1900 East Third Ave. Contact: 375-3380, www.durangopubliclibrary.org.
Dec. 1, 1-3 p.m.: SJBPH Free Rapid HIV and Hep C Tests. San Juan Basin Public Health will host a clinic to provide free HIV and Hepatitis C tests at the library. Rapid test results are available within several minutes. HIV testing is recommended anytime you have a new partner. Also, take-home STI kits will be available. Call Ashley at SJBPH with any questions: 335-2015. $5 gift cards for testing.
Dec. 1, 4-5 p.m.: Teen Time – Game Café. Join us on the north patio for all kinds of games and some fun tech after school. Bring your friends.
Dec. 1, 6-7:30 p.m.: Word Honey Poetry Workshop. Join us at the Hive’s indoor skate park (1150 Main Ave., Suite A) for a poetry writing workshop.
Dec. 2, 10:30-11 a.m.: Family Storytime. Bundle up for an interactive outdoor storytime. Stories, songs, rhymes and other fun activities perfect for children ages 0-5 and their parents and caregivers.
Dec. 3, 3:30-4:30 p.m.: LEGO Club. Join us on the riverside patio to build, create and play with the library’s LEGO collection.
Dec. 8, 4-5 p.m.: Teen Time – Crafternoon. Join us in making some fleece blankets to donate to the La Plata Humane Society for dogs and cats in the shelter to snuggle. Bring your friends.
Dec. 9, 10:30- 11 a.m.: Family Storytime. Bundle up for an interactive outdoor storytime. Stories, songs, rhymes and other fun activities perfect for children ages 0-5 and their parents and caregivers.
Dec. 10, 3:30-4:30 p.m.: STEAM Lab. Build, explore, create and problem-solve. Fun STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) based activities.
Dec. 15, 4-5 p.m.: Teen Time – Game Café. Join us on the north patio for all kinds of games and some fun tech after school. Bring your friends.
Dec. 15, 6-7:30 p.m.: Word Honey Poetry Workshop. Join us at the Hive’s indoor skate park (1150 Main Ave., Suite A) for a poetry writing workshop.
Dec. 16, 10:30-11 a.m.: Family Storytime. Bundle up for an interactive outdoor storytime. Stories, songs, rhymes and other fun activities perfect for children ages 0-5 and their parents and caregivers.
Dec. 17, 3:30-4:30 p.m.: LEGO Club. Join us on the riverside patio to build, create and play with the library's LEGO collection.
Dec. 24: Library closed for holiday.
Dec. 25: Library closed for holiday.
Dec. 27: Library closed for holiday.
395 Bayfield Center Drive, Bayfield. Contact: 884-2222, www.prlibrary.org.
Vaccine Clinics: Pine River Library will host three San Juan Basin Public Health Vaccine Clinics this month: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 1, 8 and 15. The Upper Pine Fire District is partnering with SJBPH and Pine River Library to provide vaccines to the public. They will have Pfizer (ages 12 and older) and Moderna (ages 18 and older) vaccines. No ID or insurance required. Call 585-6121 with questions. For more information, visit https://bit.ly/3nJy7hI.
Storywalk: Take a stroll through the library garden while reading a picture book set up page by page at stands along the path. This month, our book is “The Mitten” by Jan Brett. Visit after dark and enjoy the special holiday lights in the garden, thanks to the Pine River Centennial Rotary Club.
Thinking Money for Kids Exhibit: From mid-December to mid-January, Pine River Library will host a traveling exhibition designed to teach kids and their families about money, thanks to a competitive national grant from the American Library Association and the FINRA Investor Education Foundation. Thinking Money for Kids is a new multimedia experience for children ages 7 to 11, as well as their parents, caregivers and educators. The interactive exhibit uses games, activities and a fun storyline to help children understand what money is and its function in society. They will also learn about making financial decisions, the value of money and concepts such as fairness, responsibility and charitableness.
This month, look for these recurring events for kids:
Wednesdays, 9:30-10:30 a.m.: Storytime. Stories, songs and a craft.
