Friday Grab Bag, February 21, 2020

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!

Library Giving Day

Library Giving Day started in 2017 as an idea from the Seattle Public Library Foundation to create a national day of giving that public libraries would rally around and that the public would embrace. This one-day fundraising event encourages people who depend on and enjoy public libraries to donate to their individual library system. And in turn, that support will go toward the incredible programs, services and materials provided by local libraries all over the country. The day to celebrate #LibraryGivingDay is April 23, 2020. Join the movement, download the campaign tools and start planning.


Longmont Public Library hosts ¡Lotería Mexicana!, a traditional Mexican bingo night for the whole family, on March 1 from 2:00-3:00 pm. Use chocolate for “money,” and a chance to win prizes include bilingual books and treats from local Mexican markets. This is a bilingual, family event — all ages are welcome, and no registration is required.

Join Clearview Library District for Family BINGO Night! Bring a sack dinner, and enjoy provided snacks. Play BINGO, and win prizes with family and friends. This is a free family event for all ages. No registration is required. Please contact Casey for more information at

Everyone is invited to come and Juguemos Lotería/Play Loteria with High Plains Library District on March 10 from 5:00-6:00 pm! Come learn a game that has been played for hundreds of years while having the chance to win prizes and try different snacks. Free, and no registration required.

Bingo Action. [Courtesy Douglas County News-Press, Volume 93, Number 124, February 27, 1985. Accessed via the Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection.]

Open Education Week

Join the state of Colorado to celebrate the global Open Education Movement during Open Education Week, March 2-6. Colorado will hold its own week of programming to raise awareness about the movement and its impact on teaching and learning worldwide.

At the Academy

Fredrick Douglass, Anna Julia Cooper honored in Morgan Library | The Collegian
The legacies of Frederick Douglass and other African American scholars were honored in a celebration at CSU’s Morgan Library on February 14 in celebration of Black History Month, and their preserved works were read and transcribed in an effort to make them more accessible online.

Colorado Christian University presents a retrospective Billy Graham Exhibit through June, 2020. Graham preached to 215 million people in 185 countries during a career spanning almost six decades.  He preached in Denver in 1965 and 1987. William Franklin “Billy” Graham Jr. (1918 – 2018) was the most widely heard evangelist of modern times, an influential international ambassador for Christianity and “America’s pastor.”

Serious Play

Do you have cabin fever? If you are looking for an indoor activity for the whole family this winter, then save the date for Lanes & Links at Ruby M. Sisson Memorial Library on February 23 from 1:00-4:00 pm. The library will be transformed for one day only into a miniature golf and bowling center. Entry to the event is $10 per person or $30 per family. All net proceeds from the event will support library programs and resources.

Join Basalt Regional Library after school for their first vintage game event – a Nintendo 64 Mario Kart tournament! Face off against your friends on March 18 from 2:30-4:30 pm in with this classic 1997 racing video game – be careful to avoid the turtle shells and banana peels! Snacks provided and prizes awarded. To ensure your spot in the tournament, pre-register by stopping by the library or calling Teen Services Coordinator, Kristen Doyle at 970-927-4311 ext 1004.

Kids are invited to Delta Library for a Bucket Band Drum Class led by a local percussionist on February 26 from 4:00-5:00 pm.  Participants will explore basic rhythm patterns and play a variety of drums and other percussion instruments including bucket drums, boomwhackers, drum pads, and more!  The target age is 3rd-5th graders, but all ages are welcome.

Gunnison County Libraries hosts a Family Game Night on February 25 from 5:30-7:00 pm. Come learn a new game, or play an old favorite with someone new. Games for all ages will be available, and there will be pizza!

Learning for All

Finding and Serving Hidden Patrons | February 26 @ 8:00 am MDT
How do you serve people in your community who are unable get in to your library?  How do you find those people? What kind of programs or services could be offered to them? These questions plague libraries everywhere. Learn how we identified our target patron groups, partnered with community agencies to identify patrons, young and not so young, who would benefit from outreach programming.

The Portfolio Process: Capturing and Documenting Your Workplace Learning | March 11 @ 12:00 pm MDT
Career portfolios document evidence that you’ve learned and mastered skills in your workplace, in continuing education, and in formal classrooms. How evidence is documented might be dictated by institutional guidelines. You can create portfolios to earn college credit, record workplace success for evaluations, and present your independent learning and accomplishments to a future employer.

Museums & Libraries in the News

Louisville Library eliminates late fees for kids’, youth materials | Colorado Hometown Weekly
In an effort to make the Louisville Library more inclusive for all its residents, visitors will no longer be charged for overdue fines on youth and kid items.

Skeptical council questions library district, with eye on Boulder control | Boulder Beat
A recent study session saw new and existing Boulder City Council members pepper staff and consultants with specific questions that belied a sense of unease about relinquishing control of $30 million in city assets through the creation of a special library district to fund the Boulder Public Library.

What’s New at the Colorado State Library

Learning Opportunities

Library Patron Data and Privacy: Privacy-Centered Library Vendor Management

  • March 3  @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Free – no registration required!
  • Join online

Upcoming (FREE) Workshop: Teen Development and Connected Learning in Libraries

  • March 18, 12:00-4:30 @ Mesa County Libraries in Grand Junction
  • Free – but you need to REGISTER by March 11
  • Also, free lunch!

Registration for CATS *Spring* Workshop (*formerly Winter*)

  • May 11, 9:00-4:30 @ Library 21c in Colorado Springs
  • $55 for CAL Members, $65 for Non-Members – Click Here to Register
  • Includes coffee/tea and boxed lunch

Colorado Virtual Library

Good Governance: By the Bylaws
We’ve got resources to help boards revise or adopt bylaws, which are required by Colorado in order to regulate the way boards function and provide good governance for the public library.

Trustee Corner – February 2020
The Trustee Corner is a monthly series featuring information of interest to public library boards.

Computer Science in Colorado
We’ve rounded up a selection of Computer Science resources including Colorado Standards, professional learning opportunities, and ideas for student learning at your school.

State Publications Library

Library Related Employment:

Are you thinking of making a change in your job? Check out Library Jobline for hot new library employment opportunities.

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