Friday Grab Bag, December 22, 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!

Snow, Ice, & Everything Nice

Have a snowball fight regardless of the weather! Poudre River Public Library District invites kids grades K-3 to the Indoor Snowstorm, December 27 at the Harmony Library. Registration is required.

Banish boredom with some frozen fun at Centennial Park Library. Part cooking class and part science lab, this program lets kids will experiment with dry ice to create delicious treats. December 27 at 1:30 pm.

Treat yourself to some Winter Wellness and Self Care, January 6 at Anythink Wright Farms. Health coach Melani Schweder will share tips on mindfulness meditation, and everyone will make their own herbal face mask. Registration is required.

Libraries in the News

The Durango Herald’s Shelf Life is a monthly column written by SW library directors. This month, Durango Public Library’s Sandy Irwin shares the benefits of reading with your children: Reading together makes a lifetime of difference.

Pikes Peak Library District was named Best Workplace by The Colorado Springs Gazette in the Extra Large Company (300+ employees) category. According to The Gazette, PPLD “ranked high among its employees in social responsibility, providing meaningful work, confidence in leadership, being a place workers would recommend to others for employment and operating with strong values and ethics.” The Gazette showed this video at the ceremony on Nov 27, 2017. Congratulations, PPLD!

Pick ‘n’ Mix

English teacher Sally Frostic will lead an interactive reading and discussion group focused on Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The group, which will be limited to 25 people, will meet at the Bud Werner Memorial Library on Wednesday evenings from January 10 through February 14.

Poudre River Public Library District recently created more user-friendly lending policies meant to encourage more community members to take advantage of the library’s programs and services. They eliminated fines and fees on children and teen materials; they also implemented a Teacher Library Card to support the unique professional needs of area teachers. Read the press release announcing these changes.

A Smithsonian traveling exhibition celebrating Asian Pacific American history will continue its national tour at University of Northern Colorado’s James A. Michener Library, Monday, January 29 – Sunday, April 8, 2018. “I Want the Wide American Earth” tells the rich and complex stories of the very first Asian immigrants, including their participation in key moments in American history. The library will soon be announcing speakers, panels, and documentaries to support the exhibit.

What’s New at the Colorado State Library

Sharing Our Learning

CSL’s Babi Hammond recently attended An Event Apart, a conference for innovation in web design. In his post, Performance Art at An Event Apart, Babi noted that one of the event’s main themes was the shifting balance between performance and art in modern web design.

Upcoming Webinars

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

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.

Colorado State Publications Library Blog

Digital History

The Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection recently added more issues of the Golden newspaper, the Colorado Transcript. Read more about this project, a partnership with Golden History Museum & Park and the Jefferson County Archives.

Santa takes off in the December 25, 1941 issue of the Colorado Transcript.

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 Amy Hitchner, Also, be sure to follow Colorado State Library on Twitter and Facebook.

Happy Holidays from the Colorado State Library!

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