Southwest La Plata Library District is seeking an INTERIM LIBRARY DIRECTOR




The Southwest La Plata Library District Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that Elizabeth von Tauffkirchen has been selected as the new Library Director, replacing Patricia Johnson, who has served as Interim Director since Sept. 2020. She will begin November 8, 2021.

Elizabeth joins us with over 15 years of library experience in Southwest Colorado.  She will oversee the Ft. Lewis Mesa and Sunnyside public libraries, assist the Board in developing a strategic plan, perform community outreach, administer and monitor expenditures, and serve as liaison between Southwest La Plata Library District and Durango School District 9R, La Plata County, and community service organizations.  We look forward to her leadership and direction.

Please join us in welcoming Elizabeth to the Southwest La Plata Library District.


Greetings from our (then new) Library District Director! (September 2020)

My name is Patricia Johnson and I am pleased to be the new Interim Director of the Southwest La Plata Library District. I am a 25-year resident of Southwest Colorado and have a deep love and appreciation for this beautiful corner of the state.  I have worked in education for most of my career and am excited to bring my experience and ideas to the SWLPLD.

We have made some changes recently, including:

• Expanding hours of the Branch libraries. We are now open on Fridays!

• Hiring a new library manager for the Sunnyside branch. Tricia Winslow is ready to help with all your library needs. Chris Conrad continues to serve patrons at Ft. Lewis Mesa.

• Offering Curbside and in-person library services

• Additions to our collections

Our libraries are here to serve you!   Come “check out” what we can do for you!

Contact me at

For questions please write to:

Southwest La Plata Library District

Southwest La Plata Library District
PO Box 62
Marvel, CO 81329

Email via our contact page