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Lifelong Literacy

State Library Renews Support for ReadingRecord Summer Reading Tracking Software

The Colorado State Library has once again renewed their support for ReadingRecord summer reading tracking software!  ReadingRecord is a web-based application for libraries to track reading program participants. It is a cloud (hosted) service, meaning that no additional equipment is required to use ReadingRecord. It can be used to track most any kind of reading program: traditional summer reading programs, winter reading programs, 1,000 books before kindergarten programs, year-long programs, etc.

  • Colorado libraries WITHOUT dedicated IT staff can use ReadingRecord free of charge to track reading program participation, including 1,000 books before Kindergarten. This offer is limited to the first 20 libraries to sign-up, so get your request in soon.
  • Colorado libraries WITH dedicated IT staff can get $50 off the regular price of $150/year to track reading program participation, also including 1,000 books before Kindergarten. There is no limit to the number of libraries that can take advantage of this offer.

Many thanks to Beth Crist at the Colorado State Library for making this happen!

Please note: ReadingRecord is available as a hosted service to all libraries, not just those in Colorado.  It has been used across the United States and Canada to register over 947,000 readers and track more than 1.6 million completed levels for reading programs of all kinds at libraries of all sizes.  For more information about ReadingRecord, please see the Wiki at http://www.readingrecord.net.

A new feature has also been added: ReadingRecord can track which prize / task / etc. was selected for a level.  For more details check out the newly-updated demo site here:  https://www.readingrecord.net/dokuwiki/doku.php/info:demo_site_info . Thanks to Carlen DeThorne at the Grayslake Area Public Library in Illinois for being the guinea pig.

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Plains to Peaks Collective

New Colorado and Wyoming Collections Join the DPLA

The Plains to Peaks Collective – a partnership of the Colorado State Library and the Wyoming State Library – is excited to announce that our partners have recently shared new historic collections with the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA).  The DPLA allows one-stop-searching of many of the rich cultural heritage items found in the United States. The PPC partners, including institutions from Colorado and Wyoming, now offer 181,000 items for research and discovery.

With this second collection of items, the PPC has welcomed new partners the American Alpine Club; the University of Colorado, Art Museum; the University of Wyoming, Art Museum and Mountain Scholar with collections from Colorado State University Libraries; University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Strauss Health Sciences Library and University of Colorado Colorado Springs, Kraemer Family Library.

A few highlights from our new partners include:

Photograph, Approaching Helen Glacier. American Alpine Club

The Albert R. Ellingwood Collection, American Alpine Club

Albert R. Ellingwood is one of the most notable figures in the early development of western mountaineering.  While on a Rhodes Scholarship at Oxford in the early 20th Century, Ellingwood traveled often to the Austrian and Swiss Alps, learning European climbing techniques from Swiss guides.  He brought that knowledge with him when he returned to the Rocky Mountain region. In 1916 he was the first person to climb the last remaining unclimbed fourteeners; Crestone Peak, Crestone Needle, and Kit Carson. During his time, Ellingwood was one of three men to climb all of the officially named 14,000-ft. peaks in Colorado.  A noted scholar and author, during his career,  he served as a professor of Political Science at Colorado College, Northwestern University, University of Illinois and the University of Southern California.

The American Alpine Club’s Albert R. Ellingwood Collection includes photographs of Ellingwood’s climbs in Colorado and Wyoming in 1920 and 1924.  Ellingwood was often accompanied by other pioneer climbers Carl Blaurock and Herman and Elmina Buhl.

Warren and Genevieve Garst Collection, Colorado State University, Libraries (Mountain Scholar)

Photograph, Warren Garst. Colorado State University. Libraries

Warren, a wildlife cinematographer, and Genny, a computer programmer, started their married life together in 1958.  Shortly after, Genny accepted a position teaching computer programming at then Colorado A & M in Fort Collins while Warren completed a master’s degree in zoology, while at the same time continuing to film wildlife and eventually accepting a filming job with Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom.

For 25 years, from 1962 until 1987, Warren and Genny Garst spent at least nine months a year on the road shooting film footage. In his role as photographer Warren created over 20,000 images of animals, people, and places across all seven continents. The University’s collection contains correspondence between Warren and Genny, research materials, Warren’s writings including drafts and index cards for his zoology dictionary Zoolexicon, their photographic slide collection and oral histories.

University of Wyoming Art Museum

The University of Wyoming Art Museum’s permanent collection includes objects of American art, European art, photography, contemporary art, and ethnographic art.  The collections shared with the DPLA comprise items from their ethnographic art collection including a collection of 20th century sculptures, tools and other miscellaneous carvings from Easter Island. The Art Museum also has several special collections including the Huey G. and Phyllis T. Shelton Collection, which is comprised entirely of the work of Ichiro, the largest single-artist netsuke collection in the U.S. These first items shared with the DPLA are just a small sample of the Art Museum’s rich collection of 8,000 objects which they plan to share more of in the future.

Sculpture, Sarumawashi, Monkey Trainer. Ichiro. University of Wyoming Art Museum
Sculpture, Birdman. Easter Island. University of Wyoming Art Museum

CU Art Museum, University of Colorado Boulder

Lithograph, title unknown. Michel Fingesten. CU Art Museum, University of Colorado Boulder

The CU Art Museum’s growing collection of more than 8,700 objects represents the wide range of materials used in the creation of Ancient & Classical art, art of the Americas, Asian art, European art, and Modern and Contemporary art. The over 500 objects shared include items from the Michel Fingesten Collection.  Fingesten became one of the most prolific graphic artists and bookplate designers of the 20th Century. He died in 1943, shortly after being liberated from the Fascist internment camp of Ferramonti-Tarsia near Cosenza, Calabria. The University, with funding provided by the Program in Jewish Studies, acquired a large collection of Fingesten’s work in 2011.

Returning Partners

The returning PPC partners have continued to share items from their vast collections.  A few highlights from these collections include:

Diaries of a Wyoming teacher, homesteader, and superintendent of public instruction, Edith K.O. Clark, from the University of Wyoming, American Heritage Center.

The Denver Public Library is now sharing over 93,000 items, including this photograph, D&RGW train with engine 552, engine type EMD FT, from the Colorado Railroad Museum Collection.  This is just one of the 413 Colorado Railroad Museum photographs now shared with the DPLA.

Returning partner the Salida Public Library has partnered with the Salida Museum Association to share 127 images from the museum’s collection including this image of the Salida Hot Springs Pool constructed by a 1937 Federal Works Progress Administration (WPA) project.

Please join us in welcoming these new partners and new collections to the DPLA. If you are looking for new stories to discover please check back often as we will be adding new items four times a year; April, July, October and January. If you would like to share your institution’s collections with the DPLA or have questions about participation please contact me, Leigh Jeremias, ljeremias@coloradovirtuallibrary.org or visit the Plains to Peaks Collective website.

 

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CSL News Resource Sharing

Friday Grab Bag – January 11, 2019

Every New Year – many of us start with grand ideas about how we are going to make changes to our lives – wellness, appearance, career – well, this month we are looking more closely at what the Colorado library community is doing to help our patrons on their path to personal change.

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!

