Spotlight on Sharing: Friday Grab Bag, March 10, 2017

Friday Grab Bag is a weekly Spotlight on Sharing series that highlights fun, unique, and interesting activities and news in Colorado libraries. Scroll to the bottom for news from the Colorado State Library. Let’s open the Grab Bag! Building, Making, and Creating in March East Morgan County Library is featuring a Service of the Week […]

Colorado Libraries Collaborate (CLC) Celebrates 25 Years of Sharing

Colorado Libraries Collaborate (CLC) has been Colorado’s reciprocal borrowing program since 1991. (You may know it by its older name, Colorado Library Card.) CLC allows patrons of member libraries to borrow directly from other member libraries. Most libraries already participate in the program and have their own established lending guidelines. To celebrate the 25th anniversary […]

Fashion Conscious in Colorado

People’s fascination (and let’s be fair, women’s in particular) with clothing style has been around for millennia.  However, publications devoted to style have only been around since the eighteenth century. It was of course in Paris, France that the first fashion publication came to be. Le Cabinet des Modes’ first issue was published in 1785.  Similar […]

Spotlight on Sharing: Mailing Lists 101

Consider the humble mailing list: it may look like regular email, but this communications workhorse has the power to create communities centered around specific topics. If you’ve ever wondered about mailing lists—whether you should join one or how to get the most out of those you’ve already joined—then keep reading. The Colorado State Library hosts […]

CHNC: Over 900,000 Pages and Going Strong!

The Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection recently reached over 900,000 pages of historic Colorado content.  Since launching our new online database a little over a year ago, CHNC has added over 219,000 new pages.  Our latest addition of newspaper content included additional issues of the Palisade Tribune (Mesa County), the Salida Mail (Chaffee County), the Mountain […]

Fire in Colorado Springs!

On January 12, 1900, the thriving business district on Tejon Street in Colorado Springs was rocked by a fire.  The fire was noticed around 4 a.m. by a waiter working at the Blue Front restaurant.[footnote]“Big Loss.” Aspen Tribune, January 13, 1900. CHNC[/footnote] It apparently originated in the basement and soon consumed much of the Nichols & Co. block […]

Spotlight on Sharing: Friday Grab Bag, January 13, 2017

Friday Grab Bag is a weekly Spotlight on Sharing series that highlights fun, unique, and interesting activities and news in Colorado libraries. Let’s open the Grab Bag! Just for Tweens and Teens JCPL’s Golden Library, in collaboration with Colorado School of Mines, is holding a Girls in STEM competition from January 5 through February 22. “Creations […]

Topics in History: National Western Stock Show

National Western Stock Show The first National Western Stock Show was held January 29 through February 3, 1906 at the Denver Union Stockyards.  Since then, it has been held in January every year with the exception of 1915 when it was cancelled due to an outbreak of hoof and mouth.  Organization for the event began […]

2017 Youth Services-Related Conferences in Colorado

As the new year begins, it’s a great time to take a look at the many excellent professional development opportunities in Colorado. We are so fortunate to have such a wealth of opportunities in this state for youth services library staff. Not all of the events have dates yet but those will be announced over […]

Search the World’s Historic Newspapers

          The Colorado Historic Newspaper Collection is happy to announce that we are now part of Elephind. brings together many of the world’s online historic newspapers into one free search engine.  By searching in Elephind you can simultaneously search newspaper sites from Colorado to Australia, rather than individually searching each […]

Spotlight on Sharing: Computer Science Education Week 2016

Computer Science Education Week and Hour of Code are global initiatives from to raise awareness about the importance of computer science education at all levels. This year, over 100 million students in 180 countries will participate in Hour of Code events and other Computer Science Education Week activities from December 5-11, 2016. The Hour […]

Topics in History: 1918 1919 Influenza Pandemic in Colorado

This topic in history and the related online primary sources are brought to you by the Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection, a free online resource of primary sources and a service of the Colorado State Library. In 1918 and 1919 influenza and its complications accounted for about a half million deaths nationally.  In Colorado, between September 1918 […]

Spotlight on Sharing: International Games Day @ Your Library 2016

Games have never been more popular. Whether played around a table or on a screen, there is a game for every player regardless of age or ability. Many libraries, recognizing the popularity and educational benefits of gaming, have started incorporating games into their regular offerings (see Spotlight on Sharing: Board Game Renaissance). Each November, libraries around the […]

Topics in History: Halloween

Halloween This topic in history and the related online primary sources are brought to you by the Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection, a free online resource of primary sources. For many, Halloween marks the changing of seasons and is the beginning of the holiday season.  It is a time of celebration and of course candy.  The origins […]

Another YA Novel has Joined Our Family!

A companion book to R.J. Palacio’s novel Wonder, Auggie & Me reveals a more in-depth look into three of the characters that interact with Auggie: Julian, Christopher and Charlotte. It is basically three mini-novels in one with a section devoted to each. The Julian Chapter provides insight and explanations into Julian’s bullying. Pluto explores the beginning of Auggie and Christopher’s friendship […]

Spotlight on Sharing: NaNoWriMo Spells Fun for Writers

Libraries and writers have always been great partners, but each November libraries can do even more to support the writers in their communities during National Novel Writing Month (or NaNoWriMo). The concept is simple: NaNoWriMo writers (or Wrimos, as they are known) have from November 1 through 30 to write a 50,000 word novel, which […]

Lovely Rocky Mountain Autumn

The autumnal equinox – the day in September when daylight hours are almost equal to nighttime hours. This time also represents the beginning of autumn in the Northern Hemisphere. The days turn cooler and the leaves turn color and begin their descent to the ground from the branches above.[footnote]“Mountain Items.” Rocky Mountain News, October 10, 1871. CHNC[/footnote] With […]

Guest Post: SPELL—The Basics and Takeaways

This guest post was written by Rachel Talpers, MLIS student at the University of Denver, with an introduction by Beth Crist, CSL Youth & Family Services Consultant . Introduction The Colorado State Library undertook SPELL (Supporting Parents in Early Literacy through Libraries) to research and field test promising early literacy practices for public library staff to […]

Spotlight on Sharing: Celebrating Teens Reading

Teen Read Week™ is an annual event started in 1998 and sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) that encourages teens to read and use the library. This year’s event, October 9-15, has a multi-lingual “Read for the fun of it!” theme, meant to highlight the resources and services available to teens who […]

Spotlight on Sharing: Library-Created Apps

In 2016, two new apps were launched through the collaborative efforts of Colorado libraries and their partner organizations. Both are free to download from the App Store or Google Play.   The CO Play & Learn app, created by Colorado librarians through a grant from the Boulder Library Foundation, provides early literacy learning for parents […]