Screening of Feature Drama “SUFFRAGETTE” on Thursday, March 17 @ 6 PM

Join us to honor Women’s History Month with a free screening of SUFFRAGETTE, the first feature film to tell the story of the ordinary British women at the turn of the last century who risked everything in the fight for equality and the right to vote.​ SUFFRAGETTE is a moving drama that will empower all who are striving for equal rights in our own day and age. The stirring story, inspired by the early-20th-century campaign by the suffragettes for the right of women to vote, centers on Maud (played by Carey Mulligan), a working wife and mother who comes to realize that she must fight for her dignity both at home and in her workplace. Realizing that she is not alone, she becomes an activist alongside other brave women from all walks of life. The early efforts at resistance were passive but as the women faced increasingly aggressive police action, the suffragettes become galvanized – risking their very lives to ensure that women’s rights would be recognized and respected. In addition to Mulligan, the cast includes Helena Bonham Carter, Ben Whishaw, Anne-Marie Duff, Brendan Gleeson, and Meryl Streep. Peter Schlessel, CEO of Focus Features, said, “SUFFRAGETTE is a story that will resonate with men and women across the generations; it is about parents and children, courage and dedication, and making hard choices.​” The film is directed by Sarah Gavron​ and written by​ Abi Morgan​. SUFFRAGETTE is produced by Faye Ward and Alison Owen. For more information about the film please visit For more information about this screening please call 970-533-7600


Life Is An Adventure Special Film Screening of “Running the Sahara” also Q & A with Ultra-Runner Charlie Engle, Thursday, March 10 @ 6PM

Mancos Public Library is excited to present a free screening of the film, Running the Sahara, as part of the library series “Life Is An Adventure”. After the screening we will have a live video Q & A with Charlie Engle, one of the ultra-runners featured in the film. This documentary chronicles the attempt of 3 ultra-marathoners to run 4,300 miles across Africa’s Sahara Desert. The Expedition begins at the Atlantic coast in Senegal, moving through Mauritania, Mali, Niger, Libya, and Egypt, with a goal to reach the Red Sea in Egypt. This epic adventure requires running essentially two marathons per day, for more than 100 consecutive days. Running the Sahara is directed and produced by Academy Award™ winner James Moll and narrated and executive produced by Academy Award™ winner Matt Damon. “When I heard about what the runners were planning to attempt, I was blown away and determined to be a part of it,” said Matt Damon. The film focuses on the three runners: Charlie Engle from Charlotte, NC, Kevin Lin from Taipei, Taiwan, and Ray Zahab from Ontario, Canada, accompanied by a support team consisting of an MD, a physical therapist, and a logistics leader.
The film’s setting is the Sahara desert, a beautiful, yet harsh environment where temperatures range from 140 degrees Fahrenheit to below freezing, and sandstorms send winds miles into the air at speeds that can tear human flesh. “This was the most challenging production I’ve ever done,” says director Moll. “We could make another whole documentary just about the filmmaking itself.” Running the Sahara is a character-driven film that delves into the life-changing experiences of the three runners as they encounter diverse African cultures and tackle tremendous physical and emotional obstacles. “Ray, Kevin and I wanted to try something that had never been done before,” said runner and Expedition leader Charlie Engle. “We knew we’d battle extreme elements. What we didn’t anticipate was the human obstacles, like our group dynamics, and the people we would encounter along the way.” As a result of the expedition, the producers and Matt Damon created H2O Africa, a foundation formed to address the need for safe water in Africa. According to Damon, “Our work in Africa on the film inspired us to launch the H20 Africa Foundation, which has raised over four million dollars for safe water programs in the Sahara.” To watch the trailer visit For more information about this film check out

Get Digital! All About eBooks

mpl-techBring your own device or use one of the library’s computers or Nooks to learn the basics.

There will be two sessions of this class offered:

Monday, March 14, 7-8 p.m.
Tuesday, March 15, 1-2 p.m.

Learn search techniques, and the mechanics of downloading a book and reading it on your tablet, smartphone, laptop, or other device.

Bring your library card number and pin/password to the class. For most patrons, the password is simply your last name, all lowercase.

Please sign up at the library or by calling 533-7600.

February 26, 2016 | Posted in: Events |

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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