 

Health and Wellness:

Anythink Libraries has a vast array of healthy activities to help you start the new year off right.  

Carnegie Public Library in Trinidad is beginning a series on Self Care.  Staff member Rahma Siddiqui has created a self care program aimed at helping member fo the community get a jump-start on their New Year’s resolutions.  Join the fun!  All events are on Wednesdays from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

  • Jan 16:  Week 1 – What is Self Care
  • Jan 23:  Week 2 – Nutrition
  • Jan 30:  Week 3 – Movement

Dolores Public Library is offering Free Community Yoga.  Practice yoga to make your body and mind feel better! Bring your own mat, water, and comfortable clothing. Jan 20, 9:30 am – 11:00 am in the meeting room.

Garfield County New Castle Branch Library is offering a Living Vision Board Workshop. Learn how to actualize your dreams, visions, and intentions by using mind mapping and creating a living vision board to stay engaged with your long-term goals. Adults are invited to join for this free two-part workshop on Saturday, Jan. 12 and Saturday, Jan. 26 from 2 to 4 p.m. Most supplies are provided, but you can start now by gathering inspirational quotes and images to bring with you.

Garfield County Libraries is opening their Discover Health traveling exhibit showcasing a series of stations where you can learn how to keep you, your family, and your community healthy. While it is set up at the Rifle Branch Library you can explore a variety of anatomical models such as the heart, or demonstrate your health science knowledge with an interactive quiz game, “Hollywood Health!”  The exhibit will be on display January 7 – March 27 at the Rifle Branch Library.

Vail Public Library’s annual Healthy Lifestyle Series features  programs that focus on maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Programs include healthy habits for both mind and body. While most programs take place seasonally, they do offer Yoga and Meditation throughout the year.

Library Related Employment:

Are you thinking of making a change this year in your job?  Check out Library Jobline for hot new library employment opportunities.

Grant/ Assistance Funding Opportunities:

CHNC New Content Support Program:  The Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection (CHNC) is excited to announce that the 2019 program to support the addition of new historic news in the CHNC is now open for applications.  The Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection New Content Support Program for newspaper digitization is designed to help cultural heritage organizations across our state increase online access to historic community news through the CHNC.  

SIPA Micro Grants: Do you have project that puts more information or services online for your constituents? Are you a local government with a big or innovative public-facing project?  Let SIPA’s Micro-Grant help! Apply for a Micro-Grant Micro-Grant FAQs

For Fun:

From the DPL blog:  For the Shear Fun of It: Books and Movies About Hair

If you spend more time thinking about your hair than you should – this blog post from the Denver Public Library might just be for you.  Learn fun facts about hair – and culture – and what books and movies you can look for to help provide you with the answers you might be looking for regarding your own coif, or at least provide you with some entertaining sources to help pass the cold and dark winter nights.

Libraries Making News

Anschutz Medical Campus-University of Colorado:

Del Norte Public Library:  The Del Norte Prospector – Town board swears in new trustee, approves budget

Pikes Peak Library District: 

Sand Creek Library:  Readers Digest – 13 Free Things You Didn’t Know You Could Get with Your Library Card 

University of Colorado Boulder:

Learning for Everyone:

Citizen Science Day – April 13, 2019 is a great way to engage your community in advancing real scientific research. This year’s signature event will be the “Stall Catchers Megathon”. Stall Catchers is an online game that anyone can play. Participants watch very, very short “movies” from the brains of mice and try to identify vessels as flowing or stalled. This crowd sourcing of identification will help speed up Alzheimer’s disease research. Visit the PLOS.org blog for more information.

Public Library Annual Report Workshops.  This winter and spring, the Colorado State Library and CLiC will offer free, interactive PLAR workshops in Pueblo, Brush, Grand Junction, and Denver. Any staff who work on the PLAR are encouraged to attend. The Pueblo, Brush, and Grand Junction workshops will focus on strategies for addressing the challenges that small and rural libraries face when collecting and reporting PLAR data, whereas the Denver workshop will have more of an urban/suburban library focus. However, staff are welcome to attend whichever workshop is most convenient for them.  Learn more.

Open Doors: Reaching Under-served Populations – February 28, 2019.  As librarians, providing equitable access to all patrons should be a top priority. The patrons visiting our libraries should reflect the diversity of the communities we live in. Unfortunately, there are many populations that go under-served. How can we broaden our reach to better serve all our community? Join Amigos Library Services online conference, where they will explore methods and best practices for reaching an important part of your community.  

Free Webinars from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine

  • From Movies to Meals: Senior Services and Spaces at Your Local Library Wednesday, Jan 9, 2019 – 12 CT Register Libraries often are the de facto senior centers of our growing – and aging – communities. The Marion Public Library embraces this role through program design, community feedback, and strategic partnerships. In addition to “traditional” library programming, the library works to meet the nutritional and social needs of seniors through twice-weekly congregate meals as well as a monthly mobile food pantry visit. 
  • Establishing a Health Information Literacy Partnership with a Local Public Library Thursday, Jan 10, 2019 – 1 CT Register Hear about the successes and challenges of pursuing public library partnerships at the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine Library in the metro Detroit area. This webinar will share the journey of establishing a partnership with Auburn Hills Public Library including how to create interdisciplinary collaborations and determine pilot programs as well as the lessons learned and future directions of the partnership. 
  • Trusted Health Resources for Parents and Caregivers Friday, Jan 25, 2019 – 2 CT Register More and more people search for health information online. Often, they are searching for health information for children or a loved one, yet they do not know where to look for quality health information or how to evaluate the information they find. Using a life course perspective, participants will learn about specific trusted consumer health resources to use with their patrons. Participants will also learn tips and tricks for conducting consumer health reference interviews. 
  • Trusted Health Resources for Parents and Caregivers Jan 25, 2019 1-2PM MT / 2-3PM CT Register More and more people search for health information online. Often, they are searching for health information for children or a loved one, yet they do not know where to look for quality health information or how to evaluate the information they find. Using a life course perspective, participants will learn about specific trusted consumer health resources to use with their patrons. Participants will also learn tips and tricks for conducting consumer health reference interviews. 

Upcoming CSL in Session – Do you speak possibility? Thursday January 17, 2019 from 12 – 1 PM MT.  Based on “The Art of Possibility” by Benjamin Zander and Rosamund Stone Zander and using examples from fields as diverse as classical music and early childhood, this presentation will focus on the ability to “speak possibility” as a crucial skill for all leaders  i.e., anyone – regardless of position on the organizational chart – to cultivate.  No registration is required! The session will be offered via Adobe Connect. You can access the classroom via the CSL in Session website.

CLiC Spring Workshops:  Brings in-person continuing education to your part of the state.  The dates and locations for 2019 are:

  • Grand Junction: March 21 & 22 @ Colorado Mesa University.
  • Fort Morgan: March 29 @ Fort Morgan High School
  • Pueblo: April 15 & 16 @ CSU-Pueblo 

For more information and to register click here.  To apply for a scholarship, click here.

Colorado Regional Digital Learning Symposium. The event is FREE and will be held on Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at the CSU Fort Collins campus.  Learn more here.

