May 21, 2024


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May library events – The Durango Herald

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Durango Public Library

1900 East Third Ave., contact: 375-3380,

Masks are highly encouraged for all events.

Ongoing Events:

Wednesdays, 4-5 p.m.: Tween Time. Games and crafts in the teen library. Ages 11-17 are welcome.

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

Fridays, 10:30-11 a.m.: Baby Storytime. A lapsit storytime for infants. Interactive fun with music, stories, finger plays, counting rhymes and playtime.

Events by Date:

May 4 and 18, 6-7:30 p.m.: Word Honey Poetry Workshop. At The Hive’s indoor skate park, 1150 Main Ave., Suite A. Write, read, share or just listen and enjoy. Writers of all ages and abilities are encouraged to join. Workshop repeats every other Wednesday night.

May 6, 3:30-4:30 p.m.: Super Fun Game Time Extravaganza. Tabletop and giant yard games for ages 5 to 12.

May 11, 4-5 p.m.: Great Garden Series: Natural Pesticides with Herbs. A presentation by Camilla Potter, Durango Botanical Gardens docent.

May 13 and 27, 3:30-4:30 p.m.: LEGO Club.

May 19, 5:30-8 p.m.: Friends of the Library Annual Meeting and Book Sale. Book sale is for members only. Membership purchase will be available at the door.

May 20, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.: Friends of the Library Book Sale. Books, DVDs and more sold at $1 per pound.

May 20 3:30-4:30 p.m.: STEAM Lab. Science, technology, engineering, art and math based activities.

May 21, 10 a.m.-11 a.m.: Durango Public Library Teen Council. Ages 12 to 17 welcome.

May 25, 4-6 p.m.: Great Garden Series: Ready, Set, Garden! Darrin Parmenter, La Plata County CSU Extension, will teach how to prepare a garden.

Pine River Library

395 Bayfield Center Drive, Bayfield. Contact: 884-2222,

Library will close May 30 for Memorial Day.

Sneak Peak: The Pine River Library has planned an ocean-themed two-month Summer Learning Program. The program will run in June and July and will feature live animal visits, weekly programs for all ages and two outdoor movies. There will be storytimes for the youngest participants, twice weekly STEAM programs for kids, and weekly movies and crafts for teens. Adult events include soapmaking, a mindful parenting class, a campfire author talk and more. The library will host a kickoff event from 5 to 6:30 p.m. June 3 at the library park. Everyone who registers will get a shark tooth. For more information, visit program/.

Ongoing Events:

For kids

All kids’ programs end the last week of school.

For the youngest patrons:

Wednesdays, 10:30-11:30 a.m.: Storytime. Drop in every week for stories, songs and a craft.

For elementary ages:

Mondays, 3:45-5 p.m.: Gamer Club. Celebrate all forms of gaming – tabletop gaming, console video games, Roblox, Minecraft, Pokémon Go and virtual reality. Computers are provided, but gamers can bring their own laptop or Switches. This program is geared for grades three and older, but younger children are welcome to attend with a caregiver.

Tuesdays, 3:45-5 p.m.: After School Explorers. For kindergarten through second grade. Explore STEAM projects. Test how strong we can make paper towers, create tie-dye bags and learn about symmetry through snowflakes. Every last Tuesday of the month will feature a special Lego challenge.

Thursdays, 3:45-5 p.m.: After School Discoverers. For third through fifth grades. Make STEAM discoveries. Extract strawberry DNA, build robot puppets and construct spinning art machines. Every last Thursday of the month will feature a special Lego challenge.

For more details and to register your child for after school programs, visit www. or stop by the library.

For teens

Wednesdays, 3:45-5 p.m.: Teen Lounge. Pop-up activities in the teen area.

Thursdays, 3:45-5 p.m., Boredom Buster. Different experiences to engage in, from sound bowls to crafts.

Fridays, 3:45-5 p.m.: Teen Lounge. Gaming with Oculus, XBox1, PlayStation 4s and assorted board games in the community room.

For adults

Weekly Exercise Classes:

Yoga with Colleen

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.

Full Body Fit

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.

Events by date:

May 3 and 10, 3:45-5 p.m.: Film and Drama Club. Learn about all the different elements that go into putting on a show or making a movie.

May 6, 10-11 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 spend an hour discussing favorite reads. Call 884-2222, ext. 1, for directions to the meeting spot.

May 10, 10-11 a.m.: Card Making at the Pine River Senior Center. Create two beautiful handmade cards for free.

May 10, 3:45-5 p.m.: Water Safety for Kids. The After School Explorers program will focus on water safety with guest speakers from the Southern Ute Tribe.

May 11, 10-10:30 a.m.: Kindergarten Readiness Workshop: Gross Motor Skills and Independence.

May 11, 2-3:30 p.m.: Bookmarks Book Club. Open to 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 May book, “One of Us is Lying” by Karen McManus, or the June book “Firekeeper’s Daughter” by Angeline Boulley.

May 11, 6-11 p.m.: Library Board of Trustees Meeting.

May 14, 5-6:30 p.m.: Russell Box Senior Artist Reception. The library is hosting an art exhibit of the works of Russell Box Senior. Box is an artist, spiritual leader and Southern Ute Elder whose works are also on display at the Smithsonian Museum of the Native American in Washington, D.C. Box will speak about his art and his book, “The Physical and Spiritual Journey of a Southern Ute Elder,” which was written with Judith A. Stone. Copies of the book will be available for sale at the event. Box’s art will be on display at the library until the end of June.

