Life is an Adventure Series: “Thru-Hiking the Continental Divide Trail”, Thursday, Aug. 13, 7 p.m.

A Slideshow and Presentation with Dustin Partridge​, ​Thursday​, August 13​ at 7 pm

LIFE IS AN ADVENTURE SERIES - DUSTIN PARTRIDGEJoin ​Mancos resident​,​ and owner of Zuma Natural Foods​, Dustin Partridge​ for a slideshow ​presentation about the adventure​ of hiking over 3,000 miles on the Continental Divide Trail thru 5 states. This is the ​5th program in the library’s series “Life Is An Adventure.” Hiking the Continental Divide Trail is a rugged journey through the heart of the Rocky Mountains. Walking from Mexico to Canada on a continuous path has you battling every obstacle that nature can throw her way. Come find out more about getting lost and finding your way, rerouting yourself in the desert with no water, grizzly encounters​,​ and attempting to hike faster than the snow flies. Plus there is all the good that comes in between!

About the Continental Divide Trail

The Continental Divide National Scenic Trail (in short Continental Divide Trail (CDT)) is a United States National Scenic Trail running 3,100 miles (5,000 km) between Mexico and Canada. It follows the Continental Divide of the Americas along the Rocky Mountains and traverses five U.S. states — Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, and New Mexico. In Montana it crosses Triple Divide Peak which separates the Hudson Bay, Atlantic Ocean and Pacific Ocean drainages. The trail is a combination of dedicated trails and small roads and considered 70% complete. Portions designated as uncompleted must be traveled by road walking on dirt or paved roads. Only about two hundred people a year attempt to hike the entire trail, taking about six months to complete ​the trail​.


HELP WANTED – VOLUNTEER BOARD MEMBER. We’re looking for a few talented and conscientious volunteer board members to help support the Mancos Public Library. Contribute your time, thoughtfulness, and leadership one evening a month, to foster children’s literacy, intellectual freedom, and lifelong learning for everyone in the Mancos Valley. Call Danielle at (970) 749-0777 or the library at (970)533-7600 and ask for Lee to learn more and get an application.

July 17, 2015 | Posted in: News |

Hey teens! FREE ebooks!

The library is giving away 3 free YA Kindle books from Cameron Glenn and Amazon Gifts. You don’t have to have a Kindle to read them, just an Amazon account and a special “claim code” which you can ask for at the front desk.

Here’s how to get the books:

1. Go to
2. Sign in with an Amazon account.
3. Copy and paste the “claim code” in the box.


A young teen deals with the loss of her best friend over the course of a summer in 2008.


Cassy might be crazy as she switches places with an alternate version of herself, one happy, one sad.


In 2001, Shelly moves from Seattle to Salt Lake City and becomes a part of the local club scene.

July 13, 2015 | Posted in: Teens |

New online catalog debuts!

aspencat-logoGood news!

The online catalog for Mancos and the AspenCat consortium libraries has a new, improved interface. Patrons now have access to more than 1.3 million items from the collections of 93 member libraries throughout the state.

Even better news!

You no longer have to enter your entire library card number to log in. You should now be able to enter just the last five digits of your card. Your password or PIN is your last name, all lowercase. You may search this catalog and manage your account from any computer with an Internet connection.

NOTE: Logging in to you 3M account to download ebooks still requires your full library account number. The first digits for all Mancos Library cardholders are the same: 282040000xxxxx. The “xxxxx” are the last five digits unique to each patron.

The URL directly to the catalog with Mancos-only titles is: but you can browse the entire AspenCat collection as well. If you have questions about using the new catalog or how to request or find items, please call the library at 970-533-7600.

Life Is An Adventure With “Intercultural Adventures in Ecuador and Mali​”, A Slideshow and Presentation with ​Anna Taft​, ​Thursday​, Ju​ly 9​ at 7 pm


Join ​Mancos resident, founder and executive director of The Tandana Foundation, Anna Taft, for a slideshow presentation about the adventure​s of encountering people of different cultures in Ecuador and Mali, building relationships with them, and finding ways to collaborate for mutual benefit.  ​Adventure​s such as these led Anna to start The Tandana Foundation​. The word “Tandana​” comes from a Kichwa root meaning “to gather together” or “to unite” and represents the spirit of the organization’s work a​s a non-profit organization that offers intercultural volunteer opportunities, scholarships, and support for small community projects in highland Ecuador and Mali’s Dogon Country.annataft1

​The adventure of creating and nurturing real and responsible relationships among people of different cultures has led to numerous ​challenges, humorous experiences, and valuable lessons that Anna will share with you in this presentation.