What’s New at the Colorado State Library

 

State Librarian in the House!

We are super excited to welcome our new Assistant Commissioner/State Librarian – Nicolle Davies!  Nicolle comes to the State Library from Charleston, South Carolina, but many of you will know her from her work as Executive Director with the Arapahoe Library District.  We are delighted that she chose to come back to Colorado and the Colorado library community.  Look for Nicolle at library events around the state, and be sure to say “hello”.  

CHNC New Content Support Program

The Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection (CHNC) is excited to announce that the 2019 program to support the addition of new historic news in the CHNC is now open for applications.  The Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection New Content Support Program for newspaper digitization is designed to help cultural heritage organizations across our state increase online access to historic community news through the CHNC.  We want to help local communities include their historic stories to the larger Colorado digital newspaper footprint.  Last year we were able to assist 12 Colorado cultural heritage institutions to add content from more than 45 historic newspaper titles.  For more information, click here.  

Have a great weekend everyone! 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 Regan Harper, harper_r@cde.state.co.us.  Also, be sure to follow Colorado State Library on Twitter and Facebook.

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Colorado Historic Newspapers

New Year, New Newspaper Support Program

CHNC New Content Support Program

The Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection (CHNC) is excited to announce that the 2019 program to support the addition of new historic news in the CHNC is now open for applications.  The Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection New Content Support Program for newspaper digitization is designed to help cultural heritage organizations across our state increase online access to historic community news through the CHNC.  We want to help local communities include their historic stories to the larger Colorado digital newspaper footprint.

About CHNC

A service of the Colorado State Library, the CHNC currently includes more than 1.2 million digitized pages, representing more than 250 individual newspaper titles published in Colorado primarily from 1859 through 1923. Due to copyright restrictions, the CHNC does not always include newspapers published after 1923, but the CHNC can digitize beyond 1923 if publisher permission can be secured by our partners.

On-going support for maintaining, developing, and providing access to the CHNC is paid for with state and federal funds administered by the Colorado State Library. We continue to add new pages to the CHNC when community funding is located to pay the costs of digitization.

Awards

Program funding will be awarded for the digitization of newspapers on microfilm or in original format; the processing of digital files including segmentation of pages into articles, advertisements and illustrations; the creation of metadata; OCR transcription of newspaper text and inclusion in the CHNC online database.  Support awards can only be used to offset the cost of digitizing newspaper pages for inclusion in the Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection, and will be applied by the Colorado State Library to support the actual digitization process through their chosen vendor partners.

In Spring of 2019, CHNC will award $15,000 in support for newspaper digitization projects. Institutions can apply for a maximum of $3,000 of support funding and a minimum of $1,500 towards the digitization of newspapers for inclusion in the CHNC. All support awards require a 25{66eaadba41c14e7e553ffe7a4ee73fbae213b19704eda0514b3dd79e37e4c0c5} cash match.  The cash match needs to be provided to CHNC by June 30, 2019. The amount of funding requested by applicants will determine how many projects will be funded.

Who Can Apply

We strongly encourage institutions that are not currently CHNC partners to apply.  Special consideration will be given to newspaper content that is underrepresented in CHNC such as geographic areas, ethnic groups, social movements and non standard content types such as company newsletters.

Private individuals wishing to apply for support funding should be partnered with a local cultural heritage organization such as a library, archives, museum, friends group or association.  Single individuals without affiliation will not be considered.

Application Process

Complete all questions on the application form, found here.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.  Applications received on or before February 28, 2019 will be considered.

Successful projects will be selected by the Program Committee.  Projects will be evaluated on the historical significance of proposed newspaper title, support of content areas that are currently underrepresented in CHNC and plans for community engagement.  Special consideration will be given to institutions that are not currently CHNC partners.

Application Rubric

Total available points = 50 pts

  • Completed form = 5 Pts
  • Historical significance of title(s) = 1 – 10 pts
  • Support of Content Areas not currently represented = 1 – 10 pts
  • New title to CHNC = 5pts
  • New Partner to CHNC = 10 pts
  • Plans for ongoing community engagement and promotion = 1-10 pts

Project Period or Timeline

The project time period is from April 1, 2019 to December 30, 2019.  Any digitization work needs to be in process by December 15, 2019.

Deadline

Completed applications must be received on or before February 28, 2019.

Awards

Awardees will be notified by March 15, 2019.

Questions and Additional Considerations

The program does not cover indirect costs and cannot be used for any purpose other than the digitization of newspaper content to be added to CHNC.  If you have questions about the support program, the application process, or about newspapers available for digitization or if you would like a cost estimate please contact Leigh Jeremias, ljeremias@coloradovirtuallibrary.org.  If you are considering applying to support a newspaper title that may be in copyright (issues published after 1923) please contact Leigh prior to the application submission so copyright holder permissions can be discussed.

 

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CSL News Resource Sharing

Friday Grab Bag, December 14, 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!

Holiday Fun

Denver Public Library‘s Wheelie the Book Bike recently made an appearance at Denver Botanic Garden’s Blossoms of Light, an annual holiday event that turns the gardens into a twinkling fairyland. Not to be outdone, DPL staffers set up Wheelie with its own personal light show, much to the delight of visitors.

Wheelie also has been spotted at the Denver Parade of Lights and showings of Corduroy at the Denver Center for Performing Arts. Wheelie is just one of several services available through DPL’s Library at Your Event initiative.

Aparaphoe Library District :

  • Critter Companions: Winter Edition.  See what great costumes and holiday get-ups the Arapahoe best friends don this season.  
  • Castlewood Holiday Open House: Sunday, Dec. 16, 2 – 4 pm ‘Tis the season to celebrate! Drop by for crafts for kids, Makerspace tours, and cookies for all! Sing along with the What the Dickens? Carolers! from 2:30-3:30 pm. 
  • Cookies in a Jar: Monday, Dec. 17, 6:30 – 7:30 pm. Give the gift of baking this year with a Mason Jar filled with Santa Cookie Mix.
  • Handmade Gifts:  Tuesday, Dec. 18, 4 – 5 pm.  Make a couple of cool gifts for your friends or family. Before you leave, you can wrap them up so your secret remains safe until holiday time.
  • Carolers and Cookies: Tuesday, Dec. 18, 6 – 7 pm ; Thursday Dec. 20, 5 – 6 pm; Friday Dec. 21 1:30 – 2:30 pm.  Ring in the holidays with the talented “What the Dickens? Carolers!” who have become a beloved tradition! You’ll be “Fa la-la la-la-ing” along to your favorite tunes. All ages welcome.

Grant/ Assistance Funding Opportunities:

SIPA Micro Grants: Do you have project that puts more information or services online for your constituents? Are you a local government with a big or innovative public-facing project?  Let SIPA’s Micro-Grant help! Apply for a Micro-Grant Micro-Grant FAQs

RIPL: Five travel stipends for the Utah RIPL Regional in Salt Lake City, March 6-7, 2019, are available to staff working in small and rural public libraries in the United States.  For more information and to apply, please see https://www.lrs.org/travel-stipend-opportunity-for-utah-ripl-regional/

The Kerr Foundation: Funds for Youth Programs in Oklahoma and Surrounding States,  Offers grants to organizations that provide new or enhanced opportunities, particularly for youth. Grants generally range from $1,000 to $50,000. Learn more here.

