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August library events

Durango Public Library

1900 East Third Ave. Contact: 375-3380, www.durangopubliclibrary.org.

Events by date

Aug. 1, all day: Free copies of Jon Meacham’s “The Soul of America,” available to patrons who sign up for a book club. Patrons may sign up for a book club from 6 to 7 p.m. Sept. 1 or from 2 to 3 p.m. Sept. 2 at the reference desk. Sign up and giveaway begin Aug. 1 while supplies last.

Aug. 12, 10:30 a.m.: Outdoor Family Storytime. Stories, songs, rhymes and other activities for children ages 0 to 5 and their parents and caregivers. Meet on the library’s northeast lawn. All unvaccinated people are requested to wear a mask during outdoor events.

Aug. 13, 10 a.m.: Friends of the Library Sidewalk Sale. Choose from books with the themes of homes and hobbies, political and social sciences and fiction authors J-Z. Cost is $1 per pound. All proceeds benefit the Durango Public Library.

Aug. 18, 2 p.m.: Virtual Book Club. Join the group to discuss recent reads and TV shows. To register, email spenser.snarr@durangogov.org.

Aug. 18, 5:30 p.m.: Join library staff at The Hive, 1150 Main Ave. Suite A, for a free poetry workshop.

Aug. 26, 10:30 a.m.: Outdoor Family Storytime. Stories, songs, rhymes and other activities for children ages 0 to 5 and their parents and caregivers. Meet on the library's northeast lawn. All unvaccinated people are requested to wear a mask during outdoor events.

Pine River Library

395 Bayfield Center Drive, Bayfield. Contact: 884-2222, www.prlibrary.org.

Access: Get an electronic library card to get access to e-books, e-audio books, videos, newspapers and more.

Help: To get an e-card or for general reference questions, including device and tech troubleshooting, call 884-2222, ext. 1. If no one answers, leave a message. Messages will be returned within 24 hours.

Staff Favorite Books of 2020: See the list of staff favorites from 2020 at www.prlibrary.org/staff-favorite-books-2020.

Ongoing Programs

The library is taking a break in August to recover from the Summer Learning Program and to gear up for the return of in-person programs in September. In September, these weekly and monthly events will be offered:

Weekly Events: Storytime (all ages), STEAM badge quest to learn a new skill and earn a badge (ages 6-10) and Gamers Club.

Monthly Events: Kindergarten Readiness Workshops with experts from the Early Childhood Council (ages 0-5), new family events and Storywalk featuring “We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga,” written by Traci Sorell and illustrated by Frane Lessac. The story follows Sorrel, a citizen of the Cherokee nation, through a year in the life of a modern Cherokee family.

Learning Checkout Kits: Family exploration kit to test the waters, Growing Readers Kit focused on socio-emotional storytelling and STEAM K’Nex engineering kit.

Discord groups: Visit www.bit.ly/prldiscord to join the server, then join Gamer Club at #gaming, Book Club at #shelf-discovery, and two channels for chatting about sciece and coding.

For Teens

Wednesdays: STEM projects after-school programming.

Fridays: Gaming activities.

Last Friday of the month: Food programs where teens make and eat interesting foods.

For Adults

Green Cleaning 101, Whole Grain Cooking, lectures about Teddy Roosevelt and Ancient Pueblo sites and other topics, and the Death Cafes series will resume.

Events by date

Aug. 6, 9 a.m.: Rambling Readers. Join the “Rambling Readers” the gate to Saul’s Creek just off U.S. Highway 160 in Bayfield on the first Friday of every month, take a gentle walk and spend an hour discussing favorite reads and other topics. For direction, call 884-2222, ext. 1.

Aug. 11, 1 p.m.: Spanish Conversation. An hour of practicing Spanish in an informal setting. All ages and language levels welcome.

Aug. 11, 2 p.m.: Bookmarks Book Club in-person. Open to all adults. The library provides books, a discussion leader and a place to gather outside. Visit the library to request a copy of the August book “When Life Gives You Mangos,” by Kereen Getten or the September book “The Big Finish,” by Brooke Fossey.

Aug. 13, 8 p.m.: Outdoor Movie Night: “WALL-E.” The movie will start around sunset. Bring a blanket or chair.

Aug. 18, 6:15 p.m.: Library’s Board of Trustees meeting.

Aug. 25, 1 p.m.: Spanish Conversation. An hour of practicing Spanish in an informal setting. All ages and language levels welcome.

Aug. 27, 8 p.m.: Outdoor Movie Night: “Holes.” The movie will start around sunset. Bring a blanket or chair.

Southwest La Plata Library District

Fort Lewis Mesa Library, 11274 Highway 140. Contact: 588-3331, ext. 3802, chris.conrad.swlpld@gmail.com.

Sunnyside Library, 75 County Road 218. Contact: 375-3816, tricia.swlpld@gmail.com.

Ongoing Programs

Lauchpads. Tablets loaded with learning apps, videos, games and more for interactive learning and play. No download time or need for Wi-Fi. To arrange checkout, call 375-3816.

New Programs

“Outside to Play” with the new outdoor collection at Sunnyside Library.

Thanks to a generous discount from Kroeger’s Ace Hardware the library now has croquet, lasso golf, Stick ’em Balls, scoop toss, Frisbee, Wiffle ball, assorted kickballs, soccer balls, footballs and basketballs for patrons to use on the playground and athletic fields.

Wi-Fi is also available 24/7 and the library has dozens of new items to check out.

The library at Sunnyside Elementary, 75 County Road 218, is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday through the start of school on Aug. 23.

For more information, call 375-3816.

Farmington Public Library

2101 Farmington Ave., Farmington. Contact (505) 599-1270, www.infoway.org.

Closure dates: Fridays and Sundays.

Events by date

Aug. 9, 11 a.m.: Foam Party outside on the north courtyard. Ann Lincoln brings live entertainment for the whole family. All ages. Details: (505) 599-1273 or fplys@infoway.org.

Aug. 9, 1 p.m.: Summer Reading Program T-shirt pickup at the library rotunda.

Aug. 12, 6 p.m.: An Evening with Susan Mihalic. Mihalic will discuss her best-selling book “Dark Horses,” as well as sign copies. Details: Amanda Wussow at (505) 566-2210 or amwussow@infoway.org.

Aug. 17, 1 p.m.: Take and Make Craft - DIY Washi Tape Decor.

Aug. 17, 4 p.m.: Farmington Public Library Advisory Board meeting.

Aug. 25, 2 p.m.: Genealogy Workshop. Learn how to search genealogy records and where to start searching. Seating is limited. Registration is required. Register: Megan Bennett at (505) 599-1276 or mpbennett@infoway.org.

Aug. 25, 6 p.m.: Trivia Night – Pokémon. Bring a team of three to four people, or join a group. All ages. Details: Rachel Barber at (505) 566-2204 or rrbarber@infoway.org.

Aug. 31, 6 p.m.: Craft Night – Light-up Shadow Box. Create a light-up shadow box. Ages 18 and older. Details: Rachel Barber at (505) 566-2204 or rrbarber@infoway.org.