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Friday Grab Bag, February 15, 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.  So get up from your desk, have a stretch, and let’s open the Friday Grab Bag!

Attention Worthy:

Small Business Revolution:  Canon City, Colorado is competing to be in a reality show called Small Business Revolution. The Canon City Library is heavily involved. They are the only Colorado town represented and have made it to the top 6. Now the winning city will be determined by who has the most votes from the public.  The winning city will get $500,000 for 6 main street businesses. The recipients will have access to marketing advice, business makeovers, as well as the reality show coming to Canon City, even non-profits can compete for the money! This could really help out the Canon City Library. Every vote counts and could help the Canon City area.  If you have the time and inclination, you can vote at – www.votecanoncity.com

CALCON Needs You:  CALCON2019 is starting to ramp up and they need you!  The deadline for submitting proposals is looming – March 1st.  Presenting at CALCON is a great experience and something anyone can do.  Why not take the plunge and give it a try.  Learn more here:  Deadline for CALCON Session Proposals is Coming Soon!

Also – once those program proposals come in – someone need to review them – and that is where CALCON needs you again.  They are looking for volunteers to reveiw proposals.  Share your knowledge, expertise and curiosity with others within the library profession in Colorado.  Get involved.  For more information, click here:  Call for Program Review Volunteers (CALCON)

Mancos Fun Run:  The Mancos Public Library is gearing up for the 6th Annual Mancos Cowboy Half Marathon, 5K and Fun Run on Saturday, June 22. This has turned into a really fun community event and fundraiser for us.Our race courses are beautiful and we get participants from 8-80. Last year was our biggest yet with 176 registered runners and walkers. We raised about $13,000 through sponsorships, donations, and registration fees. This event makes a great destination race as Mancos is located just five miles from Mesa Verde National Park and 30 miles from Durango.For the second year, we will have a team competition in the 5K — maybe we could get some library rivalries happening!Our race website is: http://mancoshalfmarathon.com

Going Fine Free:

  • Clear Creek County Library District:  In order to provide fair access to materials and to promote literacy in our communities, the Clear Creek County Library District is no longer charging fines for overdue reading materials, and all existing fines for overdue reading materials have been erased.

Grant/ Assistance Funding Opportunities:

Native American Library Services Basic Grants program:  Recently, IMLS announced an April 1 deadline for applications for the Native American Library Services Basic Grants program. Basic grants support existing tribal library operations and help maintain core library services. All federally recognized tribes and Alaskan Native villages and corporations with libraries are eligible and welcome to apply. Last year, IMLS awarded over 180 basic grants. They’ve put together a new list of tips to help you submit a successful application package this year—here’s what you need to know.  Read More.

CLIR recently opened our 2019 call for proposals for our Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives program.  Click for further details.

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.

Libraries Making News:

Pikes Peak Library District:

Learning for Everyone:

Citizen Science Day 2019: Add Real Scientific Research to Your Library Programming! – February 20, 3:00-4:00 PM CT – Citizen Science Day 2019 is Saturday, April 13th. You and your library are invited to participate in the Stall Catchers Megathon, in which people all over the world will analyze real research data in a game format that would normally take researchers over a year to complete. Join PSR for this webinar to learn more about Citizen Science (real people doing real science), and see how your library can get on board through citizen science activities and programming at different levels.

The Elephant in the Room: Helping Your Community Navigate the Financial Aspects of Healthcare – February 21, 2:00-3:00 PM CT – Financial health literacy occurs at the intersection of managing personal finances and health literacy. This hour-long webinar with GMR will explore the four components of financial health literacy and how librarians can support education and awareness to empower health consumers as they navigate complex issues of terminology, insurance, unexpected costs and financial barriers to healthcare. Better understanding the financial aspects of healthcare provides one key to unlocking health equity and wellness.

Food for Thought: Exploring Nutrition Information Resources – March 18, 12:00-1:00 PM CT – Sponsored by MAR, this class is designed to assist librarians, public health workers, health professionals, and the general public in locating authoritative information on nutrition and topics relating to nutrition. Background information on the importance of nutrition information to other health-related topics will be included, and resources for locating nutrition-related statistics and evidence-based practice will also be identified.

PubMed for Librarians: Introduction to PubMed – March 26, 1:00-2:30 PM CT – Attend this class to learn about the difference between PubMed and MEDLINE, how to run a basic PubMed search, assess your search results, analyze search details, customize PubMed with My NCBI, search for a known citation; plus, brief introductions to MeSH, automatic term mapping, search tags and subheadings.

CSL In Session:

  • Tear Down This Wall: Find & Remove Barriers to Library Use:  February 20 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm – While your library is ADA compliant and welcomes all, there may be hidden barriers for some in your community that hinder them from using your library.  Join us for this interactive session to discuss how to find out who isn’t coming to your library and why, and talk through strategies for breaking down road blocks that some members of your community have to enable them to become more active library patrons.
  • Helping Patrons with Legal Questions: Part 1 – Legal Research Basics:  February 21 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm – This first webinar in a series of three presented by the Colorado Association of Law Libraries and the Colorado State Library will address aspects of providing legal research services to patrons.  In this session, attendees will learn the following: what are the basic concepts involved in legal research; how to conduct a legal reference interview; and where to refer patrons in order to find forms and legal clinics.  This session will provide attendees with a basic overview of these concepts.  Sessions two and three will delve more into where to locate free legal research resources.

CLiC Spring Workshops:  The CLiC Spring Workshops are just around the corner and registration is open now.   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

Weekly Vocabulary Word:

This week’s word comes from the third century Ancient Greek.  You’ve met them, you’ve dined with them, perhaps you are one.  Deipnosophist – a person skilled in the art of dining and dinner-table conversation.  Having one of these around certainly takes the pressure off of the rest of us during meal times.  So – all hail the deipnosphist. We thank you for your gift.

What’s New at the Colorado State Library

Summer Reading/Summer Learning:  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.

Helping make history more accessible:  The Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection (CHNC) is not just a spectator sport – you can help make history brighter and more accessible by getting involved.  Make your connection to history deeper by becoming a text corrector in the CHNC database.  It is easy, effective, rewarding, and really addictive.  Learn more about OCR correction and how you can participate here.

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.

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.   Whats going on at your library?  Let us know what you want 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, Friday January 25, 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!  

Grant/ Assistance Funding Opportunities:

Annual Colorado Teen Literature Conference:

Grants are now available for teens and adults to attend the 31st Annual Colorado Teen Literature Conference on Saturday, April 13th, 2019, featuring keynote authors Sandhya Menon and Bill Konigsberg. This annual conference offers breakout sessions that have appeal for teens, educators, librarians, and anyone interested in teen literature.

The conference will be held at the Tivoli Conference Center (900 Auraria Parkway, Denver CO, 80204) on the Auraria Campus. Grant applications for the 2019 conference are open starting November 15th, 2018. The deadline for all grants is January 25th, 2019. All applicants will be notified of final decisions by email.

All grants include conference registrations ($75 for adults and $40 for students), breakfast snacks and lunch at the conference. Grants are awarded before general registration opens. If you do not receive a grant you may register for the conference starting February 4th.  For more information – click here.

Council on Library and Information Resources: Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives

Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives, a program of the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), is intended to help digitize and provide access to collections of rare or unique content in cultural heritage institutions. The program supports projects that make digitized sources easily discoverable and accessible alongside related materials, including materials held by other collecting institutions as well as those held within the home institution. Collections proposed for digitization may be in any format or relevant to any subject. Grants, ranging from a minimum of $50,000 to a maximum of $250,000 in the case of a single-institution project or $500,000 for a collaborative project, will be provided to colleges and universities, research centers, museums, libraries, historical societies, cultural associations, and select government units. Online initial proposals must be submitted by April 3, 2019; final proposals are due September 17, 2019. Visit the CLIR website to review the program guidelines and application process.

Dollar General Literacy Foundation.

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation supports nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and libraries that offer literacy programs in communities served by Dollar General in 44 states. The Foundation provides support through the following grant programs: Adult Literacy Grants support nonprofit organizations that provide direct services to adults in need of literacy assistance. Family Literacy Grants support family literacy service providers that combine parent and youth literacy instruction. Summer Reading Grants help nonprofit organizations, schools, and libraries with the implementation or expansion of summer reading programs for students who are new readers, below grade level readers, or readers with learning disabilities. Online applications for the three programs described above must be submitted by February 21, 2019. In addition, Youth Literacy Grants support nonprofit organizations, schools, and libraries that work to help students who are below grade level or experiencing difficulty reading. The application deadline for this program is May 16, 2019. Visit the Foundation’s website to access guidelines for each grant program.

EBSCO Information Services Solar Grant : (EBSCO) continues its commitment to helping libraries in their sustainability efforts with the 2019 EBSCO Solar grant program. As part of the EBSCO Solar initiative, EBSCO is soliciting grant applications to give libraries the opportunity to “go green” by funding solar installations. EBSCO will be accepting submissions from both domestic and international libraries.  For more information, click here.

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. 

