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Friday Grab Bag, February 15, 2019

The Friday Grab Bag is a weekly series that highlights fun, unique, and interesting happenings in Colorado libraries, and includes news from the Colorado State Library.  So get up from your desk, have a stretch, and let’s open the Friday Grab Bag!

Attention Worthy:

Small Business Revolution:  Canon City, Colorado is competing to be in a reality show called Small Business Revolution. The Canon City Library is heavily involved. They are the only Colorado town represented and have made it to the top 6. Now the winning city will be determined by who has the most votes from the public.  The winning city will get $500,000 for 6 main street businesses. The recipients will have access to marketing advice, business makeovers, as well as the reality show coming to Canon City, even non-profits can compete for the money! This could really help out the Canon City Library. Every vote counts and could help the Canon City area.  If you have the time and inclination, you can vote at – www.votecanoncity.com

CALCON Needs You:  CALCON2019 is starting to ramp up and they need you!  The deadline for submitting proposals is looming – March 1st.  Presenting at CALCON is a great experience and something anyone can do.  Why not take the plunge and give it a try.  Learn more here:  Deadline for CALCON Session Proposals is Coming Soon!

Also – once those program proposals come in – someone need to review them – and that is where CALCON needs you again.  They are looking for volunteers to reveiw proposals.  Share your knowledge, expertise and curiosity with others within the library profession in Colorado.  Get involved.  For more information, click here:  Call for Program Review Volunteers (CALCON)

Mancos Fun Run:  The Mancos Public Library is gearing up for the 6th Annual Mancos Cowboy Half Marathon, 5K and Fun Run on Saturday, June 22. This has turned into a really fun community event and fundraiser for us.Our race courses are beautiful and we get participants from 8-80. Last year was our biggest yet with 176 registered runners and walkers. We raised about $13,000 through sponsorships, donations, and registration fees. This event makes a great destination race as Mancos is located just five miles from Mesa Verde National Park and 30 miles from Durango.For the second year, we will have a team competition in the 5K — maybe we could get some library rivalries happening!Our race website is: http://mancoshalfmarathon.com

Going Fine Free:

  • Clear Creek County Library District:  In order to provide fair access to materials and to promote literacy in our communities, the Clear Creek County Library District is no longer charging fines for overdue reading materials, and all existing fines for overdue reading materials have been erased.

Grant/ Assistance Funding Opportunities:

Native American Library Services Basic Grants program:  Recently, IMLS announced an April 1 deadline for applications for the Native American Library Services Basic Grants program. Basic grants support existing tribal library operations and help maintain core library services. All federally recognized tribes and Alaskan Native villages and corporations with libraries are eligible and welcome to apply. Last year, IMLS awarded over 180 basic grants. They’ve put together a new list of tips to help you submit a successful application package this year—here’s what you need to know.  Read More.

CLIR recently opened our 2019 call for proposals for our Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives program.  Click for further details.

CHNC New Content Support Program:  

The Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection (CHNC) is excited to announce that the 2019 program to support the addition of new historic news in the CHNC is now open for applications.  The Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection New Content Support Program for newspaper digitization is designed to help cultural heritage organizations across our state increase online access to historic community news through the CHNC.

Libraries Making News:

Pikes Peak Library District:

Learning for Everyone:

Citizen Science Day 2019: Add Real Scientific Research to Your Library Programming! – February 20, 3:00-4:00 PM CT – Citizen Science Day 2019 is Saturday, April 13th. You and your library are invited to participate in the Stall Catchers Megathon, in which people all over the world will analyze real research data in a game format that would normally take researchers over a year to complete. Join PSR for this webinar to learn more about Citizen Science (real people doing real science), and see how your library can get on board through citizen science activities and programming at different levels.

The Elephant in the Room: Helping Your Community Navigate the Financial Aspects of Healthcare – February 21, 2:00-3:00 PM CT – Financial health literacy occurs at the intersection of managing personal finances and health literacy. This hour-long webinar with GMR will explore the four components of financial health literacy and how librarians can support education and awareness to empower health consumers as they navigate complex issues of terminology, insurance, unexpected costs and financial barriers to healthcare. Better understanding the financial aspects of healthcare provides one key to unlocking health equity and wellness.

Food for Thought: Exploring Nutrition Information Resources – March 18, 12:00-1:00 PM CT – Sponsored by MAR, this class is designed to assist librarians, public health workers, health professionals, and the general public in locating authoritative information on nutrition and topics relating to nutrition. Background information on the importance of nutrition information to other health-related topics will be included, and resources for locating nutrition-related statistics and evidence-based practice will also be identified.

PubMed for Librarians: Introduction to PubMed – March 26, 1:00-2:30 PM CT – Attend this class to learn about the difference between PubMed and MEDLINE, how to run a basic PubMed search, assess your search results, analyze search details, customize PubMed with My NCBI, search for a known citation; plus, brief introductions to MeSH, automatic term mapping, search tags and subheadings.

CSL In Session:

  • Tear Down This Wall: Find & Remove Barriers to Library Use:  February 20 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm – While your library is ADA compliant and welcomes all, there may be hidden barriers for some in your community that hinder them from using your library.  Join us for this interactive session to discuss how to find out who isn’t coming to your library and why, and talk through strategies for breaking down road blocks that some members of your community have to enable them to become more active library patrons.
  • Helping Patrons with Legal Questions: Part 1 – Legal Research Basics:  February 21 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm – This first webinar in a series of three presented by the Colorado Association of Law Libraries and the Colorado State Library will address aspects of providing legal research services to patrons.  In this session, attendees will learn the following: what are the basic concepts involved in legal research; how to conduct a legal reference interview; and where to refer patrons in order to find forms and legal clinics.  This session will provide attendees with a basic overview of these concepts.  Sessions two and three will delve more into where to locate free legal research resources.

CLiC Spring Workshops:  The CLiC Spring Workshops are just around the corner and registration is open now.   The dates and locations for 2019 are: Grand Junction: March 21 & 22 @ Colorado Mesa University Fort Morgan: March 29 @ Fort Morgan High School Pueblo: April 15 & 16 @ CSU-Pueblo

Weekly Vocabulary Word:

This week’s word comes from the third century Ancient Greek.  You’ve met them, you’ve dined with them, perhaps you are one.  Deipnosophist – a person skilled in the art of dining and dinner-table conversation.  Having one of these around certainly takes the pressure off of the rest of us during meal times.  So – all hail the deipnosphist. We thank you for your gift.

What’s New at the Colorado State Library

Summer Reading/Summer Learning:  The Colorado State Library has once again renewed their support for ReadingRecord summer reading tracking software!  ReadingRecord is a web-based application for libraries to track reading program participants. It is a cloud (hosted) service, meaning that no additional equipment is required to use ReadingRecord. It can be used to track most any kind of reading program: traditional summer reading programs, winter reading programs, 1,000 books before kindergarten programs, year-long programs, etc.

Helping make history more accessible:  The Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection (CHNC) is not just a spectator sport – you can help make history brighter and more accessible by getting involved.  Make your connection to history deeper by becoming a text corrector in the CHNC database.  It is easy, effective, rewarding, and really addictive.  Learn more about OCR correction and how you can participate here.

Library Related Employment:

Are you thinking of making a change this year in your job?  Check out Library Jobline for hot new library employment opportunities.

Have a great weekend everyone! This post is part of the Spotlight on Sharing initiative, which aims to increase the visibility of resource sharing in Colorado libraries.   Whats going on at your library?  Let us know what you want to share!  Email Regan Harper, harper_r@cde.state.co.us.  Also, be sure to follow Colorado State Library on Twitter and Facebook.

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Call for Program Review Volunteers (CALCON)

We are approaching the deadline for CALCON 2019 program submission(MARCH 1st – no extensions this year!) 

We need program reviewers, the more the merrier!  The CALCON planning committee voted to arrange the programs for review by topic.  The submissions will be divided up into 5 review groups of 30 – 35 proposals each.  Most proposals are 1 to 2 pages each.  Reviewers will be given access to an online rubric that will be filled out for each submission.  This paperless process will need to be done from March 4 to March 22 in the comfort of your own space.

If you are able, please take a moment to volunteer.  It’s ok if you are submitting a session, we will just put you into a different evaluation group.

Please contact us if you have any questions!

Amber Cox and Tiah Frankish: Program Committee Co-Chairs

We would also like to request that each association, division, and interest group have a voice at the table when we are selecting the final program on March 26th at the Adams 12 Educational Services Center.  It is a full day commitment. 9 to 4.

What we need from you:  Please send us the name of the one person from your association, division or interest group that will be attending the program selection day on March 26th.

Amber Cox and Tiah Frankish: Program Committee Co-Chairs

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Celebrate Teen Health Week, April 1-7, 2019

Friday, February 15, 2019 4:53 PM Celebrate Teen Health Week, April 1-7, 2019.  Here’s how you can support the physical and mental health of young people:

Join the Movement – 

Spread the word – 

  • Use these Sample Tweets:
  • Youth are the future! Spread the word about #TeenHealthWeek2019 in April and join us in improving the future of adolescent health! #TeenHealth #TAG42Mil
  • Join us this April for Teen Health Week! Check out the Adolescent Health: Think, Act, Grow® (TAG) Playbook, and learn more about how schools, clinics, and communities can foster healthy young people! @teenhealthweek #TAG42Mil

Be informed – 

  • Who are America’s Adolescents? Get the latest facts and figures about adolescents and their health at state and national levels. Find information on changing demographics and how adolescents spend their time.
  • Adolescent Health: Think, Act, Grow® (TAG) is a national call to action for organizations and individuals to prioritize activities that improve the health of America’s 42 million adolescents. You can make a difference by taking action – check out these resources to learn more about the recommended action steps and resources.

