GJ StoryWalk®
now through March 7
Join Mesa County Libraries and Downtown Grand Junction businesses for a StoryWalk®! Through March 7, enjoy walking downtown and reading the book "I Got the Rhythm" by Connie Schofield-Morrison.


StoryWalk® is an innovative and delightful way for children — and adults! — to enjoy reading and the outdoors at the same time. As you stroll down Main Street in Downtown Grand Junction, look for numbered pages in business windows for a fun, local experience provided by Mesa County Libraries and Downtown Grand Junction.
Join a book club in the comfort of your home
Clifton Book Club
Join us at 8 a.m. Tuesday, March 9, via Google Meet to discuss Eclipse by Dalton Trumbo with other people who've read the book. 
Kiva Book Club
Join us at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 18, via Google Meet as we discuss  The Paragon Hotel by Lindsay Faye with other people who've read the book. 
Beyond Words Book Club
Join us at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 24, via Google Meet to discuss Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague by Geraldine Brooks 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. 
Show and Tell
10 a.m. Monday, March 22

This week we will be doing a show-and-tell with participants sharing something of personal significance.
Registration is required to receive the Zoom link. A Senior Social Club event may be canceled if there are less than five individuals registered. 
Receive online tutoring for school
with Brainfuse HelpNow™
Brainfuse HelpNow™ is an on-demand, anytime, anywhere eLearning resource for all ages and levels. HelpNow provides differentiated learning solutions for users of diverse needs and backgrounds. 

Students can communicate with live tutors using an interactive whiteboard to chat, write, draw, copy/paste text or images, and graph homework problems.

For more detailed instruction, read the Brainfuse HelpNow user guide.

Do you prefer to learn by watching? Check out the HelpNow Demo on YouTube.

Anyone with a valid Mesa County Libraries card can use Brainfuse HelpNow. Visit the eResources tab at mesacountylibraries.org to access. Create an account with HelpNow and get started today!
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at your library?
Check our Event Calendar for full list of what's happening at Mesa County Libraries!
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