Friday Grab Bag, April 5, 2024

The Final Skater
Aspen Daily News, April 7, 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!

Eclipse Parties

Ruby M. Sisson Memorial Library’s Eclipse Watch Party is April 8 from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm in the library garden. Pick up glasses starting April 1 for the 60 percent viewing.

Boulder Public Library’s Solar Eclipse Viewing Party includes solar-themed crafts, experiments, and tasty treats. Join them on April 8 from 12:00 to 2:00 pm at Meadows Branch.

Estes Valley Library’s Eclipse Viewing Party is April 8 from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm at the Estes Park Memorial Observatory. They will have viewing glasses, a livestream of the NASA event, four filtered telescopes, tours of the radio room, crafts, and snacks.

Teen Time

Frisbee season
The Steamboat Today, April 5, 1994

Jefferson County Public Library invites teens to Celebrate Earth Day with eco-friendly activities: make your own terrarium, build a personal hydroponic growing system, and enjoy a bunch of upcycling crafts. Join them on April 12, 6:00 pm, at Golden Library.

Gunnison County Libraries’ newest teen escape room is an 80s Murder Mystery on April 10 at Gunnison Library. Set at a 1985 arcade grand opening, your task is to discover who did the dastardly deed. Dressing up is encouraged!

Teens from Basalt Regional Library and Pitkin County Library will go toe-to-toe in a friendly MarioKart Tournament, April 18 at 4:30 pm. Learn the basics of responsible online and in-person gaming while you battle it out for prizes and bragging rights. Contestants should contact their library to register.

Celebrating Poetry

Denver Public Library’s Memory Cafe is celebrating National Poetry Month with a Springtime Poetry reading on April 23 at Virginia Village Branch Library. Explore your creativity by reading and writing poetry together.

Lamar Public Library announced their 2024 Writing Contest. Cash prizes will be awarded in categories for short story, one-sentence story, essay, and poetry. Submissions are due by May 31; visit their website for contest rules.

Grand County Library District welcomes poetry lovers to Verse Voices: A Performance Poetry & Craft Program on April 27 at Fraser Valley Library. Participants will have the opportunity to read a poem and create their own poetic expressions during a Blackout Poetry craft session.

Pick ‘n’ Mix

Garfield County Libraries welcomes Sue Gray for her presentation Introduction to Apocalypse Survival, April 15 at Carbondale Branch Library. She will introduce the basics of preparing water, shelter, fire, and food to survive an emergency.

UCD Child Care Center
University of Colorado Denver, April 10, 1974

Bemis Public Library and the Littleton Garden Gang present the third annual Bemis Plant Swap on April 13 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. Bring cuttings, seedlings, transplants or houseplants that need a new home, and take some new-to-you plants home in exchange!

Learn to Grow Your Own Mushrooms with the help of Aurora Public Library. They are offering this hands-on make-and-take class on April 13, 10:30 am, at Hoffman Heights Library.

Clear Creek County Library District is celebrating National Library Week April 8 – 12 with complimentary coffee, tea, cookies, and prize drawings at Idaho Springs Public Library and John Tomay Memorial Library.

Louisville Public Library, in partnership with Boulder County Office of Sustainability, Climate Action, and Resilience, is circulating two induction cooktops. Experience cooking with these unique appliances, which use a magnetic field to create targeted heat delivery and reduce energy consumption.

The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education recently shared that the American Music Research Center archival collections within the University of Colorado Boulder Libraries’ Rare and Distinctive Collections has acquired a collection of materials from American banjo player Otis Taylor. Taylor, who was born in Denver, is a prolific entertainer who has released multiple albums, worked on various films and tv shows, and was inducted into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame in 2019.

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Easter Parade
Golden Transcript, April 9, 1974

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