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 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

Health Coverage and Health Related Financial Assistance Question and Answer Sessio

          Do you have questions about Connect for Health Colorado or what health related financial assistance programs are available?
         On Thursday, December 11 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm the Mancos Public Library will host a Public Information Forum about Connect for Health Colorado and Access to Health Related Financial Assistance in the Community Meeting Room, located at 211 West First Street. The session will be presented by Health Advocates from the Pinon Project and Patient Financial Counselors from Southwest Health System.  This FREE program is open to the public.
For More Information: Call Mancos Public Library at 533-7600

or email Shaine Gans

AmazonSmile and You may help the Mancos Public Library!

Are you shopping at for the holidays? Use this link for the AmazonSmile program 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, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to Mancos Friends of the Library.

“Like Stones Being Rattled ​I​n ​A​ Can of Ribbon Cane Syrup” ​A​ Collection by Hardison L Collins lll​​, Saturday, November 15 at 7 pm​

The series of mounted prints are dedicated to Texas bluesman Lightnin’ Hopkins, his music, style and life.​ Hardison’s work will be featured on the library’s Art Wall through the month of November.

​Please join us for a free, special event​,​ ​spotlighting Hardison’s work​,​ taking​ place​,​ Saturday, November 15 at 7 pm​,​ in the Mancos Public Library. The evening will feature music by Jack Tallmadge and friends as well as a medley of food and beverages. Jack is a local, multi-instrumentalist playing a unique blend of country, bluegrass, Americana tunes. Donations to the library will be greatly appreciated.

​For more information about this show, artist or event please see the contact information below: ​

Shaine Gans, Development and Program Manager, Mancos Public Library 970-533-7600 ext. 202

​Hardison Collins
​​ 970-533-9769

Investigative Fracking Documentary showing Friday, October 24, at 7:30 pm

A free screening of investigative fracking documentary, Triple Divide, takes place Friday, October 24, 7:30 p.m. hosted at the Mancos Public Library and moderated by a representative of Earthworks, Lyn Patrick environmental medicine doctor, and Joanie Trussel of Frack Free Montezuma.

As Colorado lawmakers and landowners grapple with the decision “to frack, or not to frack,” a timely documentary about the effects of fracking in the headwater regions of Pennsylvania, Triple Divide, will screen at Mancos Public Library. Triple Divide is three-year investigation by Public Herald journalists Joshua Pribanic and Melissa Troutman, who researched government and industry data in addition to gathering first-hand testimony from lease holders and citizens. “The public isn’t seeing the full impacts to water from fracking in any state, because regulators are mismanaging data and decisions are made based on politics instead of science,” says Pribanic. “The water impacts we encountered in Triple Divide are systemic, they’re not isolated to a single state, but the public can learn from these experiences to protect their water resources.”

Triple Divide has been called “a bombshell” and “the best documentary on fracking.” According to the filmmakers, their original reports characterize how the state ‘world-class regulations’ fail to protect people, communities, and the environment. The journalists aim to bring together people on any side of the issue to discuss solutions. “Pennsylvania has some of the best environmental laws in the country, but clearly it’s not enough,” says Troutman. “Major problems like the ‘Pressure Bulb’ effect from fracking, introduced in Triple Divide, still aren’t a part of state or federal regulations at all.”

Academy Award-nominated actor Mark Ruffalo co-narrates the documentary and added his voice to the project after seeing the film just weeks before its release in March 2013. Ruffalo’s nonprofit Water Defense investigates water testing and protection measures. He’s also co-founder of the Solutions Project. “This film is the shocking truth about how water and energy connect us all,” said Troutman.

For more details, visit For video clips see and stay tuned @PublicHerald with #TripleDivide.

● Photographs and stills from the film:

​For more information about this screening or how to get involved with Frack Free Montezuma ​Contact​:​

Shaine Gans, Development and Program Manager, Mancos Public Library,, 970-533-7600 ext. 202

Joanie Trussel, Frack Free Montezuma, 970-759-6606

Mancos Public Library Presents Free Film, GMO OMG, Thursday, October 23 at 6 p.m.

A community discussion will follow the film and information ​about the Mancos Seed Library, Right to Know Colorado​, and Prop 105​ will be available.​ Snacks from Zuma Natural Foods will be provided. ​

The film, GMO OMG, follows director and concerned father Jeremy Seifert as he searches for answers to questions such as: How do GMOs affect our children, the health of our planet, and our freedom of choice? And is it even possible to reject the food system currently in place, or have we lost something we can’t gain back?

