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


Friday Grab Bag 3.10.17Friday Grab Bag is a weekly Spotlight on Sharing series that highlights fun, unique, and interesting activities and news in Colorado libraries. Scroll to the bottom for news from the Colorado State Library. Let’s open the Grab Bag!

Building, Making, and Creating in March

East Morgan County Library is featuring a Service of the Week for their patrons. This week they highlighted their sewing machines, which anyone can use with advance reservation.

Gilpin County Public Library recently received LEGO Mindstorm’s EV3 robotics kits. Teens age 12+ can show off their robot building skills during “Teen Tech Thursdays” on the 2nd & 4th Thursday of every month.

Don’t throw away your broken electronics—learn how to fix them instead! Denver Public Library’s IdeaLab is hosting a Fix and Mend Meetup on Saturday, March 11. This collaborative, social gathering is all about tinkering and sharing ideas.

Mesa County Libraries offers many digital creation classes at their 970West Studio. Examples include: Art Digitization, Audio Production, Intro to Digital Photography, and and Intro to Video Editing. Check out their events calendar for details.

Boulder Public Library is accepting entries through March 31 for their kids’ library card art contest. The 2017 theme is “envisioning a better world”. Three winning designs will be selected, one for each age category: 7 & under, 8-10, and 11-14.

Broomfield Library invites you to the Ribbon-Cutting of their newest addition, the Little Broomfield Library, on Friday, March 17 at 11:30 am. The Little Broomfield Library is located in the Paul Derda Recreation Center.

Learn to make delicious vegetarian soups using seasonal spring vegetables at Clearview Library District on March 21 at 6:00 pm.

Longmont Public Library is bringing back a patron favorite – the 3rd Annual Peeps Literary Diorama Contest, where contestants bring their favorite books to life with marshmallow peeps! Drop off your diorama and registration form from Thursday, March 30 through Thursday, April 6.

Sounds of Spring

Enjoy a concert at Basalt Regional Library on Friday, March 10 at 5:30 pm. Rachael Lee Priday, violin, and Susan Ellinger, piano, will performs works by Bach, Brahms, Beethoven, and Copland.

Professional harpist Corelia Tom will perform a concert of classical, therapeutic and contemporary music at Eagle Public Library on Saturday, March 25 at 2:00 pm.

Meet a Famous Historic Figure

Bob Stovall will bring his portrayal of historic figure General William Palmer to the Cañon City Public Library on Saturday, March 18 at 2:00 pm. “Dressed in period costume, Stovall becomes Palmer as he relates first-hand the General’s voyage from his early days on a Delaware farm to creation of a vast enterprise of railroad, manufacturing and communities, and the many people who joined him on the adventure.”

Elsa Wolff, storyteller, singer, and living history actor, will portray Amelia Earhart at the Harmony Library in Poudre River Public Library District on Friday, March 10 from 7:00 to 8:00 pm. Learn about the life of this extraordinary woman, pilot, and role model.

Because it’s St. Patrick’s Day…

The upcoming film in Summit County Library’s Classic Film Series is “The Quiet Man”, a great movie anytime but especially for St. Patrick’s Day. The screening is on Saturday, March 18 at 2:00 pm. Come eat some popcorn and watch John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara in this romantic comedy-drama.

What’s New at the Colorado State Library

The Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection (CHNC) has recently lowered its pricing for digitizing newspapers and adding them to their free-to-use online collection. Currently CHNC has over 900,000 pages of historic newspapers from over 200 titles representing 54 of the 64 Colorado counties, with more always on the way. Read more about how your institution can start digitizing historic newspapers.

Create “page art” with old books using ideas from Arian’s latest book club blog post.

Tech Tip Tuesdays will soon be returning to Colorado Virtual Library! Our new Digital Literacy Instructional Specialist, Christine Schein, will be creating tips for digital tools. Fill out her Google form to select the tools you’d like to learn about.

Several CSL staff members will be presenting at the CLiC Spring Workshops this March and April. See the schedule and session descriptions on the CLiC website.

The Colorado State Publications Library blog has several new posts this week:

CSL is partnering with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to offer free a financial literacy workshop for librarians, April 14 at Library 21c in Pikes Peak Library District (Colorado Springs). Learn more and register.

LRS published Fast Facts about the popular Check Out Colorado State Parks program.  The program, which allows patrons to check out a backpack with a state parks pass and other goodies from their library, started in 2016 as a partnership between CSL and Colorado Parks and Wildlife.


This post is part of the Spotlight on Sharing initiative, which aims to increase the visibility of resource sharing in Colorado libraries. How is your library sharing? We’d love to hear about it! Email Amy Hitcher, ahitchner@coloradovirtuallibrary.org. On Twitter follow @hitchlib and use the hashtag #spotlightonsharing.