Friday Grab Bag, May 17, 2024

MCHS Football Cheerleaders
Craig Empire Courier, May 22, 1974

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!

Summer Reading Kicks Off

Trinidad Public Library’s Summer Reading 2024 registration is open June 1-13. They have an exciting lineup of summer events planned including foam parties, bowling, archery, skating, and more.

Circus at Elementary School
The Lyons Recorder, May 24, 1984

Douglas County Libraries has opened pre-registration for their summer reading program, Flock to the Library. Through July 31, participants can track progress toward their reading goal (900 minutes is suggested) and earn prizes for themselves and their schools.

Aurora Public Library’s Summer Kickoff Party features an engaging performance by Danza Azteca, plus snacks, music, and a free book. Join the fun on May 31 from 2:30 to 3:30 at Central Library.

Estes Valley Library’s 2024 Summer Reading Program: Adventure Begins at Your Library starts on May 17 and runs through August 3. Participants of all ages can track their reading, earn prizes, and enjoy a variety of fun and engaging programs throughout the summer.

Longmont Public Library and Recreation Services invite kids and families to their Summer Kickoff party at Sunset Pool on May 24. Pick up your Summer Reading Bingo Board, learn about summer library events, and even sign up for swim lessons.

Mancos Public Library’s Teen Summer Program Kickoff on May 24 takes its cue from Japanese culture, featuring the board game Tokaido and regional food.

Spring into Gardening

Louisville Public Library’s Spring Backyard Compost Workshop on May 18 is an opportunity to learn how to maintain a highly efficient backyard compost system using methods appropriate for our region. The class is hosted by the Boulder County Resource Conservation Division and taught by Melanie Nehls Burow, a Master Composter in Colorado.

Broomfield Library invites you to Vegetable Garden Basics: Sowing Summer Crops on May 23 at Brunner Farmhouse. This event is part of a series designed to give you hands-on practice with gardening in Colorado.

Durango Public Library’s Great Garden Series continues with The Permacultural Approach to Prepping the Spring Garden, a presentation by Eva Montane on May 22 at 4:30 pm. Learn how to achieve greater ecological harmony in your garden with less effort and fewer resources.

Pick ‘n’ Mix

Pines & Plains Libraries proudly invites you to the Grand Re-Opening of the Elizabeth Library on May 18 at 10:00 am. They were able to complete the remodel project through the generous help and donations from local businesses. The Facebook announcement has all the details.

Water Brother
The Weekly Times Journal, May 17, 1974

Arapahoe Libraries is hosting an Older Adults Resource Fair on May 17 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at Koelbel. Learn about community resources available from local nonprofits and meet with older adult services librarians to learn about social and educational opportunities at the library.

Alamosa Public Library is celebrating the opening of their new Telehealth Hub, a specialized computer with accessories that will allow you to visit your doctor from the comfort of the Library. Join them on May 18 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm for the launch event featuring healthy snacks, games, and activities.

West Custer County Library District welcomes local artisan Bill Finch for his workshop Kitchen Knife Demo Care & Maintenance on May 21 at 10:00 am. Learn how to sharpen, clean, and maintain your knives to keep them in good working condition.

La Veta Public Library is partnering with Walsenburg Craft Emporium to offer Oh My Macrame on May 18 at 1:00 pm. Celebrate the library’s 50th anniversary while crafting a special macrame project.

Fort Morgan Museum is hosting a Paper Dolls program on May 18 at 2:00 pm. Prepare for their “Fashion Through the Decades” exhibit by learning about paper dolls and creating your own.

In the News

The big day
The Steamboat Today, May 23, 1994

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) recently awarded Poudre Libraries and Larimer Small Business Development Center with the Colorado District Director’s Diamond Award for their leadership with the first ever collaboration cohort between Colorado and Wyoming for the T.H.R.I.V.E Emerging Leaders Reimagined program. The award is presented to an individual or organization that has partnered with their district office to significantly assist entrepreneurs through advocacy.

Colorado Public Radio recently featured the story Where was Colorado’s first public library? Here’s what we found, which explored Library Hall in Longmont, built in 1871 with funds donated in part by philanthropist Elizabeth Thompson.

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