Libraries Making News:

Learning for Everyone:

CLiC Spring Workshops:

The CLiC Spring Workshops are just around the corner and registration is open now.   The dates and locations for 2019 are: Grand Junction: March 21 & 22 @ Colorado Mesa University Fort Morgan: March 29 @ Fort Morgan High SchoolPueblo: April 15 & 16 @ CSU-Pueblo

Library Creation and Learning Website:

Do you make use of the Library Creation and Learning website?  Well you should!  This site, developed by the Colorado State Library, is your portal to library continuing education opportunities and information.  At the site you will find:

  • Online courses
  • Training information and curriculum for both staff and the public
  • Library Makerspaces
  • Software and hardware information
  • Information about library customer service, intellectual freedom, privacy and confidentiality, and professional ethics.

Please contact Christine Kreger with any questions you may have or recommendations for content.  We would love to hear from you.

Whats New:

Garfield County Libraries – New Castle Branch:  Masquerade Suicide Awareness Rally

Grab a mask and join us at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 30 at the New Castle Branch Library of the Garfield County Libraries to bring light to the often stigmatized suicidal mind. The rally will include a poetry reading by Beth Walgren, who has been suicide free for almost 9 years. Free and open to all, with a suggested minimum age of 15. Masks provided at the event. For more information call 970-984-2346. https://www.gcpld.org/news-and-events/event/masquerade-suicide-awareness-rally

Vail Library:  This Year’s One Book One Valley Valley Selected Title . . . One Book One Valley is a collaborative effort designed to unite and uplift hundreds of citizens by encouraging reading and promoting a sense of community by sharing a common topic for conversation. This year’s selected title is “The Last of the Menu girls” by Denise Chavez. Join us! throughout January, February, March and April for book discussions, movies, author visits and round table discussions of this wonderful book! For more information, please contact us at libinfo@vailgov.com or 970-479-2187.

What’s New at the Colorado State Library

Book Club Hiatus:  The Colorado Book Club Resource, managed by us at CSL, will need to go on a brief hiatus from the end of January thru the first week of February.  Book club is run through the AspenCat Union Catalog, and the good folks at CLiC will be migrating the AspenCat service in early February.  That means that while that process is happening – we cannot change content online – no cataloging – no editing – and no circulation.  We will not accept any more loan requests after 10:00 pm January 31st, but all loans before that cut off time will be fulfilled.  Right now we do not know the exact date the service will be open again – but we will keep you posted through LibNet , CVL and of course – the Friday Grab Bag.  For more information, contact Madison Basch (basch_m@cde.state.co.us) – our Book Club Goddess. Thanks for your patience everyone, and get your book club requests in now.

Colorado Virtual Library Blog:

Plains to Peaks Collective Grows

The Colorado State Library and the Plains to Peaks Collective (PPC) are excited to announce that our partners have recently shared new historic collections with the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA).  The PPC partners now offer 181,001 items for research and discovery through the DPLA.

With this second collection of items, the PPC welcomes new partners: American Alpine Club; University of Colorado, Art Museum; University of Wyoming, Art Museum; 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.  Check out this link to see what is there.

Colorado State Publications Blog:

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.

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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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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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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Friday Grab Bag, December 7, 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

Boulder Public Library brings us Joyful Noises & Musical Adventures: From Young Voices to Holiday Handbells

Dolores Public Library:

  • Friends Holiday Gift Sale.  Find affordable gently used books for all ages, stuffed toys, frameable prints, unique holiday cards.  proceeds go toward updating and expanding the library’s collection of local history DVDs.
  1. Dec 7 | 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
  2. Dec 8 | 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
  3. Dec 9 | 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Story Time with Santa, featuring  cookies and Santa!  Dec. 12 | 6 – 8 pm
  • Air dry Ornaments:  Make an ornament that you and your child can enjoy for years to come. Dec. 5
  • The Icy Letter “l”:  Brr… Join for a sign language lesson and a fun icicle craft.  Dec. 12
  • Holiday Musical Merriment:  Play, sing, and dance along with seasonal songs, then color a masterpiece.  Dec. 19
  • Cozy Closeout to 2018:  Snuggle in for an end of the year with classic winter stories and a craft.  Dec. 26

Summit County:

  • Holiday Cookie Exchange: Make and Take.  You are invited to a Holiday Cookie Exchange at the North Branch Library.   Don your favorite holiday attire, bring 2 dozen cookies to exchange, and a copy of your recipe. Also, be prepared to share a little “history” behind your treat. It could be a family tradition passed down through the generations or a funny holiday story that made your treat a longtime favorite. Register by calling 970-668-4280 or email katie.koop@summitcountyco.gov. Happy Baking!  Dec. 21, 2018 3 – 5 pm.
  • Teen Fandom Carol Writing Workshops. The Puzzler Room at the South Branch Library will be booked from 4 – 7 pm every Wednesday leading up to Fandom Caroling for teens (6th-12th grade) hoping to help write the carols to be performed on December 18th.
  • Family Christmas Movie Marathon:  Looking for something fun to do as a family over the weekend? All ages are invited to stop by in the Hopefull/Discovery Rooms at the South Branch and watch Christmas movies all day! One room will be for movie watching and the other will be for Christmas crafts and any gift wrapping you need to get done – bring your friends!  Dec. 22,  9 am – 5 pm.
  • Late-Night Pajama Storytime.  Families are invited to enjoy a special late-night pajama Storytime at South Branch! They will read holiday stories and finish off the night with cookies and milk. Be sure to wear your pajamas and bring your favorite stuffed animal or blanket. Registration is REQUIRED for this event. Dec. 20,  6 – 7 pm.

Vail Public Library:  

  • Evenings of Engagement Concert featuring the Dickens Carolers.  Vail Public Library proudly welcomes the Dickens Carolers for a night of traditional Christmas caroling in our Fireside Lounge. These talented carolers will even be wearing Victorian era costumes, many of which are made by the singers themselves. This event is sure to help spread “Holiday Cheer.” This event is free and open to the public.  Wed., Dec. 19, 6 – 7:30 pm.
  • Evenings of Engagement Concert featuring Mountain Harmony Acapella. Singing a variety of holiday music, this local acapella group is sure to bring the joy of the holidays to Vail. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact the library at libinfo@vailgov.com or 970-479-2187.  Thu., Dec. 20, 6 – 7:30 pm.

Grant/ Assistance Funding Opportunities:

Funds for Youth Programs in Oklahoma and Surrounding States:  The Kerr Foundation primarily provides support to nonprofit organizations in Oklahoma; however, the Foundation also considers requests from organizations in the surrounding states of Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, New Mexico, and Texas, as well as organizations located in Washington, DC. The Foundation offers grants to organizations that provide new or enhanced opportunities, particularly for youth, which address the following areas of interest: education, health, arts and culture, and human services. Grants generally range from $1,000 to $50,000. The upcoming deadline for letters of inquiry is December 27, 2018; full applications must be submitted by January 18, 2019. Visit the Foundation’s website to review the grant guidelines and application process.

Community Support

Boulder Public Library:  New Technology for People with Visual Impairments Now available at their Main Library.   A PC in the adult area has been dedicated to assisting people with visual impairments. The computer is equipped with Fusion Professional software which offers screen magnification as well as screen reader capabilities. Additionally, library staff can a provide Focus 14 pocket size 8 dot Braille keyboard to library patrons in the building. This keyboard can be connected to a smartphone via USB or Bluetooth and allow users to navigate their smartphone screen, read and respond to text messages. Please help us spread the word to those you know who can benefit from this technology.

Learning for Everyone

Libraries Making News

Pick ‘n’ Mix

Boulder Public Library:  Art Exhibits at the Main Library

  • Healing Expressions: Bridge House Art Therapy Nov. 30 – Feb. 4, Main Library, Arapahoe.  This diverse exhibit showcases artwork created by participants in Bridge House’s art therapy programs, one of which meets at the Library. Through art therapy, these artists have found beautiful and meaningful ways to express themselves and their life journeys.
  • Art of Data Dec. 7 – Feb. 3, Main Library, Canyon Gallery  The City of Boulder has a renewed focus on innovation that is being driven by a citywide effort to enhance data-driven decision-making and innovation. This show will celebrate art created by the community, inspired by the City of Boulder’s Open Data Catalog and other public city data.

Vail Public Library:  One Book One Valley Kickoff Event at The Bookworm of Edwards. What if everyone in Eagle County read the same book at the same time? During the next few months, Vail Public Library, The Bookworm of Edwards, the staff of Colorado Mountain College and the local high schools are encouraging the community to do just that by participating in the Annual One Book One Valley community-wide reading initiative. The book selected for 2019 will be officially announced during the kick-off party at The Bookworm of Edwards. All are welcome to attend!  Dec. 3, 6 – 7 pm

CAL IFC:  Join the CAL IFC this coming Wednesday, Dec. 12 from 3-4 pm for their monthly meeting.  It has been a year of defending against censorship, so they look to recap what has been  accomplished and begin planning for the year ahead.  The tentative agenda is online here.

What’s New at the Colorado State Library

Hot Off the Presses

Fourteen State Library Agencies Selected as NASA@ My Library Partners.

Fourteen state library agencies were selected to receive resources, training and support through NASA@ My Library, a STEM education initiative that will increase and enhance STEM learning opportunities for library patrons throughout the nation. As one of the States chosen to participate, Colorado will be active throughout 2019 and provide support for the summer learning event called “Universe of Stories.”

Public Library Annual Report Workshops Coming this Winter/Spring.