Learning for Everyone

  • “My Boss Is a ####”: LLAMA Practical and Applied Management Committee will be hosting a lively discussion on the topic of coping, managing, strategizing, and succeeding when you do not see eye-to-eye with your boss on Thursday, December 20, 2-3pm EST.  No advanced registration required.   https://umassboston.zoom.us/j/496421941 
  • CLiC Spring Workshops:  Brings in-person continuing education to your part of the state.  The dates and locations for 2019 are:

Grand Junction: March 21 & 22 @ Colorado Mesa University.

Fort Morgan: March 29 @ Fort Morgan High School

Pueblo: April 15 & 16 @ CSU-Pueblo 

For more information and to register click here.  To apply for a scholarship, click here.

Libraries Making News

Bemis Public Library:

CLiC: Colorado Independent – A ‘modern-day book-burning crusade’ alleged in Colorado

Colorado State Library:  Colorado Springs Gazette – Penguin astronauts and artists, and pugs: One Book Colorado voting underway

Denver Public Library:  The Patch –  No More Fines At Denver Public Library

Grand County Library District:  SKY-HI News – Library Corner: Gaming center

Mesa County Public Library:  KKCO 11 News – Mesa County Libraries sticking with late fees

Pikes Peak Library District: 

What’s New at the Colorado State Library

 

Employment Opportunities:

Statewide Collaborative Programming Coordinator:  The Statewide Collaborative Programming Coordinator is a full time position within the Colorado State Library.  The position is open to experienced information professionals with strong project management, technical and facilitation skills. If interested – read more.

Colorado Virtual Library Blog:

Colorado State Publications Blog:

The Colorado State Publications Blog is now at coloradovirtuallibrary.org! Check out these recent posts:

 

DP Library staff shows off their ugly sweater prowess at the Durango City Ugly Sweater Celebration.  Well played team Durango PL!

Have a great weekend everyone!

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 Regan Harper, harper_r@cde.state.co.us.  Also, be sure to follow Colorado State Library on Twitter and Facebook.

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Plains to Peaks Collective

Big Opportunities for Small Libraries: IMLS Launches New Special Initiative

The Institute of Museum and Library Services has launched a new special initiative, Accelerating Promising Practices for Small Libraries (APP), and is accepting grant applications now through February 25, 2019. This new funding opportunity is designed specifically to strengthen the ability of small and rural libraries, archives, and related organizations to serve their communities, and awards sizes range from $10,000 to $50,000.

The initiative is in line with the IMLS Strategic Plan 2018-2022, Transforming Communities, which includes goals of lifelong learning, increasing public access, and building capacity. APP is a special initiative of National Leadership Grants for Libraries, which support projects that enhance the quality of library and archives services nationwide by advancing theory and practice.

“We’re pleased to support the work of small libraries and archives across our nation who are essential to their communities in so many ways,” said IMLS Deputy Director of Library Services Robin Dale. “These grants will provide opportunities for small libraries who provide such important programs and services at a local level to impact new, promising practices on a national scale.”

Categories: Three categories of APP grants are available to applicants:

  • Transforming School Library Practice: School libraries support learning and the development of critical thinking, creativity, and collaboration skills. IMLS is interested in furthering how school library professionals can serve as integral instructional partners to classroom teachers. Grant projects could include programs and services that prepare students for success in college, career, and life, or foster early, digital, information, health, financial, media, civic, and other types of literacies. 
  • Community Memory: Libraries and archives not only serve as stewards of our nation’s knowledge and collections, but also as trusted spaces for community engagement and dialogue. This project category centers on engaging local communities in the collection, documentation, and preservation of their local histories, experiences, and identities. Proposals could include events and programs to digitize materials related to community histories, such as photographs, artifacts, or texts, or oral history projects that involve community members in the documentation and preservation of local histories. 
  • Digital Inclusion: Libraries have an important role in promoting digital inclusion and increasing access to information, ideas, and networks. This category focuses on projects that support the role libraries play in promoting digital literacy, providing internet access, and enabling community engagement through civic data and civic technology. Grant proposals could include programs supporting broadband access and wireless networks to address the homework gap, increase small business development and entrepreneurship, or plan for emergency preparedness.

Cohort Learning and Evaluation:  Grantees in this initiative will participate in communities of practice based on their project category. Three third-party mentor organizations will lead these cohorts, providing expert guidance and facilitating communication between grantees.

“Using an approach similar to IMLS’s Community Catalyst initiative, these new grants will support small libraries—some who may be applying for their first federal grant—through capacity building and cohort style learning,” said Dale.

This component of the grant is designed to promote shared knowledge, build grantee capacity in relevant areas, and grow networks in the library and archives fields. In addition, IMLS intends to identify and support a third-party organization to evaluate this initiative.

Who is Eligible? This grant opportunity is designed for small and rural libraries and archives, and applicants should consider how their organization might be a good fit. There are a number of ways to be “small,” and attributes of “small” libraries or archives could include:

  • size of the staff and volunteer corps;
  • operating budget and sources of revenue;
  • size of the collection and range of services provided;
  • size of facility and property;
  • types, numbers, and geographic distribution of audiences served; and size relative to other organizations of the same discipline or within the same geographic region.

Institution types could include rural or urban public libraries, Native American tribal libraries, school districts representing elementary through secondary school libraries, or research or special libraries. For more details, please read the notice of funding opportunity (PDF 384KB).

Webinars:  Two pre-application webinars will be held with program staff to answer questions from potential applicants. The webinars, which will each cover the same material, are scheduled for:

Recordings of the webinars will also be made available on the IMLS website. For information about how to participate in the webinars or to access the webinar recordings, see the IMLS webinar page.

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Resource Sharing

Friday Grab Bag, November 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!

Holiday Fun

Arapahoe Library District is hosting Carolers and Cookies on Dec. 8 – 12, 2018.  Ring in the holidays with the talented “What the Dickens? Carolers!” who have become a beloved tradition! You’ll be “Fa la-la la-la-ing” along to your favorite tunes. All ages welcome.  See web site for times and locations.

Buena Vista Public Library is hosting a Chocolate Walk on Saturday, Dec. 1st from  10 am-4 pm.  Community members can come to the library for chocolate and get their card stamped.  The library will also have fun photo props for guests to take pictures by the fireplace and Christmas Tree.

Clear Creek Library District:  

  • Is hosting Santa’s workshop at the Georgetown Library Dec. 1st & 8th from 11 am – 1 pm and the Idaho Springs Public Library Dec. 21 from 1 – 3 pm.
  • Adult craft night – Wreath Making.  Idaho Springs Public Library Dec. 10th  at 5:30 pm and Heritage Center Dec. 13th  at 5:30 pm.

Denver Public Library brings you DIY Holiday Crafts.  If you’re looking for a way to add some handmade touches to your holiday gift giving, the library can help! Handcrafted gifts are a great way to create something personalized, to save money, and support your local library! Some of the many possibilities: Use the Cricut to create a festive holiday card, sew a t-shirt into a bag for treats or gifts, 3D print an ornament, embroider a custom gift tag.  For more ideas and resources, check out the library’s crafting page.

