Friday Grab Bag, February 1, 2019

February - do we love it or hate it... We love it! I mean what's not to love.

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. So kick back, grab your favorite cocktail and an amuse-bouche or two…and let’s open the Friday Grab Bag!

February is Black History Month:

Denver Pubic Library:

  • Juanita Gray Community Service Awards Ceremony:  Saturday, Feb. 2, 1:30–3:30 p.m. @ Blair-Caldwell. Join DPL as they honor African American community leaders at the annual Juanita Gray Community Service Awards Ceremony. They’ll honor men, women and youth making outstanding contributions to the Denver metro area and who have accomplished a professional goal in their field. They’ll also induct Dr. Jennie Mae Rucker (posthumously) into the Blacks in Colorado Hall of Fame.
  • The Uncomfortable Truth: The History of Racism in America Film Screening:  Wednesday, Feb. 6, 6-7:45 p.m. @ Blair-Caldwell. Come watch a comprehensive and insightful exploration of the origins and history of racism in America—from slavery to Jim Crow era, from lynchings to protests—told through a very personal and honest story.
  • Martin Luther King, Jr.: Thursday, Feb. 14, 1-2 p.m. @ Sam Gary  It’s been over 50 years since Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. Join Active Minds to take a look at his life and legacy, and trace Dr. King’s rise to prominence from a Baptist pastor to Nobel Prize winner and leader of the civil rights movement.
  • The Life of Booker T. Washington: A Family Perspective:  Saturday, Feb. 23, 2-3 p.m. @ Woodbury.  Eric Hughes, the great-grandson of Booker T. Washington, tells a visual story of the life of this remarkable American. Using family photographs and other illustrations, the exceptional history of Dr. Washington comes alive in this presentation. Q&A to follow.
  • Black History Live: Maya Angelou:  Saturday, Feb. 23, 2:30-3:30 p.m. @ Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales.  National Humanities and Chautauqua scholar Becky Stone will portray Dr. Maya Angelou, American poet, singer, memoirist and civil rights activist. Dr. Angelou will share how language can build, heal and transform. She gives insight into how she writes and why and reflects on her philosophy of life.
  • Nnedi Okorafor:  Thursday, February 7Embassy Suites DTC10250 E. Costilla Ave., Centennial – 7-8 pm: Author Talk 8-9 pm: Book Signing.  Spend an evening with award-winning and New York Times best-selling author Nnedi Okorafor, who will share about her acclaimed novel, Who Fears Death, slated to be an HBO series. Okorafor’s African-based science fiction and fantasy novels include the “Binti” trilogy and Akata Witch. She has also authored several of the popular “Black Panther” Marvel comic books. Okorafor’s latest standalone series features Black Panther’s sister Shuri.  Enjoy light refreshments and an author signing. Buy books from Book Bar onsite. For teens and adults. Reserve your spot here.

Longmont Public Library:

  • Black History Live: Maya AngelouThursday, February 28, 7 to 8:30 pm.  Storyteller Becky Stone will bring author and poet Maya Angelou to life in this special performance to honor Black History Month.  This program is for ages 18+ only and is offered in partnership with Colorado Humanities and is part of a larger Black History Live tour created and funded by them.

What is your library doing for Black History Month – let us know so that we can share!

The Public:

Hey – you have heard about the movie The Public by Emilio Estevez.  It was initially released in 2018, and tells the tale of  a large group of homeless library patrons, faced with a brutal Midwestern cold front making its way to Cincinnati, Ohio, who refuse to leave the downtown public library at closing time. What begins as a nonviolent Occupy sit-in and ragtag act of civil disobedience quickly escalates into a standoff with local riot police, led by a no-nonsense crisis negotiator (Alec Baldwin) and a savvy district attorney (Christian Slater) with lofty political ambitions, all as two librarians (Emilio Estevez and Jena Malone) are caught up in the middle of it.  Well – it is rumored that this film will be released to main stream cinemas in April of this year.  But – if you would like to see it before it hits a multi=plex near you, Boulder Public Library will be hosting a screening of the film as part of their Boulder International Film Festival series, with Director, and 80’s heart throb Emilio Estevez in attendance.  Mr. Estevez will offer a special and private screening for library workers on the afternoon of March 1 at Boulder Public Library while he’s in the area. And you are invited!

