Evenings of Engagement

Past, Present, and Future!

Join us in enjoying a few highlights from our Evenings of Engagement program.  Our goal is to bring exciting, interesting, and educational programming to the Library every Wednesday Evening (from 5:30-6:30pm).

Over the years, we have hosted local and international musical groups, artists sharing their passion through workshops, living history actors, and educators.  If there is a subject or topic you’d like to visit during an Evening of Engagement, please contact the library and let us know!

Special Guests for the Month of January

Evenings of Engagement with Kyle Donovan
Wednesday, January 2nd @ 5:30pm

Join us for the first concert of the year!!!

Kyle Donovan is a folk singer-songwriter rooted in the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. He’s captivated hushed audiences during bare-bones house concerts in quiet backyards, rallied raucous crowds nestled deep within the Rocky Mountains, and inspired individuals across the country with his heartfelt, acoustic music.

Sensational & Super Seniors
Wednesday, January 9th @1:30pm, at Eagle River Presbyterian Church in Avon

Please join other Eagle Valley Seniors from around the county at Avon’s Eagle Valley Presbyterian Church on Jan. 9 at 1:30pm to join in a discussion of the 10 Best Books of 2018.


10th Mountain Division Presentation with Tom Duhs
Wednesday, January 16th @5:30pm

During this 90-minute lecture on the 10th Mountain Division, Tom Duhs will take his attendees through a series of power point slides that explain, in depth, how the division operated. Tom’s presentation will delve into such topics as the war years, how the division recruited its servicemen, training at Camp Hale, and finally, how and where they fought in Italy. Pete Seibert, the founder of Vail Ski Resort, was a 10th Mountain Division soldier during World War II. Tom Duhs has been giving this lecture twice per month at libraries, museums, ski clubs, climbing and ski shops, and even Colorado Mountain College for the past 2 years. This event is free and open to the public.

Breath Workshop with Twyla Gingrich
Thursday, January 17th @ 5:30pm

As a part of the Healthy Lifestyle Series, learn how to manage your stress more effectively by controlling the breath. Learn practical breathing-based techniques, which relax your body and mind as well as reduce symptoms of anxiety, anger, insomnia and depression. This workshop will be leaded by Twyla Gingrich.

OBOV-Family Loteria Night
Thursday, January 24th @ 5:30pm

Lotería is the Spanish word for lottery. The deck is composed of a set of 54 different images, each one in a card. To start the game, the caller (cantor, or singer) randomly selects a card from the deck and announces it to the players by its name, sometimes using a riddle or humorous patter instead of reading the card name. The players with a matching pictogram on their board mark it off with a chip or other kind of marker (many Mexican people traditionally use small rocks, crown corks or pinto beans as markers). The first player with four chips in a horizontal, vertical or diagonal row, squared pattern, any other previously specified pattern, or fills the tabla first shouts “¡Lotería!” or “¡Buenas!” and is the winner.

Evenings of Engagement with A. J. Fullerton
Wednesday, January 30th @ 5:30pm

Playing solo, and in local bands throughout his mid-teens, by age 19 he was playing full-time supporting his rapidly developing solo career. His style of playing falls somewhere between the finger picking & slide of Country Roots music, and the groove based uptempo sensibilities of Blues and Rock & Roll.

In the few short years of his professional career, A.J. has won a number of awards & accolades. In 2016 he was the winner of the Colorado Blues Society’s “I.B.C Competition” ,  as well as winning the following Colorado Blues Society “Members Choice Awards”  for;  Best Slide Guitar (2016), Best Acoustic Act (2016),  Best Young Performer (2016), & Best Duo Act [A.J. Fullerton ft. Nic Clark] (2016)

Previous Guests and Presentations

December 2018

One Book One Valley Kickoff Event @ The Bookworm of Edwards
Monday, December 3rd @ 6:00pm

What if everyone in Eagle County read the same book at the same time? During the next few months, Vail Public Library, The Bookworm of Edwards, the staff of Colorado Mountain College and the local high schools are encouraging the community to do just that by participating in the Annual One Book One Valley community-wide reading initiative. The book selected for 2019 will be officially announced during the kick-off party at The Bookworm of Edwards. All are welcome to attend!

