Friday Grab Bag, July 7, 2017

Friday Grab Bag July 7, 2017Friday Grab Bag is a weekly Spotlight on Sharing series that highlights fun, unique, and interesting happenings in Colorado libraries. News from the Colorado State Library is at the end. Let’s open the Grab Bag!

Family Fun Time

Spend time with family and meet new friends playing the new yard games at Dolores Library. The library now has Kan Jam, Cornhole, Ladderball, Bocce Ball, Lawn Darts, and more. Pair your game time with other library events like Free Community Yoga, Tech Tuesdays, or Summer on the River Series. See their events page for more details.

Families of Garfield County Libraries can stop by their branch library from July 11-13 to see a magic show from Kyle Groves and Mr. E. The duo will present magic, music, and their own brand of comedy, along with lots of audience participation. Visit the website for dates and location.

The Big Bubble Circus is coming to Summit County Libraries July 11 & 12. This interactive event will feature bubbles of all shapes and sizes, including a bubble containing an audience member. Visit the library’s event calendar for locations and times.

Learn to Build a Better Snack at Louisville Public Library on July 11 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. Bring your family to this hands-on program, where participants will make snacks while learning how to maintain a healthy blood sugar level.

Fostering the Love of Reading

Gunnison County Libraries wants to keep their homebound patrons reading with the help of special services. They offer to select materials for homebound patrons, and they can provide individualized monitoring of renewal reminders. Thanks to Maria Fenerty for sharing information about these services!

As part of their Library Author Series, Bud Werner Memorial Library is hosting award-winning science and environment journalist, public radio broadcaster, and author David Baron on July 11 at 7:00 pm. Mr. Baron will discuss his book, American Eclipse: A Nation’s Epic Race to Catch the Shadow of the Moon and Win the Glory of the World.

Also at Bud Werner Memorial Library, kids ages 9 and up can join the Walking Book Club—it’s like a traditional book club, but discussions happen on the go. (Read more about walking book clubs at other Colorado libraries.) This month’s selection is Fuzzy Mud by Lois Sachar, author of Holes. Pick up a copy of the book at the Kids Desk.

Bringing the World to Colorado

Pine River Library invites community members to take a trip around the world without leaving the library. On Wednesday, July 12 the library will host an International Night from 5:30 to 7:00 pm in celebration of all cultures around the globe. Get your “passport” stamped and try new snacks at booths hosted by bilingual members of the Bayfield community. While you’re there, learn about the library’s Mango Languages subscription.

Suzie Popkess is the artist of the month at John C. Fremont Library. A reception for her series “Watercolor Visions of Colorado and Italy” will be on Saturday, July 8 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm.

Learning a new language takes lots of practice. If you are an English learner (or know one) in Jefferson County, join Jeffco Library’s Mesa de Conversacion / English Conversation Table, where you can practice fluency, meet other English learners, and learn about U.S. culture. The library’s website has the dates and locations.

It was a very special Independence Day for several families in Weld County: on July 3, High Plains Library District partnered with United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to put on a naturalization ceremony for 26 new U.S. citizens. Read more on

Colorado Wildfires

The Colorado State Emergency Operations Center is at Level 3 status in response to fires around the State. For a list of fires, see If your cultural heritage organization is experiencing problems or anticipating problems, please contact Amy Zimmer from the Colorado State Publications Library or Carl Stewart from CU Boulder with a description of the problems and your needs.

What’s New at the Colorado State Library

CSL has partnered with the state libraries in Georgia, Iowa, and Maryland to offer the first-ever multi-state library virtual conference on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 from 9 am to 3 pm MDT on the topic of Community Building. We will explore how libraries are working in their communities to bring about positive change around a shared vision or goal. We have an amazing lineup of sessions for the day, featuring great presenters! The conference is be free, open to all Colorado library staff, and you can join any time during the day.  You can register for the event using this online form.

The #LoveMyCOLibrary photo campaign launched on July 1 and will continue through August 31. We’ve seen some great posts from Colorado library lovers on Twitter and Facebook. Help us spread the word within your networks! Posting is easy: simply tag your pic with #LoveMyCOLibrary and share it with Colorado State Library on Facebook and Twitter.

Beth Crist, CSL’s Youth & Family Services Consultant, recently attended the IFLA Global Vision discussion in Washington, D.C. to “explore how a connected library field can meet the challenges of the future.” Read more about this ambitious project in her post, IFLA Global Vision.

In the latest CHNC: Special Edition post, Good Old Fashioned Barbeque, Arian provides a brief history of grilling traditions in Colorado, with links to relevant articles from the Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection.

New this week on the Colorado State Publications Library Blog:

This post is part of the Spotlight on Sharing initiative, which aims to increase the visibility of resource sharing in Colorado libraries. Do you have a story from your library to share? Email Amy Hitcher, Also, be sure to follow Colorado State Library on Twitter and Facebook.

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