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

About ​Anna Taft

Anna Taft began The Tandana Foundation in 2004 and has served as Executive Director since its inception.  After graduating from high school in Ohio, Anna spent four months in Panecillo, Ecuador, where she taught at a local elementary school and  built the connections that inspired her to start Tandana​. In 2002 she graduated magna cum laude from Whitman College with a bachelor’s degree in politics and a minor in environmental studies.  She has worked for The Traveling School, teaching Spanish, history and literature while guiding high-school students through the Andes and New Zealand. Anna also spent eight summers leading teenagers in wilderness and community service programs for Deer Hill Expeditions in southwest Colorado.  In 2006, she spent four months in Mali, learning  about a completely different cultural world and contributing to community projects.  Anna is fluent in English, Spanish, and French, and she is conversational in Kichwa and Dogon.  She enjoys paddling, exploring, reading, and writing.  Anna founded The Tandana Foundation to increase opportunities for cross-cultural sharing in experiential education programs.  Anna enjoys offering others opportunities to grow through new experiences and reflection. She appreciates the power of cross-cultural friendships to change our views of the world and help us better understand what it is to live as a human being on this Earth.  When not working in Ecuador or Mali, she lives in Mancos, Colorado with her husband John.

​​More About The Tandana Foundation

​The Tandana Foundation coordinates volunteer programs that offer visitors to Ecuador or Mali the unique opportunity to be guests rather than tourists, to form intercultural friendships, to experience a rich indigenous culture, and to make a difference in the lives of new friends.  Its scholarship program allows rural Ecuadorian students to continue their secondary and higher education.  Its community projects support villagers in Mali and Ecuador as they realize their dreams of improving their communities.  For more information about The Tandana Foundation visit

​Real-Time ​Video Conference with Dead Run author, Dan Schultz, Thursday, June 18 @ 6:30 p.m.

schultz-dead-runJoin us for a ​real-time ​video conference ​with Dan Schultz, author of ​​Dead Run: The Murder of a Lawman and the Greatest Manhunt of the Modern American West. The video conference is open to the public and anyone who would like to learn more about the events of the 1998 crimes and subsequent man-hunt from the author’s perspective is welcome to attend. Time will be allotted for questions and answers with the author.

Life Is An Adventure @ Mancos Public Library With “52 Rivers”, A Slideshow and Presentation with Shelley Walchak, Friday, June 12 at 7 pm

Join us for Shelley Walchak’s slideshow presentation, “52 Rivers”. This is the third program in the library’s series “Life Is An Adventure.” 52Riverswebsiteimage

Bayfield, Colorado, author, angler, and librarian, Shelley Walchak, presents a slideshow of the rivers that she journeyed to during a year-long adventure. This adventure will take us from the Pecos River in New Mexico to the Dolores, all the way north to the Blackfoot in Montana, and to dozens of rivers in between. Walchak will share stories and copies of her book 52 Rivers will be available for purchase and signing. In honor of National River Month, representatives from Dolores River Boating Advocates and Trout Unlimited will also share information about their organizations and “River” photography from Kate Thompson and Andy Hutchinson will be featured on the Library’s “Art Wall” for the month of June. For more information, call the library at 970-533-7600.

About Shelley Walchak

My passions are fly-fishing and libraries. In 2013, I fly-fished a river a week, blogged and wrote essays, hoping to inspire others. In 2014, I wrote a book, 52 Rivers, about the adventure.
As a librarian, I learned the value of storytelling, both from the experts in the field and in my own experiences. I believe that stories are integral to our survival because they help us to experiment with our emotions and strategize on the challenges we face in life.
In my blog, and now my book, I’ve told a lot of stories. They are about fly-fishing, the outdoors, traveling, people, challenges, joys and fears. I took leaps and stumbled although I always learned something valuable. In the end, my stories are meant to give you courage and inspiration to pursue your own path to a more passionate life. I plan on telling a lot more stories.

You can view more of Shelley’s stories on her blog at this website:


Cathedral Window Quilt Block Workshop ​Tuesday, ​June 16​ from 1​2​:​3​0 to 3:00 p.m.

The Mancos Public Library with the Dolores Mountain Quilters offers a FREE quilting workshop at the library.cathedral window

Instructor Kathy Sehnert will lead this session to make “Cathedral Window” quilt blocks. In the workshop you will make a sample block and review instructions for using the block for a boudoir pillow. This block is easily hand sewn, but can also be made using a machine. You may bring your sewing machine if you prefer the machine technique. White “Kona” muslin for the background and colored fabrics scraps will be available for the sample; or you may bring fabrics of your choice. (The sample will require 4 – 9” squares of background fabric and 4 – 2 ½” squares for centers.) If possible, bring needle, thread, thimble, scissors, pencil or fabric marker and ruler or seam gauge. Teens are welcome, and children under 13 can join with an adult.

​ ​Please RSVP by Monday, 6/15 to Mancos Public Library at 970-533-7600


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Film Celebrates the 40-Year Love Story of One of the First Gay Couples to Marry and Their Decades-Long Fight for Legal Status

​Join us for a FREE advance screening of Limited Partnership, a film by Thomas G. Miller and Kirk Marcolina. As part of the Community Cinema series, this film is distributed by the Independent Television Service (ITVS), and Independent Lens. Limited Partnership uncovers the often untold history of the activism that has led us to a historical point, as the Supreme Court imminently is set to rule on same-sex marriage. Light refreshments will be served and a community discussion will follow the film.