Evenings of Engagement Concert featuring Natalie Spears
Wednesday, December 5th @ 5:30pm

Natalie Spears is a folk music vocalist who also plays a variety of instruments including the bass, banjo, and piano. Raised on Jazz, Blues, and Folk music, her own music is a reflection of these diverse styles. Learning to play the piano at the age of 5, Natalie’s love of Old Time music would later flourish into a full-fledged passion and a rewarding career. This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, please contact the library at  libinfo@vailgov.com or 970-479-2187.

Evenings of Engagement Concert featuring Holiday Harp Music by Margot Krimmel
Wednesday, December 12th @ 5:30pm

Join us! for an evening of holiday harp music with soloist, Margot Krimmel. An award-winning musician, Margot began her music career right here in Vail, playing the harp for the guests of the Sonnenalp Hotel. She now resides in the Boulder area and teaches this unique instrument to over 25 students. This session is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, please contact the library at libinfo@vailgov.com or 970-479-2187.

Family Fireside Holiday Party
Thursday, December 13th @ 5:00pm

Join Vail Public Library and Santa himself for our annual Family Fireside Holiday Party, starting off in the Fireside Lounge. This fun-filled event is open to children of all ages who wish to visit with Santa Claus. While waiting to meet with Santa, kids are welcome to participate in making arts and crafts. Santa takes his time with each child who visits with him, so patience is of the utmost importance. This event is free and open to the public.

Traditional Piñata Workshop
December 18th, 19th & 20th @ 4:00pm

As part of Vail Public Library’s program in cultural diversity, we will be hosting a three-day Traditional Piñata Workshop. The goal of this fun, engaging workshop is to give the public an opportunity to learn about one of the many fascinating Mexican traditions. In this three-day workshop, participants will gather in teams of 4 members to create piñatas made from such materials as clay pots, newspapers, gloss and tissue paper. Space is limited. Reservations are required. For more information, please contact Sandy Rivera at 970-479-2331 or libinfo@vailgov.com.

Evenings of Engagement Concert featuring Fireside Music by AWE (Alpine Wind Ensemble) Chamber Trio
Tuesday, December 18th @ 5:00pm

The Vail Public Library once again welcomes musical guests, the AWE Chamber Trio. The principals have joined forces to further their love of various styles of music, presenting it to the Vail Valley in unique settings and venues. The AWE Chamber Trio seeks to include Classical, Baroque, Romantic and Contemporary ensemble pieces in its repertoire, accommodating just about every type of music enthusiast. The trio will perform seasonal classics in the Fireside Lounge, so pull up a chair, open a good book, and enjoy! This session is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact the library at libinfo@vailgov.com or 970-479-2187.

The Dickens Carolers
Wednesday, December 19th @ 6:00pm

Vail Public Library proudly welcomes the Dickens Carolers for a night of traditional Christmas caroling in our Fireside Lounge. These talented carolers will even be wearing Victorian era costumes, many of which are made by the singers themselves. This event is sure to help spread “Holiday Cheer.” This event is free and open to the public.

Evenings of Engagement Concert featuring Mountain Harmony Acapella
Thursday, December 20th @ 6:00pm

Join us! for an Evening of Engagement featuring Mountain Harmony Acapella. Singing a variety of holiday music, this local acapella group is sure to bring the joy of the holidays to Vail. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact the library at libinfo@vailgov.com or 970-479-2187.

November 2018

Evenings of Engagement with Zane Zirkle
Wednesday, November 7th @ 5:30pm

Zane Zirkle-  classical guitarist / Lute and composer, has performed in the United States and Europe. Mr. Zirkle brings his unique style of classical guitar arrangements to the forefront oforchestral reductions of works: Styles ranging from Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Wedding Music, Romantic, German Beer songs, Italian songs, Christmas Music, Halloween Music, Cowboy Western Music, Pop, Top Hat, 1920s, Jazz and Frank Sinatra.

High Tea Embroidery Party  – Jane Austen Event

Tuesday, November 13th @ 4:30pm

Continuing with the celebration of Austen month, Join us! for a hot cup of tea and cookies while you create your own Embroidery design, based on Jane Austen.  Learn the most common andsimplest embroidery stitches used to decorate fabric. This program involves hand-stitching, but you don’t have to be an expert to participate. Discuss the book “Mansfield Park” and enjoy the company of good friends.

