Mesa County Libraries recognized for efforts

Mesa County Libraries has been recognized for its efforts to maintain and expand services, including the development of a multimedia studio, an online high school diploma program and collaboration with a coworking space.

The Special District Association of Colorado named Mesa County Libraries  its 2017 District of the Year.

“Mesa County Libraries are honored to be the first library in the state of Colorado to be named special district of the year. We are proud of the services we provide to our citizens, and we are delighted with this opportunity to shine a light on Western Colorado,” said Joseph Sanchez, library director.

Sanchez and other library officials accepted the award at the annual Special District Association conference at the Keystone resort.

The Special District Association is a statewide membership organization with more than 1,500 special district members and 230 associated members.

Mesa County Libraries operate eight locations in Mesa County, circulate about 1.4 million items and receive 770,000 visits annually.

The J. Evan Goulding District of the Year Award recognizes a district for its accomplishments, leadership, community spirit and determination to service its constituency.

The Special District Association cited Mesa County Libraries for maintaining and expanding library services through not only its branch locations, but also Words on Wheels services for the elderly and disabled.

Mesa County Libraries also was praised for developing the 970West multimedia studio; Career Online High School in cooperation with the Colorado State Library and its collaboration with the Factory coworking space in downtown Grand Junction. In addition, the association lauded Mesa County Libraries for its creation of a wildlife identification application that includes a database of  birds, fish, mammals and reptiles found in Colorado.

“Mesa County Libraries play a robust and vibrant role in their community,” the Special District Association stated in its award presentation. “With their traditional offerings as well as their unique and cutting-edge programs, the district continually finds ways to align its services with the needs of library patrons. Through its long history of serving the citizens of Mesa County, the district has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to its mission to enrich lives and build community through opportunities to learn, discover, create, and connect.”