Friday Grab Bag, September 1, 2017

Friday Grab Bag is a weekly Spotlight on Sharing series that highlights fun, unique, and interesting happenings in Colorado libraries, and includes news from the Colorado State Library.

Please note: There will not be a Friday Grab Bag next week; it will return on September 15.

Now let’s open this week’s Grab Bag!

Campus Life

Louisville Public Library’s Money Matters Series continues with Student Loan Strategies, September 13 from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. Student loan debt affects 45 million Americans, who hold over $1.3 trillion in student loan balances. This class will explore options for reducing student loan debt, including government repayment programs, scholarships, and consolidation.

Learn tips and strategies for navigating the college admissions process at Basalt Regional Library, September 11 at 6:30 pm. Peter Van Buskirk will lead the workshop.

The Learning Commons at Regis University is holding a Critical Reading Skills Workshop on September 12. Students will learn how to identify useful information from books and articles during the research process.

As part of their Maverick Research Workshops series, Colorado Mesa University’s Tomlinson Library is offering Trailhead to Knowledge, a learner-centered workshop on developing strong research questions. This program will be offered twice, September 5 & 6. See the library’s event calendar for details.

Auraria Library’s Knowledge Market is open for business! Students can stop in for help with research, writing, and tutoring. There are even some fun reads available when you need a break from studying.

Arthur Lakes Library at Colorado School of Mines is starting Mindfulness Mondays in partnership with Wellness at Mines and the Organization of Meditators at Mines. Starting September 11, students and faculty are invited to visit the library for guided meditation.

Pick ‘n’ Mix

Fort Collins Book Festival (FoCo Book Fest) returns October 21, 2017 with the theme Writings and Riffs. Sonic Youth musician, New York Times bestselling author, and visual artist Kim Gordon will headline the free event, which is produced by Poudre River Public Library District in partnership with CSU Morgan Library. The author lineup will also include Steve Knopper, Craig Werner, G. Brown, and Khadijah Queen.

Social isolation, a growing problem in the U.S., can negatively affect your emotional and physical health. Discover strategies to create a stronger connection with your community during Intimacy vs. Isolation: Connecting in the Modern World at Broomfield Library, September 14 from 6:00 to 7:30 pm.

Learn about the Pioneer Women of Fremont County with Sherry Johns, September 6 at 5:30 pm at the John C. Fremont Library. Sherry will share tales and never-before-seen photos of these hardy settlers.

Ignacio Community Library is hosting an Open Art Studio on Tuesdays and Fridays in September from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. This is a time that anyone can work on their art projects while enjoying the company of other artists.

September is Startup Month at Anythink Libraries, designed to support entrepreneurs and small business owners in Adams County. The month-long series will feature programs, networking opportunities, and partnerships, and will cover topics such as marketing, design thinking, hiring, and business plans. There are even programs geared towards kids and teens. Visit the Startup Month website for the full listing of events.

What’s New at the Colorado State Library

Scholarships & Grants

State Grants to Libraries funding is available for 2017-18! Eligible public, school, and academic libraries are encouraged to submit a short eligibility form by September 15. Funds can be used books, e-books, database subscriptions, and other educational resources.


Arian the Book Club guru posted a fond farewell on Colorado Virtual Library. We wish her well on her future adventures!

New this week on the Colorado State Publications Library Blog: The Colorado State Fair | Preventing School Violence | Time Machine Tuesday: Teaching Colorado History | Colorado’s Labor History

Professional Development Opportunities

Colorado State Library consultants will be in Durango on September 21 & 22, 2017 for CSL Share & Learn, an event that combines professional learning with time for sharing. Registration is open through September 15 for this free event, open to all library and museum staff. We hope you will join us!

On the next CSL in Session: Is It Really Dead? How to rescue programs for hard-to-reach communities. Join this free webinar Sept. 28 at noon MDT. No registration required.

Join the quarterly RIPL webinar, Buy-In Not Opt-Out: Creating a Culture for Staff Driven Metrics. Sept. 28 at noon MDT.

Fun & Informative

Outside the Lines, a global initiative to demonstrate library innovation, is September 10-16, 2017. There’s still time to register on the OTL website. Please consider sharing your OTL activities with the State Library—we’d love to hear what your library has planned. On social media use the hashtag #getOTL.

Learn about the Plains to Peaks Collective (PPC), the new Colorado-Wyoming Service Hub of the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), during a free event on September 28, 2017 at the University of Wyoming.

Finally, a big THANK YOU to everyone who participated in our #LoveMyCOLibrary campaign, which ran in July & August 2017. We received dozens of photos celebrating the many ways that Coloradans love their libraries. Click the image below to see some of our favorite entries.

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 Amy Hitcher, Also, be sure to follow Colorado State Library on Twitter and Facebook.

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