  • Friday, March 1, 2p.m. at the Canyon Theater (1000 Canyon Boulevard, North entrance at Boulder Public Library, Main Library; parking is also available at 1001 Arapahoe Avenue at the South Library entrance; please note: you must pay for parking if you stay in the lots 90+ minutes; look for the parking pay machines in each lot; the downtown Boulder bus station is also just a few blocks away)
  • Seating is limited to 201 people, first-come, first-served (no tickets or RSVPs). Please arrive before 2 p.m. for seating before the film starts.
  • The film is 2 hours long and Mr. Estevez will also likely speak/answer questions, as he wants to spend time with library workers after being inspired by this film role.

See you all there!

Grant/ Assistance Funding Opportunities:

Support for Innovative Programs Serving Colorado Seniors: NextFifty Initiative

NextFifty Initiative is dedicated to funding mission-driven, innovative programs that improve community services for those age 50 and older, including adults with disabilities, and their caretakers. The majority of funded programs will directly serve the people of Colorado. Grants are provided to nonprofit organizations and government agencies that are working to improve the lives of the current aging population and dedicated to crafting an exciting future for aging. NextFifty Initiative is also interested in projects that target the most vulnerable in the aging sector, including low-income individuals, ethnic and racial minorities, the homeless, and LGBT communities. The upcoming grant application deadline is February 28, 2019.

Visit the NextFifty Initiative website to review the funding guidelines and submit an online application.

Funds Available for Native American Libraries: Institute of Museum and Library Services

The Native American Library Services: Basic Grants program provides support for existing library operations and to maintain core library services. Support is also available to enhance efforts to recruit future professionals to the field of library and information services. The application deadline is April 1, 2019.

CHNC New Content Support Program:  

The Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection (CHNC) is excited to announce that the 2019 program to support the addition of new historic news in the CHNC is now open for applications.  The Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection New Content Support Program for newspaper digitization is designed to help cultural heritage organizations across our state increase online access to historic community news through the CHNC.

Libraries Making News:

Learning for Everyone:

The 2019 CATS Winter Workshop will be held on Monday, February 4th 2019 at Library 21C 1175 Chapel Hills Dr. Colorado Springs, CO 80920 from 9-4.

The Colorado Council of the International Reading Association (CCIRA) Conference will be at the Denver Marriott Tech Center February 6 – 9, 2019. CCIRA collaboratively encourages, supports, and advances literacy through research-based instructional practices to increase literacy access to all.

Conference on Inclusive Education:  February 14 – February 15 – PEAK Parent Center’s annual Conference on Inclusive Education is an excellent professional and personal development opportunity for EVERY PERSON involved in the education and inclusion of diverse learners. Family members, youth, self-advocates, general and special education teachers, school administrators, college students and other professionals are all encouraged to attend!

Teacher-Librarian Day 2019:  February 15 @ 7:30 am – 3:30 pm – The day consists of a suite of short, carefully prepared talks, demonstrations, and performances on a varying range of subjects to foster learning, inspiration, and wonder – and to provoke conversations that matter. The 2019 theme is Voices; recognizing every voice and developing these skills in our students through primary sources as windows of the past help our communities to become more civically minded, thoughtful, and curious.

