Time to stock up on books!

Friends of the Mesa County Libraries
Annual Fall Book Sale happens Oct. 18-20
Looking for a good book and a great bargain?

The Friends of the Mesa County Libraries will hold their annual Fall Book Sale from Thursday, Oct. 18, through Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018, at the First Congregational Church, 1425 N. Fifth St. (across from Grand Junction High School).

The Fall Book Sale is a great opportunity to stock up on winter reading materials or to shop early for holiday gifts.

  • For the best selection, attend the Earlybird Sale from 3-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18. Admission is $10.

  • The Public Sale is 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19 (admission to the Public Sale is free).

  • The Bag and Box Sale is 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20 ($5 per bag or $10 per box).

All proceeds from the Fall Book Sale benefit additional programming in literacy, Summer Reading, poetry, and other areas within Mesa County Libraries.
Save the date for Culture Fest!
Culture Fest happens
Nov. 2 and 3
at Central Library

Celebrate the diversity of cultures in western Colorado at the 2018 Mesa County Libraries Culture Fest, a two-day event that happens Friday and Saturday, Nov. 2 and 3, at the Central Library in downtown Grand Junction.

Culture Fest includes an art reception and display, a festival of cultures, and a wide variety of children’s activities, all celebrating the many cultures of western Colorado.

All Culture Fest events are open to the public at no charge.

Culture Fest is hosted by Mesa County Libraries and is cosponsored by Friends of the Mesa County Libraries and the Grand Junction Commission on Arts & Culture.

An opening reception for the 2018 Culture Fest Art Show is scheduled from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, at the Central Library.

Javier de los Santos will perform classical guitar for the reception, and the art show’s juror, 970West Artist in Residence Pavia Justinian, will speak when awards are presented at 7 p.m.

The Culture Fest Art Show will be on display in the gallery corridor at the Central Library from Oct. 26, 2018, through Jan. 3, 2019.

Celebrate cultural diversity, learn about different cultures in Mesa County, and enjoy a variety of entertainment at the main Culture Fest celebration, which takes place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, throughout the Central Library.

Entertainment will be dance groups and musicians, including Nueva Generacion Folklorico, Sultan's Pride Dance Troupe, Nine Province Kung Fu, Bella Rouge Dance Company with Talking Rhythm, Inspired Dance Company, and Synthesis Irish Dance. Performance times are listed on the Culture Fest web page .

Kids can get ready for Culture Fest with a variety of culturally oriented events leading up to the big celebration. Kids’ events include:

● Hora de cuentos: Leyendas Salvadoreñas
6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, at the Central Library
Listen to popular Salvadoran folktales and stories, some spooky. Afterward, enjoy some fun activities.

● Hora de cuentos: Leyendas Mexicanas
6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, at the Central Library
Listen to popular Mexican folktales and stories, some spooky. Afterward, enjoy some fun activities.

● Neighbors Read: Synthesis Irish Dance
6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, at the Central Library
Synthesis Irish Dance will perform traditional Irish dancing at this weekly family story time event.

● Music Story Time: Remember Me, Recuérdame
2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, at the Central Library
Sing beautiful Día de los Muertos songs, and celebrate authors who have passed on, leaving their wonderful stories with us.

● Día de los Muertos - Day of the Dead
2-5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, at the Central Library
Celebrate life and death with stories, music and Latin American culture. There will be books, fun activities, snacks, and crafts.

● Story Time and Candy World
10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at the Central Library
Taste different candies from around the world and enjoy a special story time at 10 a.m.

Please join us at Culture Fest!
Of interest to inventors, entrepreneurs, and business owners!

Register now for the
Patent and Trademark Workshop Oct. 31
Mesa County Libraries and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office invite interested Western Colorado residents to spend a day with USPTO staff for an Intellectual Property Workshop and the grand opening of the Patent and Trademark Resource Center at the Central Library.

The day-long event is set from 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, at the Central Library, 443 N. 6th St. in Grand Junction.

This event will be of interest to entrepreneurs, inventors, business owners and managers, marketers, educators, librarians, and others with an interest in patenting inventions and designs or protecting trademarks and service marks.

Topics to be addressed at sessions throughout the day are: an overview of patents and trademarks; conducting a preliminary federal trademark search using the USPTO website and databases; and avoiding invention-promotion scams.

The workshop is open to the public at no charge.

Because space is limited, those planning to attend the workshop are asked to preregister online or by calling Mesa County Libraries at 970-243-4442. The public is asked to register by Wednesday, Oct. 24.

Got tech?
Sign up for a computer class
or studio training
Learn how technology can work for you by signing up for a computer class at the library or a training session at the Mesa County Libraries 970West Studio.

Among the computer classes we offer at the library are: Introduction to Internet Privacy and Security, Creating and Managing Documents, Google Drive, and Microsoft Excel Basics.

If you want to learn more about the 970West Studio, stop in for an orientation (they're conveniently scheduled at various times) and then take a specialized class such as Introduction to Video Editing, Introduction to Audio Mixing, Fundamentals of Videography, and Basic Audio Concepts.

You can find a full schedule of computer and technology classes here. Browse our offerings, and sign up in advance to make sure you have a seat. All classes are offered at no charge. We'll see you in class!
Contact Mesa County Libraries at 970-243-4442 or visit