Friday Grab Bag, July 16, 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!

Professional Engagement

Calling all small-town librarians! CLiC & Connect – CO Rural Libraries is a Facebook page open to all library workers or library students who want to share or learn about the small, rural library experience. Ask questions, post ideas, or just vent! Find it by searching for “CLiC & Connect – CO Rural Libraries” on Facebook, or use this link:

Are you looking for free and discounted professional development, scholarships, networking and opportunities to connect with other library professionals in the state virtually and in person? That can all be yours when you join the Colorado Association of Libraries (CAL) or renew your membership! Additionally, CAL Members can watch out for weekly CAL emails with reminders about upcoming webinars, renewal reminders, resources and other important information.Don’t wait! Join or renew your membership today at:

In Person & Out of Doors

Durango’s San Juan Angler fly fishing shop is hosting a FREE Fly Fishing 101 class at the Pine River Library on July 24 from 10:00-11:30 am. The mission is to introduce as many people as possible of any age and gender to the sport of fly fishing. Come learn the basics of setting up a fly rod and beginner casting skills. We’ll also talk a little about entomology (bugs). The San Juan Angler’s talented guides will provide all the gear, equipment, and tackle needed for the class. If you have your own rod and would like to practice with it, please bring it along!

All ages  are invited to bring blankets and hats, and join Lafayette Public Library outside on the North Lawn on July 31 at 11:00 am for a Jeff and Paige Concert Outside! Join the beloved local award-winning duo for an interactive, joyful, nature-focused performance where you’ll  dance, sing, and play in celebration of a summer of reading.

Families with children of all ages are invited to celebrate their Summer Reading success with Mesa County Libraries with Summer Reading Chalk the Block parties throughout the month of July at various branches. Chalk prompts will be available to get your creativity flowing.  Attendees will also enjoy music, snacks, giant games, and take home their own sidewalk chalk courtesy of Rocky Mountain Promotional Products to encourage them to continue their artistic endeavors at home.

Learning for All

Info2Go! Introduction to Library Ethics | July 19 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm MT
Ethics is defined as “the body of moral principles or values governing, or distinctive of, a particular culture or group.” While many people have personal ethics that impact their daily behavior, there are also ethics in workplaces and professions, including libraries. This webinar will introduce the fundamental ethical principles of the library profession, including professional ethics, intellectual freedom, and the importance of policies and procedures.

Museums & Libraries in the News

Indigenous Enslavement in Southern Colorado installation opens | Valley Courier
A new installation incorporating historic photos of Indigenous captives and images from an 1865 census of enslaved Indigenous people in present-day Conejos and Costilla Counties is now on view at History Colorado’s Fort Garland Museum and Cultural Center.

Colorado Springs celebrates 150 years with ‘then and now’ photo exhibit | KOAA News5
A trip back in time is coming to life at Library 21C through a photo exhibit titled ‘Then and Now,’ which celebrates Colorado Springs’s 150th anniversary. | Steamboat Pilot & Today
For over three decades, Bud Werner Memorial Library was guided by Library Director Chris Painter, who will retire this year after 37 years of service to the Steamboat Springs community.

Former Pueblo museum director tabbed to lead History Colorado, first Southern Coloradan to do so | The Pueblo Chieftan
Dawn DiPrince will take over as History Colorado’s new executive director on September 1, 2021. Her selection was a unanimous vote from the board.

Denver Public Library is accepting name recommendations for the Byers Branch – Denver, Colorado | Eminetra
The Denver Public Library is currently in the process to rename the Byers Branch Library, and they are looking for recommendations from the community. The submission deadline is Sunday, July 25 at midnight, and guidelines can instructions can be found HERE.

Pick ‘n’ Mix

Arapahoe Libraries and performance artist Yasu Ishida bring Magical Japanese Folktales to life on July 20 from 1:00-2:00 pm with a combination of traditional Japanese theatre, music, origami, magic and storytelling. For children ages 5-12 and families. Registration required. Click HERE to register.

Join Garfield County Libraries on July 19 at 3:30 pm for Adventures of the Wild Wolf by Didgeridoo Down Under. Children’s author Tanya Gerard and her husband, Rob Thomas, have raised wolves and wolf-dog hybrids as pets for almost 20 years. Their pets – and their love of nature and storytelling. Tanya and Rob will read and act out passages from her book as well as show photos and captivating videos of their wolves and wolf-dog hybrids.

Boulder Public Library presents SuperSHEro Show on July 27 from 3:00-3:45 pm. In this fun and interactive magic show, Erica Sodos plays a SuperSHEro whose mission is to spread magic and inspire people wherever she flies. The SuperSHEro shares magical tales, performs captivating magic and teaches people about the superpowers that live inside each and every one of us….. Our everyday superpowers such as our abilities to feel, think, create, love and read. Come be enchanted and tap into your powers!

What’s New at the Colorado State Library

Colorado Virtual Library

Being an Ally: What it Means and How to Do it
Are you wondering how to be an ally? What does it even mean to be an ally? Check out the latest post by CSL’s equity, diversity, and inclusion team for some Do’s and Don’ts.

Free online learning opportunities in July
Thanks as always to the Wyoming State Library for curating all of these free online learning opportunities!

State Publications Library

Learning Opportunities

Reimagining School Readiness Virtual Workshop

GRT Quick Bites: A-B-Cs AND 1-2-3s!: Numeracy & Early Literacy

  • July 20 @ 12:00 pm
  • FREE, no registration required
  • Join online

CSL in Session: Using Courage to Confront Bias

  • July 22  @ 12:00 pm
  • FREE, no registration required
  • Join online

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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