Wednesday, Dec. 8, 10-11a.m.: Kindergarten Readiness Workshop. On the second Wednesday of each month, childhood developmental experts from the Early Childhood Council will have workshops for caregivers of children ages 0-5 to get them ready to thrive when they start school. Families that attend will receive activity packs including books to take home.
Fall after-school programs are currently full. We will reopen registration for our winter programs in the latter half of December. Stop by the library or call the library for details.
Join us for weekly programs for middle and high schoolers.
Wednesdays, 3:45-5 p.m.: Teen Time. Join us for a wide variety of fun activities.
Fridays, 3:45-5 p.m.: Teen Lounge. Hang out and game each week.
Plus a special event:
Friday, Dec. 17, 4-5:30 p.m.: Manga Ornaments. Repurpose old Manga books into cool new tree ornaments. Snacks and fun will be had by all.
Weekly Exercise Classes.
All you need is a yoga mat and a water bottle. Some yoga tools such as blocks, a blanket and a strap are encouraged. Cost is $10 for a single class, $45 for a five pass and $75 for a 10 pass. Checks can be made out to Bayfield Parks and Rec.
Mondays, 9-10 a.m.: Mostly Yin Yoga. Targets the connective tissue, which are the joints, bones and ligaments. We remain in many of the poses longer than in a traditional yoga class, which can be challenging for our body as well as our mind. The class may be slower paced, but it gives our mind time to quiet down, our breath to soften and our connective tissue to be stimulated. We will experience the balance between movement and stillness. Tools such as blocks and blankets are encouraged for this class. This class is accessible for all levels. We will experience the balance between movement and stillness.
Wednesdays, 8-9 a.m.: Yoga Flow. Yoga Flow lets us move dynamically from one posture to another. We create a meditative state with the flow and rhythm of our breath and the warming, lengthening and strengthening of our muscles in all the movements of our bodies.
Fridays, 10-11a.m.: Yoga & Deep Relaxation. This free class consists of a gentle warm up, a mix of poses and deep stretches on the floor accompanied by a 10-minute deep relaxation to help relieve stress and to promote the body’s natural healing.
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:15-9 a.m.: Full Body Fit. Free HIIT-style workout that uses just body weight and light hand weights. These classes are taught by Tammy Williams, certified fitness instructor. All ages and fitness levels are welcome. Follow @Body & Soul on Facebook for more details.
Saturdays, 10-11 a.m.: Strength and Alignment. This free class is designed to improve your overall strength and realign your body. We will work with weights and also body weight. The class also includes corrective exercises and activities to strengthen your core and increase flexibility and mobility. Bring a yoga mat, a water bottle and friends. All ages and fitness levels are welcome.
Dec. 3, 10-11 a.m.: Rambling Readers. Ready to get outside? Join our small, friendly, group of “Rambling Readers.” We will meet on the first Friday of every month at the gate to Saul’s Creek just off U.S. Highway 160 in Bayfield, take a gentle walk and spend an hour discussing our favorite reads or whatever else interests us. Call the library at 884-2222, ext. 1, for directions to the meeting spot.
Dec. 6, 6-8:30 p.m.: Classic Movie Monday. “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” (1945).
Dec. 8, 10-11a.m.: Kindergarten Readiness Workshop. On the second Wednesday of each month, childhood developmental experts from the Early Childhood Council will have workshops for caregivers of children ages 0-5 to get them ready to thrive when they start school. Families that attend will receive activity packs including books to take home.
Dec. 8, 2-3 p.m.: Bookmarks Book Club. BookMarks is open to all adults. The Library provides the books, the discussion leader and a place to gather outside. Stop by the library to request a copy of the December book (“Wolf Winter” by Cecilia Ekback).
Dec. 8, 6:15 p.m.: Regular monthly meeting of the Library's Board of Trustees.
Dec. 10, 3:30-5:30 p.m.: San Juan Basin Public Health HIV Rapid Testing. Free HIV and Hepatitis C tests. Rapid test results are available within several minutes. HIV testing is recommended anytime you have a new partner. Also take-home STI kits will be available. Call Ashley at SJBPH with any questions at 335-2015.
