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!
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Sweet Summer Tunes
Aurora Public Library invites you to explore the film music of legendary composer John Williams, June 23 at Mission Viejo Library. Dig into the scores of such films as Jaws, Star Wars, and Schindler’s List, and discuss the changing role of music in American cinema.
Heginbotham Library’s teen summer programming continues on June 15 at 1:00 pm with a Retro Reading Party. Enjoy 1950s diner fare and sing along to karaoke hits from the decade.
Bud Werner Memorial Library is launching a new ukulele loan program and they’re inviting patrons to try out the instruments at an event on June 18 at 7:00 pm. The evening will begin with a live demo and overview of the instrument, then the kits will be available for checkout. Patrons are encouraged to bring their ukes from home to play along.
Nederland Community Library is getting into the spirit of this summer’s Libraries Rock theme with a percussion instrument making program on June 19, followed by a guitar making program on July 10. Learn more.
Bring your family to a free, all-ages concert sponsored by Arapahoe Libraries. Enjoy the pop/rock sounds of The Nacho Men, June 16 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Sheridan Library. There will also be carnival games for the kids and space to enjoy a picnic during the concert.
Pick ‘n’ Mix
Kids and teens can test their baking skills at The Great Basalt Bake Off, June 21 from 3:00 to 4:00 pm at Basalt Regional Library. Bring your home-baked creations in either the cake or cookie category, and stay for the filming of a mini-TV show.
D&D is more popular than ever, and now tweens and teens can get up to speed with Dungeons & Dragons 101, hosted by Longmont Public Library, Tuesdays, June 19 through July 31, 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Registration required.
Support & Strengthen
Social Services Help is available at Arvada Library monthly through November 8. Jeffco Human Services outreach workers will be on hand to provide information on resources, help enroll attendees into programs, and provide referrals for other types of aid. The next event is July 12 from 12:00 to 4:00 pm; registration is strongly encouraged.
Hearing loss affects the lives of millions of Americans, which is why High Plains Library District is offering ASL (American Sign Language) for Adults, June 19 at Centennial Park Library. Bring a friend and learn the basics of ASL in a friendly, relaxed environment.
Small families can make delicious, healthy meals without breaking the bank. Personal Chef Matthew Curry will share his favorite recipes and tips during Cooking for One or Two on a Budget, June 25 at Bemis Library.
Denver Public Library and Bayaud Services are bringing a laundry truck to the Central Library on Jun 27 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Those in need can bring laundry to be washed, dried, and picked up the same day. In addition to the benefits the service provides to users, it is also a job training opportunity and an avenue for outreach and education.
Boulder Public Library is seeking volunteers for its Homebound Program, a rewarding opportunity to serve those who cannot visit the library in person. The next Homebound Volunteer Training is on Wednesday, July 18 from 12:00 to 1:00 pm at the Main Library.
Libraries in the News
CU Boulder’s Archives are turning 100 this year, and as part of the celebration they are publishing 100 Stories for 100 Years. The latest post, The Future of the Archives: Jane Thaler and Katelyn Morken, features an interview with two CU archivists.
The Durango Herald features Shelf Life, a monthly column written by library directors of La Plata County. In this month’s column, Sandy Irwin, Directory of Durango Library, explains that When combating summer slide, ‘Libraries Rock!’. She includes resources and tips for parents who want to keep their child’s brain active over the summer.
Mesa County Libraries is partnering with Atlasta Solar to install an electric vehicle charging station at their 970West Studio. Read the story in The Daily Sentinel.
What’s New at the Colorado State Library
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State Librarian Position Posted
With Gene Hainer’s retirement at the end of June, the CDE and the State Library are seeking applicants for his position. Please help us spread the word! View the posting on Library Jobline.
New on Colorado Virtual Library
- Christine Schein lists some digital tools that encourage creation and creativity in students.
- Kieran Hixon explores tools useful for file conversion and charts, which you can add to your growing Bag of Tricks.
- Pamela Mejia de Rodriguez provides examples of how parents can encourage the 5 early literacy practices for babies.
Successful Supervision Workshops with Pat Wagner, June 19 & 20 in Rifle. Learn more.
Launch of the Plains to Peaks Collective
The Plains to Peaks Collective (PPC) is officially part of the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA). Through this program, anyone can search collection information from member institutions through a single portal. The PPC will continue to grow as we add more members in the coming months and years. Learn more.
Colorado State Library Publications Blog
Learn more about CSL staff in our weekly social media campaign on Facebook and Twitter. This week we’re featuring Leigh Jeremias, Digital Collections Coordinator. She heads up two growing initiatives: the Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection and the Plains to Peaks Collective.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, be sure to follow Colorado State Library on Twitter and Facebook.