Children, Youth, Teen Programs @ MPL Gearing Up For Another Year

We hope everyone had a good, restful summer! We will resuming children’s, youth, and teen programming over the next few weeks as follows:

Children’s Storytimes resume Tuesday, September 6

Every Tuesday, 10:30-11:30 a.m. For ages birth to 6. A bilingual (Spanish/English), seasonal storytime.

Youth Programs

Wednesday Game Dayz, 3:45-5:00 p.m. for youth 8-12 years old. Alternating video/computer games with tabletop games. Resumes August 24.

Movie Mondays, 4 p.m.-6 p.m. for youth 8-12 years old and their families. Scheduled for Mondays: September 5, 19, 26; October 3, 17, 24; November 28; December 5.

Outdoor Adventures, “A No Child Left Inside, Place-based, Experiential Education inspired, After-School Program,” starts up for another year on Thursday, September 22. Learn more about this program.

Teen Programs

Every third Friday is Gaming, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Game night activities include gaming on the PS4, XBox One, WII, and more. Games include Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, Injustsice, Battlefield, COD: Ghosts, FIFA 15, Madden 25, Watch Dogs, Infamous: Second Son, Need for Speed: Rivals, Legend of Zelda, Just Dance 4, and much, much more. If you enjoy chess (yes, chess) there is even a table set up for the strategic battle. Snacks are provided.

Every first Saturday is Movie Night, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Movie night includes at least one feature film & some filler episodes (with a rating limit of PG-13 and TV-14) chosen by the participating teens. Pizza is provided.

August 16, 2016 | Posted in: News |

THE CCC BOYS OF COLORADO: A Musical Tribute to the Civilian Conservation Corps

CCCPosterWhen: Wednesday, September 7, 6 p.m.
Where: Mancos Public Library

Michigan based author/songwriter Bill Jamerson will present an hour-long music and storytelling program about the Civilian Conservation Corps at the Mancos Public Library on Wednesday, September 7, at 6 pm. This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Dressed in uniform, Jamerson shares stories about the CCC, reads excerpts from his book, shows a video clip from his PBS film and sings original songs with his guitar. It’s a nostalgic, fun-filled program with songs, laughter and many heartfelt stories.  He has performed at CCC reunions around the country and at dozens of CCC-built state and national parks. The program is as entertaining as it is important; as honest as it is fun. It’s about people both ordinary and extraordinary; with stories of strength, wit and charm.


The Civilian Conservation Corps was a federal works program created by President Franklin Roosevelt in the heart of The Great Depression. During its nine year run beginning in 1933, over 57,000 men served in Colorado.  The men were 17-25 years of age and came from families on relief. The camps were run by the army with an average of 34 camps in operation in Colorado for each year. Over 63 million dollars was spent in the state operating the camps.  The enrolllees were paid $1 a day with $25 sent home to their families each month. The money provided relief for their families who were desperate for food and basic necessities.

The C’s constructed hundreds of miles of roads, built bridges, worked on soil erosion control, were active in reforestation, and worked on grazing control operations that restored grass and water to vast stretches of land for cattle and sheep grazing.  They constructed Rocky Mountain National Park, the Colorado National Monument, Mesa Verda National Park, Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre.

Diorama Mod Basketmaker Construction 1934

Diorama Mod Basketmaker Construction 1934

There were three camps located within thirty miles of Mancos that were in operation between 1933 and 1941.  The men came into town on weekends and patronized stores, movie theaters, billiard rooms, bowling alleys, saloons, dance halls, and churches. Many enrollees met their wives while in camp. The enrollees spent approximately $5,000 a month in nearby communities, helping the local economy during the depths of The Great Depression.

Jamerson’s book, BIG SHOULDERS is a historical novel that follows a year in the life of a seventeen-year-old youth from Detroit who enlisted in the C’s in 1937. He joins two hundred other young men at a CCC camp in a remote part of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. It is a coming-of-age story of an angry teenager who faces the rigors of hard work, learning to cope with a difficult sergeant and fending off a bully.

Some of the songs Jamerson performs with his guitar include Franklin D., written by an appreciative enrollee.  Chowtime is a fun look at the camp food, City Slicker, is about the mischief the men found in the woods, and Tree Plantin’, Fire Fightin’ Blues tells the hardships of work out in the woods. Wood Tick is a lament over the nicknames the locals gave them. The folk songs range from heartwarming ballads to foot stomping jigs.

Along with a novel and CD of songs, Jamerson produced the film, Camp Forgotten-The CCC in Michigan, which aired on 58 PBS stations.  In the program, Bill will talk about many of the interesting enrollees he has met over the years. A question and answer period and book signing will follow the presentation.  People are encouraged to bring CCC photos or memorabilia to the program For more information please call the library at 533-7600 or visit Jamerson’s website at:

August 12, 2016 | Posted in: Events |

Teens’ Top Ten Voting Starts August 15

Online voting for the Teens’ Top Ten begins August 15! The Teens’ Top Ten, sponsored by YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) is a “teen choice” list, where teens themselves nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year. Anyone between the ages of 12 and 18 can participate.

2016 Teens’ Top Ten Nominees Book Trailers

Voting will be online from August 15 – Teen Read Week™ (October 9-15, 2016), and the winners will be announced the week following Teen Read Week™. Happy reading!

August 11, 2016 | Posted in: Teens |

Windows 10 Upgrade Help & Information

mpl-techMicrosoft’s Windows 10 free upgrade offer ends July 29. If you have questions about the process, your home Internet connection is too slow to download, or you just want to see what the new operation looks like, come to one of these two free sessions:

Tuesday, July 19, 7-8:30 p.m.
Thursday, July 21, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

  • Get your questions answered about the upgrade process.
  • Try out Windows 10 on a library laptop.
  • Installation media will be available if you want to perform the upgrade on a laptop you bring in. (You are strongly urged to back up your data before arriving at the class. The library will not be responsible for any lost data. Data loss or computer malfunctioning because of the upgrade is rare. Back up often.)

Sign up at the circulation desk or call the library, 979-533-7600, to reserve your spot.

July 8, 2016 | Posted in: Events |


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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