Dec. 11, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.: Adult CPR/First Aid Class. This American Heart Association accredited CPR and First Aid course will run from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The class is a combination of AHA-sanctioned videos and hands-on practice and testing. Cost is $30 per person. Pre-registration by Dec. 4 required. Call the library at 884-2222 to register.
Dec. 13, 6-8:30 p.m.: ’50s TV Christmas Episodes. “The Amos and Andy Show,” “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet” and “The Honeymooners.”
Dec. 14, 10-11 a.m.: Card Making at the Pine River Senior Center. Join us at the Pine River Senior Center every second Tuesday of the month and create two beautiful handmade cards. 100% free.
Dec. 16, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Spanish Conversation Hour. Practice your Spanish in an informal setting. All ages and language levels welcome.
Dec. 17, 11:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.: Pine River Senior Center Outreach. Books and DVDs available for check out, delivered at the Senior Center with an extended loan period (four weeks, rather than the standard one to three weeks) each month.
Dec. 18, 12-2:30 p.m.: CDPHE Pediatric Vaccine Clinic.
Dec. 20, 6-8:30 p.m.: Classic Movie Monday. “White Christmas” (1954).
Dec. 21, 5-7 p.m.: Fireside Evening in the Library Garden of Lights. Everyone is invited to come enjoy a festive fireside evening in the Library Garden of Lights. The garden features a winter-themed storywalk of Jan Brett’s classic picture book, “The Mitten.” The Pine River Valley Centennial Rotary Club has decorated the library garden with holiday lights and forest greenery to help bring the story to life and chase away the cold winter nights. Stroll through the garden and enjoy the lights and charming storybook. Then warm up around the library firepit with hot chocolate and a DIY s’mores bar on the longest night of the year. There will also be a special storytime at 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. around the fire.
Dec. 24 and 25: Library closed.
Dec. 31 and Jan. 1: Library closed.
Fort Lewis Mesa Library, 11274 Highway 140. Contact: 588-3331, ext. 3802, email@example.com.
Sunnyside Library, 75 County Road 218. Contact: 375-3816, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Southwest La Plata libraries present a new collection of Bookpacks and Launchpads. All items are available for checkout from either library from 3-7 p.m. Monday to Friday. Bookpacks bring together the simplicity of audiobooks and their print versions to deliver a fun and educational read-along experience to children of all ages. Titles include story collections from Frog and Toad, Nate the Great, Harry, the Dirty Dog, Curious George, Caps For Sale and Miss Nelson is Missing, both with additional storybook classics. Juvenile fiction titles include “The Lightning Thief,” “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” “The Dragonet Prophecy,” “Pax, Hoot” and “Tuck Everlasting.”
Launchpads are tablets pre-loaded with content, designed with a simple interface and made to be passed from one set of hands to the next. No download time. No need for Wi-Fi. Access to powerful content is simple as turning on each device — anytime, anywhere. Titles include Imagination Station! STEAM SuperPack, Outta this world!, Mega Math Party, ABCs Just For Me and Homework Done. Time for Fun. Call Tricia at 375-3816 for more information.
After School Programs – Fort Lewis Mesa and Sunnyside libraries are offering free two-hour after school programs on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Open to all residents and children grades K-five. Tuesdays are “Groovy Game Day” and on Thursdays, kids will “Make and Create.” Thirty minutes per session is reserved for reading, homework or quiet individual play. Call 375-3816 for more information or to register.
Sunnyside Book Club – meets at 5:30 p.m. the fourth Monday of every month. “Untamed” by Glennon Doyle will be the discussion topic on Nov. 22. Call Nycole for more information: 799-3500.
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.
470 Goddard Ave. Ignacio. Contact 563-9287, www.ignaciolibrary.org.
Wednesdays, 10 a.m.: Storytime. Stories, songs, dancing, crafts and more to help your child learn and have fun.
Wednesdays, 2 p.m.: Kidz Klub. Elementary school children are invited for science experiments, games, crafts and more.
Wednesdays, 3 p.m.: IDEA LAB classes. Practice the techniques of video production while learning the basics of stop motion animation.
Thursdays, 1 p.m.: Knitters Group. Join knitters for a beverage and a chat in the Community Room.
