Screening of Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution on Thursday, February 18 at 6 PM

In celebration of Black History Month, Mancos Public Library is excited to offer a FREE advance screening of The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution. This film by award-winning filmmaker Stanley Nelson documents the late 1960s, as change was coming to America. As disputes raged over equality and civil rights — a new revolutionary culture was emerging seeking to drastically transform the system. The Black Panther Party for Self-Defense would, at least for a short time, put itself at the vanguard of that change. A community discussion will follow the screening. For more information about this screening visit

The film is the first feature-length documentary to explore the Black Panther Party, its significance to the broader American culture, its cultural and political awakening for black people, and the painful lessons wrought when a movement derails. Nelson goes straight to the source, weaving a treasure trove of rare archival footage with the voices of the people who were there: police, FBI informants, journalists, white supporters and detractors, and Black Panthers who remained loyal to the party and those who left it. Featuring Kathleen Cleaver, Jamal Joseph, and dozens of others, alongside a soul-power soundtrack of the music so integral to the Party’s identity, The Black Panthers: Vanguard of The Revolution is an essential history and a vibrant chronicle of this pivotal movement that gave rise to a new revolutionary culture in America. For more information about this film please visit: or

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Life Is An Adventure With “Lotus, A Journey Of The Heart – Falling In Love With An Elephant” On Thursday, February 11 at 6 PM


This month, celebrate love with Joanie Trussel’s heart warming stories and slideshow of travel and encounters with elephants. In January 2015, Joanie set out on a journey traveling through Thailand and Bali. She stayed at two elephant sanctuaries for a week each. Join us to discover why the elephants called out to Joanie and what all of us can do to heed their calls.

Joanie traveled from Bangkok, Thailand to Chaing Mai, Thailand and stayed at Elephant Nature Park for a week. Then she went to Sukhothai, Thailand to Boon Lotts Elephant Sanctuary (BLES) for a second week. Lastly, she traveled to Bali for another week visiting two monkey sanctuaries.

Joanie is a psychotherapist and counselor with a practice in both Durango and Cortez, Colorado. She is a Buddhist practitioner, environmental activist and has a deep passion and respect for the planet and all its beings. Find out more about Joanie’s practice at

For more information about this program please call the library at 970-533-7600.

February Adult Computer Classes

mpl-techTuesday, February 9, 6:30-8:00 p.m.Introduction to Google Documents and Google Drive. Learn about creating text documents and spreadsheets, file sharing and collaboration. (A free Google account is required. You can create yours here: You do NOT have to have a Gmail account. You can sign up with any email account you already have.)

Tuesday, February 16, 6:30-8:00 p.m.Introduction to Microsoft Word. Learn how to create/save/open files and basic text and document formatting.

Tuesday, February 23, 6:30-8:00 p.m.Intermediate Microsoft Excel. Learn how to create more complex formulas across multiple worksheets, use IF functions, and perform conditional formatting.

Sign up in-person or by calling the library at 533-7600.


January 26, 2016 | Posted in: Events |

SPECIAL Science Friday @ Powerhouse Science Center in Durango

SCIENCE FRIDAY JANUARY 29This month’s topic is Circuitry and Robots. We will be taking a field trip to the Powerhouse Science Center in Durango.

PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED so that we can plan appropriate transportation.

Please contact Amy Skinner at the library, 533-7600, or Heather Mestas at 759-1827 for more information.

January 9, 2016 | Posted in: Events |

Advance Screening of In Football We Trust on Thursday, January 28 at 6 pm

In Football We Trust, a film by Tony Vainuku and Erika Cohn, is presented by the Independent Television Service (ITVS), Independent Lens.  Q&A session with Mancos High School football coaches will follow the screening. In Football We Trust transports viewers deep inside the tightly-knit and complex Polynesian community in Salt Lake City, Utah, one of the chief sources for the modern influx of Pacific Islander football players to the NFL. Shot over a four-year period with intimate access, the film follows four young Polynesian men striving to overcome gang violence and poverty through the promise of American football. Despite overwhelming obstacles, Polynesians are 28 times more likely than any other ethnic group to make it in the NFL, a surprising statistic that the film opens with. Some refer to this phenomenon as a “calling” or a gift from God; others credit genetics, socio-cultural influences or stereotyping, or the push and pull of global sports capitalism. Many Polynesian families view football as their ticket out of economic hardship and gang life, but In Football We Trust reveals those expectations to often be unrealistic and to place insurmountable pressure on these young players. In addition to the stories of the four young athletes, the film includes footage and interviews with current and former NFL players Troy Polamalu, Haloti Ngata, Star Lotulelei, and Vai Sikahema. In Football We Trust premieres on Independent Lens Monday, January 25 at 10/9c (check local listings) on PBS.  

For more about the film or to watch an additional preview visit these links: and

About the Filmmakers

Tony Vainuku (Director) comes from a culture of third world traditions and a family of athletes. His first career aspirations began on the field as a budding professional football player from Salt Lake City, UT. After high school, he spent some time in the corporate world before enrolling at Westminster College in Utah to study business marketing in order to launch businesses around his passions of directing, writing, and filmmaking. After graduating with a B.S. in business marketing, Vainuku founded Soulprofile Productions, a multimedia company specializing in the creation of web ads, promotional video content and music production. In 2011, Vainuku founded and launched Soulpro, a lifestyle apparel brand built on the philosophy of Passion is Purpose®. In its three years of business, Soulpro has grown across the western United States and been actively involved in collaborating with and promoting hundreds of musicians, artists, athletes, and entrepreneurs.

Erika Cohn (Producer and Co-Director) a native Utahan, grew up attending the Sundance Film Festival, where she first began her career. Although her films differ in place and time, religion and culture remain a recurring theme and her passion for social change the driving factor. In 2008, Cohn traveled to Cambodia where she shot Giant Steps, a documentary about the reinstitution of art after Khmer Rouge rule, which aired on PBS. In 2010, Cohn was associate producer for the FRONTLINE/American Experience co-production God in America, a six-part historical series exploring the intersection of religion and public life in the nation. Cohn has received numerous accolades for her work, including a Directors Guild of America award for When the Voices Fade, a narrative profile of the Lebanese-Israeli war of 2006, and was recently admitted into the CPB Producers Academy. Cohn has been a featured panelist/speaker on independent film financing at film festivals and university conferences and mentors youth filmmakers across the globe. She attended Chapman University in California, where she graduated with degrees in film production and Middle Eastern Studies. Cohn is an avid documentary photographer, shooting primarily the lives of women in conflict zones, and serves as a US Ambassadorial Film Scholar to Israel.

About Indie Lens Pop-Up

Indie Lens Pop-Up is a neighborhood series that brings people together for film screenings and community-driven conversations. Featuring documentaries seen on PBS’s Independent Lens, Indie Lens Pop-Up draws local residents, leaders and organizations together to discuss what matters most, from newsworthy topics, to family and relationships. Make friends, share stories, and join the conversation. Can’t attend in person? Find Independent Lens on Facebook for information on our online Pop-Up events.

About Independent Lens

Independent Lens is an Emmy® Award-winning weekly series airing on PBS Monday nights at 10:00 pm. 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 Join the conversation at and @IndependentLens.