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.

Temporary Price Reduction for Newspaper Digitization for CHNC.

For the months of December, January and February, anyone initiating a digitization project to add historic newspaper pages to the CHNC online database through the Coorado State Library will receive a $0.05/page reduction in the overall cost of the process.  Thanks to a temporary promotional reduction in cost from our vendor partner, we are able to pass this savings on to the cultural heritage organizations and individuals that we work with.  There is no lower or upper limit to participation in this short term “sale”, but the window is short so interested parties need to act fast.  Contact Leigh Jeremias (ljeremias@coloradovirtuallibrary.org) for more information on this opportunity.

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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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

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Friday Grab Bag, October 26, 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!

Celebrating Culture

Basalt Regional Library is celebrating Day of the Dead with a full week of events from October 29 to November 2. Families are invited to two movie screenings, a sugar skull decorating competition, and two themed craft events. See their events calendar for details.

La Calavera Catrina [Image courtesy: La Cucaracha, Oct. 31, 1978. Accessed via Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection.]
Join Boulder Public Library for a special Día de los Muertos storytime on Friday, October 27 at 10:15 at the NoBo Corner Library. This all-ages English/Spanish storytime will feature stories, rhymes, and songs.

Poudre River Public Library District is hosting a Día de los Muertos celebration on Friday, November 2 at the Northside Aztlan Community Center. The event features a bilingual storytime, music, dance, sugar skull decorating, and traditional Mexican food.

Montrose Regional Library District’s Día de los Muertos/Day of the Dead event includes lotería tickets, crafts, and stories from Pam Faro of Rocky Mountain Storytelling. The fun begins on November 2 at 3:00 pm.

Culture Fest returns to Mesa County Libraries on November 2 and 3. Join them at the Central Library for an Art Reception and Celebration featuring dance groups, food, and kids’ activities.

Longmont Public Library invites the whole family to Diversity Storytime: Native American Heritage Month on November 19 at 6:00 pm. This all-ages event focuses on stories from the Arapaho and Cheyenne tribes.

National Novel Writing Month

Bud Werner Memorial Library will kick off National Novel Writing Month 2018 (NaNoWriMo) with an introductory event on October 29 at 5:30 pm. Get motivated to write an entire novel during the month of November with support from the library, Off the Beaten Path Bookstore, and other local writers.

Aspiring novelists in Aurora are invited to the NaNoWriMo Pre-Party on October 28 at the Aurora Central Library. This event lays the groundwork for a month of writing and related activities at the library and around town.

Pick ‘n’ Mix

Are you curious about the benefits of meditation? Anythink Bennett will host Meditation to Manifestation, an informational presentation on the science behind the subconscious, on November 3 at 10:30 am.

Grand County Library District wants to help you stay safe in the high country this winter with the Know Before You Go avalanche education program that contains life-saving information taught by an instructor from the Colorado Avalanche Information Center. Join them at the Fraser Valley Library on November 7 at 5:30 pm.

West Custer County Library welcomes retired librarian and meteorologist Ted Ballard for Ted Talks Weather, a presentation on the unique winter weather conditions in the Wet Mountain Valley. Join him on Friday, October 26 at 10:00 am.

Role-playing enthusiasts in grades 6-12 are invited to Longmont Public Library’s Dungeons & Dragons Drop-In Adventure each Tuesday beginning November 20 at 6:30 pm. The group is run by the participants; the library will provide snacks and the meeting space. Registration required.

Libraries Making News

The Daily Sentinel: Library now patent, trademark center | Mesa County Libraries

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 October 2018. For Colorado-specific events check the Library Learning & Creation Center.

Serving the Underserved

Mallory Pillard, Director of the Carnegie Public Library in Trinidad, authored a guest post on Colorado Virtual Library that reflects on homelessness and facing obstacles at the library. Read Serving the Underserved.

Colorado Blue Spruce Award

Blue Spruce is Colorado’s own young adult book award, where teens and educators select the nominees and vote for their favorite. Visit the Colorado Blue Spruce Award website for a list of nominees, printable posters and bookmarks, and the link to submit your vote by December 31.

Colorado State Publications Library Blog


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, October 19, 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.

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Community Conversations

Arthur Lakes Library at Colorado School of Mines is celebrating Open Access Week (Oct. 22-28) with a series of events, including a screening and discussion of Paywall: The Business of Scholarship, October 23 from 12:00 to 1:30 pm, and an OER (Open Educational Resources) Student Panel Discussion on October 25 from 12:00 to 1:00 pm.

High Plains Library District invites you to their Signature Author Series with David Sheff, author of a Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction, on November 4 at the UNC Ballroom. The event begins at 12:00 pm with TED-style talks about addiction and recovery, followed by a conversation with the author at 5:10 pm. Purchase tickets.

Food Science

Learn how nutrition affects brain health during Save Your Memory, part of the Nutrition Talk series at Basalt Regional Library. Troye Boone, a Nutrition Health Coach with Natural Grocers, will present the session on November 1 from 5:30 to 6:30 pm.

Broomfield Library’s series, The Science of Food, continues on October 25 with Tea. Learn about the different types of tea, how it is grown, and which are the most popular worldwide. Other programs in the series include Bread (Oct. 29) and Chocolate (Nov. 7). Register online.

Pick ‘n’ Mix

How do you know what’s real online? Attend Loveland Public Library’s Fight Fake News in 3 More Clicks on October 27 at 1:00 pm or November 1 at 9:30 am.

Jefferson County Public Library’s Fandomonium is a celebration of pop culture for all ages. Whether you’re a Potterhead, Trekkie, or Whovian, there’s something for you to geek out about, including costume contests, a silent disco, trivia, classic arcade games, fan meet-ups, and more! November 3, 4:00 to 8:00 pm at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds.

Celebrations!

Lyons Regional Library is breaking ground on their new building! Join them on Friday, October 19 at 3:00 pm for the groundbreaking ceremony at 4th and Railroad Avenues in Lyons.

The Clear Creek County Library District staff visited the Boulder Public Library on October 8 for a professional development day and to tour the Main Library. Clear Creek County Library staff reported that the Boulder Public Library staff was kind, welcoming, and incredibly helpful throughout the day, and the services and spaces the library provides are amazing. They wish to extend a big thank you to all who helped to make the day so great.

Teen Teamwork

Pikes Peak Library District is offering volunteer hours for teens who write book reviews as part of their Review Crew. Qualifying reviews are published on the Pikes Peak Library District’s Teen Web Page. Learn more and apply.

Poudre River Public Library District’s Teen Council is putting on a murder mystery party! Join them at Harmony Library on October 19 to solve the murder of Jughead Jones at the Riverdale Annual Masquerade Ball. Teens ages 12+ must register to attend.

Libraries Making News

Pine River Times: Library board requesting mill levy increase | Pine River Library

Shelley Walchak, director of the Pine River Library, gave a ringing endorsement of libraries as a “bedrock of a democratic society” in her article in The Durango Herald, Democracy is thriving at your community library.

What’s New at the Colorado State Library

Learning Opportunities

CSL in Session: “Curating your Best Collection”

  • Oct. 23, 2018, 12:00 to 1:00
  • Free! No registration required
  • Join online

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

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Friday Grab Bag, October 12, 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.

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Game On!

Mancos Public Library is celebrating gaming for all ages during their fifth annual International Games Event.

  • Teen Fortnite Battle Royale, Nov. 3, 7:00-10:00 pm
  • Pokémon for Youth, Nov. 7, 4:15-6:15 pm
  • Community Gaming, Nov. 9 & 10, 10:00 am-5:00 pm
  • Gaming for Youth, Nov. 14, 4:15-5:15 pm
  • Teen Game Night, Nov. 16, 7:00-10:00 pm

The next meeting of Aurora Public Library’s Pokémon Go Club is October 21 from 11:45 to 3:00 pm. Meet other trainers to trade, catch, and walk with as you hunt Pokémon on the Aurora Municipal Campus. New and veteran players are welcome.

Science and Fiction

Poudre River Public Library District welcomes award-winning novelist Todd Mitchell for Making the Strange Believable: Secrets for Writing Sci-Fi & Fantasy, on October 19 from 2:30 to 4:00 pm. Registration required. This workshop is part of the 2018 Fort Collins Book Fest: The Big Think.

Arapahoe Libraries is holding a Geek Out Contest for teens from Oct. 1-31. Teens are encouraged to submit a representation of their favorite fandom for a chance to win a cool prize. Cosplay creators can show off their designs at a special Cosplay Catwalk event on Oct. 27. The awards ceremony will be held on Nov. 10.

Celebrate Star Wars Reads Day on October 12 at Lafayette Public Library. Families can stop by between 10:00 and 5:00 for Star Wars-themed crafts and books.

As part of their Brown Bag Science series, Broomfield Library will host astronomer Bill Bendel for Cruising Beyond Saturn, October 13 from 12:00 to 1:00 pm. Learn the latest news about distant planets beyond our solar system and whether any could support life. Ages 15+ ; registration required.

Community Art

Join Pine River Library for their Community Art Show Artist Reception on Friday, October 12 from 5:30 to 6:30 pm. The reception will kick off their Second Annual Community Art Show, which runs from October through December and features works from over 25 artists from the Bayfield area.