Garfield County Library System has holiday fun happening at most of their branches.

  • Crafts and Cocoa:  Teens are invited to a fun evening of hot cocoa and holiday crafts! They will be making paperback Christmas trees and 3D snowflakes which are great to display at home or give as gifts. Dec. 14, 2018 4 pm at the Carbondale Branch Library.
  • Holiday Community Color In:  It’s time to treat yourself during this busy holiday season! Get together with friends and your neighbors for coloring, holiday goodies, and hot apple cider. Materials provided, and all adults and teens 12 and older are invited.  Dec. 5, 6:30 pm at the Glenwood Springs Branch Library.
  • Holiday Fun at the Library:  Children  of all ages are invited to enjoy crafts, cocoa, and get a chance to talk to Santa! Dec. 12, 2018 3 pm at the Glenwood Springs Branch Library.
  • Storytime with Santa:  For a special treat before Christmas,  there will be an extra special guest visiting at the New Castle Branch Library! Santa will make an appearance during our normal Storytime on Tuesday, Dec. 18 at 10:30 a.m., and then stay around for pictures and visit with kids until 12 p.m. when he will leave to go have lunch with Mrs. Claus.  New Castle Branch Library
  • Holiday Sing-A-Long: Burning Mountain Ukuleles invite you to a sing-a-long of familiar Christmas carols. Come sing with or just enjoy the music and camaraderie as we celebrate the festive holiday season! Free and open to all. Light refreshments will be served. Dec. 196:00 pm at the New Castle Branch Library.
  • Holiday Card Crafternoon:  Come share cute ideas for remaking old cards into new. Enjoy hot tea, cocoa, and cookies while you make new creations from 1 to 3 pm. Cardstock, old cards and other crafty stuff provided, but feel free to bring anything else you would like to use. Free and open to all ages. Dec. 1,  11:00 pm at the Parachute Branch Library.
  • Ornament Making at the Library:  The Rifle Branch Library will help kickoff the holiday season with ornament making, Christmas crafts, and treats for the kids during the Hometown Holiday celebration. Hayrides to and from other Hometown Holiday events will be available from the library.  Dec. 1, 11:00 pm at the Rifle Branch Library

Grand County Library District invites folks to come in and build and decorate their own gingerbread house.  This event will take place at the Kremmling Library on Dec. 17 from 4:15-5:15.  Supplies will be provided.

High Plains Library District invites you to join them for an evening on the Polar Express! Dec. 7, 2018 6- 7 pm. Come in your pajamas for a Polar Express Family Storytime. Snacks will be served as you “ride” the Riverside train and listen to the timeless classic book. Make “Snowman Soup” and other winter crafts. Santa will be visiting so bring your cameras! Registration is required; Polar Express will be limited to 100 people.

Jefferson County Public Library:  

  • ‘Tis the season! Celebrate the holiday season with a holiday open house at many of JCPL branches.  Visit the Jefferson County Public Library events site to learn about locations and times.
  • Teen Maker and DIY: Silhouette Vinyl, Paper Cutter Ornament making. Dec. 2, 2018 1 – 2 pm at Columbine Library.  Pick a computer design and see how our special paper cutter cuts out your shape. A little folding and gluing and you’re ready to decorate for the holiday season.
  • Handcrafted Holidays: Beer Can Ornaments making.  Dec. 3, 2018 at 6:30 – 8:00 pm.  Craft beer and crafting come together in one-of-a-kind decorations for your home or for gifting. Create upcycled beer can ornaments with crafter extraordinaire Shawn Bowman at Olde Town’s New Image Brewing. Materials provided.

Longmont Public Library:

  • Take a break from the holiday busy-ness to enjoy some beautiful harp music, courtesy of Glenda Grimmer, a harpist with the Colorado Celtic Harp Society. Glenda will be playing Saturday, Dec. 1, 1 to 3 pm. No registration required. A library tradition, this concert is always popular with patrons and sets the tone for a peaceful and warm holiday season.
  • Holiday Cookies and Storytime:  Join Library staff for a festive Winter Cookie Party complete with cookie decorating and cookie-themed storytelling! Various cookies will be provided to decorate with frosting, sprinkles, and special treats.  Librarians will perform and read stories, including a bilingual one, related to the beauty of the COOKIE! And, watch for a live performance of The Christmas Cookie Sprinkle Snitcher!  Dec. 10, 7 to 7:45 pm.
  • Winter Solstice Storytime: Celebrate the Winter Solstice with a special Bedtime Storytime, full of winter-themed stories, hot cocoa, cookies, and a make-and-take craft.  Children will go home with their own luminaries to light up the longest night of the year!  Dec. 20, 7 to 8 pm.

Pikes Peak Library District wants to help you Take Gluten Free to the Next Level for the Holidays.  Whether necessity or choice led you to eat gluten free, this eating style is helping many experience the health benefits: less bloating, less brain fog and better sleep because of it. What if you could take gluten free eating to the next level? Eating grain free may bring you the health benefits you’re seeking. Presented by Natural Grocers.  Registration is required for this free class.  The class will be held on Dec. 11 from 3 -4 pm at Library 21c.

Pueblo City-County Library System invites patrons to Make a Gingerbread House at the Library.  Dec. 7-22, 2018.  There are many days that this fun event is taking place – see the website for more details.

Vail Public Library offers  Santa & the Babies as an opportunity for children under three years who will benefit from a daytime, calm and casual Santa experience. There will be toys and snacks offered to make waiting for your turn a playful experience with friends and family. Dec 14, 2018 at  11 am.

Community Support

Comfort Soup: Creating Safe Places Together.  Dec. 2, 12:30 pm Boulder Public Library – Main location.  Everyone has ideas on what creates a feeling of welcome and safety.  BPL wants to bring people together to talk about how to create safe spaces in the city.

Clear Creek County Library District offers notary public services! Visit the Idaho Springs Public Library on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays, or the John Tomay Memory Library on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

The Clear Creek County Library District now offers after-school tutoring every Wednesday at the Idaho Springs Public Library. Students can get assistance with their homework or school projects, or practice their reading skills. Tutors are available from 3:30 to 5 pm.

Lincoln County Libraries provides access to free Colorado driving practice tests.  Before you drive to the Rocky Mountains or hit the slopes in Colorado, you’ll want to get a handle on the rules of the road. That way, you’ll be set when driving the steep and sometimes precarious mountain roads that populate the state. Colorado takes driver’s testing very seriously and getting a few wrong on the DMV written permit or driver’s license test means you’ll have to retake it later and pay fees again. Avoid the extra charges and pass on the first try with our hundreds of practice questions arranged into useful tests.

Learning for Everyone

Computer Science Education (CSED) Week – Dec. 1-8, 2018.  Now in its fifth year, Boulder CSED Week was founded by local companies and educators that want to share the joy of learning and making with code. CSED week boasts a wide range of programs for all ages, including workshops for adults who want to learn to code, and education for youth ages preschool and up. Programs are free and open to the public.

