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February Library Events

Durango Public Library

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

Ongoing Events

Thursdays 10:30-11 a.m.: Family Storytime. Stories, songs, rhymes and other activities perfect for children ages 0-5 and their parents and caregivers.

Fridays 10:30-11 a.m.: Baby Storytime. A lapsit storytime for infants to 18 months. Interactive fun with music, stories, fingerplays, counting rhymes and playtime. Babies should bring their parents or caregivers.

Masks are highly encouraged for all events.

Events by Date

Feb. 1-4, All Day: Shakespeare Snowdown Scavenger Hunt: Shakespeare has taken over the library – we have hidden clues all over the building. Collect your instructions from the front desk any time, all week. Completed quests will be entered in a drawing for a Shakespeare prize basket.

Feb. 1, 4- 6 p.m.: Shakespeare Snowdown Crafts: No Elizabethan costume could be complete without that signature ruff. Craft your own version made from upcycled old books. Or, make one for your pet. Free and all supplies are included. Activity designed for teens and adults.

Feb. 1, 4-6 p.m. Snowdown for Teens: A Midsummer Night’s Dream Fairy Cosplay DIY: Create a twisted, floral fairy crown or a set of horns and a magical wand to go along with your headwear so you can join in the cosplay fun of Snowdown. For teens in grades 6-12.

Feb. 2, 4-5 p.m.: Shakespeare Snowdown Button Making: Deck yourself out in some Shakespearean flair. Create button pins using our designs or create your own. A fun, quick craft event for all ages.

Feb. 3, 3:30-4:30 p.m.: Snowdown – Explore Shakespeare through STEAM: Explore the Bard’s best-known works through STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) inspired activities.

Feb. 4, 10:30 a.m.: “Shake”spearean Preschool Soiree: Dance party for preschoolers and their adults. Dress up in your best Shakespearean-inspired outfit and “shake” the morning away.

Feb. 8, 6-7:30 p.m.: Word Honey Poetry & Zine Workshop. Join us at The Hive's indoor skatepark (1150 Main Ave., Suite A) and help us build a poetry zine.

Feb 10, 3:30-4:30 p.m.: LEGO Club. Build, create and play with the library’s LEGO collection.

Feb 10, 6-7:30 p.m.: Teen Night – Anti-Valentine’s Day Party: Seek refuge from the mushiness and join us for a party where hearts, Cupid, the color red and public displays of affection are banned and black clothing is encouraged. Join us to create your own anti-romance card, write the worst (best?) breakup letter, have a go at our lovey-dovey piñata and more. For teens in grades 6-12. Everyone must register to attend. And don’t be late.

Feb. 14, 10:30 a.m.-noon: Early Literacy Playdate. Explore early literacy and learning through hands-on sensory activities. Be ready to move, build, play and create. Perfect for children ages 0-5.

Feb. 17, 3:30-4:30 p.m.: STEAM Lab – Forensics Frenzy Friday. Build, explore, create and problem-solve. This week: An exploration of forensic science.

Feb. 20: Library closed for holiday.

Feb. 22, 4- 5 p.m. Teen Time: Climate Book Club. Join us in the Teen Library for a book club led by the Green Team at DHS. The book club will meet the last Wednesday of every month and discuss topics related to climate change and how teens can make a difference. This month, we’re talking about “Fuzzy Mud” by Louis Sachar. If you need a book, ask at the Teen Office. Everyone in grades 6-12 is welcome.

Feb. 22, 6-7:30 p.m.: Word Honey Poetry & Zine Workshop. Join us at The Hive’s indoor skatepark (1150 Main Ave. Suite A) and help us build a poetry zine.

Feb. 24, 3:30-4:30 p.m.: LEGO Club. Drop in to build, create and play with the library’s LEGO collection.

Pine River Library

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

Note: Preregistration for 2023 after-school children’s programs is available at www.prlibrary.org/kids-programs/.

Kids Programs

For the youngest patrons

Hopper's Storytime, Thursdays 11-11:30 a.m.: Drop in every week to read books, sing songs and make a craft. All ages welcome.

For Elementary Ages

Gamer Club, Mondays, 4-5 p.m.: Tabletop gaming, console video games, Roblox, Minecraft, Pokémon Go and more. Computers are provided, but gamers can bring their own laptop or Switches. This program is geared for grades 3 and older, but younger children are welcome to attend with a caregiver.

