Spotlight on Sharing: Friday Grab Bag, March 17, 2017


Friday Grab Bag March 17 2017Friday Grab Bag is a weekly Spotlight on Sharing series that highlights fun, unique, and interesting activities and news in Colorado libraries. News from the Colorado State Library is at the bottom. Let’s open the Grab Bag!

Honoring Women in March

Many Colorado libraries offer special programs in March to celebrate Women’s History Month. Here are just a few examples of upcoming and past programs.

Poudre River Public Library District is hosting Extraordinary Women in Agriculture, presented by the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame. The presentation will take place Saturday, March 25 from 3:30 to 5:00pm at the Old Town Library. The Hall of Fame inductees are being honored for their work in farming, ranching, and land and resource conservation.

Bud Werner Memorial Library’s book club, It’s a Girl Thing, is for girls in grades 5, 6, & 7, plus a woman partner like a mom, friend, grandmother, or teacher. The group meets monthly from October through May. The March book was In Darkling Wood. Register with the library to join and learn what the April book will be.

Earlier this month, Basalt Regional Library screened The Babushkas of Chernobyl, a documentary about a group of women who returned to the exclusion zone after the Chernobyl disaster, and who have lived there ever since.

Pueblo City-County Library hosted a lecture on Thursday, March 16 about the adoption of the trousers by women in the 20th century, and the the significance this garment held in the context of women’s rights. “Pants = Power” was presented by Eileen Tannich Gose and Kathy Wiederstein DeHerrera, co-authors of Relecting Freedom: How Fashion Mirrored the Struggle for Women’s Rights.

The Great Colorado Outdoors

Gunnison Library recently added National Geographic topographic maps to their collection. If you’re heading for an outdoor adventure, stop by and check out a map! They’re great for any outdoor enthusiast.

Bud Werner Memorial Library is holding a special program in honor of Celebrate Agriculture Week. Historic Agriculture in the Yampa Valley is an evening of storytelling in which a panel of community member will share their perspectives on farming, ranching, and agri-business. The event will be held Monday, March 20 at 6:30pm.

The Artistic Side of Life

Attention poets of of the Western Slope: enter Mesa County Library’s 2017 Poetry Contest for a chance to win a giftcard to downtown Grand Junction. Entries are due by March 30. See full contest rules.

Recycle your old books by turning them into art! Cañon City Public Library is offering a class on book folding, taught by Kathy Boone, on Saturday, March 25 at 10:00am. The library will supply the books.

Looking for a St. Patrick’s Day celebration that doesn’t involve green beer? The Rampart Library District is hosting a performance of traditional Irish dance by the Mountain Eire Irish Dance School on Saturday, March 18. The group will perform at the Florissant Public Library at 10:30am and again at the Woodland Park Public Library at 3:15pm.

What’s New at CSL

CSL’s own Linda Hofschire, Director of Library Research Service (LRS) is a 2017 Library Journal Mover and Shaker for Innovation. Linda received the award for her role in creating RIPL (Research Institute for Public Libraries), a library data boot camp designed to help librarians use their data to tell stories of impact. Congratulations, Linda, on this well-deserved award!

On March 20 and 21, several CSL staff members will be presenting at the CLiC Spring Workshop in Grand Junction on topics ranging from digitizing historic newspapers to futurecasting. See the full list of CSL presentations.

Speaking of historic newspapers, the cost to digitize and add papers to CHNC was recently lowered. If your organization is considering digitizing its newspapers, contact Leigh Jeremias to learn how easy it can be.

Finally, check out these recent posts from the 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. 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.

Amy Hitchner

Amy Hitchner

Statewide Collaborative Programming Coordinator at Colorado State Library
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