Spotlight on Sharing: Friday Grab Bag, March 24, 2017

Friday Grab Bag March 24 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 bottom. Let’s open the Grab Bag!

Spring Gardening

Exchange seeds with your neighbors at the Collbran Branch Library in Mesa County on Saturday, March 25 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. Bring seeds to share, and while you’re there, learn from local gardening experts and enjoy some snacks.

Looking ahead to April, Ignacio Community Library will be hosting a fun maker/gardening class called Salad in a Pallet. Attendees will learn how to construct a salad garden from a pallet on April 20 at 5:30 pm.

Teens and Young Adults

Lyons Regional Library will host Dungeons and Dragons for teens ages 12-18 on March 25 at 1:00 pm. All materials will be provided, but space is limited. RSVP to

Tomlinson Library at Colorado Mesa University is offering Badass Research Tools for Badass Students on March 27 and March 28; both sessions are from 3:00-4:00 pm. The focus will be on information literacy and critical thinking skills—certainly good for boosting study skills, but also great for life in general.

Community Engagement

Join Bud Werner Memorial Library and Tread of Pioneers Museum for the digital launch of the Three Wire Winter Oral History and Magazine collection on Tuesday, March 28 at 6:30 pm. This special presentation will include highlights of the new digital edition of Three Wire Winter, a brief history about how it came to be, and a panel discussion.

Gunnison County Libraries invites deep thinkers to Philosophy on Tap at Double Shot Cyclery on April 5 at 5:30 pm. This month’s topic is “What makes us human?”.

Boulder Public Library wants to hear from their community members about their Library Master Plan. Through mid-April, fill out their 25-question survey (available in English and Spanish). Then, on April 5 & 6, take part in a community jam session to share and test new ideas.

The Valley Writers 2 group at Basalt Regional Library will meet this Saturday, March 25 from 10:30 to 12:00 pm. Be sure to pre-register if you would like to attend.

Toddlers and Kids

Broomfield Library announces their Parent Toddler Workshop, a 5-week course that teaches parents and caregivers of toddlers about early literacy, speech and hearing, physical fitness, nutrition, and behavior. The class will meet every Friday from April 7 through May 5 from 10:00 to 11:15 am. Broomfield residents can register from March 20-26.

Art is the name of the game in Poudre River Public Library District this Saturday, March 25. Harmony Library is offering hands-on art classes using a variety of mediums for kids in grades K-5 and 5-8. Wear clothes that can get messy, and be sure to register online.

What’s New at the Colorado State Library

CSL in Session is a free, monthly online learning series on a variety of library topics. Watch a recording of the most recent session, Library Services: Making the Atypical, Typical, and be sure to mark your calendars for the upcoming session on April 18 at 12:00 pm MST, Learn From Your Patrons: An Introduction to User Research.

Several CSL staff members presented at the CLiC Spring Workshop in Grand Junction on March 20 & 21. Couldn’t make it to Grand Junction? Never fear: many of the sessions will be repeated at the upcoming Spring Workshops in Fort Morgan on March 31 and in Pueblo on April 24 & 25. See the list of CSL presenters by location. Register for the upcoming workshops on the CLiC website.

The CSL Book Club Resource offers dozens of book kits that libraries can borrow for their own book clubs. This week, Arian (the Book Club guru) highlighted one title that will be of interest to all the dog lovers out there: Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley is the tale of a man and his best friend, a Dachsund named Lily. Read more about the book and learn how your library can check out Book Club titles.

Several CSL members were in Florida earlier this week for the RIPL Regional event in Miami. RIPL Regionals are scaled-down versions of the popular national library data boot camp that CSL and CLiC launched in 2015. See the calendar of upcoming RIPL Regional events and learn how you can attend.

Finally, the Colorado State Publications Library Blog has several new posts this week:

This post is part of the Spotlight on Sharing initiative, which aims to increase the visibility of resource sharing in Colorado libraries. How is your library sharing? We’d love to hear about it! Email Amy Hitcher, On Twitter follow @hitchlib and use the hashtag #spotlightonsharing.

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