Friday Grab Bag, June 18, 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.

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The Year in Review: A Juneteenth Celebration | June 21 @ 11:00 pm MT
Join the Coalition for Library Workers of Color Roundtable for our first annual Juneteenth celebration! The Coalition is a group committed to eliciting change and growth in support of people of color within the library community. Bring your lunch for a discussion of what the Coalition has been up to, what programs you want to see from us, and where your libraries are post-George Floyd.

Juneteenth for Mazie
In honor of Juneteenth, Capstone is happy to present Floyd Cooper’s Juneteenth for Mazie as a FREE read aloud video. The is that you, your students, and even their families, enjoy the story of Mazie as she remembers the struggles and triumphs of her enslaved ancestors’ full emancipation. This video hopes to commemorate a great day for all Americans, where we strive towards a more perfect union.

Fiber Arts

Celebrate summer with Anythink Libraries on June 22 from 5:30 to 6:30 with Nature Threads – Doodle Tree Embroidery. This Zentangle-inspired pattern will have options for brand new embroidery beginners and more experienced stitchers. Appropriate for ages 12 and up and all skill levels are welcome.

Adults are invited to join Wilkinson Public Library on June 24 at 6:00 for Retro Craft Night: Needle Punch. Come solo or bring a friend to learn the basics of needle punching. A kit will be provided for each participant that pre-registers, so not only will you go home with a needle punching project of your own, you’ll be able to do many more in the future! Also provided: sparkling water, snacks, & retro candy.

Learn how to cross-stitch and gather to express your pandemic experiences with Stitch Our Stories on June 23 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm with Boulder Public Library.  Heather D Schulte will share about the larger project (Stitching the Situation) and will assist participants in troubleshooting designs and help with any stitching questions.  Participants are invited to contribute a completed 6″ square in collaborative community tapestry.

Join Clearview Library District on June 22 at 6:30 pm for Cardboard Loom Weaving outdoors with Katherine Mercer from the Town of Windsor museums. Supplies and mocktails provided. This program will be held outdoors at the Boardwalk Park, weather permitting. Photographs taken during library events may be used for Clearview Library District publicity. Registration required.

Pikes Peak Library District’s Hooked on Crochet group has gone virtual. Join them on Zoom on July 1 (and most Thursdays) from 10:00-11:30 am to crochet or knit and talk about life. Registration required. Click HERE to register.

Pick ‘n’ Mix

Before the invention of the electric motors, software, and computers that power today’s toys and robots, there was the age of clockwork mechanics where motion was driven by cranks and gears, coding was done with cams and followers, and simple machines created surprisingly complex engines mimicking the processes of life. Explore the basic mechanisms on June 22 at 3:00 pm with Mesa County Libraries’ Teen Automata: Simple Machines Mimicking Life. Registration required. Click HERE to register.

Award-winning polka musician and accordion player Mike Schneider brings you his popular Pint Size Polkas program (virtually) to Garfield County Libraries during the week of June 21! Mike will teach about the accordion and demonstrate how it works, both mechanically and through live performance. Learn about how the instrument has been used by cultures around the world, starting with its evolution from the sheng in China, to its use by African American and Hispanic musicians in modern Zydeco and Tejano music, respectively.

Immigrants began arriving in these lands we call home in the 1600s. Whether your ancestors came with the First Families or at the dawn of the 20th Century, passenger and immigration lists can be a valuable resource in your genealogical research. Join Denver Public Library on June 19 from 9:30-11:30 for Deep Dive: Passenger Records and learn how to get the most out of customs passenger lists, ship manifests, and passenger arrival lists and search beyond the five major US ports of arrival for your ancestors.

Museums & Libraries in the News

New mural at library | The Burlington Record
Burlington Library has a new mural created by Some Girls and a Mural. The mural was generously donated to the library in honor of Don and Jeanne Allen.

Pagosa Springs High School students display their talent on little free libraries | The Pagosa Spring Sun
Five little free libraries, built and painted by local high school students, were finished last week and will be installed around the community soon.

Local engineer uses Loveland library Makerspace to build model SpaceX rocket | Reporter Herald
Greg Caster, a sales engineer at Otterbox, took full advantage of the Loveland Public Library’s Makerspace to take  his love for rockets to the next level, building a nearly 6-foot-tall replica of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

What It Comes To: Inefficient Library Heating System Triggers Major Energy Talks At The District Level | Daily Colorado News
Three inefficient boilers in the Pitkin County Library sparked a wider discussion about what it would cost to electrify all of the county’s facilities.

What’s New at the Colorado State Library

Learning Opportunities

Growing Readers Together: Quick Bites Webinar Series Returns this Summer
Growing Readers Together returns with a fresh series of GRT Quick Bites this Summer!

FREE Online Training Opportunities for Library Staff – June 2021
Thanks as always to the Wyoming State Library for curating this fabulous list of free online training opportunities for library staff!

State Publications Library

Colorado Virtual Library

2021-2022 LSTA ARPA Grant Offering
CSL is distributing  non-competitive LSTA ARPA grant funding (provided by IMLS)! Round 1 is currently open to Public Library jurisdictions and state supported Academic Libraries with applications due August 2.

Next Draft: A Monthly Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion digest from EDIT
This month we launched a monthly Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion digest from EDIT, the Colorado Virtual Library EDI Team! Check out our first edition for  EDI-related posts and events.

State Micro-Grant Program: Funds to Support Online Access to Historic Collections
The Statewide Internet Portal Authority (SIPA) Micro-Grant Program provides grants up to $3000 for the digitization of and online access to historic collections!

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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