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!
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National Poetry Month
April is National Poetry Month. Some great events have already happened at libraries around the state, but there are more to come!
Bud Werner Memorial Library presents Short Edition in Steamboat Springs — Colorado’s first short story dispenser. In celebration of National Poetry Month the dispenser will thrill you with poetry from April 1-30. During the poetry takeover of our Short Story Dispenser, the 1-Minute Button features short poetry, the 3-Minute Button features longer poems and the Children’s Button features classic children’s poetry.
Join Pikes Peak Library District on April 13from 10:00am -12:00pm for a Poetry Workshop: Poetry of Memory & Childhood. Lead by Jodie Hollander, in this workshop, participants will learn how to translate their most powerful memories into a polished, musical poem. In addition to engaging in exercises designed to awaken vivid memories, this workshop will examine how to craft an ear-pleasing line of poetry. Click here to register.
Aurora Public Library hosts an afternoon of writing and workshopping poetry on April 14 at 4:00 pm. Never written a poem? No problem–we’ll help you get started. Whatever your experience, get some quality feedback about your work. Perhaps even in preparation of entering their poetry contest on April 28…
Join Garfield County Libraries for Open Mic Night: Celebrate Through Poetry. Share your favorite prose with others, listen to live performances, cheer on local writers, and celebrate literary expression and National Poetry Month at the library! Alice Bedard-Voorhees will MC four events, which are free and open to all and run from 6:00-7:30 pm.
- April 17 at the New Castle Branch Library
- April 18 at the Silt Branch Library
- May 1 at the Glenwood Springs Branch Library
- May 9 at the Carbondale Branch Library
Stop by Pine River Library on April 4 from 7:00-10:00 pm for some live music in the library. The Sounds True Trio will play jazz, soul, and R&B.
Poudre River Public Library hosts Harmony in the Round on April 12 at 7:00 pm with the David Wiatrolik Jazz Trio, whose performances excite audiences of all ages with risk-taking group improvisation. The Trio performs an eclectic mix of original compositions along with tunes from the great American songbook and explore the genres of swing, country western and blues.
The Boulder Public Library’s Concert Series has several upcoming events that you won’t want to miss. Admission is FREE, thanks to the generosity of the Boulder Library Foundation. No tickets or reservations necessary. Concerts take place in the Canyon Theater in the North Wing of the Main Branch of the Boulder Public Library. Arrive early for good seating!
- Mostly Mozart – April 14, 2:00 pm
- 3rd Tuesday Lunchtime Concert – April 16, 12:00 pm
- Midday Music Meditations – April 10, May 8, and June 12, 12:00 pm
Learning for Everyone
The Auraria Library and the Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries is bringing the ACRL Scholarly Communication Roadshow to the Front Range. This day-long workshop covers scholarly communication fundamentals including the publishing landscape, copyright, and library engagement. Registration is $25, but free for Student Helpers. Register Today!
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Pick ‘n’ Mix
Ever thought about joining a book club, but hate to miss happy hour? Denver Public Library’s Get Lit Pop Up Book Club is the best of both worlds! They’ll be discussing the crime classic The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett. while sipping on cocktails on April 25 from 6:30-8:00pm at The Denver Distillery.
Get a library card, check out and return books, place holds, and sign up for Library programs at theThe Trinidad Carnegie Library’s Pop-Up Library! Just Look for this banner these upcoming community events.
- Friday April 12th, 6:00-8:00 pm – Trinidad Youth Club
- Friday May 3rd 11:00 am -2:00 pm – International Bank
- Saturday June 15th 8:00 am – 12:00 pm – Trinidad Farmers’ Market
Incidents of fraud are on the rise, and scammers’ tactics are becoming more complex. That’s why it’s important to educate yourself. Join Clear Creek County Library District on April 18 at 12:00 pm for Outsmart the Scammers a financial workshop where you will learn important strategies to help protect you and the ones you love.
Mesa County Libraries hosts two upcoming events of special historic significance to the Grand Valley. On April 16 at 5:30, join Priscilla Mangnall, President of the Mesa County Historical Society, presents Cruising North Avenue. Revisit popular landmarks and buildings through historical photographs and learn about the history and development of buildings and places along North Avenue!
