Friday Grab Bag, March 1, 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.

Let’s open the Friday Grab Bag!

Books in the Wild

Inspired by the mission of the Free Little Library movement, the Clear Creek County Library District  has partnered with Loveland Ski Area to promote literacy and the love of reading through three Free Little Libraries, built by Library Staff and volunteers at the base of both lodges at the Loveland Ski Area, and the on-mountain Ptarmigan Roost Cafe. Loveland Ski Area is the first ski area to provide this amenity, and the Free Little Library at the Ptarmigan Roost Cate is believed to be the highest elevated Free Little Library at 12,050’ above sea level! Learn more here or hit the slopes and check it out!

Photo provided courtesy of Loveland Ski Area.

Or, join Vail Public Library’s Skiing Book Club on March 8 from 11:00am – 1:30pm. Participants meet in the area between the water fountain near Bistro 14 and Gondoly’s Pizza at the top of Eagle’s Nest Gondola to discuss books and then ski!

Looking for a slower pace?  Find out how the story goes on the trail with one of Delta County Libraries’ StoryWalks®.

  • The March-April story at Sweitzer Lake State Park is Diary of a Worm by acclaimed author-illustrator team Doreen Cronin and Harry Bliss.
  • The March StoryWalk® book on the Surface Creek Trail is The Wind Blew by Pat Hutchins.

Seeds of Spring

In the Garden

In the Garden Illustration
“In the Garden” [Image courtesy: Record Journal of Douglas, December 22, 1939. Accessed via Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection.]
Get a jump on spring with Anythink Libraries’ Dig It: Seed Bombs event. Make wildflower seed bombs that will produce a lovely bouquet in your yard or home. Enjoy coffee and snacks as you create your own wildflower starter kit at Anythink Bennet Library on March 2, from 10:30am-12:00 pm. Registration required.

Adults and supervised children under 12 are invited to join the Boulder Public Library and the BeeChicas on March 13 from 4:00pm – 5:00pm to learn How to bee a guerilla gardener. Registration is required, so visit the event page to sign up today.

Join the Pine River Library and the Pine River Garden Club for a Seed Exchange and Workshop Day on March 30 from 10:00am -2:00pm. Bring your extra seeds to trade enjoy garden stories, advice, and of course seeds. Please bring small containers to transport any seeds you may want.

  • 10:00am: Presentation on gardening in the community garden this season, and the Club’s new “Shared Harvest” Plan.
  • 11:00am: Optional seed starting workshop. Participants will get soil blocks, trays, and guidance to start new seeds. *This workshop is $10 for Garden Club Members and $15 for non-members.

The Basalt Library Seed Savers Club meets on March 9 from 10:30am – 12:00pm, for their Seed Saving Introduction and 2019 Participant Registration event. Become part of a growing local group of individuals who are committed to preserving the practice and benefits of seed saving. For more information, visit the event page, or contact Signa Strom at

Libraries and Museums in the News

Last week a small group of parents calling themselves Pornography is Not Education (PINE) dropped their lawsuit against the Colorado Library Consortium (CLiC). The complaint, filed with Arapahoe County District Court in October 2018, was the result of a two-year campaign by the parents to censor and remove a variety of educational research products from schools and libraries across Colorado. Jim Duncan, Executive Director for CLiC, celebrated this news, but remarked: “Money and time spent on CLiC’s legal defense in this frivolous lawsuit could have been better used to support schools, libraries, and our communities. CLiC unifies libraries so that they deliver a valuable return on taxpayer investments… throughout our state’s many diverse regions, from rural to suburban to urban to mountain communities.” See the full press release here.

Check out the latest installment of “Museums Matter,” a series of three articles in the Vail Daily compiled by Jennifer Mason, the executive director of the Colorado Snowsports Museum. Mason discusses the importance of museums as places of authenticity, where individuals can view and interact with objects firsthand, rather than electronically, or in the pages of a book.

The Ouray News reports on Library of Congress efforts to preserve Ouray’s colorful local history through photos and documents. To access the preserved history of Ouray County go to the Library of Congress website at and do a search for “Ouray County.”

Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress.

A new Armistice Day memorial exhibit comes to the Lucretia Vaile Museum in Palmer Lake in time for the 100th Anniversary of Armistice Day and the Treaty of Versailles. Read the full Tribune piece here.

Photo courtesy of the Tribune/Lucretia Vaile Museum.

Learning for Everyone

The University of Northern Colorado Libraries is bringing the ACRL Research Data Management Roadshow to the Front Range. This day-long workshop is intended for liaisons with little or no knowledge of research data management—no experience required! Registration is free for all attendees, but space is limited. Register Today!

Check out the UW-Madison ISchool Spring 2019 Alumni Webinars.  All sessions are presented by alumni of the UW-Madison ISchool, which are free and open to all views.

Explore blockchain technology for the information industries during the San Jose State University School of Information’s Blockchain & Decentralization for the Information Industries MOOC starting March 11, 2019. Registration is now open!

CLiC Spring Workshops:  The CLiC Spring Workshops are just around the corner and registration is open now.   The dates and locations for 2019 are: Grand Junction: March 21 & 22 @ Colorado Mesa University Fort Morgan: March 29 @ Fort Morgan High School Pueblo: April 15 & 16 @ CSU-Pueblo

What’s New at the Colorado State Library

Learning Opportunities

Before the Ballot: How to Prepare for an Election

  • March 14, 2019, 12:00 to 1:00
  • Free! No registration required
  • Join online

CSL in Session: “Supporting Developing Readers at the Library: Reader’s Advisory for K-3rd Graders” (Part 1 of 4)

  • March 14, 2019, 12:00 to 1:30
  • Free! No registration required
  • Join online

Successful Supervision registration is now open!

  • April 8 – April 9, 2019
  • Free, 2-day workshop
  • Contact Christine Kreger directly at to register

Upcoming RIPL Webinar: Data Visualization for Decision-Making

  • March 13, 2019, 12:00-1:00
  • Free, No registration required
  • Join online

Colorado Virtual Library

Open Education Week – What’s going on Near You!
Join in for local, national, and international events to celebrate the Open Education movement.

Colorado Historic Newspapers

CHNC’s Text Correction Champions
Correcting OCR makes the details easier to find.

Colorado State Publications Library Blog

Digital Literacy

Learning Edge February #2
Christine Schein rounds up the latest news in digital literacy and educational technology.

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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