Anythink Wright Farms wants your help creating a community photography exhibit about the Kitchen Table, a celebration of family gatherings and community. Submit your digital pictures online, or stop by the library on October 15 between 10:00 am and 12:00 pm for help digitizing older photos.

Libraries Making News

Post Independent: Garfield Library District on local ballot to keep existing revenue

Fox 21 News: Find Out Why the President of the American Library Association Thinks Libraries are So Important

Congratulations to Sharon Nemechek on her new role as Director of Library & Museum Services for the City of Louisville. Her most recent position was Director of Archives & Collections for Douglas County Libraries. Read the announcement.

The Carnegie Public Library in Trinidad was recently awarded a CHRAB grant to improve their archive. They plan to protect, preserve, and catalog archival materials in order to improve accessibility for researchers. Read more about the CHRAB ReGrant program.

Boulder Public Library’s George Reynolds Branch is turning 50! Join the library on October 13 for a day of special events, including a historical photo game, sing-along, time capsule ceremony, music, and refreshments.

Pick ‘n’ Mix

“Wow! These are some pumpkins!” [Photo courtesy: Steamboat Pilot, October 28, 1971. Accessed via Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection.]
Pumpkin carving expert Scott “Stormin” Norman will share his tips and tricks for selecting, designing, and carving the perfect Halloween pumpkin. Join his demonstration at Vail Public Library on October 17 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm.

Reading expert Kim Schulz will present Reading on Their Own – Tips and Tricks for Parents, an informative session on strategies for guiding beginning readers. Join her at Bud Werner Memorial Library on October 21 at 1:30 pm.

UNC Libraries will host a public reception for their Reflections on Rwanda gallery exhibit, October 12 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. The exhibit will be on display in the Mari Michener Gallery through November 2, 2018.

Montrose Regional Library now accepts passport applications on behalf of the U.S. State Department. The service is available by appointment on evenings and weekends. Email or call the library at 970-964-2572 to schedule an appointment.

What’s New at the Colorado State Library

Digital Literacy

Learn the latest educational technology news and opportunities in the October edition of The Learning Edge.

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month! Digital Literacy Instructional Specialist Christine Schein shares resources to help educators and students stay safe online.

Learning Opportunities

CSL in Session: “Radical Cataloging: Using alternative subject headings locally to promote inclusiveness and diversity”

  • Oct. 16, 2018, 12:00 to 1:00
  • Free! No registration required
  • Join online

CSL in Session: “Curating your Best Collection”

  • Oct. 23, 2018, 12:00 to 1:00
  • Free! No registration required
  • Join online

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

Colorado Online High School

Kayah Swanson, Public Relations Specialist at Pikes Peak Library District, published a guest post on Colorado Virtual Library that highlighted two new graduates of the Colorado Online High School program. Read about their journeys and how COHS helped them achieve their goals. Locals Receive Diploma Thanks to Free Library Program.

Out and About

CSL staff members Melissa Carlson and Teresa Allen recently visited the Lookout Mountain Youth Services Center for Youth Library Staff Training Day; they presented sessions on the Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award, seasonal reading programs, and managing magazines.

Colorado State Publications Library Blog


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, September 28, 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!

ALA President to Visit Colorado

ALA President Loida Garcia-Febo will stop at Pikes Peak Library District as part of her “Libraries = Strong Communities” national tour to five library systems. All library professionals are warmly invited to her planned events on Oct. 5 & 6, 2018. Help spread the word!

Community Support

Looking for a new job in Summit County? Summit County Library is partnering with Frisco Workforce Center to offer a Resume and Job Search Drop-In on October 12 at the South Branch Library.

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.

Wellington Public Library is offering Foods to Fight Cancer, a nutrition and cooking class at the Senior Center on October 25. Learn how the right foods can help reduce your cancer risk or aid in preventing a recurrence. Register at the library.

Arapahoe Libraries is producing new patron videos featuring stories of impact. If you’re an Arapahoe patron with a story to share, and you’re willing to star in a video, fill out the Patron Video Project Application.

Celebrating Hobbies

Mesa County Libraries Comic Con is Saturday, Oct. 6 at the Two Rivers Convention Center in Grand Junction. The event features guest speakers, panels, family-friendly cosplay contests, an exhibit hall, and more! Admission is free with your MCL library card.

Anythink wants to help you make your podcast dream a reality! Join them for Podcasting with Paul Karolyi, a two-part series at Anythink Wright Farms on Oct. 18 & 25, to learn every step of the process. Register online.

Bud Werner Memorial Library is hosting local spinners from northwest Colorado for Spinzilla, “a world-wide spinning event where competing teams and individuals challenge each other to see who can spin the most yarn in a week.” Cheer them on October 3 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Boulder Public Library encourages knitters, crocheters, and yarn lovers to help create Yarn-fiti, a communal yarn installation. Contributed designs will be part of the 3-D exhibition, which opens on October 31 in the Canyon Gallery. Drop off your pieces to the Main Library by October 21.

October is a month of fan cons and Halloween parties, so spiff up your costume at Broomfield Library’s Costume Clinic on October 2. Kids ages 9-18 are invited to use the electronic cutter, sewing machines, and digital embroidery machine to take their costumes to the next level. Registration required.

New State Librarian

The search is over! The Colorado State Library has hired a new Assistant Commissioner (aka State Librarian), Nicolle Ingui Davies! Nicolle was most recently the Executive Director of Charleston County Public Library in South Carolina, but you might know her better as the former Executive Director of Arapahoe Library District. Her appointment officially begins December 17. Please join us in extending a warm welcome to Nicolle.

Teen Groups

Riverside Teen Engineering Community Hub (T.E.C.H.) is a group for teens in High Plains Library District that creates fun activities focused on technology. Join them on October 9 at 5:30 pm at the Riverside Library and Cultural Center.

The Teen Council at Poudre River Public Library District is looking for creative teen minds to help plan a murder mystery event. They’ll help create the setting, the story, and the characters. The final planning meeting is October 2, with the event happening later in the month.

Historical Ties

The City of Louisville Historical Museum has a new website! Check out their new design, which was structured for easier searching and with growth in mind.

Louisville Historical Museum, 1989 [Photo courtesy: Louisville Times, June 21, 1989. Accessed via Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection.]
Dan Davidson, director of the Museum of Northwest Colorado, will deliver a presentation on the history of Moffat County Libraries and the Museum of Northwest Colorado, as well as a brief history of their founders, Rosetta Webb McKinney and Louise Miller. Join him on Sept. 29, 1:30 pm, at Sunset Meadows I in Craig.

Celebrate Pioneer Days on September 29 at the Old Town Museum in Burlington. This “living history festival” starts at 2:00 pm and features poker games, gunfight shows, apple bobbing, historical reenactments, chuck wagon cooking, horse-drawn carriage rides, live music, and more!

Libraries in the News

Greeley Tribune: High Plains Library District will offer fine forgiveness as part of food drive

Welcome to Brett Lear, new Executive Director of Garfield County Libraries. Brett has over 30 years of library experience, including positions at New York Public Library and Jefferson County Public Library. Read the announcement.

The Pueblo Chieftain: Pueblo library district named Colorado’s best| Pueblo City-County Library District

The Gazette: Woodmen Kid’s Corner: Therapy dogs provide kids with companionship while helping reading skills| Pikes Peak Library District

What’s New at the Colorado State Library

Learning Opportunities

CLEL (Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy) Conference

  • Oct. 12, 2018, 8:00 to 4:30
  • Arvada Center for the Arts & Humanities

CSL in Session: Curating your Best Collection

  • Oct. 23, 2018, 12:00 to 1:00
  • Free! No registration required
  • Join online

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

Colorado State Publications Library Blog

The Learning Edge

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


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, September 21, 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!

Celebrating Community

Pikes Peak Library District is hosting a variety of events celebrating culture, diversity, multiculturalism, immigration, and resiliency, in connection with the All Pikes Peak Reads 2018. One highlight will be a visit from ALA President Loida Garcia-Febo on October 5, 4:30-8:00 pm, at Sand Creek Library.

Lamar Public Library invites you to their Library Carnival, September 28 at 10:00 am. Enjoy a day of games, prizes, face painting, and more!

The 2018 Fort Collins Book Festival returns on October 19 & 20 with the theme The Big Think. This free, two-day event will feature more than 35 authors and 40+ sessions including writing workshops, presentations, readings, panel discussions, and much more. Former Colorado Governor Bill Ritter Jr. will deliver the opening keynote. The festival is produced through a partnership between Poudre River Public Library District, CSU’s Morgan Library, and numerous community supporters.

Bud Werner Library presents One Book Steamboat, an annual community read event enhanced with accompanying programs. This year’s title is Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath. Visit the One Book Steamboat site for a listing of events throughout October, including documentary screenings and book discussions.

Cast members from The Grapes of Wrath. [Photo courtesy: Craig Empire Courier, April 10, 1940. Accessed via Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection.]
One Book One Broomfield and the Broomfield Depot Museum invite residents to record their oral histories for the “You Are Broomfield” project. Each recording will be preserved in the Depot Museum archives and every participant will receive a free copy. Interviews can be scheduled every Wednesday in September and October from 3:00 to 7:00 pm. Register online.