Share how you are observing Teen Health Week by completing the event form here and using #TeenHealth, #TAG42Mil, #TeenHealthWeek2019, and @teenhealthweek.

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Tips for Applying for a Native American Library Services Basic Grant

For more than twenty years, the Institute of Museum and Library Services has provided grants to tribal communities throughout the United States. Over the past ten years alone, IMLS made awards to more than 350 tribes and indigenous organizations in 33 states, including over 70 each in Alaska and California, 34 in Oklahoma, 24 in Washington, 19 in New Mexico, 15 in Arizona, 12 in Michigan, 7 in Minnesota, 7 in Montana, and 5 each in South Dakota and Utah.

Recently, IMLS announced an April 1 deadline for applications for the Native American Library Services Basic Grants program. Basic grants support existing tribal library operations and help maintain core library services. All federally recognized tribes and Alaskan Native villages and corporations with libraries are eligible and welcome to apply. Last year, IMLS awarded over 180 basic grants. They’ve put together a new list of tips to help you submit a successful application package this year—here’s what you need to know.

Changes in Basic Grants:  This year, basic grants now range from $6,000-$10,000. Only up to $3,000 of your total budget can be used for education/assessment activities. These activities include conference presentations and attendance, continuing education and training, and hiring consultants. However, you’re not required to include education/assessment activities. If you would like to use all $10,000 for salaries, books, or other library-related budget items, that’s both allowable and appropriate! Please see the Notice of Funding Opportunity for more details.

Tips for a Successful Application: Please include all the required documents in your application package. We don’t want your application to be rejected because you forgot the SF-424S, the program information sheet, the library services plan, the budget, or the digital product form, if you need one. Here are a few tips to help you complete all the forms correctly:

  • Applicants must use the IMLS budget form, found in the Notice of Funding Opportunity.
  • digital product form is required if digital products like websites, apps, datasets, and other digital content, tools, and resources are created with IMLS funds.
  • All applicants must address performance measures. Please join us for a webinar about performance measures on Wednesday, February 20, from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. ET to learn more.
  • Reminder: we can accept PDFs only. We cannot accept Word documents. Make sure all of your required application components are PDFs.
  • Make sure your budget items match what is described in your library services plan. Also, provide a separate description in your plan for education/assessment activities, if applicable.

Using Grants.gov All applicants are required to use Workspace on Grants.gov. Here are a few resources to help you get started:

A few tips:

  • Register early for a D-U-N-S® number, register with the System of Award Management (SAM) at sam.gov, and create a Grants.gov account.
  • Make sure you don’t have any delinquent reports to federal agencies, since you will be ineligible to receive an award if this is the case. If you’re not sure of your status, please get in touch with us, and we can help you find out.

Getting Help:

IMLS is here to help! Please read the current Notice of Funding Opportunity and reach out if you have any questions. Our webinars are great refreshers for applicants who have not submitted a proposal for several years, as well as new applicants who are unfamiliar with the application process.

  • If you can’t join us for a live webinar, you can view webinars on-demand. If you’re unsure if a cost is allowable or if you are not sure about what to include in your plan, we can talk with you and give you feedback on your ideas before you submit.
  • For questions about eligibility, your library services plan and project activities, the digital product form, or your budget, including allowability of costs, contact:
  • Sandra Toro, Ph.D., Senior Program Officer, storo@imls.gov, 202-653-4662
  • For questions about application requirements and deadlines, contact:
  • Sarah Boonie, Program Specialist, sboonie@imls.gov, 202-653-4761 or
  • Chelsea Cole, Program Specialist, ccole@imls.gov, 202-653-4719

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Friday Grab Bag, February 8, 2019

More on Runge:  Born in Germany in 1794, Runge not only discovered caffeine, but also isolated quinine, invented paper chromatography, and discovered the toxic effects of atropine.  The good news is, he was also reported to have directed his chemical knowledge towards household problems, such as removing stains, making wines from fruits, canning meats and vegetables, and showing off his culinary skill at dinner parties.  Coffee and culinary skills… he’s a keeper folks.

The Friday Grab Bag is a weekly series that highlights fun, unique, and interesting happenings in Colorado libraries, and includes news from the Colorado State Library.  So kick back, grab a cup of caffeine, however you take it – and an slice of Käsekuchen …and let’s open the Friday Grab Bag!

Libraries Take Action:

Library Lobby Day:  Posted on behalf of  CAL Lobby Day Committee (Ray Coffey, Miranda Doran-Myers, Ellen Patterson, and Lauren Seegmiller)

The Colorado General Assembly will soon be finalizing the state budget. The CAL Legislative Committee needs your help in trying to secure more money for Colorado Libraries. Tell your legislators the stories of how your library impacts your community by participating in Library Lobby Day.

The CAL Legislative Committee’s core messaging for the 2019 session is “Libraries Build Community.” In addition to thanking legislators for current appropriation of $2.5M for State Grants to Libraries, they are asking for an increase of $2M to invest in educational materials and for continued support of the rights of individuals to conduct research and explore new ideas. Additional funding helps support free access to information, which in turn supports an informed citizenry and enriches our democracy.

They are promoting three ways to reach out to the Colorado General Assembly in Spring 2019:

  • Meet with your legislator one-on-one during the week of March 11-15 (or when you can).
  • Be visible at Library Lobby Day on the morning of Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at the State Capitol.
  • Send written materials to be included along with other information about the impact state funding has on Colorado Libraries.

If you would like to participate in Lobby Day in any of the above ways, the CAL Legislative Committee is here to support you! If you’d like join them at the capitol, send a letter to your legislator, need additional information, or have any other questions, please email lseegmiller@denverlibrary.org.

Going Fine Free:

  • Fine Free Basalt:  We are excited to announce the removal of late/overdue fines on all youth library card holders, and on all children’s and young adult library materials.  Late fines shouldn’t be a barrier to accessing the library, and now they no longer will be. To learn more, please visit our website at basaltlibrary.org/fine-free-basalt
  • The Broomfield Library is Officially Fine-Free! What does that mean? All your favorite Library services with NO fines! Fine-Free libraries ultimately remove barriers to serving the community. They allow for more people to take advantage of library services,free up library staff time to serve the public better, and often results in FEWER overdue materials.Find out more from Library and Cultural Affairs Director,Abby Yellman HERE!
  • Denver Public Library:  As of Jan. 1, we’ve eliminated fines for overdue materials in an attempt to reduce barriers for our most vulnerable customers. We’re even forgiving most customers’ overdue fines to get folks back in the doors and borrowing again. Read more about this change and what it means for you as a borrower.

Open Educational Resources: The Colorado Commission on Higher Education approved 20 proposals that will provide nearly $550,000 in funding for higher education Open Educational Resources (OER) projects throughout the state.“I applaud the work of the commission to bolster innovation and save our students money,” said Governor Jared Polis. “These grants will no doubt have a huge impact on the future of OER and inspire other higher education institutions in the state to follow suit with creative and impactful solutions.”  To learn more about this and related issues – click here.

Grant/ Assistance Funding Opportunities:

Grants Promote Innovative Pre-K-12 Projects:  Ezra Jack Keats Foundation: Mini-Grant Program – The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation offers Mini-Grants of up to $500 to public schools, public libraries, and public preschool and Head Start programs in the United States and its territories. The Foundation accepts proposals for creative, innovative projects that give teachers and librarians a unified, flexible way to meet Common Core goals as well as offer students a fun experience, a sense of achievement, and a source of pride. Ezra Jack Keats Mini-Grants have funded projects in all disciplines, at all grade levels, and of all sizes. Approximately 70 projects are funded each year. The application deadline is March 31, 2019. Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about the application process.

CHNC New Content Support Program:  

The Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection (CHNC) is excited to announce that the 2019 program to support the addition of new historic news in the CHNC is now open for applications.  The Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection New Content Support Program for newspaper digitization is designed to help cultural heritage organizations across our state increase online access to historic community news through the CHNC.

Libraries Making News:

Learning for Everyone:

Colorado ILL Conference:  The keynote for the Colorado ILL Conference has been announced.  Kyle Courtney, Copyright Adviser for Harvard University,  is the keynote speaker for this year’s  50th CO Interlibrary Loan conference   , which will be held at the Westin in Westminster, CO April 25, 26th.  Courtney is a prolific writer and speaker on copyright and serves as the copyright and information policy adviser for HarvardX/edX.  He has also presented at the 2017 and 2018 UCCS Kraemer Library Copyright conference.

Courtney is founder of Copyright First Responders, a service that supports teaching, learning and scholarship through community engagement with copyright. In 2014 Courtney founded Fair Use Week which has become an international celebration observed by over 100 universities, libraries and other organizations.   He was named a National Academic Library Mover and Shaker by Library Journal in 2015.  Courtney currently teaches research sessions at Harvard Law School to first year students. He has a dual appointment at Northeastern teaching “Cyberlaw: Privacy, Ethics, and Digital Rights” ,  “Legal Research and Writing for LLM’s” and “Advanced Legal Writing Workshop” .   Courtney has a J.D. with distinction in Intellectual Property Law and an MSLIS.  You will find his writings in Politico, Slate, Library Journal, and other publications.  Courtney’s most recent publication is titled “MOOC’s and Libraries”, published by Rowman & Littlefield, Ltd.  His blog is at http://kylecourtney.com and you can follow him onTwitter @KyleKCourtney.

