Friday Grab Bag, March 31, 2023

Dawn Arroyo checks out a bilingual book at Del Pueblo Elementary
West Side Recorder, April 1, 1973

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!

On an Egg Hunt

Amenhotep to oversee Parker Easter egg hunt
Douglas County News-Press, March 18, 1983

Durango Public Library’s next Teen Night event is a Glow-in-the-Dark Egg Hunt on April 7. Wear your neon clothes to this after-hours event, also featuring cosmic bowling, Mario Kart, snacks, and karaoke. Registration required.

Summit County Libraries’ North Branch Library is holding an Egg-cellent Easter Bingo Hunt on April 8 at Bluebird Market. Search for eggs while you attempt a winning bingo card. Event details.

Park County Public Libraries invites families to their Easter Chocolate Walk and Egg Hunt on April 8 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Drop by Fairplay Library for some chocolatey, spring fun! Events calendar.

Get Creative

Pines & Plains Libraries is holding a LEGO building contest on April 6 at Elizabeth Library. Kids ages 5 and up are invited to construct a Thing that Goes for a chance to win prizes. Events calendar.

Get in the spring spirit with Aurora Public Library’s Cherry Blossom Painting class, April 8 at Mission Viejo Library. Adults of all skill levels can relax and enjoy the process of painting cherry blossom trees. Event details.

Jefferson County Public Library’s Yarn and Needle Arts group meets monthly at Standley Lake Library to work on projects and share ideas. The theme for the April 6 meeting is Charitable Knitting Planning and Swap Meet. Learn more.

Bemis Public Library invites kids and adults to enter their 8th Annual Six Word Story Contest. Cash prizes will be given to winners in three age categories. Submit your story from April 1-21. Contest details.

The BLDG 61 Makerspace at Boulder Public Library is accepting applications for “Maker Made,” an exhibition from June 16 through July 30. Inventors, designers, engineers, artists, and craftspeople are invited to submit their work through May 20.

Wild Colorado

High Plains Library District and the Denver Museum of Nature and Science invite young children and their families to Wild Senses, April 7 at Carbon Valley Regional Library. Experience the world as a wild animal does – through taste, sight, and smell. Registration required.

Ski outfits for spring skiing
The Steamboat Pilot, April 2, 1953

Lyons Community Library welcomes Rebekah Shardy for her presentation Wild and Soulful Aging on April 1. Through discussion and exercises she’ll invite participants to look at the end of life in a new way. Learn more.

Bring the whole family to Garfield County Libraries’ History of the West Through Stories and Songs, April 3 at Carbondale Branch Library. The Cowboy Corral will use humor, storytelling, and music to explore the lives of the cowboys. Event details.

Nederland Community Library’s Backyard Astronomy series starts on April 5 with The Night Sky. Learn how to track things in the sky, use star charts, and more. Registration required.

Build Your Own Rock Collection! Pueblo City-County Library District invites families to learn about rocks and minerals on April 4 at Pueblo West. Event details.

Pick ‘n’ Mix

Arapahoe Libraries is hosting an online event, The History of Simon & Garfunkel, on April 6. Co-sponsored by the City of Centennial, the program will trace the performing duo’s output from teenybopper pop to folk-rock classics. Register online.

Estes Valley Library is kicking off Estes Grows Readers and the Month of the Young Child with a Spring Craftaganza on April 1. The event will feature spring-themed crafts for kids and early reader program info for parents and caregivers. Learn more.

DMV2GO is the DMV’s answer to serving Coloradans who do not have easy access to their services. Visit their mobile office at Poudre River Public Library District’s Old Town Library on March 31 from 2:00 to 4:00. Learn more about the services offered.

Mesa County Libraries is hosting a lecture on Camp Hale, our newest national monument and the home to the 10th Mountain Division. Learn about the history of Camp Hale, its importance during WWII, and the formation of the monument on April 5 at Central Library. Event details.

Ed Kehn and the All Yampa Valley Concert Band
The Steamboat Pilot, April 2, 1953

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Learning Opportunities

  • Learning to Read at School, Loving to Read at the Library
  • Homelessness 101 for Libraries, presented by Colorado Coalition for the Homeless
  • Getting Started with ACRL Project Outcome for Colorado Academic Libraries
  • Virtual Partner Forum: Adult Education Initiatives from Colorado Dept. of Education
  • 35th Annual Colorado Teen Literature Conference
    • April 15 at Bear Creek High School in Lakewood. Register.
  • Creating a Trauma-Informed Library
  • 2023 Colorado Resource Sharing Conference
  • 2023 Colorado OER Conference
    • May 19 at History Colorado in Denver. Learn more.
  • HESTL EdCON (School Libraries)
    • June 8 at Adams 12 Conference Center in Thornton
    • Proposals are due by April 15. Learn more.
  • Online Learning Opportunities in March 2023 for Library Staff. Browse this calendar 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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