Pedestrianism – A 19th Century Quirk for 21st Century Life?

Today – the first Wednesday in April – just so happens to be National Walking Day. It’s a timely marker of an activity that many are turning to in these days of social distancing. Walking, that most basic of transports, is not only good for you physically – lowering the risk of heart attack and […]

How Gunnison Dealt with the 1918 Spanish Flu Pandemic

The year was 1918 and the Spanish Flu pandemic was in full swing. The disease would, all told, claim many millions of lives, with an estimated half-billion cases. But, one small Colorado mountain county – namely Gunnison – had very few cases, at least for the first two waves of the Flu. According to the […]

Free Online Learning Opportunities for March

**Free Online Conferences** Mar 3-4. 2020 Southeast Collaborative Online Conference. https://sites.google.com/view/secollaborativeconference Mar 4 (9-1:45 pm) Grow Your Good (Network for Good). https://www.networkforgood.com/webinars/ Mar 10 (1-4 pm). Wholehearted Libraries – Library 2.0. https://www.library20.com/   2020 CENSUS Mar 4: Libraries and the Census (American Libraries Live) Mar 25: The 2020 Census: The Challenges Facing Libraries (Georgia Library […]

Get To Know CSL: Kieran Hixon on Technology and Storytelling

In a series of interviews, we are finding out about how the people of CSL derive meaning from their work, as well as some of the challenges and successes they have had. In this third installment of #GetToKnowCSL, we have Kieran Hixon, the Technology and Digital Initiatives Consultant for the Networking and Resource Sharing (NRS) unit […]

Let’s Talk About It: Homelessness Resource Kits are Available for Loan

In 2019 it was reported that homelessness in Denver was up 8.2% from 2018. Although Colorado’s homelessness problem is not limited to Denver, it does account for approximately half of the homeless population. More broadly, the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness reported that an estimated 10,857 people were homeless in Colorado as of January […]

Free Online Learning Opportunities for February

This Leap Year gives us all one extra day to learn something new! Check out all of the FREE online learning opportunities that the Wyoming State Library has curated!  ADVOCACY Feb 17: Champions:  We are in This Together – Advocating for Libraries on the Local, State and National Level (Indiana State Library) Feb 25: Marketing […]

CHNC and the Online Historic Newspaper Landscape

With over 1.7 million digitized pages representing nearly 400 newspaper titles stretching back to Colorado’s beginnings as a territory, the Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection (CHNC) is undoubtedly one of the best ways to research Colorado history, as well as broader history with a distinctly Coloradan flavor. There are other historical newspaper resources available online whose […]

Impeachment: The View from Colorado’s Historic Newspapers

Whether it concerns moments in Colorado’s local history or happenings in the national arena or on the world stage, the Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection (CHNC) offers a distinctly Coloradan point of view of America’s rich history. The joy of the CHNC collection lies in the surprising things you are sure to find at every turn, […]

Free Online Learning Opportunities for January

Ring in 2020 with some new topics and ideas with free, online professional development in January! This list, adapted from the master list provided by Wyoming State Library, features options of particular interest to youth services staff. All sessions should be free and listed in Mountain Time. Take an hour or two to re-energize with […]

Get to Know CSL: Samantha Hager on Colorado State Publications

From March through June of 2018, the Colorado State Library’s #GetToKnowCSL social media campaign ran to give a little insight about the people of our organization. Almost 20 of our staff were briefly profiled in that campaign. Now, #GetToKnowCSL is back, but this time we’re digging a little deeper. In a series of interviews, we are […]

Submissions are Open for the New Libraries Transform Communities Engagement Grant

The American Library Association (ALA) invites library workers to apply for a new annual grant to support innovative and meaningful community engagement efforts in libraries. The Libraries Transform Communities Engagement Grant will provide $2,000 for a school, public, academic, tribal or special library to expand its community engagement efforts. Libraries are invited to apply by […]

Free Online Learning Opportunities for December

Black Friday may be over, but you can still score FREE learning this month thanks to the folks at the Wyoming State Library!   AT YOUR LEISURE – Pre-recorded webinars to view at your convenience One Book Wyoming 2019: Ernest Hemingway and Race (Wyoming State Library) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=is7-yyo_BZg  : Hear presenter Charles Fournier discuss the theme […]

Get To Know CSL: Diane Walden on Institutional Library Development

From March through June of 2018, the Colorado State Library’s #GetToKnowCSL social media campaign ran to give a little insight about the people of our organization. Almost 20 of our staff were briefly profiled in that campaign. Now, #GetToKnowCSL is back, but this time we’re digging a little deeper. In a series of interviews, we […]

#COHearts2Read Campaign 2019

You might have already seen the READ posters featuring Department of Education Commissioner Katy Anthes and Governor Jared Polis. Now, as part of the READ initiative and in honor of National Family Literacy Month, the Colorado State Library is participating in #COHearts2READ, a social media campaign that highlights Coloradans’ love of reading. The campaign will […]

October is Conflict Resolution Month in Colorado – Let Book Club Help Spread the Word

Each year, Conflict Resolution Month in Colorado recommends a book for the community at large with the goal of spreading information and encouraging conversation on ways to manage conflicts of all types and in a variety of situations. This year’s title is a picture book appealing to all ages. In this year’s selection the protagonist, […]

Five Fall Favorites for Your Book Club

It’s autumn, Keats’ “season of mists and mellow fruitfulness,” and while we may be short on mist here in the State Library, I can share with you some of our fruits. I’m not talking about pumpkins, but the fruits of our Book Club Resource, of course! Here are five books from our collection as we […]

The Colorado State Library Book Club Resource: Taking Stock

Greetings! As the new King of the Book Club (not a title bestowed by me, but one I shall accept), I’m impressed by how excellent the State Library’s Book Club Resource (BCR) is. Right now, our collection houses hundreds of titles in all different types of genres, both nonfiction and fiction, from classics to contemporary […]