CAL Maker Division Workshop:  Save the date for the 2nd annual CAL Maker Division Workshop! This year’s workshop will be held at the Central Library (10 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy, Denver, 80204), and will be a full day of maker-related sessions. Stay tuned to the CAL website for registration details, coming soon.In order to have a fantastic workshop, the Division needs presenters who are willing to facilitate a 75 minute session on a topic related to making or makerspaces. If you have an idea for a possible session, please submit your session idea before February 24. If you’re thinking “Wow, that seems close to the CALCON submission deadline of March 1,” you’d be right. The Division is encouraging people to submit their ideas to the Conference as well as the Workshop, even if there are very few changes (if any) between the two. Any questions can be sent to me or to calmakerdivision@gmail.com.

CSL In Session:

  • Tear Down This Wall: Find & Remove Barriers to Library Use:  February 20 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm – While your library is ADA compliant and welcomes all, there may be hidden barriers for some in your community that hinder them from using your library.  Join us for this interactive session to discuss how to find out who isn’t coming to your library and why, and talk through strategies for breaking down road blocks that some members of your community have to enable them to become more active library patrons.
  • Helping Patrons with Legal Questions: Part 1 – Legal Research Basics:  February 21 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm – This first webinar in a series of three presented by the Colorado Association of Law Libraries and the Colorado State Library will address aspects of providing legal research services to patrons.  In this session, attendees will learn the following: what are the basic concepts involved in legal research; how to conduct a legal reference interview; and where to refer patrons in order to find forms and legal clinics.  This session will provide attendees with a basic overview of these concepts.  Sessions two and three will delve more into where to locate free legal research resources.

CLiC Spring Workshops:  The CLiC Spring Workshops are just around the corner and registration is open now.   The dates and locations for 2019 are: Grand Junction: March 21 & 22 @ Colorado Mesa University Fort Morgan: March 29 @ Fort Morgan High SchoolPueblo: April 15 & 16 @ CSU-Pueblo

Interesting Info:

CLiC Vendor Discount Program:   CLiC’s 2019 Vendor Discount list has added TWO more companies!Check out the new additions at: www.clicweb.org/save-money/vendor-discounts

Louisville Public Library:  Louisville’s Great Horned Owl Cam:   http://www.louisvilleco.gov/residents/departments/parks-recreation-and-open-space/louisville-great-horned-owls

Weekly Vocabulary Word:

In homage to last weeks word which was the longest non medical word in the English language – we have this weeks word: sesquipedalian.  Sesquipedalian describes the tendency to use long words. If you possess this trait, you will enjoy trying to use this word in your next conversation.

What’s New at the Colorado State Library

Library Related Employment:

Are you thinking of making a change this year in your job?  Check out Library Jobline for hot new library employment opportunities.

Have a great weekend everyone! This post is part of the Spotlight on Sharing initiative, which aims to increase the visibility of resource sharing in Colorado libraries.   Whats going on at your library?  Let us know what you want to share!  Email Regan Harper, harper_r@cde.state.co.us.  Also, be sure to follow Colorado State Library on Twitter and Facebook.

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Feeling the love? We have two CSL in Session webinars this month!

Join us on Wednesday February 20, 2019, from 12 – 1 PM MT for Tear Down This Wall: Find & Remove Barriers to Library Use.

While your library is ADA compliant and welcomes all, there may be hidden barriers for some in your community that hinder them from using your library.

  • Who isn’t using your library, and why?
  • How can you find and remove those barriers to make your library more accessible to all?

Join us for this interactive session to discuss how to find out who isn’t coming to your library and why, and talk through strategies for breaking down road blocks that some members of your community have to enable them to become more active library patrons.

On Thursday February 21, 2019 from 12 – 1 PM MT we will present Helping Patrons with Legal Questions: Part 1 – Legal Research Basics

This first webinar in a series of three presented by the Colorado Association of Law Libraries and the Colorado State Library will address aspects of providing legal research services to patrons.  In this session, attendees will learn the following: what are the basic concepts involved in legal research; how to conduct a legal reference interview; and where to refer patrons in order to find forms and legal clinics.  This session will provide attendees with a basic overview of these concepts.  Sessions two (and three will delve more into where to locate free legal research resources.

No registration is required! These sessions will be offered via Adobe Connect. You can access the classroom via the CSL in Session website listed below.

http://cslinsession.cvlsites.org

We will be recording these sessions. All archived sessions are available on the CSL in Session website.

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Friday Grab Bag, February 1, 2019

The Friday Grab Bag is a weekly series that highlights fun, unique, and interesting happenings in Colorado libraries, and includes news from the Colorado State Library. So kick back, grab your favorite cocktail and an amuse-bouche or two…and let’s open the Friday Grab Bag!

February is Black History Month:

Denver Pubic Library:

  • Juanita Gray Community Service Awards Ceremony:  Saturday, Feb. 2, 1:30–3:30 p.m. @ Blair-Caldwell. Join DPL as they honor African American community leaders at the annual Juanita Gray Community Service Awards Ceremony. They’ll honor men, women and youth making outstanding contributions to the Denver metro area and who have accomplished a professional goal in their field. They’ll also induct Dr. Jennie Mae Rucker (posthumously) into the Blacks in Colorado Hall of Fame.
  • The Uncomfortable Truth: The History of Racism in America Film Screening:  Wednesday, Feb. 6, 6-7:45 p.m. @ Blair-Caldwell. Come watch a comprehensive and insightful exploration of the origins and history of racism in America—from slavery to Jim Crow era, from lynchings to protests—told through a very personal and honest story.
  • Martin Luther King, Jr.: Thursday, Feb. 14, 1-2 p.m. @ Sam Gary  It’s been over 50 years since Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. Join Active Minds to take a look at his life and legacy, and trace Dr. King’s rise to prominence from a Baptist pastor to Nobel Prize winner and leader of the civil rights movement.
  • The Life of Booker T. Washington: A Family Perspective:  Saturday, Feb. 23, 2-3 p.m. @ Woodbury.  Eric Hughes, the great-grandson of Booker T. Washington, tells a visual story of the life of this remarkable American. Using family photographs and other illustrations, the exceptional history of Dr. Washington comes alive in this presentation. Q&A to follow.
  • Black History Live: Maya Angelou:  Saturday, Feb. 23, 2:30-3:30 p.m. @ Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales.  National Humanities and Chautauqua scholar Becky Stone will portray Dr. Maya Angelou, American poet, singer, memoirist and civil rights activist. Dr. Angelou will share how language can build, heal and transform. She gives insight into how she writes and why and reflects on her philosophy of life.
  • Nnedi Okorafor:  Thursday, February 7Embassy Suites DTC10250 E. Costilla Ave., Centennial – 7-8 pm: Author Talk 8-9 pm: Book Signing.  Spend an evening with award-winning and New York Times best-selling author Nnedi Okorafor, who will share about her acclaimed novel, Who Fears Death, slated to be an HBO series. Okorafor’s African-based science fiction and fantasy novels include the “Binti” trilogy and Akata Witch. She has also authored several of the popular “Black Panther” Marvel comic books. Okorafor’s latest standalone series features Black Panther’s sister Shuri.  Enjoy light refreshments and an author signing. Buy books from Book Bar onsite. For teens and adults. Reserve your spot here.

Longmont Public Library:

  • Black History Live: Maya AngelouThursday, February 28, 7 to 8:30 pm.  Storyteller Becky Stone will bring author and poet Maya Angelou to life in this special performance to honor Black History Month.  This program is for ages 18+ only and is offered in partnership with Colorado Humanities and is part of a larger Black History Live tour created and funded by them.

What is your library doing for Black History Month – let us know so that we can share!

The Public:

Hey – you have heard about the movie The Public by Emilio Estevez.  It was initially released in 2018, and tells the tale of  a large group of homeless library patrons, faced with a brutal Midwestern cold front making its way to Cincinnati, Ohio, who refuse to leave the downtown public library at closing time. What begins as a nonviolent Occupy sit-in and ragtag act of civil disobedience quickly escalates into a standoff with local riot police, led by a no-nonsense crisis negotiator (Alec Baldwin) and a savvy district attorney (Christian Slater) with lofty political ambitions, all as two librarians (Emilio Estevez and Jena Malone) are caught up in the middle of it.  Well – it is rumored that this film will be released to main stream cinemas in April of this year.  But – if you would like to see it before it hits a multi=plex near you, Boulder Public Library will be hosting a screening of the film as part of their Boulder International Film Festival series, with Director, and 80’s heart throb Emilio Estevez in attendance.  Mr. Estevez will offer a special and private screening for library workers on the afternoon of March 1 at Boulder Public Library while he’s in the area. And you are invited!

  • Friday, March 1, 2p.m. at the Canyon Theater (1000 Canyon Boulevard, North entrance at Boulder Public Library, Main Library; parking is also available at 1001 Arapahoe Avenue at the South Library entrance; please note: you must pay for parking if you stay in the lots 90+ minutes; look for the parking pay machines in each lot; the downtown Boulder bus station is also just a few blocks away)
  • Seating is limited to 201 people, first-come, first-served (no tickets or RSVPs). Please arrive before 2 p.m. for seating before the film starts.
  • The film is 2 hours long and Mr. Estevez will also likely speak/answer questions, as he wants to spend time with library workers after being inspired by this film role.

See you all there!

Grant/ Assistance Funding Opportunities:

Support for Innovative Programs Serving Colorado Seniors: NextFifty Initiative

NextFifty Initiative is dedicated to funding mission-driven, innovative programs that improve community services for those age 50 and older, including adults with disabilities, and their caretakers. The majority of funded programs will directly serve the people of Colorado. Grants are provided to nonprofit organizations and government agencies that are working to improve the lives of the current aging population and dedicated to crafting an exciting future for aging. NextFifty Initiative is also interested in projects that target the most vulnerable in the aging sector, including low-income individuals, ethnic and racial minorities, the homeless, and LGBT communities. The upcoming grant application deadline is February 28, 2019.

Visit the NextFifty Initiative website to review the funding guidelines and submit an online application.

