Friday Grab Bag, April 30, 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!

Cures for Cabin Fever

Wilkinson Public Library and The Watershed Education Program present Love Your Backyard. Get to know the delightful flora and fauna of your valley in small group walks on the first Tuesday of every month from 8:00-10:00 pm. Adults only. Sign up at

Start bike season right with Mesa County Libraries’ Get Ready to Ride: Bicycle Fair on May 1 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. Check out a variety of bicycle resources and information from local organizations. This community event is a great place to get info on bike commuting, bike maintenance, safe routes to school, health and training tips, bike safety, proper helmet fitting, bicycle registration, and more. Have a mechanic give your bike a safety check, learn the best routes through town, get helmets for the kids, and discover the thrill of bicycling in the Grand Valley — all at no charge!

Unwind after school with Outdoor Improve Games at Anythink Bennett on May 5 from 3:15-4:15. Prepare to be silly and imaginative with your friends and work together as a group to be creative storytellers. Appropriate for ages 7 to 12.

All ages are invited to participate in Poudre River Public Library Districts Outdoor Scavenger Hunt throughout the month of May. Pick up your Outdoor Scavenger Hunt sheet at any library location and enjoy this family-friendly, self-guided activity.

Cinco de Mayo

Pick up a free take-and-make craft from any Garfield County Libraries branch on Cinco de Mayo! Craft kits will include bilingual instructions and all the necessary supplies to make beautiful paper flowers to decorate and celebrate your Cinco de Mayo. Kits are available on a first come, first served basis. Plus, visit the Garfield County Libraries’ Facebook page or YouTube channel for a special folkloric dance presentation by the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet!

Dancers from Ballet Folklorico de Durango. [Image courtesy El Valle Hispanic News, Volume 7, Number 9, May 1, 2007. Accessed via the Colorado Historic Newspaper Collection.]
Join Denver Public Library and celebrate Cinco de Mayo from 5:00-6:00 pm with a game of Lotería Mexicana on Zoom. Visit any branch to pick up your lotería card then just click here the day and time of the event and someone will let you in. What’s more, winners will receive prizes!

May the 4th…

Pueblo City-County Library invites you to pick up a May the Fourth kit all day on May 4 to create your very own light up Baby Yoda and Death Star or Baby Yoda Feltie.

Being a Jedi Master requires dedication and training. You can get a great Jedi workout and visit the High Plains Library District PopUp Library for May the Fitness Be With You on May 4 from 4:00-5:00 pm! All Padwans are invited to come practice their Jedi skills. This is a perfect chance to celebrate Screen Free Week 2021 and unplug. Suitable for ages K-5th grade.

Museums & Libraries in the News

IMLS CARES Act State Library Spotlight: Devices, PPE, and Virtual Programming in Colorado | IMLS Blog
IMLS staff interviewed chief officers of State Library Administrative Agencies to discuss their response to the coronavirus, and use of IMLS CARES Act funds to the states. State Librarian Nicolle Davies shares the approach and priorities that informed Colorado’s funding distribution, and more.

Gear ‘Library’ Builds New Generation of Outdoor Adventurers | U.S. News & World Report
A new facility at Colorado Mountain College in Leadville is lowering barriers for those who have not typically had access to the great outdoors by lending outdoor equipment to Lake County residents.

Mesa County Libraries to start anthology submissions for Covid-19 experiences | NBC 11 News
Mesa County Libraries wants to capture the pandemic experiences from the community with a new anthology titled “In This Together.” All ages are invited to participate.

Exhibit honoring Pearl Harbor survivor Donald Stratton moved to Colorado Springs library | KOAA News 5
A display honoring a Pearl Harbor survivor who called Colorado Springs home has moved to the Pikes Peak Library District’s East Library. The display at the library is open to the public.

Glenwood Springs makes outdoor gear accessible to all | OutThere Colorado
Glenwood Springs area residents who might not be able to afford outdoor recreation now have a chance to jump into the action with the creation of the Glenwood Springs Gear Library.

Louisville Public Library introduces mobile checkout | Colorado Hometown Weekly
Checking out and returning books at the Louisville Public Library has never been easier with new virtual library cards, mobile checkout, and interactive receipts.

What’s New at the Colorado State Library

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