Friday Grab Bag, August 9, 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!

Dog Days

Dogs aren’t just great pets, they’re also amazing workers! There are therapy dogs, service dogs, and Avalanche Rescue Dogs. Join Vail Public Library on August 14 at 1:30 pm to learn how the Vail Avalanche Dogs put their canine senses to work and enjoy light refreshments and music.

Vail Avalanche Dogs; known good boys and girls.

Teens and Tweens – get ready to celebrate “Spoil Your Dog Day” and “National Cat Day” by making DIY Dog and Cat Treats with Pikes Peak Library District on August 20 from 4:00 5:30 pm. Materials and supplies provided. Registration Required.

All ages are invited to join the Broomfield Depot Museum for Dog Days of Summer on August 10 from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. Spend the day with your furry, four-legged friend learning about local history and enjoying treats from Ivan’s All Natural Doggie Delights Food Truck for Dogs. There will be a good dog contest, Shep look-a-like contest, opportunities to pamper your pet, and more. Attendants under 12 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.

Bringing a new dog into your household can be as overwhelming as it is exciting. Learn how to teach the most important skills to get your dog or puppy off to a great start at Clearview Library District’s Training Your New Dog or Puppy class on August 13 at 6:00 pm. This class will be taught by Mary Babbitt, Certified Dog Behavior Consultant, Certified Professional Dog Trainer and Certified Fear Free Trainer. No registration required. Please note that this class is for humans only.

Call for Artists

Boulder Public Library is seeking applicants for 2020 exhibitions held in Canyon Gallery and other library exhibition spaces. The deadline to submit applications is Wednesday, Aug. 31. The exhibitions should feature a diverse visual display, socially engaging art, live programs, interactivity and collaborative happenings. Proposals for projects should range from a few weeks to two months. For more information and to submit an application, visit the exhibition webpage.

Mesa County Libraries’ annual Culture Fest is coming up in November and features a Juried Art Show! This exhibition is competitive and open to artists 18 or older residing in Mesa County. Entries must be received online by 8:00 pm on September 30. For more information on eligibility and submission guidelines, click HERE.

Museums & Libraries in the News

As News Deserts Encroach, One City Looks At A New Way To Fund Local Journalism | KUNC
This is a really interesting read about a fascinating idea. Longmont Public Library is embarking on a feasibility study on how to change the way the library is funded that might also help fund local news coverage.

Ever wondered about the history of the Covered Bridge in Vail Village? | Vail Daily
The Colorado Snowsports Museum’s walking tours explore local history. Tours are one hour and being at the museum at 11:00 am.

Colorado Teens Use Makerspace To Create Accessible Board Games | School Library Journal
Boulder Public Library shows what happens when kids are given the tools to create!

Library Card Perks

Lots of libraries around the state offer Adventure/Museum/Exploration passes to library card holders, which is just another perk of being a member of your local library. For example, anyone with a valid Westminster Public Library card can reserve an Adventure Pass, which provides free access to explore cultural and recreational attractions in the community like the WOW! Children’s Museum, Westminster Recreation Centers,  Denver Botanic Gardens, and much more.

Go behind the scenes with your Denver Public Library card! Library card holders can get passes for Denver Center for the Performing Arts Behind the Scenes Tours. The expertly guided tours are 90 minutes long and take visitors beyond the stage to explore costume shops, design studios, and the Denver Performing Arts Complex venues. Tours take place every Monday and Saturday at 10:00 am. Admission is valid for a party of up to four, recommended for kids 6 and up.

But wait… there’s more!

Poudre River Library District members can get discounts at area business through the Flash Your Card program. Just flash your Poudre Public Library District card at one of these participating Library partner businesses and receive a discount on goods and services. Limit one discount, per person, per visit, per library card.

Through Douglas County Library’s DCL Local program, card holders can receive special offers of Food & Drink, Shopping & Services, and Classes & Experiences from participating merchants. Reader, it may be time to take that karate class!

Mesa County Libraries card holders are eligible for a variety of discounts at participating businesses thanks to Library Deals – Flash Your Card and Save! Simply show your card when making your purchase and mention the Library Deals program.

What’s New at the Colorado State Library

Early Literacy

GRT Quick Bites: Creating Synergy: Weaving Together Early Learning Services

  • August 13, 2019, 12:00 – 12:20 pm
  • Free! No registration required
  • Join online

The CLEL (Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy) Conference is taking place on October 4 at the Arvada Center in Arvada. Conference registration is open now through August 25. Click here to be taken to the registration page.


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 Gail Yerbic, who supports early literacy services in the western region.

Gail Yerbic; Regional Literacy Specialist - Western Region

Colorado Virtual Library

Ransomware – Bag of Tricks
Though libraries are not often targeted by Ransomeware, it has happened. So, what do you do about it? How do you take precautions? And, if the worst happens, how do you fix it? We’ve rounded up some resources to help for your bag of tricks.

“Let’s Share!” – Digital Creation Kits are Here!
We’ve created circulating Digital Creation Kits to help libraries and cultural heritage organizations preserve and share their local history.

Free Online Learning Opportunities for August 2019

State Publications Library

Library Related Employment:

Are you thinking of making a change this year in your job?

Montrose Regional Library is looking for an Adult Services Librarian that is passionate about providing exceptional service to the community. If this sounds like you, contact Lindsay Beckman, Head of Adult Services, with your resume and cover letter.
Phone: 970-964-2558

And, check out Library Jobline for more hot new library employment opportunities.

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 Marisa Wood, Also, be sure to follow Colorado State Library on Twitter and Facebook.

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