Unlimited Possibilities @ Your Library: National Library Week April 12-18


Mancos Public Library joins libraries in schools, campuses and communities nationwide in celebrating National Library Week (April 12 – 18, 2015), a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and library workers and to promote library use and support. From free access to books and online resources for individuals and families to free use of library meeting rooms to support community development, Mancos Public Library offers opportunity to all.

The theme for 2015 National Library Week is “Unlimited Possibilities @ your library.” Mancos Public Library serves a unique role in our community as the only library for Mancos Middle School and Mancos High School. Mancos Public Library expands the possibilities available to local students and teachers by providing access to books, periodicals, and electronic resources such as on-line databases.

The unlimited possibilities for services and programs at Mancos Public Library depend on your support. To offer your support, make your secure financial donation online just click the “Donate” button at the upper right corner of this page. or mail your tax-deductible donation payable to “Mancos Public Library” to PO Box 158, Mancos, CO 81328. Please come in to visit the library at 211 West First Street. Libraries hours are Monday – Thursday 10 am to 7 pm, Friday 10 am to 5 pm, and Saturday, 10 am to 3 pm.

About National Library Week

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support. All types of libraries – school, public, academic and special – participate.

Best-selling author David Baldacci will serve as Honorary Chair of National Library Week 2015 (April 12-18, 2015). Baldacci’s novels have been translated into more than 45 languages and have been adapted for film and television. Over 110 million copies of his books are in print worldwide. In addition, Baldacci is involved with several philanthropic organizations, including his family’s Wish You Well Foundation®, which fosters and promotes the development and expansion of literacy and educational programs.

Seed Swap! Sunday, April 12 from 12 pm to 3 pm


On Sunday, April 12th from Noon to 3:00 pm the Mancos Seed Library and SeedBroadcast will host a Seed Swap at the Mancos Public Library, 211 West First Street. Bring your seeds, your friends, and your stories. Leave with new seeds, new friends, and new stories.

About Mancos Seed Library

Local seeds for local people. Mancos Seed Library seeks to develop a regionally adapted food system by supporting local seed saving efforts. We do this by sharing education, resources, and local seeds with community members. The seed library is housed at the Mancos Public Library.

For more information about the Mancos Seed Library please call the Mancos Public Library at 970-533-7600 or come speak with a librarian and peruse the seed collection. For more news and updates “Like” the Mancos Seed Library Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/MancosSeedLibrary

About SeedBroadcast

SeedBroadcast is a collaborative project exploring grassroots seed action through collective inquiries and hands-on creative practices.  Throughout the year, we gather to discuss critical issues surrounding seed and food sovereignty, visit local farms and gardens to experience what is happening in the field, and engage in creative projects, to dig deeper into the real how-to’s of local agri-culture. SeedBroadcast believes everyone in our communities, possesses a genius of place that nourishes our sustenance. This is the fluid, dynamic, and innovative knowledge we uncover, in ourselves and the world around us, that pollinates our thinking and grows our gardens, as creative forces to be reckoned with. These are our seed stories, voicing a declaration of food for thought, vitality, and our future, while countering the political and economic domination of our current life-blood: our food, seeds, and natural resources. For more information about SeedBroadcast visit http://seedbroadcast.org/

Life Is An Adventure With Rick St. Onge’s Personal Slideshow Presentation Of A Mount Everest Expedition on Friday, April 10 @ 6 p.m.


Photo Credit: Rick St. Onge

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Join us on Friday, April 10 @ 6 p.m. for a​ slideshow presentation of an expedition to Mount Everest by Rick St. Onge. With stunning images and personal accounts from the expedition, Rick will guide you along his journey to the top of the world.


About the Expedition

Rick and an American Team sponsored by the American Alpine Club embarked on this expedition to Mount Everest in 1991. Beginning in Katmandu, Nepal the expedition joined up with a team of porters and began the more than month-long journey to the summit. Acclimating to the high altitude, establishing various basecamps, and traversing back and forth through the treacherous Khombu Icefall, Rick and the team encountered numerous challenges before several members triumphantly reached the summit of the highest peak in the world (29,028 feet).


