Friday Grab Bag, January 15, 2021

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!

Watch Parties

To start the new year, Pitkin County Library hosts Monthly Monday Movie Night on January 25 from 4:00-6:00 pm featuring His Girl Friday, a 1940’s screwball comedy starring Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell about a newspaper editor’s attempt to stop his ex-wife/star reporter from remarrying. Check out the IMDb page and trailer for the film and then hop on Zoom for the screening. Registration required, sign up HERE.

Bud Werner Public Library’s Foreign Film Series continues with Neruda, featuring a policeman chasing Pablo Neruda, perhaps the most important poet of the 20th century and a hugely influential political figure. Playfully confounding expectations at every turn, the film offers a startling rumination on the split between the person and persona, the man and the artist. Screens in Spanish with English subtitles / Age restricted 18+. Stream the 108-minute film at the link below. Log on to Kanopy to watch for free with your library card.

On January 23 at 11:30 am Denver Public Library hosts Saturday Matinee: Walter Chaw and Aislinn Clarke Talk The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, 1964. Set in the French Port city of Cherbourg, the movie deals with tragic love but avoids sentimentality and professes a great awareness of its characters and life. Watch the film on Kanopy and then join film critic Walter Chaw and director Aislinn Clarke for a discussion.

Adults are invited to join Arapahoe Libraries for LGBT+ Movie Discussion: Suicide Kale on January 21 from 6:30-8:00 pm. Watch the film on Kanopy and then take part in a guided discussion about this darkly funny indie flick about two seemingly happy lesbian couples and a disturbing discovery…

Durango Public Library invites all ages to 9to5: The Story of a Movement National IL Pop-Up on January 26 from 5:00-6:30 pm. When Dolly Parton sang “9 to 5,” she was doing more than just shining a light on the fate of American working women, whose goals were simple—better pay, more advancement opportunities and an end to sexual harassment—but their unconventional approach attracted the press and shamed their bosses into change. Featuring interviews with 9to5’s founders, as well as actor and activist Jane Fonda, 9to5: The Story of a Movement is the previously untold story of the fight that inspired a hit and changed the American workplace.

Grants & Funding

Grants Enhance School Libraries Serving Disadvantaged Students
The Snapdragon Book Foundation seeks to foster children’s literacy by providing support to school libraries serving disadvantaged children. Grants are awarded to public, private, and experimental pre-K-12 schools throughout the United States. In a time when many schools are reallocating their funds to technology and audiovisual equipment, the Foundation hopes to make sure that school libraries are still offering children good books to read. Grants typically range from $2,500 to $10,000. The application deadline is February 14, 2021. Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about the application process and review the FAQs.

 Peggy Barber Tribute Grant
The Peggy Barber Tribute Grant is an annual grant of the American Library Association (ALA) that recognizes, promotes, and supports meaningful programs in libraries that have limited and/or no access to budgetary support for programming. Up to three grants of $2,500 will be awarded annually. Applications for the 2021 award will be accepted through February 5, 2021.


Mesa County Libraries invites kids ages 6-11 to Build an Anemometer – Learn How to Predict the Weather. Build an anemometer with cups and straws to measure wind speed and help predict the weather! This take and make kit is available February 5-18 while supplies last.

Learn about how animations work and where the .gif came from with Summit County Libraries’ Junior Take-and-Make Craft: Phenakistiscopes. The phenakistoscope, an early animation toy, is simple yet effective. The surface of a circular disk is divided into several wedges of equal size—each of which contained one frame of a simple animation loop. Supplies are available for pickup February 1- 27 at each branch.

Phenakistoscopes (1832). Courtesy Crow Quill Studio.

Museums & Libraries in the News

Papers offer Delta County treasures | Montrose Daily Press
Thanks to the efforts of the Surface Creek Valley Historical Society, every issue of The Surface Creek Champion is now available via the Colorado Historic Newspaper Collection.

The Mindful Path – Resilience | My Primetime News
Colorado libraries are offering a variety of free classes to help us recover from the setbacks and challenges of 2020.

Pueblo City-County Library District earns five star award from national publication | The Pueblo Chieftan
PuebloCity-County Library District has earned the distinction of Five Star Library from Library Journal for its work in 2020. Congrats!

Denver museums, stages, movie theaters reopening amid new Level Orange status | The Know
Thanks to changes in the state’s color-coded COVID-19 dial this week, metro-area performing arts companies can return to indoor stages to perform and rehearse — albeit without audiences, and with permission from the Colorado Department of Health.

Learning for All

Consumer Health Collection Management – On demand
This course, from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) reviews collection management principles and resources for health-related collections in public libraries. Watch a recorded presentation and complete 2 assignments to evaluate your own library’s health collection and consider how you can improve your health-related materials to better serve your community. This class includes a downloadable list of authoritative health information resources in both .html and .docx formats that you can customize for your library.

Connecting to Collections Care – On Demand
Explore collections care topics through five self-study courses from the Foundation for Advancement in Conservation (FAIC). Available topics include: Preservation Methods and Materials for Exhibitions, Collections Management for Smaller Institutions, Planning Your RE-ORG Project, Making the Most of Your Assessment, Cleaning the Museum Without Damage.

What’s New at the Colorado State Library

Learning Opportunities

SAVE THE DATE FOR: Growing Readers Together in 2021

  • January 19 @ 12:00 pm
  • Free, no registration required!
  • Join Online

Virtual Learning for Library Trustees
There are plenty of opportunities for library trustee learning in early 2021 and we’ve rounded up a few for January-March.

Free Online Training Opportunities for January
With the new year come some exciting (FREE) training opportunities for January!

Colorado Virtual Library

CHNC Support for Newspaper Digitization is Back!
We have funding opportunities to help increase free online access to historic community news!

State Publications Blog

Library Research Service

RIPL Data Boot Camp Webinar Series
Spend the winter with RIPL and their Data Boot Camp Series and get your library’s data into shape!

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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