CHNC News: We’ve added a new county!

Huerfano County history can now be found in CHNC.  The Walsenburg World, published in Huerfano County from 1889 to 1933, has recently been added to the Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection. The name comes from the Spanish huérfano meaning “orphan”, and the County was named for the Huerfano Butte, a local landmark. Huerfano County was one of […]

Topics in History: Presidential Election of 1872

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. Presidential Election of 1872 Presidential elections are often filled with interesting candidates and sometimes party conflicts.  The presidential election of 1872 was no different.  This election included numerous presidential […]

Chicano Community Newspaper added to CHNC

The Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection is pleased to announce the addition of La Cucaracha, a Chicano Community Newspaper.  Over one hundred issues from May 1976 to October 1983 have been added to CHNC courtesy of the Colorado State University-Pueblo’s University Archives and Special Collections.  CSU Pueblo was awarded a SIPA grant (Colorado Statewide Internet Portal […]

Spotlight on Sharing: Back to School, Back to the Library

It’s back-to-school time! And while that means the end of summer reading programs for the year, public libraries continue to offer innovative and engaging programs for learners of all ages. In this Spotlight on Sharing post, we’ll explore educational programming from several Colorado libraries, many in partnership with local organizations and community members. Don’t see […]

Touring Colorado’s Collections: Remembering Salida

Colorado has a long and rich history. That history is often told through the unique collections held at libraries, archives and museums found throughout the state.  While the state is vast, fortunately many of these special collections can be found online.  In this new blog post series we’ll be highlighting some unique Colorado collections that […]

Spotlight on Sharing: A Movable Book Club

Are you looking for ways to shake up your traditional book club? Take it on the road—or on the trail! Walking while talking is good for physical and mental well-being, and it also breaks down the social barriers that can hold back creative ideas. In her TED Talk on the benefits of walking meetings, business innovator Nilofer […]

Registration Open for SPELL Symposium

We are pleased to announce that the SPELL (Supporting Parents in Early Literacy through Libraries) Symposium is now open for registration. This interactive event is the culmination of the Colorado State Library’s three-year SPELL project, funded by IMLS, in which project staff and partners sought to find and field test promising practices to support low-income […]

Spotlight on Sharing: Therapy Dogs Help Struggling Readers

Children who struggle with reading can find it stressful to read aloud in front of their peers or adults. The stress that they feel further inhibits the learning process, leading to a vicious cycle of low performance and anxiety. On the other hand, children who read to trained therapy dogs find that they make excellent reading companions because they are […]

How do I… Become a comic book pro in my library?

Written by Ashley Kazyaka, Project Manager and comic book lover at the Colorado State Library. With Denver Comic Con happening this weekend, and Will Eisner Awards to be announced later this month, this seems like the prime time for you to get your graphic novel skills in shape! Basic Things to Know Just like libraries, the graphic novel […]

Spotlight on Sharing: Rethinking Large Print

Readers of large print come in all ages and abilities. Large print is appealing because the font size, combined with more white space and anti-glare paper, reduces eye strain and helps with deep reading, comprehension, and fluency. Who reads large print? People of all ages, from young children to older adults; People who are blind […]

How do I…Start a Minecraft program?

Today’s post was written by guest author Stephen Tafoya, Technology Trainer at Garfield County Library District. I think the running joke now is, if you haven’t heard of Minecraft by now, you’ve been living under a block. But if you still don’t know what Minecraft is, or maybe you know about the game but can’t […]

CVL Sites Redesigned

The State Library’s CVL Sites is a free service that creates and hosts websites for libraries, museums, and related organizations. Sites for Voice Preserve, One Book 4 Colorado, and StoryBlocks were recently redesigned to be easier to use on desktops, tablets, and mobile devices. Check out the new designs below. To learn more about the […]

COLibraries Levels of Service

The State Library works with COLibraries clients to determine which level best fits your needs. The decision for which level your needs will be based on the tech skills at your institution, website needs, and resources available. [accordion openfirst=true clicktoclose=true tag=h2][accordion-item title=”Level 1″] Fully supported web service. For institutions with limited staff and financial resources. […]

CHNC is Growing! Again!

The Colorado State Library is pleased to announce the recent addition of three new historic newspaper titles to the Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection (CHNC).  CHNC and its partners have recently added the Erie News (1903-1906), the Palisade Tribune (1949-1955) and the Aurora Democrat (1912-1919) The Erie News, added to CHNC by the Erie Historical Society, […]

COLibraries Integrations and Plugins

New Titles Display for PIKA Libraries If you are an AspenCat member, COLibraries offers special integration for PIKA featuring book cover streams based on your library’s newest tiles, children’s materials or any other designated collection. Return-On-Investment Calculator COLibraries also offers a special plugin to COLibraries users as well as any library using WordPress. The Return […]

COLibraries Samples and Template Pages

COLibraries can help you with templates for content (and some content you can use!) Using RSS feeds (and columns) can give your institution up-to-date information customized for your community. Kids Page – This page highlights a multi-column option and the importing and displaying content from any RSS feed. Content can include your own blog, or […]

Spotlight on Sharing: Librarians Share at CLiC Pueblo

A great conference brings together interesting people, new perspectives, and plenty of ideas to share. When librarians come together, you can expect sharing to happen everywhere—in hallways, at the buffet line, and even in the hotel lobby. We are a profession that loves learning, so it’s great when we can get together and let the […]

Free Collection Development Workshop for Colorado Youth Services Staff

Registration is open and room is still available for all three of the FREE regional sessions about collection development for youth services staff, led by Carol Edwards! These sessions are great for ALL youth services library staff, not just those directly responsible for selecting and purchasing materials for collections. May 4: Estes Valley Library May […]