Friday Grab Bag, April 26, 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!

Health & Wellness

Buena Vista Public Library invites those 12 and older to Teen/ Adult CPR & First Aid. Living in a small, secluded and active community makes knowing CPR & 1st Aid a huge asset. This is a 2-part course – April 30 and May 2 from 1:00-5:00 pm.  For more information, contact Kelly Nary at

Teen/Adult CPR and 1st Aid
Image courtesy of Buena Vista Public Library.

Join Anything Libraries on April 27 from 11:00 – 12:00 pm to learn new tools to integrate mindfulness into your daily routine. Meditation, Mindfulness and Technology will teach mindfulness skills focused on breath work as well as eating mindfully and mindful walking.  You will also be introduced to applications that you can use on your devices to incorporate mindfulness into your daily routine. No registration is required.

Bud Werner Public Library hosts An evening with Tibetan physician Dr. Jampa Yonten on June 4 from 7:00-8:00 pm for Health Perspectives: Tibetan View on Death and Dying. In this talk, Dr. Jampa Yonten, a Tibetan physician who is visiting from India, will speak to the unique view Tibetans hold regarding dying, death and rebirth. Tibetan Medicine is one of the oldest medical systems on earth, believed by the Tibetans to be taught directly by the Medicine Buddha and practiced continuously for over 2500 years.

Dr. Jampa Yonten. Image courtesy of Bud Werner Public Library.

All ages are invited to Wilkinson Public Library for Community Narcan Training from 5:30 – 6:30 pm on April 30. Jessica Eaddy of the Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention will talk about public health and legislative initiatives and offer a naloxone training. Naloxone is a synthetic drug which blocks opiate receptors in the nervous system and can stop opioid overdoses if administered quickly enough.

Narcan Nasal Spray

Poudre River Public Library District hosts SummitStone Health Resource Hours from 5:00 – 7:00 pm on April 29 (and most Wednesdays). SummitStone/PATH certified case workers provide free drop-in “resource hours,” which are not exclusive to homeless individuals; SummitStone/PATH staff will meet with anyone to provide appropriate referrals to other community agencies if they do not meet the PATH program criteria.

Learn the holistic perspective of health from an indigenous Nahuas approach by making ungüentos (ointments) in an easy and traditional way. Boulder Public Library’s Traditional Tinctures workshop will be conducted in English and Spanish and is appropriate for ages 12 and up. Space is limited, please register to confirm your spot. All attendees must fill out BPL’s Acknowledgement of Risk and Release Form prior to attending this program.


And if all else fails, you can always try…

Automatic Doctor

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Automatic Doctor. [Image courtesy of Aspen Daily Times, October 23, 1895. Accessed via the Colorado Historic Newspaper Collection.]

Pick ‘n’ Mix

We rounded up a number of National Poetry Month events a couple of weeks ago, but there’s still time to get your fix.

Manco Public Library invites all ages to Celebrate the Four Corners Poets on April 27 to see and hear four Navajo women share their art and poetry.  Readings will take place at 2:00 pm and visual artwork will be displayed on the library’s Art Wall through the end of April.

Celebrate the Four Corners Poets
Image courtesy of Mancos Public Library.

Do you know someone who is on the Autism spectrum? Would you like to learn more about it? Come have fun, create puzzle piece crafts, get information, and socialize with others at the New Castle Branch Library’s Autism Celebration today, April 26. Drop in anytime between 3 and 5 pm to participate or call the library at 970-984-2346 for more info.

Discover the basics of wolf biology, behavior and ecology with Bellvue, Colorado’s W.O.L.F. Sanctuary on April 27 from 1:00 – 2:00 pm at Clearview Library District. You’ll also meet a Sanctuary animal ambassador! No registration required. All ages welcome, but children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

W.O.L.F. Sanctuary Colorado; Est. 1995

Adults are invited to join Lafayette Public Library and Justine Vigil-Tapia, a member of the Boulder County Latino History Project Advisory Board, for a Lafayette Historical Society presentation on Latino life in Lafayette in the 1960’s and 1970’s on May 4 from 10:30 am – 12:00 pm.

Pitkin County Library hosts children and young adults ages 10 and up for an Escape Room on May 10 at 4:00 pm. Participants will be given a challenge that requires them to work together to win a prize! Each session will provide a different puzzle to solve and a different theme. Possible scenarios may require literary references, creating a piece of art, video clues, physical challenges, or assistance from a librarian in order to “break out” of the room.

Join Pueblo City Library on April 27 and travel back in time to hear stories of real women who made a significant impact on the West, be entertained with lively, historical portrayals and go on an educational adventure with the Unconventional Women of the West.  Doors open at 6:30 pm. Don’t be late!

Montrose Public Library invites all ages to Learn your Scopes with BCAS. Bring your telescopes and your questions to a teaching session with the Black Canyon Astronomical Society on May 11 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm.

Digitization Education & Funding Opportunities

Save the Date! On June 27-28 the Colorado Historical Records Advisory Board (CHRAB), in partnership with the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) and the Colorado State Library, will be offering a free Archives and Digitization 101 workshop at the James A. Michener Library at the University of Northern Colorado.  More information and registration details for this event are coming soon.

CHRAB is now accepting applications for their 2019-2020 re-grant program.  CHRAB funds a wide variety of projects related to the management, care and the enhanced access of historic archival collections. Applications are due by June 29. For a list of the types of projects eligible for funding, please see this link:

Museums and Libraries in the News

The BC Democrat highlights the Pueblo Heritage Museum as a place where the history starts in this piece: What is Pueblo’s Heritage?

Two different takes on proposals to create a special library district for Boulder Public Library. The Daily Camera’s editorial:  Create a District for Boulder Public Library and the Left Hand Valley Courier’s Library district could bring new services to Gunbarrel and Niwot

What’s New at the Colorado State Library

Colorado State Publications Library Blog

Digital Literacy

Learning Edge April #2

Christine Schein rounds up the latest news in digital literacy and educational technology.

Colorado Virtual Library

Making a habit of Habitica

Need help building good, or breaking bad habits? Like role-playing games? Habitica might be the tool for you. Learn more in the latest from Kieran Hixon’s Bag of Tricks series.

CSL Resource Kits and How to Borrow Them

Get programming ideas ready made for Early Literacy, STEM, STEAM, and Community Conversations from the 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!

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