Monthly Newsletter

August 2024

From the Desk of

the Director,

Jared Boudreaux

It’s no surprise that challenges–attempts to remove or restrict access to library resources–are in the news. According to the American Library Association (ALA) the number of challenges to unique items jumped by 65% from 2022 to 2023. But in Colorado, legislation (SB 24-216) has been passed that takes a different approach. It has become one of just five states to adopt an anti-censorship law. Effective upon the governor’s signing (which occurred on May 31, 2024), Standards for Decisions Regarding Library Resources does several important things for public libraries (school libraries are not included), including the following:

  • The state acknowledges the expertise of library staff in the selection of materials appropriate for various ages.

  • The law requires libraries to adopt policies regarding the acquisition, retention, display, and use of library materials.

  • Many national standards for library resources are moved into statute. A public library should have the broadest possible representation of resources, not denied because of viewpoint, or partisan or doctrinal disapproval. Libraries should resist censorship. We shall not discriminate on the basis of age, background, political or religious views, origin, disability, race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, national origin, or ancestry in the selection, retention, display, use, or reconsideration of library resources and public meeting spaces.

  • Public libraries have to make the resolution of the challenge publicly available. The public should have the right to know what is being challenged, who initiated the challenge, and what finally happened.

  • And finally, it is now prohibited to fire, demote, discipline or retaliate against library staff for refusing to remove a library resource before it has gone through the reconsideration process.

For the Mancos Public Library, this doesn’t make much of a difference in our practices. The bottom line: the public library belongs to everyone. I’m grateful that our legislators recognize that.


Teen Game Night

July 5th – 6-9 pm & July 19th – 6-9 pm

Teen Cafe

July 13th 5:30-8:30 pm

Death Café

July 18th – 5:30 pm

Cult Movie Federation Movie

June 20th – Doors open at 6 pm

Adult Programs – From the Desk of Midge Kirk

Welcome July!

In the summer heat just remember you can always find some shade, a cool place, and hunker down with a good book. What have you read lately that you loved? Share with us during Adult Summer Reading. I have loved Michael Connolly’s new book, (his best yet in my opinion), James by Percival Everett and The Cave by Amani Ballour and Rania Abouzeid.

Grant Writing for Rural Communities:

101 – Research and Database Toolkits,

Application Strategy

Overview and Award Management Basics

Date/Time: July 16, 2024 (90 minutes) at 10:30 am

Panel: Ashley Coady Smith (Sage Advice) + Marcie Bidwell (Land Trust Alliance)

Desired Outcome:

1. Understand and apply the steps for developing a grant application strategy for small organizations

2. Gain an understanding of tools and techniques for getting started and


3. Develop actionable strategies for writing grants and managing awards with a small team and budget

4. Thinking creatively about Narratives and Collaborations

My Beautiful Colors

July 20th at 6:30

A presentation by Nyibol Bior, author, high school special education teacher, and Sudanese refugee. In February, 2021, Nyibol published a children’s book called “My Beautiful Colors.” She chose the title because, “Colors are metaphors to represent emotion and to explain how we move through life.” Join us to hear her story.

Writing Workshop

July 30th at 6:30

Willowtail Springs in collaboration with MPL Present

A Writing Workshop with Lynn Sikkink

Humans have been telling their stories long before the written word. This is an experiential and generative workshop using a series of exercises to explore how we can find and tell our stories. Lynn is a professor at Western Colorado University, an author, a cultural anthropologist, and an observer of all things human.

Antarctica-Two Perspectives

July 9th at 6:30

Antarctica-Two Perspectives – with Philip Walters and his perspective as a tourist and Kira Taylor with her perspective as an employee at the McMurdo Station.

Adult Summer Reading

Friday, July 12 at 5:30

Adult summer reading is a thing, and it is happening here at your library! No sign-up’s, no reading lists, no requirements except read, come to a potluck for our first session and talk about what you have read recently!

Stories and S’mores

July 11th and 25th at 4 pm

Not just for children we need adult stories too! Come and share those stories.

Art Wall

The Art Wall for the month of July will feature a quilt by Sarah Hatch

Death Café – July 18th at 5:30

(third Thursday of every month)

Ageless Grace will be taking a break for the month of July.

Young Adult Programs – From the Desk of Jenni kitchen

Anti-Boredom in the Dog Days of Summer

Days of the Dog Star, Sirius, are upon us. They (those Almanac people and ancient Greeks and all) say that the 40 days from July 3rd and August 11th are the hottest days of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. What does this mean? There will be days we do not want to go outside before 7pm. What will we do with this time? I hope you all come to the library to visit and take home a book to read or a movie to enjoy.

