Spotlight on Sharing: Friday Grab Bag, January 6, 2017

Friday Grab Bag 1.6.17Friday Grab Bag is a weekly Spotlight on Sharing series that highlights fun, unique, and interesting activities and news in Colorado libraries. Let’s open the Grab Bag!

Traveling Near and Far

Bud Werner Memorial Library presents Meet David Moffat: A Time-Traveling History Talk on Wednesday, January 18 at 6:30 pm. “Through a first-person Chautauqua-style monologue, storyteller and performer Dave Naples, as David Moffat, reveals the multimillionaire Moffat’s major contributions to Colorado’s development.” This event will be perfect for those interested in local history, railroads, and famous Coloradans.

As part of their Armchair Travelers series, Mesa County Libraries presents Exploring France with Janice Shepherd on Monday, January 9 at 6:30 pm. Learn about the people, food, and hidden gems of France as Janice shares pictures and stories from her travels.

In the High Country Speaker Series at Eagle Valley Library District, Jon Waterman will present A Century of Changing Rivers, January 10 at 5:00 pm. The monthly series, now in its 15th year, is in partnership with Walking Mountains Science Center.

Reading and Literacy

I comes before E (except after C) at the Carnegie Library in Trinidad. On January 27 at 5:30 pm the library is holding an Adult Spelling Bee, so get your vowels ready.

Basalt Regional Library’s Teen Department was recently selected to be one of YALSA’s Teens’ Top Ten Book Clubs! Teens in middle and high school have the opportunity to read advanced copies of new novels and give their feedback to publishers. What a fun opportunity!

Durango Public Library’s non-traditional book club, Books and Brews, meets on Monday, January 23 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm at Animas Brewing. In this book club members don’t have to read the same book; they can discuss any books that strike their fancy.

Douglas County Libraries wants you to expand your reading horizons by taking their 2017 Reading Challenge. Download the printable worksheet from their website, read a book that fits into each of the 12 categories, then return the completed worksheet to the library to be entered into a prize drawing. DCL staff members are working to compile recommendations for each category, but you can read whatever you’d like.

All the Technology!

Did Santa bring you a new tablet or smartphone this year? Learn how to use it to download eBooks, audiobooks, and movies from the library. Poudre Valley Public Library District is offering a hands-on class this Saturday, January 7, 2017 from 10:00 to 11:30 am. Bring your device and your library card number.

Ignacio Community Library has a fun new project for their Makerspace. On January 11 and 14, learn how to make and launch model rockets.

Basalt Regional Library now has a Telescope Lending Program. Patrons can check out the Orion Starblast Telescope for one week—perfect for stargazing adventures any time of year. Their website has all the details, plus a how-to video.

Get Your Craft On

Learn to make winter flowers, snowflakes, party favors, and a compass rose—all from paper—this Sunday, January 8 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at the James LaRue Library in Douglas County. See the event details.

Ruby Sisson Memorial Library invites patrons of all ages to participate in Coloring and Zentangles this Saturday, January 7 from 3:00 to 4:00 pm. No need to bring a comb—these “tangles” are interlocking designs that are easy to learn and meditative to draw.

Adulting 101

Back by popular demand: Gunnison County Libraries is hosting a Vision Board Party on Thursday, January 12 at 7:00 pm. This is an opportunity to create a visual representation of your goals for the year. Their events calendar has all the details, including how to register.

Lyons Regional Library is one of several libraries participating in Common Cents for Colorado, a program to help you reach your financial goals. Get a fresh start on your financial planning this Wednesday, January 11, 2017 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. All attendees will be entered to win a Moleskine notebook.

What’s New at the Colorado State Library

LRS recently published their report on the 2016 One Book for Colorado Campaign. Over 75,000 4-year-olds in Colorado received a free copy of the 2016 OB4CO title, Giraffes Can’t Dance. LRS surveyed caregivers and participating agencies to learn more about the impact of this year’s OB4CO program on Colorado’s children. Read the results and see their Fast Facts Report online.

Arian has added some new titles to the Book Club Resource. Learn more on Colorado Virtual Library.

Christine announced that CSL has added information and resources about Community Engagement to the Library Learning and Creation website! Like what you see? Check out the other topic areas.


This post is part of the Spotlight on Sharing initiative, which aims to increase the visibility of resource sharing in Colorado libraries. How is your library sharing? We’d love to hear about it! Email Amy Hitcher, ahitchner@coloradovirtuallibrary.org. On Twitter follow @hitchlib and use the hashtag #spotlightonsharing.

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