Friday Grab Bag, February 16, 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!

Strengthening Communities

Every Saturday at 10:00 am, Westminster Public Library’s Irving Street Branch offers Citizenship Preparation Classes, where participants discuss and practice both written test questions and oral interview questions. Classes are open to all those interested in finding out more about the citizenship process, not just those practicing for the test.

Celebrate the reopening of Hot Sulphur Springs Library with a day of prizes, snacks, and fun, February 28 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. The library has been closed since early January 2018 to repair water damage.

As part of their annual community tradition, Bud Werner Memorial Library will head outdoors with other residents of the Yampa Valley to create a landscape-scale snow design. The 2018 design theme is Snow Stitching in Nature. Participants will meet at Carpenter Ranch meadow on March 4 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm.

Ruby M. Sisson Memorial Library recently started partnering with Archuleta Seniors, Inc., their local senior center, to send out library materials to their homebound clients along with their Meals on Wheels deliveries. Patrons receive a customized selection of books, audiobooks, DVDs, and magazines in special bags (see photo). The library plans to expand this program to other community organizations that serve homebound patrons. Thanks to Meg Wempe for sharing this program!

Ruby M. Sisson Memorial Library sends library materials to homebound patrons via Meals on Wheels.

Pick ‘n’ Mix

Historical entertainer Caryl Harvey will perform as the legendary Margaret “Molly” Brown on February 17 at Lamar Public Library. The audience will accompany Ms. Brown on a journey that includes New York’s immigrant community in the 19th century, the sinking of the Titanic, and the Ludlow Massacre.

The Carnegie Library of Trinidad’s most popular program, Chocolate Night, has been rescheduled to February 24 from 4:00 to 6:00 pm. Lauren Gockley and the staff of Coda Signature will demonstrate how to make chocolate, with plenty of tasting opportunities. This event is free; no registration required.

Mancos Public Library’s Teen Tech Week will help teens prepare for the Zombie Apocalypse! Teens will build their own survival tools and learn skills that will help them in the event of zombies (or any disaster/emergency situation). The event happens over two days, March 9 and 10, from 3:30 to 9:00 pm. Interested teens should sign up at the front desk. Thanks to Jenni Kitchen for sharing this event!

Libraries in the News

It’s official! Governor Hickenlooper has proclaimed February 16, 2018 as Colorado Digital Learning Day. The national Digital Learning Day is February, 22nd. Post your digital learning events on the national website

The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel published an in-depth piece on how Mesa County Libraries is addressing homelessness with an open-doors policy.

The Longmont Observer reported that Judith Anderson, director of the Longmont Public Library, is retiring on March 30. Judith began working at the library in 1989 and later became its director in 2008. Read the full story.

What’s New at the Colorado State Library

ALA Midwinter Wrap-Up

The Networking and Resource Sharing team documented their ALA Midwinter experience in Many Flavors of Learning at ALA Midwinter.

CSL’s Miranda Doran-Myers blogged about her ALA Midwinter experience for American Libraries Magazine. Read her posts:

Learning Opportunities

CSL in Session webinar: Baby-Friendly Libraries. Feb 20, 2018, 12:00-1:00 pm MDT. Free; no registration required.

Save the Dates! Successful Supervision Workshops with Pat Wagner. April 3 & 4 at Arapahoe Libraries; May 16 & 17 in Pueblo; June 19 & 20 in Rifle. Learn more. Registration coming soon.

Growing Readers Together

Colorado State Library Publications Blog

CHNC New Content Support Program

The Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection announces a new program to help fund the digitization of newspapers for inclusion in the CHNC database. Applications are due February 28, 2018. Read the announcement.

Happy Valentine’s Day from the Cucarachas [Photo courtesy of La Cucaracha, February 6, 1978. Accessed via the Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection.]

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