Friday Grab Bag, April 20, 2018

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!

Community Connections

Mesa County Libraries continues its Civil Discourse series with Understanding Civil Discourse and Political Correctness, April 25, 5:30 pm, at the Central Library. The series also includes the art exhibit Faces & Voices: Homeless in America, on display through May 10 in the Central Library entryway.

Dolores Public Library’s 4th Annual Cookbook Exchange is April 28 from 12:00 to 2:00 pm. Find some new recipes to spice up your cooking.

Oh, The Places You’ll Go! is Clearview Library District’s Bookmobile Day and Chili Cook-Off Event. Join the library’s bookmobile and the OverDrive Digital Bookmobile at Boardwalk Park in Windsor, May 5 from 12:00 to 2:00 pm, for an afternoon of chili tasting, face painting, magic tricks, balloon animals, and crafts.

Woodland Park Public Library is hosting a Death Cafe, April 25 from 2:00 to 3:00 pm. Community members are invited to participate in open discussions about death and making the most of life.

On April 12, Park County Public Library received a generous book donation from the Colorado Independent Publishers Association Education and Literacy Foundation (CIPA ELF). Librarians from each PCPL branch chose selections from CIPA’s vast inventory according to the needs of their respective communities.

Park County book donation
Participating in the April 12 CIPA ELF book donation to Park County Public Library were (from L-R) Bailey Librarians Michaela Dougherty and Ginny Pawlik, CIPA ELF President Mike Daniels, and Pat Shepard PCPL Manager. (Photo by Alex Telthorst)

Engaging Presentations

Colonel Tom Duhs USMC (retired) will present Skiing Off to War, the incredible story of the 10th Mountain Division, April 25 from 6:00 to 7:00 pm at Summit County’s South Branch Library.

CSU’s Extension Director will teach a Wildfire Preparedness Workshop at Ruby M. Sisson Memorial Library, April 26 from 5:00 to 6:30 pm. Participants will learn what they can do to minimize damage and loss in the event of a threatening wildfire.

Learn how to start and maintain a highly efficient backyard compost system. Melanie Nehls Burow, Master Composter, will teach the Spring Composting Workshop at Louisville Public Library, April 30 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.

Join UNC University Libraries on April 23 at 4:15 pm in the Mari Michener Gallery for the launch of Woven Together Through Story, a book by the Greeley Young Authors project. The book features personal stories written by Greeley High School immigrant and refugee students. This presentation by the student authors is open to the public.

Kids & Teens

Moffat County Libraries is celebrating Children’s Book Week (April 30 – May 5) by encouraging kids to come to storytime on May 3 dressed as their favorite book character.

Bemis Public Library is hosting a Teen Poetry Zine Workshop, April 29 from 2:00 to 4:30 pm. Teens are invited to work on poetry or art for the library’s first annual poetry zine. Register online.

Libraries in the News

The Daily Sentinel reports that Mesa County Libraries is planning a community garden near the Central Library. The dirt lot will be developed into a community food plot, a children’s garden, and an area for educational programming.

What’s New at the Colorado State Library

CSL Share & Learn: Glenwood Springs

CSL Share & Learn: Glenwood Springs has been cancelled due to low enrollment. We hope to see you at a future professional learning event.

Online Primary Resources

Are you looking for primary source materials for students or researchers? Learn about resources available online such as those from the Colorado Department of Education and Digital Public Library of America.

Learning Opportunities

Registration will open on May 2 for Successful Supervision Workshops with Pat Wagner, June 19 & 20 in Rifle. Learn more.

Promising Practices: Leading from where you are: Leadership CAN be learned, with Becky Russell and Sharon Morris. April 24, 2018, 3:30-4:30 pm. Free; no registration required.

Are you looking for professional learning events in Colorado? The Library Learning & Creation Center has a calendar of opportunities.

New in CHNC: The Altrurian

The Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection welcomes its newest title The Altrurian, the newspaper of a turn-of-the-century cooperative community in Piñon (present-day Nucla). Access issues of this title from 1895-1901 for free through CHNC.

Book Club Resource

The Colorado State Library’s Book Club Resource recently added new social justice titles to inform, enlighten, and inspire your library’s reading group. Learn more.

Colorado State Library Publications Blog


Learn more about CSL staff in our weekly social media campaign on Facebook and Twitter. This week’s staff member is Joyce Johnson, Growing Readers Together Coordinator. As a social worker for over 30 years, Joyce recognizes tremendous possibilities between community social work & librarianship.

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