CSL In Session:

  • Tear Down This Wall: Find & Remove Barriers to Library Use:  February 20 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm – While your library is ADA compliant and welcomes all, there may be hidden barriers for some in your community that hinder them from using your library.  Join us for this interactive session to discuss how to find out who isn’t coming to your library and why, and talk through strategies for breaking down road blocks that some members of your community have to enable them to become more active library patrons.
  • Helping Patrons with Legal Questions: Part 1 – Legal Research Basics:  February 21 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm – This first webinar in a series of three presented by the Colorado Association of Law Libraries and the Colorado State Library will address aspects of providing legal research services to patrons.  In this session, attendees will learn the following: what are the basic concepts involved in legal research; how to conduct a legal reference interview; and where to refer patrons in order to find forms and legal clinics.  This session will provide attendees with a basic overview of these concepts.  Sessions two and three will delve more into where to locate free legal research resources.

Social Justice & Public Libraries Symposium:  February 25 – February 26 – The Public Library Association is hosting this regional symposium on equity, diversity, inclusion, and social justice for public libraries in Denver. During this one-and-a-half-day symposium we will explore how power and privilege operate inter-personally and institutionally; identify how oppression shows up in our communities and libraries; and learn about historical and contemporary social justice movements. Participants will hear from libraries putting equity into practice, develop regional connections, and create local action plans to advance equity and social justice in our organizations and communities.  The symposium agenda and registration are available at:

Free online CE for Library professionals and paraprofessionals:  Once again – our Wyoming counterpart has stepped up to the plate – swung – and hit it out of the park with their aggregated list of free CE opportunities.  Thank you Wyoming State Library for being the best in the west!  Check out the list of amazing free opportunities here.

Save the date and plan a weekend in beautiful Steamboat Springs this summer:  The Colorado Reference Service Group has a date for a summer meet up. The meeting will take place on Friday, August 9th, at Bud Werner Memorial Library, Steamboat Springs. More details to follow. Save the date and plan a weekend in beautiful Steamboat Springs this summer.

CLiC Spring Workshops:  The CLiC Spring Workshops are just around the corner and registration is open now.   The dates and locations for 2019 are: Grand Junction: March 21 & 22 @ Colorado Mesa University Fort Morgan: March 29 @ Fort Morgan High SchoolPueblo: April 15 & 16 @ CSU-Pueblo

Library Creation and Learning Website:  Do you make use of the Library Creation and Learning website?  Well you should!  This site, developed by the Colorado State Library, is your portal to library continuing education opportunities and information.  At the site you will find:

  • Online courses
  • Training information and curriculum for both staff and the public
  • Library Makerspaces
  • Software and hardware information
  • Information about library customer service, intellectual freedom, privacy and confidentiality, and professional ethics.

Please contact Christine Kreger with any questions you may have or recommendations for content.  We would love to hear from you.

Talk about Awesome:

Poudre River Library District:

  • Great Decisions — Topic 1: Refugees and Global Migration: TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 05, 2019.  7:00 PM – 8:30 PM Old Town Library, Large Meeting Room Combo – Today, no countries have open borders. Every state in today’s global system has its own laws and policies about who is permitted to cross its borders, and how they will do so. Who determines whether someone is a refugee or a migrant? How have different countries, including the United States, reacted to migration? How effective are the international laws, policies and organizations that have evolved to assist and protect refugees and migrants?More about this Foreign Policy Association program is at
  • Part 1: Selecting the Audit Service and Provider Right for Your Nonprofit: WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 06, 20193:00 PM – 4:30 PM Harmony Library, Community Room (H)  – Join Nonprofit CPA, Chyla Graham for the first in a three-part series on audits for your nonprofit.Part 1 will examine the different types of attest (audit-type) services and what may serve your organization best. Once you know what type of services you need it’s easier to ask for it and determine who can best provide the level of service necessary. Takeaways:1. Different types of attest services – How to decide which one is right for you.2. What questions should you ask the prospective auditor?3. What should you ask their references?

