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!
Community & Service
Join Longmont Public Library on August 17 from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm for their annual Volunteer Fair for Adults & Teens! Nonprofits and volunteer groups from around the community will be on hand to distribute information about their work in our community and how you can help out. No registration is required; just bring yourself, your friends, and your desire to make our community even better! Want to host a table? Contact Josie by email or at 303-651-8791.
West Custer County Library hosts Coffee with a Community Leader on August 20 at 8:30 am. Come and meet Lisa Drew, the West Custer County Hospital Executive Director and stay for a question and answer period. Coffee and juice will be provided and all citizens of the county are invited to attend. RSVP to the Chamber office at 719-783-9163.
Teen Volunteer Tech Studio Mentors Needed! Teens and Young Adults are invited to apply for a volunteer position in Vail Public Library’s Tech Studio. Teens with an interest in technology, basic understanding and interest in coding robots, an interest in 3-D printing & CAD, a willingness to share your knowledge with others, and a great attitude can contact Sandy Rivera to apply.
If you’re currently experiencing homelessness or you’re interested in discussing social issues affecting the community, join Englewood Public Library for Conversations over Coffee every fourth Wednesday of the month from 10:30-11:30 am . Share stories and get to know each other over a warm beverage and a donut. Open to adults and teens, regardless of housing situation.
Pine River Library hosts Community Acoustic Music Jam from 7:00-9:00 pm on the first Thursday of the month. The jam’s purpose is to provide musicians a chance to learn, share and enjoy playing music with others in an informal setting and it is open to all levels and ages. Bring a song or two to lead or just play along.
Humans have been living in Mesa County and Montrose County for thousands of years. At several prehistoric sites, archaeologists have discovered material remains that prove human habitation and activities. Join Mesa County Libraries on August 7 at 6:30 pm for Prehistoric Living Spaces of Western Colorado and unearth findings from these sites.
As a part of the Four Corners Lecture Series, Cortez Public Library presents William C. Winkler: Talk to your Ancestors on August 1 at 7:00 pm. William C. Winkler is a writer, photographer and filmmaker with more than 45 years of experience at Mesa Verde and Yosemite National Parks as a Park Ranger and Concessioner.
Education for All
ABCs of DNA: Unraveling the Mystery of Genetics Information for Consumers
This class is intended for public library staff, health science librarians and those working in organizations who work with the public. Deadline to register is July 31 at 12:00 pm ET. The class will open on August 1 for registered attendees and runs through August 31.
Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC): Disaster Health Literature
The session takes place on July 31 from 3:00-4:00 pm ET and will cover key sources from the U.S. National Library of Medicine® (NLM), including “Disaster Lit®: Database for Disaster Medicine and Public Health” and the “Disaster Health Information Search Guide”.
Back to School
Boulder Public Library invites adults to register for Get Organized for School on July 29 from 6:00-7:00 pm. Learn organizing ideas to help families prepare for the upcoming school year.
If you are looking for great deals on some gently used books, stop by the Friends of the Delta Library’s Back to School Book Sale. The sale is on throughout August and September during library hours.
Kids and teens are invited to join Denver Public Library for Back to School with the Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls, and Toys on August 9 from 4:00-5:00 pm. Get ready for school with traditional classroom toys like paper airplanes, helicopters, and footballs.
Books & Authors
Garfield County Libraries invites you to Meet Author Jane Parnell. Parnell, the first woman to climb the 100 highest peaks of Colorado and author of a mountaineering memoir that shows how, by pushing ourselves to the limits of our physical endurance and by confronting our deepest fears, we can become whole again.
- 2:00 pm on August 6 @ Parachute Branch
- 5:30 pm on August 6 @ New Castle Branch
- 2:00 pm on August 7 @ Glenwood Springs Branch
- 5:30 pm on August 7 @ Carbondale Branch
Join Douglas County Libraries for two upcoming author events:
An Evening with Author Andrea Bobotis on August 2 from 6:30-8:00 pm. Bobotis will talk about “The Last List of Miss Judith Kratt,” which is sure to be a book club favorite. Books will be sold at the event, but registration is required – click HERE to register.
An Evening with C.J. Box, #1 NYT Bestselling Author. The award winning author of the Joe Pickett series returns to DCL on August 19 at 6:30 pm. A book sale and signing will follow the author’s talk. REGISTER NOW.
Bud Werner Memorial Library hosts Author Talk: “Saving Jemima” with Julie Zickefoose on August 29 at 6:00 pm. The naturalist, artist and writer shares her brand-new book about life, love and dealing with great loss…and finding grace and redemption in a wild bird.
Museums & Libraries in the News
The Gazette | Libraries offer up free summer lunches for Colorado Springs students — and the demand is huge
In the month of June alone, four Pikes Peak Library District locations — East Library, Sand Creek Library, Ruth Holley Library and Old Colorado City Library — served 4,546 meals.
Smithsonian.com | Five of the Most Fascinating Prison Museums in America
The Museum of Colorado Prisons earns a spot on the list.
Craig Press | Museum of Northwest Colorado could be history within next year after budget cuts
Personnel with Museum of Northwest Colorado say the establishment will run out of money in less than a year and be forced to close its doors if officials don’t act to reinstate the museum’s gutted funding, a development county and city officials say they’ll be working in the coming months to fix.
What’s New at the Colorado State Library
Early Literacy Expansion in Colorado Public Libraries
The Colorado State Library welcomes three new Early Literacy Specialists!
Free Archives and Digital Collections 101 Workshop (in person at the Durango Public Library in Durango, CO)
- September 10 & 11
- Space is limited, so register soon!
State Publications Library
Colorado Virtual Library
Share Your Community’s Story Online with CVL Collections
The Colorado State Library announces the launch of the CVL Collections program, which was created to help libraries and cultural heritage organizations share their digital collections online.
Touring Colorado’s Collections: Voices of Ignacio Digital Collection
Get to know Ignacio through the Voices of Ignacio Digital Collection.
Plains to Peaks Collective
Our Historic Story Keeps Growing…..
The Plains to Peaks Collective (PPC) grew to over 260,000 historic items and welcomes three new partners: the Denver Museum of Nature & Science (DMNS), the Louisville Historical Museum and the Ignacio Community 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.
- FACILITIES MAINTENANCE GENERALIST I: Douglas County Libraries / Castle Rock, CO
- Courier Support Associate: Colorado Library Consortium / Centennial, CO
- Bilingual (English-Spanish) Children’s Librarian I: Longmont Public Library / Longmont, CO
- Digital Archives Specialist – Special Collections: Pikes Peak Library District (Library 21c) / Colorado Springs, CO
- Reference Assistant: Arapahoe Community College / Littleton, CO
- Weekend & Evening Circulation Supervisor-Westminster Law Library SCOL: University of Denver, Sturm College of Law / Denver, CO
- Security Specialist: Arapahoe Library District / Various Locations, CO
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