Creating at the Library

Mesa County Libraries is seeking applicants for their Artist in Residence program, a 14-week residency that includes studio space, a stipend, and opportunities for community engagement. Visual artists, musicians, and writers are welcome to apply by October 8.

Kids ages 8-12 are invited to Drop In Scratch Computer Coding at Basalt Regional Library, Thursdays from 4:00 to 6:00 pm beginning October 11. Scratch is a software program that teaches coding through creativity, reasoning, and collaboration.

Delta County Libraries invites teens to learn about stop-motion animation on September 21 at 4:00 pm. Participants will use objects like LEGO and clay to create short films.

Going Fine Free

Denver Public Library has proposed going fine free in 2019. The plan goes to the City Council and Denver Public Library Commission for approval this fall.

Basalt Regional Library recently launched a pilot program to remove fines for youth and young adults.

Pick ‘n Mix

Join Montrose Regional Library and Backyard Wilderness for a nature walk at the Black Canyon of Gunnison National Park, Sept. 29 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. Bring a camera or a smartphone to take pics. Registration is required.

Take a Social Media Crash Course at Bemis Library, Sept. 24 at 9:30 am. Learn how to navigate three popular sites: Pinterest, Reddit, and YouTube. Registration is required.

Arapahoe Libraries presents an afternoon with Laurie Halse Anderson, author of Speak, Sept. 29 at Smoky Hill Library. Join her for an author talk from 2:00 to 3:00 pm and a book signing from 3:00 to 4:00 pm. Registration is required.

If you like your movies with a side of cheese, check out Berthoud Community Library’s new “So Bad It’s Good!” movie night. The inaugural event is September 21 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. Note: movies may not be suitable for children under 13.

The Friends of Wray Public Library have put together bags to welcome new community members, with goodies donated by local businesses. If you’re new to Wray, stop by the library to pick up your welcome bag!

Inform yourself about Colorado Midterm Elections! Tomlinson Library at Colorado Mesa University will be hosting a Midterm Election Literacy panel on Thursday, Sept. 27 from 7-8:30 pm in the Library Event Space (L-139). Know where to go for real facts and information about the candidates and their stance on important policy issues before you vote on November 6. Panelists will be from School District 51, The Western Colorado Alliance, Colorado Mesa University and the community.

What’s New at the Colorado State Library

Learning Opportunities

*Rescheduled* CSL in Session, Getting Unstuck: The Secret Life of Procrastinators

  • Sep. 26, 2018, 12:00 to 1:00
  • Free! No registration required
  • Join online

CLEL (Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy) Conference

  • Oct. 12, 2018, 8:00 to 4:30
  • Arvada Center for the Arts & Humanities

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Plains to Peaks Collective

The Plains to Peaks Collective (PPC) makes it possible for libraries in Colorado and Wyoming to share their unique, online collections with the Digital Public Library of America. It’s a fantastic resource for students, educators, researchers, and anyone interested in finding primary sources. Search | Learn

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Friday Grab Bag, September 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!

All the Rage

The ukulele craze continues at Bud Werner Memorial Library with their Heart Strings & Community Uke Jam, Sept. 18 at 6:30 pm. In celebration of Steamboat’s new Lost Art Revival festival, the library will be screening a short ukulele documentary followed by a community jam session. Check out an instrument from the library if you don’t have your own.

Lafayette Public Library is hosting a Geeky Cross-Stitch class just for teens. Join them on Sept. 17 at 11:00 am to learn how to cross-stitch and get started on a geeky design. Stitchers of all levels are welcome.

Let High Plains Library District help you expand your pressure cooking repertoire. Join them at Centennial Park Library on Sept. 20 from 6:30 to 8:00 for Instant Pot 101 to learn techniques you can use with any electric pressure cooker.

Jefferson County Public Library is inviting teens to celebrate the freedom to read by creating wearable fashion inspired by challenged books. Belmar’s Banned Book Teen Fashion Show is Wednesday, Sept. 26 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm at the Lakewood Cultural Center.

Pick ‘n’ Mix

Nederland Community Library has relaunched its after-school courses for K-12. Check out their lineup and learn how to register.

Bring your library-related questions and enjoy some Donuts and Dialogue with Clearview Library District Director Ann Kling, Sept. 29 from 8:30 to 10:30 am.

Longmont Public Library recently added Wellbeing Bags to their existing Experience Bags collection. The library teamed up with Supporting Action for Mental Health to create two bags, one for adults and one for families, containing books, dvds, and other materials meant to spark important and sometimes difficult conversations about mental health issues.

Cultural Gatherings

Join Basalt Regional Library for an artist reception and talk by Laura Roberts, Sept. 14 from 5:00 to 6:00 pm. Ms. Roberts creates artwork from found and vintage objects, such as historic dresses. The reception coincides with Basalt’s 2nd Friday ArtWalk.

History Comes Alive at Poudre River Public Library District, Sept. 14 from 7:00 to 8:00 pm. Author and storyteller John Stansfield will perform a tale of conservationist and mountaineer Enos Mills, famous for his role in the creation of Rocky Mountain National Park.

Facsimile of the 1454 Gutenberg Bible
Facsimile of the 1454 Gutenberg Bible

Regis University is hosting an exhibit featuring a facsimile of the 1454 Gutenberg Bible, as well as examples of earlier bookmaking. Visit the Archives on the 4th floor of Dayton Memorial Library, Tues – Fri, 7:30-4:30.

The Zee Jaipur Literature Festival returns to Boulder Public Library September 21-23. The festival “examines the human experience through the reflections and imaginations of distinguished authors, thinkers and artists from across the globe.” Attendance is free, but registration is required. See the complete agenda of festival events.

Poudre River Public Library District will host a visit from Newbery Medal winning author Matt de la Peña on September 14 at 6:30 pm. His program, My Journey from Reluctant Reader to Author, will recount his education and affirm the power of reading. Doors to the Block One Event Center will open at 6:00 pm; admission is free but seats are limited.

Libraries in the News

The Daily Sentinel: Library goal is public engagement | Mesa County Libraries

What’s New at the Colorado State Library

Learning Opportunities

CSL in Session, Getting Unstuck: The Secret Life of Procrastinators, with Jean Heilig & Christine Kreger.

  • Sept. 20, 2018, 12:00 to 1:00 pm
  • Free; no registration needed; join online

CLEL (Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy) Conference

  • Oct. 12, 2018, 8:00 to 4:30
  • Arvada Center for the Arts & Humanities

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

Blue Spruce Award

Encourage teens at your library to vote for their favorite Colorado Blue Spruce nominated book by Dec. 31.

CALCON18

CALCON attendees: visit us at the Colorado State Library booth and meet some amazing service animals, plus attend a CSL-presented session.

Mitzi the hearing dog
Visit the State Library’s CALCON booth to meet service animals like Mitzi the hearing dog.

Colorado State Publications Library Blog


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, September 7, 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!

Supporting Literacy

Jefferson County Public Library’s call-in series continues on Sept. 20 from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. Author Margo Catts will talk about her book, Among the Lesser Gods, and her writing process. To join, call 303-502-5189 or visit uberconference.com/jcplhomeservices.

The Reading Buddies program at Eagle Valley Library District starts at the end of September. This program pairs teen volunteers (grades 9-12) with younger kids (grades 1-3) for an hour of one-on-one shared reading, once a week. Sign up today!

Bud Werner Memorial Library’s popular summer Read to Dogs program is continuing this fall. On Sept. 8, Oct. 13, and Nov. 10, kids and/or their parents can read aloud to a dog from Heeling Friends.

Making Music Together

Celebrate the end of summer with Arapahoe Libraries and The Margarita Brothers Band. Enjoy an outdoor concert of beach party tunes at Smoky Hills Library, September 8 from 4:00 to 6:00 pm.

The Longmont Public Library Ukulele Club meets the second Tuesday of the month starting September 11. Kay Miller from Rocky Mountain Ukulele Orchestra will lead this meetup for strummers of all levels, ages 16 and up. Please bring your own instrument.

Pick ‘n’ Mix

Denver Public Library is joining organizations around the country for Welcome Week, September 14-23, which raises awareness of the benefits of welcoming immigrants and refugees. DPL’s lineup of events includes The Immigrant Refugee Experience: A Discussion on Sept. 18, and Voting Rights with the ACLU on Sept. 19.

Are you curious about the potential of space resources? Join Broomfield Library as they host Cosmic Quest, a program about the future of space travel and asteroid mining, presented by scientists, educators, and industry experts. September 13 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm.

Join the Discussion

At the Table Colorado brings together people from all walks of life during the same week to talk about what makes their communities great and what can be done to make them even better. Two Colorado libraries will be participating during the next ATTC event week, Sept. 17-20.

  • Mesa County Libraries is hosting a table on the topic “Should local governments be involved in public art?” Sept. 17, 6:00-7:00 pm.
  • Jefferson County Public Library is assisting with outreach to increase awareness of the event, has developed a reading resource list for Hosts and Guests, and has meeting space the public can use for Table discussions.

Learn more: watch an archived recording of a recent webinar about At the Table Colorado.

