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March library events

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

Tuesdays: Weekly activity kits for children and teens. Kits include 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, 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 preview: For June and July, Pine River Library will host two months of animal-themed fun for their “Tails and Tales” Summer Learning Program. The 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 library will also host a “Mammal Madness” competition throughout the summer, with different animals battling it out each week and participants filling out their brackets along the way. Participants get an entry to the 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 (youths)

StoryWalk: April’s book is “Thunder Rose” by Jerdine Nolen.

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 – Harry Potter: Pick up a house’s bag and show off house colors to get ready for the quidditch match.

Growing Readers Together – Express Yo-Self Grab-N-Go Bags: Literacy kits for caregivers of 0- to 5-year-old children. The May topic is social-emotional development with playmats and Play-Doh to help children recognize emotions.

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: Cloud Viewer Grab-N-Go bag and My First Magnet kit for ages 3 and older. Talking Microscope kit for ages 4 and older.

Monthly events (Teens)

Take-and-make kits: Microgardens. Start a windowsill sprout garden with four different kinds of seeds, recycled egg carton planters, soil and labeling sticks.

Monthly events (adult)

“Program in a Bag” kits: Pick up a free “Program in a Bag” kit. The “Grow a Flower Garden” and “Grow a Vegetable Garden” kits include seeds and general tips for starting a vegetable garden. Preregistration is required at www.prlibrary.org/program-in-a-bag-kits or call 884-2222, ext. 1. The “Ditch the Single Use Plastics” kit includes instructions and tips, with a metal straw, wax paper sandwich bags and a set of bamboo cutlery.

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

May 7, 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 (with proper social distancing) and spend an hour discussing favorite pandemic reads and other topics. For directions, call 884-2222, ext. 1.

May 12, 1 p.m.: Spanish Conversation in person. Practice Spanish in an informal setting. All ages and language levels welcome.

May 12, 2 p.m.: Bookmarks Book Club in person. Open to all adults. The library provides the books, a discussion leader and a place to gather outside. The May book is “Tomboy Bride” by Harriet Fish Backus and the June book is “Home Before Dark” by Riley Sage.

May 19, 6:15 p.m.: Library’s Board of Trustees meeting.

May 26, 1 p.m.: Spanish Conversation in person. Practice Spanish in an informal setting. All ages and language levels welcome.

May 31: Library closed for Memorial Day.

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

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.

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.

Farmington Public Library

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

Ongoing events (youths)

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 and Kids’ Craft. Instructions available at bit.ly/3ag3A3h.

Events by date

May 1, 10 a.m.: Guys Read, https://bit.ly/3nBnc85.

May 1, 11 a.m.: ’80s Dance Party.

May 6, 6 p.m.: Virtual Trivia Night – “Star Wars” Prequels. To join, contact Megan Bennett at (505) 599-1276 or mpbennett@infoway.org.

May 18, 4 p.m.: Farmington Public Library Foundation Board meeting.

May 20, 6 p.m.: Virtual Trivia Night – Indigenous Trivia. To join, contact Megan Bennett at (505) 599-1276 or mpbennett@infoway.org.