MESA COUNTY LIBRARIES
OCTOBER 2020
Online discussion to focus on “Coming Out of COVID – Better Together” Oct. 21 on Zoom
An online discussion hosted by Mesa County Libraries and the Community Impact Council will focus on how the COVID pandemic has impacted the Mesa County community and how the community can successfully emerge from the pandemic’s chaos.

“State of the Community 2020: Coming Out of COVID – Better Together” will take place on Zoom at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21. To attend, please visit the Event Calendar at mesacountylibraries.org. The online event is open at no charge to any interested person who would like to attend via Zoom.

Panelists representing a variety of local organizations will discuss the pandemic’s impact on the community’s ability to obtain and maintain access to basic needs and services, such as food, shelter, health care, and education.

Let our Staff Picks haunt
your October reading!
It's the creepy, scary, spooky time of year, so what better way to celebrate than with horror-themed material from Mesa County Libraries (and pounds of candy, let's not kid ourselves)! A few horror enthusiasts on our staff compiled some picks that will be sure to ramp up your heart rate and make you wonder what's out there awaiting you in the dark.
Comic Con At Home events and activities continue
If you’re missing the in-person Mesa County Libraries Comic Con this year (and who isn’t?), take heart! You can join us for the virtual Comic Con at Home, the next-best thing to an in-person Comic Con!
The results are in! Watch the Cosplay Contest slideshow video at 10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 10
It wouldn't be Comic Con without cosplay! We want to thank all the cosplayers who participated in this year's Cosplay Contest! The judges have tallied their scores to determine the winners of each cosplay category.

This video will premiere at 10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 10, on Mesa County Libraries' YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram pages.
Participate in the Graphic Novel Reading Challenge
The Graphic Novel Reading Challenge encourages all comic fans to read graphic novels for the month of October. With categories for all ages and prizes to win, register online at mesacountylibraries.beanstack.org.

Challenge goes from Oct. 1 - Oct. 31.
Check out our Graphic Novel reading lists to find your next graphic novel!



Join us for comic-related Teen Trivia
Join us at 4 p.m., Friday, Oct. 16, via Zoom to play trivia games about fandom categories including Star Wars, anime, the Avengers movies, Greek mythology, and Harry Potter. Registration is required to receive the Zoom link.
Check out the Exhibitor List
Mesa County Libraries to host
virtual Culture Fest 2020
Culture Fest, Mesa County Libraries’ annual celebration of cultural diversity on the Western Slope, happens online this year and features a wide-ranging look at the stories of several immigrants to the region.

Because of pandemic-related precautions, the library is unable to host the traditional in-person Culture Fest celebration this year. That event typically attracts about 2,500 people to the Central Library for a one-day festival that includes music, entertainment, and food.

This year’s virtual Culture Fest will highlight a series of interesting and enlightening video interviews with Mesa County residents from around the world.

4-year-olds to get One Book Colorado title;
Downtown StoryWalk® to feature book
From Oct. 13-25, every 4-year-old child in Mesa County can pick up a free copy of a children's book as part of the annual One Book Colorado program.

The title of the book will be announced Tuesday, Oct. 13, the same day it becomes available.

Copies of the book are available at all Mesa County Libraries locations in downtown Grand Junction, Clifton, Collbran, De Beque, Fruita, Gateway, Orchard Mesa, and Palisade. Simply stop by and pick one up! Patrons who use Curbside Pickup may also request a copy for their 4-year-old children when they schedule their pick-up time.

Copies will be available for any child who is, was, or will be 4 years of age during 2020. The book will be available in English or Spanish to all 4-year-olds in Colorado, and the books are theirs to keep at no charge.

New this year, Mesa County Libraries are partnering with Downtown Grand Junction businesses to offer a StoryWalk®. Pages of the book will be placed in the windows of participating businesses so families can stroll downtown, read the book, and then visit the library to pick up their own copy. The StoryWalk® will take place Oct. 13-25.

Picking up a copy of the One Book Colorado selection gives families a great opportunity to read together. Family members are children’s first and most important teachers, and the purpose of the One Book Colorado program is to encourage early literacy skills. There is no better way to instill a love of reading in children than for family members to read with them.
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Is Your Voter Registration up to Date?
Curious if your voter record information is up-to-date and accurate? It’s not too late to check! Ensure your voice will be heard for this year’s Presidential election by updating and confirming your voter registration on Colorado’s Secretary of State Elections and Voting website. 
It only takes a minute and if anything needs to be edited, you can do so quickly and efficiently.

