Friday Grab Bag, May 28, 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!

Dog Daze

Families are invited to join Anythink Libraries on May 29 from 10:30-11:30 am for the Perl Mack Pupper Pageant. Dress your furry friend in his or her finest costumes and watch as they strut their stuff and battle for the ultimate title of “Best Dressed.” Need a cool-down? Hydration stations and a “Pup Cup Bar” will be available, as well as fun and games for puppers and humans alike! A special dog-themed storytime will take place on the lawn with Ms. Britt at 10:45 am.

Take your family and your dog on a stroll courtesy of High Plains Library District on May 30 from 2:00-4:00 pm at Centennial Park Library. Enjoy a Storywalk with your Pup featuring dog storybook characters, dog trivia, and fun movement/sound challenges.

PETTED POODLES OF LONDON. Courtesy The Great Divide, October 17, 1923. [Accessed via Colorado Historic Newspaper Collection.]
Encourage your child to share some stories with one of Westminster Public Library’s REAdogs on Sundays from 2:15-2:30 pm. These certified dogs and their handlers are highly experienced in helping boost the confidence of struggling, nervous, and/or beginning readers in a non-judgmental and helpful way. Children should have several books on hand to read. Suitable for ages 5-11.

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to run the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race? Join Jefferson County Public Library on June 2 at 7:00 pm for Mush! (virtual). Come listen to Karen Land, three-time participant in the 1,049-mile Race, present a virtual program on the sport of sled dog racing. Karen will share tales about her adventures with her sled dogs Noggin and Chloe, and demonstrate her sled and survival gear. All ages welcome.

Museums & Libraries in the News

Boulder takes definitive step toward library district | boulder beat
After years of study, a petition effort and fights over funding, Boulder is moving toward a library district. But, despite the unanimous vote, city council’s support for the concept remains lukewarm and punctuated with many questions, including who will sit on the city council with five seats up for grabs and three current members not running for re-election.

Boulder scientist awarded for spreading joy of reading through Little Free Libraries | Colorado Hometown Weekly
Boulder Scientist Russel Schnell was awarded the 2021 Todd H. Bol Award for Outstanding Achievement by the Little Free Library nonprofit. The award “honors extraordinary individuals who embody the nonprofit’s mission to build community, inspire readers and expand book access for all.”

Stories and Adventures

The Limon Memorial Public Library opened its very first story walk on Monday, May 24. The Step into a Story storywalk premiered at the Limon Railroad Park with a totally appropriate eastern Colorado plains story. Jack and the Whoopee Wind by Mary Calhoun is the first of this summer’s stories that families and children of all ages can share while enjoying the walking path, attending family events or attending concerts in the park.

Letter: Thanks, Vail Public Library | Vail Daily
An impressed reader gives thanks to Vail Public Library and the town for providing a wonderful time outdoors for a developing reader through their StoryWalk display of The Mitten. While the sentiment is apparently not universal, this story and activity has its fans.

Kids are invited to Delta County Libraries during open hours through the month of May for a Tails Scavenger Hunt. Embark on a journey to find book characters with tails. Find them all and get a prize!

If you enjoy walking and talking, join Mesa County Libraries on June 1 from 10:00-11:00 am for Steps & Stories! Meet  at the north end of Long Family Memorial Park to get in your steps while walking around the park and sharing what you’ve been reading, listening to or binge watching. Please wear your mask and observe social distancing.

Find the Beat

Kick off summer with Kids Got the Beat: Music with Uncle Devin and Arapahoe Libraries’ on June 1 from 1:00-1:30 pm. Drummer and percussionist Devin Walker, known as Uncle Devin, will present a musical experience to cultivate the minds of children through percussion instruments. Kids will learn about different genres of music and percussion instruments, gain an understanding of the history of percussion and have fun with the beat. For children and families.

Mesa County Libraries’ 970West Studio introduces Beat Making in Logic on June 25 at 9:30 am. Learn the basics of beat making using Apple Loops in Logic Pro X. Beat makers will use a simple, drag and drop workflow, in conjunction with a MIDI keyboard, to craft their masterpiece. Let us show you some music composition tips and tricks along the way! The techniques you learn can be used to make beats at the 970West production studio.

Learning for All

Re-Weaving the Culture through Inclusive Norms in the Public Library
The history of public libraries is deeply rooted in white supremacy, and white cultural norms still dominate management practices in public libraries today. In order to create more inclusive workplace cultures in public libraries, new norms must be established by creating decision-making processes and modes of communication that honor the cultural norms of BIPOC staff members. Attendees will develop a deeper understanding of the way that these white cultural norms marginalize, silence, and harm BIPOC library staff members.

What’s New at the Colorado State Library

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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.