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Library patron survey open through this
Friday, Sept. 13
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You can help Mesa County Libraries chart the course ahead.

Your community libraries are looking toward the future, and we invite you to point the way by taking our 2019 survey .

Results of this survey will help us draft a new strategic plan and improve the services we offer. The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete, and your responses are anonymous.

It doesn’t matter how often you use the library, or whether you use the library at all, we want to hear from you!

The survey closes this Friday, Sept. 13, so please take the survey today.

You can find it here or at

Thank you for showing us the way!
Video streaming service Kanopy now available through Mesa County Libraries
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Mesa County Libraries have launched Kanopy, a new streaming video service featuring a wide selection of classic and artistic motion pictures, children's programs, and educational videos.

Kanopy makes it easy to watch some of the most critically acclaimed films ever made, along with Great Courses options. Mesa County Libraries cardholders get 10 Kanopy checkouts per month, in addition to Kanopy Kids, which offers family-friendly films. Kanopy movies are available for any use, including classroom lessons and public performances.

Kanopy is available to Mesa County Libraries cardholders at no charge through the eResources section of the library website.
New director continues meet-and-greet tour of Mesa County Libraries locations
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Michelle Boisvenue-Fox, the new director of Mesa County Libraries, is conducting informal meet-and-greets with Mesa County residents interested in local libraries.

The next meet-and-greet event is scheduled for 2-4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, at the Central Library in Grand Junction.

Following that event, several more meet-and-greets are planned at library locations throughout the county. Here is a list of upcoming events:

● Central Library, 443 N. 6th St., Grand Junction — 2-4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11
● Orchard Mesa Branch, 230 Lynwood St. — 3-5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17
● Fruita Branch, 324 N. Coulson St. — 5-7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 23
● Clifton Branch, 590 32 Road — 4-6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24
● Gateway Branch, 42700 Highway 141 — Noon-2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3
● Palisade Branch, 119 W. Third St. — 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5
● De Beque Branch, 730 Minter Ave. — 4-6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11

Boisvenue-Fox comes to Mesa County from Comstock Park, Michigan, where she was director of programming, outreach, and collection services for the Kent Library District. She holds a master’s degree in library and information science from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, as well as bachelor’s degrees in English and journalism from Central Michigan University.

Boisvenue-Fox says she is eager to meet the people of Mesa County and to hear any thoughts or ideas they have regarding their local libraries.
Auto-renewals begin at Mesa County Libraries
To improve convenience to patrons, Mesa County Libraries have rolled out automatic renewals for most library items.

Items eligible for renewal will automatically renew three days before their due date, extending their loan periods from their original due dates. That means that if you are still reading your book or watching your DVD as the due date approaches, you don’t need to remember to log in to your account or visit the library to renew the item. Auto-renewal will take care of that task for you!

Most library items will auto-renew, including materials owned by other libraries and checked out through Mesa County Libraries, but there are exceptions.

We hope you enjoy this new auto-renewal service from Mesa County Libraries!
Fused-glass artist is
new 970West Artist in Residence
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Paula Marchionda, a fused-glass artist whose work explores different textures and colors of glass and their interplay with light, is the new Mesa County Libraries 970West Artist in Residence.

During her residency, which lasts through Dec. 2, 2019, Marchionda will host Open Studio Hours from 4-6 p.m. every Tuesday through Nov. 26 at the Mesa County Libraries 970West Studio, 502 Ouray Ave. The public is invited to stop by, watch her work, and ask questions.

Marchionda said she draws inspiration for her glasswork from a variety of sources.

“My current work has grown from the sum of my life experiences,” she said. “I enjoy experiencing all sorts of different things – culturally, musically, culinarily, everything. My exposure to different cultures, through my travels and various life and work experiences, gives me a fertile foundation to create from. I use motifs and ideas from many different cultures in my work as well as borrowing images and themes from nature herself.”

Opportunities for artists: Culture Fest Art Show and 2020 Artist in Residence
Two amazing opportunities are open for artists at Mesa County Libraries.

We're accepting applications for three Artist in Residence opportunities in 2020, and we're also seeking entries for the annual Culture Fest juried art show.

Both offer artists a chance to share their creations with Mesa County Libraries visitors, and both offer potential financial reward. Successful Artists in Residence receive a $500 stipend from the Mesa County Libraries Foundation, and the Culture Fest Art Show offers honoraria of $400, $300, and $200 for the top three places, also courtesy of the library Foundation.

Library seeks teen volunteers
as Homework Helpers
Are you a teenager, or do you know one who has sweet homework skills?

Here's a chance for them to help their fellow classmates!

Mesa County Libraries are looking for exceptional teens to volunteer as Homework Helpers for their peers from 4-6 p.m. on Thursdays, beginning Oct. 17 at the Central Library in Grand Junction.

Homework Helpers are teens who enjoy certain subjects at school and want to help others with those subjects.

Interested? Please complete the online Teen Volunteer Application Form, and be sure to check the box that says you want to be a Homework Helper.

Questions? Email us at
Mesa County Libraries Comic Con
happens in only one month!
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Set aside Saturday, Oct. 12, for a day of cosplay and fandom at Mesa County Libraries Comic Con, happening from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Two Rivers Convention Center in downtown Grand Junction.

Admission is free if you have a Mesa County Libraries card; otherwise, we ask for a $5 donation at at the door. (Need a card? Apply for one here at no charge!)

Comic Con will feature special guests such as the 501st Legion, the Junktown Comic Book Project, Justice League of Hope, and Board Fox Games! There also will be an Expo Hall with a huge number of local and regional artists and vendors. Learn about a variety of topics at panel discussions happening throughout the day, and enjoy the costume contests for every age group as either a spectator or a participant!

Read more about Comic Con here (and keep checking back for more info)!
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Workshop on finding and writing grants happens Sept. 17 at Central Library
Learn how to find, write, and steward grants in a workshop set for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, at the Central Library, 443 N. 6th St., Grand Junction. The workshop will highlight tools and skills that help organizations find and apply for grants.

The workshop, hosted by Mesa County Libraries, is open at no charge to anyone interested. Space is limited, and advance registration is required. You can register via the online Event Calendar or by calling 970-243-4442.

The workshop is presented in three parts:

Utilizing Library Resources to Find the Right Grant
Mesa County Librarian Ike Rakiecki will demonstrate how to use Foundation Directory Online, an online resource for researching grants, grant makers, and grant recipients.

We Got the Grant, Now What?
Karen Kllanxjha, development director for Mesa County Libraries, has more than 20 years of experience in nonprofit and governmental program development, management, and fundraising. Karen will discuss tips for grant stewardship success. 

Breakout Session
Working in teams, attendees will have the opportunity to use the library’s grant-finding resources, write a grant proposal and strategy outline, present their proposal to workshop leaders, and receive feedback.

Upcoming Events and Classes
Wonder what's happening at Mesa County Libraries? Check our online Event Calendar to find out!

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