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.
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Thanks to a partnership between Garfield County Public Libraries and the Dance Initiative, young kids and their parents can get ready to groove this summer with Free Dance Classes in Spanish each Saturday in June at 10:00 am. Classes will take place on the lawn outside the Carbondale Branch Library and will be taught in Spanish as an effort to connect with the local Latino community.
Improvisation is the art of acting without a script. Join Arapahoe Libraries on June 16 from 4:30 to 5:30 pm for On Your Feet: Improv for Tweens. This active and engaging workshop will introduce students to the world of improvisational performance. Improvisation is not only a skill for actors, it helps students with creativity, thinking on their feet, being in the moment, self-confidence and expression. Using traditional improv warm-ups and games explore this unique, exciting, and fun performance style where the students are the star!
Join Delta County Libraries during the month of June to Around the Valley in 30 Days! Pick up a passport at any branch then travel to all five libraries in Delta County to visit the unique displays and collect a stamp for your passport. During your visit learn about travel resources that are available 24/7 from the online library; movie and music streaming, language learning courses, downloadable travel books, audiobooks, magazines, and more. Or, pick up a state parks pass, map kit, hotspot, travel memoir, cookbook or your next favorite novel. Once you’ve collected all five stamps, turn your passport in to your library to receive a prize!
Explore the new StoryWalk partnership between Bemis Library and Aspen Grove during June. Local author Carmela LaVigna’s book Do Princesses and Superheroes Hit the Trails? is this month’s featured book. Throughout June, children and families are invited to take a StoryWalk® starting at The Thinkery and read pages of the book posted in participating store windows. The story ends near Tattered Cover. After reading, stop in at Tattered Cover and tell the staff what you liked about the book to receive a fun prize!
Grants & Funding
SIPA Micro-Grant Program
The State Internet Portal Authority (SIPA) Micro-Grant program is designed to connect residents to government by putting more information and services online. The application opens on July 1, 2021- its quick, easy, and can provide your organization with some extra funding for projects you’ve been trying to start or finish! View criteria, guidelines, and past projects here.
Learning for All
Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF): Mobile Hotspots & Devices for Public Libraries | June 14 @ 12:30 pm MT
The Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF) is a temporary federal program that provides full reimbursement to public libraries and schools for broadband connectivity in off-campus locations, such as library patron or student homes. Public libraries and schools can apply for and receive funding for mobile hotspots and connected devices to checkout to patrons and students. Join this webinar to learn all about this program and how your public library can participate.
Pick ‘n’ Mix
Father’s Day is right around the corner! Join Jefferson County Public Library on June 18 from 4:00-5:00 pm for Friday Crafternoons – Father’s Day Scroll Card to make the perfect card for YOUR dad! Supplies you’ll need include 8 craft sticks, colored markers, glue or glue stick, sheet of construction paper, scissors, ribbon, and hole puncher.
Mesa County Libraries invites all ages to the Second Saturday Community Event in Collbran on June 12 at 2:00 pm for Fly Tying! Tilda Evans will provide hands-on fly tying instruction. Each participant will have the opportunity to tie two flies. You will learn to tie a wooly bugger and a dry fly. Tools and materials will be provided.
Find a team of up to six and Anythink Libraries (Huron Street) on June 17 at 4:00 pm for a Summer Powder Ball Battle, a fun, messy and active outside event! Each participant starts off with a clean white T-shirt and finishes up with a colorful new piece of clothing to take home. Enter an arena and battle each other for 15 minutes with colored powder balls! Go home dirty with instructions on how to set the color on your new T-shirt.
Museums & Libraries in the News
Children go hog wild at Cañon City Public Library’s summer learning program Previous | Cañon City Daily Record
A presentation by the Franktown-based Colorado Top Hogs kicked off the Cañon City Public Library’s summer learning program.
Garfield County Public Libraries’ summer reading challenge is underway for residents of all ages | Post Independent
Animal lovers and bookworms alike are in for a treat with this year’s theme for the Garfield County Public Library summer reading program, “Tails and Tales.”