Funds Available for Native American Libraries: Institute of Museum and Library Services

The Native American Library Services: Basic Grants program provides support for existing library operations and to maintain core library services. Support is also available to enhance efforts to recruit future professionals to the field of library and information services. The application deadline is April 1, 2019.

CHNC New Content Support Program:  

The Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection (CHNC) is excited to announce that the 2019 program to support the addition of new historic news in the CHNC is now open for applications.  The Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection New Content Support Program for newspaper digitization is designed to help cultural heritage organizations across our state increase online access to historic community news through the CHNC.

Libraries Making News:

Learning for Everyone:

The 2019 CATS Winter Workshop will be held on Monday, February 4th 2019 at Library 21C 1175 Chapel Hills Dr. Colorado Springs, CO 80920 from 9-4.

The Colorado Council of the International Reading Association (CCIRA) Conference will be at the Denver Marriott Tech Center February 6 – 9, 2019. CCIRA collaboratively encourages, supports, and advances literacy through research-based instructional practices to increase literacy access to all.

Conference on Inclusive Education:  February 14 – February 15 – PEAK Parent Center’s annual Conference on Inclusive Education is an excellent professional and personal development opportunity for EVERY PERSON involved in the education and inclusion of diverse learners. Family members, youth, self-advocates, general and special education teachers, school administrators, college students and other professionals are all encouraged to attend!

Teacher-Librarian Day 2019:  February 15 @ 7:30 am – 3:30 pm – The day consists of a suite of short, carefully prepared talks, demonstrations, and performances on a varying range of subjects to foster learning, inspiration, and wonder – and to provoke conversations that matter. The 2019 theme is Voices; recognizing every voice and developing these skills in our students through primary sources as windows of the past help our communities to become more civically minded, thoughtful, and curious.

CSL In Session:

  • Tear Down This Wall: Find & Remove Barriers to Library Use:  February 20 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm – While your library is ADA compliant and welcomes all, there may be hidden barriers for some in your community that hinder them from using your library.  Join us for this interactive session to discuss how to find out who isn’t coming to your library and why, and talk through strategies for breaking down road blocks that some members of your community have to enable them to become more active library patrons.
  • Helping Patrons with Legal Questions: Part 1 – Legal Research Basics:  February 21 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm – This first webinar in a series of three presented by the Colorado Association of Law Libraries and the Colorado State Library will address aspects of providing legal research services to patrons.  In this session, attendees will learn the following: what are the basic concepts involved in legal research; how to conduct a legal reference interview; and where to refer patrons in order to find forms and legal clinics.  This session will provide attendees with a basic overview of these concepts.  Sessions two and three will delve more into where to locate free legal research resources.

Social Justice & Public Libraries Symposium:  February 25 – February 26 – The Public Library Association is hosting this regional symposium on equity, diversity, inclusion, and social justice for public libraries in Denver. During this one-and-a-half-day symposium we will explore how power and privilege operate inter-personally and institutionally; identify how oppression shows up in our communities and libraries; and learn about historical and contemporary social justice movements. Participants will hear from libraries putting equity into practice, develop regional connections, and create local action plans to advance equity and social justice in our organizations and communities.  The symposium agenda and registration are available at:  http://www.ala.org/pla/education/inperson/equity

Free online CE for Library professionals and paraprofessionals:  Once again – our Wyoming counterpart has stepped up to the plate – swung – and hit it out of the park with their aggregated list of free CE opportunities.  Thank you Wyoming State Library for being the best in the west!  Check out the list of amazing free opportunities here.

Save the date and plan a weekend in beautiful Steamboat Springs this summer:  The Colorado Reference Service Group has a date for a summer meet up. The meeting will take place on Friday, August 9th, at Bud Werner Memorial Library, Steamboat Springs. More details to follow. Save the date and plan a weekend in beautiful Steamboat Springs this summer.

CLiC Spring Workshops:  The CLiC Spring Workshops are just around the corner and registration is open now.   The dates and locations for 2019 are: Grand Junction: March 21 & 22 @ Colorado Mesa University Fort Morgan: March 29 @ Fort Morgan High SchoolPueblo: April 15 & 16 @ CSU-Pueblo

Library Creation and Learning Website:  Do you make use of the Library Creation and Learning website?  Well you should!  This site, developed by the Colorado State Library, is your portal to library continuing education opportunities and information.  At the site you will find:

  • Online courses
  • Training information and curriculum for both staff and the public
  • Library Makerspaces
  • Software and hardware information
  • Information about library customer service, intellectual freedom, privacy and confidentiality, and professional ethics.

Please contact Christine Kreger with any questions you may have or recommendations for content.  We would love to hear from you.

Talk about Awesome:

Poudre River Library District:

  • Great Decisions — Topic 1: Refugees and Global Migration: TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 05, 2019.  7:00 PM – 8:30 PM Old Town Library, Large Meeting Room Combo – Today, no countries have open borders. Every state in today’s global system has its own laws and policies about who is permitted to cross its borders, and how they will do so. Who determines whether someone is a refugee or a migrant? How have different countries, including the United States, reacted to migration? How effective are the international laws, policies and organizations that have evolved to assist and protect refugees and migrants?More about this Foreign Policy Association program is at http://www.fpa.org/great_decisions/.
  • Part 1: Selecting the Audit Service and Provider Right for Your Nonprofit: WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 06, 20193:00 PM – 4:30 PM Harmony Library, Community Room (H)  – Join Nonprofit CPA, Chyla Graham for the first in a three-part series on audits for your nonprofit.Part 1 will examine the different types of attest (audit-type) services and what may serve your organization best. Once you know what type of services you need it’s easier to ask for it and determine who can best provide the level of service necessary. Takeaways:1. Different types of attest services – How to decide which one is right for you.2. What questions should you ask the prospective auditor?3. What should you ask their references?

Douglas County Libraries:

  • Steve Berry – Author Visit:  Tuesday, March 5th at 6:30pm at Douglas County Libraries in Parker has NYT bestselling author Steve Berry coming to talk about his book The Malta Exchange which hits the selves that day. Books will be sold at the event.
  • Lisa See – Author Visit”  Saturday, March 9th at 7pm at Douglas County Libraries in Castle Rock has NYT bestselling author Lisa See who will talk about her new book The Islands of Sea Women. Books will be sold at the event.
  • Kirk W. Johnson  – Author Visit:  Tuesday, June 25th at 6:30pm at Douglas County Libraries in Highlands Ranch has Kirk W. Johnson who will talk about The Feather Thief, one of the most notable nonfiction, true crime books of 2018.

For all events, please register at DCL.org, click Library Events and then Authors & Events.

Boulder Public Library:

  • History Lecture with Dr. Andrés Reséndez.  Thursday, Feb. 7, 5 – 6:30 p.m., Canyon Theater:  Since the time of Columbus, Indian slavery was illegal in the Americas. Yet, as Andrés Reséndez illuminates in his myth-shattering book, The Other Slavery, the subject of this year’s Athearn Lecture, it was practiced for centuries as an open secret. Andrés Reséndez is an award-winning historian and author specializing in colonial Latin America, borderlands, and the Iberian world. His most recent book, The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Slavery in America (2016), won the Bancroft Prize in American History and was a finalist for a National Book Award in Nonfiction. The History Department at CU Boulder is proud to partner with the Boulder Public Library to present the 30th Athearn Lecture in Western History. Reception and book-signing to follow the talk.

Eagle Valley Library District:

High Country Speaker Series presentsWildlife in the Rocky Mountains: The hidden stories of conservation, recreation, and sharing our communities with charismatic fauna. Join the Eagle Valley Library District and Walking Mountains Science Center in welcoming a variety of experts and authors for a conversation about the interesting intersection between humans and wildlife. For more information please visit evld.org.  HCSS events aim to encourage environmental awareness, inspire positive relationships with the natural world and create thought provoking dialogue in our community through FREE dynamic programming.

High Country Speaker Series Schedule:

Weekly Vocabulary Word:

I often find that I come across interesting words that have fallen out of common use in the English language – but that deserve to be pulled back into the light at least once more.  So – going forward, we will give these lost words a bit of sunlight here in the grab bag.   I challenge you to find a use for this weeks word… well – I challenge you to even be able to pronounce it.

floccinaucinihilipilification: noun RARE

  1. the action or habit of estimating something as worthless.  Often cited as the longest non-technical word in the English language, being one letter longer than the commonly cited antidisestablishmentarianism.

What’s New at the Colorado State Library

Plains to Peaks Collective Grows (I know this is a repeat from last week – but we are pretty darn proud of it.)

The Colorado State Library and the Plains to Peaks Collective (PPC) are excited to announce that our partners have recently shared new historic collections with the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA).  The PPC partners now offer 181,001 items for research and discovery through the DPLA.

With this second collection of items, the PPC welcomes new partners: American Alpine Club; University of Colorado, Art Museum; University of Wyoming, Art Museum; Mountain Scholar with collections from Colorado State University Libraries; University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Strauss Health Sciences Library and University of Colorado Colorado Springs, Kraemer Family Library.  Check out this link to see what is there.

Library Related Employment:

Are you thinking of making a change this year in your job?  Check out Library Jobline for hot new library employment opportunities.

Have a great weekend everyone! This post is part of the Spotlight on Sharing initiative, which aims to increase the visibility of resource sharing in Colorado libraries.   Whats going on at your library?  Let us know what you want to share!  Email Regan Harper, harper_r@cde.state.co.us.  Also, be sure to follow Colorado State Library on Twitter and Facebook.

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CSL Welcomes New State Librarian Nicolle Ingui Davies!

