Pre-Holiday Technology Petting Zoo! Wed. Nov 20th, 4-6pm

GameStop of Cortez & The Mac Ranch of Durango will join MPL staff in demonstrating and testing some of their newest electronic tools. Now in its 5th year, this popular event is an introduction to current and newly released technical devices. Visitors are invited to hold and manipulate the equipment as well as ask the experts questions about a wide range of new electronics.

Tues, Nov. 12th at 6 pm: “Yellowstone Has Teeth” book reading and discussion with the author

AUTHOR MARJANE AMBLER will visit the library and read from her book “YELLOWSTONE HAS TEETH”.

The Novel Neighbors Book Group invites you to join author Marjane Ambler for readings and reminiscing from her most recent book Yellowstone Has Teeth. This event takes place Tuesday, November 12th at 6 p.m. at the Mancos Public Library, Community Meeting Room, 211 West First Street in Mancos.

In Yellowstone Has Teeth, Ambler chronicles stories of life on the modern frontier relating back to the years from 1984 until 1993 when Ambler and her husband, Terry Wehrman, lived in Yellowstone. The book explores the joys and the hardships of their lives. A trip to the grocery store involved a 30-mile snowmobile ride through bison herds over a treacherous pass. Everyone they knew – including themselves – was transformed by living amongst bison and bears, forest fires, avalanches, and whiteouts.

Cold Exposure: Science Friday, Nov. 8th, 10-11:30 for K-3rd and 1-2:30 for 4th-8th grade

We will be hosting it’s third “Science Friday” on Friday November 8th. The topic is “Cold Exposure: How animal bodies adapt to deal with heat and cold”. The first session is from 10:00-11:30 and is for grades K-3rd. The second session is from 1:00-2:30 and is for grades 4th-8th.

Participants will take a look at the interesting differences in animal design that create strengths and weaknesses that species of animal employ to cope with a cold, as well as a hot environment. Each design consideration is a compromise, and perfection is not possible. Nonetheless, a wide variety of successful animal species that survive cold and heat are testament to nature’s wisdom in establishing a diversity of successful design strategies.
Free! For more information please call MPL at 533-7600.

Toastmasters International – Inaugural meetings for new group in Mancos, 1st meeting on Thurs. Nov 7th 5:30

Learn more about the new Mancos Toastmasters group. Become a better speaker and presenter, develop your leadership skills, listen effectively. Thursday, November 7 @ 5:30 pm and Thursday, November 14th @ 6 pm

For more information about the local group contact Darrel Ellis at 970-533-7372 or And for more information about Toastmasters International visit

Mancos Public Library invites you to The Halloween Howl. Thurs. Oct 31st. 5-6pm

Mancos Public Library invites you to The Halloween Howl (a pre-trick or treat party) on Thursday, October 31st from 5:00 to 6:00 pm.

Spruce up your costume with mask making supplies, get your face painted, enjoy a warm bowl of Turkey Chili, visit with friends and plan your evening trick or treating strategies.
Please join us! For more information call 970/533-7600.

Community Cinema, showing The Graduates/Los Graduados, Thurs. Oct. 17th, 6 pm


Mancos Public Library in partnership with Community Cinema, ITVS, and Rocky Mountain PBS celebrate Latino students overcoming obstacles with a FREE screening of The Graduates/Los Graduados, Thursday, October 17th at 6pm at Mancos Public Library, 211 W First St. A discussion including community youth will follow. For more information about the screening and panel discussion call 533-7600. For trailers and more details about the film visit

Science Friday: Moon Madness Oct. 11th, K-3rd Grade 10-11:30 am; 4-8th Grad 1-2:30 pm


Join the Mancos Public Library for its second “Science Friday” on October 11th.  The subject will be “Moon Madness“.  The first session is from 10:00-11:30 and is for grades Kindergarten-3rd grade.  The second session will be in the afternoon from 1:00-2:30 and is geared towards grades 4th-8th.  Scale of the Moon, the phases of the Moon, how craters are formed, and how much objects weigh on the Moon are some of the topics that will be covered.  October 11th also happens to be International Observe the Moon Night and weather permitting there will be telescopes available at the library from 7pm on into the night to have a closer look at the Moon. Free! For more information please call MPL at 533-7600


We want your advice! Please fill out our online Survey–10 questions, 3 minutes tops!

The Mancos Public Library is about to update its strategic plan, and we want community input. Could you please fill out our 10-question survey online? It will take you about 3 minutes, but the information could help your library for the next 3 years!
Just clink this link and you’ll be right there:
Please do this soon, we need to gather 350 responses by mid October. If you live here but don’t use the library, we want to know why, so we’d like to hear from you, too. If you already did a hard copy survey at the library or at the Harvest and Heritage Festival, THANK YOU!
Contact the library at 533-7600 or stop by if you want more information.

Outdoor Adventures, a no child left inside, place-based, experiential education inspired after-school program.


This program was developed by a team, of educators, biologists, artists,outdoor recreation specialists, and librarians who believe kids need an opportunity to explore, build, hike, create and work together in a kid centered community in the outdoors.  Although supervised by adults, the activities will be derived by the interests and passions of the kids. 

Children ages 9-12 are encouraged to enroll.  Each child must be able to walk/hike 2 miles over mildly rough terrain in all weather.  A healthy snack will be provided.

The cost is $20 for the entire length of the program and scholarships are available.
This program will take place Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:45-5:30 pm and will follow the Mancos School District calendar.  The first session will be on Thursday, October 3rd.

Enrollment is limited so please sign up early.

To register and for more information please call the Mancos Public Library at 533-7600

Harvest Heritage Festival, Sunday, Sept. 22nd 11:00-5:00 in Boyle Park, Mancos

          Find some fresh vegetables, learn about growing mushrooms, kick-up your heels and join us at the first annual Harvest Heritage Festival presented by The Mancos Public Library on Sunday, September 22, 2013 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Boyle Park in Mancos. The festival will be a community celebration of the harvest season featuring fresh foods from local growers and producers, demonstrations of farming and heritage related skills, children’s games, arts and crafts, and musical performances.

Just for fun, festival-goers are encouraged to bring donations of seeds to add to the Seed Saving Library, containers and apples to take-home hand-pressed cider; a dish containing at least three locally grown ingredients for the Harvest Recipe Contest, and your dancing boots for line and square dances with caller Carla Roberts of the Wild West Squares dance group.

Good times for the whole family! Suggested donation, adults/$10, children 6 to 18/$5 (children 5 and under free).

It is not too late to join in to demonstrate your skills related to growing, harvesting, or producing or sell your local vegetables, fruits, or specialty food items, just contact Lee Hallberg at the library by calling 970-533-7600.

This event made possible by the following generous sponsors: