Friday Grab Bag, December 1, 2023

Kakushu Jji = Colorado Times, December 5, 1963

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!

Holiday Crafting & Cooking

Evening Attire
The Arrow-CSU Pueblo, December 6, 1963

Clearview Library District’s Santa’s Workshop is December 9 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Join them for a fun evening of gift and craft making, Santa, and games. Celebrate all things merry from snowman soup to the annual holiday community reading!

Aurora Public Library’s 2023 Ornament Workshop is December 13 at Tallyn’s Reach Library. Make a holiday ornament of a favorite character or story with the supplies provided. Registration is required.

Make a custom Embroidered Wool Ornament at Broomfield Public Library’s inventHQ Makerspace on December 9. The event is part of the library’s Sew Broomfield monthly sewing workshop.

Summit County Library’s Annual Gingerbread House Contest is November 27 through December 15. Drop off your edible creation to either the Main Library in Frisco or the South Branch in Breckenridge. Voting will be in-person at both libraries December 16 – 22, and winners will be announced December 26.

Delta County Libraries invites you to make Holiday Crafts throughout December at the new Delta Library. Visit the craft tables to make your own holiday themed projects including bookmarks and ornaments.

At Estes Valley Library’s next Artwork Wednesday on December 6, kids and teens are invited to Decorate Ornaments. This program is designed to encourage experimentation with different art mediums and styles.

Learn to hand sew a holiday ornament at Garfield County Libraries’ Patterns of Joy: Holiday Ornaments, December 4 at Carbondale Branch Library. Instruction and all materials will be provided.

Join Gilpin County Library for two days of holiday crafting fun at the Christmas Craft Fair, December 15 & 16. Kids of all ages can come make ornaments, cards, and other holiday decorations. Holiday cards and stamping crafts will also be available for teens and adults.

Come get messy with Lone Cone Library at their 3rd Annual Noel Night Cookie Decorating event, December 1 at the old Ace Hardware building in Norwood. The confectionary fun begins at 6:00 pm.

Festive Fun

Santa will arrive by plane Saturday
The Wray Gazette, December 5, 1963

High Plains Library District announces Holiday Photos with Santa! The jolly man in red will visit Eaton Public Library on December 8 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Be sure to reserve your spot in advance.

At Alamosa Public Library’s next Tween Night D&D, players will help save Santa Claus during a special holiday-themed campaign. Tweens ages 8-18 can register to play on December 15 at 5:30 pm.

Silverton Public Library has some special holiday programs this season. On December 15 at 6:00 pm, they are presenting a free showing of the Polar Express at the Grand Imperial Hotel. They invite folks to wear their PJs and enjoy hot chocolate during the movie. The library is also hosting a Santa Letter Writing program on December 1 to go with their new mailbox just for Santa.

Jefferson County Public Library invites you to Holiday Celebration: Candlelight Walk on December 1, 6:00 pm, at Golden Library. Kick off the holidays with crafts, activities, and holiday tunes from The Rocky Mountain Ukulele Orchestra.

Pick ‘n’ Mix

Join Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art (BMoCA) Educator Reid Portscheller on December 7 for a hands-on Art Workshop about the special exhibit on display at Bemis Public Library, and create a piece of art inspired by the show. Registration required.

Pikes Peak Library District announces Express Voice: Recording Voice Workshop, a two-day event on December 1 & 2 at Sand Creek Library. In this workshop, local audio professional Ernest Laconic Wingo will guide you through the process of writing, recording, and producing an audio poem—no experience required. Register online.

Mesa County Libraries and Super Rad Art Jam present new art each month in the Central Library Teen Center. Join them on December 7 at 6:00 pm for this month’s art show featuring works from Independence Academy students.

Yule Procession
The Estes Park Trail, December 5, 1973

The Friday “Brag”

Misti from Silverton Public Library reports that their first Turkey Trot was a huge success for their tiny town. Everyone had a great time!

Silverton Public Library Turkey Trot, November 23, 2023. Shared with permission

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