Friday Grab Bag, August 23, 2019

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Super Service

During the month of August, patrons of Wellington Public Library can bring school supplies to the library in exchange for dollar-for-dollar fine forgiveness. All school supplies will be given to Wellington Schools. This is a great opportunity to take care of your fines while helping local teachers and students. Click HERE for the list of qualifying school supplies.

Estes Valley Library offers patrons extra convenience with the option to pick up Holds from The Twig: EVCC Mini-Branch. Holds placed via the library catalog are transported from the downtown library to the Estes Valley Community Center where they are loaded into a high-tech locker system. To retrieve Holds, patrons scan their library card at the locker and wait for the locker door that corresponds to their Hold to pop open, at which check-out is complete. Very cool.

Estes Valley Library: Twig Branch

Pick ‘n’ Mix

Join Florrisant Public Library on August 29 at 7:00 pm for Medicare 101, a live webinar that provides and opportunity to gain an understanding of the basic Medicare benefits of Medicare Part A, B, C, D, costs and coverage, enrollment and coordination and to learn about other insurance options.

Are you ready for some football!? The NFL season is just around the corner, which means it’s time for fantasy football! If you’ve never played, it’s time to learn how. Adults and teens are invited to Introduction to Fantasy Football at Jefferson County Public Library on August 25 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. Basic football knowledge is helpful, but not required.

Lake County Public Library will commemorate Women’s Equality Day with a screening of Sister’s Strong: Elected Women in Colorado, a 2016 documentary about the important role elected women have played in Colorado.  Doors open at 6:30 on August 27, and the program starts at 7:00.

Grants & Funding Opportunities

Grants Promote Rural Development in Targeted States
Laura Jane Musser Fund: Rural Initiative Program
The Laura Jane Musser Fund encourages collaborative and participatory efforts among citizens in communities in Colorado, Hawaii, Minnesota, and Wyoming, as well as the Rio Grande Valley, Deep East Texas, and the Brazos Valley regions of Texas. The Fund supports efforts that will help to strengthen individual rural towns in the targeted states in a number of civic areas. The applicant community must have a population of 10,000 or fewer and must be able to demonstrate the rural characteristics of their location and support from a diverse cross-section of community members and institutions. Online applications may be submitted from September 3 through October 3, 2019. Specific grant guidelines and application procedures are available on the Fund’s website.

Support for Organizations in Bank Communities
BBVA Foundation
The BBVA Foundation supports nonprofit organizations that are making a positive impact in the communities the bank serves in Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, New Mexico, and Texas. Online applications are due September 30, 2019. Visit the BBVA website to learn more about the Foundation’s Small Grants Program application process.

Program Supports Local Food Efforts
Environmental Protection Agency
Local Foods, Local Places helps cities and towns across the country protect the environment and human health by engaging with local partners to reinvest in existing neighborhoods as they develop local food systems. The application deadline is September 30, 2019.

Meow Mix

Westminster Public Library invites beginner and struggling readers between the ages of 5 and 12 to Caturdays at the Library on August 24 from 12:00-3:00 pm. Readers will gain confidence by sitting and reading to a cat from the Everyday Adoption Center at Westminster PetSmart. Bring your own book, or choose one from the library’s collection. Call the Children’s Desk (303-658-2306) to sign up for a 15 minute session.

Want to Namaste the morning away with rescue kittens? Join Aurora Public Library on August 24 at 10:30 am for Kitten Yoga, a unique 40-minute beginner’s yoga class while adorable, adoptable kittens and cats from the Aurora Animal Shelter roam the room. Please bring your own yoga mat or towel and wear comfortable clothing.

History Highlights

Gunnison Library presents The Gunnison Massacre: A Tribute to Tragedy at on September 4 from 7:00-8:00 pm. Historian Larry McDonald will recount the fascinating tale of the Gunnison-Beckwith Expedition of 1853, and the subsequent massacre of Captain Gunnison and seven members of his party. Find out what led up to the Massacre, if there were any survivors, who committed the horrible atrocity, and what the legacy of the expedition is today.

Local resident Lucille Schmitt will present part two of her program Historic Women of Red Feather at Red Feather Library on September 14 at 10:00 am. Schmitt’s fascination with the area prompted her to save all the stories and print that she could get her hands on. Women loom large in this sampling of her collection and attendees are encouraged to share their own stories and “old-time” memories.

Join Nederland Community Library on September 5 at 7:00 pm for History of the Caribou Mine, a slide show and talk presented by noted historian and speaker Ed Raines.

Caribou mill. Image courtesy of Denver Public Library Digital Collection, accessed via the Digital Public Library of America.

Museums & Libraries in the News

Library Limelight: A library card should be on your school supply list | The Tribune e-Edition
Pikes Peak Library District’s Public Relations Specialist Kaya Swanson details how having a library card makes going back to school a little easier.

Pueblo Heritage Museum announces access program for low-income families | Colorado Spring Business Journal
Pueblo Heritage Museum has joined Museums for All, an IMLS program created to encourage people of all backgrounds to visit museums regularly and build lifelong museum-going habits.

Sterling Public Library workshop aims to help child caregivers ‘grow readers together’ | Journal Advocate
Sterling Public Library is one of 22 libraries in Colorado participating in Growing Readers Together, which provides early literacy activities and resources for family, friends and neighbors who care for children under the age of six.

Moffat County’s Library, Museum Are On Life Support. They Could Close If They Don’t Get Budget Help | CPR News
The Museum of Northwest Colorado faces an uncertain future, and if budget cuts force all three branches of Moffat County Libraries to close, Moffat would be the only county in the state without any public library service.

What’s New at the Colorado State Library

Learning Opportunities

GRT Quick Bites: Refining Your Early Literacy Message

  • August 27, 2019, 12:00 – 12:20 pm
  • Free! No registration required
  • Join online

CLS In Session: Danger in the Comfort Zone: How to change when change isn’t coming naturally

  • August 29, 2019, 12:00 – 1:00 pm
  • Free! No registration required
  • Join online

Trustee Corner

Trustee Corner, August 2019
CSL’s Crystal Schimpf rounds up information and resources for public library boards include training opportunities, legal issues, and relevant news impacting public library governance.

State Publications Library

Colorado Virtual Library

Have you been pwned? – Bag of Tricks
If you’re a victim of a data breach, you’ve been pwned. can help you determine if you have an account that has been compromised in a data breach, and it’s a great addition to your bag of tricks

Two Public Library Trustees win CAL Awards
Ruth Powers of Eagle Valley Library District; and, posthumously,Lanny Carleton Clary, of Northern Plains Public Library in Ault will be honored at the CAL Awards Luncheon on September 20.

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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