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February library events

Joint programs sponsored by all La Plata County libraries

Feb. 10, 6 p.m.: Chocolate, Good for the Heart and Soul. Nicole Clark, La Plata County CSU Extension family and consumer science agent, will explain why chocolate is good for the heart and soul and learn to make a chocolate treat. For login information, email darcy@prlibrary.org.

Feb. 24 , 6 p.m.: Give Your Energy to Movement. Learn the science and psychology of movement. Participate in a brief demonstration to learn how to get started. Hosted by Nicole Clark, La Plata County CSU Extension family and consumer science agent. For login information, email darcy@prlibrary.org.

Durango Public Library

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

Events by date

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

Tuesdays: Weekly activity kits for children and teens. Kits include the necessary supplies for one child to complete a project. Available for preschool, elementary and teenage levels. Each Tuesday, a new activity kit is released, and they are available while supplies last. Stop by during open hours to pick one up. To arrange a curbside pickup, call 375-3380 or email reference@durangogov.org.

Pine River Library

395 Bayfield Center Drive, in Bayfield. Contact: 884-2222, www.prlibrary.org.Pine River Library is currently operating with curbside service only.

Current hours: 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mondays-Fridays; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays; closed Sundays.

Curbside service: Call 884-2222, ext. 1, or visit www.prlibrary.org/curbside-checkout-program.

Holiday closures: Feb. 15

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 staff favorites from this year at www.prlibrary.org/staff-favorite-books-2020.

Ongoing events (youth)

For full details and program videos, visit www.prlibrary.org/virtual-youth-programs.

STEAM Grab-N-Go Bags: Free science, art or craft kit at the library via curbside service. February kits celebrate “Inventor’s Month” with inventing activities that build pattern-recognition skills and channeling creativity. Kits are: “Ucycled Dancin’ Bots” for ages 8 and older to build a dancing robot, and “Inventor’s Box” that contains materials and prompts for ages 5 and older to build and invent.

Storywalk: “Whoosh!: Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions,” by Chris Barton. The book tells the story of the man who invented the Super Soaker. Stop by the library and pick up an “Inventor’s Box” bag and create fun projects at home. New stories will be posted at the start of each month.

A World of Stories: An literacy storytelling podcast. Listening to oral stories also develops emerging literacy skills and is screen free. New storytelling podcasts are posted monthly at www.prlibrary.org/storytelling-podcast.

Story Craft Bags: Children’s librarian, Summer, creates monthly story craft bags that contain crafting, cooking, games and scavenger challenges based on popular books. The first grab bags invite child to join Camp Half-Blood and epic Greek adventures.

Discord: Join the virtual communication platform for Gamers Club at 3:30 p.m. Monday with #gaming, Book Club at 3:30 p.m. Thursday with #shelf-discovery and chat about science and coding any time. To join the library server, visit www.bit.ly/prldiscord.

New STEAM Learning Checkout Kits: “Russian Nesting Dolls,” for ages 3 and older, teach ordering and sequencing by size, fine motor skills and comparisons. “Magnetic Blocks,” for ages 3 and older teach problem solving, motor skills and shape recognition. “Solar Robot,” for ages 8 and older, comes with 190 pieces that can be built into 12 different types of robots.

Senior Planet Virtual Essentials Course: 10-11 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays starting Feb. 23. A free, five-week “Virtual Essentials” program for those over 60 years old. All sessions will run via Zoom. Topics will include, all things Zoom, protecting personal information online, online shopping, online health resources, telemedicine, mindfulness, introduction to social media, how to spot fake news, messaging apps and drones. Details: www.prlibrary.org/senior-planet-virtual-essentials-program. To register, call 884-2222, ext. 1.

Monthly events (adult)

“Program in a Bag” kits: Pick up a free “Program in a Bag” kit. Kits contain everything needed to get started on a new hobby, craft or recipe. January Kits are “Self Care” and “Valentine/Galentine Card Making.”

PRL PineCast: Updates about library programs, pitches for library staff members’ favorite books, the “Ask a Librarian” segment and Southwest history. New episodes release the first Friday of each month. Available on Apple, Spotify, Stitcher, Google, Amazon Music, Overcast and www.prlibrary.org/pinecast.

Events by Date

Feb. 5, 10 a.m.: Rambling Readers. Join a small group of “Rambling Readers” at the gate to Saul’s Creek off U.S. Highway 160 in Bayfield. Walk and discuss favorite pandemic reads or other interests. For directions, call 884-2222, ext. 1.

Feb. 10, 11:30 a.m.: Virtual Spanish Conversation. An hour of conversation via Zoom. Practice Spanish in an informal setting. All ages and language levels welcome. For log-in information, email darcy@prlibrary.org.

Feb. 10, 2 p.m.: Bookmarks Virtual Book Club. Open to all adults. The library provides books, discussion leader and a Zoom meeting. Call the library to request a copy of February’s book, “Nothing to See Here,” by Kevin Wilson, or the March book, “The Lions of Fifth Avenue,” by Fiona Davis via curbside service. For log-in information, email darcy@prlibrary.org.