Douglas County Libraries:

  • Steve Berry – Author Visit:  Tuesday, March 5th at 6:30pm at Douglas County Libraries in Parker has NYT bestselling author Steve Berry coming to talk about his book The Malta Exchange which hits the selves that day. Books will be sold at the event.
  • Lisa See – Author Visit”  Saturday, March 9th at 7pm at Douglas County Libraries in Castle Rock has NYT bestselling author Lisa See who will talk about her new book The Islands of Sea Women. Books will be sold at the event.
  • Kirk W. Johnson  – Author Visit:  Tuesday, June 25th at 6:30pm at Douglas County Libraries in Highlands Ranch has Kirk W. Johnson who will talk about The Feather Thief, one of the most notable nonfiction, true crime books of 2018.

For all events, please register at, click Library Events and then Authors & Events.

Boulder Public Library:

  • History Lecture with Dr. Andrés Reséndez.  Thursday, Feb. 7, 5 – 6:30 p.m., Canyon Theater:  Since the time of Columbus, Indian slavery was illegal in the Americas. Yet, as Andrés Reséndez illuminates in his myth-shattering book, The Other Slavery, the subject of this year’s Athearn Lecture, it was practiced for centuries as an open secret. Andrés Reséndez is an award-winning historian and author specializing in colonial Latin America, borderlands, and the Iberian world. His most recent book, The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Slavery in America (2016), won the Bancroft Prize in American History and was a finalist for a National Book Award in Nonfiction. The History Department at CU Boulder is proud to partner with the Boulder Public Library to present the 30th Athearn Lecture in Western History. Reception and book-signing to follow the talk.

Eagle Valley Library District:

High Country Speaker Series presentsWildlife in the Rocky Mountains: The hidden stories of conservation, recreation, and sharing our communities with charismatic fauna. Join the Eagle Valley Library District and Walking Mountains Science Center in welcoming a variety of experts and authors for a conversation about the interesting intersection between humans and wildlife. For more information please visit  HCSS events aim to encourage environmental awareness, inspire positive relationships with the natural world and create thought provoking dialogue in our community through FREE dynamic programming.

High Country Speaker Series Schedule:

  • Walking Mountains Science Center Thursday, February 7 @ 5:30pm Rick Spitzer – Wildlife in Eagle County
  • Avon Public Library Tuesday, February 12 @ 5:30pm Tom Griffin – Bear Basics from McNeil River, Alaska
  • Avon Public Library Tuesday, March 5 @ 5:30pm Bill Andree – Elk of Eagle County
  • Walking Mountains Science Center Wednesday, March 13 @ 5:30pm Carter Niemeyer – Wolf Land

Weekly Vocabulary Word:

I often find that I come across interesting words that have fallen out of common use in the English language – but that deserve to be pulled back into the light at least once more.  So – going forward, we will give these lost words a bit of sunlight here in the grab bag.   I challenge you to find a use for this weeks word… well – I challenge you to even be able to pronounce it.

floccinaucinihilipilification: noun RARE

  1. the action or habit of estimating something as worthless.  Often cited as the longest non-technical word in the English language, being one letter longer than the commonly cited antidisestablishmentarianism.

What’s New at the Colorado State Library

Plains to Peaks Collective Grows (I know this is a repeat from last week – but we are pretty darn proud of it.)

The Colorado State Library and the Plains to Peaks Collective (PPC) are excited to announce that our partners have recently shared new historic collections with the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA).  The PPC partners now offer 181,001 items for research and discovery through the DPLA.

With this second collection of items, the PPC welcomes new partners: American Alpine Club; University of Colorado, Art Museum; University of Wyoming, Art Museum; Mountain Scholar with collections from Colorado State University Libraries; University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Strauss Health Sciences Library and University of Colorado Colorado Springs, Kraemer Family Library.  Check out this link to see what is there.

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.

Have a great weekend everyone! This post is part of the Spotlight on Sharing initiative, which aims to increase the visibility of resource sharing in Colorado libraries.   Whats going on at your library?  Let us know what you want to share!  Email Regan Harper,  Also, be sure to follow Colorado State Library on Twitter and Facebook.