Friday Grab Bag, December 22, 2023

Tree Time
The Steamboat Pilot, December 22, 1983

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!

New Year’s Here!

Adonica Louise McCloud and Her First Christmas
The Denver Inquirer, December 25, 1953

Bemis Public Library invites families to their “Noon” Year’s Eve Party on December 30 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. Get a jump on 2024 with treats, dancing, door prizes, and the dropping of the New Year’s Eve ball at 12 o’clock noon.

Summit County Library is hosting a Happy Noon Year Party for Teens on December 30 from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm at the North Branch in Silverthorne. They will be ringing in the new year a little early with vision boards, snacks, and games.

Arapahoe Libraries’ New Year, New Books is the perfect opportunity to learn about exciting new titles coming out in 2024. Join them on January 6, 10:00 am, at Koelbel.

Winter Tales

Bud Werner Memorial Library is screening Santa’s Wild Home from December 22 – 31. The film is “an intimate look at the wildlife of Lapland, the fabled home of Santa Claus and actual home of reindeer, great gray owls, wolverines, eagles, wolves & musk oxen.”

High Plains Library District is hosting a Dungeons and Dragons Winter Holiday One Shot for kids and teens on December 28 & 29 at Centennial Park Library. In the Find Frosty campaign, players will help defeat a wizard to free Frosty from a snowglobe prison.

Lyons Community Library invites kids to Wildlife Secrets: Wildlife in Winter, January 3 at 10:30 am. Learn about the strategies, from hibernation to migration, that different animals use to survive the coldest months.

Get Cozy

One use for the weather
Golden Transcript, December 26, 1973

Kick off winter break at Longmont Public Library with Cookies, Cocoa and Books, December 22 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. Snuggle in for a cozy afternoon with friends and treats.

Pitkin County Library’s Classics Book Club is reading A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Join them for the discussion on December 29 at 5:00 pm.

Alamosa Public Library’s Youth Winter Reading Challenge is December 22 through January 7. Students of all ages are encouraged to track 20 minutes of reading per day, then bring their completed tracker back to the library to be entered in the Winter Reading Challenge Raffle.

Pick ‘n’ Mix

Pueblo City-County Library invites you to view The Gates of Pueblo, an exhibit by local artist Joseph Cawlfield on display through December 31 in the Hispanic Resource Center Gallery at the Rawlings Library. The exhibit features watercolor paintings of different gates from the Pueblo area.

Aurora Public Library is bringing the heat to the Teen Hot Sauce Challenge on December 23 at Tallyn’s Reach Library. Teens are invited to try a variety of hot sauces of increasing spiciness up to 82,000 Scoville Heat Units. Registration is required.

Garfield County Libraries announces Cooking Matters, a course that teaches cooking skills and emphasizes the importance of healthy eating and family meal planning. The class will be held at Parachute Branch Library on Thursdays from January 4 through February 1 at 6:00 pm.

Santa Claus and the Silver Streak Railroad
The Estes Park Trail, December 27, 1963

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