Friday Grab Bag, October 19, 2018

This week's issue features Community Conversations, Library Celebrations, and Teen Programs

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!

Community Conversations

Arthur Lakes Library at Colorado School of Mines is celebrating Open Access Week (Oct. 22-28) with a series of events, including a screening and discussion of Paywall: The Business of Scholarship, October 23 from 12:00 to 1:30 pm, and an OER (Open Educational Resources) Student Panel Discussion on October 25 from 12:00 to 1:00 pm.

High Plains Library District invites you to their Signature Author Series with David Sheff, author of a Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction, on November 4 at the UNC Ballroom. The event begins at 12:00 pm with TED-style talks about addiction and recovery, followed by a conversation with the author at 5:10 pm. Purchase tickets.

Food Science

Learn how nutrition affects brain health during Save Your Memory, part of the Nutrition Talk series at Basalt Regional Library. Troye Boone, a Nutrition Health Coach with Natural Grocers, will present the session on November 1 from 5:30 to 6:30 pm.

Broomfield Library’s series, The Science of Food, continues on October 25 with Tea. Learn about the different types of tea, how it is grown, and which are the most popular worldwide. Other programs in the series include Bread (Oct. 29) and Chocolate (Nov. 7). Register online.

Pick ‘n’ Mix

How do you know what’s real online? Attend Loveland Public Library’s Fight Fake News in 3 More Clicks on October 27 at 1:00 pm or November 1 at 9:30 am.

Jefferson County Public Library’s Fandomonium is a celebration of pop culture for all ages. Whether you’re a Potterhead, Trekkie, or Whovian, there’s something for you to geek out about, including costume contests, a silent disco, trivia, classic arcade games, fan meet-ups, and more! November 3, 4:00 to 8:00 pm at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds.


Lyons Regional Library is breaking ground on their new building! Join them on Friday, October 19 at 3:00 pm for the groundbreaking ceremony at 4th and Railroad Avenues in Lyons.

The Clear Creek County Library District staff visited the Boulder Public Library on October 8 for a professional development day and to tour the Main Library. Clear Creek County Library staff reported that the Boulder Public Library staff was kind, welcoming, and incredibly helpful throughout the day, and the services and spaces the library provides are amazing. They wish to extend a big thank you to all who helped to make the day so great.

Teen Teamwork

Pikes Peak Library District is offering volunteer hours for teens who write book reviews as part of their Review Crew. Qualifying reviews are published on the Pikes Peak Library District’s Teen Web Page. Learn more and apply.

Poudre River Public Library District’s Teen Council is putting on a murder mystery party! Join them at Harmony Library on October 19 to solve the murder of Jughead Jones at the Riverdale Annual Masquerade Ball. Teens ages 12+ must register to attend.

Libraries Making News

Pine River Times: Library board requesting mill levy increase | Pine River Library

Shelley Walchak, director of the Pine River Library, gave a ringing endorsement of libraries as a “bedrock of a democratic society” in her article in The Durango Herald, Democracy is thriving at your community library.

What’s New at the Colorado State Library

Learning Opportunities

CSL in Session: “Curating your Best Collection”

  • Oct. 23, 2018, 12:00 to 1:00
  • Free! No registration required
  • Join online

View other upcoming learning opportunities for October 2018. For Colorado-specific events check the Library Learning & Creation Center.

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