Friday Grab Bag, October 25, 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.

Let’s open the Friday Grab Bag!

Creepin’ It Real

Ready for Halloween?  Join Englewood Public Library today, October 25, after the library closes at 6:00 pm for a spooktacular teen-only Mummy Party with games, crafts and snacks!  Come dressed in your mummy gear (no masks please).  Teens ages 12 to 18 are invited to use the garage entrance and party down!

All Wrapped Up. [Image courtesy of Brown and Gold – Regis University, Volume 51, Number 5, November 1, 1968. Accessed via the Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection.]
Do you like to tinker, invent and re-imagine things? Drop into Jefferson County Public Library’s maker space on October 28 from 4:30-6:30 pm for Witches’ Brew and DIY and let the creativity flow. Learn how to make Witches’ Brew in the lab, and sample it too, while creating festive Halloween projects. Costumes welcome and encouraged.

Join Clearview Library District on October 26 from 2:00-3:30 pm for a Halloween Party & Petting Zoo. Enjoy the petting zoo, creepy crafts, boo-rific games, spook-tacular activities, and yummy treats. Wear a costume, too! All ages welcome. No registration required. Please contact Ann for more information at

Join the Dolores Public Library for Tricks and Treats one Halloween (October 31) from 6:30-8:30 pm. There will be candy, games, and a spooky haunted library for ghouls and ghosts of all ages to enjoy.

Speaking of haunted, High Plains Library District has acquired a ghost! Head over to the Lincoln Park Library on October 26 at 6:00 pm for Haunted Library, where the Rocky Mountain Paranormal Society will present instructions to help us find our wayward spirit and help it cross over to the other side.

For a less spooky flavor, join Trinidad Carnegie Public Library on October 31 from 3:00-5:00 pm for Halloween at the Library. Enjoy costumes, candy, and books. Also, watch out for this guy! Okay, wait, this is a bit spooky.

Fun & Games

Garfield County Libraries hosts Reader’s Theater on November 1 at 10:30 am at the Silt Branch Library. In this club, kids get a chance to read scripts aloud. The goals are to read effectively and fluently, practice using voice, read with expression, and use facial expressions and gestures. The best part? No memorization! Kiddos can enjoy theater warm-ups and games, and stay for Meal Monkey after the session. Registration required.

Escape the Library with Eagle Valley Library District on October 29 from 6:00-7:00 pm. You and your team will have 30 minutes to solve a series of riddles, decipher the clues, and find the key to escape! Do you have the brainpower and teamwork skills needed to win? Or will you remain locked in the library forever? Hmmm…Is that a threat or a promise?

Teens are invited to Delta Library to participate in a Live Clue investigation based on the board game. Collect evidence and use clues to find out who murdered John Boddy and win a small prize.  The game is afoot October 28 through November 2 during library hours.

Museums & Libraries in the News

E-publishing rules could fetter access to material | Colorado Springs Independent
Recent decisions by national publishers may make it more difficult for libraries to purchase e-books and e-audiobooks — and the libraries aren’t happy

Moffat County Library And Museum Get A Funding Lifeline | CPR News
The Museum of Northwest Colorado and the Moffat County Public Library received unexpected funds from county commissioners – $150,000 each!

Boulder Public Library partners with BVSD to offer research resource | Colorado Daily
The Boulder Public Library and the Boulder Valley School District have partnered to give students access to the library’s research databases.

The Denver Art Museum has an unusually large, practically exclusive Monet exhibition. So what? | Denverite
The Denver Art Museum to be host to the biggest Claude Monet exhibition in the United States in 25 years.

4-year-old’s Lego skills on display at Lafayette library | Colorado Hometown Weekly
4-year old Tones Torres has been creating Lego displays since his birthday a few months ago – his creations are now on display at the Lafayette Public Library.

Let’s embrace Pikes Peak Library District and the joys of reading | The Gazette

Black History Museum celebrates 10th anniversary, plus more local fests and fun | Colorado Springs Independent
The Black History Museum is celebrating 10 years of sharing the incredible contributions made by black Americans to the growth and success of Colorado and the Pikes Peak region.

Arts & Crafts

Are you interested in creating while traveling? Or in using your journeys as inspiration for art or writing? Join Longmont Public Library and local artist Laura Garabedian on November 7 from 7:00-8:00 pm for Paints & a Passport: Traveling as Creative Inspiration, to talk about the intersection of travel and creativity. Laura will share stories about creating on the go, storing inspiration for later, and weathering the inevitable hiccups of travel.

Do you love movies? Have you ever wondered how they get made? Join Aurora Public Library on October 26 at 11:00 am for a Filmmaking Workshop, an interactive workshop where you’ll learn the filmmaking fundamentals used by pros and amateurs alike.

All ages are invited to drop by the Broomfield Depot Museum for Historic DIY: Harvest Crafts on October 26 from 1:00-3:00 pm. Create some traditional fall crafts to celebrate the harvest season and learn about farming and agriculture and its importance to early Broomfield history.

Learning & Leadership for All

Is leadership your passion?  Share that passion and expertise with your colleagues throughout the state and present a program at the CLiC Spring Workshops. The dates and locations for 2020 are:

  • Grand Junction: March 19 & 20
  • Fort Morgan: March 27
  • Pueblo: April 27 & 28

Submit your proposal by 11:11 am on Monday, November 11!  Not sure if presenting is for you? Let CLiC convince you with their Presenter Packet.

Advocacy 101: When Advocacy Becomes Second Nature | November 7 @ 1:00 pm
If advocacy is a scary word to you, this webinar from WebJunction and ARSL may change your feelings about it. Advocating for increased support for your library is an action that promotes the library’s success and contributes to your own enhanced ability to do your job well, with improved resources.

CoPLA Mini Conference: Level Up your Work | November 6 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
The Colorado Public Library Association (CoPLA) Mini Conference will take place on November 6 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Sam Gary Branch of the Denver Public Library.

What’s New at the Colorado State Library

Colorado Virtual Library

October is Conflict Resolution Month in Colorado – Let Book Club Help Spread the Word
This year’s title – The Rabbit Listened is a picture book that appeals to all ages, and we have several sets available for checkout.

Durango’s Library Community Champion Award
Durango Public Library’s Community Champion Award celebrates volunteers and generates community support.

Census 2020 + Libraries = Complete Count for Colorado
Are you ready for the 2020 Census? We’ve rounded up some resources to help your community count!

Learning Edge October 2019 #2
The Learning Edge October #2 is now available, and invites you to escape the ordinary and enjoy new learning adventures!

National Cybersecurity Awareness
October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month and we’ve rounded up some resources to help you Own IT. Secure IT. Protect IT.

State Publications Library

Learning Opportunities

GRT@YourLibrary: Dream & Discover with Melody & Gail

  • October 29 @ 12:00-1:00pm
  • Free! No registration required
  • Join online

CSL In Session: Supporting Developing Readers at the Library: Outreach for K-3rd Graders

  • November 4 @ 12:00-1:00pm
  • Free! No registration required
  • Join online

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.

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