The Library will be closed Monday, April 1 for Cesar Chavez Day.

Special Notes from the Library

Cesar Chavez Day Observed on April 1st

The Pitkin County Library will be closed on Monday, April 1st, in honor of Cesar Chavez. Chavez was an American farm worker and a great civil rights activist who fought for justice for farm workers. Along with Dolores Huerta, he co-founded the National Farm Workers Association, now known as the United Farm Workers Union (Wikipedia).

This is not an April Fools prank, and we will reopen on Tuesday, April 2nd, at 9am. Learn more about Cesar Chavez and Cesar Chavez Day.

Solar Eclipse Glasses Available at the Library on Monday, April 8th

Glasses to be able to view the Solar Eclipse will be available in the Dunaway Community Room starting at 9:00am. The glasses will be available while supplies last. One pair of glasses per person.

Glasses will not be available before April 8. 

Community Read with Aspen Words


March 13 - April 25

Stop by the Pitkin County Library and guess which of the five finalists will win the 2024 Aspen Words Literary Prize! The winner of the raffle will be announced after the Livestream event and will receive a gift from Aspen Words.


Thursday, April 25 | 4:00pm-6:00pm

Eat, mingle, and find out who will win this year's Aspen Words Literary Prize as it is announced at the Morgan Library in New York City. Refreshments and snacks will be available, as well as a chance to win a raffle! All attendees will have the opportunity to sign up for a free copy of the winning book, which will the featured novel in the 2024 Community Read this summer.

The Communirty Read is in partnership with Aspen Words. Learn more.

April Library Offerings

Legends of Aspen Film Series

Thursday, April 11 | 4:30pm-6:00pm

Join us for a screening of short films focusing on past Aspen Hall of Fame inductees and learn more about the history of Aspen.

This is a partnership between Aspen Hall of Fame and the Pitkin County Library. Learn more.

Library Concert Series:

Javier de los Santos, Guitar

Friday, April 19 | 5:30pm-6:30pm

Classical guitarist Javier de los Santos has performed extensively in Mexico, the U.S., Spain, and Brazil, and holds a Master of Music in Guitar Performance from the University of Denver's Lamont School of Music where he studied with Maestro Ricardo Iznaola.

De los Santos is also the president and artistic director of the Western Colorado Guitar Society based in Grand Junction, where he teaches performance and music theory at Colorado Mesa University. Learn more.


Saturday, April 20 | 3:30pm-5:30pm

Learn beginner bookbinding skills. Each program will build on skills learned in previous sessions, but beginners are welcome.

For teens and adults. In the Dunaway Community Room.

Sign up for Bookbinding.

Library Concert Series:

Aspen Middle School Band

Saturday, April 27 | 5:30pm-6:30pm

Join us for a special concert by the students of the Aspen Middle School band! They will perform in the Dunaway Community Room. All are welcome to join. Learn more.

Library Cinema in April

A Program for Cinephiles

Library Cinema takes place in the Dunaway Community Room.

Tickets are $10.00*, cash only, popcorn included!

*Library Cinema admission is complimentary for Friends of the Library! 

An "I'm a Friend of the Pitkin County Library, 2024" sticker will be provided to each of our Friends; please attach this to your library card and show it for free access to any of our Library Cinema screenings in 2024.

Society of the Snow

Friday, April 12


Doors open at 2:00pm


Doors open at 5:00pm.

View the Movie Trailer

Ghostbusters (1984)

Saturday, April 13


Doors open at 2:00pm


Doors open at 5:00pm.

View the Movie Trailer

Special Services at the Library

Veterans Coffee and Doughnuts

Tuesday, April 23 | 9am-11am

Join Adam Lazaro, US Marines/OEF Veteran, on the fourth Tuesday of the month for coffee and doughnuts. Learn more.

Library Book Clubs

Books and Brews

Wednesday, April 3


Trust by Hernan Diaz

Nonfiction Book Club

Monday, April 8


The Angel Makers by Patti McCracken

Financial Literacy Book Club

Wednesday, April 17


Financial Literacy Podcasts or Networth and Chill by Vivian Tu

Train Dreams Book Club

Thursday, April 18


The Heaven and Earth Grocery Store by James McBride

Banned Books Book Club

Tuesday, April 23


The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Classics Book Club

Friday, April 26


Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

For Kids and Teens


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More resources and events for teens on our website.

Events Outside the Library

Aspen Film Shortsfest

April 1 - April 7

Join Aspen Film for its 33rd Edition of Shortfest! Aspen Shortsfest is recognized as one of the premier short film festivals in North America. Choose from dozens of films screening in different locations throughout Aspen all week long.

Learn more.

Author Events at Explore Booksellers

Sheila Moravati: Imperfect Environmentalism

Friday, April 5 | 4:00pm-5:30pm

Preparing for Summer Alpine Adventures with Colorado Alpine Trail Runs author Annalise Grueter

Saturday, April 6 | 4:50pm-5:30pm

Learn more.

New Poetry Books

April is National Poetry Month

National Poetry Month is a special occasion that celebrates poets’ integral role in our culture and that poetry matters. It is the largest literary celebration in the world, with tens of millions of readers, students, K–12 teachers, librarians, booksellers, literary events curators, publishers, families, and—of course—poets, marking poetry’s important place in our lives (from Learn more.

How to Communicate by John Lee Clark

Host by Lisa Fay Coutley

Grand Tour by Elisa Gonzalez

Fox Woman Get Out by India Lena Gonzalez

Some of the Light by Tim Z. Hernandez

Deal by Randell Mann

Spectral Evidence by Gregory Pardlo

From Unincorporated Territory by Craig Santos Perez

Suddenly We by Evie Shockley

New Financial Literacy Books

April is also Financial Literacy Month

Financial literacy is defined as the ability to make informed judgments and to take effective actions regarding the current and future use and management of money. During April we highlight financial literacy resources that are free to you through the Library!

Find more resources and recommendations.

Busting the Bankers' Club: Finance for the Rest of Us by Gerald Epstein

Going Infinite: The Rise and Fall of a New Tycoon by Michael Lewis

Easy Money: Cryptocurrency, Casino Capitalism, and the Golden Age of Fraud by Benjamin McKenzie

I Survived Capitalism and All I Got Was This Lousy T-Shirt by Madeline Pendleton

Tightwads and Spendthrifts: Navigating the Money Minefield in Real Relationships by Scott Rick

Limitarianism: The Case Against Extreme Wealth by Ingrid Robeyns

The Great Money Reset: Change Your Work, Change Your Wealth, Change Your Life by Jill Schlesinger

Make Money Move: A Guide to Financial Wellness by Lauren Simmons

Rick AF: The Winning Money Mindset That Will Change Your Life by Vivian Tu

Until next time, happy reading!

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