Friday Grab Bag, April 26, 2024

Parade watchers keep cool
The Louisville Times, May 4, 1994

The Friday Grab Bag is a weekly series that highlights fun, unique, and interesting happenings in Colorado libraries, and includes news from Colorado State Library.

Let’s open the Friday Grab Bag!

Fandoms & Friends

A glimpse of winter past
The Vail Trail, April 26, 1974

Aurora Public Library invites adults to World Building with Sci-Fi and Fantasy on May 4 at Central Library. The class will include creative writing and drawing activities using Pop Culture Classroom.

Jefferson County Public Library’s Anime Prom is back! Teens are invited to Standley Lake Library on April 27 at 5:30 pm for an evening that includes a costume contest, games, food, and other activities.

Join La Veta Public Library at the Francisco Center for the Performing Arts to celebrate May the Fourth be with You with a showing of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. The fun begins at 6:00 pm.

Longmont Public Library’s Tween Club is hosting a Star Wars Party on May 2 at 4:00 pm. Join them for an afternoon of activities from a galaxy far, far away.

Enjoy Free Comic Book Day at Mancos Public Library on May 4 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Pick up some comic books, eat popcorn, and watch comic-related movies with other fans.

Outdoor Life

Estes Valley Library is hosting a May Day Celebration on May 1 at 3:00 pm. Come dance around their Maypole, make a flower crown, braid ribbons, and check out their seed library!

Garfield County Libraries New Castle Branch is partnering with New Castle Recreation to offer Nature Journaling for All Ages, an event series that runs from May 3 through July 19. Participants will meet at VIX Park to explore and write in their journals.

Lyons Community Library is hosting backcountry and wildlife expert David Neils for Backcountry Survival 101 on May 3 at 6:30 pm. Get ready for your summer adventures by learning the essentials of backcountry safety and survival.

Green Thumbs-Up

Kids clean park area
The Douglas County News, May 2, 1974

Buena Vista Public Library invites you to Xeriscape with Native Plants on April 27 at 1:00 pm. Attendees will learn to support pollinators and wildlife using xeric plants native to the region.

Lone Cone Library is hosting a Spring Plant Swap on April 27 at 11:30 am. Bring cuttings, starts, or mature potted plants and enjoy light refreshments as you swap with other participants.

Summit County Library and the U.S. Forest Service invite you to Before You Plant: Invasive Species at the North Branch on May 2 at 6:30 pm. Be informed about species to avoid when planting your summer garden.

Arts & Culture

Basalt Regional Library welcomes local chamber orchestra High Country Sinfonia for a concert on May 2 at 7:00 pm. Enjoy music by Heinrich von Biber and Astor Piazzolla, among others. Join the musicians for refreshments before the concert at 6:30 pm.

Pine River Library invites you to attend the Pine River Valley Art Collective Artists’ Reception on May 3 at 5:00 pm. Come celebrate these local artists and enjoy their work currently on display at the Library.

Pueblo City-County Library District welcomes Grupo Folklórico del Pueblo for a performance in celebration of Dia del Niño / Day of the Children on April 30 at Rawlings Branch. The group will pay homage to the child’s well-being and role in society.

In the News

Birthday Girl
The Vail Trail, May 3, 1974

The Scribe, student newspaper of University of Colorado Colorado Springs, recently published the article Subject librarians, an overlooked academic resource for students. It featured interviews with three UCCS subject librarians and highlighted the work they do to support student research.

A story from Poudre Libraries has recently appeared on several news sites (including Smithsonian Magazine)—that a book checked out in 1919 was returned after over 100 years, back when the library was known as Fort Collins Public Library. Maybe the book in question, Ivanhoe: A Romance, was just too good to put down!

Accessibility Corner

News, tips, and resources to support technology accessibility

Everyone Loves a Good Story…
The Estes Park Trail, May 1, 1964

What’s New at Colorado State Library

Digital Collections Stewardship

Program Spotlight

Book Club Resource

Colorado State Publications Blog

Learning Opportunities

Library Jobline

Are you considering a job change this year? Check out Library Jobline for hot new library employment opportunities, like this selection from around Colorado.

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All images are from the Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection, a service of Colorado State Library.

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