What’s happening at the Estes Valley Library – Estes Park Trail-Gazette


Opening hours and services

Regular opening hours: Monday to Thursday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m

The library is open with unlimited access to collections, study rooms, meeting rooms and the makerspace. The second floor provides access to computers with printing capabilities. Free WiFi is available both inside and outside the library. Face masks are required inside as per the current Larimer County Health Code.

One book, one valley

“The Mountains Sing”: Books available

The title for 2022 is The Mountains Sing, an intergenerational tale of 20th-century Vietnam by Dr. Nguyen Phan Que Mai. Copies are available for loan. Other formats include digital eBook and eAudiobook.

“Good Morning Vietnam” at the Reel Mountain Theater

Friday, January 14, 7 p.m. and Saturday, January 15, 1 p.m

Show your library card for free entry to this acclaimed film about an irreverent disc jockey on Armed Forces Radio in 1965 in Vietnam. Rated R. Log in to estesvalleylibrary.org.

An evening with Dr. Nguyen Phan Que Mai

Saturday, January 29, 6-7:30 p.m. via Zoom

The grand closing event features a lecture and Q&A with the author as she discusses the research and writing of her novel and answers questions from Estes Valley readers. Register at estesvalleylibrary.org.

Early Literacy

Picture Book Researcher: “The Shape of Things”

Saturday, January 15, 11:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., Hondius room

Preschool-age families are invited to Storybook Explorers, where children ages 0-6 can participate in activities and take home a copy of the book. Sign in at estesvalleylibrary.org.

Pajama Storytime, with guest Nancy Bell

Wednesday, January 19, 6 p.m. to 6.30 p.m., children’s room

Especially for the 0 to 6 year olds and their families. Enjoy stories, songs, rhymes and moves with special guest, board-certified music therapist Nancy Bell. Sign in at estesvalleylibrary.org.

K-2 Book and Fun Club: “The Elephant’s New Shoe”

Saturday, January 22, 2 p.m. to 3.30 p.m., Hondius room

Children in grades K through 2 will explore topics that celebrate the people, countries and culture of Southeast Asia. Sign up at estesvalleylibrary.org and get a copy of the book.

children and young people

Free play on match day

Saturday, January 15, 3 p.m. – 4 p.m., Hondius Hall

Participants can enjoy Asian-themed board games as well as a virtual reality tour of Vietnam inspired by One Book One Valley. Specifically for 6 to 17 year olds, but all ages are welcome. Sign in at estesvalleylibrary.org.

painting mountains

Wednesday, January 19, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Hondius Hall

All materials are available for participants to paint mountain scenes with watercolors. Especially for children between 6 and 17 years. Log in to estesvalleylibrary.org

Book vs. Movie Club: “Stuart Little”

Saturday, January 29, 1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., Hondius room

Book or film – what do you like best? We briefly discuss the book and then enjoy snacks and drinks while we watch the film. Sign in at estesvalleylibrary.org

creative workshop

Get to know the 3D printer

Saturday, January 15, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and repeat on Tuesday, January 18, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m

The library’s 3D printers can create custom objects from plastic filaments for practical and creative purposes. After attending the course, participants can use the 3D printer independently. From 15 years. Sign in at estesvalleylibrary.org.

Learn the laser cutter

Tuesday, January 18, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m

The library’s laser cutter can engrave objects with logos and original designs. After completing the course, participants will be able to use the laser cutter independently. From 15 years. Sign in at estesvalleylibrary.org.


Spark Joy – Only for Estes

Monday, January 17, 6-7:30 p.m., on Zoom

2022 may be the year when you need to declutter and reorganize your home and office to create a space that gives you energy, motivation, and joy. The presentation takes attendees through Marie Kondo’s “Spark Joy” method, led by Shannon, a professional KonMari organizer. Sign in at estesvalleylibrary.org.

Classical composer classes: Prokofiev

Begins Wednesday 19th January (choose morning or afternoon track)

This six-week series explores the life and work of Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953), one of the most prolific and interesting figures in 20th-century music. Led by instructor Dr. Derald DeYoung. No previous musical experience necessary. Register at estesvalleylibrary.org.

friends and foundation

Cliffhanger used books

Operated by the Library Friends & Foundation, Cliffhanger Used Books next to the Post Office offers gently used books, films and music at discounted prices. Cookbooks available in January: $2 hardback and $1 paperback, plus tax. The opening times are daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Brewtastic Book Fair

Thursday, January 20, 12 p.m. to 9 p.m., Rock Cut Brewing

Do you remember the Scholastic Book Fairs of your youth? Visit Rock Cut Brewing on January 20th to shop for used books priced at just $1 each plus tax. All proceeds support the Library Friends & Foundation.


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