Friday Grab Bag, March 5, 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.

Let’s open the Friday Grab Bag!

Women’s History Month

Celebrate International Women’s History Month with Anything Libraries on March 5 (today!) at 4:00 pm with Iconic Women Icons.  Create a dynamic and beautiful piece of art of your favorite iconic woman using mixed media. Supplies are limited and can be picked up at Anythink York Street beginning March 2nd. Appropriate for teens. Space is limited; online registration required.

Jefferson County Public Library believes we can always be connecting and learning. Join the library on March 15 at 2:00 pm for Active Minds Mondays – Eleanor Roosevelt. As the longest-serving First Lady of the United States, Eleanor Roosevelt was both outspoken and, at times, quite controversial. Join Active Minds as we examine her life and the impact it had on important causes such as human rights and the successful launch of the United Nations.

Test your women’s history knowledge by playing Women’s History Month Trivia with Pueblo City-County Library throughout the month of March. You’ll be entered to win one of three art pieces from female Colorado artists!

Adults and teens are invited to join Pikes Peak Library District for Colorado Women in World War II: A presentation by author Gail Beaton on March 18 from 6:00-7:00 pm. Four months before the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, Mildred McClellan Melville, a member of the Denver Woman’s Press Club, predicted that war would come for the United States, and it did. In response, Colorado women from every corner of the state enlisted in the military, joined the workforce, and volunteered on the home front. Registration required.

Book Peeps

Longmont Public Library’s 7th Annual PEEPs Literary Diorama Contest will be held online this year, with submissions accepted between February 22 and March 19. Winners in each of the three age categories will be announced on April 2. Participation is easy. Just follow these three rules:

  • Dioramas must be constructed by the entrant out of a shoebox.
  • Dioramas must have a book theme.
  • Dioramas must contain 1 or more Peep(s).

Bud Werner Public Library is hosting an all ages Peeps Show at the Library. Dioramas will be on display online below, and for COVID-safe walk-by viewing from Monday, March 29 through Friday, April 2. You’ll also be able to vote for the Peep-les Choice Awards.

  1. Imagine a book or literary scene in peeps and sketch some ideas (puns strongly encouraged)
  2. Stop by the Children’s Desk and pick up a pack-of-peeps starter kit,
  3. Make your diorama using a shoebox sized box/container
  4. Deliver your diorama to the library by March 27!

Learning for All

Media Literacy for Adults: Civics | March 10 @ 12:00 pm MT
What is civic information and what role does the library play in providing access to it? Join Laura Saunders of Simmons University School of Library and Information Science for a webinar on the important role libraries play in the civic life of their patrons and how that role is shaped.

Future Ready Librarians Summit | March 9 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm MT
Recognizing the profound shifts in learning and teaching occurring in real time, this interactive online event will help librarians ground their practice in the research-based Future Ready Librarians® Framework and define new ways in which they can lead, teach, and support learning in their schools. For more information and to register, visit the link above.

Museums & Libraries in the News

Colorado Traveling Library | Gunnison Country Times
In the early 1900s libraries were uncommon, especially in rural areas. To address the demand for books and magazines, the Colorado Legislature created the Colorado Traveling Library Commission in 1903, which began shipping boxes of 50 books to any interested community.

Fifth Biennial Report, Colorado Traveling Library Commission Box of books. Image courtesy of the Gunnison Times.

Songs From The Stacks Preserves Local Musical Heritage | The Mountain Ear
Nederland Public Library’s Patron Services Supervisor, Michael Sivcovich created the concert series Songs from the Stacks in response to the COVID-19 pandemic as a way to highlight the musical history and culture of Nederland’s thriving creative landscape.

5 lessons from Colorado Springs’ African American museum: ‘You can touch this history’ | The Gazette
The African-American Historical and Genealogical Society of Colorado Springs museum, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, is housed in the old Buena Vista School of the Westside Community Center. The organization’s stated mission is“to ensure that African Americans are included as an integral part of the history of the Pikes Peak region and our nation.”

What’s New at the Colorado State Library

Learning Opportunities

Free Online Learning Opportunities for March
Cruise into spring with some free online learning opportunities.

Virtual Learning for Library Trustees
Upcoming trustee learning opportunities through March, including:

Trustee Talk: Building Community Support for the Library

  • March 23 @ 2:00 pm MT

State Publications Blog

Colorado Virtual Library

Celebrate Open Education Week with the OpenEd Conference!
In celebration of Open Education Week, recordings from #OpenEd20 (ore than 100 hours of amazing content) is now available for everyone to view, share, and learn from.

Library Research Service

Are you ready to learn about surveys? Ο Yes Ο No
Surveys are more than just a list of questions. Learn when you should choose a survey and more about each question type in LRS’s newest blog post.

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.