Friday Grab Bag, January 5, 2024

Feed the Elk
The Steamboat Pilot, January 5, 1984

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!

Learn Something New

Mrs. Irene Craft of the Ski Hi Radio Club
The South Coloradan, January 8, 1954

Cañon City Public Library’s Dulcimer Class for Kids meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month. This unique opportunity is open to kids ages 4+ who know their numbers.

Silverton Public Library’s upcoming Tech Time program on January 16 is Online Grocery Ordering 101. Learn tips for ordering and picking up your groceries without stepping foot in the store.

Learn about Colorado’s new digital accessibility law, HB-1110, at Poudre Library’s Internet for All; Accessibility Issues in Colorado: Computer & Technology Classes on January 9 at Old Town Library. The law, which goes into effect on July 1, impacts all state agencies and local governments that provide access to digital content.

La Veta Public Library welcomes Heloise Lynne, PhD, for her presentation To Convey Scientific Results to the General Public: The Pixar Storytelling Formula. The event, part of their Science Seminars series, will take place on January 11 at 2:00 pm.

For all the eager gardeners out there: learn techniques to sow seeds in winter, and exchange seeds with your neighbors at Buena Vista Public Library’s Seed Exchange & Winter Sowing Tips, January 13 at 1:00 pm.

Cozy Reads

The Denver Public Library Friends Foundation is sponsoring a Winter of Reading Launch Party at Fiction Beer Company on January 6 from 1:00 to 5:00 pm. Learn about the 2024 WOR program, sign up for a library card, make buttons, and join them for trivia from 3:00 to 4:00 pm.

East Morgan County Library District invites everyone who participated in the 2023 Adult Reading Challenge, or who is planning to participate in 2024, to their Reading Challenge Party on January 13 at 3:00 pm. The afternoon will include refreshments, literary fun and games, and the 2023 Grand Prize drawings.

West Custer County Library’s 2024 Winter Adult Reading Program begins January 9 and continues through March 30. The theme is “Keep Learning and Stay Curious.” Join them for a kickoff event on January 9, 10:00 am, at the All Aboard Facility, when local archaeologist Gary Ziegler will give a presentation on the High Peruvian Andes as a model for scientific studies in Southern Colorado.

Celebrate Community & Culture

Pyramid Club Organized
The Denver Inquirer, December 25, 1953

Basalt Regional Library invites you to an evening of flamenco, jazz, and world music performed by Denver-based ensemble Miguel Espinoza Fusion on January 11 from 6:00 to 7:00 pm. Prior to the concert, the ensemble will lead a workshop on music-making, rhythm, and improvisation.

Westminster Public Library is hosting an Indigenous Storytelling Night with international performing arts entertainer Red Feather Woman. Watch her lively performance and enjoy some s’mores on January 10, 5:30 pm, at Irving Street Library.

Mesa County Libraries welcomes the Mesa Fiber Arts Guild for Distaff Day, a Fiber Arts Celebration on January 6 at Central Library. Stop by anytime between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm to meet Guild members and learn about spinning, knitting, and weaving.

Pinkies up for Aurora Public Library’s teen Tea Tasting at Central Library, January 11 at 4:00 pm. Warm up with a variety of cozy teas and snacks.

Jefferson County Public Library will host storytellers Rex Rideout and Miska Paget for Cowboy Poetry for Kids, an afternoon of tales and tunes from the 19th century American West. Join them on January 10, 4:30 pm at Golden Library.

Clear Creek County Library District is throwing a Tween Beach Party on January 24, 5:30 pm, at John Tomay Memorial Library. Beat the winter blues with ukulele lessons, themed crafts, and snacks. Registration is required.

The Estes Park Trail, January 8, 1954

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