May 17, 1-2:30 p.m.: Death Cafe. 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. The aim is to increase awareness about death in order to help people make the most of their finite lives.

May 19, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.: Friends of the Library Monthly Meeting. The Friends of the Library support the efforts of library staff members through fundraising, volunteerism and advocacy in our community. All are welcome.

May 21, 6-7 p.m.: Beginner Conga. This introductory class will teach techniques, basic patterns and how to make different sounds with the conga. Bring a conga or use an extra provided by the instructor. The class is taught by local musician Mike Guttman, who has been a percussionist for 57 years. Registration required, stop by the library or call 884-2222, ext. 1 to register.

May 26, 12:30-1:30 p.m.: Spanish Conversation Hour. An hour of conversation. Practice Spanish in an informal setting. All ages and language levels welcome.

May 27 & 28, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.: Babysitter Training. Two-day training course trains teens (12 to 18 years old) on basic child care, nutrition, and an introductory understanding of early learning and social/emotional literacy skills. The training also features a full-day basic lifesaving course including CPR/First Aid training, allowing teens to receive official CPR/First Aid cards from the American Heart Association. Cost is $30 and must be paid before the class. The cost for recertification is $20. Registration required, stop by the library or call 884-2222, ext. 1 to register.

May 27, 12:30-1:30 p.m.: Pine River Senior Center Outreach. Books and DVDs available for check out, delivered to the Senior Center with an extended loan period (four weeks, rather than the standard one to three weeks) each month.

Southwest La Plata Library District

Fort Lewis Mesa Community Library, 11274 Highway 140, Hesperus. Contact: 375-3816, [email protected]. The library is located inside Fort Lewis Mesa Elementary School and has books for all ages. Open to the public Monday-Friday, 2:30-7 p.m., curbside pickup available from 9 a.m.-7 p.m.

Sunnyside Community Library, 75 County Road 218, Durango. Contact: 375-3816, [email protected]. The library is located inside Sunnyside Elementary School and has books for all ages. Open to the public Monday-Friday, 2:50-7 p.m., curbside pickup available 9 a.m.-7 p.m.

Libraries closed May 30 for Memorial Day.

Powerhouse Pass Program: Sunnyside Library and Fort Lewis Mesa Library now 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.

Sunnyside Book Club: The club meets at 5:30 p.m. the fourth Monday of every month at Sunnyside. Contact [email protected] for more information. All are welcome.

Free Mask and COVID-19 Test Distribution: Free masks and COVID-19 rapid tests are available for pick up at both library locations. Limit five masks and four tests per person per month.

After School Programs:

Fort Lewis Mesa Library

Tuesdays: Game Day

Wednesdays: Lego Day

Thursdays: Creative Art Day

Open to all children in kindergarten to fifth grade. Contact [email protected] or call 375-3816 for more information or to register.

Sunnyside Library

Tuesdays: Game Day

Thursdays: Create Day

Open to all children in kindergarten to fifth grade. Contact [email protected] or call 375-3816 for more information or to register.

Events by date:

May 17, 9:30 a.m.: Southwest La Plata Library District Board Meeting. At the La Plata County Administration Building, 1102 East Second Ave.

May 17, 2 p.m.: Friends of Southwest La Plata Library District Meeting. Via Zoom. Email [email protected] for details.

Ignacio Community Library

470 Goddard Ave. Ignacio. Contact 563-9287,

Ongoing Events:

Wednesdays, 10 a.m.: Storytime. Using stories, songs, dancing, crafts and more to help children learn and have fun.

Wednesdays, 3 p.m.: Idea Lab STEM Class. Learn video editing techniques to create slide shows, YouTube videos and post production for animation and more. The class will use the free and open source VSDC software so you can continue work at home with no additional cost. All ages are welcome. Children younger than 9 must be accompanied by an adult.

Thursdays, 1 p.m.: Knitters Group. Join a group of knitters for a beverage and a chat in the community room.

Fridays, 10:30 a.m.: Open Art Studio. Work on art projects, receive help and advice, and enjoy conversations with other local artists. Guests and new members are welcome.

Saturdays. 10 a.m.: Idea Lab STEM Class. Learn video editing techniques to create slide shows, YouTube videos and post production for animation and more. The class will use the free and open source VSDC software so you can continue work at home with no additional cost. All ages are welcome. Children younger than 9 must be accompanied by an adult.

Events by date:

May 5, 5:30 p.m.: Cinco de Mayo Party. BBQ food and fun. Listen to a live DJ and explore and enjoy our craft and demonstration booths.

May 20, 5 p.m.: Family Game Night. Card games, board games and games brought from home. Free snacks provided.

May 21, 10 a.m.: The Bees Needs & How You Can Help. Tina Sebestyen, Master Beekeeper Program Coordinator with the Colorado State Beekeepers Association, will teach how to keep backyard bees as healthy as possible.

May 26, 10 a.m.: Celebrating Your Legacy! Obituary Writing Workshop. Hosted by Brooke Smith.

Farmington Public Library

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

Library closed Sundays, Fridays and May 28-30.

Ongoing Events:

Every Other Tuesday, 11 a.m.: Kids Activity Box Pick Up.

Events by Date:

May 5, 6 p.m.: Anne Hillerman. Hillerman will discuss her latest novel, “The Sacred Bridge,” the next book in the “Leaphorn, Chee & Manuelito” series.

May 18, 4-5 p.m.: Famington Public Library Foundation.

May 19, 6:30-7:30 p.m.: San Juan College TRIO Center Financial Aid Talk.

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