Experience the World of Virtual Reality – Grand County Library District Dec. 31st 2018.  VR events will be held at the Hot Sulphur Springs Library 10 am – 1:30 pm and the Kremmling Library 5:30 pm

Lamar Public Library is hosting a Winter Reading Challenge.  The challenge runs from Dec. 15 – Jan. 19.  Escape the cold this winter and snuggle up with a book!  Starting on Dec. 15th, patrons can stop by the library and pick up a reading log.  All ages welcome.

Grant Writing Workshops:  The Denver Regional Council of Governments and Grant Writing USA will present a two-day grants workshop in Denver, Dec. 6-7, 2018. This training is applicable to grant seekers across all disciplines.  Attend this class and you’ll learn how to find grants and write winning grant proposals.  For more information, see their website.

Grant & Scholarship Opportunities

Big Opportunities for Small Libraries: IMLS Launches New Special Initiative Seeking Applications for School Library, Community Memory, and Digital Inclusion Grants.  The Institute of Museum and Library Services has launched a new special initiative, Accelerating Promising Practices for Small Libraries (APP), and is accepting grant applications now through February 25, 2019. This new funding opportunity is designed specifically to strengthen the ability of small and rural libraries, archives, and related organizations to serve their communities, and awards sizes range from $10,000 to $50,000.  Learn more at IMLS.

Libraries Making News

Pick ‘n’ Mix

Arapahoe Library District:  Used Book Sale – Give the gift of books this season! Shop our exclusive selection of holiday, children’s and collectible books to find the perfect gift for everyone on your nice list.  Dec. 1-2 at the Koebel Library.

Anythink Libraries:  In continuing to provide its customers with the latest in technology and innovative services, Anythink has partnered with OCLC to become an early adopter of OCLC Wise, the first community engagement system for U.S. public libraries. Wise is a customizable system that transforms traditional library management with a holistic people-centric approach.  OCLC Wise has built-in tools to help the library develop and manage its collection in response to use patterns. The product relies on its internal, real-time data with automated processes based on policies and thresholds set by the library. These processes result in a customer-driven collection development strategy.  Learn more at the Anythink website.

Longmont Public Library:  Join Longmont Public Library for a You Belong 2018 Anthology release party on Saturday Dec. 1st from 10 am to noon.  They will be celebrating the incredible writers, poets, photographers, and artists who contributed to this year’s You Belong Anthology. Our annual publication showcases the work and creativity of Longmont neighbors of all ages. This year’s book release party will feature readings, book sales, and book signings. Refreshments will be served.

The Boulder Carnegie Library for Local History has a new website!  A whole new visual experience of Boulder’s past. The new website features a wide variety of high quality photos and maps that you can zoom in on to see stunning detail.  Also available is a collection of oral history interviews and streaming audio. Check it out!

Berthoud Community Library District:  On Nov. 24 – Dec. 7, the Friends of the Library will be having their yearly Silent Auction! Featured items will be gift baskets and gift cards from local businesses! All proceeds directly benefit the library. For more information, please check out their Facebook Page, or call at 970 532 2757.

Buena Vista Public Library hosts an artist reception on Friday, Dec. 7th from  4- 6 pm.  ‘Meet and Greet’ four local artists: Lance Sawyer, Alice Sawyer, Cheryl Rauschke, and Paul Rauschke

Colorado Association of Libraries:  Program proposal submission for CALCON 2019 is now open!! It is  recommend that you draft your submission in this handy dandy worksheet first: http://bit.ly/calwksht2019 ; and then can create your full submission here: http://bit.ly/2019calsubmit.  Remember, hands-on sessions, sessions that cross multiple library districts/branches, and sessions that help others replicate your successes are the most successful!  Proposals are due by Friday Mar. 1, 2019

Jefferson County Public Library:  Spread the holiday cheer with a book, CD or DVD from the Jefferson County Public Library Foundation’s holiday sale. Dec. 1, 2018 from 9 – 4 at the Columbine Library.  All proceeds fund the Jefferson County Public Library. Call 303-403-5079 with questions.

What’s in Your Medicine Cabinet? Resources for Medication Safety A helpful resource posted by Dana Abbey that is worth sharing.  Ten percent of all hospital admissions are the result of patients not taking medications correctly. Twenty-eight percent of all hospital admissions for those over 65 are caused by medical non-compliance.  Many adults over 60 years of age take two or more prescriptions, with around 20{66eaadba41c14e7e553ffe7a4ee73fbae213b19704eda0514b3dd79e37e4c0c5} taking five or more in a single month. The health consequences of misunderstanding how to take a medication can be significant – even deadly. There are many free authoritative and reliable medication safety resources. The majority of resources provided are from institutes that comprise the National Institutes of Health, such as the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM). Others are highly-respected non-profit or governmental organizations.  Read more here.

What’s New at the Colorado State Library

Hot Off the Presses

One Book is back for its 8th year!   The One Book Colorado program will be launching its 2019 book selection tomorrow.  The name of the program has changed, but the mission is the same  – to give away 75,000 copies of the same book, one to every four-year-old in the state. Pick up a free book for your four-year-old April 8 – 22, 2019, at a public library or Denver Preschool Program classroom!  Visit the web site to see the new partners, the new look – and learn which three books were short listed for the program.  Video recordings of reading in both English and Spanish are also available on the site. Voting starts December first and will remain open until the end of the month.

A new CSL Big Red Resource Kit is ready for prime time.  We are launching our latest Let’s Talk About It: CSL Big Red Resource Kit focused on LGBTQ awareness and programming in the library.  This kit is the second in our series of informational kits intended to help library staff better reach under served populations in their communities.  These kits are available for 6 week loan and contain program ideas, activities, community conversation guidance, resource suggestions, and plenty of ideas for library staff to use when engaging with the diverse communities around them. The first kit – Homelessness – was released this summer.  Both kits, along with other kits relating to STEAM learning and Early Literacy are also available for loan.  Check out our Resource Kit site for one stop shopping.

The Colorado Historic Newspaper Collection (CHNC) has added 6 new titles to the growing database.  These titles represent newspapers published in Adams, Alamosa, Clear Creek, Costilla, Jefferson, Montrose,  and Saguache counties.  Thanks to all of our partners in the Colorado cultural heritage community for making this digitization possible.  New content is being added all the time – so check it out.  For questions, contact Leigh Jeremias at ljeremias@coloradovirtuallibrary.org.

Learning Opportunities

2019 E-rate Training

CSL in Session: The Hidden Biases of Good People

  • Dec. 14, 2018, 12:00 to 1:00
  • Free! No registration required
  • Join online

The Learning Edge

The Learning Edge is a series written by CSL’s Digital Literacy Instructional Specialist, Christine Schein. It summarizes new professional learning events and opportunities, digital learning resources, and news from the education field. Read the November 2018 edition.

Colorado Virtual Library

Colorado’s Cultural Newspaper History: CHNC Welcomes New Foreign Language Titles to Our Online Catalog! Read about some of the new titles added to CHNC in the last quarter.

Book Club Updates: You Spoke and We Listened!  Maddie shares how a recent survey to users is informing the new direction of the Colorado Book Club Resource.

