Friday Grab Bag, August 25, 2017

Friday Grab Bag is a weekly Spotlight on Sharing series that highlights fun, unique, and interesting happenings in Colorado libraries, and includes news from the Colorado State Library.

Let’s open the Grab Bag!

Programs for Homebound Patrons

Jefferson County Public Library’s Call-In Program brings events to patrons who can’t attend in person. The next program, on September 25 at 1:00 pm, is Ghosts of Colorado, spooky tales from Colorado’s past. To attend, call 303-502-5189. Pregister at 303-275-6173 to be called for the program.

Thriving at Home, a program at Poudre River Public Library District on August 25 at 1:00 pm, will provide information about different aspects to consider as you and your loved ones age, such as wellness, transportation, finances, and home modifications.

Community Celebrations

Bud Werner Memorial Library is offering several special programs in honor of the annual Yampa Valley Crane Festival, from August 31 through September 2. Spellbinder Storytime: Crane Tales is August 31 at 4:30 pm, followed by Spirit Wind Aerial Arts, a high-flying dance troupe that will perform on the library lawn at 5:30. Then head back inside at 6:30 for a free screening of The Eagle Huntress. More crane-related programs and activities will take place on September 1 & 2, so check the library event calendar for details.

Arapahoe Libraries will celebrate the grand finale of Village Read with a concert in Curtis Park, August 31 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. Let Them Roar, with special guest The Cody Sisters will perform at this free outdoor concert, which will also feature food trucks, ice cream, and tequila tasting.

Pick ‘n’ Mix

Longmont Public Library is accepting submissions of original work to their You Belong Anthology. Originally part of their Library Festival, the You Belong Anthology is now its own event. Longmont-area residents are encouraged to submit their original writing, photographs, and illustrations for consideration to be included in the anthology. Submissions are due September 5. An open house for the publication will be held October 9 from 6:30 to 9:00 pm.

Pump up your paper origami at Anythink’s Electric Origami class, August 26 from 2:00 to 3:00 pm. Using copper wire and LED lights, participants will illuminate their paper creations. No prior experience necessary but registration is required.

Security Public Library is holding an evening of technical support for ereaders and tablets. Stop by the library on August 29 starting at 4:00 pm to get your questions answered and learn how to load ebooks on your Kindle, Nook, or tablet.

Libraries in the News

The Greeley Tribune reports that organizers at University of Northern Colorado’s Michener Library and Mexican-American Studies department are seeking artifacts of the Chicano movement in the Greeley area. Artifacts will be included in a free, public exhibit being hosted at Michener Library through September 29.

What’s New at the Colorado State Library

Scholarships & Grants

State Grants to Libraries funding is available for 2017-18! Eligible public, school, and academic libraries are encouraged to submit a short eligibility form by September 15. Funds can be used books, e-books, database subscriptions, and other educational resources.

Questions? Join the Q&A Webinar on Aug. 30 at noon MDT.


New this week on the Colorado State Publications Library Blog: Time Machine Tuesday: Highway Safety | The Buildings of Auraria

Four new titles were recently added to the Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection. Read more about this growing resource!

Professional Development Opportunities

Colorado State Library consultants will be in Durango on September 21 & 22, 2017 for CSL Share & Learn, an event that combines professional learning with time for sharing. Registration is open through September 15 for this free event, open to all library and museum staff. We hope you will join us!

On the next CSL in Session: Is It Really Dead? How to rescue programs for hard-to-reach communities. Join this free webinar Sept. 28 at noon MDT. No registration required.

Join the quarterly RIPL webinar, Buy-In Not Opt-Out: Creating a Culture for Staff Driven Metrics. Sept. 28 at noon MDT.

Fun & Informative

Outside the Lines, a global initiative to demonstrate library innovation, is September 10-16, 2017. There’s still time to register on the OTL website. Please consider sharing your OTL activities with the State Library—we’d love to hear what your library has planned. On social media use the hashtag #getOTL.

Learn about the Plains to Peaks Collective (PPC), the new Colorado-Wyoming Service Hub of the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), during a free event on September 28, 2017 at the University of Wyoming.

This post is part of the Spotlight on Sharing initiative, which aims to increase the visibility of resource sharing in Colorado libraries. Do you have a story from your library to share? Email Amy Hitcher, Also, be sure to follow Colorado State Library on Twitter and Facebook.

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