Friday Grab Bag, December 16, 2022

A man and two children sledding
The Steamboat Pilot, Dec. 16, 1982

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!

Family Festivities

Lyons Community Library invites you to Mr. Kneel’s Rockin’ New Year’s Hip Hop for Families, December 29 at 6 pm. Local hip hop musician and dancer Neil McIntyre will inspire kids with an interactive performance about self-respect. Learn more.

A ventriloquist and his dummy entertain an injured serviceman.
A phony buck from Charlie McCarthy and Edgar Bergen
The Aurora Advocate, Dec. 18, 1952

Bring your little ones to meet Reggie Reindeer, making his appearance at East Morgan County Library District on December 16 at 2:00 pm. Bundle up and get some snapshots with this antlered guest. Event details.

Watch a modern holiday classic, Gremlins, hosted by Gunnison County Libraries on December 21 at Crested Butte Library. This Horror-ible Holiday Movie Night will include themed snacks. Event calendar.

Boulder Public Library is screening A Nightmare Before Christmas on December 17 at 2:30. Wear your favorite festive sweater and enjoy some treats during this family event. Learn more.

Curl up at Aurora Public Library’s Cozy Winter Celebration, December 16 at Martin Luther King, Jr. Library. Enjoy some cocoa while coloring or hand knitting a chunky blanket to take home. Register online.

Montrose Regional Library District is hosting a special Winter Storytime with the Mighty Mini Therapy Ponies, December 20 at 11 am. Stay after storytime for crafts and pics with the ponies. Event details.

Pick ‘n’ Mix

Congratulations to Karen Bradley from Arapahoe Libraries, recently elected as the 2023 treasurer the Association of Bookmobile & Outreach Services (ABOS). Way to go, Karen!

Delve into your dreams at Cañon City Public Library’s Dream Journaling with Joanne Suther, December 21 at 10:30. Learn questions and techniques to explore and record your dreams. Learn more.

All ages are invited to the “Winter of Wonder” slideshow, presented by Boulder County Parks & Open Space at Lafayette Public Library, December 20 at 6:30 pm. Join volunteer naturalists to learn how local plants and animals adapt to snow and cold. Learn more.

Just for Teens

As part of their Winter Break at the Library series for teens, High Plains Library District is hosting Goodies and Grinch on December 21 at Centennial Park Library. Teens will make some decadent hot chocolate while watching the classic animated Grinch short film. Register.

Lake County Public Library’s Cosplay Club meets on December 22 at 3 pm. Teens are invited to wear their cosplay, enjoy some snacks, and hang out. Event details.

A baton-twirling team
Highliters Twirl Batons; Add Sparkle to Halftimes
The Royal Banner, Dec. 21, 1962

Bemis Public Library invites tweens to Ugly Sweater DIY on December 21 at 5 pm. Participants can add seasonal flair to their own clothes or bags using iron-on holiday decals and decorations. Registration required.

Loveland Public Library is hosting a Teen Holiday Party on December 16, complete with refreshments, cookie and ornament decorating, and more. Learn more.

Teens are invited to play Life Size Battleship, hosted by Pikes Peak Library District on December 17 at Sand Creek Library. Play this classic game like never before—in full size! Registration required.

Summit County Library North Branch is hosting Teen Goodbye 2022, Hello 2023 Party, a New Year’s gathering at Bluebird Market on December 30 at 3 pm. Teens will enjoy pizza, drinks, game tokens, and activities. Registration required.

Westminster Public Library invites teens to Canvas & Cocoa, an art and hot chocolate party on December 17 at College Hill Library. Art supplies and snacks will be provided. Register online.

Mesa County Libraries is hosting Teen Time: Holiday Party on December 16 at Central Library. Teens are invited to celebrate the season with crafts, food, and fun. Learn more.

Three Salvation Army bell ringers
Bells for Golden
Golden Transcript, Dec. 15, 1972

What’s New at Colorado State Library

Colorado Resource Sharing Conference

Library Services Spotlight

Colorado State Publications Library Blog

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Learning Opportunities

  • Virtual Partner Forum: League of Women Voters Colorado
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  • Virtual Fall Youth Services Workshops (1)
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  • CSL in Session: Dementia 101 for Public Library Staff
  • Early Childhood Mental Health: Supporting Colorado’s Caregivers, Communities, & You!
  • How to Really Reach the Latino Community
  • 2023 CLiC Virtual Winter Workshop
    • February 23rd (2 – 4:30 pm) & 24th (8:45 am – 3:00 pm)
    • Registration is open now and includes access to session recordings.
  • Online Learning Opportunities in December 2022 for Library Staff. Browse this great list of free online learning opportunities shared with us by Wyoming State 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.

This post is part of the Spotlight on Sharing initiative, which aims to increase the visibility of Colorado library programs and resource sharing. Do you have a story from your library to share? Email Amy Hitchner,

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

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