Friday Grab Bag, February 28, 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!

The Dr. (Seuss) is In

“Think and wonder, wonder and think.” Celebrate the one and only Dr. Seuss’ birthday with High Plains Library District’s Seuss-A-Cadabra on March 2 from 6:30-7:30 pm.This special show featuring Master Magician Mark Strivings is a ton of fun for the entire family!

Area children celebrate the birthday of Dr. Seuss [Courtesy Louisville Times, Volume 87, Number 10, March 7, 2001. Accessed via the Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection.]
Join Mesa County Libraries for the Cat in the Hat Puppet Show on February 29 at 10:00 am, or March 1 at 2:00 pm.

With the help of the cat

this show is planned.

I can promise one thing,

It could never be bland.

He’s bringing his friends Thing 1 and Thing 2! But, he’s also inviting you too!

Oh, you could not, would you not want to miss a puppet show as fun as this!

Vail Public Library celebrates Read Across America with a Dr. Seuss Birthday Party on March 6 from 3:00-5:00 pm. Enjoy buddy reading and create whimsical sculptures inspired by Dr. Seuss’ books and characters. And there will be cake!  RSVP always appreciated, but not required. Call 970-479-2187 to RSVP.

Learning for All

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.

Time is running out to apply for the 2020-21 Colorado Association of Libraries Leadership Institute (aka CALLI). Click HERE for application details and to apply. Applications are due March 16, 2020.

 CATS (Children and Teen Services)*Spring* Workshop (*formerly Winter*) | May 11 from 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
The CATS Spring Workshop is a full day workshop with break-out sessions presented by youth services professionals from all parts of Colorado.  Registration includes coffee and tea in the morning and a boxed lunch.

Museums & Libraries in the News

Mr. Wilkinson goes to Washington | Aspen Daily Times
Once again, President Trump’s proposed federal budget for 2021 would eliminate funding for the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Pitkin County Board of trustees President John Wilkinson will travel to Washington D.C, along with State Librarian Nicolle Davies, to persuade Colorado’s congress member to vote against the budget proposal.

Most school books don’t reflect diverse characters. This Denver librarian is trying to change that. | Chalkbeat
Denver school librarian Julia Torres and three other educators of color founded a grassroot effort called Disrupt Texts, which aims to make traditional school reading lists and curriculum more inclusive and equitable.

New pass offers Pikes Peak Library District patrons free access to Colorado Springs museums, sites | The Gazette
Pikes Peak Library District’s new Pikes Peak Culture Pass will allow patrons to register online for free admission to seven museums and sites in El Paso County

Kudos, Colorado!

Pueblo Library receives national award | The Pueblo Chieftan
Pueblo City-County Library District was among nine libraries in Colorado to receive the Star Library Award, a national recognition from the Library Journal this year.With three stars, Pueblo City-County Library District joins Douglas County Libraries, Mancos Library District, Pikes Peak Library District, Ridgeway Public Library District and Rocky Ford Public Library. Arapahoe Library District was awarded a four-star rating. La Veta Regional Library District and San Miguel Library District received five stars. Congrats to all!

Three Colorado institutions were awarded travel assistance to attend a one-day pre-conference workshop for Libraries Transforming Communities: Facilitation Skills for Small and Rural Libraries at ALA Annual in June. Congrats to Garfield County Public Library District, Lake County Public Library, and Lamar Community College

Pick ‘n’ Mix

Join Lyons Regional Library for a presentation by local author Dorje Dolma, as she discusses her memoir, Yak Girl on March 13 from 6:00-7:00 pm.. The book immerses us in the fascinating story of a spirited girl in a remote, undeveloped region of Nepal near the border of Tibet. Life above 13,000 feet in Upper Dolpo—often called the last paradise because of its untouched beauty —was one of constant risk and harsh survival.

Was the moon landing faked? What happened at Jonestown? Are there reptilian overlords living under DIA? Discuss these topics and many more at Aurora Public Library’s Mysteries of History. Coming up March 5 at 4:00 pm, the Heaven’s Gate Cult, followed by the Winchester Mystery House on April 2.

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

They’re Collecting What?: Reading Vendor Privacy Policies With an Eye to Privacy Concerns

  • March 10 @ 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!

Colorado Virtual Library

Learning Edge: February 2020 #2
The Learning Edge February 2020 #2 rounds up professional learning events, digital learning resources, and news from the education field.

Growing Readers Together: Quick Bites Webinar Series Returns in April
In addition to milder weather, spring brings the return of our Growing Readers Together Quick Bites Webinar Series!

Read Across America 2020
Each year on March 2nd, Read Across America Day is celebrated in schools in honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday.

State Publications Library

Library Related Employment:

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

Montrose Regional Library is seeking a Head of Adult Services that is passionate about providing exceptional service to the community. If this sounds like you, send your resume and cover letter to:

Paul Paladino, Director
Montrose Regional Library District
320 S. 2nd St.
Montrose CO  81401

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

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