Friday Grab Bag, September 6, 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.

Before we begin, I just wanted to let everyone know that we won’t have an FGB next week (September 13th), as I will be out of town for a workshop – but as always, feel free to send me your news and events for the September 20th edition.

Now into the Bag!

Mind Your (Small) Business

Join Garfield County Library each month for Business and Breakfast: Small Budgets and Big Returns, which convenes next on September 10 at 9:00 am. This session will show how both Google and Facebook offer advertising platforms that enable a small business to laser-focus its marketing efforts. Whether targeting new customers or trying to activate a return customer, the advanced demographic targeting abilities within these systems are just the ticket for a local business. Space is limited, so RSVP at

Opening your own business is doable, and Jefferson County Public Library can help with Start-Up 101: What You Need to Know BEFORE You Consider Starting a Business! Get answers to the questions you have about becoming an entrepreneur on September 10 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.

Need help with your small business? Join Mesa County Libraries for  Business Connect @ GJ Chamber September 18 at 2:00 for  walk-up assistance with ReferenceUSA and other business resources available through the library. This event takes place  at the Grand Junction Chamber of Commerce (360 Grand Ave). Bring your library card, or sign up for one at the walk-up table.

Falling Up

All ages are invited to Pine River Library’s annual Zucchini Festival on September 14 at 12:00 pm. Celebrate the zucchini harvest with the whole community. Enjoy activities, a zucchini potluck, ugly zucchini contest, zucchini decorating and carving, zucchini olympics, live music, free food, and more. Phew, I will never again misspell zucchini!

The Cañon City Public Library’s adult literacy program, “Squash Illiteracy,” can help if you or someone you know struggles with reading or is unable to read. Volunteer tutors will work one on one with participants. This program is free and the hours are flexible. Call 719-269-9020 or stop by the library to sign up.

Squash Illiteracy Event @ Canon City Public Library

Join Longmont Public Library for Family Storytime: Harvest Day a special harvest-themed story time with friends from Growing Gardens on September 6 from 11:00-11:30 am. Read books about how food is grown, the variety of delicious fruits and vegetables that come from the garden, and get a chance to taste some produce from Growing Gardens’ Food Project Farm in Longmont. Yummmm! Appropriate for all ages – no registration required.

After you enjoy the bounty of late summer/early autumn, join Poudre River Public Library District for Putting Your Garden to Rest on September 25 at 12:30 pm. Get recommendations of what to do in the fall to get ready for winter for all aspects of your landscape, including the vegetable garden, lawn, trees and shrubs, and perennials. Putting in some effort in the fall makes for an easier spring!

Learning For All

How to Make It Easier and Faster to Learn New Things w/ Pattern Research on September 17 from 11:00am-12:00pm. Topics include why workplace instructors need to be better learners, breaking information down into digestible chunks, why hands-on learning is crucial, learning on the fly, and tips for teaching technology. This webinar was created for the Colorado Department of Corrections Libraries and designed to be of particular use to all correctional staff who work with adults.

Serving Underserved Populations at Your Library w/ Emporia School of Library and Information Management on September 12 at 9:00am. Learn research-proven and cost-effective methods for attracting and serving underserved populations at your library.

Birthdays & Anniversaries

A Legacy: 50 years of Red Feather Lakes Community Library. | North Forty News
Red Feather Lakes Community Library celebrates 50 years on November 4, 2019.

Sparkopolis 2019: Celebrating 10 Years of Anythink
Celebrate 10 years of Anythink on September 7 with whimsical experiences and dynamic entertainment. You don’t want to miss this one-of-a-kind event for a great cause – proceeds from ticket sales help the Anythink Foundation fund special projects and programs for the library.

For Beginners

Learn what it takes to be a professional DJ with Josh Estrada – aka DJ RIPM – from the Denver DJ School on September 9 at 5:00 pm at Anythink Brighton. Own It: So You Want to Be A DJ? Career Q&A and Scratch Session will include a career Q&A  and hands-on experience during the scratch session. Space is limited; registration is recommended. Click HERE to register.

Learn the “How” and “Why” of genealogical research with Introduction to Genealogy: A Seminar at Bud Werner Memorial Library on September 8 from 9:30am to 3:30pm. Designed for the novice genealogist and family history researcher, this seminar will provide an introduction to a variety of topics, including access to genealogy collections/databases, examples of research methods, discussions on discovery, and best practices for preserving genealogy collections.

Adults are invited to Jefferson County Public Library for  Buying & Selling Online: eBay and Craigslist on September 12 at 1:00 pm. Understand how to safely buy and sell on e-commerce platforms Craigslist and eBay. Participants will need basic computer and internet skills as well as an email address. Registration required.

Museums & Libraries in the News

Even With Dramatic Budget Cuts, It’s Not So Easy To Close An Entire Public Library System In Colorado | CPR News
Moffat County Libraries could face a full closure by the end of 2020, but Colorado has a law on the books that protects public library service: Colorado Revised Statutes 24-90-114.

Ignacio library relaunches oral history project | The Durango Herald
Ignacio Community Library has launched an improved version of its oral history curation project, Voices of Ignacio, in partnership with the Colorado State Library through the CVL Collections Program.

Do you have a digital collection that you would like to share online, but don’t know where to start?  Contact me (Marisa Wood), at, or visit for more information.

2019 ALA/AIA Library Building Awards | American Libraries
Colorado College’s Tutt Library (Architect: Pheiffer) is among the recipients of the 2019 Library Building Awards, which recognize the best in library architecture and design.

Pueblo ballot getting more questions asking for tax increases | KOAA News5
Pueblo County Commissioners okayed asking voters to renew the mill levy paying for libraries.

That’s the way it was: Chautauqua brings the ’50s and ’60s to life | Montrose-Delta Beacon
Sponsored by the Museums of Western Colorado and Colorado Humanities, this year’s Colorado West Chautauqua festival (September 12-13)  features professional actors (Chautauquans) who portray prominent people in history and thrust lesser-known figures into the spotlight.

Cortez Public Library to show free weekly medical health videos | The Journal
With the support of Colorado Area Health Education Centers, the Cortez Pubic Library will be showing free weekly medical health videos in the conference room.

What’s New at the Colorado State Library

Learning Opportunities

Free Online Learning Opportunities for September 2019
FREE online learning opportunities for library staff!

GRT Quick Bites: Brilliant Baby Brains: Early Learning & 0-5 Brain Development

  • Sept 10, 2019, 12:0 -12:20 pm
  • Free! No registration required
  • Join online

GRT Quick Bites: Process Over Product: Explore the Magic of Open Ended Creativity

  • Sept 17, 2019, 12:00-12:20 pm
  • Free! No registration required
  • Join online

Colorado Virtual Library

Colorado State Library announces 4th year of Growing Readers Together

We are pleased to announce that the Buell Foundation board voted to fund Growing Readers Together (GRT) for another year.  During 2019-20, GRT’s 4th year of operation, fourteen library systems will participate in the grant program.

State Publications Library

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.

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 Marisa Wood, Also, be sure to follow Colorado State Library on Twitter and Facebook.

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