The film chronicles the 40-year love story between Filipino American​, Richard Adams​, and his Australian husband, Tony Sullivan. In 1975, thanks to a courageous county clerk in Boulder, Colorado, Richard and Tony were one of the first same-sex couples to be legally married in the world. Richard immediately filed for a green card for Tony based on their marriage. But unlike most heterosexual married couples who easily obtain legal status for their spouses, Richard received a denial letter from the Immigration and Naturalization Service stating, “You have failed to establish that a bona fide marital relationship can exist between two faggots.” Outraged at the tone, tenor, and politics of the letter, and to prevent Tony’s impending deportation, the couple decided to sue the U.S. government, initiating the first federal lawsuit seeking equal treatment for a same-sex marriage in U.S. history.

WHAT: FREE preview screening of Limited Partnership, followed by a community discussion.

WHENThursday, May 21, 2015 at 6 p.m.

WHERE: Mancos Public Library, 211 West First Street

For more information, visit:

About the Filmmakers

Thomas G. Miller (Producer/Director) has worked on documentaries and in public television since 1994. He associate produced the Sundance award-winning film Licensed to Kill (POV, PBS), and co-produced the recent award-winning film Code Black. He co-produced and edited Fender Philosophers for PBS and Camp Out for Logo TV. He edited the feature documentary films, Good Kurds, Bad Kurds and Home of the Brave. He produced and directed the award-winning feature documentary, ONE BAD CAT: The Reverend Albert Wagner Story (Ovation). Other credits include producing television films for Discovery, and WNET’s series on disabilities, People in Motion. Miller is also on the board of the International Documentary Association and has been teaching editing, documentary filmmaking, and mentoring the Sloan Science films at the USC School of Cinematic Arts since 2004. He is a member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and the Writer’s Guild of America, West. He is also a pediatrician and has served as medical consultant for Sesame Street and other film and television series. He graduated with a BS degree in zoology from The University of Michigan, an MD from the Medical College of Ohio, and an MFA from the USC School of Cinematic Arts.

Kirk Marcolina (Producer) has worked in television and documentary filmmaking for nearly 20 years. Most recently, he produced and directed The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne, an award-winning documentary about an 80-year-old jewel thief that premiered at Hot Docs in 2013. He also produced and directed the feature documentary, Camp Out (Logo TV) about the first Bible Camp for gay teenagers. Marcolina’s television work includes co-executive producing Boy Meets Boy (Bravo), Gay Weddings(Bravo), Switched (ABC Family) and That Yin Yang Thing (TLC). Marcolina also directed the Disney Channel documentary series Bug Juice and has edited many reality-based and documentary series. Marcolina has taught Documentary Production at California State University, Long Beach and was a Trustee of the International Documentary Association. He received his MFA in Film and Video Production from the University of Southern California and his BA in Communication from the University of Pennsylvania.

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:

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 Join the and on Twitter @IndependentLens.

Life Is An Adventure @ Mancos Public Library With “Impressions of India”, A Slideshow and Talk with Photographer, Barbara Grist ​On Friday, May 22 at 7 pm

Local photographer, ​Barbara Grist presents​, “Impressions of India”, a slideshow and talk​. Join Barbara to see through her lens, the patterns, contrasts, expressions, diversity of culture, and many religions of India from her 2012 trip. Hear the stories about these photographs and share in some tea and conversation. A selection of Barbara’s photographs of India are on display at the library through May 28th.​

2015BarbGristIndiaFlyerjpegAbout Barbara Grist

Barbara Grist is a retired Art educator who has lived in Cortez for over 34 years.  She has been in business for herself offering commercial, personal and Fine Art photography in her studio Barbara Grist Photography for over 17 years.

As an artist she has exhibited at the Open Shutter Contemporary Photography Gallery in Durango, Center for Fine Art Photography in Ft. Collins, Elinoff Fine Art Gallery in Telluride, Cortez Recreation Center, Durango Art Center, Cortez Cultural Center, Desert Pearl Gallery, Main Street Gallery and has won numerous awards in shows at the Cortez Cultural Center & Mexico, a National Merit Award in the magazine BLACK & WHITE + COLOR October 2011, and a portrait in the national Portrait 2014 show at the Center for Fine Art Photography in Ft. Collins. Two of her Mexican folkloric dance images were on the cover of Arts Perspective magazine in 2008 & 2011.

Her work can be found in the permanent collection in Southwest Memorial Hospital and in various private collections around the world. Various images grace the walls of Durango Space in Durango, The Farm Bistro, Exponential Engineering, Heart Path House in Cortez.

Barbara has been an Artist in Residence at the Aspen Guard Station twice and also at Willowtail Springs. She teaches photography workshops through the Road Scholar program and art classes at her Balsam Street studio. She also creates fused glass & silver jewelry and masks.

You can view more of her work on her website: