Mancos Public Library invites the public for a special, all-ages Poetry Open Mic Night to celebrate National Poetry Month. Come along and celebrate poetry by reading your own work or the work of someone who has inspired you! Local poets David Feela and Tim Kercher will be reading some of their favorite poems that they have written. Registration is not required and sign-up is upon arrival. For more information visit call 970-533-7600.
Join us for a FREE advance screening of The Armor of Light. This film follows the journey of Evangelical minister Rob Schenck, who is trying to find the courage to preach about the growing toll of gun violence in America. A community discussion with local clergy and religious leaders will follow the screening. For more information about this screening please call 970-533-7600.
The film tracks Reverend Schenck, a well-known anti-abortion activist and fixture on the political far right, as he breaks with orthodoxy by questioning whether being pro-gun is consistent with being pro-life. Rev. Schenck is shocked and perplexed by the reactions of his long-time friends and colleagues who warn him away from this complex, politically explosive issue. Along the way, he meets Lucy McBath, the mother of Jordan Davis, an unarmed teenager who was murdered in Florida and whose story cast a spotlight on the state’s “Stand Your Ground” laws. McBath, also a devout Christian, decides to work with Schenck even though she is pro-choice. Lucy is on a difficult journey of her own, trying to make sense of her devastating loss while using her grief to effect some kind of viable and effective political action where so many before her have failed. The Armor of Light is the directorial debut of award-winning producer Abigail Disney (Pray the Devil Back to Hell; Women, War & Peace)
The Armor of Light follows these allies through their trials of conscience, heartbreak and rejection, as they bravely attempt to make others consider America’s gun culture through a moral lens. The film is also a courageous look at our fractured political culture and an assertion that it is, indeed, possible for people to come together across deep party lines to find common ground. For more information about this film please visit The Armor of Light page on Independent Lens
This week, from April 10 to 16, the Mancos Public Library joins the American Library Association and libraries across the country in celebrating National Library Week. First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and to promote library use and support. Library use at Mancos Public Library is at record numbers and support for the library is strong. Mancos Public Library is honored to have over 3,800 registered users. In 2015 we recorded over 61,500 visitors to the library. We are grateful to the hundreds of people throughout the community who support the library by making monetary donations, contributing materials, donating their vehicle, or volunteering their time. There is a long history of this community demonstrating support for the library.
Mancos Public Library is excited to offer an advance screening of Peace Officer, a film by Scott Christopherson and Brad Barber. A community discussion with local police officers will follow the screening. Winner of both the Grand Jury and Audience Awards for Best Documentary at the 2015 SXSW Film Festival, Peace Officer is the story of William “Dub” Lawrence, a former sheriff who established and trained Utah’s first SWAT team — only to watch in horror as that same unit killed his son-in-law Brian Wood in a controversial standoff years later. Driven by an obsessive sense of mission, Lawrence uses his investigative skills to uncover the truth about that incident and other officer-involved shootings in his community, while tackling larger questions about the changing face of peace officers nationwide. For more information about this screening please call 970-533-7600.
In the film, Lawrence’s long-term obsession with bringing to light the truth behind Wood’s killing is entwined with his investigations of other recent officer-involved shootings and SWAT team raids in quiet neighborhoods just miles from where his son-in-law was killed. Several of these cases are related to aggressive no-knock search warrant laws typical across the country. These events are contextualized within the growing problem of violent SWAT raids and governmental immunity laws established as part of the War on Drugs. Officers in cities and small towns are routinely armed with military surplus weapons and equipment, backed by federal incentives to use what they are given. These and other factors have led to a 15,000% increase in SWAT team raids in the United States since the late 1970s. Peace Officer follows Dub as he doggedly picks apart these cases with the zeal of a rule-of-law detective combined with the grief of a victim. For more information about the film and to see a preview of the film, visit: http://itvs.org/films/peace-officer or http://www.pbs.org/peace-officer/
Join us at the Mancos Public Library for a special, all-ages Poetry Open Mic Night to celebrate National Poetry Month.
Local poets David Feela and Tim Kercher are your hosts. If you like to listen to great poetry reading this is your night!
Registration is not required and sign-up is upon arrival.
Performances are limited to 5 minutes. Poetry selections will be available for those who become suddenly inspired to step up to the mic. Come celebrate all things library by reading your own work or the work of someone who has inspired you!
Monday, April 18, 7-8 p.m.
Introduction to Free Photo Editing Software (GIMP & IrfanView)
Learn basic techniques for resizing, cropping, and determining appropriate sizes for website versus printing. Laptops provided or bring your own. (Note: GIMP runs on Mac and Windows; IrfanView only runs on Windows.)
Monday, April 25, 1-2 p.m.
Microsoft Word Tables, Lists, and Graphics
Learn techniques for adding and formatting tables and lists and inserting graphics.
Laptops provided or bring your own if you have Microsoft Word installed or access Word online using a free Microsoft account.
Class sizes are limited. Please sign up in-person or by calling the library at 533-7600.