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July library events

Durango Public Library

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

Ongoing Programs

June 8-July 31: Summer Reading Program. Read and win prizes. There will be programs and events for babies, kids, teens and adults.

Tuesdays, June 8-July 31: Activity kits for all ages. Kits include necessary supplies for one person to complete a project and are available for pre-school, elementary, teen and adult age levels. New kits are released every Tuesday.

Events by date

July 1, 10:30 a.m.: Outdoor Family Storytime. Stories, songs and rhymes for children ages 0 to 5 and their parents and caregivers. All unvaccinated people are requested to wear a mask during outdoor events.

July, 4-5, all day. Library closed for the July 4 holiday.

July 6 ,11 a.m.: Summer Reading Show: Ann Lincoln. A blend of magic, comedy and animal helpers. Free and open to the public.

July 9, 10 a.m.: Sidewalk Chalk Zoo. Create a chalk zoo to celebrate Summer Reading Program, Tales and Tails. Drop-in program for children and families of all ages. Materials provided.

July 13, 10 a.m.: Summer Reading Show: Nature’s Educators. Meet three animal ambassadors and learn general information about them.

July 13, 1 p.m.: Summer Reading Show: Nature’s Educators Talon Talk. Learn the characteristics that define raptors and why they are important to ecosystems.

July 15, 10:30 a.m.: Outdoor Family Storytime. Stories, songs and rhymes for children ages 0 to 5 and their parents and caregivers. All unvaccinated people are requested to wear a mask during outdoor events.

July 21, 10 a.m.: FrankenToy Frenzy. Destroy old toys and create a new FrankenToy from the bits and pieces. Old toys and other supplies are provided, but participants may also bring old toys to use. Space is limited to 20. For ages 12 to 17.

July 21, 2 p.m.: A nontraditional book club to discuss whatever recent reads, shows and movies. To register, email spenser.snarr@durangogov.org.

July 23, 10 a.m.: LEGO Club. A drop-in event to create and engineer with the library’s Lego collection. Follow the daily challenge or create something new. Held on the library's back patio. All unvaccinated people are requested to wear a mask during outdoor events.

July 28, 6 p.m.: Word Honey: Inspire. Join the Hive and Durango Public Library for a free writing and performing workshop at 81301 Coffee Shop during the Animas City Night Bazaar. Bring an original piece to perform or come to create something new. Sharing is encouraged but not required.

July 29, 10:30 a.m.: Outdoor Family Storytime. Stories, songs and rhymes for children ages 0 to 5 and their parents and caregivers. 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.

Tails and Tales summer learning program: “Tails and Tales” Summer Learning Program includes drop-in activities for families, craft programs for teens, live animal visits and a beginning fly-fishing class. All events will be held outside with proper safety measures. The “Mammal Madness” competition will run throughout the summer, with different animals battling it out each week and participants filling out their brackets along the way. Participants earn entry to drawings for every activity they complete, including completing take-and-make kits or attending a program, committing an act of kindness, doing the StoryWalk and reading a book. For more information, visit www.prlibrary.org/2021-summer-learning-program.

Ongoing events (children)

StoryWalk. July 6-18, “Bug Detective” by Maggie Li. July 19-Aug. 1, “Follow that Frog” by Philip Stead.

PRL Kidcast. A school readiness podcast for caregivers (“Growing Readers”) the first Friday of the month and a storytelling podcast for kids (“A World of Stories”) the third Friday of the month. For more information, visit www.prlibrary.org/kids-podcast.

Story Craft Bags – Transfiguration with McGonagall.

Grab-and-Go Bags – Chromatography Butterflies. Learn how to separate the different colors in a marker and make butterfly art.

STEAM Learning Checkout Kits. “Animal Sensory Bins” stimulate the senses. For ages 4 and older. “Talking Microscope” is an interactive microscope that encourages an interest in biology, botany and overall curiosity. For ages 4 and older. “Aquatic Explorers” allows children to explore nature with a bug bucket kit and activity book. For ages 3 and older.

