Friday Grab Bag, September 10, 2021

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Local Attraction

Mesa Verde National Park is teaming up with the Dolores Public Library to host the Dark Sky Festival on September 16! This past spring Mesa Verde was certified by the International Dark Sky Association (IDA) as the 100th international dark sky park. To celebrate, rangers are taking their astronomy programs on the road! The event will begin at 7:30 pm with information tables and a craft activity for kids followed by multiple astronomy talks at 8:00 pm and a stargazing activity at 9:00 pm.

Join Pine River Library for Following in Ancient Footsteps – An Ancestral Puebloan Tour of the Four Corners on September 21 at 6:00 pm. Local Interpretive Archeologist Denise Galley will highlight the major Ancestral Puebloan archaeological areas in the Four Corners area such as Mesa Verde, Chaco Canyon, Aztec, and Canyon of the Ancients.

Parties & Receptions

Join Bemis Public Library on September 16 at 5:30 pm for One Book One Littleton, Author Reception & Keynote (hosted by Arapahoe Community College). Meet the author of the international bestseller The Art of Community, Charles Vogl, at a special reception and interactive keynote. Mr. Vogl has shared his wisdom with organizations that range from Google to Wayfair to the U.S. Army—and he’s coming to Littleton to help us create a culture of belonging, inspire authentic connections and grow durable and fulfilling relationships. This exclusive event is limited to 50 people so get your tickets today! Tickets to the keynote only are available for $15 as well.

Drop in to Boulder Public Library on September 16 from 3:00-5:00 pm for a Garden Party and Seed to Table Open House. Celebrate the library’s new Native Plant Demonstration Garden and get your hands dirty with the library’s Seed to Table programs. Talk xeric native plant gardening with the designer of the new garden, chat with the Edible Learning Garden farmer, participate in a native plant seed swap, and more.

Online Conferences

Library Journal Day of Dialog (Library Journal) | September 23 (all day)
For more than two decades, Library Journal’s Day of Dialog has been the most anticipated librarian-only gathering of the year. Now it’s gone digital and is free to attend! The next all-day event is scheduled for September 23 and will feature a close-up look at the biggest forthcoming books for winter/spring 2022.

Difference is You Conference (Indiana State Library) | September 17 (all day)
Sessions include: Developing Welcoming Spaces for LGBTQ+; Developing Tech Intuition:  Help Low-Skilled Users Navigate Websites and Apps; Reader’s Advisory:  The Art of Finding the Right Book; Speak Up:  Responding to Uncomfortable Situations; Teen Tips; How to Talk with Your Boss; and more.

Latinx Heritage Month

Colorado business leader Linda Alvarado, the first Latino owner of a Major League Baseball team, kicks off the panoply of activities with her appearance for the Bold Women. Change History. Speaker Series at the History Colorado Center on September 15 at 7:00 pm. Along with biographies and articles, tickets and more information about this and other Latino Heritage Month activities are available at:

Join Poudre River Public Library District to Celebrate Hispanic & Latinx Heritage month with artist Memo Plastilina on September 18 from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm with a special virtual Spanish storytime and clay modeling workshop, where children will learn how to create a Quetzal bird from Central America using clay and its pre-Hispanic symbolic representation. Sign up to receive the Zoom link and instructions on how to pick up the materials for this workshop. Appropriate for kids 5-12 years old. Space is limited.

Bring the family and join Pikes Peak Library District for a Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration at the Deerfield Community center on October 2 from  2:00-4:00 pm. Visit community booths, enjoy children’s activities, get a library card, watch dancers from Ballet Folklorico de Barajas and Danzas Folkloricas Panamericans, have a tasty a snack provided by local food trucks, and listen to a Spanish language storytime.

Museums & Libraries in the News

Colorado librarian trying to help Afghan refugees | 9 News
Librarian and Digital Teacher Cindy Peck is working with her former colleagues at an international school in Kabul, to get as much help as possible for former staff of the school they worked at.

The Denver Art Museum Receives $25 Million Endowment Gift | Barrons
The Denver Art Museum will expand its Textile Art and Fashion department into an institute with a US$25 million endowment gift from an anonymous donor.

#MeToo: Study finds sexual harassment in academic libraries more frequent than thought | CU Boulder Today
Sexual harassment is far more frequent in academic libraries than previously assumed, according to a first-of-its-kind survey published in College & Research Libraries. Among other findings, the study finds that most academic librarians get sexually harassed at work and that about half of that harassment comes from colleagues, and the other half comes from patrons.

What’s that?: New park, library, and cafe to open in Five Points | Denver 7
The ArtPark Community Hub in Denver’s Five Points neighborhood is nearing completion. The space will feature three wonderful partners: Denver Public Library, Redline Contemporary Arts Center, and Focus Points Family Resource Center.

What’s New at the Colorado State Library

Learning Opportunities

Free Youth Development Virtual Workshop
Registration is open for a  Free Youth Development Virtual Workshop. The online blended learning workshop will run Sept 17 – Oct 1. Space is limited so reserve your spot ASAP.

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

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