These and other questions take Seifert on a journey from his family’s table to Haiti, Paris, Norway, and the lobby of agra-giant Monsanto, from which he is unceremoniously ejected. Along the way we gain insight into a question that is of growing concern to citizens the world over: what’s on your plate? – See more at:

NEW Crochet Group Begins Meeting First and Third Tuesdays

Are you interested in learning to crochet? Or are you looking for a more challenging or creative crochet project?  Join skilled crochet enthusiast, Kathy Graf, to start stitching. This new group will begin meeting on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 6 p.m. at the library. Upcoming sessions are scheduled for October 7, October 21, November 4, November 18, December 2, and December 16. Teens and adults are welcome. This is a free program. Limited supplies of crochet hooks 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

Bird watching with a camera, Thursday, October 9, 6 pm

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Digital photography comes alive as Chuck Haspels shares with you his birdwatching adventures in the USA, Korea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Belize, Guatemala, and Nicaragua. Woven into this fast moving story will be snakes, Ancestral Puebloans, the Wetherills, cartoons, lions, lizards, philosophy, famous photographers, cheetahs, and more!

A collection of wildlife images that Haspels photographed in Kenya in 2013 is currently on display on the Art Wall at the Mancos Public Library. These photographs can be viewed through the month of October. 

Chuck Haspels worked as a dentist for 23 years in Cortez before retiring and taking up hobbies like digital photography and birdwatching. Prior to dentistry, Chuck taught high school science in international schools in South Korea and Ethiopia. More of Chuck’s photography can be found

New 24/7 Library Service — information resources/databases

Login buttonThis login button will bring you to the library’s set of reliable, high quality resources for information on many topics including health, business, history, legal information, homework topics, auto and small engine repair.

To access the database you will need your patron id information. The patron id information is the 5 digit number on your library card preceded by this set of 9 numbers: 282040000*****. The *****’s will be replaced by your unique 5 digit patron bar-code number. For help or more information please call the library at 970.533.7600.


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Appetizers provided by Millwood Junction Restaurant, and FREE preview screening of MAKERS: Women in Comedy followed by a community discussion.  Mancos Public Library, Community Meeting Room, 211 West First Street, Mancos.

MAKERS: Women in Comedy tracks the rise of women in the world of comedy, from the “dangerous” comedy of ‘70s sitcoms like Maude to the groundbreaking women of the 1980s American comedy club boom and building to today’s multifaceted landscape. Contemporary comics talk about where women started in this competitive, male-dominated profession and where they are determined to go. Produced and directed by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady. Narrated by Leslie Mann.

Women in Comedy is one of six episodes in the MAKERS series that profiles the impact women have had over the past 50 years in industries once largely closed to women — comedy, politics, space, war, business, and Hollywood. Through intimate interviews with trailblazing women known and unknown, viewers will be given a rare glimpse—sometimes funny, sometimes sad, and always candid—of what it was like to be pioneers in their fields. Community Cinema is presented by the Independent Television Service (ITVS), Women & Girls Lead, and Rocky Mountain PBS. For more information visit

“MAKERS is not just a media project, it is a movement,” said Dyllan McGee, Founder and Executive Producer of MAKERS. “Each documentary in this six-part series examines the impact of the women’s movement on six fields once largely closed to women. The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media reports that since 1946, gender inequality on screen has remained largely unchanged and unchecked and our goal at MAKERS is to help change that statistic.”

MAKERS: Women in ComedyWomen in Space, and Women in Hollywood will be featured in Community Cinema screenings taking place in over 85 cities across the country starting in September. Visit for more details.

Job Opening: Youth Services Lead


The Mancos Public Library has an immediate opening for an energetic self-starter to join our team as P/T Youth Services Lead.  This position reports directly to the Executive Director and is responsible for the library’s activities, services and collection for youth, ensuring that the library is offering high quality and diverse programs and materials for children of all ages.  Duties include developing, marketing and hosting children’s programs, maintaining and developing the youth collections, assisting management team in attaining strategic objectives, assisting patrons in library use, and other duties as assigned.  If you have a passion for children, literacy and your community then this is the place for you!  A degree in Library Science, Education or similar and experience working in a library setting are preferred, however, we’re willing to train the right person.  Experience with child development is a plus!  Pay DOE.  For more information, a complete job description or to apply, please contact Lee at (970)533-7600.  The Mancos Public Library is an equal opportunity employer.