Friday Grab Bag, August 12, 2022

You’re All Invited
The Estes Park Trail, August 15, 1952

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!

Art for All

Bemis Library invites teens to contribute to their Community Art Project by participating in the Teen Photography Workshop on August 13. Photos will be displayed in the gallery in September. Learn more and register.

Spend the afternoon exploring the art and photography of Georgia O’Keeffe at a program offered by High Plains Library District on August 18 at Centennial Park Library. This program is the perfect companion to the Denver Art Museum’s exhibition, “Georgia O’Keeffe, Photographer.” Learn more about O’Keeffe event.

Boulder Public Library has issued an Open Call for Library Art Exhibitions and their Activist Artist-in-Resident program. Exhibition spaces are available for a variety of work, including 2D, 3D and interactive art. Applications are due by August 31. Learn more about Activist Artist-in-Residence program.

Pick ‘n’ Mix

Join Pines & Plains Libraries for What Galileo Saw, a fun, informative talk presented by the Colorado Springs Astronomical Society on August 17 at Elizabeth Library. The presentation will be followed by time to check out the night sky using professional telescopes. Register for What Galileo Saw.

In honor of the new “Let’s Go Build” exhibit at the Fort Morgan Library and Museum, the August 16th Brown Bag lunch presentation will focus on an iconic toy set that can be used to build almost anything. Curtis Mork, The LEGO Guy, will give a presentation on the history of LEGO and share some of his own historic LEGO sets.

Join Lafayette Public Library and Boulder County Parks & Open Space for a beginner’s guide to Beautiful Boulder County Butterflies. This slide program will review the amazing life cycle of butterflies, their behavior, host plants, identification tips, and more. Register for Beautiful Boulder County Butterflies.

Join Pikes Peak Library District and the Trails & Open Space Coalition to learn about the 130+ miles of hard surface trails in Colorado Springs. Urban Trail 101 will take place August 18 at Sand Creek Library. Reserve your spot.


Did you know that you can make paper with fungi? Artist Jessica Langley will show you how at Wilkinson Public Library’s Mushroom Papermaking class, August 19 at 10:00 am. All supplies will be provided for this kid-friendly event.

Make some tasty Dill-lightful Refrigerator Pickles at a cooking event hosted by Pueblo City-County Library on August 24 at Giodone Library. Each participant will make and take home a jar of Claussen copycat pickles. Register for Dill-lightful.

Customize your summer look with Patches and Pins made with an embroidery machine. Broomfield Library is offering this class on August 13 at their inventHQ Makerspace. Register for Patches and Pins.

East Morgan County Library District invites adults to their Embroidered Bookmarks class on August 25. Come make your own adorable bookmark with supplies provided by the library. Registration is required.

Show Your School Spirit with a personalized laser-engraved bookmark. Join Estes Valley Library for this Makerspace event on August 12 at 6:00 pm. Register for Show Your School Spirit.

Garfield County Libraries is partnering with Bristlecone Art Collective to offer Tie Dye for Teens, August 12 at Carbondale Branch Library. Get colorful and creative with a shirt or other white cotton accessory. Learn more about Tie Dye for Teens.

Scots Arrive
Golden Transcript, August 12, 1982

What’s New at Colorado State Library

Growing Readers Together

Growing Readers Together (GRT) is offering two Office Hours to share information about this early learning initiative and what participation entails.

  • Session #1- Monday, August 15, 2:00 pm via Zoom
  • Session #2- Thursday, August 18, 9:00 am via Zoom

State Grants to Libraries

Want more info about State Grants to Libraries? Join the Overview and Q&A Webinar on Thursday, August 18 at 12:00 pm. The session will be held online via Adobe Connect; no registration required. It will also be recorded and posted after the event to the State Grants to Libraries website.

Reminder: 2022-2023 eligibility forms are due Thursday, September 15, 2022, and are available on the State Grants to Libraries website.

Learning Opportunities

  • What to Do About Anti-Racist Babies, Drag Queens and Censors. August 18, 2022, 1:00-2:00pm.
  • Quick Bites: Growing Readers with a Growth Mindset. August 23, 2022, 12:00-12:20pm.
  • Quick Bites: Books for Beginning and Struggling Readers. August 30, 2022, 12:00-12:20pm.
  • CSL in Session: Media Mentorship in the Age of COVID: How libraries can help families navigate the challenging world of screen time. Sep. 15, 2022, 12:00-1:00pm
  • Online Learning Opportunities in August 2022 for Library Staff. Browse this great list of free online learning opportunities shared with us by Wyoming State Library.

Colorado State Publications Library

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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