Libraries in the News

The Durango Herald: Libraries can help you realize your dreams, by Sandy Irwin | Durango Public Library

Craig Press: Craig City Council gets updates on Elkhead reservoir, museum, library | Moffat County Library

The College Fix: University library system adds ‘ethical’ search options so students can avoid the term ‘illegal aliens’ | University of Colorado Boulder

Congratulations to Donna Walker, newly appointed executive director of Jefferson County Public Library! Read the announcement.

Get Cookin’

Garfield County LibrariesFood for Thought: A Cookbook Club brings together adventurous home chefs to make and try new recipes. The next monthly meeting is September 18, 6:00 pm, at Parachute Branch Library.

Improve your cooking skills with Hayden Public Library and Natural Grocers. They are partnering to present  Back to School “Clean & Healthy” with nutritional health coach Alicia McLeod, Sept. 13 at 4:00 pm.

Arts & Crafts

As a part of their monthly “Family First Friday” series, and in celebration of Heritage Days in Bayfield, Pine River Library will host their own celebration of local sheep culture on Sept. 7 from 6:00 to 7:00 pm. Create a woolen craft, learn about the wool-making process, or bring your own fiber arts projects to show off. All ages welcome.

“Colorado Leads Nation in Sheep.” [Image courtesy: Colorado Transcript, July 15, 1937. Accessed via Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection.]
Experience a live glass-blowing demonstration by local artist Jacqueline McKinny, Sept. 22 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm at Anythink Commerce City.

Get tips for creating better costumes at Douglas County Libraries in Parker. They’re teaming up with Colorado Fabrics and members of the cosplay community to offer a special cosplay program on September 8 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. Registration is required.

What’s New at the Colorado State Library

CALCON18

Are you going to CALCON18, Sep. 13-15 in Loveland? Visit the Colorado State Library booth and meet some amazing service animals, plus attend a CSL-presented session.

Learning Opportunities

CSL in Session, Getting Unstuck: The Secret Life of Procrastinators, with Jean Heilig & Christine Kreger.

  • Sept. 20, 2018, 12:00 to 1:00 pm
  • Free; no registration needed; join online

CLEL (Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy) Conference

  • Oct. 12, 2018, 8:00 to 4:30
  • Arvada Center for the Arts & Humanities

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

Colorado Blue Spruce Award

Blue Spruce is Colorado’s own young adult book award, selected by teens and educators. Visit the Colorado Blue Spruce Award website for a list of nominees, printable posters and bookmarks, and the link to submit your vote by December 31.

Book Challenges in Colorado

According to the Library Research Service, reported challenges in Colorado’s public libraries nearly doubled from 2016 to 2017, increasing from 22 to 41. It is unclear whether this is due to an actual increase in challenges or if it is the result of more thorough reporting. About half of Colorado’s challenged materials were intended for adults, and nearly three-quarters of all challenges resulted in no change.

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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, August 31, 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!

Building Strong Communities

The opioid crisis isn’t a new topic for libraries, just one that keeps reaching new heights as addiction to opioids, meth and other drugs sweep the nation. As part of its annual Signature Author Series, High Plains Library District will host a half-day community symposium to address the myths surrounding addiction and recovery, featuring David Sheff, author of Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction. Tickets are on sale now.

Cybersecurity expert Dr. James Phelps will host a presentation at the West Custer County Library on how to prevent becoming a victim of cybercrime. Join him on September 12 at 5:00 pm.

The Laundry Truck, a service of Denver Public Library and Bayaud Enterprises, is visiting the Central Branch on September 26. Anyone in need can drop off their laundry, and it will be laundered and returned on the same day. Donations of laundry soap, socks, and underwear are gladly accepted.

Pick ‘n’ Mix

Artwork by Mesa County Libraries’ Studio Artist in Residence Pavia Justinian is currently on display at the 970West Studio now through December 3. Pavia also hosts open studio hours from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm every Wednesday, and she teaches art classes for all ages.

“Roots of Wisdom: Native Knowledge. Shared Science,”a Smithsonian exhibition featuring stories from four indigenous communities, is coming to the Aurora Public Library. Join them for the exhibit opening, September 15 from 2:00 to 3:00 pm at Aurora Central Library.

Lyons Regional Library is hosting a program in honor of The Blister Sisters, two women who walked 104 miles across England to raise money for the new library building project. Stop by on September 12 at 6:30 pm to thank them and hear stories from their journey.

Unique Programs for Kids & Teens

Lake County Public Library wants your dirt — literally! Their kids’ Storyhour will be studying dirt this year, so they are looking for unique dirt samples to compare and contrast. Send your sample to Lake County Public Library Attn: Storyhour 1115 Harrison Ave. Leadville, CO 80461.

Teens: join the Blue Spruce Book Club at Clear Creek County Library District to read and discuss this year’s Blue Spruce nominees. The club meets Mondays at 4:00 pm at John Tomay Memorial Library and Tuesdays at 4:00 pm at Idaho Springs Public Library from August 27 & 28 through October.

The Rocky Mountain Ukulele Orchestra will lead a series of Parent and Child Ukulele Workshops at Farr Regional Library in High Plains Library District. The workshops will be offered Sep. 14, Oct. 5, Nov. 2, and Dec. 7 from 6:00 to 7:00 pm. Registration opens on Aug. 31 at 8:00 am.

Poudre River Public Library District has unveiled a new podcast series promoting their “Answer Cache” (aka databases and eResources). Captain Cache’s Curiosities Podcast is narrated by the library’s mascot, the pirate Captain Cache, and is aimed at school-age kids. Listen on iTunes or on the library’s website.

Boulder Public Library is seeking teen volunteers to be Big Pal role models for kids in grades K-3 as part of the Reynolds Reading Pals program, which runs Sep. 11 – Nov. 10 at the George Reynolds Branch Library. Learn more and apply.

Libraries in the News

The Daily Sentinel: US patent database available at library | Mesa County Libraries

Colorado Springs Independent: Local intern facilitates LGBT Roundtable discussion at Cheyenne Mountain Library | Pikes Peak Library District

Paul Mascareñas and Janet Leigh from Regis University wrote the chapter “Regis University and Arrupe Jesuit High School” in Successful Campus Outreach for Academic Libraries: Building Community Through Collaboration, edited by Peggy Keeran and Carrie Forbes.

Congratulations to Terry Zarsky, Business Services Librarian at Pikes Peak Library District, who received the Accolades 2018 “Member of the Year” award from the Southern Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce.

What’s New at the Colorado State Library

CALCON18

Are you going to CALCON18, Sep. 13-15 in Loveland? Visit the Colorado State Library booth and meet some amazing service animals, plus attend a CSL-presented session.

Learning Opportunities

CSL in Session, Getting Unstuck: The Secret Life of Procrastinators, with Jean Heilig & Christine Kreger.

  • Sept. 20, 2018, 12:00 to 1:00 pm
  • Free; no registration needed; join online

CLEL (Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy) Conference

  • Oct. 12, 2018, 8:00 to 4:30
  • Arvada Center for the Arts & Humanities

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

Colorado Blue Spruce Award

Here’s how your library can help promote the Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award:

  1. Visit http://www.coloradobluespruceaward.org/
  2. Make sure you have the 2018 nominated books.
  3. Download and print posters and/or bookmark ballots from the website.
  4. Create a Blue Spruce display and/or booktalk the nominees.
  5. Submit votes by December 31.

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Friday Grab Bag, August 24, 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!

Arts & Crafts

In honor of the Yampa Valley Crane Festival, aerialist Heidi Miller and students from Spirit Wind Aerial Arts will perform at the Bud Werner Memorial Library on August 30 at 5:00 pm. See more events related to the Crane Festival.

Sandhill Cranes [Photo: Steamboat Pilot, Sept. 17, 1970. Accessed via Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection.]
Basalt Regional Library is holding its 1st Annual Film Competition. All pre-registered participants will receive an email on August 24 with the requirements for their film, which they will have 72 hours to complete. Submissions are due by 9:00 am on August 27. Learn more and register.

Join Anythink’s Experiments in Sound and participate in the creation of a sound installation. Anythink Brighton is hosting the event on August 27 from 1:30 to 3:30 pm; participants can work on sounds creations and experiment in recording.

Whether you sew, crochet, quilt, or knit, you are welcome at Pines & Plains Libraries’ Witty Knitters, a group of friendly and knowledgeable crafters that meets every Tuesday at 3:45 pm at the Simla Public Library.

View the works of local artists Tina Duemler and Alice Billings at Ridgway Public Library’s ART at the Library ART Show. The exhibition will be open Sep. 8 through Nov. 9, with an artists’ reception on Sep. 8 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm.

UNC University Libraries invites you to “Colorado Inspirations: photography and more by three generations of the Harms Family.” The exhibit is open Aug. 20 through Sep. 21 in the Mari Michener Gallery.

Pick ‘n’ Mix

Last Saturday, Pine River Library held its fourth annual Zucchini Extravaganza in collaboration with Tour de Farms, Pine River Shares, and the Pine River Garden Club. The event included contests for best-dressed, best-carved, biggest, and ugliest squash, a zucchini-based potluck, and a zucchini slingshot.

Take a break in your day to participate in Midday Music Meditation. Boulder Public Library hosts this event every second Wednesday of the month, which features improvised music on the Turkish Oud, cello, zils, didgeridoo, autoharp, flutes, and more. The next Midday Music is September 12 at noon.

