Friday Grab Bag, February 26, 2021

The Friday Grab Bag is a weekly series that highlights fun, unique, and interesting happenings in Colorado libraries, and includes news from the Colorado State Library.

Let’s open the Friday Grab Bag!

Skills Sampler

Kids ages 7-12 and their parents and caregivers are invited to join Loveland Public Library and Partners on March 3 from 4:00-5:30 pm for Brainwise: the Ten Wise Ways. The Wise Ways are skills to help children and tweens learn to make good decisions. During this time, you’ll learn what these skills are and how they relate to our everyday lives! RSVP by filling out this form and to receive the Zoom link for the session.

Learn to use your sewing machine to make a simple café apron with Broomfield Public Library and Sew Broomfield on March 13 at 4:00 pm. This workshop is designed for beginner sewists. Pick up your materials at the upstairs reference desk starting the week before the class, then follow along with a demonstration with time to make and connect. The Google Meet link and resources will be delivered in the program reminder email the week before the program.

Operation and Care of Sewing Machine. Image courtesy of The Chaffee County Republican, January 23, 1925. [Accessed via the Colorado Historic Newspaper Collection.]
Find-A-Grave can be an invaluable tool for providing you with information and clues on your ancestors and their extended family. Think you already know Find-A-Grave? Perhaps not as well as you might believe. Join Pikes Peak Library District and Pikes Peak Genealogical Society on March 6 from 1:00-4:00 pm for GETTING THE MOST OUT OF FIND-A-GRAVE. This class will cover all you need to know about Find-A-Grave from basic to advanced functions as well as how you can use Find-A-Grave to help others in their research.

Are you ready to dive into the world of cosplay, but not sure where to start? Join Arapahoe Libraries on March 3 at 4:00 pm for Cosplay 101 with the Cerar Clan of the Mandalorian Mercs, local cosplay group, who will share what cosplay is, how to get started, what to expect and so much more! Be sure to register to receive an email with instructions on how to access this event shortly before your session begins.

Join Garfield County Libraries on March 9 at 9:00 am for Virtual Business and Breakfast: Making Friends with the Mute Button. Virtual is here to stay, which means it’s more important now than ever to run virtual meetings effectively. Hear from a panel of experts to learn strategies that will help you keep things productive.

Grants & Funding

Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers
Applications are being accepted for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) grant. This three-year grant allows eligible applicants to establish or expand community learning centers that provide students with academic enrichment opportunities, along with activities designed to complement the students’ regular academic program. CDE will award approximately $5.75 million to centers across the state.

Libraries Transforming Communities: Focus on Small and Rural Libraries Grant
What could you do with $3000? Apply now for the second round of the Libraries Transforming Communities: Focus on Small and Rural Libraries Grant to secure funding to make your community engagement dreams come through! Up to 450 grants will be awarded for projects held between May 1 and October 31, 2021. Open through March 4, 2021. Check out the FAQ’s to learn more, or click here to apply today!

Learning for All

CRC AmeriCorps VISTA Informational Webinar | March 18 @ 10:00 am
Calling all rural Colorado Libraries! Rural libraries are the backbone of our communities – but who supports you? Community Resource Center’s (CRC) AmeriCorps VISTA members can help build the capacity of your library through grant writing, volunteer recruitment, database management, community outreach, social media marketing, and more! Join this free online session to learn more about CRC’s AmeriCorps VISTA program and how to apply.

Pick ‘n’ Mix

The Clearview Library District proudly presents the Teen Book Box! Exclusively for ages 12-18. Each box will contain a free book as well as other items related to the book or a monthly theme. Register online for this program and we’ll have a Book Box ready for you to pick up at the Windsor-Severance Library during the week of March 1 (and monthly on the first Monday of the month thereafter).

Basalt Regional Library presents Music at the Library: Bach Bash (virtually) on March 18 from 5:30-6:30 pm. Our “Bach Bash” will include solo repertoire from this period performed by Brittni Brown, violin; Sarah Graf, cello; and Susan Nicholson, piano. The program will include movements from Violin Sonata no. 1 in g minor, Cello Suite no. 4 in E flat major, and dance movements from the French Suites for keyboard.

Jefferson County Public Library invites you to an Evening with Isabel Allende: In Conversation with Kali Fajardo-Anstine on March 5 from 6:30-8:00 pm. Allende, a literary legend, social activist, and feminist icon, returns to the art of memoir in her newest work, The Soul of a Woman. Allende’s virtual visit will be enriched by a conversation with Fajardo-Anstine, whose short story collection, Sabrina and Corina, was a 2019 National Book Award finalist.

Museums & Libraries in the News

Library News: Stats show library flourishing even in COVID times | Pagosa Springs Sun
Ruby M. Sisson Memorial Library’s annual report demonstrates the staff’s impressive talent for reimagining and rethinking services during an unusual year.

BUENA VISTA LIBRARY HOSTS FREE PLAY, LEARN AND GROW, A WORKSHOP SERIES FOR EARLY LEARNING | Ark Valley Voice
The Buena Vista Public Library is holding a series of three workshops that promote early learning for children up to age 5 for family, friend, and neighbor caregivers.

Researchers Blast Flatirons Library Consortium for Slashing Prospector | Westword
Flatirons Library Consortium — which includes public libraries in Louisville, Boulder, Broomfield, Longmont, Loveland and Lafayette dropped the Prospector ILL service at the beginning of 2021 due to budget cuts.

Some Museums Affected By Severe Cold Conditions Warmed-Up Employees, Cleaned-Up Damage | Artfix
The Kirkland Museum is temporarily closed to the public due to damage from a burst water valve in the wake of the recent polar vortex that froze much of Denver.

New online tool offers ‘Tour of Colorado Black History’ | UCCS Communique
In an effort to shine light on historical places of significance in Colorado, UCCS Kraemer Family Library instruction librarian Larry Eames created an interactive tour that focuses on places of significance to Black Americans.

Norwood’s seed library open | The Norwood Post
Available through the Lone Cone Library, people in Norwood who want to garden this spring can ask a librarian for local seeds.

What’s New at the Colorado State Library

Learning Opportunities

How You Can Benefit from the 2021 Successful Supervision Workshop

  • March 10 @ 11:00 am
  • Registration required, click HERE to register

Virtual Learning for Library Trustees
Upcoming trustee learning opportunities through March.

State Publications Blog

Colorado Virtual Library

Open Education Week 2021
Open Education Week is March 1-6, 2021! Join with other Coloradans for a week of interactive events celebrating the Open Education movement.

Touring Colorado’s Collections: Park County Local History Digital Archive
Park County Local History Archives recently migrated their digital repository to CSL’s CVL Collections program. Take a tour of the growing collection, and learn about their partnership with DU’s LIS program.

February 2021 SWIFT Migration Project Update
69 libraries are now live on staff-initiated borrowing in Prospector and there’s more to come!

Are you thinking of making a change this year in your job?  Check out Library Jobline for hot new library employment opportunities.

This post is part of the Spotlight on Sharing initiative, which aims to increase the visibility of resource sharing in Colorado libraries. Do you have a story from your library to share? Email Marisa Wood, mwood@coloradovirtuallibrary.org. Also, be sure to follow Colorado State Library on Twitter and Facebook.