The Library will be closed Thursday, July 4 for Independence Day.

The Library will close at 5pm on Wednesday, July 10.

Special Notes from the Library

Summer Reading for All Ages!

Adult Summer Reading Program

June 7 thru Mid-August

Indulge in the nostalgia of summer reading with our Adult Summer Reading Program! Read and/or participate in events, reading challenges, and other activities to earn raffle tickets and small prizes.

Raffle tickets will go towards larger prizes, announced at the end of the Summer Reading program. Books, ebooks, audiobooks, and comics/graphic novels all count towards our Summer Reading Program.

Learn about Adult Summer Reading
Learn about Teen Summer Reading
Learn about Kids Summer Reading

Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia and Memory Loss

Tuesday, July 23 | 4:00pm-6:00pm

Join us for a Dementia Education presentation: Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia and Memory Loss. Topics such as communicating with people with dementia, reducing agitation and anxiety with people with dementia will be discussed. 

The guest speaker is Amelia Shaffer, Area Director of Memory Care, Ascent Living Communities. Amelia worked at the Alzheimer’s Association for 24 years in various roles, most recently serving as executive director of the Colorado Chapter.

This is free of charge and open to the public. The event is sponsored by Roaring Fork Senior Living in Glenwood Springs.

Please contact Lisa Curley 970-989-7873 to reserve a seat.

Community Read Book Pick Up

Wednesday, July 17 | 12pm-1pm & 4pm-6pm

The Community Read, presented by Aspen Words and Pitkin County Library, strives to celebrate literature, unite readers around a work of fiction, and ignite meaningful conversation on the vital social issues explored in each year's Aspen Words Literary Prize winning novel. This year's winner is Enter Ghost by Isabella Hammad!

Sign up to receive a free copy of the book.

Pick up the book on the Pitkin County Library's front lawn.

If you cannot pick up your book on this day, they will be available at the Pitkin County Library after July 17.

Learn more about the Community Read.

Sign up for a copy of the book.

Libby Big Library Read

July 11- July 25

What is Big Library Read?

The first global virtual book club!

It’s a worldwide digital version of a local book club, the program is free through the local library. All you need to start reading is your library card and library password.

This month's book is Twilight Territory by Andrew X. Pham. Starting July 11, Twilight Territory will be available on Libby without a waitlist. Simply borrow it and start reading!

Learn more.

July Library Offerings

French Chat

Mondays | 12:00pm-1:00pm

Join us for French Chat in the Hotpick Meeting Room every Monday at noon. Hosted by the library's own Natalie Crick. If you speak French, and would like to brush up on your conversational French, swing by for conversation! Learn more.

Cloth Button and Magnet Making Craft

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

Make cloth buttons or round cloth magnets in our Library Lab with our new button maker!

Meet in the Library Lab.

This is an Adult Summer Reading Program event, but you do not have to be part of the Program to attend. View more Adult Summer Reading Program events.

Community Read Craft and Chat:


Thursday, July 11 | 5:00pm-6:30pm

Enjoy tea and a calming craft while discussing one of the Aspen Words Literary Prize shortlist books and some of the heavier topics at its center.

Use our large bead collection to create bracelets, necklaces, earrings, or other designs while discussing Chain-Gang All-Stars by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah. In the Library Lab.

In the Library Lab. Learn more.

In partnership with Aspen Words. Find out more about the Aspen Words Literary Prize.

Lunchtime Walk and Book Talk

Friday, July 12 | 12:00pm-1:00pm

After Work Walk and Book Talk

Friday, July 26 | 5:00pm-6:00pm

Join us for a walk along the Rio Grande or other nearby trails. The walk will take about 30 to 45 minutes. During the walk you are welcome to discuss your current read or ask for recommendations.

Meet in the Hotpicks Meeting Room at the Pitkin County Library.

This is an Adult Summer Reading Program event, but you do not have to be part of the Program to attend. Learn more.

Dungeons & Dragons & Crafting

Saturday, July 13 | 3:00pm-5:00pm

Gather your adventure party and go on a quest to the Library Lab where you'll create tools and trinkets to enhance your next Dungeons and Dragons campaign.

Brew a potion of healing from beads and dice, represent yourself on the board with a standee of your character, and more as we craft our way through the magical land of Faerun.

Crafts available while supplies last. Event takes place in Library Lab. Learn more.

Sewing 202 Workshop: Aprons

Thursday, July 18 | 4:00pm-6:00pm

In these slightly more advanced workshops, participants will take on more challenging projects. Participants are expected to know the basics of using a sewing machine.

Hosted by local sewing expert Jennifer Hanson.

For teens and adults. This event takes place in the Library Lab. Sign up for Sewing 202 Workshops.

Laser Cutter Training Day

Friday, July 19 | 10:00am-5:00pm

Sign up and learn how to use our Library Lab's new Laser Cutter! The Laser Cutter training is about 60 minutes long. There will be multiple training times available to sign up throughout the day starting at 10:00am. We can only train up to four people at a time.

Meet in the Library Lab.

This is an Adult Summer Reading Program event, but you do not have to be part of the Program to attend. Sign up for Laser Cutter Training.


Saturday, July 20 | 3:00pm-5:00pm

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 Meeting Room. Sign up for Bookbinding.

Music Concerts at the Library

Aspen Music Festival and School Student Concerts

Mondays and Fridays | 2:30pm-4:00pm

Every week throughout July and August, we are excited to host the talented students of the Aspen Music Festival and School, as they perform classical works that will include solo repertoire, as well as chamber music and vocal works.

In the Dunaway Community Meeting Room.

Special Services at the Library

Veterans Coffee and Doughnuts

Tuesday, July 23 | 9:00am-11:00am

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

In the Hotpicks Meeting Room. Learn more.

Library Book Clubs

Books and Brews

Wednesday, July 3


Enter Ghost by Isabelle Hammad

Nonfiction Book Club

Monday, July 8


A Walk in the Park: The True Story of a Spectacular Misadventure in the Grand Canyon by Kevin Fedarko

Financial Literacy Book Club

Wednesday, July 17


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

Train Dreams Book Club

Thursday, July 18


The Women by Kristin Hannah

For Kids and Teens


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More resources and events for teens on our website.

New Fiction and Nonfiction Books

White Poverty: How Exposing Myths About Race and Class Can Reconstruct American Democracy by William J. Barber II

Once Upon a Time: The Captivating Life of Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy by Elizabeth Beller

Morning After the Revolution: Dispatches From the Wrong Side of History by Nellie Bowles

Think Twice by Harlan Coben

Middletide by Sarah Crouch

Natural Cosmetics: Indulge Yourself with 20 Eco-Friendly Recipes to Make at Home by Sara Dumenil

Little Rot by Akwaeke Emezi

Four Squares by Bobby Finger

The Midnight Feast by Lucy Foley

When the Sea Came Alive: An Oral History of D-Day by Garrett M. Graff

Grand Slam Romance by Ollie Hicks

Blessings by Chukwuebuka Ibeh

Soldier Sailor by Claire Kilroy

We Used to Live Here by Marcus Kliewer

The Ancient Art of Thinking for Yourself: The Power of Rhetoric In Polarized Times by Robin Reames

The Last Twelve Miles by Erika Robuck

The Sisters K by Maureen Sun

Down with the System: A Memoir (of Sorts) by Serj Tankian

Oceans Rise, Empires Fall: Why Geopolitics Hastens Climate Catastrophe by Gerard Toal

Women and the Piano: A History in 50 Lives by Susan Tomes

The Other Olympians: Fascism, Queerness, and the Making of Modern Sports by Michael Waters

Until next time, happy reading!

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