Friday Grab Bag, August 16, 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.


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Super Service

Poudre River Public Library District’s nonprofit resources librarian Sarah Scobey is the recipient of the 2019 Colorado Librarian of the Year award for her innovative work with the nonprofit community in Northern Colorado. The award is presented by the Colorado Association of Libraries (CAL) to honor exceptional achievement during the past year by a librarian within the state of Colorado. Congratulations to Sarah and PRPLD!

In April, the Eagle Valley Library District instituted automatic renewals for its eligible Children and Teen items. Now eligible adult items checked out on August 1st or later will also automatically renew three (3) days before they are due. Eligible items will be automatically renewed up to two times, unless the item is on hold for another patron, or your account isn’t in good standing. Each auto-renewal gives patrons an additional full loan period, and notification of the new, extended due date is sent via email notices.

Tea Time

Hayden Public Library invites all ages to Tea at the Library on August 26 at 4:00 pm. Sit down and enjoy tea, conversation, and meet a friend (or two) while you share a story about your summer.

Lords and Ladies are cordially invited to join Longmont Public Library for a proper British afternoon tea on September 15 from 2:00-4:00 pm in honor of the upcoming release of the highly-anticipated Downton Abbey movie. The afternoon’s amusements will include tea etiquette tips, a demonstration of hosting a proper afternoon tea, a Downton trivia contest, a costume show, lawn games, and a photo backdrop. Seating is limited, so kindly RSVP at your earliest convenience.

Grants & Funding Opportunities

Collaborations to Enhance School-Based Practices Funded
Chan Zuckerberg Initiative: Effective School Practices to Support the Whole Child
The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) is using technology to help solve some of the toughest challenges facing us all. Through the Effective School Practices to Support the Whole Child request for proposals, CZI will provide support to U.S.-based teams of schools, nonprofit organizations, and researchers who want to apply the science of learning and human development to improve existing school-based practices that develop self-direction and curiosity, specifically in adolescents (ages 11-18 years old). Grants will range from $300,000 to $750,000. The application deadline is September 13, 2019. Visit the CZI website to download the request for applications.

Grants Address Poverty, the Environment, Health, and Education
Tomberg Family Philanthropies
Grants are provided to nonprofit organizations and certain government entities, such as public schools and universities, based in the United States for projects in the U.S. and worldwide. The focus is on projects that address the following areas: the environment, poverty alleviation, health, and education. Grants generally range from $5,000 to $15,000. Letters of inquiry are due September 9, 2019; invited full proposals must be submitted by December 19, 2019.

Census 2020 Outreach Grant Program
The Department of Local Affairs’ (DOLA) 6 million dollar Census Outreach Grant program will provide grants to local governments, intergovernmental agencies, councils of government, housing authorities, school districts, nonprofit organizations and the Southern Ute and Ute Mountain Ute tribes (eligible recipients) to support the accurate counting of the population of the state for the 2020 census.

Pick ‘n’ Mix

Join Sterling Public Library on August 19 at 6:00 pm for an Evening with Author Ann Doolan Fox and her book Celtic Road Home.  Get inspired by this true and captivating tale of a brave Irish lass and find yourself transported through multiple European cultures on the ride of a lifetime.

Learn about one of Denver’s experimental solutions to homelessness through the eyes of the residents themselves with Denver Public Library on August 17 at 2:00 pm. First-Hand Accounts from the People Inside the Tiny Homes is a panel discussion moderated by Range & Slope, a collective of Colorado’s top podcast and radio producers.

Paonia Library presents The Mycobiome of the Garden with Eugenia Bone on September 3 from 6:00-7:30 pm. The Mycobiome of the Garden is an illustrated talk that focuses on the key roles fungi play in plants, how they provide defensive and nutritional services, and are an integral part of the plant and soil microbiomes.Seating is limited on a first-come, first-served basis.

Internationally-acclaimed guitar virtuoso Trace Bundy will perform at the Libraries of Montrose County Foundation Annual Concert on August 18 from 3:00-5:00 pm at the Montrose Pavilion.  Free tickets are available at the Montrose Regional Library.

Local History

Across Colorado and perhaps the entire Rocky Mountains, there was only one female jackpacker – Olga Little. At 5’ 4,” Little earned a solid reputation as a packer in the La Plata Mountains. Join Durango Public Library on September 3 at 6:00 pm for  Durango’s Own Olga Little presented by Andy Gulliford, the story of her 40+ year career told from the people who knew her and from magazine and newspaper accounts.

Olga Little. Image courtesy of the Animas Museum of the La Plata County Historical Society.

Betsy Kellums from the Greeley Historic Preservation Office presents POW Camp 202: A Greeley Connection to WWII at Clearview Library District on August 20 from 3:00-4:00 pm to tell the story of the German and Austrian prisoners of war held in Weld County. No registration required.

Museums & Libraries in the News

Homeschool Resource Fair on Friday at Library 21c offers plethora of resources | The Gazette
Pikes Peak Library District hosts the Homeschool Resource Fair on August 16, and annual event that features more than 40 businesses that provide services for home-schooled children and their parents.

In a shifting climate for research, Colorado State hosts a museum teeming with bugs — and that’s a good thing | Colorado Sun
At more than 3.5 million specimens and growing, the C.P. Gillette Museum of Arthropod Diversity’s collection dates back to the 19th century, and attracts researchers on everything from butterflies to climate change.

Google is coming to Pueblo to grow economic opportunities | The Pueblo Chieftain
Google is partnering with the Pueblo City-County Library District to host a free, one-day event on August 23 to help job seekers, small business owners, students, educators and entrepreneurs improve their digital skills.

What’s New at the Colorado State Library


Meet the Colorado State Library’s new early literacy specialists in our weekly social media campaign on Facebook and Twitter. This week we’re featuring Melody Garcia, who supports early literacy services in the northern region.

Melody Garcia; Regional Literacy Specialist - Northern Region

State Publications Library

State Library

New Book Club Resource Contact  at the Colorado State Library
The Colorado State Library welcomes Michael Peever, your new Book Club Resource Contact.

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.

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