The Library will be closed Wednesday, June 19 for Juneteenth.

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.

Summer Reading Kickoff Party

Friday, June 7 | 2pm-4pm

Stop by the Pitkin County Library and enjoy food, fun, and games during our Summer Reading Kickoff Party! Kids, young adults, and adults will be able to sign up and receive your Summer Reading booklet during this time.

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

Seed Library

May 10 - June 30*

Pick up a packet of short season vegetable or herb seeds from the Pitkin County Library. Check out a few gardening books for tips on growing your seeds.

*Seeds available at the Main Desk of the Library while supplies last. Limit 3 packets per person per day.

Contact Jade Fiskaa, with any questions.

Aspen Words Literary Prize Winner!

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. Books will be available for pickup starting July 17 from 12:00-1:00pm and 4:00-6:00pm.

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.

The International Booker Prize 2024

Kairos by Jenny Erpenbeck, translated by Michael Hofmann, wins the International Booker Prize.

The Booker Prize is the leading literary award in the English speaking world, and has brought recognition, reward and readership to outstanding fiction for over five decades (information from About the Booker Prize).

Erpenbeck’s novel, which was originally written in German, follows a destructive affair between a young woman and an older man in 1980s East Berlin, with the two lovers seemingly embodying East Germany’s crushed idealism. A meditation on hope and disappointment, Kairos poses complex questions about freedom, loyalty, love and power. 

Learn more about the book and the Booker Prize.

June 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.

Community Read Craft and Chat:

Paper Crafting

Thursday, June 13 | 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.

Craft with paper to create unique cards or learn a few different origami creations while discussing The Heaven and Earth Grocery Store by James McBride.

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, June 14 | 12:00pm-1:00pm

After Work Walk and Book Talk

Friday, June 28 | 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.


Saturday, June 15 | 3:00pm-5:00pm*

Learn beginner bookbinding skills. Each program will build on skills learned in previous sessions, but beginners are welcome. *This is a new time.

For teens and adults. In the Dunaway Community Meeting Room. Sign up for Bookbinding.

Literature Out Loud:

Stories by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Tuesday, June 18 | 5:30pm-6:30pm

Literature Out Loud will be presenting two stories by the utopian feminist writer, Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935). Critics say Gilman was amazingly ahead of her time, writing stories which paint men in a less than acceptable way! 

Come hear her words read by Missy Moore, artistic director of Thunder River Theatre, and Janice Estey. A bit of creepiness, a bit of triumph--something for everyone!

In the Dunaway Community Meeting Room. Learn more.

Sewing 202 Workshop: Book Sleeves

Thursday, June 20 | 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.

3D Printer Training Day

Friday, June 21 | 10:00am-5:00pm

Sign up and learn how to use our Library Lab's 3D Printer! The 3D Printer training is about 60 to 90 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 3D Printer Training.

Library Concert Series:

Jan Garrett and JD Martin

Saturday, June 22 | 5:30pm-6:30pm

"These are two incredible musicians -- getting in a groove, Jan Garrett can scat like Ella and JD Martin sounds like Dr. John on the keys... but it is in their songwriting and collaboration where they are true originals and really shine. Jan & JDs songs are full of deep beauty and timeless harmonies; you'll be smiling long after, and wishing to hear more."

-- Nathan Child, Music Library Manager

In the Dunaway Community Meeting Room. Learn more.

June Library Cinema

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.

Richard III

Saturday, June 8 | 2:30pm-4:20pm

The Merchant of Venice

Saturday, June 8 | 5:30pm-7:40pm

Special Services at the Library

Veterans Coffee and Doughnuts

Tuesday, June 25 | 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, June 5


I Cheerfully Refuse by Leif Enger

Classics Book Club*

Friday, June 7


The Odyssey by Homer, Translated by Emily Wilson

*Date was changed for this one event.

Nonfiction Book Club

Monday, June 10


Four Shots in the Night: A True Story of Spies, Murder, and Justice in Northern Ireland by Henry Hemming

Train Dreams Book Club

Thursday, June 20


The Book of Hope: A Survival Guide for Trying Times by Jane Goodall and Douglas Abrams

For Kids and Teens


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More resources and events for teens on our website.

New Fiction and Nonfiction Books

Open Wide: A Cookbook for Friends by Benny Blanco

Five Broken Blades by Mai Corland

Shakespeare: The Man Who Pays the Rent by Judi Dench

Left for Dead: Shipwreck, Treachery, and Survival at the Edge of the World by Eric Jay Dolin

Perfume and Pain by Anna Dorn

For Love of Country: Leave the Democrat Party Behind by Tulsi Gabbard

Coming Home by Brittney Griner

The End of Everything: How Wards Descend into Annihilation by Victory Davis Hanson

Funny Story by Emily Henry

ADHD is Awesome: A Guide to (Mostly) Thriving with ADHD by Penn and Kim Holderness

Love Life: How to Raise Your Standards, Find Your Person, and Live Happily (No Matter What) by Matthew Hussey

Phantom Orbit: A Thriller by David Ignatius

All Fours by Miranda July

The Demon of Unrest: A Saga of Hubris, Heartbreak, and Heroism at the Dawn of the Civil War by Erik Larson

Oye: A Novel by Melissa Mogollon

Within Arm's Reach by Ann Napolitano

Puppy Brain: How Our Dogs Learn, Think, and Love by Kerry Nichols

Whale Fall: A Novel by Elizabeth O'Connor

I Will Show You How It Was: The Story of Wartime Kyiv by Illia Ponomarenko

Mind Games by Nora Roberts

Home is Where the Bodies Are by Jeneva Rose

The Hazelbourne Ladies Motorcycle and Flying Club by Helen Simonson

Death and Glory by Will Thomas

Just the Good Stuff: No-BS Secrets to Success (No Matter What Life Throws at You) by Jim VandeHei

Until next time, happy reading!

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