Spotlight on Sharing: Friday Grab Bag, December 2, 2016

Friday Grab Bag 12.2.16Friday Grab Bag is a weekly Spotlight on Sharing series that highlights fun, unique, and interesting activities and news in Colorado libraries.

Let’s Open the Friday Grab Bag!

Colorado’s own Tabby Farney is an ALA I Love My Librarian 2016 award winner. Tabby is the Director of Web Services and Emerging Technologies at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs (UCCS), where she also serves as the faculty advisor to the Undergraduate Research Journal. Read the ALA announcement and the story in the Washington Post. Congratulations, Tabby!

Ignacio Library has been chosen to participate in the Small Libraries Create Smart Spaces project, led by OCLC in partnership with the Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL). Over an 18-month period a staff member from the library will learn about the principles of human-centered space design, then they will implement what they have learned using a starter set of materials. We look forward to seeing their progress and final design!

Cañon City Public Library is presenting Eating Well on $6 a Day on Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 2:00 pm. Learn how to stretch your food budget while preparing healthy foods. Call 719-269-9020 to register.

Students and faculty at Colorado School of Mines are getting a special concert this holiday season. Members of the popular Tuba Christmas group, which has been performing for 40 years, will treat their audience to classic holiday tunes on Friday, December 2, 2016 from 12:00 to 1:00 pm at the Arthur Lakes Library. Check out the library’s entire concert series on their event website.

Mesa County Libraries is showing the documentary film “Screenagers” on December 6, 2016 at 5:30 pm. The film explores the issues that many teens and families face in the digital age. After the film there will be a panel discussion with communications and psychology experts from Colorado Mesa University. Families are encouraged to attend; no registration is required.

Broomfield Library is bringing the latest in science research to you with their Portal to the Public Science Showcase. Scientists from CU will be at the library on Sunday, December 4, 2016 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm to share their expertise in biotechnology, cancer prevention, geology, hydrology, neuroscience, climate science and aerospace engineering. All ages are welcome.

The Alpine Village at the Crawford Library is the inspiration for Delta County Libraries’ haiku contest, which starts December 1 and continues through the end of the month.

Denver Public Library is hosting a Mini Comic Con at the Sam Gary Branch Library on Saturday, December 3, 2016 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Come in your favorite fan costume and stay for events like Artist Alley, Button Making, Green Screen Photos, Face Painting, and panel discussions. This event is free and for all ages.

Boulder Public Library presents a popular annual concert, Holiday Harps, featuring the harp studio of Margot Krimmel. You can catch the concert on Saturday, December 4, 2016 at 11:00 am in BPL’s Canyon Theater.

What’s New at the Colorado State Library?

Join Beth Crist, Youth and Family Services Consultant, for the upcoming CSL in Session on December 8, 2016 from 12:00 to 1:00 pm MST. Beth’s presentation is titled “Summertime Outreach: Bringing Summer Learning into the Community”. CSL in Session is a free, online learning series from the Colorado State Library. To join, head to — no registration is required.

The Book Club Resource has gained 5 new titles. The Book Club Resource website has information about how your library can borrow these and other titles for book clubs.

The Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection keeps growing! Recently it gained two new titles: Turret Gold Belt (Chaffee County) and St. Elmo Mountaineer (Salida). View these historic newspaper titles and hundreds more on the CHNC website.

Computer Science Education Week is a huge global event happening December 5-11, 2016. Many Colorado schools and libraries are participating by offering Hour of Code and other computer science events. Read more in the recent Spotlight on Sharing post.

If your library is undertaking a digitization project, consider applying for grants from the Statewide Internet Portal Authority (SIPA) and the Colorado Historic Records Advisory Board (CHRAB). In her latest post, Leigh gives more details of these grants and points out that many institutions have used them for digitizing historic newspapers.

This post is part of the Spotlight on Sharing initiative, which aims to increase the visibility of resource sharing in Colorado libraries. How is your library sharing? We’d love to hear about it! Email Amy Hitcher, On Twitter follow @hitchlib and use the hashtag #spotlightonsharing.

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