Growing Readers Together – Animal Storytelling. Pick up a set of photos of animals and start creating stories. This prepares children to read by engaging them with pictures and using them to tell a story.

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.

Monthly events (teens)

Take-and-make kits: “Sponger Shadow Art,” July 1. Use animal silhouettes and special art techniques to sponge paint a wall hanging. “Origami Animals,” July 15. Learn to fold origami with templates and links to helpful videos.

Monthly events (adult)

“Program in a Bag” kits: “DIY Cat Toys,” July 1. Make a jingly, catnip-stuffed toy. “Homemade Dog Treats,” July 15. Use the provided recipes and mold to make frozen or baked dog treats.

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

All month: Butterfly Hatching. Follow the butterfly life cycle from egg, to larva, to pupa to adult butterfly. Updates will be posted on Facebook and Instagram.

July 2, 10 a.m.: Rambling Readers: Meet at 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 discuss favorite pandemic reads and other topics. For directions, call 884-2222, ext. 1.

July 6, 11 a.m.: Teen Crafting, Horse Quilling. Learn to bend and twist strips of paper into patterns that are then glued down to create a horse picture.

July 7, 9:30 a.m.: Outdoor Storytime. Meet in the library park for stories and songs under the shade structure every Wednesday.

July 9, 3 p.m.: Insect Hotel. Help rebuild an insect hotel in the garden and learn about the bugs that will live there.

July 12, 10 a.m.: Live Animal Visit, Reptile Day. Meet Asmo, the library snake, and other reptiles, including Julieta the Tortoise.

July 13, 10 a.m.: Live Animal Visit, Humane Society Adoption Event. Meet pets available for adoption and learn about being an attentive pet parent.

July 14, 9:30 a.m.: Outdoor Storytime. Meet in the library park for stories and songs under the shade structure every Wednesday.

July 14, 10 a.m.: Live Animal Visit, Wolfwood. Learn about wolves, wolf rescue, rehabilitation and preservation.

July 14, 1 p.m.: Spanish Conversation. Practice Spanish in an informal setting. All ages and language levels welcome.

July 14, 2 p.m.: Bookmarks Book Club. Open to all adults. The Library provides the books, the discussion leader and a place to gather outside. Request a copy of the July book, “Becoming” by Michelle Obama, or the August book, “When Life Gives You Mangos” by Kereen Getten.

July 15, 10 a.m.: Live Animal Visit, Say hello to a horse. Meet a horse and learn more about horses.

July 20, 11 a.m.: Teen Crafting, Horse Hair Art. Decorate cups using glue sticks and horse hair, then paint the cup and lift off the horse hair for a unique design.

July 21, 9:30 a.m.: Outdoor Storytime. Meet in the library park for stories and songs under the shade structure every Wednesday.

July 21, 6:15 PM: Library’s Board of Trustees meeting.

July 24, 10 a.m.: Fly Fishing 101 with San Juan Angler fly fishing shop. Learn the basics of setting up a fly rod and beginner casting skills. All gear, equipment and tackle provided. Personal gear may be brought as well. Free. To register, call 884-2222, ext. 1.

July 24, 11 a.m.: Kiddie Fishing Pool. Pick up a pole from the front desk. Stay in household units and practice social distancing.

July 27, 11 a.m.: Teen Park Day, Chalk Art: Decorate the sidewalks with spray chalk, glitter chalk and regular chalk.

July 28, 9:30 a.m.: Outdoor Storytime. Meet in the library park for stories and songs under the shade structure every Wednesday.

July 28, 1 p.m.: Spanish Conversation. Practice Spanish in an informal setting. All ages and language levels welcome.

July 31, 11 a.m.: Ducky Race Challenge. Pick up duckies to race in the kiddie pool. Explore different mediums to propel duckies across the finish line.

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

One Book, One Community Read Program. Schools, families and the community will read Katherine Applegate’s 2013 Newbery Medal-winning book, “The One and Only Ivan.” The goal is to teach parents and adults to engage thinking strategies in children by reading aloud together, cultivating a lifelong love of books. Each family will receive the book, as well as these local organizations: Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, 4-H clubs, La Plata Youth Services, Boys & Girls Club and Big Brothers, Big Sisters. Funded by a $3,000 grant from the American Library Association: Libraries Transforming Communities.