The Colorado State Library (CSL) is thrilled to welcome our new State Librarian, Nicolle Ingui Davies, to our CSL team and back to her Colorado home. Davies holds both a Master’s in Public Administration (MPA) and a Master’s in Library and Information Sciences (MLIS), making her perfectly suited to this leadership role. Davies returns to Colorado from her position as Executive Director of the Charleston County Public Library (SC), where she has been since she left her role as Executive Director of the Arapahoe Library District (CO) in 2016.

During her 12 years with the Arapahoe Library District, Davies was named Library Journal’s 2016 Librarian of the Year, in part for her role in securing a $6 million budget increase for the district’s libraries.  The increase in funding allowed Davies and her team to maintain a high level of service, while providing increased access to resources and technology that might otherwise have been out of reach of the typical household. In this way, Davies was able to make the libraries in her district a more essential part of the community and more patron-focused than ever before.

The Colorado State Library staff would like to give a very special thanks to Sharon Morris for all her hard work while she held the position of Interim State Librarian during this transition. Though the process has been longer and more arduous than anticipated, we at the Colorado State Library are excited to take our first steps forward in confidence under our new leadership as we continue to support libraries throughout the state. So please join us in welcoming Nicolle Ingui Davies home to Colorado and to her new team at the Colorado State Library!

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CSL Book Club Resource Brief Hiatus Beginning January 31st

The Colorado State Library’s Book Club Resource and Resource Kit Program will be taking a brief hiatus while our friends at the Colorado Library Consortium (CLiC) complete their AspenCat migration, which is scheduled to begin the first week of February. During this time, we will not be able to add or change any records, or operate any circulation through the system. As a result, the Book Club Resource and Resource Kit Program will not be accepting any hold requests after 10:00 pm on January 31st. We do apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you and hope that the process will go as quickly and smoothly as possible.

If you would like to place a request for your a book club set or resource kit, please do so as soon as possible.  While we do not have an exact date for the completion of the migration, we know that our friends at CLiC will be working tirelessly to get us back up and running. We will, of course, still be accepting any returns that you might have during this time. So if you’ve been considering a title for your book club or planning a program with one of our resource kits, go ahead and snag it today! And as always, if you have any questions, issues, or concerns now or during the hiatus, please contact Madison Basch at basch_m@cde.state.co.us.

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Friday Grab Bag, Friday January 25, 2019

The Friday Grab Bag is a weekly series that highlights fun, unique, and interesting happenings in Colorado libraries, and includes news from the Colorado State Library. Let’s open the Friday Grab Bag!  

Grant/ Assistance Funding Opportunities:

Annual Colorado Teen Literature Conference:

Grants are now available for teens and adults to attend the 31st Annual Colorado Teen Literature Conference on Saturday, April 13th, 2019, featuring keynote authors Sandhya Menon and Bill Konigsberg. This annual conference offers breakout sessions that have appeal for teens, educators, librarians, and anyone interested in teen literature.

The conference will be held at the Tivoli Conference Center (900 Auraria Parkway, Denver CO, 80204) on the Auraria Campus. Grant applications for the 2019 conference are open starting November 15th, 2018. The deadline for all grants is January 25th, 2019. All applicants will be notified of final decisions by email.

All grants include conference registrations ($75 for adults and $40 for students), breakfast snacks and lunch at the conference. Grants are awarded before general registration opens. If you do not receive a grant you may register for the conference starting February 4th.  For more information – click here.

Council on Library and Information Resources: Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives

Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives, a program of the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), is intended to help digitize and provide access to collections of rare or unique content in cultural heritage institutions. The program supports projects that make digitized sources easily discoverable and accessible alongside related materials, including materials held by other collecting institutions as well as those held within the home institution. Collections proposed for digitization may be in any format or relevant to any subject. Grants, ranging from a minimum of $50,000 to a maximum of $250,000 in the case of a single-institution project or $500,000 for a collaborative project, will be provided to colleges and universities, research centers, museums, libraries, historical societies, cultural associations, and select government units. Online initial proposals must be submitted by April 3, 2019; final proposals are due September 17, 2019. Visit the CLIR website to review the program guidelines and application process.

Dollar General Literacy Foundation.

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation supports nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and libraries that offer literacy programs in communities served by Dollar General in 44 states. The Foundation provides support through the following grant programs: Adult Literacy Grants support nonprofit organizations that provide direct services to adults in need of literacy assistance. Family Literacy Grants support family literacy service providers that combine parent and youth literacy instruction. Summer Reading Grants help nonprofit organizations, schools, and libraries with the implementation or expansion of summer reading programs for students who are new readers, below grade level readers, or readers with learning disabilities. Online applications for the three programs described above must be submitted by February 21, 2019. In addition, Youth Literacy Grants support nonprofit organizations, schools, and libraries that work to help students who are below grade level or experiencing difficulty reading. The application deadline for this program is May 16, 2019. Visit the Foundation’s website to access guidelines for each grant program.

EBSCO Information Services Solar Grant : (EBSCO) continues its commitment to helping libraries in their sustainability efforts with the 2019 EBSCO Solar grant program. As part of the EBSCO Solar initiative, EBSCO is soliciting grant applications to give libraries the opportunity to “go green” by funding solar installations. EBSCO will be accepting submissions from both domestic and international libraries.  For more information, click here.

CHNC New Content Support Program:  

The Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection (CHNC) is excited to announce that the 2019 program to support the addition of new historic news in the CHNC is now open for applications.  The Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection New Content Support Program for newspaper digitization is designed to help cultural heritage organizations across our state increase online access to historic community news through the CHNC. 

Libraries Making News:

Learning for Everyone:

CLiC Spring Workshops:

The CLiC Spring Workshops are just around the corner and registration is open now.   The dates and locations for 2019 are: Grand Junction: March 21 & 22 @ Colorado Mesa University Fort Morgan: March 29 @ Fort Morgan High SchoolPueblo: April 15 & 16 @ CSU-Pueblo

Library Creation and Learning Website:

Do you make use of the Library Creation and Learning website?  Well you should!  This site, developed by the Colorado State Library, is your portal to library continuing education opportunities and information.  At the site you will find:

  • Online courses
  • Training information and curriculum for both staff and the public
  • Library Makerspaces
  • Software and hardware information
  • Information about library customer service, intellectual freedom, privacy and confidentiality, and professional ethics.

Please contact Christine Kreger with any questions you may have or recommendations for content.  We would love to hear from you.

Whats New:

Garfield County Libraries – New Castle Branch:  Masquerade Suicide Awareness Rally

Grab a mask and join us at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 30 at the New Castle Branch Library of the Garfield County Libraries to bring light to the often stigmatized suicidal mind. The rally will include a poetry reading by Beth Walgren, who has been suicide free for almost 9 years. Free and open to all, with a suggested minimum age of 15. Masks provided at the event. For more information call 970-984-2346. https://www.gcpld.org/news-and-events/event/masquerade-suicide-awareness-rally

Vail Library:  This Year’s One Book One Valley Valley Selected Title . . . One Book One Valley is a collaborative effort designed to unite and uplift hundreds of citizens by encouraging reading and promoting a sense of community by sharing a common topic for conversation. This year’s selected title is “The Last of the Menu girls” by Denise Chavez. Join us! throughout January, February, March and April for book discussions, movies, author visits and round table discussions of this wonderful book! For more information, please contact us at libinfo@vailgov.com or 970-479-2187.

What’s New at the Colorado State Library

Book Club Hiatus:  The Colorado Book Club Resource, managed by us at CSL, will need to go on a brief hiatus from the end of January thru the first week of February.  Book club is run through the AspenCat Union Catalog, and the good folks at CLiC will be migrating the AspenCat service in early February.  That means that while that process is happening – we cannot change content online – no cataloging – no editing – and no circulation.  We will not accept any more loan requests after 10:00 pm January 31st, but all loans before that cut off time will be fulfilled.  Right now we do not know the exact date the service will be open again – but we will keep you posted through LibNet , CVL and of course – the Friday Grab Bag.  For more information, contact Madison Basch (basch_m@cde.state.co.us) – our Book Club Goddess. Thanks for your patience everyone, and get your book club requests in now.

Colorado Virtual Library Blog:

Plains to Peaks Collective Grows

The Colorado State Library and the Plains to Peaks Collective (PPC) are excited to announce that our partners have recently shared new historic collections with the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA).  The PPC partners now offer 181,001 items for research and discovery through the DPLA.

With this second collection of items, the PPC welcomes new partners: American Alpine Club; University of Colorado, Art Museum; University of Wyoming, Art Museum; Mountain Scholar with collections from Colorado State University Libraries; University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Strauss Health Sciences Library and University of Colorado Colorado Springs, Kraemer Family Library.  Check out this link to see what is there.

Colorado State Publications Blog:

Library Related Employment:

Are you thinking of making a change this year in your job?  Check out Library Jobline for hot new library employment opportunities.

Have a great weekend everyone! This post is part of the Spotlight on Sharing initiative, which aims to increase the visibility of resource sharing in Colorado libraries. Do you have a story from your library to share? Email Regan Harper, harper_r@cde.state.co.us.  Also, be sure to follow Colorado State Library on Twitter and Facebook

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Friday Grab Bag, January 18, 2019

The Friday Grab Bag is a weekly series that highlights fun, unique, and interesting happenings in Colorado libraries, and includes news from the Colorado State Library. Let’s open the Friday Grab Bag!  

This American Life:

The Room of Requirement:  “Libraries aren’t just for books. They’re often spaces that transform into what you need them to be: a classroom, a cyber café, a place to find answers, a quiet spot to be alone. It’s actually kind of magical. This week, we have stories of people who roam the stacks and find unexpected things that just happen to be exactly what they required.”  It is a lovely listen – check it out!

Grant/ Assistance Funding Opportunities:

Book Award Program

This is a nonmonetary grant from First Book. The award provides books and ebooks for children from birth to age 18. Cycle 1 due date is February 15, 2019.

