Friday Grab Bag, September 29, 2017

Friday Grab Bag is a weekly Spotlight on Sharing series that highlights fun, unique, and interesting happenings in Colorado libraries, and includes news from the Colorado State Library.

Let’s open the Grab Bag!

Reading and Writing

Fort Collins Book Festival, Writings and Riffs, produced by Poudre River Public Library District and Colorado State University’s Morgan Library, is October 21, 2017. Kim Gordon (Sonic Youth musician, artist, and author) will be joined by authors and music industry insiders, many with a Colorado connection. The most recent addition to the lineup is singer/songwriter, actor, and author Loudon Wainwright III. Learn more about this free event.

Elementary students in Grand County Library District are encouraged to submit entries by October 14 for the 30th Annual Scary Story Writing Contest. Stories should be 100-500 words in length (see details).

The 2017 One Book Steamboat title is The Legend of Colton H. Bryant by Alexandra Fuller. The author will visit Bud Werner Memorial Library on Tuesday, November 7 at 6:30 pm for a discussion and reading. The library will host other One Book Steamboat events over the next few weeks.


Aspiring authors in Summit County can learn about Self-Publishing 101 during a workshop with Polly Letofsky on October 7 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.

Learn to create your own dried and fermented foods at Boulder Public Library on October 12 from 6:00 to 7:30 pm. The staff of the Seeds Library Cafe will show participants the basics of kombucha, kimchi, and more.

Special Collections

Jerry Crail Johnson Earth Sciences & Map Library at CU Boulder is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a special retrospective exhibit from September 11 through December 21. Thank you to Naomi at CU Boulder for sharing this story!

Tomlinson Library at CMU is hosting a reception for their Fall 2017 3D Art student exhibition this Friday, September 29 from 5:00 to 6:30 pm. See their events calendar for details.


Broomfield Library is launching a series called “Let’s Talk,” designed to promote community conversations. The first two sessions will be held back-to-back on October 1 from 1:30 to 4:15 pm. Registration is required for both.

Louisville Public Library is hosting Millionaire Marketing on a Shoestring Budget, a workshop led by marketing professional Debra Jason. This program is October 5 at 12:00 pm.

Gunnison County Library is starting their Civil Discourse series with “Tuning in and tuning out – do we want to listen?” on October 4 at 7:00 pm. Throughout October participants will learn how to create a discourse of civility, listening, compassion, and curiosity. See their events calendar for more programs in this series.

Libraries in the News

Sandy Irwin, Director of Durango Public Library, recently wrote an article for the Durango Herald: The Library Should Represent the Diversity of its Community. The column is a new monthly feature of the newspaper and will be authored by the library directors of La Plata county.

The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel published an article about the Freedom to Read Panel held at CMU’s Tomlinson Library, which also included librarians from Mesa County Libraries. The Panel was held on September 24 as part of Banned Books Week.

The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel also reported that Mesa County Libraries was named “District of the Year” by the Special Districts Association of Colorado. SDA Executive Director Ann Terry cited the library’s numerous innovative initiatives, such as the Wild Colorado app and the 970West Studio, as reasons for the award.

What’s New at the Colorado State Library


New this week on the Colorado State Publications Library Blog: Mantherapy: A Resource for Men-tal Health | Time Machine Tuesday: Rydberg’s Flora | Executive Clemency

New this week on Colorado Virtual Library: Partnering with an Institutional Library | Colorado State Library at CALCON17

Professional Development Opportunities

Staff from the State Library will at CALCON17, Oct 12-14 in Loveland. See the schedule of CSL presentations and download a copy of Path to CALCON, a guide for getting the most out of the conference.

Our friends at Wyoming State Library maintain an excellent calendar of online training events. It’s a great place to start if you are looking for professional development opportunities.

Connect with CSL

Stop by the State Library’s booth at CALCON17 to learn how you can enter a photo contest for a chance to win a free registration to next year’s conference.

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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 Hitcher, Also, be sure to follow Colorado State Library on Twitter and Facebook.

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