Friday Grab Bag, March 6, 2020

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 begin, I just wanted to let everyone know that the grab bag is taking a short hiatus and will return on March 20th.

Now into the bag…

Women’s History Month

Commemorate Women’s History Month with Pikes Peak Library District and the Legendary Ladies on March 21st from 1:00-2:00 pm! Hear from six historical reenactors who portray real, courageous women who helped shape the West.

In honor of Women’s History Month, join Vail Public Library for Self-Love Yoga Workshop for Women with Twyla Gingrich on March 19 at 5:30 pm. Explore why self-love can be such a challenge and yoga’s inspiring view on self-love; Experience a gentle yoga practice focused on loving-kindness; Leave empowered to implement one self-love practice into your life!

The Women’s Vote Centennial Colorado // 2020 (lead by the the Women’s Vote Centennial Commission and History Colorado, with help from community partners across the state), gives multi-generational audiences the opportunity to learn about the journey and struggle to achieve voting rights, understand the contributions of women in Colorado history, and underscore the value of each of our voices with the right to vote.

Colorado suffragist Caroline Churchill at a suffrage event

On March 12 from 7:00-8:30 pm the Avenir Museum in Fort Collins hosts Fashioning Women’s Rights: Suffragists’ Political Style and its Visual Legacies. Dr. Einav Rabinovitch-Fox will discuss women’s uses of fashion as a means of negotiating new freedoms and of expressing modern political and gender identities, and how questions of beauty and appearance were an important part of feminist struggles and ideology during the twentieth century.

Census 2020

Census Day, April 1, 2020, is right around the corner and the Colorado State Census Hub has a short and sweet Fact Sheet that lists what you can and cannot do when helping people with Census 2020.  Additional guidance from the State Demographer’s Office includes helpful and concise DOs and DON’Ts.

What you can do:

  • Provide secure links to
  • Share the sample form with people – you can even download and print it
  • Help people log in to the census form
  • Help people navigate the online census form WITHOUT looking at their answers
  • Help people access phone support, 800-923-8282 OR 301-763-INFO

What you cannot do:

  • Fill out a census form for someone
  • Look at a person’s form as they are filling it out.
  • Help a person decide how to answer questions.

2020 Census Guidebook
Together We Count, a Colorado nonprofit formed for Census 2020 support has compiled a succinct guide in both English and Spanish to share with everyone at your library and in your community.

Be the Census 2020 expert at your library with library-focused tools created and compiled by CLiC to inform and engage your community!

  • CLiC Census 2020 for libraries
  • Social Media Toolkit
  • Questions on libraries and Census? Email:

Performing Arts

Join Lamar Public Library for a free Trailblazer Acting /Theater Audition Workshop on March 14, from 1:00-5:00 pm. Bring a monologue and a song and learn tips to make your audition stand out, brush up on your technique, and get live coaching. Adults and children ages 6-106 welcome!

Mesa County Libraries hosts TED-Ed Club  on most Mondays through mid-April (check the schedule for details) from 5:30-7:30 pm. TED-Ed sessions resemble a Toastmasters meeting, with a format that includes impromptu speeches, prepared speeches, and evaluations.  The program is for teenagers between 13-18 years of age who can benefit from improved communication and leadership skills. Participants learn to apply the principles of better listening, thinking, speaking, and leadership.

Local Expertise

Pikes Peak Library District hosts their 5th annual Human Library event on March 7 from 1:00-4:00 pm.The Human Library is a collection of people from all walks of life featuring “human books” available for “checkout.” Individuals serve as human “books” and participants can “read” the book by engaging in a conversation with the book on loan. Readers have the opportunity to have a 20-minute conversation with their book selections. Click here for additional information about the program and to preview the 2020 titles! You may reserve your favorite title by calling (719) 389-8968 through today, but walk-ins will also be available on the day of the event.

If you enjoyed any iteration of television’s CSI, you won’t want to miss Denver Public Library’s presentation of The Medicolegal Death Investigation on March 9 from 6:30-7:30 pm. Denver Coroner’s Office Investigator Erin Wormell will share what it means to be a Medicological Death Investigator.  Using actual crime scene photos, learn how a crime scene is processed. Caution – program includes graphic imagery.

Grants & Funding Opportunities

Council on Library and Information Resources: Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives
Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives, a program of the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), is intended to help digitize and provide access to collections of rare or unique content in cultural heritage institutions. Online initial proposals must be submitted by March 31, 2020; final proposals are due September 4, 2020. Visit the link above to learn more about the application process.

Leading For All

Time is running out to apply for the 2020-21 Colorado Association of Libraries Leadership Institute (aka CALLI). Click HERE for application details and to apply. Applications are due March 16, 2020.

Museums & Libraries in the News

What Can Museums Learn from the “American Dirt” Controversy? | American Alliance of Museums
The national conversation about the recently released novel American Dirt highlights issues of race, ethnicity, and identity; how stories are told; who should tell those stories; and the responsibility of the publishing industry in these decisions—holds several valuable lessons for the museum world.

Read Local: Colorado Author Series at Arapahoe Libraries | The Know (Denver Post Blog)
Arapahoe Libraries provides a front row seat as local authors share their writing journeys that lead to successful publication.

What’s New at the Colorado State Library

Learning Opportunities

They’re Collecting What?: Reading Vendor Privacy Policies With an Eye to Privacy Concerns

  • March 10 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Free – no registration required!
  • Join online

CSL in Session Webinar: By the People For the People – Creating Community Profiles

  • March 25 @ 12:00-1:00 pm
  • Free – no registration required!
  • Join online

Free Online Learning Opportunities for March
Still hibernating? Cozy up to these free online learning opportunities (lovingly curated by the Wyoming State Library).

Colorado State Library Presentations at 2020 CLiC Spring Workshops in Grand Junction
Colorado State Library staff will be giving a wide variety of presentations at the 2020 CLiC Spring Workshops March 19 & 20 in Grand Junction.

Colorado Virtual Library

Digital Learning Day 2020
Digital Learning Day (Feb. 27), was conceived as a way to ensure that all youth have access to high-quality digital learning opportunities no matter where they live. We’ve got resources to help you celebrate year round.

Celebrate Earth Day’s 50th Anniversary at your Library
Wednesday, April 22 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day and we’ve rounded up resources to help you raise awareness and celebrate this milestone at your library.

Library Research Service Blog

State Publications Blog

Library Related Employment:

Are you thinking of making a change this year in your job?

Montrose Regional Library is seeking a Head of Adult Services that is passionate about providing exceptional service to the community. If this sounds like you, send your resume and cover letter to:

Paul Paladino, Director
Montrose Regional Library District
320 S. 2nd St.
Montrose CO  81401

And, check out Library Jobline for more hot new library employment opportunities.

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 Marisa Wood, Also, be sure to follow Colorado State Library on Twitter and Facebook.

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