The Library will be closed on Sunday, December 24 and Monday, December 25 for Christmas.

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'Tis the Season for Giving!

Let's spread kindness this season for National Build Joy Day (December 2) by donating to a local cause. Have some old clothes that do not fit anymore? Take them to the Aspen Homeless Shelter!

One way to spread joy this holiday season is to cook a delicious meal for your loved ones using a new recipe. To help you get started, we have a wide variety of cookbooks available. We recommend The Complete Cookbook for Teen Chefs by America's Test Kitchen Kids.

Winter Events at the Library

Beading Bonanza

Saturday, December 2 | 3pm-5pm

If you've ever thought about jewelry making, but didn't know where to start, join us at this beading bonanza! We will provide supplies and instructions for starter projects. All skill levels are welcome. Learn more.

Creativity Workshop

Monday, December 4 | 4:30pm-5:30pm

Monday, December 18 | 4:30pm-5:30pm

Join us in the Library for crafting and art workshops. No art or crafting skills are necessary. Learn more.

Read The Rainbow Teen Book Club Meet and Greet

Monday, December 4 | 5:30pm-6:30pm

Once a month, we will select a book authored by a queer writer or featuring queer characters. We encourage open and respectful dialogue among all of our participants.

During the first book club meeting, we will discuss the book selection, additional suggestions, and frequency of meetings. Learn more.

Sign-Up for Read The Rainbow Teen Book Club
Sign-Up for Sewing 201

Sewing 201: Potholders

Thursday, December 7 | 4pm-6pm

In this slightly more advanced workshop, participants will learn how to make potholders. Participants are expected to know the basics of using a sewing machine.

Hosted by local sewing expert Jennifer Hanson. Learn more.


Saturday, December 9 | 3:30pm-5:30pm

Learn beginner bookbinding skills. Each program will build on skills learned in previous sessions. Learn more.

Sign-Up for Bookbinding
T.A.B. Application

Teen Advisory Board (T.A.B.)

Tuesday, December 12 | 5pm-7pm

Thursday, December 28 | 5pm-6:30pm

A group of teens who help decide which books, movies, and games will be added to the library and what programs will be offered. Open to students in grades 6-12. Learn more.

Dungeons and Dragons

Saturday, December 16 | 3pm-5pm

Saturday, December 30 | 3pm-5pm

Come with us on a magical adventure to test your problem solving and imagination in a fantasy setting as we learn to play Dungeons and Dragons! Learn more.

Banned Books Book Club: This One Summer

Tuesday, December 26 | 5:30pm-6:30pm

This month we will read the graphic novel, This One Summer by Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki. Learn more.

Sign-Up for Banned Books Book Club

Banned Books

Join the Teen Banned Book Club!

The Teen Banned Book Club organized by The New York Public Library offers free, nationwide digital access to young adult books that have been banned or challenged. You can download the latest title on SimplyE and participate in the online book club events and author talks to join the conversation. Learn more.

December Young Adult Books

Winter is Here!

As the temperature drops and the snow starts to fall, there is nothing quite like curling up with a good book. Here are some fantastic options to keep you entertained on those crisp winter days. From heartwarming romances to thrilling adventures, these books are sure to transport you to another world and make your winter days a little bit cozier. Browse the Young Adult Collection.

Avalanche by Melinda Braun

White Out by Dhonielle Clayton

Dash and Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn

The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily by Rachel Cohn

Ice Wolves by Amie Kaufman

The Holiday Switch by Tif Marcelo

This Winter by Alice Oseman

My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories edited by Stephanie Perkins

Eight Nights of Flirting by Hannah Reynolds

Fiction Books Coming Soon!

Eight Dates and Nights by Betsy Alderadge

Love in Winter Wonderland by Abiola Bello

Finding My Elf by David Vlades

Books to Inspire Gift Giving

Steampunk-Style Jewelry by Jean Campbell

Creepy Cute Crochet: Zombies, Ninjas, Robots, and More! by Christen Haden

Crafting Authentic Paper Flowers by Sophie Longhurst

Books to Keep You Fed for the Holidays

Coco: The Official Cookbook by Gino Garcia

Michael's Desserts: Sweets for a Cause by Michael C. Platt

Fantastic Vegan Recipes for the Teen Cook by Elaine Skiadas

Have You Noticed Anything Different in the Library?

Some of our collections have new locations!

  • New nonfiction is now below the "Hot Pick" (new popular) books on the main floor.
  • All of our young adult, adult fiction, and nonfiction graphic novels have been consolidated in our new Graphic Collection located on the Mezzanine. 
  • Large Print fiction and nonfiction books are now beside our Spanish and Foreign Language collections on the Mezzanine.
  • Fiction, Young Adult, and DVD collections have been shifted to accommodate our expanding collections, but have not moved locations.
  • Finally, to improve your music listening experience, we moved our music listening stations closer to the CD collection on the main floor.

Ask a Library staff member if you need help finding any materials!

National Teen Writing Contest: Freedom to Read

Enter Your Submission

Submissions are now open!

Deadline: Friday, December 22, 2023 | 9:59 PM MT

Why is the freedom to read important to you? At a time of rising book bans and censorship, The New York Public Library invites teens across the United States to enter their national writing contest exploring this essential right. One grand prize winner will be awarded $500 and 20 additional winners will receive $250 each—plus, NYPL will publish all winning entries in a special edition of NYPL's Teen Voices magazine. Learn more.

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Follow our T.A.B. Instagram page @pcltab to learn about upcoming events, receive book recommendations, and more.

Volunteer Opportunities at the Library


Volunteer with Youth Services!

Contact Sierra Fransen or Shannon Foster for teen volunteer opportunities.

Sierra Fransen, 970-429-1923, [email protected]

Shannon Foster, 970-429-1943, [email protected]

Happy Holidays!

Come hang out at the library, we will keep you warm!

Madison Ledford, 970-429-1922

Young Adult Programming and Publicity

Rachel Bielinski, 970-429-1907

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