Sensational & Super Seniors @ your library
Wednesday, November 10th @ 1:30pm – Eagle River Presbyterian Church in Avon.

Join Vail Public Library & Eagle County Historical Society as they invite  all Seniors & Caregivers to join in learning about “The Mining Years of Eagle County” presented by Eagle CountyHistorical Society’s President, Kathy Heicher. This program will be held  at Eagle River Presbyterian Church in Avon.

Evenings of Engagement “ Mansfield Park” lecture by CMC Professor, Dustin Doss, M.A.

Wednesday, November 14th @ 5:00pm

Enjoy the beauty of nature through a window , and join in a discussion of the book of the month over light refreshments.  The selection for the month of November is… Mansfield Park  by Jane Austen.  Join us! during November’s Books ‘n’ Bites, For a special lecture given by English Professor, Dustin Doss, M.A . Graduated from University of Tulsa with a BA in English, History, and Women and Gender Studies, with focus in literature is Victorian Lit especially the Fin de Siécle in regards to gender standards in England.

Jane Austen Movie Night – “Mansfield Park” (1999 Adaptation)

Thursday, November 15th @ 5:00pm

Join us! for the movie showing of the 1999 film “Mansfield Park”. This is a 1999 British romantic  comedy-drama film based on Jane Austen’s novel of the same name, written and directed by Patricia Rozema. The film departs from the original novel in several respects. For example, the life of Jane Austen is incorporated into the film, as are the issues of slavery and plantation life. The majority of the film was made at Kirby Hall in Northampton shire. Decide for yourself if the book is always better.

Evenings of Engagement with Jerry Barlow
Wednesday, November 20th @ 5:30pm

Acclaimed Celtic fingerstyle guitarist, Jerry Barlow is a virtuoso musician, a warm and accessible performer, and a world-class storyteller.  His repertoire is composed of a synthesis of traditional music from the British Isles and his own original Celtic-inspired compositions.

October 2018

Sensational & Super Seniors @ your library
Wednesday, October 10th @ 1:30pm

Let’s all say, – hello FALL! 

Please join other Eagle Valley Seniors & caregivers from around the county at Vail Public Library, as we celebrate the arrival of Harvest Season in the company of great friends! Decorate your own pumpkin with glitter, paint, ribbons, fabric, etc. & the pumpkin will decorate your home. Enjoy a light refreshment & music.

We are hosting a special guest speaker, that is tied in with the caregiver education series. We will have Dr. Jon Kedrowski presenting information on how nature can nourish our bodies and souls. He is a world traveler and lecturer who lives in the area and graciously consented to offer this presentation. 3-4pm.

Scott Norman ” The Pumpkin Carver”
Wednesday, October 17th @ 5:00pm

Learn everything you need to know about pumpkin carving from The Picasso of Pumpkin Carving!

Scott S”tormin” Norman, who has appeared on America’s Got Talent, will demonstrate how to pick the perfect pumpkin, clean it with ease, design a masterpiece, and more!

The Library Show
Scott carves a pumpkin in front of an audience, lending helpful suggestions and advice while delivering the following information during this 1 hour program: How to select a good carving pumpkin, How to draw out the pattern you want to carve, How to empty out a pumpkin, “Pumpkin” science, Lighting a pumpkin, Shadowing, Knife safety, Other pumpkin craft options.

National Friends of the Library Week
October 21-27

Friends of Libraries groups have their very own national week of celebration! This year, the annual National Friends of Libraries Week is Oct. 21-27, 2018. To learn more about the Friends of Vail Public Library, please visit: https://vaillibrary.com/become-a-library-friend-and/. We are always looking for new “friends!”


Annual Scarecrow Building Contest
Saturday, October 27th @10am

Form a team of friends or family and come build a scarecrow to decorate the library.
The library will provide frames and art supplies. Vail Valley Cares Thrifty Store will provide clothes. Bring accessories to personalize your scarecrow.  Small parts, glue guns and staple guns will be used.  This creative day is appropriate for children 5 years old and older; all children must be accompanied by an adult.  Teens may work independently with librarian permission. Prizes for the most unique and creative scarecrows! For more information, call 970-479-2179 or visit www.vaillibrary.com

September 2018

The Incredibles are Honorary Chairs for Library Card Sign-up Month 2018! September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries nationwide join together to remind parents, caregivers and students that signing up for a library card is the first step towards academic achievement and lifelong learning.

