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.
Let’s open the Grab Bag!
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Arts and Crafts
Opera fans will want to join Sarah Coit, winner of the Metropolitan Opera’s 2017 Rocky Mountain Regional Auditions, at the Lafayette Public Library on October 5, 7:00 pm, as she shares what it’s like to build a career singing opera. Then join Ms. Coit for a recital at the Louisville Center for the Arts on October 6 at 7:30 pm.
Bud Werner Memorial Library will screen Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan, a documentary about the New York City Ballet prima ballerina, on September 20 at 6:30 pm. The screening is part of the library’s Dance on Film series.
Pine River Library is offering a Pottery Class on September 20 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Local potter Erin Weybright will teach you to make and glaze a plate of your very own. Call the library at 970-884-2222 ext. 510 or register online.
How can you get your child ready for kindergarten? Nationally recognized early learning expert Lisa Regalla will be at Arapahoe Libraries’ Smoky Hill branch on October 4 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm to present School Readiness Redefined: Beyond the A-B-Cs. Parents, grandparents, and caregivers are encouraged to reserve their spots soon.
Westminster Public Library’s College Hill branch invites families to their Raise a Reader event, September 16 from 1:00 to 5:00 pm. Stop by for fun literacy activities, snacks, and prizes.
Pick ‘n’ Mix
September is Pollinator Appreciation Month, and to celebrate, Boulder Public Library is offering a series of bee-themed storytimes and crafts. See their events calendar for details.
Longmont Public Library has added 6 new Experience Bags to their growing collection. These bags contain a variety of media (books, DVDs, cookbooks, games, etc.) designed to immerse patrons in an experience, destination, or topic. Learn more about Experience Bags and how to check them out.
Mesa County Libraries has partnered with local businesses to offer Library Deals, a program that offers discounts for goods and services when you show your library card. Check out the discounts offered during September and October on the Library Deals website.
Dolores Public Library is offering free community yoga this September. Bring your yoga mat and join the next class on September 16 at 9:30 am.
Learn the basics and the history of the U.S. Constitution at Poudre River Public Library District’s Harmony Library this Sunday, September 17 from 2:00 to 3:30 pm. Rabbi Hillel Katzir, J.D., will present an overview of the original Articles of the Constitution as well as the Amendments. Participants will receive their own copy of this important document.
Jefferson County Public Library wants to catch you reading a banned book! To celebrate Banned Books Week (September 24-30), stop by your JeffCO library branch (excluding Columbine) to take a “mugshot” with your favorite banned book, then post the pic to social media using #bannedbooksweek @jeffcolibrary.
Teens are invited to play Magic the Gathering at Rampart Library District’s Woodland Park branch every Friday at 5:00 pm. Experts and beginners alike are welcome to join in this fun, fantasy card game. See the library events calendar for details.
Libraries in the News
- The Arvada Press featured an article on Anythink Libraries and their special role in driving Outside the Lines.
- The Aurora Sentinel highlighted the unique partnership between Aurora Public Library and Aurora Parks and Recreation.
- Denver Patch published a story about the Colorado State Library’s Outside the Lines event for middle school students, which highlighted career paths that start at the library.
What’s New at the Colorado State Library
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Books & Blogs
Pamela Mejia de Rodriguez encourages libraries to see Family Members, Friends, & Neighbor (FFN) childcare providers as resources and potential partners. Read her post.
New this week on the Colorado State Publications Library Blog: September is National Preparedness Month | Time Machine Tuesday: Trappers, Traders and Mountain Men | Colorado and the Aerospace Industry
Professional Development Opportunities
Registration is open through September 15 for for CSL Share & Learn, a free event in Durango on Sept. 21 & 22 that combines professional learning with time for sharing. We hope to see many library, museum, and archives staff there!
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
The Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection recently celebrated a milestone: 1 million digitized pages! CHNC, a service of the Colorado State Library, provides free access to historic newspapers from all around the state. Now in its 14th year, this exceptional resource can now boast over 1 millionth pages. Bonus: read about our newest partners and titles!
Colorado State Library participated in Outside the Lines, an annual celebration of library innovation. On Sept. 15 we invited a Denver middle school classroom to experience careers that start at the library, like flying drones and programming robots.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, be sure to follow Colorado State Library on Twitter and Facebook.