Trustee Corner – April 2020

The Trustee Corner is a monthly series featuring information of interest to public library boards. Topics include training opportunities, legal issues, helpful information, and relevant news impacting public library governance. The information included in this newsletter is for informational purposes, and does not constitute legal or financial advice. Please consult your library’s attorney with any […]

Youth Services Meetings, Week of April 13 (Everyone is Welcome!)

Please join us for these meetings, which are informal opportunities to connect with others about these timely topics, exchange ideas, share frustrations, and celebrate successes. These meetings so far have provided so much rich conversation and many, many great ideas! That said, this is a lot of meetings! Please join whichever interest you and you […]

Register Now For Public Libraries Respond to COVID-19: National Survey Results Webinar

More than 2,500 public libraries responded to the broadest national survey of public library responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, conducted by PLA between March 24-April 1. What did PLA learn about closures, services, and staffing that can help libraries understand how their peers are responding to the current crisis and plan for future recovery? How […]

Webinar Archive: Virtual Storytimes: Filming Before, During and After COVID-19

Six great presenters from Colorado provided an excellent webinar on virtual storytimes on Friday, April 10! It was quite popular and the high attendance maxed out the virtual room so unfortunately many were not able to attend. Not to worry: here is the archived webinar, slides, chat notes, and handouts that you can view at […]

Friday Grab Bag, April, 10, 2020

One of the bright spots in the strange and stressful moment that we find ourselves in, for me at least, is watching Colorado libraries respond. To help make Colorado libraries’ innovation more visible, we’ve launched a new series called Pandemic Practices. The first edition covers Mobile Hotspot lending, and features invaluable input from staff at […]

April is Stress Awareness Month

Perhaps appropriately, given the times we find ourselves in, the month of April is recognized as Stress Awareness Month. It’s actually not new — Stress Awareness Month has been commemorated each April since 1992. Work and school, finances, relationships, parenting, caregiving, concerns for safety, life changes, finding one’s purpose, and even the weather can be […]

COVID-19 Youth Services Resources – UPDATED 4/9

COVID-19 is affecting communities–and libraries–across Colorado. These youth services resources may be helpful as your library considers making adjustments to protect, serve and support your community at this challenging time: Free Feeding Sites for Kids Meal Sites during COVID-19 School Closure: List from Colorado Department of Education Emergency Feeding: Further guidance from Colorado Department of Education […]

New Resources on Federal and State Laws Pertaining to COVID-19

Several new memos and Issue Briefs have recently been released by Colorado Legislative Council Staff that provide some guidance on how Colorado and federal laws address some of the issues brought about by COVID-19. Colorado Criminal Justice System Response to COVID-19 discusses the operations of the courts and correctional institutions during the outbreak. Expansion of […]

Friday Grab Bag, April 3, 2020

One of the bright spots in the strange and stressful moment that we find ourselves in, for me at least, is watching Colorado libraries respond. I’ve been consistently inspired by the creativity and speed with which libraries have reinvented themselves almost literally overnight to become virtual community centers for their patrons, while also expanding access […]

Pandemic Preparedness for Colorado Libraries – Updated 3/31

UPDATED 3/31/2020 – scroll to end for additional resources As we watch the global outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) spread in the United States, libraries are taking many steps to be prepared in the event that it reaches their community. Library policies, emergency procedures, and providing information resources for panicked patrons are some of the ways […]

Tips for Avoiding Scams Related to COVID-19

In these troubling times, most of us have come together to (at least virtually!) support each other and our communities. But unfortunately, wide-scale crises tend to bring out those who would try to exploit the situation for their own gain. Because of this, the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies and the  Colorado Secretary of State’s […]

Colorado Youth Services Check-In Meeting

During this extremely challenging time, we would like to invite all Colorado Youth Services library staff, library students, and volunteers to join an informal discussion about how your library is serving families during the COVID-19 crisis, how you are coping with the many changes and challenges you’re facing, if you’d like to have regular online […]

Friday Grab Bag, March 20, 2020

As we continue to grapple with the ramifications of COVID-19, many libraries in Colorado have closed to the public, or have paused programming in order to limit the assembly of large groups in an effort to Flatten the Curve. As such, the Friday Grab Bag is going to look a little different this week. Going […]

How Gunnison Dealt with the 1918 Spanish Flu Pandemic

The year was 1918 and the Spanish Flu pandemic was in full swing. The disease would, all told, claim many millions of lives, with an estimated half-billion cases. But, one small Colorado mountain county – namely Gunnison – had very few cases, at least for the first two waves of the Flu. According to the […]