After School Adventure Hour, Tuesdays (grades K-2), Wednesdays (grades 3-5), 4-5 p.m.: Explore hands-on science, create Lego masterpieces and more.

NOTE: Arrange transport with the school district if you would like your child to ride the bus to the library after school. Parents or guardians of children younger than sixth grade must register their children in order for them to attend after school programs. Register your child at www.prlibrary.org/kids-programs/ or stop by the library.

Teen Programs

Tournament Tuesdays, Tuesdays, 4-5 p.m.: Every Tuesday join a new tournament and play for prizes. Trivial Pursuit, Spelling Bees, Card Games, Guitar Hero/Injustice and more.

Free Play Thursdays, Thursdays, 4-5 p.m.: Xbox, PlayStation, Oculus, food and fun.

Weekly Programs


Mondays and Wednesdays, 9-10 a.m.: This class combines the cool stillness of yin yoga and heat and flow of movement to create a balance that can be modified to work for every body. All you need is a yoga mat and a water bottle. Some yoga tools such as blocks, a blanket and a strap are encouraged. These classes are on a donation basis. Taught by Colleen Theobald and Robin Rogers. For more details, email colleen1yoga@gmail.com or robin53174@gmail.com.


Saturdays, 10-11 a.m.: Let’s gather and allow our children to witness and join our yoga practice. About the teacher: Lena is a mother who felt guilty about leaving her child to practice yoga, but also felt guilty about taking her child into yoga with her. She’s taught yoga for six years and wants to hold space for parents like her. This class is run on a donation basis. All levels and all ages.


These classes are hosted by local fitness instructors Brian and Tammy Williams. Follow them on the Mountaintop Movement Facebook page for more details.

Full Body Fit Class: Monday-Thursday, 8:15-8:50 a.m.: Work out using your own body weight or light hand weights to work all the body parts. The free classes are always similar in style but always different moves to keep it fun and fresh. You’ll need a yoga mat and light hand weights. If you don’t have them, there are extras that can be used. All ages and fitness levels are welcome.


Sundays, 1-3 p.m.: All are welcome. Whether you have been knitting and/or crocheting for years or you would like to learn, we are happy to have you and will do our best to help you get started.


Feb. 2, 4-6 p.m.: County Commissioner Matt Salka Office Hours: La Plata County Commissioner Matt Salka will hold in-person office hours from 4 to 6 p.m. the first Thursday of each month at Pine River Library, 395 Bayfield Center Drive, Bayfield. Members of the public are invited to meet with Salka to discuss county issues of interest or concern. For more information, call 382-6219.

Feb. 2, 6-7 p.m.: Valentine Making: All materials are provided and all ages are invited. Free.

Feb. 3, 6:30 p.m.: First Friday Flicks: Join us for a movie on the big screen the first Friday of each month. In February we’ll be showing “Top Gun: Maverick” (PG-13).

Feb. 6, 10-11 a.m.: Rambling Readers: Meet at the gate to Saul’s Creek just off U.S. Highway 160 in Bayfield to walk and talk books. Call the library at 884-2222, ext. 1, for directions.

Feb. 6, 6-8 p.m.: Typeset Writers’ Group: No rules, just writing. Each month, a member of the group will bring an article for discussion. Participants also have the option to bring two pages of their own writing to read aloud, but it’s not required. If you’d like to read your own writing, bring it in manuscript format.

Feb. 8, 2-3:30 p.m.: Bookmarks Book Club: 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 February book (“The House in the Cerulean Sea,” by TJ Klune).

Feb. 10: Library closed for staff development day.

Feb. 11, 1-3 p.m.: Community Artist Meetup: Local artists are invited to a quarterly community artists’ meetup. All mediums and all levels are welcome. Enjoy refreshments and connect with other artists about current projects, future ideas and what inspires you.

Feb. 14, 10-11 a.m.: Card Making at the Pine River Senior Center: Create two beautiful handmade cards. Free.

Feb. 15, 6:15 p.m.: Regular monthly meeting of the library’s Board of Trustees.

Feb. 16, 11 a.m.: “Love Your Library Luncheon”: The Friends of the Pine River Library will host a special Luncheon. All are invited to learn about the organization and its work supporting the library. There will also be an election of officers as well as free lunch. Yearly membership dues are $10/individual, $20/family, $50/business and lifetime membership is $100/individual.

Feb. 20: Library closed.