From the RFP: “First Book is announcing a rare and exciting opportunity that will allow us to get more than 1.5 million free books and eBooks to kids in need across communities in your state. Through this competitive RFP process, eligible applicants will be selected to receive OMG Books awards to help you infuse your state or community with thousands of brand new books and eBooks for children from birth to age 18.”

CLIR Invites Applications for 2019 Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives Award:

The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) is now accepting applications for 2019 Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives awards. The national competition, funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, supports digitizing collections of rare and unique content in collecting institutions.

Grants of between $50,000 and $250,000 for a single-institution project, or between $50,000 and $500,000 for a collaborative project, may be sought for projects beginning between January 1 and June 1, 2020.  For more information click here.

CHNC New Content Support Program: 

 The Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection (CHNC) is excited to announce that the 2019 program to support the addition of new historic news in the CHNC is now open for applications.  The Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection New Content Support Program for newspaper digitization is designed to help cultural heritage organizations across our state increase online access to historic community news through the CHNC.  

Libraries Making News:

Mesa County Libraries: 

Grand County Library District:  SKY-HI News – Library Corner: Story Time at Your Local Libraries

Clear View & High Plains Library Districts:  The Tribune (Greeley) – From ‘Minecraft’ to ‘Mission: Impossible,” here’s what people checked out from northern Colorado libraries in 2018

Pikes Peak Library District: 

Learning for Everyone:

New Module from PA Digital: Copyright for Archival Newspapers

PA Digital is pleased to release a new module on Copyright for Archival Newspapers, available now at their website, padigital.org.

Presented by Will Echevarria from the Free Library of Philadelphia, this module covers copyright issues as they apply to archived newspapers. This module is available in both English and Spanish translations:

The Hiring Process from Both Ends:Seeking a Job and Hiring Talented People

Please join the LLAMA Practical and Applied Management Committee on Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at 10 a.m. Mountain Time for “Practical Management or Practical Magic?,” a lively discussion on both looking for a new managerial job and finding the best candidate for your team.  This discussion is part of their Supervisory Conversation series, in which they strive to offer a synchronous forum for all interested participants–regardless of membership status in ALA or position in a library.  THe  featured moderators are Tim Gritten, Executive Director of the Library at Texas A&M University-San Antonio, and Heather Lowe, Adult Services Administrator at the Dallas Public Library.  This event is open to everyone; no membership in an association required.

Join the webinar on January 30:  https://umassboston.zoom.us/j/6887162512.    

Submit specific questions/scenarios in advance for the speakers to address in the webinar:  https://bit.ly/2TRPoUb 

CLiC Spring Workshops:

The CLiC Spring Workshops are just around the corner and registration is open now.   The dates and locations for 2019 are: Grand Junction: March 21 & 22 @ Colorado Mesa University Fort Morgan: March 29 @ Fort Morgan High SchoolPueblo: April 15 & 16 @ CSU-Pueblo 

Library Creation and Learning Website:

Do you make use of the Library Creation and Learning website?  Well you should!  This site, developed by the Colorado State Library, is your portal to library continuing education opportunities and information.  At the site you will find:

  • Online courses
  • Training information and curriculum for both staff and the public
  • Library Makerspaces
  • Software and hardware information
  • Information about library customer service, intellectual freedom, privacy and confidentiality, and professional ethics.

Please contact Christine Kreger with any questions you may have or recommendations for content.  We would love to hear from you.

For Fun:

Denver Public Library is hosting a series titled Get Lit Pop Up Book Club, with the tagline – Want to join a book club but hate to miss happy hour? The first event will be on January 31, 6:30-8 p.m. at Declaration Brewing, and the book to be discussed is John Hickenlooper’s The Opposite of Woe: My Life in Beer and Politics. Special guest and author of Colorado Excursions with History, Hikes and Hops Ed Sealover will be joining us to give some perspective from his eight years of covering Hickenlooper for the Denver Business Journal. The second event is scheduled for April 25, 6:30-8 p,m. at Denver Distillery, and features cocktails and crime. The title for discussion is The Thin Man, and authors from Colorado Sisters in Crime will be joining in as well. Future sites includes a winery and a cidery!

What’s New at the Colorado State Library

Library Related Employment:

Are you thinking of making a change this year in your job?  Check out Library Jobline for hot new library employment opportunities.

Have a great weekend everyone! This post is part of the Spotlight on Sharing initiative, which aims to increase the visibility of resource sharing in Colorado libraries. Do you have a story from your library to share? Email Regan Harper, harper_r@cde.state.co.us.  Also, be sure to follow Colorado State Library on Twitter and Facebook.

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Friday Grab Bag – January 11, 2019

Every New Year – many of us start with grand ideas about how we are going to make changes to our lives – wellness, appearance, career – well, this month we are looking more closely at what the Colorado library community is doing to help our patrons on their path to personal change.

The Friday Grab Bag is a weekly series that highlights fun, unique, and interesting happenings in Colorado libraries, and includes news from the Colorado State Library. Let’s open the Friday Grab Bag!

 

Health and Wellness:

Anythink Libraries has a vast array of healthy activities to help you start the new year off right.  

Carnegie Public Library in Trinidad is beginning a series on Self Care.  Staff member Rahma Siddiqui has created a self care program aimed at helping member fo the community get a jump-start on their New Year’s resolutions.  Join the fun!  All events are on Wednesdays from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

  • Jan 16:  Week 1 – What is Self Care
  • Jan 23:  Week 2 – Nutrition
  • Jan 30:  Week 3 – Movement

Dolores Public Library is offering Free Community Yoga.  Practice yoga to make your body and mind feel better! Bring your own mat, water, and comfortable clothing. Jan 20, 9:30 am – 11:00 am in the meeting room.

Garfield County New Castle Branch Library is offering a Living Vision Board Workshop. Learn how to actualize your dreams, visions, and intentions by using mind mapping and creating a living vision board to stay engaged with your long-term goals. Adults are invited to join for this free two-part workshop on Saturday, Jan. 12 and Saturday, Jan. 26 from 2 to 4 p.m. Most supplies are provided, but you can start now by gathering inspirational quotes and images to bring with you.

Garfield County Libraries is opening their Discover Health traveling exhibit showcasing a series of stations where you can learn how to keep you, your family, and your community healthy. While it is set up at the Rifle Branch Library you can explore a variety of anatomical models such as the heart, or demonstrate your health science knowledge with an interactive quiz game, “Hollywood Health!”  The exhibit will be on display January 7 – March 27 at the Rifle Branch Library.

Vail Public Library’s annual Healthy Lifestyle Series features  programs that focus on maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Programs include healthy habits for both mind and body. While most programs take place seasonally, they do offer Yoga and Meditation throughout the year.

Library Related Employment:

Are you thinking of making a change this year in your job?  Check out Library Jobline for hot new library employment opportunities.

Grant/ Assistance Funding Opportunities:

CHNC New Content Support Program:  The Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection (CHNC) is excited to announce that the 2019 program to support the addition of new historic news in the CHNC is now open for applications.  The Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection New Content Support Program for newspaper digitization is designed to help cultural heritage organizations across our state increase online access to historic community news through the CHNC.  

SIPA Micro Grants: Do you have project that puts more information or services online for your constituents? Are you a local government with a big or innovative public-facing project?  Let SIPA’s Micro-Grant help! Apply for a Micro-Grant Micro-Grant FAQs

For Fun:

From the DPL blog:  For the Shear Fun of It: Books and Movies About Hair

If you spend more time thinking about your hair than you should – this blog post from the Denver Public Library might just be for you.  Learn fun facts about hair – and culture – and what books and movies you can look for to help provide you with the answers you might be looking for regarding your own coif, or at least provide you with some entertaining sources to help pass the cold and dark winter nights.

Libraries Making News

Anschutz Medical Campus-University of Colorado:

Del Norte Public Library:  The Del Norte Prospector – Town board swears in new trustee, approves budget

Pikes Peak Library District: 

Sand Creek Library:  Readers Digest – 13 Free Things You Didn’t Know You Could Get with Your Library Card 

University of Colorado Boulder:

Learning for Everyone:

Citizen Science Day – April 13, 2019 is a great way to engage your community in advancing real scientific research. This year’s signature event will be the “Stall Catchers Megathon”. Stall Catchers is an online game that anyone can play. Participants watch very, very short “movies” from the brains of mice and try to identify vessels as flowing or stalled. This crowd sourcing of identification will help speed up Alzheimer’s disease research. Visit the PLOS.org blog for more information.

Public Library Annual Report Workshops.  This winter and spring, the Colorado State Library and CLiC will offer free, interactive PLAR workshops in Pueblo, Brush, Grand Junction, and Denver. Any staff who work on the PLAR are encouraged to attend. The Pueblo, Brush, and Grand Junction workshops will focus on strategies for addressing the challenges that small and rural libraries face when collecting and reporting PLAR data, whereas the Denver workshop will have more of an urban/suburban library focus. However, staff are welcome to attend whichever workshop is most convenient for them.  Learn more.

Open Doors: Reaching Under-served Populations – February 28, 2019.  As librarians, providing equitable access to all patrons should be a top priority. The patrons visiting our libraries should reflect the diversity of the communities we live in. Unfortunately, there are many populations that go under-served. How can we broaden our reach to better serve all our community? Join Amigos Library Services online conference, where they will explore methods and best practices for reaching an important part of your community.  

