Friday Grab Bag, June 23, 2017


Friday Grab Bag June 23, 2017Friday Grab Bag is a weekly Spotlight on Sharing series that highlights fun, unique, and interesting happenings in Colorado libraries. News from the Colorado State Library is at the bottom. Let’s open the Grab Bag!

Lyons Regional Library invites adults to recreate Lyons history using LEGO. As a tie-in with the summer reading theme, Build a Better World, and to celebrate the legacy of Lyons as a quarry town, the library is partnering with Play-Well TEKnologies to help adults build a “working” sandstone quarry. Join the fun on July 12 at 6:30 pm.

The Jerry Crail Johnson Earth Sciences & Map Library at the University of Colorado Boulder is hosting a new exhibition highlighting art and maps that address the history of Indigenous peoples’ lands in the United States. The Native American Geographies Exhibit will be on display May 1 through August 4, 2017.

Security Public Library is circulating storytime boxes, perfect for early literacy activities with young children. Each themed kit contains 5-10 books, at least one movie and one puppet/manipulative, as well as an ideas binder with songs, games, crafts, and coloring sheets.

Connections Job Support Group will be at John C. Fremont Library on June 29 at 7:00 pm as part of a three-part summer series. Connections will help with job searching skills, resume and application reviews, and interview practice and feedback.

Teen Corner

Teens are welcome to attend the Teen Maker Space at the Harmony Library branch of Poudre River Public Library District on Tuesday, June 27 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. All skill levels are welcome to come and try out new technology, program robots, build circuits, or work on self-selected projects.

Warning: snark ahead! Teens at Louisville Public Library are invited to add their own commentary to cringe-worthy movies during Snark Attack on Thursday, July 6 from 4:30 to 5:30 pm.

Libraries in the News

Garfield County Libraries got some love from Post Independent writer Carla Jean Whitley in her column Whit’s End: A Love Letter to Local Libraries. The author was impressed by the number and variety of materials available at the Glenwood Springs Branch Library, in addition to the programs and events, databases, and even State Parks passes available for checkout.

Denver Public Library was featured in an American Libraries Magazine story about how libraries are handling the opioid crisis.

What’s New at the Colorado State Library

The most recent post in the Touring Colorado’s Collections series features Three Wire Winter, a digital collection collaboration between Bud Werner Memorial Library and Tread of the Pioneers Museum in Steamboat Springs.

Topics in History is another series on coloradovirtuallibrary.org that explores Colorado’s past with supporting primary source articles from the Colorado Historic Newspaper Collection. Learn about the town of Dearfield, established in 1910 as a self-sufficient African American agricultural colony in NE Colorado.

How do you circulate a telescope? A cake pan? A digital camera? Join the next CSL in Session, Check Out an Experience, when librarians from Wilkinson Public Library, Longmont Public Library, and Colorado State Library will share tips and best practices for circulating unusual items. This free webinar is Tuesday, July 18, 2017 from 12:00 to 1:00 pm MDT. No registration is required.

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

Amy Hitchner

Amy Hitchner

Statewide Collaborative Programming Coordinator at Colorado State Library
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