Library News & Notes

Cortez Public Library

Cortez Library announces ongoing displays for fall

Karl Looff is currently displaying his fossil wood at the Cortez Public Library. The display is titled “Ancient Forests.” There is also a display of Christian iconography owned by Danny Roberts. Both will be at the library until the end of September. Douglas May is displaying his collection of cartoons on the wall through the end of October. The library is located at 202 N. Park St. and may be reached by calling 565-8117.

Storytime theme is fall

“Ah, Fall!” is the September theme of Raising Readers Storytime at the Cortez Public Library, 202 N. Park St. Storytime is held every Thursday and Saturday at 10:30 a.m. for preschool-aged children. Older children are welcome to join in for the craft at 11:15 a.m. on Thursdays. The Saturday Storytime is held, weather permitting, at the Cortez Farmers Market on the corner of Elm and Main St. Both days of the week will follow the same theme. On Saturdays there will be no craft.

“Squirrels” is the subject on Thursday, Sept. 6 and Saturday, Sept. 8. “Soup’s On!” will be discussed on Thursday, Sept. 13 and Saturday, Sept. 15. “Puppets Galore” will be presented on Thursday, Sept. 20 and Saturday, Sept. 22. “Let’s Talk About Football” will wrap up the month on Thursday, Sept. 27 and Saturday, Sept. 29. Raising Readers Storytime offers songs, stories, crafts and silliness and uses the Early Childhood Literacy Initiative program. For more information, contact the library at 565-8117.

Computer training classes in September

The Cortez Public Library, 202 N. Park St., will offer a series of computer training classes in September. All classes start at 1 p.m. On Thursday, Sept. 13, Computer Basics II will be taught. This class will cover: documents, folders, drives, saving and printing documents. On Friday, Sept. 14, the Southwest Colorado Workforce Center will instruct on various aspects of finding a job on the Internet, including: registering with the Workforce Center; updating your Workforce registration; conducting job searches statewide; applying for unemployment insurance; resuame preparation; and searching for state job applications. On Thursday, Sept. 27, Internet Searching for Beginners will be taught and will include the World Wide Web, URLs, links, web browsers, toolbars on web browsers, address bar, and simple searching tips and techniques. All classes must be signed up for ahead of time, as space is limited. Sign up by calling the library at 565-8117 or by stopping by.

MAncos Public Library

‘Precious Knowledge’ will screen at library

Mancos Public Library, 211 W. First. St., presents a screening of the critically acclaimed film, “Precious Knowledge” on Thursday evening, Sept. 6 at 7 p.m. in the Meeting Room at MPL.

“At Tucson High School, ethnic studies programs have improved graduation rates among Latino students. But some state politicians think ethnic studies promote “racial solidarity” and anti-Americanism. When books are banned and the programs eliminated, teachers and students fight back in a modern civil rights struggle.” A panel discussion will follow the film. Free and open to the public. For more information, call MPL at 533-7600.

Program on ‘The Life and Songs of Woody Guthrie’

The Mancos Public Library presents Hard Travelin’: The Life and Songs of Woody Guthrie by Colorado Author, Teacher and Performer, Daniel Blegen on Saturday, Sept. 8 at 6 p.m. in the MPL Meeting Room at 211 W. First St. 2012 is Woody Guthrie’s centennial year, a great time to remember this humble “Everyman.” In Hard Travelin’ Colorado author and performer Daniel Blegen discusses Woody’s life and sings his songs. This unique, one-hour lecture and mini-concert includes Woody’s Dust Bowl Ballads, his songs of the West, and his tributes to America’s farmers, factory workers and servicemen. Included are tunes like Hard Travelin’, Roll on Columbia, Union Maid, The Sinking of the Reuben James, So Long It’s Been Good to Know Yuh, and, of course, This Land Is Your Land. This program is free and open to the public. For more information call the library at 533-7600.

After school movies screen in September

The Mancos Public Library, 211 W. First St., will show the following movies on Mondays after school in September. Movies begin at 4 p.m. On Sept. 10, two episodes of “The Last of the Airbenders” will be shown; on Sept. 17, “Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace” will screen; and on Sept. 24, the library will present “Star Wars Episode II Attack of the Clones.” These showings are for ages eight and above, and are free. For more information, call MPL at 533-7600.

Community Cinema at library will present ‘Half the Sky’

Mancos Public Library (MPL) begins this season of Community Cinema with “Half the Sky” to be screened on Thursday, Sept. 13, in the meeting room at MPL at 7 p.m. A discussion may follow. “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide” is part of a landmark series based on the book by New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. Half the Sky follows celebrity activists America Ferrera, Diane Lane, Eva Mendes, Meg Ryan, Gabrielle Union, and Olivia Wilde as they travel to six countries and meet inspiring, courageous individuals who are confronting oppression and developing real, meaningful solutions through health care, education, and economic empowerment for women and girls. Film screenings are free. Call 533-7600 for more information.