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

SUMMER HOURS

Mondays – Thursdays, 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Fridays and Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Sundays, 1 – 5 p.m.

holidays

Closed July 4 for Independence Day

Library 2-Hour Parking

Library patrons may use any of the 7 free parking spaces marked “Library Reserved” during open hours. The spaces offer a two-hour time limit, for use while inside the Library. These are located along the Library’s northeast perimeter. No payment or permit required.

SUMMER READING PROGRAM

Oceans of Possibilities

Read for pleasure and earn prizes. Listening to a book, or being read to, counts as well. This year’s theme: “Oceans of Possibilities.” Visit estesvalleylibrary.org for full details and log reading time. Made possible by the Library Friends & Foundation.

MAKERSPACE

Learn the 3D Printer

Friday, June 24, 2 – 3:30 p.m.

repeated Friday, July 8, 2 – 3:30 pm

For ages 15 and up. Sign up at estesvalleylibrary.org.

Learn the Laser Cutter

Friday, July 1, 2 – 3:30 p.m.

repeated Friday, July 15, 2 – 3:30 pm

For ages 15 and up. Sign up at estesvalleylibrary.org.

KIDS & FAMILIES

Library Storytimes

Preschoolers: Thurs., Fri., and Sat. at 10:30 a.m.

Baby Storytime: Thurs. and Fri. at 10 a.m.

Read to Therapy Dog “Bo”: Tues., July 5 at 10 am

Pajama Storytime: Wed., July 6 at 6 pm

Outdoor Storytime at Stanley Park: Wed., June 29 at 10:30 am

TEENS & KIDS

Rainbow Celebration

Friday, June 24, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Hondius Room

Rainbows signify the colorful spirit of celebrating with pride. All ages are invited for face painting and rainbow-themed crafts. Sign up at estesvalleylibrary.org.

Book vs. Movie Club: Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief

Saturday, June 25, 11:30 am (Spanish), Hondius Room

Saturday, June 25, 1:30 pm (English)

Book or movie—which do you like best? We’ll discuss the book, then watch the movie adaptation. Snacks and refreshments provided. Sign up at estesvalleylibrary.org.

Glow in the Dark Ocean Painting

Tuesday, June 28, 3 – 4 pm, Makerspace

repeated Thursday, June 30, 1 – 2 pm

Create your own stunning take-home artwork, using glow-in-the-dark paints on black paper. Sign up at estesvalleylibrary.org.

Makerspace Saturday: Ocean Laser Cut Night Light

Saturday, July 2, 2 – 3 pm, Makerspace

repeated Monday, July 12, 11 am – 12 pm

This month’s Makerspace Saturday will use acrylic sheets and the laser to engrave and cut out designs for your lamp base. Sign up at estesvalleylibrary.org.

Art Work Wednesday: Upcycled Jellyfish

Wednesday, July 6, 10:30 – 11:30 am, Hondius Room

Wednesday repeated, July 20, 4:30 – 5:30 pm

Experiment with different art mediums and styles: create an upcycled jellyfish out of recycled materials. Sign up at estesvalleylibrary.org.

Animal Tales

Thursday, July 7, 1 – 3 pm, Hondius Room

Explore animal adaptations, handle skulls, and play a camouflage game. Includes a take-home project about the food web. Sign up at estesvalleylibrary.org.

Book & Fun Club: On the Ocean Floor: Magic School Bus

Wednesday, July 13, 2 – 3:30 pm, Hondius Room

Read On the Ocean Floor: Magic School Bus before, then discuss and engage in ocean activities games & crafts. For children entering 1st-3rd grade. Sign up at estesvalleylibrary.org.

Make Your Own Mermaid / Sea Dragon Egg

Thursday, July 14, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m., Hondius Room

Whether it’s the ocean egg of a sea dragon or mermaid, decorate your one-of-a-kind artwork, glitter and sparkles provided. Sign up at estesvalleylibrary.org.

BOOKS & AUTHORS

What a Fish Knows

Thursday, June 30, 6 – 7:30 pm, via Zoom or watch in person

Author Dr. Jonathan Balcombe takes us under the sea, through streams, and inside aquariums to understand these surprisingly capable creatures. Sign up at estesvalleylibrary.org to watch on Zoom in the Hondius Room big screen.

An Evening with Blake Crouch & Amor Towles

Tuesday, July 12, 6 – 8 pm, via Zoom

Bestselling Colorado author Blake Crouch joins Amor Towles on Zoom to discuss Crouch’s new suspense thriller, Upgrade. In partnership with Macdonald Book Shop. Sign up at estesvalleylibrary.org.

Nature instructor Kevin Cook explores how life on Earth is forever changing, from Stegosaurus to the Lark Bunting.

NATURE TALKS

Exploring nature with Kevin Cook

Monday, July 11, 4 – 5:30 pm, Hondius Room and on Zoom

A monthly series on how to engage with the wonders of Life on Earth. In “The Changing,” nature instructor Cook explores how life on Earth is forever changing, from Stegosaurus to the Lark Bunting. Sign up at estesvalleylibrary.org.

Join instructor Diana Laughlin for guided meditation, silent contemplation of ocean-themed poetry, and a poetry writing exercise.

Estes Valley Library

Join instructor Diana Laughlin for guided meditation, silent contemplation of ocean-themed poetry, and a poetry writing exercise.

WORKSHOPS

Ocean Poetry & Mindfulness

Wednesday, July 13, 10 – 11 am, outdoors and on Zoom

Join instructor Diana Laughlin for guided meditation, silent contemplation of ocean-themed poetry, and a poetry writing exercise. All levels welcome. Sign up at estesvalleylibrary.org (attend in person or via Zoom).

FRIENDS & FOUNDATION

Cliffhanger Used Books

Cliffhanger Used Books, located next to the Post Office, is operated by the Library Friends & Foundation, offering gently-used books, movies, and music at discount prices. Now open daily for summer hours, from 10 am to 6 pm

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