Friday Grab Bag, September 27, 2019

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!

Cons & Fests

Set aside October 12 for a day of cosplay and fandom at Mesa County Libraries Comic Con, happening from 9:00am to 5:00 pm. at Two Rivers Convention Center in downtown Grand Junction. Admission is free with a Mesa County Libraries card, or a $5 donation. (Need a library card? Apply for one online at no charge, or visit one of the library’s eight convenient locations!)

Celebrate the autumn film festival circuit with Aurora Public Library’s Short Film Festival on October 26 from 2:00 to 5:00 pm. The lineup will feature a variety of short films for you to enjoy – or critique. Stay for a few or stay for them all. Engage in lively discussion (between films, please), cast a vote for your favorite – and don’t forget to grab some popcorn!

Join Boulder Public Library on September 28 from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm for the Bee Boulder Family Festival. Enjoy pollinator-themed education, live music with Jeff & Paige, hands-on activities, face painting, prizes and fun.  This event takes place in Central Park between the Glen Huntington Bandshell and Boulder Farmer’s Market, 1236 Canyon Blvd, Boulder, CO 80302.

Pick ‘n’ Mix

What goes into producing a local newspaper? Get a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the inner workings of the Gunnison Country Times on October 2 at 7:00 pm during Gunnison Library’s program Demystifying the Media with Editor Chris Dickey. Learn how you can play a role in influencing what gets reported, and what doesn’t, in your hometown newspaper.

Ignacio Community Library hosts Durango-based short filmmaker Sean Owen for a screening of his award winning documentary Tribal Radio! On September 28 at 11:00 am. The film tells the story of the Southern Ute Indian staff members who established KSUT-FM (based in Ignacio), one of the first tribal radio stations in the U.S.

Tribal Radio

There are many myths and misconceptions when it comes to home gardening. Join Poudre River Public Library District at 12:30 on October 2 for Gardening Myths and Mysteries: Learn the Truth! to learn about separating fact from fiction. Master Gardener Roger Heins will cover dozens of myths, such as using bananas to add potassium to the soil and the truth about coffee grounds.

All ages are invited to participate in Security Public Library’s Annual Short Story ContestUse the image below as a prompt for a short story numbering 1500 words or less and enter for a chance to win a Barnes & Noble gift card. Entries must be received by October 31. For complete rules and submission guidelines, click HERE.

SPL's Annual Story Contest

Helping Hands

Come by yourself or with your team to Broomfield Library’s inventHQ makerspace inaugural Design Sprint! Design and produce innovative solutions for communities and individuals with disabilities. Get a chance to use manufacturing and design techniques to give back. Prizes and food included! At this two day event (October 4 from 5:00-8:00 pm & October 5 from 9:00am to 5:00 pm), map, sketch, design, prototype, and test solutions that might be able to ease pain points that many people with disabilities may have in their lives.

Garfield County Libraries offers Dental Health Clinics with treatment provided by licensed dentists from Dental HouseCalls on September 28 (Glenwood Springs Branch) and September 30 (Rifle Branch) from 11:00am – 5:00 pm. Treatments are individualized and can include diagnostic and preventative care, extractions and restorative treatment, dentures, and relines. Services provided free to Medicaid patients and those who qualify. Make an appointment by calling 801-310-5536. Walk-ins accepted based on time availability.

Need a helping hand with medicaid, food assistance, or child care? Staff from Human Services will be at the Pitkin County Library every 2nd Tuesday of the month from 4:30-5:30 pm to answer questions.  No appointment needed.

Learning for All

Fall Youth Services Workshops
Fall Youth Services Workshops are just around the corner and registration is open now.  The dates, locations, and links to register for 2019 are as follows:

  • Grand Junction on October 22  @ Mesa County Libraries 
  • Durango on October 25 @ Durango Public Library
  • Colorado Springs on November 8 @ Cheyenne Mountain State Park
  • Longmont on November 22 @ Longmont Public Library

Library 2.019: Emerging Technology
Tomorrow’s technologies are shaping our world today, revolutionizing the way we live and learn. Learn what libraries are doing right now with cutting-edge technologies, what they’re planning next and how you can implement these ideas in your own organization.This is a free event, being held live online on October 30 from 1:00-4:00 pm MT and also recorded. REGISTER HERE

Museums & Libraries in the News

Pioneers Museum awarded $290K NEH grant | The Colorado Springs Business Journal
Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum has been awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities that will improve storage conditions for its artifacts and archival materials.

LIBRARY NEWS: Best Back to School Gift? Their Own Library… | Pagosa Daily Post
Activities and events at Ruby Sisson Memorial Library. Somebody’s busy!

Collaboration on the Four Corners/One Book program | The Journal
Find out how Cortez Public Library lead the way to Four Corners/One Book…

What’s New at the Colorado State Library

Growing Readers Together

Four Part Outreach Webinar Series from Growing Readers Together Kicks Off in October
The Growing Readers Together (GRT) Early Literacy Support Team is pleased to present GRT@Your Library, a four-part series of webinar learning opportunities for Colorado children’s librarians and staff interested in developing or expanding their relationships with informal family, friend, and neighbor (FFN) caregivers in their communities. Join us on Tuesdays at noon beginning October 15th for an in-depth exploration of the GRT Success Cycle, a powerful tool for building impactful connections with your local FFN community.

Learning Edge

Learning Edge September 2019 #2
Christine Schein rounds up the latest news in digital literacy and educational technology.

State Publications Library

Colorado Virtual Library

Five Fall Favorites for Your Book Club
Five books from our collection as we ease into the cooler days.

Trustee Resources

Protecting Personal Information of Library Users
Find out what you need to know about HB18-1128, a law that went into effect on September 1, 2018, strengthening protections for consumers with regards to protection of their personal data collected by government and commercial entities, including all types of libraries in Colorado.

Library Related Employment:

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

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