Friday Grab Bag, June 14, 2019

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.

Before we open the Friday Grab Bag, take a moment to consider nominating an object for  History Colorado’s Most Significant Artifact. This program highlights the importance of historic and cultural heritage and honors and recognizes all the organizations in Colorado that care for and preserve photographs, documents, rare books and manuscripts, audio recordings, film, digital materials, art, and historic, archaeological and natural science specimens. Submissions are accepted through July 12, 2019. On Colorado Day, August 1, the top ten will be announced and open voting to the public takes place through August 23. Final announcement will be made August 26.

Now into the Bag!

Summer Concerts

Bring your blanket or lawn chair and enjoy an outdoor show featuring Chris Daniels & the Kings, brought to you by Poudre River Public Library on June 14 from 6:30-8:00 pm. Celebrate great horn-driven blues, R&B, funk, and rock n’ roll. This seven piece “funky-blues” band, is an all out “horn band” with compelling vocals.

The third performance of Paonia Library’s summer concert series is Bittersweet Highway, a singer-songwriter duo from Cedaredge, CO.  Join the library for an evening of bittersweet music in the amphitheater on Tuesday, June 25 at 6:30pm.  Picnic and take out dinners are welcome. The show will move indoors if necessary, so come rain or shine!

Bittersweet Highway Performance

Kick off your First Friday fun on July 5 from 6:00-7:00 pm with live music in front of Denver Public Library’s Smiley Branch! This event features Odyle, whose original music is a dreamy psychedelic lounge mix of unusual chord progressions and haunting vocals. Check them out on Volume at

Join Pikes Peak Library District for LAWN CONCERT: ANGLUM MOCK & GREENE (ACOUSTIC AMERICANA) on June 18 from 6:00-7:30 pm. All concerts are free and open to the public. Bring a picnic supper and blanket then enjoy an evening of music on the lawn. In case of inclement weather, concerts will be held at the Community Congregational Church in Manitou Springs, across from the library.

Movies @ the Library

In honor of this year’s Summer Reading Program theme, A Universe of Stories, Dolores Public Library will be screening family-friendly, space-themed movies all summer long with Summer on the River Movie Night.

Alert for all filmmakers – Boulder Public Library has facility and software to convert your digital motion picture files to DCP format, so you are festival ready. This monthly workshop (Old School Film School New School Film School) includes time for creating DCP files and screening your short full-size in the Canyon Theater, as well as access to 8 & 16 mm projectors, editors and splicers. Call Joel Haertling (303-441-3197) to reserve a one-hour time slot at the next meeting on June 20 from 9:00pm-12:00pm.

Join Bud Werner Memorial Library on June 18 from 7:00-8:45pm for the next entry in their Foreign Film Series with a screening of The Charmer, an award-winning drama from Denmark by director Milad Alami, screening at the Chief Theater.

The Charmer, a film by Milad Alami
The Charmer, a film by Milad Alami

Teens are invited to grab their PJs, pillow and blanket and settle in for Teen Takeover: Star Wars Movie Marathon Slumber Party with Jefferson County Public Library on June 14 from 12:30-7:30 pm. ! Popcorn and pizza provided.

Pick ‘n’ Mix

Each of the Garfield County Libraries is hosting a free Escape Room for teens as part of the Summer Reading events series. All are free, but registration is required. Call or visit the specific library to register.

  • Space Pirate Attack: June 18 from 11:00am-5:00pm at Rifle Branch Library, and June 19 from 3:00-5:00pm at Glenwood Springs Branch Library
  • Space Rocks!: June 26 from 12:00-4:00pm at Carbondale Branch Library
  • Alien Invasion: June 18 from 11:00am-5:00pm at New Castle Branch Library
  • Use the Force: June 20 from 11:00am-6:00pm at Silt Branch Library

All ages are invited to play Bubble Soccer  with Canon City Public Library on June 20 at 2:00pm. For those who aren’t familiar with Bubble Soccer, be prepared to wear an inflatable bubble suit that allows you to safely bounce off other players and roll over completely. Sounds Fun!

Do you love animals?  Are you interested in learning about how you can help animals that need new forever homes? 3rd to 5th graders are invited to join Nederland Community Library for Donkey/Burro Helpers on June 20 from 7:00-8:30pm. Learning all about these wonderful equine friends who are smart, very affectionate, and were very important to Nederland’s mining history.  You may even get to meet a burro at the event!

Master the art of thrift store upcycling with your ThriftU degree from Longmont Library. Ages 16 and up can join this new class series on July 10 from 6:30-8:30 pm for Library study hall, where you can learn to transform old books into wonderful home decor like a trippy 3D geodesic ornament and a lovely candle holder. Registration is required – click here to register. No email address? Call 303-651-8472 to register by phone.

Museums and Libraries in the News

Riverview students create museum exhibit on women voting rights, which remains on display Frontier Museum in Glenwood Springs, as reported in the Post Independent.Students collected pictures and artifacts from the suffrage movement, and mounted them next to QR codes that, when scanned with a smartphone, open an audio file where groups of students describe the significance of the object, and what it means to them personally.

Women’s Suffrage exhibit on display at the Frontier Museum. Image courtesy of the Post Independent.

A very interesting piece on how The American Alpine Club library’s archive of images by early mountaineers holds clues for researchers documenting the retreat of glaciers worldwide is featured in The Colorado Sun: 50,000 old photos in Golden are helping scientists answer new questions about climate change.

Happy Birthday Westminster! Westminster Library Wants To Help You Celebrate Its 100th Birthday, as reported by CBS 4 Denver. For 100 days this summer, library fines up to $100 are being waived.

The Gazette reports that patrons of Pikes Peak Library District can learn by example through the Green Team — a group of up to nine employees from across the district’s locations dedicated to making the library system more sustainable. Read the piece here: Earth-friendly: Pikes Peak Library District’s Green Team champions sustainability

What’s New at the Colorado State Library

Save the Date: RIPL 2020

The Colorado State Library and the CLiC are excited to announce that the next RIPL national event will occur July 12-15, 2020, at the Eaglewood Resort in Itasca, IL. The registration fee and other details will be announced in fall 2019, and registration will open February 3, 2020.

To learn more about RIPL, please visit

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.

Have a great weekend everyone!

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