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New programs starting at Mancos library

The Mancos Public Library’s new director of adult programming, Shari Dunn, is starting the new year with several new programs at the library.

Dunn started at the library about four months ago. She has lived in Mancos for about 18 months, but she has visited the area for the past 10 years, she said.

“The people at this library are wonderful,” she said. “It’s a great resource for the community.”

The speaker series “Life is an Adventure” features people from the area who have had a special experience, such as an adventure excursion to another part of the world. The first event in the series was Jan. 13 and featured Laurie Webster, who spoke on ancient artifacts from southeast Utah.

Another speaker series will keep library patrons updated on history and current events. The next event will be Feb. 1 at 7 p.m. and will feature Mike Preston, who will speak on the Colorado water plan.

“Getting to Know the Businesses in Our Backyard” will showcase local companies from the Mancos area, such as Deer Hill Expeditions, Singing River Farms and Alpacka Rafts. An agriculture series will include talks on traditional and modern farming techniques on subjects such as weed control, grazing, hemp and orchard restoration. The library also is starting a classic film series.

Dunn said she was impressed by how much the library is able to accomplish with limited resources. She said the staff is hard-working.

“I’m impressed with how devoted the people here are to serving their patrons,” she said.