Friday Grab Bag, July 30, 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.

There’s still time for staff from public or tribal libraries in Colorado serving a small or rural community to apply for a $1000 scholarship to attend Association of Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL) 2021 Annual Conference ! Applications are due by 5 pm on August 2nd, 2021, so don’t wait – apply today!

Let’s open the Friday Grab Bag!

Museums & Libraries in the News

A&E: Camping out with the library | Montrose Daily Press
Montrose Public Library has plenty of books to help you enjoy the great outdoors before summer ends.

‘Beyond the remnants of a dream’: Local, state groups team up to preserve historic Black community in Weld County | Greeley Tribune
Dearfield, Colorado, once a small Black agricultural community east of Greeley, is the site of ongoing discovery and study led by two University of Northern Colorado professors who want the former town to one day assume a national profile.

ALA Welcomes SUCCESS Act, Proposed Federal Funding Increases for Libraries | Publishers Weekly
The American Library Association this week praised the introduction in Congress of the bipartisan SUCCESS Act (Securing Universal Communications Connectivity to Ensure Students Succeed), that seeks to narrow the “homework gap” facing as many as 17 million American students who lack adequate internet access.

LOOK: Denver’s Five Points research library just got some Black Panther Party newspapers – Denver, Colorado | Eminetra
The Denver Public Library (DPL) recently acquired eight rare, pristine issues of the Black Panther Party’s official newspaper.T he newspaper was published between 1967 and 1980 in California’s Bay Area, where the party was founded. DPL purchased the newspapers as part of an effort to add diverse perspectives to their archives.

History Colorado celebrates Colorado Day on Sunday, Aug. 1 with free admission at 5 museums | The Denver Channel
Colorado celebrates its 145th birthday on Sunday, Aug. 1. More than 20 partner attractions will come together at the History Colorado Center to create an epic free-day worthy the occasion.

Grants & Funding Opportunities

Colorado Sustaining the Humanities through the American Rescue Plan Grants Available
Colorado Humanities has released guidelines for the 2021 Colorado Sustaining the Humanities through the American Rescue Plan (COSHARP) grants that will open for submission on August 2. Covid has had a lasting impact on the public humanities field across the state, and Colorado Humanities will award funds from the federal American Rescue Plan Act, through the National Endowment for the Humanities, to meet the needs of organizations doing public humanities work in Colorado. We especially encourage applications from organizations in rural areas and those serving historically underserved communities. Learn more at, or call 303.894.7951.

Infrastructure and Capacity Building Challenge Grants
This program seeks to strengthen the institutional base of the humanities. The program supports two types of projects. Capital project support is available for the design, purchase, construction, restoration, or renovation of facilities for humanities activities. Digital infrastructure support is available for the maintenance, modernization, and sustainability of existing digital scholarly projects and platforms. The deadline for full applications is September 28, 2021.

Practical Advice

Douglas County Libraries hosts Homebuying Strategies in a Hot Colorado Market on August 5 from 6:00-8:00 pm. Enjoy a selection of complimentary food and drinks, plus learn about local real estate market trends, purchase qualifications, and mortgage solutions that can work for you. REGISTER NOW.

As part of the Money Matters series of personal financial literacy in collaboration with libraries and credit unions across the Front Range, Louisville Public Library presents Investment Basics for adults on August 18 at 6:00 pm. By serving as a guide to your investment options this webinar provides a general educational overview including fundamental concepts, strategies and investment allocations. Registration required.

Writing a resume can seem like a chore, but High Plains Library District can help you create a professional looking resume, and not spend hours at the computer with Getting Started with Cypress Resume on August 21 at 10:30 am! With Cypress Resume, you can enter your information once and build targeted resumes for any job. This class will get you started with everything you need to know to use Cypress Resume, a resume writing tool that is free to you at the library.

Pick ‘n’ Mix

The hills are alive…..with the sound of #SongsfromtheStacks!  Nederland Library’s Songs from the Stacks project was named the 2021 Project of the Year Award from the Colorado Association of Libraries! The concert series was conceived  in response to the COVID-19 pandemic as a way to highlight the musical history and culture of Nederland’s thriving creative landscape.

Denver Days runs July 31-August 8, and Denver Public Library has a bunch of opportunities to meet your neighbors, connect with library friends and resources, and celebrate our beautiful city. Join the fun at any of these library events!

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Are you ready for some adorable kitten headbonks during downward-facing dog? What could be sweeter than striking a yoga pose and meditating alongside some Happy Cats Haven foster kittens? Join Pikes Peak Library District on July 31 from 9:00-10:00 am for Meomaste, a fun, Gentle Flow yoga class with…Kittens!!! Expect more than a few smiles during the class as kittens roam freely throughout the gallery and amongst class participants. Lucky guests might even get a kitten snuggling up on their yoga mat =^..^=Class will start at 9:00am and cuddle time will follow!

Children and families are invited to Join Gunnison County Libraries on August 4 at 9:30 am in the garden to get your hands dirty. Planting, weeding, and tending to Help Old Rock Garden Grow at the Crested Butte Library.

What’s New at the Colorado State Library

Colorado Virtual Library

What We Learned From the 2021 CAL EDSJI Conference
We reflected on the Colorado Association of Libraries’ second annual Equity, Diversity, Social Justice, and Inclusion Conference. Check out CSL staff takeaways from a great lineup of speakers on a variety of important topics ranging from transformative/restorative justice, to diversity audits and social justice cataloging.

Volunteer opportunities for free registration for the virtual 2021 CLEL Conference
Would you like to attend the virtual Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy (CLEL) conference for FREE while also giving back? Then we have volunteer opportunities for you!

Learning Opportunities

Reimagining School Readiness Virtual Workshop

State Publications Library

Library Research Service

Why Observe? Watch and Learn
There are times when a survey won’t work to collect the data you need. LRS discusses why you might choose observation as a data collection method in the latest installment of Between a Graph and a Hard Place.

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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