Friday Grab Bag, May 1, 2020

Before we dive into the Friday Grab Bag, we have a new entry in our Pandemic Practices Series for you. The latest edition covers Virtual Library Strategy, featuring input from staff at Pueblo City-County Library District.  We would love to hear more about what you are doing, how you implemented it, and any lessons that […]

Upcoming Webinar: Creating Accessible Online Library Experiences for All

Join us onThursday May 7, 2020 from 2:00-3:30 pm for Creating Accessible Online Library Experiences for All The COVID-19 pandemic has inspired libraries to interact with their communities in many new, innovative ways – especially online! This webinar will provide examples of how online library experiences can be made more accessible and enjoyable for all, […]

Upcoming webinar: Libraries and Vroom- A Natural Partnership

Next Thursday, May 7th, from 12:00-1:00 pm MDT, we’ll be joined by Shelby Jones, who is the Vroom Program Director in Colorado for a discussion on Libraries and Vroom – A Natural Partnership. Vroom is making a concerted effort to establish greater partnerships with libraries this year, so Shelby will be sharing information about what […]

Touring Colorado’s Collections: Shadows on the Plains

Today, Kit Carson County is probably best known as one of Colorado’s most productive agricultural counties, and as the home of the Kit Carson County Carousel – the oldest working carousel in the state and the only antique carousel in the country with original paint, but the history of the county and the region contains […]

Pandemic Practices: Virtual Library Strategy

These days most of us are spending a lot more time at home, doing things that we’ve traditionally done in schools, offices, libraries, movie theaters, and music venues. While libraries offer a whole host of digital content and services, they’re often integrated with and share prominence with physical collections and promotional priority with in-person programming. […]

Register Now for Curious About Library Supervision

Considering a move into a supervisory position in a library and wondering if it’s the right career path for you? Curious about the specific skills needed to be an effective supervisor? The Colorado State Library, is partnering with Pat Wagner from Pattern Research, Inc., to offer our Curious about Library Supervision two-part webinar series: a practical […]

Friday Grab Bag, April 524, 2020

One of the bright spots in the strange and stressful moment that we find ourselves in, for me at least, is watching Colorado libraries respond. To help make Colorado libraries’ innovation more visible, we’ve launched a new series called Pandemic Practices. The latest edition covers managing Staff-Created Content, featuring input from staff at Anythink Libraries.  […]

Youth Services Meetings, Week of April 27th (Everyone is Welcome!)

There will be another round of meetings for youth services staff next week. These are opportunities to connect with others about these timely topics, exchange ideas, share frustrations, and celebrate successes. These meetings and webinars so far have provided so much rich conversation and many, many great ideas! That said, this is a lot of […]

Webinar Archive: Phone-a Story – Simple fun on call away!

Alberto Pellicer, Program Coordinator for the Denver Public Library (DPL), provided an excellent webinar on DPL’s Phone-a-Story program on Thursday, April 23! It was quite popular and the high attendance maxed out the virtual room so unfortunately many were not able to attend. Not to worry: here is the archived webinar, slides, and handouts that […]

Upcoming Webinar with Bright by Text

Join us on April 27, 2020 from 1:00-2:00 pm for Bright by Text. In this time when communication is critical, and libraries seek to virtually connect with their patrons and support them in their role as child care providers, Bright by Text  (BBT) offers a helpful solution.  Please join Tara Stingley, Bright by Text Program Associate to discuss […]

Pandemic Practices: Staff-Created Content

Though libraries had to cancel in-person programming and close their doors to the public in response to the coronavirus pandemic, they almost immediately reinvented themselves as virtual community centers, and continue to offer educational and entertaining content to their home-bound customers. In addition to creativity and ingenuity, staff-created content and the shift to exclusively virtual […]

Friday Grab Bag, April 17, 2020

One of the bright spots in the strange and stressful moment that we find ourselves in, for me at least, is watching Colorado libraries respond. To help make Colorado libraries’ innovation more visible, we’ve launched a new series called Pandemic Practices. The first edition covers Mobile Hotspot lending, and features invaluable input from staff at […]

Youth Services Meetings, Week of April 20 (Everyone is Welcome!)

There will be another round of meetings—and a webinar—for youth services staff next week. These are opportunities to connect with others about these timely topics, exchange ideas, share frustrations, and celebrate successes. These meetings and webinars so far have provided so much rich conversation and many, many great ideas! That said, this is a lot […]

Ring-Ring, Webinar Calling – Phone-a-Story: Simple fun one call away!

Join us on Thursday, April 23 from 12:00-1:00 pm for Phone-a-Story: Simple fun one call away! Staff from Denver Public Library and Sterling Public Library will explain all the details about their Phone-a-Story services. From logistics to tips and tricks, if you are interested in recreating a similar system in which patrons simply call a […]

Upcoming GRT Quick Bites – Are Play Groups Right for Your Library? With Gail Yerbic

Playful learning is serious business in early childhood! It is a natural, everyday occurrence for children, and experts have proven its value with child development and success. Discover the different types of play groups out there, their purpose and potential impact, and why this may be a great niche for your library (in the spirit […]

Youth Services Meetings, Week of April 13 (Everyone is Welcome!)

Please join us for these meetings, which are informal opportunities to connect with others about these timely topics, exchange ideas, share frustrations, and celebrate successes. These meetings so far have provided so much rich conversation and many, many great ideas! That said, this is a lot of meetings! Please join whichever interest you and you […]

Register Now For Public Libraries Respond to COVID-19: National Survey Results Webinar

More than 2,500 public libraries responded to the broadest national survey of public library responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, conducted by PLA between March 24-April 1. What did PLA learn about closures, services, and staffing that can help libraries understand how their peers are responding to the current crisis and plan for future recovery? How […]

Webinar Archive: Virtual Storytimes: Filming Before, During and After COVID-19

Six great presenters from Colorado provided an excellent webinar on virtual storytimes on Friday, April 10! It was quite popular and the high attendance maxed out the virtual room so unfortunately many were not able to attend. Not to worry: here is the archived webinar, slides, chat notes, and handouts that you can view at […]

Friday Grab Bag, April, 10, 2020

One of the bright spots in the strange and stressful moment that we find ourselves in, for me at least, is watching Colorado libraries respond. To help make Colorado libraries’ innovation more visible, we’ve launched a new series called Pandemic Practices. The first edition covers Mobile Hotspot lending, and features invaluable input from staff at […]