Want to go back further in time? Historian Dave Fishell presents Beaver Pelts & Slaves: The Story of Fort Uncompahgre & the Old Spanish Trail on April 17 at 6:30. Find out how the northern branch of the Old Spanish Trail crossed the Grand and Colorado rivers at central Orchard Mesa and tracked through what is today’s downtown Grand Junction.
Vail Public Library presents Evenings of Engagement with Dave Lively – “WHO WAS THE SCULPTOR IN BUCKSKIN?” on April 24th from 5:30-6:30 pm. Let Dave introduce you to Alexander Phimister Proctor – a man who spent much of his youth hunting and sketching in the Colorado mountain wilderness of the 1870s, but was so much more than a sculptor and artist.
Ready to go back even further? The geologic history of Boulder County’s remarkable landscape goes back nearly two billion years! Adults are invited to Louisville Public Library for Story in the Rocks–the Geologic History of Boulder County on April 17 from 7:00-8:30 pm. Join volunteer naturalists for this slide program and learn how to read the fascinating story in the rocks.
Museums and Libraries in the News
The Common Threads clothing drive at Aurora Public Library was covered by the Sentinel Colorado – 25 people walked away with new duds, some of them expertly tailored in the library’s sewing lab.
Check out CBS4’s coverage of the opening of Skinner Middle School Library’s Creation Stations. Stations included board games, Legos and sewing stations, all made possible through donations from the community.
Museums of Western Colorado celebrate spring with ‘A Day in the Orchard’. KJCT/KKCO covered the event where team members planted six new trees, and local groups performed and offered educational programming.
The Colorado College Tutt Library Expansion and Transformation is featured in the New Atlas’s peice Award-winning libraries rewrite the book on good design.
The Steamboat Pilot’s piece Community Agriculture Alliance: Kick off the season of cultivation explores the origins of the Community Agriculture Alliance, a collaboration between the Bud Werner Memorial Library, Colorado State University Extension Office and Colorado Master Gardeners.
Last but not least (the most, really), check out this reporting from 9 News. In honor of National Library Week K9 Danny with the Summit County Sheriff’s office, in collaboration with Summit County Library, takes a quick break to study his favorite topic, Colorado Revised Statutes.
What’s New at the Colorado State Library
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One Book Colorado
OBCO announced its winner with much fanfare on April 8 at the Denver Public Library with special guests Governor Jared Polis and Denver Mayor Michael Hancock! From April 8-22 a copy of Penguinaut by Marcie Colleen and illustrated by Emma Yarlett will be given to all Colorado 4-year-olds.
- April, 2019, 12:00 to 1:00
- Free! No registration required
- Join online
Colorado ILL Conference
The Colorado ILL Conference is April 25 & 26 at the Westin Hotel in Westminster, CO with a free Prospector, SWIFT, and Courier preconference on April 24. Learn more and register.
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Colorado Virtual Library
Stuff online and in a box! – CSLKits – Bag of Tricks
In this Bag of Tricks post, Kieran highlights a resource that is only partly online – CSL’s Let’s Talk About it! kits.
NASA@ My Library kits are here!
We’re over the moon to be circulating two new kits: Sun-Earth-Moon Connections and Be a NASA Detective.
Colorado State Publications Library Blog
Learning Edge April #1
Christine Schein rounds up the latest news in digital literacy and educational technology.
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.
- Library Associate: Pikes Peak Library District (Ruth Holley) / Colorado Springs, CO
- Open Educational Resources (OER) Graduate Assistant: Health Sciences Library, CU Anschutz Medical Campus / Aurora, CO
- District wide Events and Experience Supervisor: High Plains Library District (Adminstration and Support Services) / Greeley, CO
- Accounting Technician: High Plains Library District / Greeley, CO
- Special Collections Project Library Assistant: Denver Botanic Gardens / Denver, CO
- Youth Services Librarian: Douglas County Libraries / Castle Rock, CO
- PT Patron Experience Associate – Various locations: Jefferson County Public Library / Golden and Arvada, CO
- Library Associate- Children Services Focused: High Plains Library District / Greeley (and other), CO
Have a great weekend everyone!
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