Friday Grab Bag, March 30, 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!

Fun & Games for Teens & Tweens

Poudre River Public Library District’s Old Town Library is hosting a Glow-in-the-Dark Teen Egg Hunt Party at Library Park, March 30 from 6:30 to 9:00 pm. This after-hours teen event also including gaming, movies, crafts, karaoke, snacks, dancing, and more.

Kids in grades 5+ are invited to learn the iconic role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons. Basalt Regional Library is hosting a session on April 2 from 4:30 to 7:00 pm. Registration required.

Building Communities

Bud Werner Memorial Library is seeking the community’s story submissions about public lands through midnight on April 2. The submissions will be part of GROUNDED, a live community multimedia storytelling event that will take place on May 17. Performance pieces should be 10 minutes or shorter.

Farr Regional Library invites you to join Muse: A Poetry Circle, April 25 at 7:00 pm. The group is for anyone who likes to perform, write, or listen to poetry in a nurturing environment.

Littleton Immigrant Resources Center will hold Intermediate Citizenship Classes at Sheridan Library on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:00 to 8:00 pm, April 9 to June 18. This new class is in addition to the class held at Bemis Library on Mondays and Wednesdays. See more details and registration info.


Montrose Regional Library’s weekly Gardening Seminar Series continues on April 3 with a discussion of climate as it affects gardening in the Uncompahgre Valley. The 8-week series runs through May 1.

Broomfield Library will host Growing by the Foot, April 5 from 6:00 to 7:00 pm. Learn how to grow vegetables and herbs in small spaces using the block-style method. All experience levels welcome; registration required.

Libraries in the News

The Daily Sentinel columnist LaReina Kalenian highlighted several inspirational creative writing programs at Mesa County Libraries.

The Post Independent reports that Amy Shipley has been named interim executive director of Garfield County Libraries during the search to replace former executive director Jesse Henning.

Readers Digest highlighted Basalt Regional Library in their story At These Libraries, You Can Check Out Seed Packets Alongside Books.

The Columbine Courier reports that Jefferson County Public Library is joining several other library systems in Colorado by eliminating overdue fines for children’s materials.

Pick ‘n’ Mix

Eagle Valley Library District announced their Lucky Day Collection—these hot new books and movies aren’t available for holds or renewals but can be checked out on a first come, first served basis. It might just be your lucky day to pick up the latest bestseller.

One-panel comic strips about books
“Didn’t Used [sic] Book Ends” [Photo courtesy Eagle Valley Enterprise, January 15, 1932. Accessed via Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection.]

What’s New at the Colorado State Library

CSL Share & Learn: Glenwood Springs

Consultants from the State Library will be in Glenwood Springs on May 11 for CSL Share & Learn, a free event that combines professional learning with time to share with colleagues. CSL Share & Learn is appropriate for all types of library staff. Learn more and register.

*Note: The Walsenburg event originally scheduled for May 4 has been postponed.

CSL in Session

A Librarian’s Guide to Solo Leadership: How to lead when you don’t think you have anyone to lead, with Mandi Miller. April 12, 12:00 – 1:00 pm. Free; no registration required.

Workshop for Library Supervisors

Registration is opening soon for Successful Supervision Workshops with Pat Wagner, May 16 & 17 in Pueblo and June 19 & 20 in Rifle.

One Book 4 Colorado

OB4CO is right around the corner: from April 9-23 a copy of the same book will be given to all Colorado 4-year-olds. The winning title will be announced April 9!

CLiC Springs Workshops – Pueblo

Are you headed to the CLiC Spring Workshops in Pueblo on April 19 & 20? While you’re there, check out a session presented by State Library staff.

Colorado State Library Publications Blog


Learn more about State Library staff in our #GetToKnowCSL social media campaign on Facebook and Twitter. This week’s staff member is Christine Kreger, Professional Development Consultant. Her recommended resources are the Library Learning & Creation Center and CSL in Session.

Get to know CSL - Christine Kreger

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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