Friday Grab Bag, August 19, 2022

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The Aurora Advocate, August 23, 1962

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!

Animals Aplenty

Mesa County Libraries will host CSU Extension entomologist Melissa Schreiner for Nuisance Invaders in Colorado Homes, August 24 at the Central Library. Learn about the biology, bizarre behaviors, and identifying features of arachnids, cockroaches, elm seed bugs, and other common arthropods. Register.

So You Want to Keep Bees is a program hosted by High Plains Library District on August 25 at Carbon Valley Regional Library. Local beekeeper Beth Conrey from Bee Squared Apiaries will discuss what you need to know to get started, including local regulations, equipment, timing, instruction, and start-up costs. Learn more.

Join Longmont Public Library and Boulder County Parks & Open Space for The Yip About Prairie Dogs, a lively presentation on September 21 at 6:00 pm. Learn about the ecology, social structure, life cycle, behavior and language of this prairie species. Registration opens August 22.

Calling all Artists

Security Public Library is seeking submissions of digital artwork for their Artist Appreciation Collection. Your entry will be featured in SPL’s digital art walk! The submission deadline is August 31. Read the guidelines.

Pikes Peak Library District invites you to join artist-instructor LeRad Nilles for Draw Your Community: Time, Motion, and Music in Drawings, August 27 in Manitou Springs. Learn and practice pencil sketch styles and techniques. Participants are encouraged to submit a drawing to the community art gallery in September. Learn more and register.

Looking for a place to exhibit your art? The Art Wall at Trinidad Public Library is open to any artist. Contact Tom Potter at the library to book a free, one month exhibit. August’s artist is Sheila Hartman, followed by Rich Columbo in September and Jen Oliver in October.

Affordable Connectivity Program

The FCC’s Affordable Connectivity Program gives eligible households a discount on internet and other technology. Learn more in Helping Your Community with Internet.

Pick ‘n’ Mix

Boulder Public Library is hosting a Seed Swap, August 27 at the Main Branch. Bring homegrown seeds and unopened packets of store-bought seeds to exchange. All leftover seeds will be donated to the Library’s Free Seed Library! Learn more.

Westminster Public Library wants to help you learn about Menu Planning on a Budget, September 3 at College Hill Library. Get tips on setting a food budget, menu planning, and incorporating a balanced diet. Register.

What to do with a finished jigsaw puzzle? Bring it to the Puzzle Exchange at the Carnegie Libraries in Monte Vista or South Fork. Swap your old (complete) puzzle for one that’s new to you! Learn more.

Do you want to play D&D but don’t know where to start? Check out The Adventure Begins: Dungeons & Dragons For New Players at Bemis Library on August 24. During this special introductory session you’ll learn about character creation, digital tools like D&D Beyond, and the unspoken rules for being a great player. Register.

Broomfield Star, August 18, 1972

What’s New at Colorado State Library

Learning Opportunities

  • Quick Bites: Growing Readers with a Growth Mindset. August 23, 2022, 12:00-12:20pm. Join online.
  • Quick Bites: Books for Beginning and Struggling Readers. August 30, 2022, 12:00-12:20pm. Join online.
  • 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. Join online.
  • 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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