Friday Grab Bag, July 31, 2020

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!

Trivia Time

Calling all Dunderheads! Join Garfield County Libraries and Triviality on July 31 (today!) at 6:30 for Trivia Night: The Office. Enjoy a night of laughs, suitable for all fans of The Office. Register in advance for, and play this trivia game by clicking here.

Douglas County Libraries’ Quarantine(ish) Quiz Show is back with a Superheroes Edition on August 7 from 7:00-8:00 pm. No universe is off limits, so grab the whole family for this virtual event – you’ll need everyone’s brains working together for this one. Registration required – click HERE to register.

Join Arapahoe Libraries for Pop Culture Trivia Through the Decades on July 31 from 6:00-7:00 and test your knowledge on all things pop culture-related. How well do you know pop culture from the ’80s, ’90s, or early ’00s? Assemble your team or compete on your own. Go head-to-head with your fellow competitors in this friendly game and let your love for pop culture show! For teens and pre-teens. Families are welcome.

Current Events

Click HERE to register for Boulder Public Library’s “So You Want to Talk About Race” with Congressman Joe Neguse and Stephen Brackett on August 17 at 6:30 pm an online, engaging community discussion on Ijeoma Oluo’s book led by congressman Joe Neguse (Colorado 2nd) and facilitated by Stephen Brackett.

Nederland Community Library is looking for articulate youths interested in journalism to report on and explore the context of current events in an unbiased and informative manner during a new weekly video segment entitled #NedThinks. Check out  the library website or email for more information!

Adventure Awaits

Solve puzzles, complete challenges,and use your creativity to save the galaxy at Poudre River Public Library District’s Teen Amazing Race: Star Wars (via Zoom) on August 3 from 2:00-3:00 pm. Participants will be divided into teams, and will work with their team to decode clues, race through the galaxy, and defeat the Empire. Suitable for ages 12-18. Registration is required.

Clear Creek Library District invites you to find magic while you enjoy reading and the outdoors with Once Upon a Trail. This 1.5 mile walk will take you through the pages of How to Find a Unicorn by Sue Fleiss while you meander through Idaho Springs. Starting at the Idaho Springs Public Library, participants will hop, skip, jump, and step from one sign to the other, while reading a magical story. Take a selfie at the Community Garden for a free family pool pass and to enter into the grand prize drawing! Email your selfie to

Library Reminders

For adults looking for something new to do, High Plains Library District is hosting Exploring Library Resources for Adults on July 31 from 7:00-8:00. Attendees will learn about databases on hobbies, auto repair, health, wellness, and more!

Curious about your library card and services? Join Denver Public Library form Making the Most of Your Library Card on August 1 from 2:00-3:00 pm. Take a virtual tour and learn how your library card connects you to the World. Bring your questions and join online.

Museums and Libraries in the News

Celebrate Colorado’s 144th Birthday with Free Museums and More | 5280
When History Colorado is in charge of the festivities, there are endless ways to celebrate the Centennial State’s big day on August 1.

Grand County museums feel coronavirus crunch | Ski-Hi News
The Grand County Historical Association has applied for multiple grants, and is getting creative with how to raise funds typically generated through events that aren’t possible this year.

Cross Orchards tries to weather COVID-19 storm | The Daily Sentinel
Cross Orchards, a farm-turned-outdoor museum and event venue has taken financial hit during the pandemic, like most museums, due to a drop in demand and reduced capacity restrictions of social distancing.

Olympic, Paralympic museum opens July 30 | Idaho Springs Express
The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Museum opened to the public on July 30 in downtown Colorado Springs. The opening coincides with the 40th anniversary of the Moscow Summer Olympics boycotted by Team USA in a government protest of the Soviet Union’s invasion of Afghanistan.

Celebrate Del Norte Public Library’s 105th Anniversary and annual Book Sale | Monte Vista Journal
Del Norte Public Library’s Book Sale is still a go for August 1, from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm.

Learning for All

Libraries Build Pathways to Wellbeing | August 26 @ 11:00 am MT
Through mixed methods research, the Rural Library Service & Social Wellbeing project found that a) public libraries are a component of social wellbeing outcomes in rural communities, and b) there are ways libraries provide service that influence outcomes. In this webinar you’ll hear about the design and outcomes of our research, the Evidence-Based No Rules Tools under development, and how qualitative data coding made it all possible.

What’s New at the Colorado State Library

State Publications Blog

Learning Opportunities

RIPL Webinar: Libraries Build Pathways to Wellbeing

GRT Quick Bites – Speaking ECCE: Early Learning Domains with Kate Brunner and Joyce Johnson

  • August 4 @ 12:00 pm
  • Free – no registration required!
  • Join online

Colorado Virtual Library

Touring Wyoming’s Collections: New Wyoming Collections join the DPLA
Wyoming’s historic landscape expands with the addition of two new Plains to Peaks partners: Wyoming State Archives and the Campbell County Rockpile Museum.

Library Research Service

Between a Graph and a Hard Place Chapter Two: Do it yourself
Research can be a scary word that comes w/ a lot of fear about our own skills, but you don’t have to be a researcher to conduct research. Chapter 2 of LRS’s blog series Between a Graph and a Hard Place is here to help you do it yourself with confidence.

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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