Friday Grab Bag, September 24, 2021

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!


Join Clearview Library District on their YouTube channel on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 10:00 am for Y is for Yoga. Build literacy skills and healthy minds and bodies through books, songs, rhymes, and yoga with Miss Andrea!

Bayfield Yoga Instructor Colleen Theobald will be hosting a special yoga class – Meowmaste: Kitten Yoga, with the La Plata County Humane Society kittens on September 25 from 12:00-1:00 pm at the Pine River Library. Here’s your chance to let go of some stress and anxiety by joining a playful yoga class while interacting and socializing with some adorable furry feline friends. This class is beginner friendly- because let’s face it, it’s really about the kittens.

Hispanic Heritage Month (cont.)

Join Pueblo City-County Library today at 4:00 pm on Facebook for the final event of their Latino/a Book Festival. Meet award-winning debut novelist Gabriela Garcia.  Gabriela Garcia is the author of the novel Of Women and Salt, a New York Times bestseller and Editors’ Choice. Gabriela Garcia’s novel traces five generations of women—from 19th century Cuba to present day Miami and Mexico. Gabriela has received a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award, a Steinbeck Fellowship, and residencies and fellowships from Breadloaf, Sarabande Books and Lighthouse Works.

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage month with Wilkinson Public Library on September 26 at the Transfer Warehouse with Mariachi y Lotería from 4:30-6pm. Come early and play a few games of Lotería and grab a bite to eat while you wait to shake your hips. This event is free and open to the public. All ages welcome.

This Hispanic Heritage Month teens, tweens and families will have the opportunity to team up with Denver Public Library on October 2 from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm and local photographer Armando Geneyro for a mini studio session to create a family portrait. During this time Armando will document families in a formal studio session at select branches then turn his camera over to allow youth a chance to capture their family from their perspective. Images will be printed and sent out to families after the event.

In many folktales, children are heroes who save the day, outsmart adults and even trick monsters. Join Arapahoe Libraries on September 30 at 4:30 pm for Bilingual Stories: Historic Children in Folktales to hear some of these stories from Latin America told in Spanish and English, presented by storyteller, podcaster and author Carolina Quiroga. Participation encouraged! For children and families.

Museums & Libraries in the News

Thousands more southern Colorado students now have access to digital and physical library resources | KKTV
The largest school district in El Paso County, Academy District 20, recently teamed up with the Pikes Peak Library District to offer students the PowerPass, the just-for-students library card from PPLD that grants access to the library’s digital resources like databases, eBooks, and song and movie downloads.

Teen Times

Each third Tuesday at 4:00 pm, Lafayette Public Library invites teens to join their monthly meeting of teen volunteer group The Teen Collection Connection (TCC), an organization for book-loving teens who want to help select books and other items for the teen collection. Members of the TCC will have the opportunity to contribute short book reviews and help with Library projects and programs. Teens in grades 6-12 can earn volunteer credit for school, and spend time with other teens!

Join Boulder Public Library on September 25 for a Teen Virtual Summit. This author talk and teen-led panel will feature Alexandria Villaseñor, and discussion of her essay “A Letter to Adults,” which is included in this year’s One Book One Boulder selection “All We Can Save: Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis.” Hear about the work Alexandria is doing for climate justice and get inspired to take action too!  Registration required to receive a free copy of the book, but not to attend. Suitable for teens in grades 6-12.

Learning for All

Transforming Teen Services: Educational Equity (Utah State Library) | September 27 @ 1:00 pm
As we start thinking about connected learning it’s important to spend some time thinking about educational equity. Some of you may have a good sense of the population you work with and what their needs are as they relate to equity and outcomes.

Problematic Award-Winning Texts: Daniel Boone, the Newbery Award, and Children’s Librarianship (Association for Library Service to Children) | September 28 @ 10:00 am
Panelists discuss the myriad issues at play with the Newbery and its legacy: the lasting impact of the medal on the dissemination of a text and its continued place in cultural conversation and on a publisher’s backlist; the role of the medal as a contemporary signifier in children’s literature; and the impact of the medal on those serving children and families in libraries, including collection development and audits.

What’s New at the Colorado State Library

Colorado Virtual Library

Next Draft: EDI Digest
The September issue of Next Draft, a digest from EDIT, the Colorado State Library’s (CSL) equity, diversity, and inclusion team, is now available! It includes links to original articles by our staff, as well as curated events, news, and resources of interest to Colorado’s libraries.

Are you a library worker engaged in EDI work? We want to hear from you! Send us an email at

State Publications Library

Learning Opportunities

Upcoming CSL In Session: Making the Best of Bad Information

  • October 14 @ 12:00 pm MDT
  • FREE! No registration required
  • Join Online

Are you thinking of making a change this year in your job? The Montrose Regional Library is hiring for two positions:

  • Head of Outreach Services
  • Outreach Services Assistant

Both are full time positions that they would like to fill by the beginning of 2022.  Please visit our website for more information:

Check out Library Jobline for more library employment opportunities.

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