Friday Grab Bag, August 30, 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!

Handy Work

Save money, help the environment, and learn repair skills with Pikes Peak Library District’s Repair Cafe on September 14 from 1:00-4:00pm. Disassemble, troubleshoot, and (possibly) repair broken bikes, clothing, small appliances/electronics, jewelry, and wooden items. Individuals must agree to the Repair Cafe Guidelines and Disclaimer to participate. Visit to review policies.

Love pasta but always been intimidated by the process of making it fresh? Don’t be! Boulder Public Library invites prospective chef 18 and over to Adultology: Hands-on Pasta Making on September 12 from 6:00-7:30.  Learn to make gnocchi, tagliatelle, farfalle, and more with Matt Collier, head chef of Seeds Library Café. Registration required. Click HERE to register.

Join Pueblo City-County Library on September 28 at 2:00 for a Family Fishing Workshop. Presenters will cover different styles of fishing and when to use them along with a breakdown of different types of lures and knots, what you’ll want in your tackle box, and more! Check out fishing poles and tackle boxes from the library and you are ready to fish!

Fishin’ Family. [Courtesy of the Steamboat Pilot, Volume 101, Number 52, July 24, 1986. Accessed via the Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection.]
Soldering is the process of heating metal to create connections and joints between metal or electronic components and is utilized to create anything from electronics to jewelry. Teens attending Clearview Library District’s INTRO TO SOLDERING FOR TEENS on September 11 from 4:00-5:30 will learn a new skill and walk away with a completed SparkFun Basic Flashlight kit that they soldered themselves at. Registration required. Please contact Amy for more information at

Flat tires happen and when they do, you need to be prepared. Join Aurora Public Library for Practical Life Skills: Changing A Tire on August 30 at 4:00 pm. Learn how to change a tire safely, how to check the tire pressure, and the importance of tire rotations. Reader, I need this!

At the Academy

Nicole Webber and Stephanie Wiegand, faculty members with the University of Northern Colorado Libraries, round up best practices for Faculty and Librarian collaboration in their piece Collaborating on Flipped Library Sessions: 8 Best Practices for Faculty & Librarians.

Tutt Library Special Collections exhibit “The Slocum Affair” is now on view outside of the Coburn Gallery in Worner Campus, and features information about the controversial departure of William Frederick Slocum, President of Colorado College from 1888 to 1917, and his… problematic tenure.

Super Service

Westminster Public Library hosts The Laundry Truck at the Irving Street Branch on the 1st Monday of every month from 9:00am-2:00pm.  The last load is accepted at 12:30 pm, and each customer can have two 10 pound loaded washed.

Fort Morgan Public Library offers Free Drivers Ed Program that includes practice tests for Car, Motorcycle, and CDL licenses, as well as a DMV Exam Simulator and additional resources for prospective drivers.

Museums & Libraries in the News

From social workers to sewing lessons: The Denver library is much more than just a library now | The Denver Channel
These days, libraries are community hubs that are helping residents with diverse needs and Denver Public Library is a prime example.

Library to approach voters for mill levy override | Telluride Daily Planet
For the first time in 22 years, the Wilkinson Public Library will be going to the voters this Election Day to ask for a .75 mill levy.

99 Years After Suffrage, Women Still A Contentious Topic In Colorado Politics | CPR News
History Colorado will help organize the year-long effort to remember the 19th Amendment in partnership with museums, libraries and schools.

Pikes Peak Library District launches virtual library card for Colorado Springs students | The Gazette
Colorado Springs School District 11 is the first school district in El Paso County to use new technology from the Pikes Peak Library District to enable students to access books and other resources digitally.

Express Yourself

Elementary, middle, and high school students are invited to submit entries for Durango Public Library’s annual Friends of the Library Bookmark Contest. Two winners in each category will receive Maria’s Bookshop gift certificates. 2,000 bookmarks of each winning design will be printed with the artists’ names. Entry forms can be found HERE. Entries must be submitted by September 27.

Amateur writers in grades 4-12 are invited to submit their original flash fiction work inspired by ghosts, goblins, and other ghoulish spirits for Poudre River Public Library’s Spirited Stories Flash Fiction Contest. Winners will be notified prior to the “Spirited Stories” Main Event on October 11, where they will have the opportunity to read their story to the audience or to have someone read it on their behalf. Submissions close at 11:59 pm on September 15.

Delta County Libraries are seeking original writing for presentation at Harvest of Voices, the kickoff event of Mountain Harvest Festival. If chosen, the writer of fiction, nonfiction, or poetry must be available to read their own winning submission before a live audience on September 26 at 7:00pm. All submissions must be received electronically by August 31. Submit a pdf to

What’s New at the Colorado State Library

Learning Opportunities

GRT Quick Bites: Right Size Your Early Literacy Programming

  • September 3, 2019, 12:00 – 12:20 pm
  • Free! No registration required
  • Join online

State Publications Library

Colorado Virtual Library

Eliminating Fines – Resources
We’ve rounded up some resources to help you on your fine-free journey.


Colorado State Library at CALCON 2019
Are you heading to Colorado Association of Libraries Conference in Loveland on Sept 19-21? If so, make sure to stop by the CSL booth in the exhibit hall to “check out” one of our Early Literacy Librarians for a one-on-one conversation on early literacy!

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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