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 […]

Register Now for The School Library Crisis: Harnessing Your Power to Survive and Thrive!

Today’s educational landscape of high-stakes content testing, accountability measures, and other factors continue to provide challenges for the school library community. How can we come together to be a voice for more equitable learning opportunities for our young learners in the current educational climate? How can we compile evidence of the invaluable impact we can […]

Signs Your Library Policies Need Revision (And What to Do About It)

This is a guest post contributed by Amie Pilla, Library CEO of the Berthoud Community Library District. When I started at the Berthoud Library in 2016, I immediately made fast friends with each of my board members by insisting that all of our policies be revised.  We had a great summer together!  Happily, now all […]

Tips for Public Library Policy Development

This is a guest post contributed by Amber Greene, Division Manager, and Susan Kadlec, Board Member of the Loveland Public Library. After completing a full update of outward-facing organizational policies in 2018, Loveland Public Library received approval from city council to implement some exciting changes. These included removing fines for overdue items and replacement fees […]

Upcoming Webinar Series: Patron Data Protection

Join us for this 4-part webinar series (February 4 – March 31) that will look at practical methods for protecting library patron data, along with considerations when updating technological and procedural practices in your library. These webinars are sponsored by the Colorado State Library, and are free to attend. No registration required. Library Patron Data […]

Library Leadership Webinar: The Community Centered Library

One of the key changes in 21st Century public librarianship has been a shift in focus from library-centric to community-centric. This is sometimes called “turning out.” But pragmatically, what does this shift mean to library operations? In this archived webinar, Jamie LaRue, former public library director, author, and consultant, explored the Community Centered Library as […]

Not Just Preaching to the Choir: How to Communicate Across Party Lines

This is a guest post contributed by Diane Lapierre, Director of the Loveland Public Library and co-chair of the Colorado Association of Libraries Legislative Committee. Public libraries are, by nature, non-partisan and should garner a broad range of support from individuals from diverse backgrounds, political affiliations, and socio-economic and educational levels. To broaden our network of […]

What’s Your Story? Create Impact Through Smart Storytelling

This is a guest post contributed by Sandy Irwin (Durango Public Library), and Katherine Weadley (Colorado Library Consortium) It was a dark and stormy night… We all love a good story. The tension! The excitement! Good vs. evil, right vs. wrong, dogs and cats living together…. When you hear a good story, you are engaged […]

October is Conflict Resolution Month in Colorado – Let Book Club Help Spread the Word

Each year, Conflict Resolution Month in Colorado recommends a book for the community at large with the goal of spreading information and encouraging conversation on ways to manage conflicts of all types and in a variety of situations. This year’s title is a picture book appealing to all ages. In this year’s selection the protagonist, […]

Friday Grab Bag, September 27, 2019

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! [row cols_nr=”2″ class=”narrow”] [col size=”6″] Cons & Fests Set aside October 12 for a day of cosplay and fandom at Mesa County Libraries […]

Friday Grab Bag, August 30, 2019

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! [row cols_nr=”2″ class=”narrow”] [col size=”6″] Handy Work Save money, help the environment, and learn repair skills with Pikes Peak Library District’s Repair Cafe […]

Colorado State Library at CALCON 2019

CALCON, the annual conference of the Colorado Association of Libraries, is September 19-21, 2019 in Loveland. The event features keynote speakers, sessions, lightning talks, vendor exhibits, and after-hours activities. This year’s theme is “Ignite the Magic”. Visit CALCON19 to view full event details. As in previous years, Colorado State Library staff members will present sessions throughout […]

Friday Grab Bag, July 19, 2019

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! [row cols_nr=”2″ class=”narrow”] [col size=”6″] Trivial Pursuits Have you ever said to yourself, “If I were on Jeopardy, I’d win!” Do you solve […]

Friday Grab Bag, July 12, 2019

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! [row cols_nr=”2″ class=”narrow”] [col size=”6″] Moon Landing On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins boldly went where no human […]

Friday Grab Bag, June 21, 2019

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. Before we begin, I just wanted to let everyone know that we won’t have an FGB next week (June 28th), as I will be out of town for a […]

Friday Grab Bag, June 14, 2019

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. Before we open the Friday Grab Bag, take a moment to consider nominating an object for  History Colorado’s Most Significant Artifact. This program highlights the importance of historic and […]

Friday Grab Bag, June 7, 2019

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! [row cols_nr=”2″ class=”narrow”] [col size=”6″] Magic & Puppets All ages are invited to Magic is from Mars, Juggling is from Jupiter with High […]

Friday Grab Bag, April 26, 2019

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! [row cols_nr=”2″ class=”narrow”] [col size=”6″] Health & Wellness Buena Vista Public Library invites those 12 and older to Teen/ Adult CPR & First […]