Friday Grab Bag, May 21, 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.

Let’s open the Friday Grab Bag!

Celebrate Good Times

Join Nederland Community Library on June 1 from 3:00-7:00 pm for a Grand Opening Celebration and Summer Reading Kick off! Celebrate more visiting options for the public, pick up your Summer Reading kits, enjoy ice cream, and of course access to books, experience passes, more! The party starts at 3:00 pm and materials can be collected in front of the library.

Celebrate the 150-year anniversary (sesquicentennial) of the founding of Colorado Springs with Pikes Peak Library District’s 2021 Pikes Peak Regional History Symposium – Nice, Naughty, & Notable: Colorado Springs at 150. This year’s program has been divided into four separate virtual events on May 22, June 26, July 24, and August 28 from 10:00-11:30 am.

Help the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) celebrate the recipients of the 2021 Michael L. Printz Award on May 27 at 7:00 pm! Come listen to the award-winning authors speak about their writing, followed by a Q&A. The annual award is administered by YALSA and sponsored by Booklist magazine.

Families are invited to join Douglas County Libraries on June 9 from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm for Galaxy DCL: Kickoff Celebration. Stop by for a sweet ice cream treat! Pick up your log and registration prizes, enjoy a few activities, and take in a “Rocketry” lesson with The Space Foundation and Discovery Center.  Located just outside the library.

Pick ‘n’ Mix

Delta County Libraries invites adults to the North Fork Valley locations (Crawford, Hotchkiss, and Paonia) in May and share a personal or family recipe with the community in the North Fork Valley Recipe Swap! Just pick up and fill out a recipe card to share with others and take home a new recipe to enjoy!

Throughout the month of May, read Just South of Home by Karen Strong for Aurora Public Library’s Family Book Club, and check APL’s blog every Monday for discussion questions and share your thoughts as you read along. Then, join the library on May 24 at 5:00 pm to Meet Author Karen Strong via Webex.

On Friday, May 21, 2021, Denver Public Library’s LitLine will feature author Jonny Sun. Sun is the New York Times and international best-selling author of Goodbye, Again. His latest book is a collection of essays, stories and poems covering topics such as mental health, happiness, and what it means to belong. To listen to Jonny Sun on LitLine dial 720-865-2003 and select option 1. Available through May 28!

Want to get out and meet your neighbors, learn how you can connect, enhance, and celebrate your neighborhood? Join Poudre River Public Library District on May 26 from 7:00-8:00 pm for Know Your City: Next Level Neighborhoods with Neighborhood Services to connect and thrive right where you live!


Mesa County Libraries invites you to participate in the Mirrors and Windows Reading Experience to explore the stories of our diverse world in order to help you connect with your neighbors. Complete this reading experience by earning badges. For each badge, you will select and explore a title, reflect and/or share how the materials you chose sit with you. Each badge you earn will allow you to discover new stories or connect with stories similar to your own.

Join Arapahoe Libraries on May 27 from 4:00-5:00 pm for Family Zoo Tour: Desert Dome, a virtual tour of the world’s largest indoor desert. From under the biggest glazed geodesic dome on earth, we’ll view plant and animal life from three of the world’s deserts. As we search the desert for clawed, camouflaged, carnivorous and crawling critters, we learn how plants protect their water, why it’s better to be furry than bald, and what a roadrunner has in common with a lizard. Presented by the Henry Doorly Zoo.

Learning for All

Libraries Will Save the World! Implementing Sustainability at Your Library | May 26 @ 8:00 am
Concerned about climate change? Help your library “go green” by leveraging the super power of libraries everywhere: the make-do mindset! You’ll learn solutions for everything from sustainable programming practices, environmental partnerships, as well as easy eco-friendly swaps, based on the experience of the Eureka Springs Carnegie Library.

Museums and Libraries in the News

Record your own album at this Colorado Springs library studio | Fox 21 News
Pikes Peak Library District’s Sand Creek Library offers a professional-grade recording studio that has almost everything you need to record a full-length album.

Denver Celebrates Three New Public Art Installations Across The City | CBS 4 Denver
Denver Public Library branches will host 2 new public art installations: A Life Cycle Story by Maureen Heart at the Smiley branch, and Time a Friend of the future, Not an Enemy of the Past by Valerie Savarie at the Byers branch.

Boulder City Council agrees to create tax-supported library district | Colorado Hometown Weekly
On May 17, Boulder City Council unanimously supported moving forward with district formation.

Chapter officially closing on Northeast Colorado Bookmobile | Journal-Advocate
After more than 60 years of service, the Northeast Colorado Bookmobile Services will quietly fade into the pages of history. The decision to eliminate the service was made when supporting counties (Kit Carson, Logan, Morgan, Washington, Yuma, and Phillips) collectively decided to no longer fund the services.

What’s New at the Colorado State Library

Colorado Virtual Library

Why Use Inclusive Language?
Inclusive language is a broad and evolving topic. Library staff engage with many different types of people and we can reinforce what libraries represent as an inclusive place for all by using the language that mirrors our values.

Touring Colorado’s Collections: City of Thornton Archive Digital Collection
This spring, the City of Thornton Archive launched a digital repository in partnership with the CSL’s CVL Collections program. Take a tour of their growing collection – you never know what you’ll find!

Are you thinking of making a change this year in your job?  Check out Library Jobline for 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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