Friday Grab Bag, October 23, 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.

One Book Colorado

There are still a couple days left to get a copy of this year’s One Book Colorado winner – The Little Red Fort by Brenda Maier, with illustrations by Sonia Sanchez! In the meantime, our friends at Garfield County Public Libraries shared a very special storytime, and our fearless leader Nicolle Davies appeared on Channel 7 to discuss OBC and this year’s winner.

Let’s open the Friday Grab Bag!

Tricks & Treats

Head down to the Lamar Public Library parking lot on October 30 from 5:00-7:00 pm for a socially distanced Trunk-or-TreatTrunk-or-Treat is a Halloween tradition in which cars get just as decked out as candy-seekers. Participants bring their cars to a central location, and then decorate them with some kind of thematic flair. Then, costumed trunk-or-treaters roam from vehicle to vehicle, collecting candy and Halloween treats as they go.

Longmont Public Library hosts Coast to Coast Ghosts on November 4 from 7:00-8:30 pm. Join author and local ghost hunter Richard Estep as he talks about some of America’s most haunted places and what he has been up to since his last talk in 2019. For ages 16 and over – registration required. Click HERE to register.

Join Wilkinson Public Library for a Teen Holiday Movie Night on October 31 from 5:30-9:00 pm out on the patio. Costumes encouraged! There will be a costume contest -1st place receives a prize! Snacks will be provided, but be sure to bring warm clothing, blankets, sleeping bags, etc. Registration required. Weather permitting.

Challenge Accepted

Join Arapahoe Libraries on October 23 at 7:00 pm from Pop Culture Trivia: Spooky Edition. Test your pop culture knowledge of all things spooky and scary. Assemble your team or compete on your own. Go head-to-head with your fellow competitors in this friendly game and let your love for pop culture show. For teens, tweens and adults. Families are welcome.

Mesa County Libraries’ Graphic Novel Reading Challenge encourages all comic fans to read graphic novels for the month of October. With categories for all ages and prizes to win, register online at:

Enter to win Clear Creek County Library District’s Virtual Costume Contest! Send a photo of your costume to by November 1. Indicate your home library branch (Idaho Springs, or John Tomay). Photos of entrants will be shared on social media, along with prize winners. Winners from each category will receive a $20 gift card to the Clear Creek business of their choice!

Museums & Libraries in the News

Colorado State University’s Artist-Curated Virtual Exhibition Series Features Renowned Photographer Jess T. Dugan | North Forty News
The virtual exhibition at CSU’s Gregory Allicar Museum of Art features 38 photographs set in dialogue in addition to 18 museum collection works.

Historic ballot box patented in 1884 on display at Eagle Public Library | Vail Daily
Along with the delivery of ballots, the Eagle County Clerk’s Office and Eagle County Historical Society delivered a little bit of election history this week. An early day ballot box, patented in 1884, is on display in the History Department of the Eagle Public Library through the election season.

From the Museum to the Classroom: Expanding a Nationwide Digital Learning Collaboration | Southern Maryland Chronicle
History Colorado (HC) is participating in the Institute for Library and Museum Studies’ Museums for Digital Learning  initiative, which is focused on building the museum field’s capacity to connect through teachers and students through the creation of thematic resources kits with digital assets from the Field Museum in Chicago and HC.

Denver’s Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera show will test limits of patience and planning | The Know
When Denver Art Museum (DAM) announced the Mexican Modernism exhibition in late 2019, no one anticipated the logistical challenges that come with a global pandemic. The show premieres on October 25, and DAM anticipates capacity will be 25% of what it normally would be.

Grants & Funding

Libraries Transforming Communities: Focus on Small and Rural LIbraries
The American Library Association (ALA) invites libraries in small and rural communities to apply for grant funding to help them address issues of concern in their communities. Up to 650 U.S. libraries in small and rural communities will receive $3,000 each to tackle issues ranging from media literacy to COVID-19 safety to unemployment. Grants will be awarded in two waves in 2020 and 2021. Applications will be accepted from Sept. 21 to Dec. 2, 2020.

What’s New at the Colorado State Library

Learning Opportunities

CSL in Session: Level It Up: Evaluating Beginning Readers

  • October 27 @ 12:00 pm
  • Free, no registration required!
  • Join Online

Patron Privacy Webinar for Library Trustees – October 2020

  • October 27 @ 4:00 pm
  • Free!
  • Registration required

Let’s Talk Media Literacy Webinar

  • October 28 @ 4:00 pm
  • Free
  • Registration required

State Publications Blog

Library Research Service

Not creeping continued: may we have this data?
Make sure you’re aware of ethical considerations around informed consent and working with vulnerable populations. Learn more about Research Ethics from LRS.

Colorado Virtual Library

CHNC: Making Historic Newspapers Easily Available to Your Patrons
Just because you digitize your historic newspapers and add them to the Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection, doesn’t mean that your patrons will find them. So we’ve developed options, from MARC records to search widgets, to help!

CDE Provided Reading Training
The Colorado Department of Education is offering training options to meet the requirement for all Kindergarten through 3rd-grade teachers to complete evidence-based training in teaching reading by the 2021-22 school year.

Trustee Corner – October 2020
The October Issue of Trustee Corner honors Outstanding Library Trustees of the Year, rounds up trustee resources from the State Pubs Library, and much more!

The Learning Edge
The Learning Edge Oct #2 is now available – this issue includes updates from Microsoft and Google, along with information on webinars, training, and events.

Election Resources for the Print Impaired from the Colorado Talking Book Library
The Colorado Talking Book Library has important election information available for the print impaired, including an audio version of the 2020 Legislative Blue Book, and detailed instructions for Electronic Ballot Marking.

Are you thinking of making a change this year in your job?  Check out Library Jobline for hot new library employment opportunities.

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