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!
Before you give up on your old clothes, join Pikes Peak Library District for Visible Mending Clothes Clinic, a video series on garment mending skills and give your existing wardrobe an upgrade! In this 6-part video series, which kicks off on November 1, you’ll learn practical sewing skills including how to hem, patch, and adjust the fit of your existing garments, and new ways to customize your clothes for your own unique style.
Pueblo City-County Library invites adults, teens and tweens to learn to make Sushi Rolls at home with chef Kevin Alfonso on November 30 from 4:00-5:00 pm.
Join Bemis Library on November 10 at 2:00 pm for Good4U Food on a Budget. Discover how to support your and your family’s optimal health, without breaking the bank! Learn tips and tools for staying on track, using a meal planner, shopping and pantry list, and more. Presented by Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage.
Find your happy place with Westminster Public Library’s Hygge Happiness @ Home on Zoom on November 21 from 2:00-3:00 pm. Celebrate all things hygge (a Danish word meaning contentment and coziness) with crafting, backing and playing games. Supply bags will be distributed at Irving Street Library during curbside pick up hours, November 7-21. Please call 303-658-2301 when you’re on your way, and then again when you arrive.
Join the Broomfield Public Library on November 2 from 10:00-10:45 am for a Library Nature Walk and Collage Art. Observe nature, collect samples of leaves, twigs and more, listen to a story and end by making a nature collage. Registration required. Register one child in your family and then answer the question about how many people will attend together. Masks are required for ages 4 and up; families will be physically distanced for the program. Weather permitting.
Did you know that animals are all around us and leave clues as to where they’ve been? Join Boulder County Parks & Open Space and the Louisville Public Library for Looking for Wildlife Clues Zoom Show and Tell on November 4 at 3:30 pm. Learn how to be a wildlife detective and find clues in your neighborhood and on your next hike. Watch the video, go exploring in your neighborhood or a nearby open space, fill out your Wildlife Journal, and bring what you’ve found to this online program.
Pick ‘n’ Mix
Take a break mid-week and work on a Community Jigsaw Puzzle with Aurora Public Library on November 4 from 6:00-7:00 pm. We’ll be using the website jigsawpuzzles.io to work on the same puzzle together as a group, plus you can relax and chat with folks over Zoom’s audio chat. It’s a safe way to socialize and decompress! You’ll need a computer or tablet that can load jigsawpuzzles.io in order to participate, as well as a smartphone or a computer with a microphone to use Zoom.
Show your civic spirit and join Anythink Libraries for Talk, Take & Make: From Suffrage to Second-Wave Feminism—How Women Rocked the Vote on November 12 at 5:30 pm. Experts from the Molly Brown House Museum as they dive into the battles and victories of the suffragist movement. As part of this talk, you will be invited to craft along to recreate banners with suffrage messages. Supplies will be available to pick up at Anythink York Street starting November 5. Registration required.
Learning for All
Who Are We Designing for and Why? Service Design Techniques for Responsive Libraries | November 19 @ 1:00- 2:30 pm MT
The first in a two-part webinar series, this session will introduce design principles that can be used to enhance and improve future library services.
Grants & Funding
ALSC Summer Reading Grant
The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) is now accepting applications for the ALSC/Baker & Taylor Summer Reading Grant. The $3,000 grant is designed to encourage reading programs for children in public libraries. The committee also encourages proposals for children with physical or mental disabilities. Applicants must be ALSC and ALA members. The deadline for submissions is November 15, 2020.
Will Eisner Graphic Novels Grants
The 2021 Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries is now taking applications. These grants recognize libraries for their role in the growth of graphic literature. Each grantee receives $4,000 in funding for programming and collection development, as well as a selection of the 2021 Will Eisner Comic Industry Award winners. Applicants must be ALA members. The deadline to submit is February 7, 2021.
Take Note Colorado Grant Program
The goal of Take Note is to provide all K-12 students in Colorado access to musical instruments and instruction. Many students lack access to music instruction because of financial barriers or racial and social inequities in music instruction. By providing resources that advance innovative and equitable approaches to music instruction, Take Note seeks to ensure that all students in Colorado experience the power of music making.
Museums & Libraries in the News
Poudre Libraries Goes Fine Free!
Poudre River Public Library District is excited to announce it is eliminating overdue fines for customers on all Library materials. In addition, the District will waive all existing overdue fines from customer accounts. The new lending policy, which takes effect November 1, furthers the District’s mission of providing equal access to information and resources for everyone. Yay!
New library making progress, new housing available with more coming soon | The Daily Sentinel
Mesa County Public Library closed on the five-acre parcel and has been steadily taking steps toward building a new Clifton branch.
“Save Our Library” Committee Plans Outreach | The Mountain Ear
More than 130 signs, flyers and banners will be used on highly traveled Gilpin County roadways to encourage approval of the library’s mill levy, which is on the ballot this election cycle.
Health sciences library at CU Anschutz bolstered by, named for Holocaust refugee | Intermountain Jewish News
The Strauss Health Sciences Library at CU Anschutz is named in honor of Henry Strauss, a 1951 CU pharmacy school graduate who escaped Nazi Germany before becoming the first person in his family to attend college.
Digitizing the Collegian: Preserving the student voice across the years | CSU Source
After a long journey, issues of CSU’s student newspaper, the Collegian, has been digitized and added to the Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection.
What’s New at the Colorado State Library
- Opens November 1 (one-hour-a-week for four weeks)
- Registration Required
Libraries Serving Older Adults During COVID: A Facilitated Conversation
- November 18 @ 12:00 pm MT
- Email Christine Kreger to register
- November 12 @ 10:00 am: Library Board Essentials (for Governing Boards)
- November 19 @ 4:00 pm: Trustee Talk: Library Values & Ethics
Fall Youth Services Workshops
The 2020 Fall Youth Services will be all virtual, all in November! There will be 4 sessions, each 2 hours long, all on Zoom. Workshops are free, and no registration is required but attendance is capped at 100 per session.
State Publications Blog
Colorado Virtual Library
Shine-a-Light: Spotlight on Innovative Practices
CU Denver’s LDT-Library Program and Colorado State Library have partnered in a new series of webinars, Shine-a-Light: Spotlight on Innovative Practices.
November is National Family Literacy Month!
This November, you are invited to take part in 30 Days of Families Learning Together, a guide providing a month’s worth of family literacy activities and practices designed to inspire family memories rooted in imagining, playing, and learning together.
The Learning Edge, October #2
The Learning Edge October #2 is chock full of educator events, news and tools.
We’ve rounded up resources to help you help students determine fact from fiction with the ongoing information overload from websites, news outlets, and social media posts.
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.
Are you thinking of making a change this year in your job? Check out Library Jobline for hot new library employment opportunities.
- Instruction and Online Learning Librarian: Fort Lewis College / Durango, CO
- Senior Librarian – Creative Services: Pikes Peak Library District / Colorado Springs, CO
- Director- Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: Pikes Peak Library District / Colorado Springs, CO
- Branch Library Specialist: Boulder Public LIbrary / Boulder, CO
- Volunteer Coordinator: Garfield County Libraries / Rifle, CO
- Library Page – Various Locations: Jefferson County Public Library / Various, CO
- Adult Librarian: Eaton Public Library / Eaton, CO
- Ask a Librarian Apprenticeship: University of Colorado Boulder Libraries / Boulder, CO
- Patron Experience Associate (Full Time, Part Time, Bilingual, Sub, Ambassador, Core Service): Jefferson County Public Library / Lakewood, CO
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