Friday Grab Bag, January 27, 2023

Artist draws portrait of woman
Portrait Day
The Steamboat Pilot, Jan. 27, 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!

Literary Delights

FoCo Book Fest is back for 2023! Sponsored by Poudre River Public Library District in partnership with CSU Libraries and CSU’s Department of English, the Fort Collins Book Fest is a month-long celebration in February that features author visits, writing workshops, readings, panel discussions, and more. View the full event schedule.

Hark! Durango Public Library is holding a “Shake”spearean Preschool Soirée on Feb. 4. Don your best Renaissance-inspired outfit and dance the morning away! Learn more.

Join Fort Morgan Library and Museum for an Alice in Wonderland UnBirthday Party on Jan. 28. Kids ages 5-10 will enjoy Wonderland-themed stories, snacks, crafts, and fun. Event details.

Salida Regional Library’s Junior Author Workshop meets every Friday in February beginning on the 3rd. This author-led series will help kids learn how to publish their own book. Events calendar.

Create and Play

Aurora Public Library is offering All-Ages Chess Lessons, a six-week course from Feb. 3 through Mar. 17 at Tallyn’s Reach Library. Instructors are volunteers from the Denver Chess Club. Register online.

Little girl cheerleading
Rah, rah, Eagles
The Broomfield Enterprise, Jan. 27, 1983

Park County Public Libraries has a Canasta Club! Join them every Wednesday at 12:00 to play canasta or bridge. Event details.

Pikes Peak Library District’s Art for Older Adults is a monthly series where adults 55+ can produce high-quality art projects that respect their wealth of life experiences, skills, and innate capacity to create. The next meeting is Feb. 2 at East Library. Register online.

Broomfield Library’s Crafty Night Out is a series for adults 21+ at the inventHQ Makerspace. The program on February 1 will feature custom embroidered valentines, perfect for someone special. A waiver is required.

Make a Macramé Wall Hanging at Wilkinson Public Library’s Adult Craft Night on Feb. 1. Instructors Dennis and Shawnna will teach you this retro 1970s crafting technique. Register online.

Pick ‘n’ Mix

Vail Public Library is hosting a Lunar New Year Celebration on Jan. 31. The event kicks off with a parade at Lionshead at 4:00, then continues at the library with performances by Vail Mountain School’s Chinese students, plus themed arts, crafts, food, and games. Event details.

Man claims lotto ticket
Coors employee Michael Moore claims a lotto prize
Golden Transcript, Jan. 17, 1983

Estes Valley Library is hosting Get to Know the Estes Park Museum and Your Local Museum Professionals presented by staff from the Estes Park Museum and YMCA of the Rockies. Join them on Feb. 1 for a showcase of the services the Museum offers and to learn about their work as museum professionals. Register online.

Garfield County Libraries is showcasing the artwork of their talented staff at Art in the Stacks: Staff Art Show. The show runs throughout February at Glenwood Springs Branch Library. Learn more.

High Plains Library District invites you to Meet Noggin the Sled Dog and Her Human, Jan. 28 at Erie Community Library. Learn what it’s like to ride behind a team of sled dogs through mountainous terrain and what it takes to care for these exceptional dogs. Event details.

Pueblo City-County Library District is hosting a Black History Month Poster Exhibit throughout February at Rawlings Library. Visit the Local History & Genealogy Department to view posters featuring photos, newspaper articles, and other visual materials that highlight the history and culture of African Americans in Pueblo and Southern Colorado. Learn more.

Kids balancing on the parallel bars
Tumbling Circus Set for Tonight
The Estes Park Trail, Jan. 31, 1973

What’s New at Colorado State Library

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Resources for Libraries

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Learning Opportunities

  • Virtual Partner Forum: Spark the Change Colorado’s RSVP Program
  • 2023 CLiC Virtual Winter Workshop
    • February 23 (2:00 – 4:30 pm) & 24 (8:45 am – 3:00 pm)
    • Registration is open now and includes access to session recordings.
  • Online Learning Opportunities in January 2023 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.

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

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