Join us! at Vail Public Library and sign up for a library card. Obtain the power of borrowing articles from our collection.

Evenings of Engagement with David Rogers
Wednesday, September 26th @ 5:30pm

Join us! for the last performer of the season & to welcome David Rogers for the first time in our library.

Recently termed, ‘a prominent guitarist,’ by the New York Times, David Rogers Fuses classical, jazz, early, and world music elements into powerful, moving and virtuosic performances based on both original and traditional repertoire. He is an endorsing artist for GHS Strings and his music has been featured in major guitar magazines such as Fingerstyle Guitar in the United States and Akustic Gitarre, in Germany.

Vail’s Approach to Restoring Gore Creek
Wednesday, September 5th @ 5:30pm

Learn about aquatic insects and wildlife that the Gore depends on, what’s causing declines in aquatic insects in Gore Creek and what Vail is doing to address the problem. This program will be directed by Peter Wadden, Town of Vail’s Watershed Education Coordinator.


Monday, September 10th @ 11am

Join the Vail Public Library and Betty Ford Alpine Gardens for a free H2O Equals Life program for all Eagle County Seniors and Caregivers. Enjoy Betty Ford Alpine Gardens Education  Center  and  their  beautiful  gardens. Vail Mountain Avalanche Dogs will join us for an additional educational and fun piece of the program. A complimentary lunch and surprise dessert will be served!

Sensational & Super Seniors @ your library
Wednesday, September 12th @ 1:30pm

Please join other Eagle Valley Seniors from around the county at Vail Public Library  & Show your inner artist with this fun program. Tell us what inspires you, what are you passionate about or who are your muses & translate onto your canvas. Enjoy a light refreshment, music & the company of great friends.

Free parking can be arranged and folks who have difficulty walking longer distances may be dropped off at the front doors of the library. For more information, please contact the library at libinfo@vailgov.com or 970-479-2187.

QPR Tarining with Molly Fiore
Thursday, September 20th @ 5:30pm

QPR stands for Question, Persuade and Refer, an emergency mental health intervention for suicidal persons created by Paul Quinnett, and first described in 1995 in a number of presentations and publications by the QPR Institute.

In one hour you can learn how to save a life from suicide. Become a certified QPR Gatekeeper:

As a QPR-trained Gatekeeper you will learn to: Recognize the warning signs of suicide, know how to offer hope & know how to get help and save a life.

August 2018

My Crowded Hour – A Conversation with Teddy Roosevelt
Performed by James C. Overcash
Wednesday, August 1th @ 5:30pm

This show is a dynamic presentation that uses the words of Theodore Roosevelt, historical recounts and imagined meetings with people from his time to bring us into his world. “The Crowded Hour” takes the audience on a tour of the “Roughrider” President’s life and the world he changed with his delightful and bully personality.

Monday, August 6 @ 11am

Join the Vail Public Library and Betty Ford Alpine Gardens for a tour of the H2O Equals Life exhibit at the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens Education Center.  Monday, August 6 at 11am – 2pm. The tour will be followed by a complimentary lunch and homemade ice cream mixed fresh at the table! All Eagle County Seniors and Caregivers are welcome.

Sensational & Super Seniors @ your library
Wednesday, August 8th  @ 1:30pm

Please join other Eagle Valley Seniors from around the county at Vail Public Library on Wed., July 11 at 1:30pm for an afternoon of socializing,

Let’s Celebrate The Dog Days of Summer! Learn the history of “Dog Days of Summer” with our furry friends & enjoy light refreshments, music & great company at Vail Public Library.

Free parking can be arranged and folks who have difficulty walking longer distances may be dropped off at the front doors of the library. For more information, please contact the library at libinfo@vailgov.com or 970-479-2187.

Adult Summer Reading Social
Friday, August 10th @ 4:00pm

Anyone who has participated in Adult Summer Reading Program 2018 at Vail Public Library.

