Culture Fest is this weekend at
the Central Library

Join your friends and neighbors this weekend to celebrate the diversity of cultures in western Colorado! Mesa County Libraries Culture Fest happens Friday and Saturday, Nov. 2 and 3, at the Central Library in downtown Grand Junction.

All events are open to the public at no charge.

The Culture Fest Art Reception is set for 6:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, and the Culture Fest celebration takes place 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3.

You can find more information and a schedule of events, activities, and entertainment on the Culture Fest web page or in the library blog .

We'll see you at Culture Fest!
From geology to influenza,
November programs have something for everyone
Mesa County Libraries have a wide-ranging lineup of fascinating and informative public presentations coming up in November. All events are open to the public at no charge.

Here are some highlights:

  • Geology of Grand Mesa. 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5, at the Central Library, 443 N. 6th St. in Grand Junction. Presented by Rex Cole, Ph.D., professor of geology at Colorado Mesa University.

For a full list of all events and classes offered at Mesa County Libraries, please visit the Event Calendar.
970West Artist in Residence

Explore the creative process while learning art
with sculptor Pavia Justinian
Join 970West Artist in Residence Pavia Justinian for an Artist Talk and workshop on sculpting roses at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, in the Central Library Monument Room.

Justinian, a mixed-media sculptor whose award-winning work is featured in public art programs throughout Colorado and in private collections across the Southwest, will discuss the business of being a full-time artist. Those who attend will have an opportunity to sculpt colorful roses to take home. Supplies will be provided.

For more information about the Artist Talk, please visit the Event Calendar .
"Mucky Moose" and "Turkey Trouble"
puppet shows celebrate Thanksgiving
Celebrate the season with two entertaining children's puppet shows during November. "Mucky Moose" is being performed at branch libraries, and a new puppet show adaptation of the children's book "Turkey Trouble" by local author Wendi Silvano is scheduled at the Central Library.
Mucky Moose
Mucky Moose is the smelliest moose in the entire Plymouth Colony forest. That doesn't mean the wolf won't try to have him for Thanksgiving dinner! Find out what happens in this puppet show adaptation of the children's book "Mucky Moose" by Jonathan Allen. Catch one of these performances:

  • 10 a.m., Friday, Nov. 2, at the Orchard Mesa Branch
  • 10 & 11 a.m., Monday, Nov. 5, at the Fruita Branch
  • 10 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 6, at the Palisade Branch
  • 10 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 8, at the Clifton Branch
  • 10:30 a.m., Friday, Nov. 9, at the Collbran Branch
  • 11 a.m., Friday, Nov. 16, at the De Beque Branch

Turkey Trouble
This story is about a turkey, a very silly one, that is in trouble. BAD trouble. The kind of trouble where it’s almost Thanksgiving and he does not want to be the main course. Find out what happens at one of the following Thanksgiving puppet show times. All performances of "Turkey Trouble" happen at the Central Library in Grand Junction.

  • 10 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15
  • 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16
  • 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17
  • 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20
  • 2 p.m. & 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21

Best of the Blog
If you're not reading the Mesa County Libraries blog, you're missing some great guides to interesting books, oral histories, and other resources. Blog posts are written by library staff who are thoroughly familiar with their topics and wish to share the library's unique resources with a wide audience.

Below are links to a few recent blog posts to get you started. Once you're hooked, visit our blog page for a full list of posts.

(The image of the spearheads used with this story is from "People of the Red Earth" by Sally Crum.)

Take a computer class or explore
the 970West Studio in November
As winter's chill moves in, there's no better time than now to brush up on your computer skills or learn the ins and outs of audio and video production at the Mesa County Libraries 970West Studio.

The library offers a wide variety of computer and technology classes each month. All classes are offered at no charge. Some classes have limited space, so we strongly suggest registering for the classes in advance on the Event Calendar.

Mesa County Libraries to close for Veterans Day, Thanksgiving holidays
Mesa County Libraries locations will be closed Monday, Nov. 12, 2018, in observance of Veterans Day and Thursday and Friday, Nov. 22 and 23, for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Also, all libraries will close at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21, the day before Thanksgiving.

Patrons can visit the web site anytime to place holds, renew materials, and use eResources such as the OverDrive Digital Library, Mango Languages, and Lynda.

A complete list of library locations and hours is available here.
Trustees to interview library director finalists;
public reception set for Nov. 5
The Mesa County Libraries Board of Trustees is scheduled to interview the two finalists for library director on Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, and a public reception is planned that day to give interested members of the community an opportunity to meet the candidates.

Trustees will discuss the candidates and possibly decide to offer the director’s job to one of them at a follow-up meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Contact Mesa County Libraries at 970-243-4442 or visit