Friday Grab Bag, November 15, 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.

Now into the bag!

Birthdays & Beginnings

November 2019 marks Denver Public Library’s 130th year serving the people of Denver and they are celebrating their patrons and supporters by marking their library cards. If you’ve had your library card for five or more years, present it at any DPL location and library staff will take care of the rest. Share a library story and get some bling for your card! Happy Birthday DPL!!

Denver Public Library, 1955. [Image courtesy of the Denver Public Library Western History Dept. Accessed via the Digital Public Library of America]
Eagle Valley Library District hosts a Grand Opening Celebration of the Eagle Public Library on November 16, from 9:45 am – 5:00pm. Patrons can tour the spacious two-story building and use its many new and upgraded amenities.  Various activity stations for children and families will be set up throughout the library. Light refreshments will also be available throughout the day. Congratulations EVLD!!

And a belated congratulations to the Pikes Peak Library District, which celebrated the opening of its 15th location, the Calhan branch, last week. Congrats PPLD!!

Mixed Media

Boulder Public Library hosts Storm Podcast Live Show! on November 21 from 6:00-7:30 pm with hosts Joanna Robinson (Vanity Fair), Dave Gonzales (Fighting in the War Room) and Neil Miller (Film School Rejects), who will tape a special episode on Star Wars and the end of the Skywalker saga. The Storm podcast has evolved to help you cheer, jeer and dry your tears over the most influential TV and Movie Zeitgeists of our time. Register today to reserve a seat and keep in mind that mature content could be in the mix.

Join Denver Public Library on November 16 at 9:30 am for Having the Last Word: America’s Obsession with Obits. Sally Stich, a freelance magazine writer and teacher, will share the history, politics, and the ethics of obits (social media has changed the game!), how reading obits is good for your health and finally, why the New York Times is the gold standard of obits, with examples of some of the best obituaries written for the NYT.

Adults and teens are invited to join the live studio audience for a taping of The Truth Is… Panel Show at Pikes Peak Library District on November 20 from 3:30-8:00 pm. This unique social media game show promotes creators and keeps the laughs coming! Please note that show may contain some adult humor. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Pick ‘n’ Mix

On November 19 from 5:45-7:15, Pine River Library hosts Living Room Conversations: Relationships over Politics: Connecting with Friends and Family. Living Room Conversations provide an easy structure for engaging in friendly yet meaningful conversation between parties that disagree and are intended to increase understanding, reveal common ground, and sometimes lead to possible solutions.

Archaeologist and Tribal Liaison Sally Crum presents  Cowboys and Natives of Grand Mesa: Interviews with a “pool rider” and a Ute Elder at Mesa County Libraries on November 21 at 12:00 pm. Crum will show videos of her interview with Plateau Valley cowboy Louis Kitson about riding the Park Creek Allotment on Grand Mesa and her interview with Northern Ute elder Clifford Duncan about the excavation of the Lands End Site along Kannah Creek.

Join Poudre River Public Library tonight (November 15) at 7:00 pm for Marvel Murder Mystery Night. Solve the mystery whilst feasting and honoring heroes as only the Norse can. But, there’s one hero who won’t make it to the Feast of Fallen Heroes. Can you follow the clues, interview the guests, and figure out what happened to them? Cosplay encouraged!

Museums & Libraries in the News

Greeley Tribune building purchased by High Plains Library District | Greeley Tribune
The distinctive Greeley Tribune building will soon take on a new role as the home of the downtown branch of the High Plains Library District.

The Library Of Congress Wants To Hear Every Veteran’s Story. That Includes Those In Colorado | CPR News
The Library of Congress’s Veterans History Project aims to capture every veteran’s story – from the humorous and the heroic to the harrowing.

Highlands Ranch library to be renamed | Highlands Ranch Herald
The Highlands Ranch library will soon be renamed to represent its geographic location, removing the name of former longtime Douglas County Library director James H. LaRue.

Open to opinion | Southeast Express
Pikes Peak Library District and research firm Elevated Insights will be conducting a community needs survey of both existing and potential library patrons in El Paso County.

Referenda Roundup 2019: Final Report | American Libraries Magazine
Colorado had a big year at the ballot box, with eight out of eleven library measure passed.

For Colorado Libraries Desperate For More Funding, Voters Gave A Mixed Bag | CPR News
The push to fund Delta County Public Libraries through a mill levy increase failed with about 56% of voters rejecting it.

November is a great month to see Denver museums, attractions for free | The Denver Channel
Free days at the Denver Zoo, Denver Museum of Nature & Science and other locations are sponsored by the Scientific & Cultural Facilities District.

Making & Baking

Join Nederland Community Library on November 24 for Make and Take Upcycled Paper Arts Program. Make an eco-friendly wreath for your favorite bibliophile and a hedgehog to go along with it!  Great for all ages. Materials, refreshments and encouragement provided. Click here to register.

Design your own cookie cutter and learn about the basics of 3D printing at Jefferson County Public Library’s 3D-Printed Cookie Cutters class on November 24 from 1:00-2:00 PM. Create your own design, then pick up your print two weeks later. No previous experience required.

In celebration of the month of Willa Cather, join Vail Public Library & Pastry chef Heather Romero for MOLASSES STACK CAKE MAKING on November 21 at 5:30 pm.  Ingredients and tools needed to create an old fashioned stack cake, which was made for gatherings and weddings in pioneer times, will be provided, but space is limited so be sure to RSVP to reserve your spot. Reserve at or 970.4792.

Learning for All

Auraria Library hosts an Inspire Discovery Showcase on December 3 from 10:30-2:30pm. Learn how Innovative is using BIBFRAME/Linked Data in the new Inspire Discovery platform. The day includes a live demo of Inspire, Inspire ERM, a 2020 Roadmap and more. Even if your library is using a different ILS or discovery platform it will be informative and interesting to see Innovative’s new approach on discovery. This event is free, and lunch will be provided, but you need to RSVP to reserve your seat.

Join the Colorado Department of Education for a presentation of How Colorado Libraries are Graduating Adults: Caps, Gowns and Bright Futures on November 19 from 10:30-11:00 am. Learn how Colorado libraries are helping adults earn a high school diploma and how to bring Career Online High School to your community! Click HERE to register.

If you work in a small and rural library, consider applying for a small and rural library scholarship to the national RIPL event in summer 2020 by November 22. Best of all, if you participate in the RIPL event, you will become eligible for Embedding Evaluation, a training program that can help you further build evaluation skills, and embed evaluation in your library. Click HERE to apply.

What’s New at the Colorado State Library

Colorado Virtual Library

What’s Your Story? Create Impact Through Smart Storytelling
Guest contributors Sandy Irwin of Durango Public Library, and Katherine Weadley of the Colorado Library Consortium provide some tips designed to help you effectively share the story of your library.

Learning Edge November #1
This edition invites you to celebrate National Gratitude Month and rounds up professional learning events, digital learning resources, and news from the education field.

Get To Know CSL: Diane Walden on Institutional Library Development
#GetToKnowCSL is back, but this time we’re digging a little deeper.

Diane Walden, Director of Institutional Library Development

One Book Colorado

What book will 4 year olds love? There is only one more week to cast your ballot, so be sure to watch the videos, then vote for your favorite book by November 21!

OB4C Titles

Learning Opportunities

Free Online Learning Opportunities for November 2019
The Wyoming State Library has once again curated a huge list of free, online learning opportunities for November! Happy learning!

State Publications Library

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.

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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