Free Webinars from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine

  • From Movies to Meals: Senior Services and Spaces at Your Local Library Wednesday, Jan 9, 2019 – 12 CT Register Libraries often are the de facto senior centers of our growing – and aging – communities. The Marion Public Library embraces this role through program design, community feedback, and strategic partnerships. In addition to “traditional” library programming, the library works to meet the nutritional and social needs of seniors through twice-weekly congregate meals as well as a monthly mobile food pantry visit. 
  • Establishing a Health Information Literacy Partnership with a Local Public Library Thursday, Jan 10, 2019 – 1 CT Register Hear about the successes and challenges of pursuing public library partnerships at the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine Library in the metro Detroit area. This webinar will share the journey of establishing a partnership with Auburn Hills Public Library including how to create interdisciplinary collaborations and determine pilot programs as well as the lessons learned and future directions of the partnership. 
  • Trusted Health Resources for Parents and Caregivers Friday, Jan 25, 2019 – 2 CT Register More and more people search for health information online. Often, they are searching for health information for children or a loved one, yet they do not know where to look for quality health information or how to evaluate the information they find. Using a life course perspective, participants will learn about specific trusted consumer health resources to use with their patrons. Participants will also learn tips and tricks for conducting consumer health reference interviews. 
  • Trusted Health Resources for Parents and Caregivers Jan 25, 2019 1-2PM MT / 2-3PM CT Register More and more people search for health information online. Often, they are searching for health information for children or a loved one, yet they do not know where to look for quality health information or how to evaluate the information they find. Using a life course perspective, participants will learn about specific trusted consumer health resources to use with their patrons. Participants will also learn tips and tricks for conducting consumer health reference interviews. 

Upcoming CSL in Session – Do you speak possibility? Thursday January 17, 2019 from 12 – 1 PM MT.  Based on “The Art of Possibility” by Benjamin Zander and Rosamund Stone Zander and using examples from fields as diverse as classical music and early childhood, this presentation will focus on the ability to “speak possibility” as a crucial skill for all leaders  i.e., anyone – regardless of position on the organizational chart – to cultivate.  No registration is required! The session will be offered via Adobe Connect. You can access the classroom via the CSL in Session website.

CLiC Spring Workshops:  Brings in-person continuing education to your part of the state.  The dates and locations for 2019 are:

  • Grand Junction: March 21 & 22 @ Colorado Mesa University.
  • Fort Morgan: March 29 @ Fort Morgan High School
  • Pueblo: April 15 & 16 @ CSU-Pueblo 

For more information and to register click here.  To apply for a scholarship, click here.

Colorado Regional Digital Learning Symposium. The event is FREE and will be held on Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at the CSU Fort Collins campus.  Learn more here.

What’s New at the Colorado State Library

 

State Librarian in the House!

We are super excited to welcome our new Assistant Commissioner/State Librarian – Nicolle Davies!  Nicolle comes to the State Library from Charleston, South Carolina, but many of you will know her from her work as Executive Director with the Arapahoe Library District.  We are delighted that she chose to come back to Colorado and the Colorado library community.  Look for Nicolle at library events around the state, and be sure to say “hello”.  

CHNC New Content Support Program

The Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection (CHNC) is excited to announce that the 2019 program to support the addition of new historic news in the CHNC is now open for applications.  The Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection New Content Support Program for newspaper digitization is designed to help cultural heritage organizations across our state increase online access to historic community news through the CHNC.  We want to help local communities include their historic stories to the larger Colorado digital newspaper footprint.  Last year we were able to assist 12 Colorado cultural heritage institutions to add content from more than 45 historic newspaper titles.  For more information, click here.  

Have a great weekend everyone! This post is part of the Spotlight on Sharing initiative, which aims to increase the visibility of resource sharing in Colorado libraries. Do you have a story from your library to share? Email Regan Harper, harper_r@cde.state.co.us.  Also, be sure to follow Colorado State Library on Twitter and Facebook.

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Registration is open for the Public Library Annual Report Workshops

Are you interested in learning practical techniques and strategies for streamlining your Public Library Annual Report (PLAR) data collection and using the data for decision-making, strategic planning, and communicating the impact of your library? This winter and spring, the Colorado State Library and CLiC will offer free, interactive PLAR workshops in Pueblo, Brush, Grand Junction, and Denver. Roundtrip mileage and lunch for all participants will be provided by the Colorado State Library and CLiC.

Any staff who work on the PLAR are encouraged to attend. The Pueblo, Brush, and Grand Junction workshops will focus on strategies for addressing the challenges that small and rural libraries face when collecting and reporting PLAR data, whereas the Denver workshop will have more of an urban/suburban library focus. However, staff are welcome to attend whichever workshop is most convenient for them.

Here are the event details:

Advance registration is required. You can register here: https://www.clicweb.org/public-library-annual-report-plar-regional-workshops/

Many thanks to Pueblo, East Morgan County, Mesa County, and Denver for providing meeting space for these workshops!

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Friday Grab Bag, December 14, 2018

The Friday Grab Bag is a weekly series that highlights fun, unique, and interesting happenings in Colorado libraries, and includes news from the Colorado State Library.

Let’s open the Friday Grab Bag!

Holiday Fun

Denver Public Library‘s Wheelie the Book Bike recently made an appearance at Denver Botanic Garden’s Blossoms of Light, an annual holiday event that turns the gardens into a twinkling fairyland. Not to be outdone, DPL staffers set up Wheelie with its own personal light show, much to the delight of visitors.

Wheelie also has been spotted at the Denver Parade of Lights and showings of Corduroy at the Denver Center for Performing Arts. Wheelie is just one of several services available through DPL’s Library at Your Event initiative.

Aparaphoe Library District :

  • Critter Companions: Winter Edition.  See what great costumes and holiday get-ups the Arapahoe best friends don this season.  
  • Castlewood Holiday Open House: Sunday, Dec. 16, 2 – 4 pm ‘Tis the season to celebrate! Drop by for crafts for kids, Makerspace tours, and cookies for all! Sing along with the What the Dickens? Carolers! from 2:30-3:30 pm. 
  • Cookies in a Jar: Monday, Dec. 17, 6:30 – 7:30 pm. Give the gift of baking this year with a Mason Jar filled with Santa Cookie Mix.
  • Handmade Gifts:  Tuesday, Dec. 18, 4 – 5 pm.  Make a couple of cool gifts for your friends or family. Before you leave, you can wrap them up so your secret remains safe until holiday time.
  • Carolers and Cookies: Tuesday, Dec. 18, 6 – 7 pm ; Thursday Dec. 20, 5 – 6 pm; Friday Dec. 21 1:30 – 2:30 pm.  Ring in the holidays with the talented “What the Dickens? Carolers!” who have become a beloved tradition! You’ll be “Fa la-la la-la-ing” along to your favorite tunes. All ages welcome.

Grant/ Assistance Funding Opportunities:

SIPA Micro Grants: Do you have project that puts more information or services online for your constituents? Are you a local government with a big or innovative public-facing project?  Let SIPA’s Micro-Grant help! Apply for a Micro-Grant Micro-Grant FAQs

RIPL: Five travel stipends for the Utah RIPL Regional in Salt Lake City, March 6-7, 2019, are available to staff working in small and rural public libraries in the United States.  For more information and to apply, please see https://www.lrs.org/travel-stipend-opportunity-for-utah-ripl-regional/

The Kerr Foundation: Funds for Youth Programs in Oklahoma and Surrounding States,  Offers grants to organizations that provide new or enhanced opportunities, particularly for youth. Grants generally range from $1,000 to $50,000. Learn more here.

Learning for Everyone

  • “My Boss Is a ####”: LLAMA Practical and Applied Management Committee will be hosting a lively discussion on the topic of coping, managing, strategizing, and succeeding when you do not see eye-to-eye with your boss on Thursday, December 20, 2-3pm EST.  No advanced registration required.   https://umassboston.zoom.us/j/496421941 
  • CLiC Spring Workshops:  Brings in-person continuing education to your part of the state.  The dates and locations for 2019 are:

Grand Junction: March 21 & 22 @ Colorado Mesa University.

Fort Morgan: March 29 @ Fort Morgan High School

Pueblo: April 15 & 16 @ CSU-Pueblo 

For more information and to register click here.  To apply for a scholarship, click here.

Libraries Making News

Bemis Public Library:

CLiC: Colorado Independent – A ‘modern-day book-burning crusade’ alleged in Colorado

Colorado State Library:  Colorado Springs Gazette – Penguin astronauts and artists, and pugs: One Book Colorado voting underway

Denver Public Library:  The Patch –  No More Fines At Denver Public Library

Grand County Library District:  SKY-HI News – Library Corner: Gaming center

Mesa County Public Library:  KKCO 11 News – Mesa County Libraries sticking with late fees

Pikes Peak Library District: 

What’s New at the Colorado State Library

 

Employment Opportunities:

Statewide Collaborative Programming Coordinator:  The Statewide Collaborative Programming Coordinator is a full time position within the Colorado State Library.  The position is open to experienced information professionals with strong project management, technical and facilitation skills. If interested – read more.

Colorado Virtual Library Blog:

Colorado State Publications Blog:

The Colorado State Publications Blog is now at coloradovirtuallibrary.org! Check out these recent posts:

 

DP Library staff shows off their ugly sweater prowess at the Durango City Ugly Sweater Celebration.  Well played team Durango PL!

Have a great weekend everyone!

This post is part of the Spotlight on Sharing initiative, which aims to increase the visibility of resource sharing in Colorado libraries. Do you have a story from your library to share? Email Regan Harper, harper_r@cde.state.co.us.  Also, be sure to follow Colorado State Library on Twitter and Facebook.

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Funds for Youth Programs in Oklahoma and Surrounding States

The Kerr Foundation primarily provides support to nonprofit organizations in Oklahoma; however, the Foundation also considers requests from organizations in the surrounding states of Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, New Mexico, and Texas, as well as organizations located in Washington, DC. The Foundation offers grants to organizations that provide new or enhanced opportunities, particularly for youth, which address the following areas of interest:

  • education
  • health
  • arts and culture
  • human services

Grants generally range from $1,000 to $50,000. The upcoming deadline for letters of inquiry is December 27, 2018; full applications must be submitted by January 18, 2019. Visit the Foundation’s website to review the grant guidelines and application process.

