Friday Grab Bag, June 1, 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!

Let’s Get Musical

Broomfield Library’s Unsung Heroes: Lesser-Known Composers You’ll Want to Know is an exploration of American composers you might not have heard of…yet. Join this Active Minds program on June 7 from 7:00 to 8:00 pm. Registration required.

Teens interested in submitting entries for Poudre River Public Library District’s songwriting contest may want to attend this Saturday’s Teen Songwriting Workshop at Old Town Library. Dr. David Wiatrolik will help attendees hone their skills and craft a song that they can submit to the library’s contest.

Music inspires art during this Saturday’s Band Art program at JeffCo’s Belmar Library. Instructors from the Lakewood Cultural Center will help teens turn their musical inspiration into an original piece of art they can take home. Registration required.

Clearview Library District is hosting a Libraries Rock themed music trivia night, June 28 at High Hops Brewery in Windsor. Test your rock and pop knowledge from the 1980s to now, including music facts, band name origins and a name-that-tune round.

Boulder Public Library’s Saturday Sing-Along series continues this Saturday with 1950s Rock n Roll. All ages are welcome to participate at the Reynolds Library on June 2 from 3:00 to 4:00 pm.

There’s even more sing-along fun on June 7 at High Plains Library District’s Riverside Library and Cultural Center. Bring your Brylcreem and poodle skirt—the library will be celebrating the 40th anniversary of Grease with an interactive screening and lots of audience participation.

Pick ‘n’ Mix

Celebrate 100 years of CU Boulder Archives during a reception and presentation on June 6 at Norlin Library. Speakers will include Heather Bowden, director of special collections, archives and preservation, and Megan Friedel, head of archives. The celebration also includes tours of the archives offered at 1:00, 3:00, and 5:15 pm.

Clear Creek Library District is celebrating the upcoming summer solstice with a sunshine cupcake decorating contest, June 21 at 2:00 pm.

Anythink Wright Farms will host John Aden of Denver Open Media on June 11 for an introduction to the basics of gathering footage (A-roll and B-roll) for a documentary-style production. This event is free and open to the public. Register online.

The San Juan Weavers Guild and Montrose 4-H will be the featured presenters at this month’s family STREAM event hosted by Montrose Regional Library on June 9. During the workshop, From Lamb to Loom, kids and caregivers will learn how animal fiber is turned into woven cloth.

Libraries in the News

The Journal reports that Cortez Public Library will host “Take a Hike,” a special storytime on June 7 presented by park ranger Jennifer Frost of the Canyon of the Ancients National Monument Visitors Center and Museum. Full story.

KOAA News 5 published a story on Narcan training at Pikes Peak Library District. Narcan is an emergency medication used to counter an opioid overdose. Full story.

What’s New at the Colorado State Library

Pine River Library’s Digital Collections

Pine River Library recently partnered with the Colorado State Library to make their unique historical collections available online. Learn more.

Learning Opportunities

F3: Fine-Free Future, a Research Institute for Public Libraries (RIPL) webinar. June 6, 2018. 12-1pm MT.

Registration is open for Successful Supervision Workshops with Pat Wagner, June 19 & 20 in Rifle. Learn more.

CSL in Session: Job Hunting Like a Boss. June 15, 2018. 12-1pm. This webinar is free; no registration required. Join online.

View upcoming learning opportunities at the Library Learning & Creation Center. The Wyoming State Library also maintains a professional development calendar. View offerings for June 2018.

New Quotable Facts

Library Research Service (LRS) has released the latest version of Quotable Facts about Colorado Libraries, a booklet containing data and statistics about public, school, and academic libraries in Colorado. The booklet focuses on libraries working with and for their patrons, broken down into three sections: libraries working for access, knowledge, and community.

Colorado State Library Publications Blog


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