Feb. 10, 6 p.m.: Chocolate, Good for the Heart and Soul. Nicole Clark, La Plata County CSU Extension family and consumer science agent, will explain why chocolate is good for the heart and soul. The discussion will conclude with a cook-along to make a chocolate treat. For login information, email darcy@prlibrary.org.

Feb. 17, 6:15 p.m.: Library Board of Trustees meeting.

Feb. 23, 10 a.m.: Senior Planet Virtual Essentials Course, session one.

Feb. 24, 11:30 a.m.: Virtual Spanish Conversation. An hour of conversation via Zoom. Practice Spanish in an informal setting. All ages and language levels welcome. For log-in information, email darcy@prlibrary.org.

Feb. 24, 6 p.m.: Give Your Energy to Movement. A one-hour, interactive webinar to learn the science and psychology of exercise. Participate in a brief demonstration to learn how easy it is to get started. Hosted by Nicole Clark, La Plata County CSU Extension family and consumer science agent. For log-in information, email darcy@prlibrary.org.

Feb. 25, 10 a.m.: Senior Planet Virtual Essentials Course, session two.

Southwest La Plata Library District

Fort Lewis Mesa Library located at 11274 Highway 140. Contact: 588-3331, ext. 3802, chris.conrad.swlpld@gmail.com.Sunnyside Library located at 75 County Road 218. Contact: 375-3816, tricia.swlpld@gmail.com.

Ongoing Programs

Fort Lewis Mesa Library located at 11274 Highway 140. Contact: 588-3331, ext. 3802, chris.conrad.swlpld@gmail.com.Sunnyside Library located at 75 County Road 218. Contact: 375-3816, tricia.swlpld@gmail.com.

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

Ages 3-5: “ABCs Just for Me,” learn about the alphabet, phonics and read with animals and friendly faces. “Now We’re Moving,” explore a variety of transportation modes while learning about creativity, critical thinking and problem solving.

Ages 5-7: “Math Blaster,” learn basic addition and subtraction, practice order of operations and sharpen critical thinking skills. “Mega Math Party,” travel through a math adventure that teaches addition, subtraction, grouping and word problems. “Exploring First Grade,” practice reading and comprehension skills, build early math skills, learn about the environment while strengthening strategic and critical thinking.

Ages 8-10: “The Moral of the Story – eBooks,” interactive books designed to improve reading comprehension. Listening while reading enables one to understand texts higher than one’s tested Lexile level. “Outnumbered,” learn advance skills in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Increase problem solving speed and strengthen strategic thinking skills. “Homework Done – Brain Breaks,” challenges, puzzles and matching games are the perfect reward for kids that finish their homework.

Ignacio Community Library

Located at 470 Goddard Ave., in Ignacio. Contact: 563-9287, www.ignaciolibrary.org.

Feb. 1, 9 a.m.: Flip Book Contest. Bring an original Flipbook Creation and fill out an entry form. Prizes for top three entries in two divisions: youth and adult (18 and older). Entries are due to the Ignacio Community Library by Feb. 28. Winner announced in March.

Feb. 1, 9 a.m.: Monthly Take-and-Make Kits. Available from the Makerspace at Ignacio Community Library through at least the May. Take and Make Kits supply a craft project for all ages and include most supplies. Any tools required are listed on the front of the kit. Pick up in the entry area of the library, inquire at the Service Desk or call to ask about delivery.

Feb. 12, 1 p.m.: Electric vehicle charge station Grand Opening. Meet in the Ignacio Library Parking Lot or attend via Zoom. Zoom login information available on www.ignaciolibrary.org.

Farmington Public Library

2101 Farmington Ave. Farmington. Contact: (505) 599-1270, www.infoway.org.Closure dates: Fridays and Sundays; Feb. 13.

Ongoing events (youth)

Mondays, 10 a.m.: Virtual Storytime. Ages 5 and younger. Available at bit.ly/3ag3A3h.

Tuesdays, 1 p.m.: Take and Make Craft Bag pickup. Instructions available at bit.ly/3ag3A3h. February kits, nail stamping and hot dog pillowcase.

Events by date

Feb. 3, 6 p.m.: Dinner, Drinks and Death. Virtual chat about true crime books via Zoom. Ages 18 and older. Details: Amanda Wussow at (505) 566-2210 or amwussow@infoway.org.

Feb. 6, 10 a.m.: Guys Read. Read, eat, and smash something virtually. Grades kindergarten to sixth. Available at bit.ly/3ag3A3h.

Feb. 11, 6 p.m.: Trivia Night – U.S. Presidents. Details: Amanda Wussow at (505) 566-2210 or amwussow@infoway.org.

Feb. 18, 6 p.m.: Author Talk with Dr. Katharine Brooks via Zoom. Co-author of “What Color Is Your Parachute?” and licensed professional counselor and a board certified coach. Ages 13 and older. Preregistration required. Register at bit.ly/2M3sNpF.

Feb. 25, 6 p.m.: Trivia Night – Big Bang Theory. Details: Amanda Wussow at (505) 566-2210 or amwussow@infoway.org.