Friday Grab Bag, June 29, 2018

This week we spotlight innovative community outreach opportunities and teen fandom events.

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.

Please note: the Friday Grab Bag is taking a short summer hiatus and will return on July 20, 2018.

Out and About in the Community

Every Friday through September 14, Aurora Public Library is bringing a Pop-Up Library to the Stanley Marketplace’s Community Area. From 10:00 am to 1:00 pm you can sign up for a library card, discover your next great read at their mobile library, and learn more about their year-round library programming.

Laureen Cantwell, librarian at Colorado Mesa University, is the host of Readers Radio, a monthly program on KAFM Community Radio. Her most recent broadcast, I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, aired on June 18. The archived programs are available as podcasts.

Progress of Radio Through the Years. [Photo courtesy of Routt County Sentinel, May 19, 1922. Accessed via Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection.]
Durango Public Library’s Books and Brews is a non-traditional book club that meets at Animas Brewing Company. Join the next meeting on July 16 at 7:00 pm.

Dance the night away to music through the decades at Wray Public Library’s Libraries Rock Street Dance. The festivities get underway July 13 at 7:00 pm.

Libraries in the News

Pikes Peak Library District invites you to the Penrose Library 50th Anniversary Celebration, July 15 from 12:30 to 4:00 pm. The event will include a tribute to past PPLD Director Bernie Margolis, as well as live music, photo exhibits, children’s activities, trivia, and costume contests.

ALA President Loida Garcia-Febo will visit Pikes Peak Library District on October 6, 2018 as part of a nationwide tour to launch “Libraries = Strong Communities,” a national advocacy effort aimed at highlighting the value of academic, public and school libraries. Elected officials, community-based organizations, state library associations, ALA divisions and chapter members, and the public will be invited to participate. Read the press release.

Wave Your Fandom Flag

Jefferson County Public Library is accepting creative submissions for their 4th Annual Fandom Contest. Teens can submit written, visual, or digital representations of their favorite fandom to the Lakewood Library teen librarian through July 26. The winners will be announced during a costume party on July 27 at 6:00 pm.

Poudre River Public Library District’s AnimeCon is June 30 from 12:00 to 4:00 pm. Kids and teens ages 10+ are invited to learn about Japanese culture and indulge in their anime fandom during this afternoon of workshops, games, and a cosplay contest. The event kicks off at 12:15 with a performance by Japanese drumming group Denver Taiko.

Lifelong Learning

Do you want to learn more about Social Security and retirement? Join High Plains Library District for Money Matters: Understanding Social Security Choices on July 5, 6:00 pm, at Erie Community Library. Registration required.

Learn or practice your sewing skills during Burlington Public Library’s next Life Skills class. Drop in on June 29 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm for the opportunity to sew your own stuffed monster.

Pick ‘n’ Mix

Visit the Early Literacy Fair at the Broomfield Library, July 21 from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. The event is perfect for kids ages newborn to 5 and will include hands-on literacy activities that parents and caregivers can replicate at home. Each participating child will receive a free book, courtesy of Bal Swan Children’s Center.

Each month the John C. Fremont Library features a new exhibit from artists in their community. Next month, meet stained glass artist Kevin Johnson during a reception on July 14 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm.

Families heading outdoors can check out an Adventure Pack from Eagle Valley Library District. Curated by Walking Mountains Science Center, these backpacks contain tools, games, and gear to enliven outdoor science, exploration, and environmental education.

Anythink is offering Guitar Lessons with the help of City Strings Guitar every Thursday from July 5 to August 10. In addition to learning the basics of the instruments, students will also learn to perform in an ensemble and compose original songs.

What’s New at the Colorado State Library

Farewell, Gene!

This is Gene Hainer’s last week at the State Library, and we’ve made a website to honor and commemorate his service to our state: We invite you to read the tributes and submit your own. We wish you a fond farewell and a happy retirement, Gene.

State Librarian Position Posted

With Gene’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! The opening is posted on Library Jobline; applications are due July 6.

Learning Opportunities

CSL in Session, Wake Up! Are you sleepwalking your way through the day? Presented by Jean Heilig. July 26, 2018, 12:00 – 1:00 pm MT. Join online, no registration required.

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 CHNC Title: Holy Cross Trail

Thanks to the Eagle Valley Library District, the Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection now has 913 issues of the Holy Cross Trail, spanning 1924-1941. This is the only newspaper named after a Colorado 14er! Learn more.

Colorado State Publications Library Blog


Learn more about CSL staff in our weekly social media campaign on Facebook and Twitter. This week we’re featuring Lori Smith, SWIFT Coordinator. She helps libraries expand their collections and support their users through SWIFT interlibrary loan.

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.

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