Library staff participates in book awards program

Three members of the staff at the Mesa County Public Libraries helped select the latest finalists and winners of the Colorado Book Awards.

Jennifer Murrell, a librarian, and Janet Alcon, a library associate, served as selectors. Donna Bettencourt, head of collection development for the libraries, served as a judge for the awards, Selectors read as many as 15 titles in contest categories. Judges review four finalists in each category and select winners.

Murrell has served as a selector for four years and a judge for one year. Alcon has served as a selector for three years. Bettencourt has served as a judge or selector every year since 2008.