Walk Before You Run - Early Literacy Tips for Letter Knowledge
Walking is hard. Learning how to walk is even harder. Caregivers can relate to the incredible journey babies go through as they build the muscles to learn how to sit up, stand up, and then eventually walk. Learning how to read is a similar journey that also takes time. 

Local History: The GJ Women’s Club
Historic Grand Junction was full of different types of clubs and organizations working to make the area a better place to live. Ethel M. (Bear) Hotchkiss was a member of the Grand Junction Women’s Club in the mid 1900s, and she reflects on the club and its role in the community during her 1979 interview with the Mesa County Oral History Project

The GJ Train Depot Fire – When Bombs Rained Over Grand Junction
On June 27, 1943, a freight train traveling west toward Grand Junction developed a hot box (an overheated axle) when passing through a rail tunnel in De Beque Canyon. The train stopped in Palisade, where workers repacked the axle. The problem presumably fixed, the train continued toward Grand Junction. Unbeknownst to the crew, the hotbox had heated the floor of the train car to a dangerous degree before the problem was fixed...

Armchair Travel video premiere:
Exploring Utah's San Rafael Swell
The San Rafael Swell in south-central Utah is a land of amazing and intricate geology, rich in its variety of landscapes and offering any number of recreational activities. It was also the location of a major uranium boom in the 1950s with stories that accompany the fortunes that were both made and lost in that era. Explore this remote landscape with us as we hike, bike, drive, explore and photograph its canyons.

This installment of Armchair Travelers is set to premiere at 6:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 19, on our YouTube ChannelFacebook Page, and Instagram TV.
Book Sale Oct. 23 to support
Friends of Mesa County Libraries
To celebrate National Friends of Libraries Week, the Friends of Mesa County Libraries will host a book sale from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, in the book depository at the First Congregational Church, 1425 N. 5th St. (across from Grand Junction High School).

A variety of high-quality used books, ranging from children’s books to fiction and more, will be available at amazingly reasonable prices! Cash sales only, please. No cards.

Those who attend are asked to wear masks and practice social distancing. A maximum of 10 people will be allowed in the sale at any given time.

National Friends of Libraries Week, Oct. 18-24, is a time to recognize the vital work that Friends groups do for libraries throughout the country.

Interested in joining a book club?
The following book clubs are always welcoming new members
October Meetings
Join us virtually or in person at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 28, to discuss Travel Light, Move Fast by Alexandra Fuller with other people who've read the book. Beyond Words Book Club meets monthly at the Central Library.

In-person seating is limited and registration is required.
Join us at 6:30 p.m., Oct. 15, at the Central Library or remote in via Google Meet to discuss When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi. Kiva Book Club meets on the third Thursday of the month to discuss group-selected titles!

In-person seating is limited and registration is required.
Join us virtually or in-person at 8 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 13, at the Clifton Branch Library to discuss City of Lies by Victoria Thompson with other people who've read the book. Clifton Book Club meets monthly.

In-person seating is limited and registration is required.
November Meetings
Join us virtually or in person at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 18, to discuss This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger with other people who've read the book. Beyond Words Book Club meets monthly at the Central Library.

In-person seating is limited and registration is required.
Join us at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 19, at the Central Library or remote in via Google Meet to discuss The Alice Network by Kate Quinn. Kiva Book Club meets on the third Thursday of the month to discuss group-selected titles!

In-person seating is limited and registration is required.
Join us virtually or in-person at 8 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 10, at the Clifton Branch Library to discuss Harry’s Trees by Jon Cohen with other people who've read the book. Clifton Book Club meets monthly.


In-person seating is limited and registration is required.
Mesa County Libraries offer information
about Amendment B
Amendment B on this fall’s ballot would repeal a provision in the Colorado Constitution known as the Gallagher Amendment. The ballot proposal would have a significant effect on property taxes, Mesa County Libraries’ largest revenue stream. In the interest of informing the public, the library offers a Fact Sheet about potential effects on the library.
ELECTION INFORMATION: Catch up with everything you need to know about this year's election, from the Blue Book to voter registration, by checking out Mesa County Libraries' Election & Voting Information Guide!
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