Friday Grab Bag, December 15, 2017

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!

Music of the Season

Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales Branch Library invites those with memory loss and their caretakers and families to come to a Holiday Sing-Along, December 22 at 11:00 am.

Bring your marshmallow roasting stick to the Solstice Bonfire at Pine River Library, December 21 at 6:00 pm. Celebrate the longest night of the year with s’mores, hot drinks, and caroling.

Celtic guitarist Jerry Barlow will perform a Winter Solstice Concert at Summit County’s Main Library in Frisco, December 21 at 5:00 pm. Come for an evening of Celtic music, humor, and tales of Irish immigration to the Americas.

Move, Breathe, Be Well

Take some time to relax this holiday season with Free Community Yoga at Dolores Public Library, December 16 at 9:30 am. This class will feature guided meditation and gentle Yoga Nidra.

Join the weekly Qigong class at Buena Vista Public Library on December 18 at 5:30 pm. Qigong is a practice of slow, meditative movements coordinated with breath.

Lamar Public Library’s Novel Walkers is a weekly book club on the move. Join them December 19 from 6:00 to 7:00 pm.

Lifelong Learning

Broomfield Library’s Maker-In-Residence Katerina Vuletich will teach several classes this December and January on making mock stained glass. The completed pieces will be stitched together and hung in the Discovery Lab window.

ADA Advocate Dale Buterbaugh will teach American Sign Language for Beginners at Rawlings Library, December 16 from 12:00 to 2:00 pm. This class is suitable for teens and adults.

Montrose Regional Library’s Emerging Issues Discussion Group meets monthly May – January to explore new ideas and understand varied perspectives. December’s topic was Robotics and Employment. The topic for January 11 is US Health Care Delivery.

Libraries in the News

Lake County Public Library welcomes their new director, Brena Smith. Meet Brena during a reception at the library on December 16 at 1:30.

The Lakewood Sentinel highlighted the recent launch of Jefferson County Public Library’s Spanish-language phone support in the call center.

What’s New at the Colorado State Library


Two attendees of the 2017 Colorado Association of Libraries Conference (CALCON) recently reflected on their experiences.

CSL Consultant Kieran Hixon says that the upcoming movie The Public is an opportunity for libraries and communities to reflect on their relationship with patrons experiencing homelessness. Read A Movie, The Homeless and Public Libraries.

Learning Opportunities

CSL in Session: When a Patron Needs More than a Book: Transformation has No Due Date | Jan 18, 2018, 12:00-1:00pm MDT

Free Continuing Education Opportunities for Dec 2017, compiled each month by the Wyoming State Library.

Visit the Library Learning & Creation Center for resources on a variety of library topics, including Leadership.

CSL’s Library Learning & Creation Center has resources on leadership and teamwork.

Children & Teen Programs

Voting is open Dec 1 – Dec 31 for One Book 4 Colorado. Spread the word! Anyone can vote on the book that will be given to all Colorado 4-year-olds in April.

Encourage teens at your library to enter the 2017 Teen Video Challenge, sponsored by the Collaborative Summer Learning Program. This year’s theme is music. Contest deadline is Feb 28; winners will be announced in April 2018.

Registration is open for the 2018 CATS Winter Workshop, January 29 at Library 21C in Colorado Springs. Spend the day learning with other Children and Teen Services librarians.

What’s Historic is New

CSU’s student newspaper The Rocky Mountain Collegian (1891-1901) is a recent addition to the Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection. Read more about this exciting partnership.

Thanks to the generous support of our partners, the Las Animas – Bent County Library District and the John W. Rawlings Heritage Center, the Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection now includes 1082 issues of the Las Animas Leader (1873-1912). Read the announcement: More Historic News from Bent County!

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