Become a library power user at Mesa County Libraries’ Library 101 presentation, August 29 at 9:30 am. Join staff from the Central Library for a tour of special spaces and information about the services and resources offered at the library. Registration is encouraged by not required.

Learn how to edit, crop, organize, and share images on your phone or tablet. Poudre River Public Library District is offering Photography and Photo Editing with Your Mobile Device, August 25 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm at Harmony Library.

Teens are invited to Nederland Community Library’s Escape Room, September 17 from 4:00 to 5:30. Using only their cunning and problem-solving abilities, teens will have to escape from a room built using BreakoutEDU materials.

Revisit the Great American Eclipse of 2017 with Eagle Valley Library District. On September 5 at 6:00 pm, photographer and naturalist Rick Spitzer will share pictures he took of the eclipse in Driggs, Idaho, and explain the planning that went into the project.

Small business owners are invited to Business and Breakfast, a free monthly series at Glenwood Springs Branch Library. The next meeting on Sept. 11 at 9:00 am features Trent Blizzard of BlizzardPress teaching Search Engine Optimization. Space is limited; be sure to register.

Libraries in the News

Pueblo Chieftain: Library’s Kid Parade successful in second run | Pueblo City-County Library District.

What’s New at the Colorado State Library

National Book Festival

Melissa Carlson will represent the Colorado State Library at the 2018 Library of Congress National Book Festival on Sept. 1 in Washington, D.C. Follow the event via the hashtag #NatBookFest.

Learning Opportunities

CSL in Session, Getting Unstuck: The Secret Life of Procrastinators, with Jean Heilig & Christine Kreger.

  • Sept. 20, 2018, 12:00 to 1:00 pm
  • Free; no registration needed; join online

CLEL (Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy) Conference

  • Oct. 12, 2018, 8:00 to 4:30
  • Arvada Center for the Arts & Humanities

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

Plains to Peaks Collective (PPC)

National History Day events will be starting soon. Give student researchers a leg up by pointing them towards the Plains to Peaks Collective — it contains over 46,000 historic objects from Colorado and Wyoming. Search the PPC collection in the Digital Public Library of America.

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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, August 17, 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.

Please help us improve the Friday Grab Bag by taking a short survey about your experience. Your response is anonymous. Thank you for your feedback.

Now, let’s open the Friday Grab Bag!

Learn Something New

Join Jefferson County Public Library for their next call-in program, The American Cowboy with Active Minds, on September 24 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm. Listen from anywhere as they peel back the mythology, explain the Spanish Colony’s influence, and trace the development of the American Cowboy. To join, call 303-502-5189 or visit www.uberconference.com/jcplhomeservices. Or, to be called at the time of the program, pre-register at 303-275-6173.

“What about a Hook?” [Photo courtesy: Louisville Times, June 29, 1944. Accessed via Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection.]
Join foresters Ryan McNertney, Brian Slagle and Jon Morrissey on August 24 at Granby Library for Meet Your Forest: Where Have All the Beetles Gone? Their one-hour program on healthy forests will be followed by a 2.5 hour forest tour beginning at 10:00 am.

Local historians and published authors Dr. Sandra Mather, Bill Fountain, and Rick Hague will present an informational session on nonfiction research methods and processes, August 28 from 7:00 to 8:00 pm at Summit County Library’s South Branch.

Are you curious about learning more about bitcoin and similar online currencies? High Plains Library District is offering a friendly introduction during Cryptocurrency: What is it and how do I use it to buy a pizza? Join them on September 14 from 10:15 am to 12:15 pm at Centennial Park Library.

Libraries in the News

Congratulations to Elektra Greer, the new director of Nederland Community Library! The library announced the appointment in their August 2018 Newsletter.

The Lyons Recorder reported that Lyons Library Director Katherine Weadley will be leaving the library to join the Colorado Library Consortium (CLiC). Read Library Director Advancing to New Position.

Supporting Families

Lafayette Public Library is hosting Comfort Quilts, a monthly program where anyone can help create quilts that will be handed out to children in need by Lafayette fire and police officers. Even if you don’t sew you can still write encouraging words on a quilt square. The next meeting is September 8 from 1:00 to 5:00 pm.

Poudre River Public Library District’s latest blog post promotes their home school resources for students, families, and educators, including a brand-new home school resource portal. Learn even more at their Homeschool Fair on August 23 from 5:30 to 7:30 at the Old Town Library.

Arapahoe Libraries presents Dr. Dipesh Navsaria, nationally renowned pediatrician and early literacy advocate, August 29 at Smoky Hill Library and August 30 at Koelbel Library. His workshop, Prescription for Early Learning: Small Ways to Make a Big Impact, explores the role of reading in brain development. Reserve your spot.

Recycled Art

Bemis Public Library is hosting Altered Art, a teen craft class using repurposed objects, August 18 at 2:00 pm. The library will provide supplies and instruction. Registration required.

Lake County Public Library also invites participants to make art with re-purposed materials including old computers and other electronics. Join them this Saturday, August 18 at 9:00 am for Take Apart Make Some Art.

Pick ‘n’ Mix

Celebrate the opening of the Colorado International Chinese Calligraphy Exhibit, which includes 70 pieces of art that capture the essence of the art and beauty of Chinese calligraphy and painting. The Aurora Public Library is hosting a reception on August 25 from 2:00 to 3:30 pm at the Central Library.

The tomato harvest is upon us! Pay your homage to this delectable fruit (or is it a vegetable?) by entering Delta County Libraries2018 Tomato Haiku Contest now through August 31.

Rampart Library District is hosting a Death Cafe on August 29 from 2:00 to 3:00 pm. The event is intended to create awareness about death and to help people make the most of their lives. Refreshments will be served.

What’s New at the Colorado State Library

Book Club Resource Survey

Does your library check out book club sets from the Colorado State Library? Please help us improve this service by answering this short survey. Thank you!

ALA Conference: STEM and Rural Libraries

ARSL President Kieran Hixon presented a poster session at the ALA Annual Conference on the challenges and opportunities of STEM in rural libraries. Read his reflections.

Learning Opportunities

CSL in Session, Getting Unstuck: The Secret Life of Procrastinators, with Jean Heilig & Christine Kreger.

  • Sept. 20, 2018, 12:00 to 1:00 pm
  • Free; no registration needed; join online

CLEL (Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy) Conference

  • Oct. 12, 2018, 8:00 to 4:30
  • Arvada Center for the Arts & Humanities

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

#GetToKnowCSL Wrap-Up

From March to June 2018 we ran #GetToKnowCSL, a social media campaign designed to put a human face on the Colorado State Library. We hope this campaign helped you feel more connected to the staff members who make this such a vibrant organization. All of the profiles are now available in in this wrap-up post.

Plains to Peaks Collective (PPC)

School is back in session, and soon students and teachers will be looking for primary sources for their research projects. Did you know that the Plains to Peaks Collective (PPC) has over 46,000 digital objects (photos, oral history recordings, maps, etc.) available in the Digital Public Library of America? This free resource is great way to discover unique collections held by libraries and museums across the country—including Colorado and Wyoming! Search the DPLA.

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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, August 10, 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.

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Festivals and Cons

Boulder Public Library is seeking volunteers for their upcoming ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival on September 21-23. The festival is a celebration of world literature that features features author talks, community conversation and more. Volunteer opportunities include author liaisons, children’s program help, event photography, ushers, book signing/authors’ lounge assistance, and much more.

CU Boulder Libraries invites students, professors, and librarians to Open Con, September 7 from 9:00 to 4:00 at the CU Boulder Rec Center. Spend the day learning about open educational resources and developing a plan to advocate for open research and more affordable textbooks. Register online for this free event.

Teens: rock your cosplay at Poudre River Public Library District’s Teen Nerd Prom, August 24 at Old Town Library. Get nerdy with retro video games, an anime room, crafts, snacks, a dance party, a musical instrument petting zoo, and more. The prom is in conjunction with the Fort Collins Comic Con. Teens must be 12-18 years old and have a free ticket that can be downloaded from this website.

Mesa County Libraries are seeking program proposals for their upcoming Comic Con, to take place on Saturday, October 6, at Two Rivers Convention Center. They’re looking for great panels covering comics, sci-fi, games, cosplay, literature, filmmaking, art demonstrations and much more! Submit a proposal.

Pick ‘n’ Mix

Learn how to build your own solar food dehydrator, August 11 from 10:00 to 11:00 am at Pine River Library. These dehydrators are easy to make and a great addition to your self-sufficient home.

Enjoy a cold brew while you sign up for a library card! Denver Public Library’s Wheelie the Book Bike is celebrating Denver Days at Declaration Brewing, August 11 & 12 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. See the Denver Days website for even more events.

Anythink Wright Farms is hosting an open house for The Studio on Saturday, August 18. Stop and in get acquainted with the tools in the Studio, then stay for a session (or more) on photography, virtual reality, parallax, and YouTube production, presented by local creators.

As part of the Summer Sidewalk Astronomy program, Jefferson County Public Library is hosting a Perseids Meteor Shower Watch Party on August 13. Gather around the sundial in front of Stanley Lake Library around 7:00 pm, when astronomer Aric Vyhmeister will assist participants in using their telescopes and provide additional details about the wonders of the cosmos.