Feb. 21, 1-2:30 p.m.: Death Café: Pine River Library is one of many groups in 79 countries across the world that host Death Cafés. A time and place where people come to share food, drink tea or coffee, and discuss death openly and honestly.

Feb. 23, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Spanish Conversation: An hour of conversation. Practice Spanish in an informal setting. All ages and language levels welcome.

Feb. 24, 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.

Feb. 25, 1-4 p.m.: Needle felting: Join in the needle-felting fun. Learn to use special felting needles and wool to create mattresses, rolls and wraps that will turn into a little frog. Techniques will transfer to creating a variety of other creatures. The felting kit includes tools and enough roving to make the frog and one or two more animals at home. Preregistration required. $25 materials fee due upon registration. Stop by the library or call 884-2222, ext. 1, to register.

Ignacio Community Library Upcoming Events

470 Goddard Avenue, Ignacio, ignaciolibrary.org, 970.563.9287

Valentine Craft Day: Friday, Feb. 10 at 1 p.m.: Valentine’s Day Cricut crafts. Other crafts will also be available. Free. No signup required.

Champagne Murder Mystery Party: Tuesday, Feb. 14 at 4 p.m.: A live action game. A murder has been committed and you’ll be surrounded by suspects and you must find the killer and solve the mystery. Food and beverages will be provided. Free, no sign-up required. Call 563-9287 for more details or to inquire about being an actor in the game.

Regular Programs

Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.: Open Art Studio: Work on art projects, receive help and advice, and enjoy conversation with other local artists. Guests and new members always welcome.

Wednesdays at 10 a.m.: Storytime: Stories, songs, dancing, crafts and more to help your child learn and have fun.

Wednesdays at noon: Electronics Hour: Tune up your skills or learn something new. Electronic-based projects and more.

Thursdays at 9:30 a.m.: Feldenkrais Movement Class: Improve flexibility and coordination by learning to abandon habitual patterns of movement and develop new alternatives. Free, no sign-up required.

Thursdays at 1 p.m.: Knitters Group: Knitters meet for a beverage and chat in the Community Room.

Fridays at 12 p.m.: Sewing Group: A new regular program. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, you're invited for some fun around sewing projects and crafts.

Southwest La Plata Library District

Fort Lewis Mesa Library, 11274 Highway 140, Hesperus. Contact: 375-3816, chris@swlplibrarydistrict.org. The library is located inside Fort Lewis Mesa Elementary School and has books for all ages. Open to the public 2:30-7 p.m. Monday through Friday; contactless pickup and drop off available 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Sunnyside Library, 75 County Road 218, Durango. Contact: 375-3816, cheryl@swlplibrarydistrict.org. The library is located inside Sunnyside Elementary School and has books for all ages. Open to the public 3-7 p.m. Monday through Friday; contactless pickup and drop off available 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Ongoing Events

Powerhouse Pass Program – Sunnyside Library and Fort Lewis Mesa Library have Powerhouse Passes available for check out at each library. The pass will allow you and your immediate family free entry to the Powerhouse Science Center. Passes can be checked out on an adult library card for one week.

Check Out State Parks Program – Fort Lewis and Sunnyside Libraries have “Check Out State Parks” backpacks available for check out. Each pack includes a pass for free entry to Colorado state parks, binoculars, wildlife viewing guides and park information. The pack can be checked out on an adult library card for one week.

February Events

Feb. 1-10: Share Some Love at Fort Lewis Mesa Library. Stop by between 2:30 and 7 p.m. any day and make Valentine cards for your loved ones. You can also help create cards for residents of local assisted living facilities.

Monday, Feb. 6: Libraries are open 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Schools closed for teacher work day.

Wednesday, Feb. 15, 3 p.m.: Fort Lewis Mesa book club meeting in the Fort Lewis Mesa Library. Contact chris@swlplibrarydistrict.org for more information. All are welcome.

Monday, Feb. 20: Libraries are closed for Presidents Day.

Monday, Feb. 20, 4 p.m.: Southwest La Plata Library District board meeting. Visit swlplibrarydistrict.org for location details.

Tuesday, Feb. 21, 3-5 p.m.: Announcing Edible Books 2023 at Sunnyside Library. Choose a book, represent it with edible items and bring your creation to share. All are welcome, with or without an edible book.

Monday, Feb. 27, 5 p.m.: Sunnyside Book club meeting in the Sunnyside Library. Contact cheryl@swlplibrarydistrict.org for more information. All are welcome.