Friday Grab Bag, January 18, 2019

This week we have a number of "libraries are great" pieces from non librarians scattered throughout. We know libraries rock... but it is nice to hear others think so as well.

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!  

This American Life:

The Room of Requirement:  “Libraries aren’t just for books. They’re often spaces that transform into what you need them to be: a classroom, a cyber café, a place to find answers, a quiet spot to be alone. It’s actually kind of magical. This week, we have stories of people who roam the stacks and find unexpected things that just happen to be exactly what they required.”  It is a lovely listen – check it out!

Grant/ Assistance Funding Opportunities:

Book Award Program

This is a nonmonetary grant from First Book. The award provides books and ebooks for children from birth to age 18. Cycle 1 due date is February 15, 2019.

From the RFP: “First Book is announcing a rare and exciting opportunity that will allow us to get more than 1.5 million free books and eBooks to kids in need across communities in your state. Through this competitive RFP process, eligible applicants will be selected to receive OMG Books awards to help you infuse your state or community with thousands of brand new books and eBooks for children from birth to age 18.”

CLIR Invites Applications for 2019 Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives Award:

The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) is now accepting applications for 2019 Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives awards. The national competition, funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, supports digitizing collections of rare and unique content in collecting institutions.

Grants of between $50,000 and $250,000 for a single-institution project, or between $50,000 and $500,000 for a collaborative project, may be sought for projects beginning between January 1 and June 1, 2020.  For more information click here.

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:

Mesa County Libraries: 

  • The Daily Sentinel – Four vying for seat on library board
  • The Daily Sentinel- Commissioners hire Landmeier to library board

Grand County Library District:  SKY-HI News – Library Corner: Story Time at Your Local Libraries

Clear View & High Plains Library Districts:  The Tribune (Greeley) – From ‘Minecraft’ to ‘Mission: Impossible,” here’s what people checked out from northern Colorado libraries in 2018

Pikes Peak Library District: 

Learning for Everyone:

New Module from PA Digital: Copyright for Archival Newspapers

PA Digital is pleased to release a new module on Copyright for Archival Newspapers, available now at their website,

Presented by Will Echevarria from the Free Library of Philadelphia, this module covers copyright issues as they apply to archived newspapers. This module is available in both English and Spanish translations:

The Hiring Process from Both Ends:Seeking a Job and Hiring Talented People

Please join the LLAMA Practical and Applied Management Committee on Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at 10 a.m. Mountain Time for “Practical Management or Practical Magic?,” a lively discussion on both looking for a new managerial job and finding the best candidate for your team.  This discussion is part of their Supervisory Conversation series, in which they strive to offer a synchronous forum for all interested participants–regardless of membership status in ALA or position in a library.  THe  featured moderators are Tim Gritten, Executive Director of the Library at Texas A&M University-San Antonio, and Heather Lowe, Adult Services Administrator at the Dallas Public Library.  This event is open to everyone; no membership in an association required.

Join the webinar on January 30:    

Submit specific questions/scenarios in advance for the speakers to address in the webinar: 

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 

  • For more information and to register:
  • Apply for a scholarship here: 
  • Questions?  Just ask at

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.

For Fun:

Denver Public Library is hosting a series titled Get Lit Pop Up Book Club, with the tagline – Want to join a book club but hate to miss happy hour? The first event will be on January 31, 6:30-8 p.m. at Declaration Brewing, and the book to be discussed is John Hickenlooper’s The Opposite of Woe: My Life in Beer and Politics. Special guest and author of Colorado Excursions with History, Hikes and Hops Ed Sealover will be joining us to give some perspective from his eight years of covering Hickenlooper for the Denver Business Journal. The second event is scheduled for April 25, 6:30-8 p,m. at Denver Distillery, and features cocktails and crime. The title for discussion is The Thin Man, and authors from Colorado Sisters in Crime will be joining in as well. Future sites includes a winery and a cidery!

What’s New at the Colorado State Library

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 Regan Harper,  Also, be sure to follow Colorado State Library on Twitter and Facebook.