Friday Grab Bag, April 16, 2021

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!

Pick ‘n’ Mix

The Lyons Community Library invites you to Museum of Bad Art 101 on April 22 at 7:00 pm via Zoom, a fun and unique event hosted by Louise Reilly Sacco, MOBA’s  Permanent Acting Interim Executive Director. Museum of Bad Art (MOBA) collects, exhibits, and celebrates art that will be seen in no other venue. Since 1993, they have collected art from thrift stores, yard sales, sidewalk trash, and even the artists who create it. They analyze, compare to classic art, and share with thousands of fans around the world. In this presentation, MOBA 101, the world’s leading cultural institution dedicated to art in which something has gone wrong describes how and why it was established. MOBA presents pieces from their collection, with an insightful, pithy, and often humorous commentary. Click HERE to register!

Chasing Your Tale

Join High Plains Library District on April 22 at 6:30 pm for The Case of the Missing Ancestors: Genealogy Tips from Nancy Drew. This entertaining program showcases genealogy resources found in the text of the classic Nancy Drew series and journeys through contemporary online records, photographs, maps, archival collections, cemeteries, and newspapers. This adventure around the world explores old and new tools of the trade including tackling foreign languages and finding clues and records in non-traditional places!

Pikes Peak Library District is partnering with Pikes Peak Genealogy Society to present Genealogical Traps: Are you Sabotaging Your Family History? On April 17 at 1:30 pm. Interpreting the information in records is not always as simple as it seems, and a misstep can send your research down the garden path. This class will look at common issues and mistakes that need to be avoided. Included will be discussions of, Naming issues, Location issues, Date issues, Handwriting issues, and Calendar issues.

The Denver Public Library and Colorado Genealogical Society  host the Spring Genealogy Seminar Featuring Crista Cowan on April 23 and 24. Crista will present 4 programs over two days:

Day 1

  • 1:30 – 2:30 pm: Getting the Most Out of Your AncestryDNA Results
  • 3 – 4 pm: Integrating AncestryDNA Evidence with Your Family Tree

Day 2

  • 9:30-10:30 am: Getting the Most on Ancestry
  • 11:00 am-12:00 pm: Search Tips and Tricks on Ancestry

Museums & Libraries in the News

‘Checking out’ the great outdoors: Library program gives free access to Colorado State Parks | The Pueblo Chieftan
Pueblo City-County Library offers users The Check Out Colorado State Parks program —a partnership between the Colorado Department of Education, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Colorado State Library, allowing people to check out a backpack and a park pass to gain entrance to any of Colorado’s 42 state parks.

Colorado Springs Celebrates 150 Years With ‘Then And Now’ Challenge | CBS Denver
The City of Colorado Springs is celebrating 150 years this year. To celebrate, the city is asking the public to share pictures which show views from the same local areas like parks, neighborhoods and events then and now .Mike Pach, a local photographer, will have his own “Then and Now” photo exhibit on display at the Pikes Peak Library District in July.

Your Local Library Has Books, Movies—and Maybe a Backpack for You to Borrow | Backpacker
The Colorado State Parks program gets a nice shout out in the national press.

Mesa County Libraries Creates Community Art Project | Western Slope Now
Mesa County Libraries, the Museums of Western Colorado and other organizations have come together to create the ‘Do Art, Feel Better’ project.

The Boulder Public Library, like many organizations, was forced to close, stopping or changing many of its services. But library staff adjusted to those changes and used any resource available to continue providing important services to community members… with the help of library volunteers.

Authors & Authorship

Join Arapahoe Libraries on April 23 at 5:30 pm to Meet Author Erin Entrada Kelly. Kelly is a New York Times bestselling author who creates relatable and diverse characters in her books for young readers. Kelly received a Newbery Honor in 2021 for We Dream of Space and was the Newbery Medal recipient in 2018 for Hello, Universe. Kelly will chat about her work, writing process and the importance of representation in books. A Q&A session will follow. Geared toward tweens and their parents and all are welcome to attend.

