Friday Grab Bag, May 10, 2024

Nothing Like This in Texas
The Estes Park Trail, May 15, 1964

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!

Sounds Around the World

Garfield County Libraries celebrates Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month with a Day in Tahiti with Aspen Polynesia. Enjoy the music and rhythm at one of six events from May 11-25.

Alamosa Public Library will host a live Classical Spanish Guitar performance by musician Javier de los Santos, May 24 at 5:30 pm. His program will feature the music of Spanish composers from the 1800’s through modern times.

Gunnison County Libraries invites you to the West African Kora Experience, May 12 at Gunnison Library. At this family friendly event you’ll learn how the kora is built, who plays it, and when it is used.

Women in History

Mother’s Visit Surprise for Lowry Airman
The Denver Inquirer, May 14, 1954

Aurora Public Library welcomes the Legendary Ladies for a dramatic performance about the history of women who made unique contributions to the West. Attend their presentation on May 11, 6:30 pm, at Central Library.

Bemis Public Library invites you to Sisters of Courage, a presentation about sisters Kittie and Annie Harbison, who established a successful homestead and dairy farm in the late 19th century at what is now the west entrance of Rocky Mountain National Park. Learn their story on May 14 at 6:00 pm.

Pueblo City-County Library District will share the stories of women who contributed to Pueblo’s history from 1870-1960 at Ladies of Many Hats, May 15 at Rawlings Branch. See examples of vintage and replica hats, and learn how hat styles mirrored social and political changes.

Pick ‘n’ Mix

Lofty Learner
The Broomfield Enterprise, May 10, 1984

Delta County Libraries is hosting CU Playback Theatre for a workshop, Improv Skills for Stage and Life, on May 17 from 1:30 to 3:30 pm at Stolte Shed. No performance experience is needed to participate.

Lyons Community Library invites you to learn the basics of bird watching at Family Birding for Beginners, May 11 at Bohn Park. Whether you’re brand-new or just sharpening your skills, you’ll get a new appreciation for the birds in your neighborhood.

Mesa County Libraries is holding a Summer Reading Kick-Off Party on May 16 at Gateway Branch Library. Join them for an afternoon of games, crafts, fun, and summer reading sign-ups for all ages.

Pikes Peak Library District invites teens to a pop-up art event: Marshmallow Catapults! Let your fluffy confections fly on May 15 at Ruth Holley Library.

Accessibility Corner

News, tips, and resources to support technology accessibility

  • The State Legislature passed HB24-1454 , giving institutions immunity from prosecution under HB21-1110 until June 30, 2025—provided they do the necessary steps to demonstrate that they are making headway towards compliant accessibility.
  • The new bill, compliance, and immunity from prosecution were discussed at the OIT Office Hours on May 9.
You can have your bread and eat it too
The Arrow, May 14, 1954

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All images are from the Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection, a service of Colorado State Library.

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