One Book, One Mesa County VIP reception
I’d nearly forgotten all about the great meeting room beneath the 560 Salon at 354 Main St. Spacious and colorful, it was a warm and welcoming room for the One Book, One Mesa County VIP Author’s Reception on Saturday afternoon.
Hosted by the Friends of The Mesa County Library, the reception gave the Mesa County Public Libraries’ staff, board members and guests an opportunity to meet author Ruth Ozeki, whose book “A Tale For the Time Being” was selected for the reading program for 2014.
Being right on time, I thought it best if I grabbed Ruth and Lois Becker, the libraries’ foundation development director and co-chair of One Book, for a quick photo before they got too busy with books-signings and such. Lois wanted to grab her co-chair, Angie Allen, and get her in the photo as well.
I spotted the Currier family next. The dad of the clan refused to have his photo taken, so I managed to capture Shannon Currier, Amy Hollingsworth and Brevin Currier. Shannon and Brevin are members of the Plateau Valley Friends of the Library, a nonprofit organization that supports the Collbran Branch Library. Brevin bragged that he has been a member of the Plateau Valley Friends since before he was born. Those Curriers are a brainy bunch.
An interesting group was standing in the middle of the room and I recognized Janine Rider, so I sauntered on over. Janine has served on the One Book Steering Committee since its inception 10 years ago and is a recent retiree, having taught English at Colorado Mesa University.
Anne Saunders, a Buddhist practitioner, Rich Anderson, a Zen Buddhist monk and Sarah Cron were with her. Rich also is a One Book committee member and he and Saunders were panelists for Walking with Buddha event earlier in the week. Sarah is the director of Tomlinson Library at CMU.
I had to take a picture of Barbara Roberts. She and Heather Heinbaugh, who was busy working upstairs in the Salon, are co-owners of 560 Salon. Barbara also is on the One Book committee. I caught her with Jane Fine-Foster and David Goe.
David is the libraries’ marketing coordinator and music columnist and blogger for The Daily Sentinel.
I’ve known dear Jane since our school days. Jane is on the Library Foundation board and the One Book committee and has a deep connection with the library. Her mother, Jean D. Nelson, saw to it that there were stacks of books around the house for Jane and her brothers, Paul and John. When Jean died, she left a legacy gift to the library and the new adult reading room is named in her honor.
Barbara Burr attended the reception with Manami Yoshikawa. Min, as they call her, has been in Grand Junction for three weeks as part of the JTB Travel and Hotel College Cultural Exchange Program. Barbara was at the reception not only because Min is from Japan, but because Barbara is also the libraries’ human resource director.
I hadn’t seen Alison Bailey for over a year. She and I had a mutual friend: the late, great Patty Costello, who died nearly two years ago. Alison posed with Maggie Lopez, president of the Friends of the Mesa County Libraries, and VIP Diana Vincent, who is part of the Bad Girls Book Club. That sounds like my kind of club.
One Book, One Mesa County ended its month of events later Saturday evening with Ruth Ozeki giving a presentation and book-signing at Grand Junction High School auditorium.
Ten years and 10 books, I can’t wait to see what the committee will choose for us to read next year!
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■ The Art Center will mark First Friday with exhibit openings and a reception from 7–9 p.m. Friday at 1803 N Seventh St. Introductions will be at 6:30 p.m. There will be music by Rosewood and Ivory, a cash bar and hors d’oeuvres.
The exhibits are: Rockies West National, a water media show; Thinking Through Abstraction; Colorado Mesa University Faculty Exhibit; and Voyeur’s View. Info: 243-7737.
■ The Young Dubliners will be back in Grand Junction for an 8 p.m. show Saturday at Mesa Theater and Lounge, 538 Main St. Tickets cost $13 day in advance, $16 the day of the show. Info: 241-1717.
Check Friday’s Out & About for additional entertainment events.