Events by date

All summer: Summer Reading Program. All programs at 10 a.m.. Free to all.

July 7, 10 a.m.: Learn about mountain lions and bears with kits from Colorado Parks and Wildlife, including real fur, animals tracks and scat.

July 14, 10 a.m.: Wild Raptors. Learn about owls, including what they eat by dissecting an owl pellet.

July 21, 10 a.m.: Meet Cudo the “Miracle Dog” who performs tricks. Learn about dog obedience, plus Dr. Melaney will share favorite dog stories.

July 28, 10 a.m.: Party with Ruby Balloons and root beer floats. RSVP to 375-3816 or tricia.swlpld@gmail.com.

Farmington Public Library

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

Closure dates: Fridays and Sundays.

Holiday closure: July 2-5.

Ongoing Events

Mondays, 10 a.m., 2 p.m.: Virtual storytime. For grades K-six. Weekly themes. Details: (505) 599-1273 or fplys@infoway.org.

Tuesdays, 1 p.m.: Kids activity kits. Weekly themed project kits for grades K-six. Details: (505) 599-1273 or fplys@infoway.org.

Events by date

July 1, 2 p.m.: Virtual program with Mike Schneider, award-winning polka musician and accordion player. Watch on YouTube or Facebook. Details: (505) 599-1273 or fplys@infoway.org.

July 8, 2 p.m.: Outdoor program with Ann Lincoln. Live, family-friendly outdoor entertainment performance. Details: (505) 599-1273 or fplys@infoway.org.

July 14, 7 p.m.: Campfire Tales: Read the Book, See the Movie. “The Meg.” Adults 18 and older. Meet in the North Amphitheater. “The Meg” is a 2018 science fiction action film loosely based on the 1997 book “Meg: A novel of deep terror” by Steve Alten. Masks are encouraged. Details: Rachel Barber at (505) 599-1270 or rrbarber@infoway.org.

July 15, 2 p.m.: Virtual program with John Polinko, a magician who uses books and illustrations from a variety of authors and illustrators in his performance. Watch on YouTube or Facebook. All ages. Details: (505) 599-1273 or fplys@infoway.org.

July 20, 4 p.m.: Farmington Public Library Foundation Board meeting.

July 22, 1 p.m.: Drone obstacle course. Meet at the North Amphitheater. Register for a time slot. Complete two different drone obstacle courses with one of the library’s drones or a personal drone. Luke Renner will offer basic instruction from 2 to 3 p.m. Details: David Florez at David@infoway.org.

July 22, 2 p.m.: Virtual program with Luke Renner, the New Mexico Yo-Yo Slinger. Watch on YouTube or Facebook. Details: (505) 599-1273 or fplys@infoway.org.

June 23, 9 a.m.: Drone obstacle course. Meet at the North Amphitheater. Register for a time slot. Details: David Florez at David@infoway.org.

June 24, 10 a.m.: Drone obstacle course. Meet at the North Amphitheater. Register for a time slot. Details: David Florez at David@infoway.org.

July 28, 6 p.m.: Sunset Trivia – Disney. Held outdoors. All ages. Details: Amanda Wussow at (505) 566-2210 or amwussow@infoway.org.

July 29, 2 p.m.: Virtual program with Mike Schneider, award-winning polka musician and accordion player. All ages. Watch on YouTube or Facebook. Details: (505) 599-1273 or fplys@infoway.org.

July 31, 12:30 p.m.: Summer Concert, Cowboy Picnic. North Amphitheater. An in-person concert with storytellers Andy Offutt Irwin and Evelyn Roper. Details: Megan Bennett at (505) 599-1276 or mpbennett@infoway.org.

July 31, 6 p.m.: Summer Concert, Cowboy Cottonwood. An in-person concert with storytellers Andy Offutt Irwin and Evelyn Roper. Details: Megan Bennett at (505) 599-1276 or mpbennett@infoway.org.