Fridays, 10 a.m.: Open Art Studio. Work on your art projects, receive help and advice, and enjoy conversation with other local artists. Guests and new members always welcome.
Saturdays, 10 a.m.: IDEA LAB classes. Practice the techniques of video production while learning the basics of stop motion animation.
Dec. 1, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.: Veteran Services. Greg Dotson, the La Plata County Veteran Services Officer, will start hold regular office hours every first Wednesday of the month. Appointments in Ignacio can be made by calling 759-0117 or 382-6150. Walk-ins are welcome.
Dec. 3, 9-10 a.m.: Books and Brews.
Dec. 8, 2-3 p.m.: Stuffed Animal Sleepover. Wear your pajamas and bring your stuffed friend and leave your stuffie overnight for their library adventure. Who knows what mischief your stuffie will get into while they are sleeping over at the library! When you come back Thursday morning to pick up your stuffie, they will have a photo memory book to share with you of their adventures.
Dec. 9, 1-4 p.m.: Project Cricut. Explore your creative side with the Cricut machine. Bring in your own project or $10 for each design of a book bag or white child T-shirt. Registration required. Sign up at the service desk.
Dec. 10, 5-6 p.m.: Night Sky Viewing Party No. 3. The third in the series of Night Sky Viewing Party presentations will focus on the moon. Bring warm clothing and a chair. Telescopes will be available for the public.
Dec. 15, 6:15-7 p.m.: ICL Board of Trustees Meeting.
Dec. 20, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.: Mystery Book Club. Lunch, mystery and good discussion. Attendees will need to bring their own lunches this month.
Dec. 27-29: Escape Room. Test your skills with the escape room, Escape: Murder in the Forgotten Tomb. Sign up for one of the 12 time slots available: 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. or 5 p.m. The escape room should take an hour to solve, and groups of four to six people can sign up in advance by calling the ICL and taking an available time slot. There will be a $10 deposit for holding your spot. If you are no longer able to attend, let the ICL know as soon as possible.
Dec. 29: Space Shuttle Build. Join fellow makers in the IDEA LAB to help assemble the NASA Space Shuttle Discover model No. 10283. We will start at 10 a.m. and you can come and go as you wish. As always, all ages and abilities and no registration required.
2101 Farmington Ave., Farmington. Contact (505) 599-1270, www.infoway.org.
Closure dates: Fridays and Sundays.
Dec. 2, 6-8 p.m.: Reel Readers – “ Stardust.” Join us for dinner and a movie as our Reel Readers series hosts “Stardust,” based on Neil Gaiman’s book. The movie stars Charlie Cox, Claire Danes, Siena Miller and Ian McKellen.
Dec. 7, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.: Kids’ Activity Box. Pick up an activity box for kids at the Youth Services Desk while supplies last.
Dec. 7, 6-7 p.m.: Craft: Embroidery Stars. Our last in-person craft night of the year. Get here early, as seating is very limited.
Dec. 9, 6:30-8:30 p.m.: An Evening with James McGrath Morris. Local author, biographer, journalist and historian James McGrath Morris will be here to talk about his new book, “Tony Hillerman: A Life.” There will be copies of his book available for purchase, as well as an author signing after the talk. We are thrilled to partner with Maria's Bookshop in Durango for this event. Get here early, as seating will be extremely limited.
Dec. 15, 6-8 p.m.: Trivia Night: NASA. Study now for trivia night at the library. It is no longer required to form groups, but you’re welcome to get great minds together for better odds. Individually or as a group, all are welcome to join in. Again, clever names for yourself or your group are welcomed. Seating is very limited, so get here early. Trivia starts at 6 p.m., with five rounds of five questions each. No outside sources will be allowed, and the winner(s) will be awarded a great prize.
Dec. 21, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.: Kids' Activity Box. Pick up an activity box for kids at the Youth Services Desk while supplies last.
Dec. 21, 4-5 p.m.: Farmington Public Library Advisory Board. The Farmington Public Library Advisory Board approves all policies for the library. The Advisory Board meets on the third Tuesday of every other month.