Friday Grab Bag, February 22, 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!

Before we dive in I wanted to introduce myself. I am Marisa Wood, newly minted Statewide Collaborative Programming Coordinator here at the State Library, and I will be taking over Friday Grab Bag writing and curating duties from Regan Harper beginning today. I would love to know what’s happening at your library, so email me at with news, events, and celebrations for inclusion in upcoming posts.

Hands on Fun

Join Eagle Valley Library District for interactive Live Pac-MAN! Defeat ghosts and conquer the maze on February 26 from 6:00pm-7:00pm at the Avon Public Library.

Arapahoe Libraries and the Museo de las Americas invite tweens ages 9-12 to craft and learn about the colorful culture of Guatemala and Guatemalan Worry Dolls from 7:00pm-8:00pm on February 26. Explore the legend of the worry doll and “huipils,” a brightly-colored, hand-woven garment worn by women. Create your own worry doll to take home! Register Online.

It may not feel like spring yet, but reader, these Ukulele events sound like a day at the beach!

The High Plains Library District welcomes all ages to Family Fun Saturday: Ukulele. Learn to play the ukulele at Lincoln Park Library in Greeley on March 2, from 2:00pm-4:00pm.

Have a Ukulele? Ages 13+ are invited to the Jefferson County Public Library’s Ukulele Thursdays (the 3rd Thursday of each month) for an informal opportunity to meet other ukulele enthusiasts and strum a few songs together.  Next event takes place on March 21 from 6:00pm-7:00pm at the Columbine Library.

Finally, the Bud Werner Memorial Library hosts multiple weekly events with the Steamboat Uke Jammers.

  • Mondays: Early Bird Practice at 11:30am, followed by the  Lunchtime Jamboree from noon-1:00pm. *Note that there will be no jamming on March 18.
  • Fridays: Happy Hour Jamboree from 4:30-6:00 pm.

Don’t have an instrument? Borrow a Ukulele!

If everyone played the ukulele, the world would be a better place. Jake Shimabukuro

Interested in hosting a ukulele event of your own? The Colorado State Library offers a Ukulele Kit that includes 8 ukuleles and supporting material that can used by library staff who may know next to nothing about music themselves.  Staff can use their preparation time to learn the basics, or find a musician in their community to teach a program.

Libraries and Museums in the News

Don’t miss the Craig Press piece on how the Museum of Northwest Colorado has seen a major boost in social media engagement through their weekly “Museum Monday” research feature on Facebook, which offers an in-depth look at some of Moffat County’s most interesting historical facts.

Happy 25th to the Grand County Library District! Read about the evolution here: Library Corner: 25 years as Grand County Library District

This week, AspenCat welcomed the Heginbotham Holyoke Library to its membership on February 19th. Congratulations to director Kathy Bornhoft and the rest of the library staff on the successful transition.

Learning for Everyone

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

Weekly Vocabulary Word

Regan’s husband suggested this week’s word.  He is an astrophysicist, and this word comes up often in his world.

Pareidolia the tendency to perceive a specific, often meaningful image in a random or ambiguous visual pattern.  The scientific explanation for the human ability to see shapes or make pictures out of randomness. Think of the Rorschach inkblot test. Or seeing images in clouds.

I don’t know about you – but it sure looks like Godzilla is heading towards land in this one.  Yikes.

What’s New at the Colorado State Library

Learning Opportunities

Colorado Virtual Library Blog:

The CHNC is Celebrating Black History Month!

Babi sings the praises of a free tool that can replace expensive diagramming software.

Colorado State Publications Blog:

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. 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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