Friday Grab Bag is a weekly Spotlight on Sharing series that highlights fun, unique, and interesting happenings in Colorado libraries. News from the Colorado State Library is at the bottom. Let’s open the Grab Bag!
All About the Bards
Poets from the Pikes Peak region will join local musicians in A Tribute to Bob Dylan, performing works by the singer/songwriter as well as songs by Joan Baez and Woody Guthrie. Be part of the musical journey on Sunday, April 23 at 2:00 pm in the Atrium at Library 21C.
Celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday at the Auraria Library, April 24 from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm. Start with a short film featuring clips of Shakespeare movie adaptations, then stay for a discussion of Shakespeare with Pompa Banajeree, Ph.D.
It’s Family Bingo Night at the Windsor-Severance Library on Saturday, April 22 at 6:00 pm. Bring a sack dinner; the library will provide snacks and prizes. This event is great for all ages, and no registration is required.
Anythink has a week’s worth of Earth Day events lined up from April 17 to 22. Recurring events like storytimes will have Earth Day themes, and there will be special events like a presentation on satellites from the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA) and Severe Weather in Colorado with Meteorologist Chris Spears. See the complete list of events.
Wilkinson Public Library wants to help parents learn about STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) education and how it benefits their child. During the workshop on April 19 at 5:00 pm, parents will learn what STEAM is and how they can do fun STEAM activities at home. Dinner and childcare will be provided.
Libraries in the News
The Denver Post featured a story about the upcoming remodel of Columbine Library in Jefferson County. The $4 million dollar project will include a relocation of the library’s front entrance and a revamp of the children’s area.
John C. Fremont Library has several classes during the last week of April that will help you make better financial decisions.
- Your Own Home, presented by the Bank of San Juans, Tuesday, April 25 at 7:00 pm
- Money Smart for Seniors, presented by the Bank of the San Juans, Wednesday, April 26 at 1:00 pm
- Teaching Kids about Money, presented by Central Colorado Housing, Thursday, April 27 at 7:00 pm
- Free Credit Report Printing, Friday, April 28 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
- Scams Targeting Veterans, presented by the Bank of the San Juans, Saturday, April 29 at 10:00 am
What’s New at the Colorado State Library
We’re excited for the sixth year of One Book 4 Colorado. On Monday, April 17 the winning OB4CO title will be announced then distributed to all Colorado 4-year-olds. The book will be available at all public libraries, military libraries, and Denver Preschool Program classrooms from April 17 through May 1. Can you guess what the winning title will be? Stay tuned on April 17 to find out. Until then, watch this trailer from Governor John Hickenlooper.
New on Colorado Virtual Library:
- Read a short history of Women’s Suffrage, with links to related historic articles in the Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection.
- Before The Rockies there were The Denvers, Colorado’s first official baseball team, started in 1862 by George Tebeau. Topics in History: Baseball explores Colorado’s earliest baseball team, with links to relevant CHNC articles.
National Library Week is almost over, but it’s never too late to learn how libraries impact our communities. Check out relevant resources in the Colorado State Publications Library blog.
Also in the State Pubs blog, learn about the early history of Gilpin County, a hotbed of Gold Rush activity in the 19th century.
Many CSL staff members will present at the CLiC Spring Workshop in Pueblo, April 24 & 25. Read more about the presenters and their sessions.
LRS released new Fast Facts highlighting results from the Colorado Talking Book Library patron satisfaction survey. 99% of patrons rated CTBL as “excellent or “good”; 70% of CTBL patrons say CTBL services allow them to continue reading after losing the ability to read standard print materials.
This post is part of the Spotlight on Sharing initiative, which aims to increase the visibility of resource sharing in Colorado libraries. How is your library sharing? We’d love to hear about it! Email Amy Hitcher, firstname.lastname@example.org. On Twitter follow @hitchlib and use the hashtag #spotlightonsharing.