The Grand County Community of Writers will hold their monthly Writers Workshop on Sunday, August 26 from 3:00 to 5:00 pm at the Granby Library. Send your submission to annawinkel@hotmail.com by August 18 in order to receive thoughtful feedback at the August 26th meeting. All types of writing are welcome.

Connecting Communities

Arthur Lakes Library at Colorado School of Mines is starting the school year stress-free with Mindful Mondays. Every Monday beginning August 20, drop in from 3:00 to 3:30 to learn the benefits of practicing mindfulness and to participate in a guided meditation led by Mines students & staff.

The Dementia Caregiver Support Group meets the fourth Thursday of every month at Lafayette Public Library. The group is a safe place to receive support from fellow caregivers and volunteer facilitators, who have been trained by the Alzheimer’s Association. The next meeting is August 28 at 6:00 pm.

Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath is this year’s One Book Steamboat title. Pick up a copy at Bud Werner Memorial Library and visit their One Book Steamboat website to see upcoming events related to the book.

Eagle Valley Library District, Vail Public Library, and Eagle Valley Schools continue their partnership to offer seamless access to library resources for K-12 students. One Valley, One Card is a program that allows students to use millions of free EVLD and VPL resources with their school ID. Learn more.

August Tunes

Jam with fellow uke players at High Plains Library District’s monthly Ukulele Strumming Circle. The group meets the third Thursday of each month from 6:00 to 7:00 pm at Carbon Valley Regional Library. The next meeting is on August 16, so bring your uke, learn some new tunes, and play along with other enthusiasts.

“Mutual” [Illustration courtesy of the Steamboat Pilot, August 18, 1926. Accessed via the Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection.]
Summit County Library is celebrating the finale of their adult summer reading program with an outdoor concert by The Pine Beatles (the band, not the pest). Bring your friends and family to the South Branch Library in Breckenridge on August 30 from 6:30 to 7:30 pm.

Libraries in the News

Craig Press: Moffat County commissioners file intent to place museum, library mill levy on November ballot (Moffat County Libraries)

Broomfield News: Library considers going fine-free (Broomfield Library)

CBS Denver: Fundraising Event Combines The Library & Tattoos: ‘It Was Worth It’ (Denver Public Library)

Alamosa News: Capulin welcomes community library (Conejos Library District)

What’s New at the Colorado State Library

‘Let’s Share’ Forum

Do you have ideas about community engagement, early literacy, and programming to share with your library colleagues across the state? Let’s Share is an online space to post experiences, questions, and comments. The forum is part of the expansion of the CSL Kits program, which you can learn more about in “Let’s Talk About It!” – Community Conversations in a Big Red Box.

Learning Opportunities

Digging into Assessment Data: Tips, Tricks, and Tools of the Trade, with Linda Hofschire and Lynn Silipigni Connaway.

  • Aug. 14, 2018, 1:00 to 2:00 pm
  • Free! Register to join online

CSL in Session, Getting Unstuck: The Secret Life of Procrastinators, with Jean Heilig & Christine Kreger.

  • Sept. 20, 2018, 12:00 to 1:00 pm
  • Free; no registration needed; join online

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

Plains to Peaks Collective (PPC)

Last week, Leigh Jeremias and Amy Hitchner travelled to the Wyoming Library Association Conference in Casper to represent the PPC. They spoke with attendees about how to participate in the PPC, and encouraged them to share this resource—filled with valuable historic collections from Colorado and Wyoming—with educators, students, and researchers in their communities. Learn more: ppc.cvlsites.org

Amy Hitchner (L) & Leigh Jeremias (R) represented the Plains to Peaks Collective at WYLA18.

Colorado State Publications Library


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, July 27, 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!

Sounds of Summer

Polish up those ruby slippers—Poudre River Public Library District is hosting a Wizard of Oz Sing-a-long, July 28 from 2:00 to 4:00 at Old Town Library. No musical talent required!

Join Bud Werner Memorial Library for an outdoor concert featuring San Diego-based mariachi band Jarabe Mexicano, July 30 at 12:00 pm on the library lawn. Bring a lunch and enjoy this energetic concert, which will include an opportunity for kids to make their own egg shaker maracas. Jarabe Mexicano will also perform at the Basalt Regional Library on July 27 from 5:30 to 6:30 pm.

The Delta/Grand Junction Women’s Choir will perform Grand Mesa A Cappella, a free concert at Delta Library on July 28 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm.

Garfield County Libraries is hosting an air guitar competition for tweens and teens ages 10-18, July 31 at 2:00 pm at the Rifle Branch Library. Teens are encouraged to strut their stuff in this epic competition of riffs, solos, and lip-syncing skills. Air guitars will be provided to the first 24 participants.

Montrose Regional Library District is celebrating their summer learning program with a Rockin’ Readers Concert. Enjoy music, food, games, and a photo booth on Friday, July 27 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm on the library’s east lawn.

Pick ‘n’ Mix

The Native Voices traveling exhibit is coming to the Ignacio Community Library. This interactive exhibition, developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine in partnership with ALA, examines concepts of health and medicine among contemporary American Indians, Alaska Natives and Native Hawai’ians and features interviews with more than one hundred tribal leaders, healers, physicians, educators, and others. Attend the grand opening on Saturday, July 28 beginning at 1:00 pm.

In collaboration with the City of Thornton, Tri-County Health Department, Palizzi Farm and the American Heart Association, Anythink is now hosting a Farmer’s Market at their Huron Street branch every Tuesday through October 9. In addition to fresh food, the events will feature cooking demos and health and wellness information, as well as preventative health screenings on the second Tuesday of each month.

Join Attorney General Cynthia Coffman and AARP Foundation ElderWatch Colorado for 10 Scams Targeting Older Coloradans and How to Prevent Them, a program to be held at Mesa County Library’s Main Branch, July 31 at 1:00 pm. Register online.

Science & Technology

Broomfield Library is starting a new Code Club for kids ages 9-18, where they will learn to make games, animations, apps, or their own inventions. Join the launch party on August 22 from 4:00 to 5:30 at inventHQ. The group will meet every other Wednesday. Registration recommended.

The latest edition to the Elizabeth Library is a Weather Tech weather station. Patrons can monitor the humidity, wind speed and direction, rain amounts, barometer, etc. Future plans call for a second console so data can be posted on Weather Underground and the library’s webpage.

Weather Tech station at Elizabeth Library.

Curious about virtual reality and how it can be used for gaming, music, and exploring the world? Grand County Library District is offering the opportunity for tweens, teens, and adults to experience virtual reality on July 28 at Kremmling Library and July 29 at Hot Sulphur Springs Library. Sign up for a 25-minute slot that includes a tutorial and a chance to try some applications.

Pikes Peak Library District, in partnership with several other organizations, is putting on the 5th Annual Colorado Springs Mini Maker Faire on October 20. The event is a venue where engineers, artists, scientists, crafters, and other makers can showcase their hobbies, experiments, and projects. This year’s Mini Maker Faire will also include an art contest, Ars Technica. Registration is optional but encouraged.

Libraries in the Media

Red Feather Lakes Community Library was one of five public libraries to receive funding from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, MidContinental Region (NNLM MCR) to develop creative public library health information outreach projects. Read about their project, which allowed participants to learn about food and its connection to healing chronic disease, living longer, and living better.

9News recently covered two items from Denver Public Library. On July 16 they published a story about Wheelie the Book Bike, a vehicle that visits outreach events. Then, on July 17, 9News visited the Park Hill Branch during the #Book4Tat event, when folks could upload their G-rated tattoos to DPL’s Facebook page and receive book recommendations from librarians. Nearly 200 tattoos photos were submitted over 72 hours. Read the story.

What’s New at the Colorado State Library

Learning Opportunities

Tackling Wicked Problems through Deliberative Engagement, with Martin Carcasson.

  • August 6 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Loveland Public Library
  • Free; lunch provided
  • Register

CSL in Session: Create a Knock-out Collection in 60 Minutes a Week or Less, with Bob Bennhoff.

  • August 8, 2018 from 12:00 to 1:00 pm
  • Free! Join online

Digging into Assessment Data: Tips, Tricks, and Tools of the Trade, with Linda Hofschire and Lynn Silipigni Connaway.

  • August 14, 2018 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm
  • Free! Register to join online

Colorado Public Library Association (CoPLA) Mini Conference: Privacy and Intellectual Freedom in Libraries.

  • August 3, 2018 from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm
  • Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library (Denver)
  • CAL members: $30. Non-CAL members: $40.

View these and other learning opportunities at the Library Learning & Creation Center. The Wyoming State Library also maintains a professional development calendar. View offerings for July 2018.

Plains to Peaks Collective (PPC)

With school is just around the corner, teachers and students will be looking for primary sources, especially related to Colorado history. Did you know that the Plains to Peaks Collective (PPC) contains over 46,000 digital objects, including photographs, oral history recordings, postcards, yearbooks, pamphlets, quilts, clothing, and other cultural artifacts? Check out the PPC collection in the Digital Public Library of America.

Strategies for Coaching & Consulting

CSL’s Sharon Morris recently authored an article for the Global Family Research Project, Learning from Library Leaders: Strategies for Coaching and Consulting. In it she outlines the 5 principles that guide her team’s work with their constituents.

Colorado State Publications Library


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.