Friday Grab Bag, December 20, 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.

The Friday Grab Bag is taking a short hiatus and will return on January 3, 2020. Happy Holidays and I’ll see you next year!

Now into the bag…

Kwanzaa & Hanukkah

All ages are invited to Pitkin County Library for Dreidel Painting and Play + a Movie on December 26. Paint your own dreidel from 1:00-2:30 pm, then watch An American Tale from 3:30-4:00 pm.

Hanukkah celebrations and food filled with symbolism [Courtesy Louisville Times, Volume 77, Number 22, November 21, 1990. Accessed via the Colorado Historic Newspaper Collection.]
Denver Public Library invites you to Celebrate Kwanzaa, a holiday that honors the African first fruits harvest tradition. Take part in a festive cross-cultural experience highlighting the principles of Kwanzaa accompanied by music, dance, and light refreshments.

Online Savvy

Want your digital moves off of everyone’s radar?Join Poudre River Public Library on January 25 from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm for Leave Me Alone! Avoid leaving a trail of data online and learn how to get off robocall lists, arrange your privacy settings, and effectively use a junk email account. No registration required.

Loveland Public Library invites you to Get Started with Facebook on December 21 at 1:30 pm. Facebook is the world’s predominant social media network, with over 2 billion monthly active users. Most individuals use Facebook to stay in touch with friends and family, in addition to staying connected with their community. But what if you’re just getting started with Facebook, or need a refresher on all of the new updates? This class is for you!

Museums & Libraries in the News

MCA Denver’s New Glasses Allow Colorblind Visitors To See The Full Picture | KUNC
Through a partnership with the EnChroma Color Accessibility Program, the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver has four pairs of EnChroma glasses, which allow those with the deficiency to see colors more distinctly.

Students Highlight Palisade POW Camps | Western Slope Now
Grand Junction High School students teamed up with the Museums of Western Colorado to highlight an important part of Mesa County history.

Renaming of library in Highlands Ranch draws criticism | Highlands Ranch Herald
The Douglas County Library over the decision to rename the library in Highlands Ranch.

Rural Libraries Take on Growing Role as Agents of Inclusion and Change | Nonprofit Quarterly
Some rural libraries are dramatically changing how they work.

Noon Year’s Eve

Ring in 2020 with a family-friendly Noon Year’s Eve Party at Nederland Community Library on December 31 at 11:00 am!  Enjoy dancing, noise makers, “Mocktails” and a BALL DROP! All BEFORE naptime!

All ages are invited to Broomfield Library’s  Happy Noon Year: Impossible Dreams with Sven Jorgansen and explore what it means to dream big! Be inspired as you enjoy juggling, balancing acts, and more in this exciting one-man show! December 31 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. Pick up a free ticket in the Auditorium lobby 30 minutes before the show and get ready to countdown with hats and blowers.

Anythink Huron Street hosts New Years at Noon: Top Hogs Edition on December 31 from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm. Don’t miss this three-act show with Top Hogs, where pigs will perform amazing stunts. This comedy-filled trick show is action packed and fun for the whole family. Then we’ll gather for a countdown and balloon drop at noon, followed by treats and crafts. This program is for all ages. No registration required.

Fine Free New Year

If you’ve accumulated some fines for overdue library books and materials over the years, Mesa County Libraries forgives you. The library will discontinue overdue fines on January 1, 2020 and improve access for communities that need resources the most.

Starting January 1, 2020, the Bud Werner Memorial Library will eliminate fines for overdue materials as well. Eliminating fines serves the primary purpose of the library – ensuring that all people have access to books and material. Visit the FAQ page for more information on the new policy.

Thinking about eliminating fines but have questions? We have answers to frequently asked questions, and additional resources to help you advocate for going Fine Free.

Learning for All

Free Webinar: The Positions Model for Improving Personal Influence and Workplace Interactions | January 7 @ 12:00 pm
Learn what each of the three position (first, second, and third person) stands for and how to incorporate them in how you think and act in your workplace.

Reverse Strategic Planning: Evaluating A Team’s Workplace Productivity | January 14 @ 11:00 am
A reverse strategic planning meeting is about creating a group snapshot of what members of a team, department, committee, or staff (25 people or less) are doing. This webinar explains how to run such a planning meeting in order to help teams understand how everyone’s work fits together.

Census 2020

Be the Census 2020 expert at your library with library-focused tools created and compiled by CLiC to inform and engage your community!

What’s New at the Colorado State Library

State Publications Library

Colorado Virtual Library

Trustee Corner – December 2019
December’s Trustee Corner Newsletter welcomes Colorado’s newest public library district, Southwest La Plata Library District, and much more.

Learning Opportunities

Library Leadership Webinar:  The Community Centered Library

  • January 8 @ 2:00 pm MT
  • No registration required!
  • Join online

For more learning opportunities and education events, make sure to check out the Library Learning and Creation calendar –

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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