LIBRARY: Tails can tell tales | Montrose Daily Press
Montrose Regional Library District’s collection has plenty to choose from in terms of animals and stories for this year’s Summer Reading Program for all ages.
Adventure Passport program gets kids involved in Colorado Springs’ 150th anniversary celebration | The Gazette Cheyenne Edition
Students are invited to celebrate the city of Colorado Springs’ 150th anniversary with the Adventure Passport Program, which encourages young residents to visit a total of six sites, including parks, museum exhibits and historic sites. For every site visited, passport holders collect a stamp, and learn about the city’s history.
Pueblo city libraries offer challenge allow kids to earn $100 for reading this summer | KKTV
Pueblo County kids between the ages of 0 and 17 who have a valid Pueblo City-County Library District library card or ConnectEd account are invited to participate in a summer reading challenge to win $100!
Pikes Peak Library District to start ‘Summer Adventure’ | KRDO
Pikes Peak Library District’s Summer Adventure’ program will run an additional two weeks this summer, until August 14.
What’s New at the Colorado State Library
- June 16 @ 1:00 pm MT
- Click HERE to register
- June 16 @ 12:00 pm MT
- Join online
FREE Online Training Opportunities for Library Staff – June 2021
Thanks as always to the Wyoming State Library for curating this fabulous list of free online training opportunities for library staff!
State Publications Library
Colorado Virtual Library
If Not Now, Then When? Starting your EDI process
Having an understanding of equity, diversity, and inclusion principles and an openness to learning will make library staff better equipped to serve patrons. Learn more about how to start the process or identify next steps for your organization.
New Titles in the Book Club Resource Collection
Over the past year, we have intentionally sought out works by writers from minority backgrounds, as well as works that directly handle matters of equity, diversity, inclusion, and social justice for the CSL Book Club Resource Collection. Check out what’s new and how to borrow book club sets!
A Window to History: News from Amache – Colorado’s Japanese Internment Camp
Following the signing of Executive Order 9066 in 1942, Japanese people were held in camps in the Western US. One such camp was Camp Amache in Granada, Colorado. The Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection includes six publications from Camp Amache.
Are you thinking of making a change this year in your job? Check out Library Jobline for hot new library employment opportunities.
- Patron Services Reader Advisor: Colorado State Library (Colorado Talking Book Library) / Denver, CO
- Diversity and Inclusion Outreach Librarian: Jefferson County Public Library / Arvada, CO
- Library Assistant: Buena Vista Public Library / Buena Vista, CO
- Adult Program Coordinator: John C. Fremont Library District / Florence, CO
- Library Director: Spanish Peaks Library District / Walsenburg, CO
- Outreach Librarian: High Plains Library District / Greeley, CO
- Library Assistant: Pine River Library / Bayfield, CO
- Full Time Library Associate: City of Fort Lupton (Public and School Library) / Fort Lupton, CO
- Library Assistant: City of Aurora, Library and Cultural Services / Aurora, CO
- Senior Catalog and Metadata Librarian: Denver Public Library / Denver, CO
- Librarian II- Cataloging Supervisor: Broomfield Library / Broomfield, CO
- Library Director: City of Fort Lupton (Public and School Library) / Fort Lupton, CO
- Youth Services Librarian: Estes Valley Library / Estes Park, CO
- Adult Services & Civic Engagement Librarian: Estes Valley Library / Estes Park, CO
- Children’s and Teens’ Library Technician: Longmont Public Library / Longmont, CO
- Materials and Marketing Supervisor: Lake County Public Library / Leadville, CO
- Librarian: Mesa County Libraries / Grand Junction, CO
- Student Success Resident Librarian: Colorado State University Libraries / Fort Collins, CO
- Full-time Teen Guide – Anythink Brighton: Anythink Libraries / Brighton, CO
- Human Resources Manager: Garfield County Libraries / Rifle, CO
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