Friday Grab Bag, May 1, 2020

Before we dive into the Friday Grab Bag, we have a new entry in our Pandemic Practices Series for you. The latest edition covers Virtual Library Strategy, featuring input from staff at Pueblo City-County Library District.  We would love to hear more about what you are doing, how you implemented it, and any lessons that […]

The Colorado WIC Program

Colorado’s WIC (Women, Infants and Children) program helps moms, babies, and young children access healthy foods and helpful resources on nutrition, breastfeeding, and health. The program is open to income-eligible families which can include pregnant women and women with children under 5 years old. Members of the program receive a WIC card which can be […]

Colorado Day by Day

Looking for a “this-day-in-history” resource for Colorado? A new addition to our library collection is Colorado Day by Day, which provides a Colorado history anecdote for every day of the year. Written by Derek R. Everett and co-published by History Colorado and the University Press of Colorado, this fun book offers vignettes covering a variety […]

Pandemic Practices: Virtual Library Strategy

These days most of us are spending a lot more time at home, doing things that we’ve traditionally done in schools, offices, libraries, movie theaters, and music venues. While libraries offer a whole host of digital content and services, they’re often integrated with and share prominence with physical collections and promotional priority with in-person programming. […]

Friday Grab Bag, April 524, 2020

One of the bright spots in the strange and stressful moment that we find ourselves in, for me at least, is watching Colorado libraries respond. To help make Colorado libraries’ innovation more visible, we’ve launched a new series called Pandemic Practices. The latest edition covers managing Staff-Created Content, featuring input from staff at Anythink Libraries.  […]

Youth Services Meetings, Week of April 27th (Everyone is Welcome!)

There will be another round of meetings for youth services staff next week. These are opportunities to connect with others about these timely topics, exchange ideas, share frustrations, and celebrate successes. These meetings and webinars so far have provided so much rich conversation and many, many great ideas! That said, this is a lot of […]

Webinar Archive: Phone-a Story – Simple fun on call away!

Alberto Pellicer, Program Coordinator for the Denver Public Library (DPL), provided an excellent webinar on DPL’s Phone-a-Story program on Thursday, April 23! It was quite popular and the high attendance maxed out the virtual room so unfortunately many were not able to attend. Not to worry: here is the archived webinar, slides, and handouts that […]

Time Machine Tuesday: 50th Anniversary of Earth Day

Tomorrow, April 22, is Earth Day. This year also marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. In the years following World War II, manufacture and use of automobiles boomed across the United States. New highways were built and Americans drove more miles than ever before. At the same time, industry was also expanding, new chemicals […]

Pandemic Practices: Staff-Created Content

Though libraries had to cancel in-person programming and close their doors to the public in response to the coronavirus pandemic, they almost immediately reinvented themselves as virtual community centers, and continue to offer educational and entertaining content to their home-bound customers. In addition to creativity and ingenuity, staff-created content and the shift to exclusively virtual […]

Friday Grab Bag, April 17, 2020

One of the bright spots in the strange and stressful moment that we find ourselves in, for me at least, is watching Colorado libraries respond. To help make Colorado libraries’ innovation more visible, we’ve launched a new series called Pandemic Practices. The first edition covers Mobile Hotspot lending, and features invaluable input from staff at […]

Youth Services Meetings, Week of April 20 (Everyone is Welcome!)

There will be another round of meetings—and a webinar—for youth services staff next week. These are opportunities to connect with others about these timely topics, exchange ideas, share frustrations, and celebrate successes. These meetings and webinars so far have provided so much rich conversation and many, many great ideas! That said, this is a lot […]

Time Machine Tuesday: The Colorado Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Home

In 1889 the State of Colorado established a home for aging Civil War veterans and their wives at Monte Vista, Colorado. The home would care for “honorably discharged soldiers, sailors and marines who served in the Union Army between the twelfth day of April, 1861, and the ninth day of April, 1865, and those dependent […]

Youth Services Meetings, Week of April 13 (Everyone is Welcome!)

Please join us for these meetings, which are informal opportunities to connect with others about these timely topics, exchange ideas, share frustrations, and celebrate successes. These meetings so far have provided so much rich conversation and many, many great ideas! That said, this is a lot of meetings! Please join whichever interest you and you […]

Friday Grab Bag, April, 10, 2020

One of the bright spots in the strange and stressful moment that we find ourselves in, for me at least, is watching Colorado libraries respond. To help make Colorado libraries’ innovation more visible, we’ve launched a new series called Pandemic Practices. The first edition covers Mobile Hotspot lending, and features invaluable input from staff at […]

April is Stress Awareness Month

Perhaps appropriately, given the times we find ourselves in, the month of April is recognized as Stress Awareness Month. It’s actually not new — Stress Awareness Month has been commemorated each April since 1992. Work and school, finances, relationships, parenting, caregiving, concerns for safety, life changes, finding one’s purpose, and even the weather can be […]

New Resources on Federal and State Laws Pertaining to COVID-19

Several new memos and Issue Briefs have recently been released by Colorado Legislative Council Staff that provide some guidance on how Colorado and federal laws address some of the issues brought about by COVID-19. Colorado Criminal Justice System Response to COVID-19 discusses the operations of the courts and correctional institutions during the outbreak. Expansion of […]