Would you like to see Sirius? Stay up really late or wake up early. You can see Sirius rising in the early morning hours by looking for Orion’s Belt. The three middle stars of the belt will point to Sirius, the brightest star in the sky. Sirius will be near our Sun as it rises. ( )

Want to check out the sky some more? We have many books on astronomical objects. Like “300 Astronomical

Objects” by Jamie Wilkin and Robert Dunn and “A Child’s Introduction to the Night Sky” by Michael Driscoll and illustrated by Meredith Hamilton.

To ward off boredom these hot summer days, I’ve come up with a few ideas to explore with your friends and family.

  • Make up a new sport- Instead of Leap Frog, what about Roll Dog or Inch Worm?

  • Change up the scenery- Set up a tent or a picnic area in your backyard and pretend to be in another country or even on another world. Decorate and maybe try new and different foods.

  • Write out and act a play- Let the kids make up a story and design a set.

  • Have a bubble blowing contest. This could be how many soap bubbles one can create or you could see who can blow the biggest bubblegum bubble.

  • Make nature art- using rocks, twigs, and whatever else you can find outside, design a masterpiece.

What I’ve been reading and enjoying… “Goblin mode : how to get cozy, embrace imperfection, and thrive in the muck” by McKayla Coyle & illustrated by Marian Churchland and “Edward Lear’s The Scroobious Pip


Friday, July 5th & July 19th

Teen Game Night 6-9 pm

Saturday, July 13th

Teen Café- China 5:30-8:30 pm

Saturday, July 27th

Mancos Days Teen Movie 7:30-10 pm

Children’s Librarian – from the desk of Erin Bohm

School’s Out!

Avoiding the Summer Slide


Core skills like reading, writing and math take practice. Just like playing a sport, you wouldn’t stop for months at a time and expect to maintain your progress. Regardless, many kids close their books at the end of the school year and wait until August to open them back up. The “summer slide” is real and it affects students every year.

So what exactly can students lose over the course of a two-month summer vacation?

  • 2.6 months of math skills

  • 2 months of reading skills

  • 4 to 6 weeks: Average time it takes to re-teach students the lost material in the fall

Beating Summer Brain Drain! Avoid the dreaded summer slide!

  • Visit your local library for books and programs.

  • Take family photos and encourage scrapbooking.

  • Write letters to relatives and friends.

  • Listen to audiobooks on a road trip.

  • 9 in 10: Number of kids who say they would be more likely to finish a book they picked out themselves

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Circulation – from the desk of Bernadette Tuthill


July will be a super busy month starting with the Fourth of July holiday and ending with Mancos Days!

Need to take a little break? Play the word search below and then find an author and read one of their Books.

Technology – from the desk of Kira Taylor

Hello all,

With the spring weather comes outdoor recreation. Technology can help! There are all kinds of fun and educational apps that can enhance or direct your time outside. Here are a few that I particularly recommend:

1) AllTrails and Gaia GPS: We have a lot of amazing hiking trails

and dirt roads around here. Want to ensure you won’t get lost,

plan a trip, or see what established trails are in your area? Both

of these apps are good for it.

2) TrailForks, MTBProject, MTProject: Want to climb or

mountain bike but don’t know the local routes? Trailforks and

MTBProject are popular mountain bike map apps and

MTProject will show you established climbing routes. All three come with user reviews, route beta, and photographs.

3) Merlin and iNaturalist: What was the medium sized

mammal that just ran across the road? What’s that bird

call? What’s the name of the creeping plant that’s taking

over your yard (hint: it’s definitely bindweed). Merlin will

identify birds using sounds, pictures, or a step-by-step

ID guide, and will put anything new on your “life list” for


iNaturalist can help you with plants and animals by

posting your observations on a community board that is

frequented by scientists and experts. Not only can you

learn something, but your observations contribute to

“citizen science”!

Hope everyone is having an enjoyable spring!

Word from Friends of the Library

Mancos Days Book Sale Coming!

Next up is the annual Mancos Days Book Sale with the Friends-only Ice Cream Social kicking it off on Thursday, July 25 and the main event running Friday and Saturday.

We’ll be organizing for that on Tuesday, July 2 at our regular monthly meeting at 4 pm in the library conference room.

Join us if you can.

Friends is a volunteer organization that supports and promotes the Mancos Public Library. To become a member, go to and download the membership form. The link can be found at the bottom of the page. It’s a mere $10/year and your membership dues go to our amazing Mancos Public Library.

Questions about Friends can be directed to Anne at:

Wow! A very generous library lover bid whopping $600 to win a night in “A Room with a View” during the Friends’ annual Jersey Jim auction! Thank you! Thank you to all who promoted the auction and all who bid. And a big thank you to the Jersey Jim Foundation for their continued support of the Mancos Friends of the Library!

Friends logo hats are at the library and can be purchased for $20.