Are you an indie author who has written a book? If so, Jefferson County Public Library invites you to enter it into the Colorado Author Project contest! The winners receive $500, a full-page print spread in Library Journal, and opportunities to earn royalties and promote their books at Colorado public libraries. For writing help and inspiration, visit Submissions will be accepted through May 31.

In celebration of Earth Day and the release of the book Magic Mountain, Garfield County Libraries welcome local author Lisa Dancing-Light to read her new book on April 22 at 3:00 pm. Dancing-Light will discuss the process of writing the book as well as having it illustrated and published. The event is free and open to all. To participate or get more information visit

Do you love reading poetry? Have always thought about writing your own poetry? The Lyons Arts and Humanities Commission is partnering with the Lyons Community Library  to celebrate National Poetry Month with a Poetry Workshop led by Colorado poet Lucy Simpson on April 24, from 9:00 to 11:00 am. Simpson will guide participants in a virtual poetry workshop that is sure to inspire creativity and get you putting those poems on paper.

Colorado Humanities invites you to the 30th Annual Colorado Book Awards Finalist Reading Series. The Colorado Book Awards celebrate the accomplishments of Colorado’s outstanding authors, editors, illustrators, and photographers. Hundreds of Colorado creatives submit work for consideration, and one winner is selected in each of the 17 categories. Beginning April 9, online finalist readings with live Q&A with authors offer you a chance to sit back, relax, and enjoy the show from the comfort of your very own living room!

Repair, Repurpose, Recycle

Join Clearview Library District on April 20 from 6:30-7:00 pm for TAKE IT & MAKE IT TUESDAY: NANCY DREW VINTAGE BOOK ART. In this virtual class you’ll upcycle some Nancy Drew novels into works of vintage book art. Kits will be available for pickup at the library starting April 13 and the instructional video will be posted to the library’s Youtube page at 6:30 on April 20.

Does your favorite pair of jeans or jacket have a hole in it that makes you sooo sad because you can’t bear to give it up? Don’t ditch it, darn it! with Wilkinson Public Library on April 22 at 6:00 pm. Learn how to sew a patch, watch a darning demo, and learn the basics of making your very own unique patches! The first 20 people to sign up get a sewing kit and their very own handmade Earth Day inspired patch made by Elmer Gomer of Austin, Texas.

In celebration of Earth Week, Louisville Public Library hosts Read, Reuse, Recycle: A Book Donation & Recycle Event on April 17 from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. Residents of Boulder County can drop off up to 5 boxes (no more than 24in x 15in x 10in) of books to be donated or recycled! Only books may be dropped off. Donations of any media, including DVDs, CDs, and Audiobooks will not be accepted.

Learning for All

Smart Spaces are Community Places | April 27 @ 1:00 pm
Transforming physical spaces and library programs into active learning hubs is a powerful opportunity to strengthen the library’s connection to the community. This webinar will share examples of design thinking and collaboration with the community, and the positive outcomes achieved, even through the disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic. Gail Bruce, director of Laurel Public Library (DE), will describe the arc of discovering community needs and realizing multiple projects to meet those needs at her library. You’ll also be introduced to the Toolkit to Create Smart Spaces community collaborations for active learning.

What’s New at the Colorado State Library

Learning Opportunities

Upcoming CSL in Session – Let’s Get Digital: How to Bring Your Programs Online

  • April 20 @ 12:00 pm MT
  • FREE! No Registration Required
  • Join Online

Upcoming Webinar – From Womb to Sleepless Nights: Prenatal Programming

  • April 28 @ 1:00 pm MT
  • FREE! No Registration Required
  • Join Online

State Publications Blog

Colorado Virtual Library

Colorado State Library Presentations at 2021 CLiC Spring Workshops
Colorado State Library staff will be giving a variety of presentations at the 2021 Colorado Library Consortium Spring Workshops – we hope to “see” you there!

A Window to History: Hate in America
The language and sentiments found in old newspapers can be jarring and offensive to modern readers. Learn more about Colorado Historic Newspaper Collection’s policy on Harmful Language, as well as options for limiting interaction with content that is harmful or offensive within the CHNC interface.

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

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