About the Presenter


Rick St.Onge is an avid outdoor adventurer. His climbing experience includes seven expedtions in the Himalayas with successful summits of Himalchuli (26,000), Island Peak (29,300), Lantang, Yala 1 and Yala2. He has also climbed mountains in Africa, South America, Scotland, Alaska, Pakistan, and the United States. In addition to mountaineering he competed in kayaking, canoeing, and sailing. After retiring from a career as an Orthopedic Specialist, Rick has taken up dog sled racing as his most recent pursuit. He and his wife, Kate, currently operate Galloping Husky Ranch on the outskirts of Mancos, Colorado.

Words to Grow On

Watch your child learn amazing words and discover how to

build your child’s vocabulary every day!

A FREE program for children 4 and 5 years old and their parents.  Parents are welcome to attend with or without their preschoolers!

Fun! Food!  Free Books!  Stories and activities!


Parent education!  Great for kindergarten readiness!

If you are interested in learning more about this program or participating, please call Sherry at (970)769-3879 or the library (ask for Amy or Lee) at (970)533-7600. 

Yarn Group Meets Tuesdays


Are you interested in learning to crochet or knit? Or are you looking for a more challenging or creative crochet or knitting project?  Join skilled enthusiast, Kathy Graf, to start stitching. This group meets on Tuesdays  at 6 p.m. at the library. Teens and adults are welcome, come to any or all of the sessions that you like. This is a free program. Limited supplies of crochet hooks, needles and yarn are available or please bring your own. To sign-up or for more information please call Kathy Graf at 970-565-7600 ext. 206 or email kgraf@mancoslibrary.org


Three Homeless Teens Brave Chicago Winters, the Pressures of High School,and Life on the Streets to Build a Brighter Future.


The Homestretch follows three remarkable homeless teens as they fight to stay in school, graduate, and build a more stable future. Each of these smart, resilient teenagers – Roque, Kasey, and Anthony – challenge stereotypes of homelessness as they work to complete their education while coping with the trauma of being alone and abandoned at an early age. Through haunting images, intimate scenes, and first-person narratives, these teens take us on their journeys of struggle and triumph. As their stories unfold, the film explores their plights within the larger issues of poverty, race, juvenile justice, immigration, foster care, and LGBTQ rights. The Homestretch is part of American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen, a public media initiative supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to help local communities across America address the high school dropout crisis. A co-production of Spargel Productions and Kartemquin Films, The Homestretch premieres on Independent Lens on Monday, April 13, 2015 at 10/9c (check local listings) on PBS.

For more information about the film, visit: http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/homestretch/

About the Subjects

Born and raised on the south side of Chicago, Kasey spent over a year bouncing around between friends, family members, and sleeping on the street after she came out as a lesbian and her family forced her out on her own. Kasey ultimately dropped out of high school her senior year. In the film, Kasey is just entering a new transitional home and is re-enrolled in school. Kasey is a poet, a painter, and a tremendous source of support for her huge network of friends.

Anthony spent his childhood in foster homes and went out on his own at the age of 14. After years of jumping from school to school and being homeless, he is proud to be self-taught. He recently earned his GED and was accepted into the Year Up Chicago Program where he has an internship in telecommunications. A talented poet, rapper, and entrepreneur, Anthony never stops planning and working for success.

Due to immigration complications, Roque was forced to separate from his family and fend for himself beginning in his sophomore year of high school. With an unstable family and housing situation, Roque spent several years drifting until one of his teachers introduced him to Shakespeare and acting and he became inspired to finish high school and go to college. With his teacher’s support, he hopes to go into theater and psychology and help others through some of the same challenges he has faced.

 About the Filmmakers

Anne de Mare (Director/Producer) is an award-winning playwright, director, professional video artist, and filmmaker. She and Spargel Productions partner Kirsten Kelly completed their first documentary feature, Asparagus! Stalking the American Life, which broadcast regionally on public television in 2009. Anne’s original plays have been presented in Chicago, London, and New York, where she was a five-year resident artist with Richard Foreman’s legendary Ontological-Hysteric Theater. She is a founding member of the Independent Theater Company, the Nevermore Theater Project, and Theaters Against War. Her video work has been seen on stage at Lincoln Center and at the Park Avenue Armory, and she is currently working with Innovative Music Programs to develop the film component of Accidental Heroes, a multi-media performance work based on the lives of eastern and western European artists coming of age during the Cold War.