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Utah RIPL Regional – Travel Stipend Opportunity

Do you work in a small and rural public library? Are you interested in learning about evaluation and data use for management, planning, and communicating the impact of your library? Five travel stipends for the Utah RIPL Regional in Salt Lake City, March 6-7, 2019, are available to staff working in small and rural public libraries in the United States. These stipends are funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.What is a RIPL (Research Institute for Public Libraries) Regional? It’s a scaled-down version of the national data boot camp – 2 days, 4 instructors, and up to 70 public library participants from Utah and beyond– that provides the training necessary to begin using data and evaluation to improve your library services and demonstrate impact. The ideal candidate for this stipend is:

  • Interested in getting started using data for savvy and strategic planning.
  • Looking for both inspiration and instruction in a hands-on, participatory environment.
  • Seeking to learn about outcomes and how to measure library impact.
  • Committed to leading her/his organization in making data-based decisions.
  • Eager to develop a peer network to support evaluation efforts.

To be eligible for a travel stipend, you must be:

  • Employed by a U.S. public library that is located in a rural area AND serves a population of less than 25,000. These criteria are determined based on data from the Institute of Museum and Library Services Public Libraries Survey. To determine whether your library meets these criteria, please click here.
  • A first-time participant of RIPL – if you have already attended a national or regional RIPL event, you are not eligible for a stipend.
  • Based outside of the Salt Lake City metro area (there is no registration fee for the event; the stipend covers travel expenses including lodging, meals, and transportation).

For more information and to apply, please see https://www.lrs.org/travel-stipend-opportunity-for-utah-ripl-regional/Travel stipend applications are due by 8 PM Eastern/5 PM Pacific on Friday, January 11, 2019.

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Season’s Greetings from the Colorado State Library

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One Book Colorado Voting has Started.

One Book is back for its 8th year!   The One Book Colorado program launched its 2019 book selection voting on December 1st.   The name of the program has changed, but the mission is the same  – to give away 75,000 copies of the same book, one to every four-year-old in the state. Pick up a free book for your four-year-old April 8 – 22, 2019, at a public library or Denver Preschool Program classroom!

Visit the web site to see the new partners, the new look and place your vote!  The three titles to choose from this year are:

Video recordings of reading in both English and Spanish are also available on the site. Voting has started and will remain open until the end of the month of December.

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Friday Grab Bag, December 7, 2018

The Friday Grab Bag is a weekly series that highlights fun, unique, and interesting happenings in Colorado libraries, and includes news from the Colorado State Library.

Let’s open the Friday Grab Bag!

Holiday Fun

Boulder Public Library brings us Joyful Noises & Musical Adventures: From Young Voices to Holiday Handbells

Dolores Public Library:

  • Friends Holiday Gift Sale.  Find affordable gently used books for all ages, stuffed toys, frameable prints, unique holiday cards.  proceeds go toward updating and expanding the library’s collection of local history DVDs.
  1. Dec 7 | 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
  2. Dec 8 | 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
  3. Dec 9 | 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Story Time with Santa, featuring  cookies and Santa!  Dec. 12 | 6 – 8 pm
  • Air dry Ornaments:  Make an ornament that you and your child can enjoy for years to come. Dec. 5
  • The Icy Letter “l”:  Brr… Join for a sign language lesson and a fun icicle craft.  Dec. 12
  • Holiday Musical Merriment:  Play, sing, and dance along with seasonal songs, then color a masterpiece.  Dec. 19
  • Cozy Closeout to 2018:  Snuggle in for an end of the year with classic winter stories and a craft.  Dec. 26

Summit County:

  • Holiday Cookie Exchange: Make and Take.  You are invited to a Holiday Cookie Exchange at the North Branch Library.   Don your favorite holiday attire, bring 2 dozen cookies to exchange, and a copy of your recipe. Also, be prepared to share a little “history” behind your treat. It could be a family tradition passed down through the generations or a funny holiday story that made your treat a longtime favorite. Register by calling 970-668-4280 or email katie.koop@summitcountyco.gov. Happy Baking!  Dec. 21, 2018 3 – 5 pm.
  • Teen Fandom Carol Writing Workshops. The Puzzler Room at the South Branch Library will be booked from 4 – 7 pm every Wednesday leading up to Fandom Caroling for teens (6th-12th grade) hoping to help write the carols to be performed on December 18th.
  • Family Christmas Movie Marathon:  Looking for something fun to do as a family over the weekend? All ages are invited to stop by in the Hopefull/Discovery Rooms at the South Branch and watch Christmas movies all day! One room will be for movie watching and the other will be for Christmas crafts and any gift wrapping you need to get done – bring your friends!  Dec. 22,  9 am – 5 pm.
  • Late-Night Pajama Storytime.  Families are invited to enjoy a special late-night pajama Storytime at South Branch! They will read holiday stories and finish off the night with cookies and milk. Be sure to wear your pajamas and bring your favorite stuffed animal or blanket. Registration is REQUIRED for this event. Dec. 20,  6 – 7 pm.

Vail Public Library:  

  • Evenings of Engagement Concert featuring the Dickens Carolers.  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.  Wed., Dec. 19, 6 – 7:30 pm.
  • Evenings of Engagement Concert 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.  Thu., Dec. 20, 6 – 7:30 pm.

Grant/ Assistance Funding Opportunities:

Funds for Youth Programs in Oklahoma and Surrounding States:  The Kerr Foundation primarily provides support to nonprofit organizations in Oklahoma; however, the Foundation also considers requests from organizations in the surrounding states of Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, New Mexico, and Texas, as well as organizations located in Washington, DC. The Foundation offers grants to organizations that provide new or enhanced opportunities, particularly for youth, which address the following areas of interest: education, health, arts and culture, and human services. Grants generally range from $1,000 to $50,000. The upcoming deadline for letters of inquiry is December 27, 2018; full applications must be submitted by January 18, 2019. Visit the Foundation’s website to review the grant guidelines and application process.

Community Support

Boulder Public Library:  New Technology for People with Visual Impairments Now available at their Main Library.   A PC in the adult area has been dedicated to assisting people with visual impairments. The computer is equipped with Fusion Professional software which offers screen magnification as well as screen reader capabilities. Additionally, library staff can a provide Focus 14 pocket size 8 dot Braille keyboard to library patrons in the building. This keyboard can be connected to a smartphone via USB or Bluetooth and allow users to navigate their smartphone screen, read and respond to text messages. Please help us spread the word to those you know who can benefit from this technology.

Learning for Everyone

Libraries Making News

Pick ‘n’ Mix

Boulder Public Library:  Art Exhibits at the Main Library

  • Healing Expressions: Bridge House Art Therapy Nov. 30 – Feb. 4, Main Library, Arapahoe.  This diverse exhibit showcases artwork created by participants in Bridge House’s art therapy programs, one of which meets at the Library. Through art therapy, these artists have found beautiful and meaningful ways to express themselves and their life journeys.
  • Art of Data Dec. 7 – Feb. 3, Main Library, Canyon Gallery  The City of Boulder has a renewed focus on innovation that is being driven by a citywide effort to enhance data-driven decision-making and innovation. This show will celebrate art created by the community, inspired by the City of Boulder’s Open Data Catalog and other public city data.

Vail Public Library:  One Book One Valley Kickoff Event at The Bookworm of Edwards. 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!  Dec. 3, 6 – 7 pm

CAL IFC:  Join the CAL IFC this coming Wednesday, Dec. 12 from 3-4 pm for their monthly meeting.  It has been a year of defending against censorship, so they look to recap what has been  accomplished and begin planning for the year ahead.  The tentative agenda is online here.

What’s New at the Colorado State Library

Hot Off the Presses

Fourteen State Library Agencies Selected as NASA@ My Library Partners.

Fourteen state library agencies were selected to receive resources, training and support through NASA@ My Library, a STEM education initiative that will increase and enhance STEM learning opportunities for library patrons throughout the nation. As one of the States chosen to participate, Colorado will be active throughout 2019 and provide support for the summer learning event called “Universe of Stories.”

Public Library Annual Report Workshops Coming this Winter/Spring.

This winter and spring, the Colorado State Library and CLiC will offer free, interactive PLAR workshops in Pueblo, Brush, Grand Junction, and Denver. Any staff who work on the PLAR are encouraged to attend. The Pueblo, Brush, and Grand Junction workshops will focus on strategies for addressing the challenges that small and rural libraries face when collecting and reporting PLAR data, whereas the Denver workshop will have more of an urban/suburban library focus. However, staff are welcome to attend whichever workshop is most convenient for them.  Learn more.

Temporary Price Reduction for Newspaper Digitization for CHNC.

For the months of December, January and February, anyone initiating a digitization project to add historic newspaper pages to the CHNC online database through the Coorado State Library will receive a $0.05/page reduction in the overall cost of the process.  Thanks to a temporary promotional reduction in cost from our vendor partner, we are able to pass this savings on to the cultural heritage organizations and individuals that we work with.  There is no lower or upper limit to participation in this short term “sale”, but the window is short so interested parties need to act fast.  Contact Leigh Jeremias (ljeremias@coloradovirtuallibrary.org) for more information on this opportunity.

Have a great weekend everyone!

This post is part of the Spotlight on Sharing initiative, which aims to increase the visibility of resource sharing in Colorado libraries. Do you have a story from your library to share? Email Regan Harper, harper_r@cde.state.co.us.  Also, be sure to follow Colorado State Library on Twitter and Facebook.