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Celebrating Black Voices with the Book Club Resource

The Colorado State Library would like to invite everyone to celebrate Black History Month with our newly updated Book Club Resource! Over the past year, we have refocused our energy toward making our book club collection more diverse and inclusive, so that readers from all cultures and backgrounds can find stories for them written by […]

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CSL Welcomes New State Librarian Nicolle Ingui Davies!

The Colorado State Library (CSL) is thrilled to welcome our new State Librarian, Nicolle Ingui Davies, to our CSL team and back to her Colorado home. Davies holds both a Master’s in Public Administration (MPA) and a Master’s in Library and Information Sciences (MLIS), making her perfectly suited to this leadership role. Davies returns to […]

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Family Literacy Resources

Winter break is a great time to read with your kids! Learning doesn’t just happen at school; it happens at home, too. The Colorado Department of Education defines family literacy as the following: Family Literacy Integrates all the following activities: Parent or family adult education and literacy activities that lead to readiness for postsecondary education […]

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Time Machine Tuesday: The Colorado Traveling Library Commission

In 1903 the Colorado Legislature passed an act creating the Colorado Traveling Library Commission. Appointed by the governor, the commission consisted of five volunteers from Colorado women’s clubs who oversaw the shipment of boxes of books to Colorado schools and towns. The program’s goals were to create a “love and habit of reading good books” […]

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Colorado State Library/Aspen Institute Report on Public Libraries

In May 2017 the Aspen Institute Colorado Dialogue on Public Libraries convened to give community and civil leaders from across the state the opportunity to “explore new thinking and practical solutions for using the infrastructure and expertise of public libraries to build more resilient communities in Colorado.”  The event was conducted as a partnership between […]

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Vote for Colorado's Most Significant Artifact

Now through November 17, you can vote for your favorite historic Colorado artifact or document as part of the Colorado Collections Connection’s campaign to highlight the importance of our state’s historic and cultural heritage.  Artifacts were nominated by their owning institution and include items from museums and libraries large and small.  The nominees come from […]

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Summer Reading Programs

By now, most schoolkids are out on summer break, or will be soon. While summer is a great time to play and have fun, it also brings the possibility of “summer slide.”  Libraries help kids keep their brains working while having fun at the same time by offering summer reading programs (see this article from […]

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Colorado Libraries Collaborate for 25 Years

This year the Colorado Libraries Collaborate (CLC) program is celebrating its 25th year!  Originally known as the Colorado Library Card program, CLC was launched in 1991 as a way for registered library users across Colorado to gain free access to materials in libraries across the state, therefore not limiting them to only the materials available […]

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House Resolution Recognizing Libraries

The Colorado House of Representatives has scheduled for today the consideration of HR17-1008, a resolution recognizing the importance of Colorado libraries.  The resolution states, in part, that “Colorado libraries are a vital and essential public resource that provide free and equal access to educational and recreational material and enrich the lives of all citizens.”  The […]

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National Library Week

National Library Week is here!  Celebrated April 9–15 this year, Library Week “is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and library workers and to promote library use and support,” says the American Library Association.  Libraries provide a vital service in our communities and this week is a great time to show […]

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Banned Books Week

Libraries across the U.S. are commemorating Banned Books Week September 25-October 1.  Activities during this week are designed to promote the concept of intellectual freedom, or “freedom to read.”  Each year, many library materials are challenged in school and public libraries.  Books are challenged for a variety of reasons, including explicit content, violence, language, and […]

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Check Out Colorado State Parks

This summer the Colorado State Library and Colorado Parks & Wildlife have teamed up to offer Check Out Colorado State Parks.  Under this program, Colorado libraries offer — for checkout just like a book — backpacks containing a parks pass vehicle hangtag, a set of binoculars, various guidebooks, and other cool stuff.  It’s a great […]

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History of Libraries in Colorado

The Colorado State Library is a good place to start when researching the history of your local library, whether it be for an anniversary celebration, preservation of a historic structure, or just general interest.  The best place to start is in two publications that were put together by the State Library.  Although they are old, […]

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Colorado Judicial Learning Center

The State of Colorado’s judicial branch offers a fun, unique way for all ages to learn about the state’s judicial processes — the Judicial Learning Center.  Developed in partnership with the Colorado Supreme Court Library, “the Learning Center is a 4,000-square-foot museum-style space that is full of interactive, fun, and informative exhibits,” according to their […]

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Colorado Water Resources Archive

Water and the issues surrounding it — water rights, drought and climate, flooding, availability, etc. — is an important topic in our state where this diminishing resource must be found for millions of residents.  Colorado State University Libraries and the Colorado Water Institute have put together a Water Resources Archive that includes thousands of resources, […]

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October 10 is Electronic Records Day!

This coming Saturday, October 10, is Electronic Records Day, where we recognize the importance of preserving our digital heritage and making our history more accessible online.  Aside from recognizing the benefits of preservation and access, Electronic Records Day also promotes the preservation of the electronic records themselves, which can deteriorate or become unreadable over time […]

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Vote for Colorado's Most Significant Artifacts

Now through November 30, you can vote for Colorado’s Most Significant Artifacts.  This is the second annual campaign by Colorado Collections Connection (formerly Colorado Connecting to Collections, and of which the Colorado State Library is a part) that seeks to bring awareness to the unique treasures held in Colorado’s libraries, museums, and archives.  The artifacts […]

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School Librarians

School librarians play an important role in students’ education.  To find out how, check out the Colorado State Library’s DVD and brochure, Your School’s Team Deserves a Star Player.  The DVD is available for checkout from our library.  For more in-depth information about the value of school librarians, see School Librarians Continue to Help Kids Achieve […]

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Colorado Libraries Collaborate (CLC) Program

September is National Library Card Sign-up Month, and if you live in Colorado, there are numerous resources available to you outside your home public library thanks to the Colorado Libraries Collaborate (CLC) program.  Originally known as the Colorado Library Card program, CLC allows Colorado library patrons to borrow materials — for free — at all participating CLC […]

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Getting Ready for Kindergarten

August is back-to-school month, and if you have a little one headed to school for the first time, be sure to check out the Colorado State Library’s Getting Ready for Kindergarten:  Ready, Set, GO!  brochures.  Available both in English and in Spanish, these brochures offer helpful tips to parents about encouraging early literacy as well […]

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Colorado's LJ "Notable Government Documents" 2013

Four Colorado state publications have been named 2013 Notable Government Documents by Library Journal, as announced in the May 15 issue.  All four publications are available from our library.  They are: Colorado Fishing Atlas, from the Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife Colorado Wildfire Risk Assessment Portal, from the Colorado State Forest Service Task Force Report […]