Kirsten Kelly (Director/Producer) is an award-winning documentary film and theater director who lives in Brooklyn, New York. She and filmmaker Anne de Mare founded Spargel Productions in 2002, to make their first feature documentary, Asparagus! Stalking the American Life, about Kelly’s hometown. The pair is currently in development for The Girl With the Rivet Gun, an animated new media documentary project on Rosie the Riveter. Her short film work has been seen at Juilliard and Lincoln Center. A two-time Helen Hayes-nominated Best Director, Kelly has directed award-winning theater productions in Chicago, Washington D.C. and Off-Broadway in New York. She is an arts educator and director and co-creator of CPS Shakespeare, a highly-acclaimed program that works with Chicago public high school students at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater, which was featured on NBC Nightly News in 2010. Kelly is a graduate of Juilliard’s Master Directing program, where she received the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship and was a member of Rising Phoenix Repertory in New York.

About Community Cinema

Community Cinema is a national civic engagement initiative featuring free screenings of films from the Emmy® Award-winning PBS series Independent Lens. Presented by Independent Television Service (ITVS) in partnership with local public television stations and community organizations, these in-person events and online social screenings bring community members together to learn, discuss, and get involved in key social issues of our time. For a complete lineup and more information about the Community Cinema series visit: http://communitycinema.org.

About Independent Lens

Independent Lens is an Emmy® Award-winning weekly series airing on PBS Monday nights at 10:00 p.m. The acclaimed series features documentaries united by the creative freedom, artistic achievement, and unflinching visions of independent filmmakers. Presented by Independent Television Service, the series is funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private corporation funded by the American people, with additional funding from PBS and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. For more visit pbs.org/independentlens. Join the conversation: facebook.com/independentlens and on Twitter @IndependentLens.

About American Graduate


American Graduate: Let’s Make it Happen is helping local communities identify and implement solutions to the high school dropout crisis. American Graduate demonstrates public media’s commitment to education and its deep roots in every community it serves. Beyond providing programming that educates, informs and inspires, public radio and television stations — locally owned and operated — are an important resource in helping to address critical issues, such as the dropout rate. In addition to national programming, more than 75 public radio and television stations in 33 states have launched on-the-ground efforts working with community and at risk youth to keep students on-track to high school graduation. More than 1000 partnerships have been formed locally through American Graduate, and CPB is working with Alma and Colin Powell’s America’s Promise Alliance and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. For more info visit http://www.americangraduate.org.

Knitting Club Begins Meeting Second and Fourth Tuesdays

Are you interested in learning to knit? Or are you looking for a more challenging or creative knitting project? Join skilled knitting enthusiast, Kathy Graf, to get started. This new club will begin meeting on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month from 6 to 7 p.m. at the library. Upcoming sessions are scheduled for January 13, January 27, February 10, February 24, March 10, and March 24. Come to any or all of the sessions that you like. Teens and adults are welcome. This is a free program. Limited supplies of knitting needles and yarn are available, please bring your own if possible. To sign-up or for more information please visit www.mancoslibrary.org or contact Kathy Graf at 970-565-7600 ext. 206 or email kgraf@mancoslibrary.org

Join the 2015 Great Decisions group at the Mancos Public Library

 The Great Decisions group at the Mancos Public Library is seeking new members to join our discussion group that will begin monthly meetings in January 2015. The day and time for meetings will be determined based on the availability of facilitator and group members. 
The 8 topics for Great Decisions 2015 are as follows:
o Russia and the Near Abroad
o Privacy in the Digital Age
o Sectarianism in the Middle East
o India Changes Course
o U.S. Policy Toward Africa
o Syria’s Refugee Crisis
o Human Trafficking in the 21st Century
o Brazil’s Metamorphosis
Please contact Shaine Gans at 533-7600 ext. 202 or sgans@mancoslibrary.org to sign-up for the 2015 Great Decisions Booklet before December 31st
More about Great Decisions…..
Great Decisions is America’s largest discussion program on world affairs. The program model involves reading one chapter each month from the Great Decisions Briefing Book, watching a segment of the DVD at the meeting, and participating in a group discussion about a designated global issue. For more information about Great Decisions visit http://www.fpa.org/great_decisions/

AmazonSmile and You may help the Mancos Public Library!

Are you shopping at Amazon.com for the holidays? Use this link for the AmazonSmile program http://smile.amazon.com/ch/84-1037150 and a portion of your purchase will be donated to Mancos Friends of the Library. AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support Mancos Friends of the Library every time you shop, at no extra cost to you. When you shop at AmazonSmile you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to Mancos Friends of the Library.