Join us ! For a social gathering with light refreshments AND drawing for the three Adult SRP prize baskets!

Libraries Rock ! in the Garden with:

* Square foot Gardening Book – A Unisex Sun Hah – A 9 Piece Garden Tool St – A Outdoor Blanket – A Rimini Gelato Kit: – Rimini cup – Rimini Hot Chocolate mix – 5 Piece Rimini Truffles – Dark Chocolate Chips

Libraries Rock! at the Beach with:

*Travel Secrets: Insider Guide to Planning, Afford and  Taking More Vacation Book – A Beach Towel – A Volley Ball – A Travel Hammock – A Water Proof Item Case – Endura: Energy and  Rehydration Formula ( Donated by Vail Valley Pharmacy in Edwards)

Libraries Rock! in a Bike with:

*Mountain Biking: An Atlas of Colorado’s Greatest Off- Road Bicycle Rides Book – A 10L Biking Backpack with a 2L Water Bladder – A Multi- Function Bike Repair Tool Kit – A Headlight – A High Volume Frame Pump – FITFood Lean Formula (Donated by Vail Valley Pharmacy in Edwards)

All completed tickets submitted over the summer will be included in the prize drawing.  Do not need to be present to win; however, participants who are present at the time of the drawing will get their pick of the baskets based on the order in which they were drawn.

Evenings Of Engagement with Jackson Emmer
Wednesday, August 15th @ 5:30pm

His return to Vail is always fantastic and enjoyable, join us to welcome back Jackson Emmer.

Jackson Emmer’s lyrically playful and intimate Americana style is as gleeful as it is irreverent. Combining an authentic country spirit with an honest and modern perspective, Emmer connects with listeners in the time-honored storytelling tradition. Enjoy light refreshments and the company of friends from the valley.

Evenings Of Engagement with Matthew Gurnsey “The Kilted Man”
Wednesday, August 22nd @ 5:30pm

August is full of fantastic returns of performer with their fantastic music. Let’s welcome once more to our library Matthew Gurnsey “The Kilted Man”

Returning to the stage after a year-long hiatus, veteran performer Matthew Gurnsey delights audiences with his rousing performances of traditional Irish and Scottish music. Through the marriage of wit and finesse, Gurnsey charms his audiences, sweeping them into tales of wayward voyages, unrequited love and the vibrantly colorful lives of the every-man beloved of many Irish tales. His unique talents with traditional Celtic instruments such as the concertina, bodhran, bones and mandolin, add an air of authenticity to each piece and his stirringly rich bass voice provides the foundation for the hauntingly beautiful melodies.

Evenings Of Engagement with Hiroya Tsukamoto
Wednesday, August 29th @ 5:30pm

We also have new artists to our programming. For the first time in the library we received with excitement  Hiroya Tsukamoto.

Hiroya is a one-of-a-kind composer, guitarist and singer-songwriter from Kyoto, Japan. He began playing the five-string banjo when he was thirteen, and took up the guitar shortly after.

In 2000, Hiroya received a scholarship to Berklee College of Music and came to the United States. He formed his own group in Boston “INTEROCEANICO (inter-oceanic)” which consists of unique musicians from different continents including Latin Grammy Colombian singer Marta Gomez. The group released three acclaimed records (“The Other Side of the World”, “Confluencia” and “Where the River Shines”). Hiroya released two solo albums (“Heartland” and “Places”) from Japanese record label 333 discs.

Country Western Dance
Thursdays @ 6:30pm

Country Western Dance is back at the library by popular demand! As part of our Healthy Lifestyle Series, Maria Barry will teach a five week Introduction to Country Western Dance. This will include the basics of the popular Two Step, Double Two and Cowboy Cha Cha. So pull out your cowboy boots and scoot down to Vail Public Library on Thursday nights, July 26 – August 23, at 6:30. Come as a single or couple.

