Mancos Half Marathon, 5K and Fun Run – Saturday, June 25

MANCOS HALF MARATHON, 5K AND FUN RUNThe public is invited to the 3rd Annual Mancos Half Marathon, a fundraiser for library. This year’s event, taking place on Saturday, June 25th, promises to be bigger and better than ever. For starters, we are adding a 5K run and free Fun Run to the event so that more people of all ages and running abilities can join in the festivities. We will have music by KSJD’s favorite host, DJ Cannonball, as well as resources from local health and wellness practitioners, and fun activities for kids.

The courses this year will be a mix of paved and dirt roads. Half Marathon participants will also navigate a challenging trail portion that offers spectacular views of both Mesa Verde, the La Platas, and the Abajos in Utah. Each finisher will receive a one-of-a-kind medal. Awesome prizes donated by Osprey Packs, Salomon Shoes, Durango Running Company, and more will be awarded to top finishers in a variety of categories.

For those of you who know this event (and maybe even participated in it) as the Cowboy Half Marathon, we are grateful to Ben Hahn, former owner of the Mancos Project, for passing along the event to the library as a much needed fundraising opportunity.

All the details about the event, sponsorship and registration information can be found at Whether you come out to run one of the distances or support the runners in the community, we look forward to seeing you on Saturday, June 25.


The library needs volunteers for a variety of jobs from stuffing swag bags to handing out finisher medals to setting up the finish arch to helping with the kids’ activities. Join the fun and let us know what you would like to help with:

May 24, 2016 | Posted in: Events |

Summer Reading Program Schedule and Events


Our Summer Reading Program is just around the corner! Please drop your registration form  at Mancos Public Library and pick up your SRP Bingo card at the first event to read and play your way to a free book of your choice from the Friends of the Library! Download the registration form here.

Tuesday May 31 1030 – 1130 a.m. Get ready to RUN and PLAY OUTDOORS!

Come learn about opportunities to play outdoors from the Naturalist at Mancos State Park and then get training advice for our Fun Run which will take place on Saturday June 25!

Tuesday June 7 10:30 – 1130 a.m. Get ready for ACRO-YOGA!

Coach and teacher, David Stickler, will demonstrate and teach a Yoga class for children.

Tuesday June 14 1030 – 1130 a.m. Get ready to EAT!

Eat and learn about healthy food with Rebecca Fleming from COOKING MATTERS.

Lots of kid-friendly activities and yummy treats to fuel your active summer!

Tuesday June 21 1030- 1130 a.m. Get ready to JUGGLE!

…or at least ooh and aah at the amazing Michael Taylor of Catch It Quick Juggling Company!  Bring the whole family to watch this “ energetic, heart warming, jaw-dropping, side-splitting” entertainment! “With rubber chickens, flaming torches, jump ropes, machetes and more, Michael’s shows are truly memorable!”

Saturday June 25 Mancos Half-Marathon, 5K and FUN-RUN

Lace up your shoes and join the fun! The Fun Run is free!

May 23, 2016 | Posted in: Events |

Science to the Rescue Summer Camp for Kids


WHEN: July 11-5, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
WHERE: Mancos Public Library
COST: $150 (Some scholarships may be available. Contact

The Durango  Powerhouse Science Center will be presenting “Science to the Rescue!” — a summer camp for kids ages 8-11 years old.

Explore science as a heroic tool to be used every day. Use science skills, resourcefulness, creativity and everyday household items to build contraptions, understand some earthly phenomena, set traps, and problem solve under pressure. Employ the always-useful scientific method to test the validity of common rumors and myths and movies — is a dog’s mouth really cleaner than a human’s? Can you escape from prison using only toilet paper? Finally, campers will over-engineer aparatuses that perform simple tasks in ridiculously overly complex steps, perform awesome experiments, and find their inner scientist. This unique “Bill Nye meets macGyver meets Mythbusters” camp is jam-packed with hands-on experiments, Do-It-Yourself attitudes, and some really useful skills.

Learn more about the Powerhouse and summer camps at

Register SOON at

Friday, April 29 at 6:30 p.m. Open Mic Poetry Night

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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.

Thursday, April 28 at 6 p.m. Advance Screening of The Armor of Light

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


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Thursday, April 21 at 6 pm FREE Advance Screening of Peace Officer

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: or


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