Friday Grab Bag, March 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.

Before we begin, I just wanted to let everyone know that the grab bag is taking a short hiatus and will return on April 9th.

Let’s open the Friday Grab Bag!

Arts & Intros

Boulder Public Library’s 2021 Library Card Art Contest has started and everyone is encouraged to enter! Five different designs will be chosen from different age brackets. Download the form online and submit your design in-person or online. Only one submission per person. Entries accepted until April 15. Winners will have their design featured on library cards until next year!

Zentangle is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. Join Anythink Libraries and certified Zentangle teacher and botanical illustrator Annie Reiser on March 26 from 5:00-6:00 pm for Intro to Zentangle. Learn the ins and outs of creating your own relaxing works of art. All materials will be provided. This program will be held online via Zoom. Space is limited; registration required.

The Dolores Public Library invites you to stop by and see their 2021 Art Exhibition Series between now and April 30 anytime Monday – Friday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. This year’s  exhibition kicks off with art from the talented Bryan Kyle! If you are a local artist and would like a chance to show your work in our gallery, please call 970-882-4127 or email bryan@doloreslibrary.org to discuss specifics.

Join Arapahoe Libraries on March 31 at 6:30 pm and flex your performance muscles at Into to Theatre: Virtual Murder Mystery. Each person in attendance will be given a character and a storyline and together you will work with (or against) each other to solve the mystery. It’ll be killer. Registration required.

Mesa County Libraries invites artists 16 years and older to submit their work for a Recycled Book Art Juried Art Show. The show focuses on projects using recycled books. Make the book block itself into something creative or use the pages or cover to create something unique! The entry deadline is 8:00 pm on April 5 and pieces will be shown from April 30 through June 24.

Pick ‘n’ Mix

Denver Public Library invites all ages to Meet a Mini Horse (or two)  on April 5 from 1:00-2:00 pm. Enjoy a virtual visit with miniature horses Chaos and Echo, learn more about miniature horses, their care, and what they can do!

Pony and Pal. [Image courtesy of The Wray Gazette, Volume 59, Number 34, August 23, 1962. Accessed via the Colorado Historic Newspaper Collection.]
Join Clearview Library District for an evening of good food and fun conversation on March 31 at 6:00 pm. For this virtual dinner club program, we’ll be enjoying a Persian rice dish called Lavash Tahdig. A kit will be provided to registrants that includes recipe instructions, ingredients, and three questions designed to facilitate conversation during our live Zoom dining even.

Could you be susceptible to fake news? Join High Plains Library District on April 8 at 10:00 am to find out. Learn how to spot lies, disinformation, and propaganda and arm yourself with the critical but elusive set of skills you can use to evaluate any information source. Additionally, examine some of the ways in which technology fools people, including news bubbles, bots, algorithms and deep fakes.

Learning for All

Qualitative Data Analysis with Taguette | March 30 @ 11:00 am MT
Qualitative research is a powerful tool both for those working libraries and researchers in their patron communities. Qualitative data analysis software can facilitate this research, but many tools require major investments of time and money, putting them out of the reach of many libraries. With Taguette, a new and open source tool for qualitative data analysis, researchers can collaboratively code text data and export coded data for further analysis. The webinar will be hands-on for attendees who would like to test out Taguette to collaboratively code and analyze a demonstration data set and discuss how to report the results of the analysis in research and reports.

Resource Roundup: Free Tools from the Edge | March 30 @ 5:00 pm MT
Looking for new tech tools? Go to the cutting edge with TeachersFirst! Discover tools you and your students can use to create images, timelines, whiteboards, mind maps, and more. Learn how the TeachersFirst Edge collection is organized so you can find a tool that fits your needs. Get inspired and explore classroom applications for timesaving tools in this fast-paced session. This session is for teachers at ALL technology comfort levels.

Focus on Black Transgender Women | March 31 @ 12:00 pm MT
Aryah Lester (she/her), author, speaker and educator, is a black woman of transgender experience committed to advocacy and health for transgender communities. Dr. Cheryl Holder (she/her), Fellow in the American College of Physicians, has dedicated her medical career to serving underserved populations, especially Transgender Women. The first webinar is an exploration of the effects of intersectionality and social determinants of health on transgender women of color.

Museums & Libraries in the News

A NEW CHAPTER FOR OURAY LIBRARY | Ouray County Plaindealer
When Ouray Public Library had to close its doors, they became “front line” responders by helping people access the internet, and changing the way they provided resources, launching a home delivery service and increasing online options.

Colorado poet laureate to help Longmont library celebrate National Poetry Month in April | Times-Call
Colorado Poet Laureate Bobby LeFebre will take part in the virtual program at Longmont Public Library from 6:30 to 8:00 pm April 22 to celebrate National Poetry Month.

For Coloradans Returning To Museums During COVID, Unexpected Perks Like Fewer Crowds And A Chance To Dress Up | CPR News
In February, Denver allowed museums to welcome back visitors to 50 percent of their capacity, providing visitors with a reason to put on pants without facing packed galleries.

Grants & Funding

Grants Promote Youth Opportunities in Oklahoma and Surrounding States
The Kerr Foundation is offering grants to organizations in Oklahoma and surrounding states, including Colorado, that provide new or enhanced opportunities, particularly for youth, which address the following areas of interest: education, health, arts and culture, and human services. Grants generally range from $1,000 to $50,000. The upcoming deadline for letters of inquiry is April 30, 2021; full applications must be submitted by June 30, 2021. Visit the Foundation’s website to review the grant guidelines and application process.

What’s New at the Colorado State Library

Colorado Virtual Library

Funding Available for the Care and Digitization of Historic Collections
The CHRAB Re-Grant Program will award six grants of $5,000 for a wide variety of historic collections projects to applicants around the state of Colorado. Applications are due on May 15.

Trustee Corner – March 2021
This month’s issue features National Library Week, Colorado Association of Libraries award nominations, and new pandemic resources. Plus, details about upcoming training for trustees.

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.