Bag of Tricks – Money, Money, Money.  Kieran shares info about several financial literacy websites that can help you personally as well as be ‘go-to’ resources for patrons.

Colorado State Publications Blog

The Colorado State Publications Blog is now at coloradovirtuallibrary.org! Check out these recent posts:

Thanksgiving Drawing of Family from 1965
This image courtesy of a November, 1965 issue of the Louisville Times and the Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection.

 

We hope that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends.

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 Regan Harper, harper_r@cde.state.co.us.  Also, be sure to follow Colorado State Library on Twitter and Facebook.

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Friday Grab Bag, November 16, 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.

This is a very special issue of the Friday Grab Bag because it is the last one I will write. November 15 is my last day at the Colorado State Library; I will soon be joining the faculty of the Arthur Lakes Library at Colorado School of Mines.

I am extremely thankful to all the readers of the Friday Grab Bag, a series I started two years ago on November 4, 2016 as a way of highlighting resource sharing in Colorado libraries. (Check out the first post in the series to see how it has changed.) Over 80 issues later, the readership has grown significantly, and I consistently hear from library staff who contribute their own news and events to the column. Readers tell me that the FGB is a unique resource that helps them feel connected to other libraries in Colorado, and that is music to my ears.

The good news is that the Friday Grab Bag isn’t going anywhere! Regan Harper, Director of Networking & Resource Sharing at the State Library, is going to forge ahead as its weekly curator and writer. I hope you will continue reaching out to her at <harper_r@cde.state.co.us> with your news, events, and celebrations. Thank you for all your sharing and support these last two years.

Now, let’s open the Friday Grab Bag!

Creative Culture

The Shakespeare Reading Group at Bud Werner Memorial Library is tackling Macbeth during a 6-week program starting January 9. During the sessions, participants will have the opportunity to read aloud, act, and present. Register online.

“Ellen Terry as Lady Macbeth” [Image courtesy: Colorado Daily Chieftain, Feb. 10, 1889. Accessed via Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection.]
The Philosophy Club at Basalt Regional Library meets monthly to discuss life’s big issues. Join them at their next meeting on November 20 at 5:30 to discuss Utopia and the concept of a perfect world.

Join Longmont Public Library for the launch of this year’s You Belong Anthology, a collection of works by Longmont writers, poets, photographers, and artists. The book release party on December 1 at 10:00 am will feature readings, book sales, and book signings.

Pikes Peak Library District is celebrating Native American Heritage Month with a day of dancing, singing, storytelling, food, and crafts. This family-friendly event is Saturday, November 17 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm at the Ruth Holley Library; Native American dancers and singers will perform from 2:00 to 2:30.

Fun for Your Brain

Durango Public Library invites kids ages 5-12 to their STEAM Lab on November 15 at 3:30 pm, when presenters from the Durango Arts Center will lead an exploration of Leonardo da Vinci and his Amazing Machines.

Teens are invited to Eagle Valley Library District’s escape room on November 27, 6:00 pm at Avon Public Library. Players will have one hour to Escape the Library by deciphering clues, solving riddles, and working as a team.

Explore the natural history, habitat, and diet of real creatures featured in popular fantasy novels. High Plains Library District invites learners of all ages to Animals of the Wizarding World, November 24 from 2:00 to 3:00 pm at the Riverside Library and Cultural Center. Register online.

Writers of Grey Havens Philosophy will lead the Teen Writing Workshop on November 17, 5:00 pm, at Lyons Regional Library. Teens will work on character development, word choice, setting, and more, while enjoying free pizza.

Pick ‘n’ Mix

Make your home cozier this holiday season with some homemade decorations and possibly a new furry friend. Anythink Wright Farms is hosting DIY Décor and Pet Adoption in partnership with Adams County Animal Shelter on November 15 from 9:30 to 11:30.

Dancers of ages are welcome at Douglas County LibrariesDancing in the Starlight, November 15 from 6:00 to 8:30 pm. The dance kicks off the annual Castle Rock Starlighting event.

Berthoud Community Library is celebrating Small Business Saturday on November 24. Participate in the scavenger hunt around town to win prizes, and bring your locally purchased gifts to the library for free gift wrapping.

What’s New at the Colorado State Library

Learning Opportunities

Learning Edge – November 2018 #1
Christine Schein shares digital literacy news, tips, and tools for educators in her Learning Edge series.

CSL in Session: “The Hidden Biases of Good People” (webinar)

  • Dec. 14, 2018, 12:00 to 1:00
  • Free! No registration required
  • Join online

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

Colorado Virtual Library

Topics in History: Colorado’s Homegrown History
Learn the history of Colorado’s own Palisade peaches, Rocky Ford melons, and Pueblo green chilies.

Colorado’s Role in World War I
Read about the 43,000 Coloradans who served in the military during World War I, and the countless others who supported the war efforts at home.

Bag of Tricks – NewsGuard
Kieran Hixon shares his latest tech tool discovery in the Bag of Tricks series.

Time Machine Tuesday: Penmanship Lessons
Before typing became the norm, handwriting was taught in Colorado schools.

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Friday Grab Bag, November 9, 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!

Art & Music

El Movimiento is on display at Pueblo Community College

Pueblo Community College is hosting El Movimiento, an exhibit from History Colorado that chronicles the Chicano movement in Southern Colorado, and more specifically the Pueblo region. The exhibit has already been popular with local middle schools and college groups. It is free and open to the public during the PCC Library’s hours of operation; group tours must be scheduled in advance.

Poudre River Public Library District is sponsoring An Evening with John Fielder & special guest Dave Beegle, November 15 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm at the CSU Lory Student Center Theater. This free event will include a multimedia presentation with John Fielder and his newest book, Colorado Black on White.

Enjoy an evening of musical theater at Basalt Regional Library’s Broadway to You, November 15 at 5:30 pm. Brittany von Stein and Michael Schoepe will perform popular and lesser-known Broadway tunes interspersed with stories.

Broomfield Library is offering Art as Stress Relief, a class taught by registered Art Therapist and Licensed Professional Counselor Ann Noble on November 10 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. The workshop will explore art techniques that help lower stress levels. Register online.

Garfield County Libraries will host a reception for Rifle artist Carolyn McCann on November 17, 4:00 pm, at the Rifle Branch Library. Her Art in the Stacks exhibit will be on display in the library through the end of December.

Kids & Families

High Plains Library District’s Lincoln Park Singers are back for the winter season. Join this kid-friendly community vocal group for seven weeks of singing, dancing, and caroling. Their next meeting is November 13, 4:30 pm, at Lincoln Park Library.

Kids in grades K-5 are invited to Aurora Public Library’s Now We’re Cooking series, Thursdays at 4:00 pm the Aurora Central Library. Each week a cooking instructor will help kids prepare a new recipe that they can enjoy. Registration is required.

STEM & Makers

UNC Library’s Maker-in-Residence program “pairs skilled makers with undergraduate students interested in learning how to dream, design, & build.” Learn more about their current BeAM project that combines bee research with nest construction.

Get messy and creative at Pines & Plains Libraries’ Teen Craft Works series, held at the Elizabeth Library. Teens will create new craft each month using new and recycled materials. The next meeting is November 15 at 4:00 pm.