July 2018

Vail Public Library’s Annual Book & Bake Sale

Beginning July 2, and running through July 5, the Friends of Vail Public Library will be sponsoring their annual Fourth of July Book Sale. Come peruse the diverse selection of books, DVDs and CDs in Vail Public Library’s Community Room during the Book Sale hours:

  • July 2, from 11am – 5pm
  • July 3, from 10am – 4pm
  • July 4, from 9am– 4pm
  • July 5, from 10am – Noon (sale pricing $2/bag)

The Bake Sale will be during the 4th of July parade.  Homemade goodies, pastries, coffee and water, will be sold in front of the library from 8:00am to 12:00pm on July 4th!   Proceeds benefit Children’s Programs at the library. If your family would like to contribute to the bake sale, bring your baked item (wrapped individually) in by 6pm on Tuesday, July 3rd and leave it at the Service Desk.

Sensational & Super Seniors @ your library
Wednesday July 11th @ 1:30pm

Please join other Eagle Valley Seniors from around the county at Vail Public Library on Wed., July 11 at 1:30pm for an afternoon of socializing, music and enjoy a picnic on the library’s patio & wear your favorite Summer hat! Share your beloved memories of Summertime. Learn how to grow sprouts for salads & sandwiches, & win a vase of fresh flowers by guessing the secret word.

Free parking can be arranged and folks who have difficulty walking longer distances may be dropped off at the front doors of the library. For more information, please contact the library at libinfo@vailgov.com or 970-479-2187.


Evenings of Engagement With Rebecca Folsom
Wednesday July 18th  @5:30pm

Join us! for the return of one of Vail’s favorites Rebecca Folsom. Wednesday July 18th @ 5:30 pm, with light refreshments and the delight of her fantastic voice.
Rebecca Folsom’s music is about liberation. Her songs crack open hearts, inspire hope, and leave listeners with a deeper perspective. Rebecca is a true renaissance woman. Beyond her career as a recording artist and national touring musician, she is a published author with two books of poetry.


Book Signing with Local Author –   Jane Parnell
Thursday July 19th @ 5:30pm

Jane Parnell will speak about and sign her new book, Off Trail: Finding My Way Home in the Colorado Rockies. Jane Parnell took to mountaineering in the Rocky Mountains as a means to overcome her family’s history of mental illness and the trauma of her past. By age thirty she became the first woman to climb the state’s 100 highest peaks. While regaining her footing could not save her failing marriage, the mountains were the one anchor in her life that held.


Evenings of Engagement With Rupert Wates
Wednesday July 25th  @5:30pm –

Join us! On Wednesday, July 25, at 5:30 pm, to enjoy the fantastic melodies of Rupert Wates. Rupert Wates was born in London. He signed an exclusive publishing deal with Eaton Music in the late 1990’s and has been a full-time songwriter ever since. His music is an eclectic mix of acoustic, melodic art/folk, with flavors of jazz, vaudeville and cabaret. He has released nine solo CDs.

June 2018

Evenings of Engagement With Claude Bourbon
Tuesday June 12th @5:30pm

Join us for an evening of music and medieval magic as UK based performer Claude Bourbon takes the stage at Vail Public Library! Performing a blend of medieval and modern melodies, Claude Bourbon has charmed audiences around the world and marks his Vail debut. Light refreshments and an all-ages performance are waiting for you at Vail Public Library.

Wednesday June 13th @ 1:30pm – Sensational & Super Seniors

Lets Celebrate Summer!!!Join other seniors from Eagle County for a fantastic program, including socializing, music and light refreshments. For the month of June, make your very own Fresh Flower Arrangement. This program is free. All material will be provided thanks to our professional gardener, Jackie Clark.

Please RSVP to Lori Barnes at 970-479-2194 so we may have enough material on hand.

Parking can be arranged and folks who have difficulty walking long distance may be dropped off at the front doors of the library.

Wednesday June 27th @ 5:30pm – Evenings of Engagement With Acoustic Eidolon

Vail Public Library favorite Acoustic Eidolon returns! Join us  for light refreshments and AMAZING musical harmony. Acoustic Eidolon, featuring Joe Scott on double neck guitjo and Hannah Alkire on cello are from Colorado and have graced stages throughout the US, Europe, Australia and Canada.  With eleven CDs and a DVD to their credit, these masterful artists continue to captivate audiences throughout the world with their signature “new acoustic” sound and boundless possibilities in blending Celtic, Americana, World & Flamenco musical influences, something that Dirty Linen Magazine praises as “a sumptuous musical feast.”

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