Mancos Public Library is excited to present a double feature with two films that will inspire the inner runner in everyone. First up is the short documentary film Kissing The Rock. Produced and directed by Matt Trappe this film examines The Hardrock Hundred Endurance Run that takes place each July since 1992. The Hardrock Hundred Endurance Run entails a 100 mile loop through the San Juan Mountains starting and finishing in Silverton, Colorado but passing through Ouray, Telluride, and the ghost town of Sherman. The run alternates directions each year and has 34,000 feet of climbing at an average elevation of 11,000 feet over old mining trails and dirt roads. Runners cross 13 major passes over 12,000 feet and summit Handies Peak at 14,048 foot before completing the race. Instead of crossing a finish line, runners are required to “Kiss the Rock” to finish the race. Winners typically finish around 23 hours and the final finisher cut-off is 48 hours. The average time to finish this grueling race is 41 hours. A conversation with the filmmaker Matt Trappe (via Skype) will follow the screening.

Next up is the live action sports drama, McFarland USA, based on a true story of a high school track team from McFarland, California. The film stars Kevin Costner as Jim White, a high school coach whose job-hopping leads him to McFarland High School, located in an predominately Latino agricultural community in California’s farm-rich San Joaquin Valley. Jim knows he has to make this school his last stop – he’s out of options, with both his career and his family and finds himself in a diverse, economically-challenged community that feels worlds apart from his previous hometowns. Admittedly, the White family and the students have a lot to learn from each other — but when Coach White notices the boys’ exceptional running ability, things begin to change. Soon something beyond their physical gifts impresses White – the power of family relationships, their unwavering commitment to one another, and their incredible work ethic. With grit and determination, Coach White’s unlikely band of runners eventually overcome the odds to forge not only a championship cross-country team, but an endearing legacy as well. Along the way, Jim and his family realize that they finally found a place to call home and both he and his team achieve their own kind of American dream.


Prior to the screenings, organizers of the Mancos Half Marathon, 5K, and Fun Run taking place on Saturday, June 25 will share details about the upcoming event and provide information about registering for the half marathon or 5K and opportunities to volunteer for the event. Proceeds from this event benefit Mancos Public Library. Registration and course information is available at For more information please call 970-533-7600.

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June 2, 2016 | Posted in: Events |

Meet Author Chuck Greaves on Thursday, June 9 at 7 pm


We are excited to host author Chuck Greaves for a discussion of his latest work of fiction, Tom & Lucky And George & Cokey Flo. This legal thriller is based on the real life events of 1936 during which the trial of Lucky Luciano, the then most powerful gangster in America, enthralled the nation. Greaves will offer a reading from the novel and recount his experience examining the original documents of defense attorney George Morton Levy.


About the Book: 

Tom & Lucky (And George & Cokey Flo) 

The year is 1936. Lucky Luciano is the most powerful gangster in America. Thomas E. Dewey is an ambitious young prosecutor determined to bring him down, and Cokey Flo Brown – grifter, heroin addict, and sometimes prostitute – is the witness who claims she can do it. Only a canny Long Island defense attorney named George Morton Levy stands between Lucky and a life behind bars, between Dewey and the New York Governor’s mansion.

The Wall Street Journal Selected

Tom & Lucky And George & Cokey Flo as a Best Books of 2015 .

The book, Tom & Lucky And George & Cokey Flo is also one of three finalists named for the 2016 the Harper Lee Prize, awarded annually to the best book of legal fiction.

About the Author: Chuck Greaves 

Charles Joseph Greaves was born and raised in Levittown, New York. He is an honors graduate of both the University of Southern California and Boston College Law School who spent 25 years as a trial lawyer in Los Angeles before moving to Santa Fe in 2006 to pursue a writing career. He was, while still in practice, a frequent contributor of feature articles for Los Angeles Lawyer magazine, on whose editorial board he sat. He chaired his firm’s litigation department and served as President of the Pasadena Public Library Foundation.

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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.