Friday Grab Bag, November 20, 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.

Let’s open the Friday Grab Bag!

Spotlight on Local History

Bringing Local History Alive | November 20 @ 1:00 pm MT
Does your library have a special collection full of rich historic details about the community you serve? While relatively few people actively seek out primary local history materials, everyone loves to hear stories about the places they live. This presentation from Emporia State University will discuss how to get your community to engage with your local history collections using social media, traditional media, and library programming. Finally, the presentation will explore ways to get people in your community to share their own stories.

In 2020, Vail Rotary Club celebrated its 50th anniversary of service to Eagle County, Colorado and the world community. Tony Mauro, the “Voice of Vail,” interviewed several early and otherwise instrumental members of Vail Rotary Club and those interviews are now available via the Vail Public Library’s Vail Rotary Club Oral History Compilation.

If you live in an older home, have you ever thought about those that lived there before you? How about the evolution of your home’s structure as it has gone through renovations? Or maybe you have a curiosity about if your home has a sordid past? Join Denver Public Library for “House Histories” Presented by Sara Dawson on November 21 from 9:30 am – 12:00 pm. Sara researches older homes to discover the historic significance of the people, place, architecture, and events that took place there to assist homeowners and associations applying for local, state, or national historic designations.

Have you ever wondered how Colorado’s most iconic mountains got their names? In their new book, Colorado’s Highest: The History of Naming the 14,000-Foot Peaks, Colorado author Jeri L. Norgren and photographer John Fielder use historical texts, maps, and sketches—and Fielder’s iconic photos—to take readers through the stories behind the names of all 58 14,000-foot peaks. Join Pitkin County Library on December 3 at 6:00 pm for a free virtual presentation with Norgren and Fielder, who will share their favorite naming stories and present stunning photographs from the book. Click HERE to register.

The More you Know

Have questions about your housing situation? Join Jefferson County Public LIbrary and the Colorado Poverty Law Project on December 2 at 6:00 pm for Know Your Housing Rights/Conozca Sus Derechos de Vivienda. Learn about your rights when facing eviction, reasonable accommodations, service and emotional support animals in housing, the warranty of habitability, rights under the Mobile Home Park Act, and more. Walk away with a better understanding of your options and community resources. To register, click HERE.

Confused about health insurance and the cost? Join Garfield County Libraries for The 5 W’s of Health Insurance on November 20 at 1:30 pm. Learn how health insurance works and what is available to help with the costs. This virtual class is presented in partnership with Mountain Family Health Centers. Everyone is welcome to attend and no library card is needed.

Happy Hours

Cheers! Join Anythink Libraries on November 21 from 5:00-6:00 pm for NovemBEER – Virtual Beer Tasting with the Head Brewer from Wonderland Brewing. Try a sampling of their beers and discuss flavor profiles and the brewing process. Beer flights are limited and participants will be notified on how to pick up their beer in the days before the tasting. Only one beer flight per household.

Join Wilkinson Public Library for Zoom Booze & Books on Thursday December 10 from 5:15-6:15 pm. Sip on a libation while chatting with other bibliophiles about books you have read recently. It’s totally open ended!

The cooler weather means it’s time to warm up with a festive drink! Join Pikes Peak Library District to learn how to make DIY Mulled Wine or Cider at home.  A kit containing  fresh ingredients and recipe will be provided and you will provide one bottle of sweet red wine or apple cider. You can follow the recipe included in the kit or tune in for a YouTube video premiering on December 7.

Learning for All

Future Ready Librarians Summits: Leading from the Library Through Uncertain Times | November 21 @ 9:00 am MT
The Future Ready Librarians summit is a series of FREE, virtual, interactive, high-quality professional learning experiences for librarians who are interested in learning, growing and expanding their professional practice through collaboration and networking with like-minded colleagues from across the country. This summit will focus on Collaborative Leadership with an emphasis on leading beyond the library during uncertainty. For more information and to register, visit:

Museums & Libraries in the News

 Friends remember Sandy King as force behind the libraries in Florissant and Woodland Park | Pikes Peak Courier
Sandy King, who passed away on October 1 due to a lung infection, was instrumental in bringing the libraries to Woodland Park and Florissant.

Local author donates books to Regional Library, Salida Museum | The Mountain Mail
The Salida Museum and the Salida Regional Library were presented copies of Uncommon People of Salida from author Wallace K. Ewing, Ph.D.

Fun and Games

Douglas County Libraries’ Quarantine(ish) Quiz Show is back with a Holiday Classics edition on December 4 from 7:00-8:00 pm! Get in the spirit of the season with classic holiday books and movies, a sprinkle of holiday pop culture, and a dash of winter facts and fun. Put on your flannel jammies, whip up some hot cocoa, and get cozy, but don’t forget to register!

Join Boulder Public Library on December 2 at 4:30 pm for a virtual Murder Mystery Party, a carefully crafted whodunnit in which you take on the roles of suspects and sleuths to unravel the mystery and solve a murder! For teens in grades 6 – 12.

What’s New at the Colorado State Library

Learning Opportunities

Free Online Learning Opportunities for November
The free online learning opportunities keep coming!

Growing Readers Together: Quick Bites Webinar Series Returns in December
Growing Readers Together returns with a fresh series of 20 minute GRT Quick Bites webinars this December!

Library Research Service

Conduct an Evaluation Without Ever Leaving Your Desk
Conduct an evaluation without ever leaving your desk! No, really…even during a pandemic. That’s one of the many advantages of secondary research.

Colorado Virtual Library

Teens: Vote on the Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award!
If you work with teens, please encourage them to vote for the Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award! There are only six weeks left: the voting deadline is December 31st.

Schools and COVID-19: In-Person, Remote, or Hybrid?
Curious about the costs and benefits of in-person learning while cases of COVID-19 are on the rise? Check out the new resources at the State Pubs Library.

State Publications Blog

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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