Jefferson County Public Library is seeking middle school students for their Epic STEM Challenge. Students can enter individually or in a group to propose a STEM-based solution to a real-world social issue. Participants will work with a mentor throughout December and January, then present their project at the competition on February 2 at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds. Register by November 17.

Libraries Making News

Denver Post: Colorado millennials are booking it to their public libraries, mirroring a national trend

Sky-Hi News: Hooray for Library Volunteers | Grand County Library District

The Daily Sentinel: A Celebration of Diversity | Mesa County Libraries

Dodie Ownes from Denver Public Library reports that she is serving on the Readers’ Advisory Impact Committee of the Panorama Project, which aims to provide “data-driven insights on libraries and their impact on book discovery, author brand development, and sales”.

Pick ‘n’ Mix

Pine River Library will be Honoring Those Who Served at a special screening of video interviews from the Veterans’ Stories Projects. Join them on November 12 at 6:00 pm for a free soup dinner followed by the video interviews and a showing of the classic 1945 film, Pride of the Marines.

Do you have a personal story about Denver? Share yours at Denver Public Library’s I Am Denver Storytelling Lab, November 10 from 9:00 to 12:00 at the Central Library. This half-day event includes storytelling activities and an opportunity to write or record your story. To register, email: community@denverlibrary.org or call 720-865-2052.

Vail Public Library continues their month-long celebration of Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park with a special Books ‘n’ Bites discussion group meeting, November 14 at 5:00 pm. The group will be joined by English professor Dustin Doss, M.A.

Need a professional headshot? Stop by The Studio at Anythink Wright Farms on November 17 between 11:00 and 2:00 for a corporate headshot taken by a pro.

What’s New at the Colorado State Library

Learning Opportunities

RIPL Quarterly Webinar: “The Data We Don’t Collect: How it Drives Funding Decisions by People Who Don’t Use the Library”

  • Nov. 13, 2018, 10:00 to 11:00
  • Free! Limited to first 100 participants
  • Join online

CSL in Session: “The Hidden Biases of Good People”

  • Dec. 14, 2018, 12:00 to 1:00
  • Free! No registration required
  • Join online

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

Colorado Virtual Library

Otto Mears: Pathfinder of the San Juans
Read the mini biography of this Coloradan famous for building toll roads and railroads.

Bag of Tricks—The Ultimate Guide to Microsoft Windows 10 Troubleshooting
Kieran suggests another resource for your technology toolkit.

Colorado State Publications Blog

The Colorado State Publications Blog is now at coloradovirtuallibrary.org! Check out these recent posts:


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, ahitchner@coloradovirtuallibrary.org. Also, be sure to follow Colorado State Library on Twitter and Facebook.

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Friday Grab Bag, November 2, 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!

Artists & Authors

Meet and greet some of your favorite local authors at Loveland Public Library’s Local Author Showcase, November 10 from 1:30 to 4:30.

CU Boulder University Libraries invites you to Mapping Home / Collecting Truths: Works by Indigenous and International Artists, showing now through end of December at the Jerry Crail Johnson Earth Science & Map Library. Join them for a reception and panel discussion on November 15 at 4:00 pm.

Get to know three local artists—photographer Leigh Holloway, wood sculptor Will Jansma, and photographer Jim Greene—at Buena Vista Public Library’s Artist Reception, November 9 from 4:00 to 6:00 pm.

Grand County Library District is hosting an exhibit, The Art of Margaret Watts and Nancy Goes, October 1 through November 30 at Granby Library. All works are mixed water and papers on canvas.

“Synchronicity” from The Art of Margaret Watts and Nancy Goes, an exhibit at Granby Library

Celebrate the cultural diversity of the Grand Valley at Mesa County Library’s Culture Fest, November 2 & 3. The event features a juried art show, classical guitar music, dance performances, and even the library’s own Well Read wine!

Food with Friends

Enjoy this special time of year with your friends at the library. Summit County Library invites teens to a special Friendsgiving Dinner, November 14 at 5:30 pm at the South Branch Library.

Vail Public Library is celebrating the life and works of Jane Austen throughout November. Join them on November 13 at 4:30 for High Tea Embroidery, an afternoon of stitching, tea drinking, and discussing Austen’s Mansfield Park.

Fun & Games

Pitkin County Library will join thousands of libraries in celebrating International Games Week, November 5–10. Participants can choose from Dungeons & Dragons, Catan, Wii Just Dance, an escape room, and a variety of board games. See the events calendar for times.

Westminster Public Library’s Teen Dungeons & Dragons Club will meet on November 10 at 1:00 pm at the College Hill branch. Come learn this exciting game of swords, sorcery, and adventure.

Enjoy gaming year-round at Bud Werner Memorial Library’s Chess for Kids at the Library. The group meets every Saturday at 9:15 am. Children of all skill levels, ages 8 and up, are welcome to attend.

Join Denver Public Library in celebrating International Games Week with an afternoon of video games, board games, group games, prizes and more. Kids and teens are invited to the event at the Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales Branch Library, November 4 at 2:00 pm.

Pick ‘n’ Mix

Lyons Regional Library is hosting Youth Mental Health First Aid, November 10 from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. This program “teaches participants the risk factors and warning signs of a variety of mental health challenges that are common among adolescents and young adults.” Register online.

Don’t have time for a book club? Join the Stanley Reading Club from Aurora Public Library. Participants read a short story at the beginning of each meeting (provided by the library), then discuss! Join the meeting at November 9, 11:00 am, at the Stanley Marketplace.

Learn how to manage pain and improve the quality of life for your pet with osteoarthritis. Delta County Libraries will host a presentation by animal physical therapist Barbara Guse on November 8 at 6:00 pm at Paonia Library.

Rampart Library District is hosting Letters Home: A History of War Through Letters, an exhibit of wartime correspondence, journals, scrapbooks, photos, and memorabilia from the Mexican American War through Desert Storm. The exhibit will be on display at Woodland Park Public Library November 1 through December 30.

What’s New at the Colorado State Library

Learning Opportunities

CSL in Session: “Library Marketing 1.0: How to successfully market your library without getting another degree”

  • Nov. 8, 2018, 12:00 to 1:00
  • Free! No registration required
  • Join online

RIPL Quarterly Webinar: “The Data We Don’t Collect: How it Drives Funding Decisions by People Who Don’t Use the Library”

  • Nov. 13, 2018, 10:00 to 11:00
  • Free! Limited to first 100 participants
  • Join online

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

Colorado State Publications Library Blog

Colorado Virtual Library

DU’s Weekly Peanut and The Hesperus Student Newspapers Join the CHNC! Learn about the newest additions to the Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection.

Bag of Tricks: Toward Gigabit Libraries. Kieran suggests another valuable tool for your digital Bag of Tricks.

The Learning Edge. Christine Schein rounds up the latest news in digital literacy and educational technology.

Plains to Peaks Collective

Looking for amazing, local primary sources? The Plains to Peaks Collective has nearly 48,000 objects in the Digital Public Library of America, with more coming in January. Search the collection.

Homecoming queen candidates pose at the Clubhouse 1954