Friday Grab Bag, May 3, 2024

Cooling Out
Aspen Daily News, May 6, 1994

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!

Hands-On Fun

Aurora Public Library is hosting a Tiny Food Takeover for teens and tweens on May 14 at Martin Luther King Jr Library. Enjoy customizing tiny pancakes, pizzas, pasta, and more.

Broomfield Library wants to help adults 55+ create Native Bee Houses using materials prepared by their inventHQ volunteers. Participants will meet at the Broomfield Community Center on May 3 at 1:00 pm to learn about native bees and how to build a bee house.

Dr. Wesley Metzler and Peggy Kelly examine Pepper the turkey vulture
The Estes Park Trail, May 8, 1974

Pueblo City-County Library District welcomes all ages to join their community art project, Decorating Mannequin Bodices, May 9, 4:30 pm, at Rawlings Library Makerspace. Decorate the bodices with a variety of odd and glittering materials.

Durango Public Library invites families to Touch-a-Truck 2024 on May 4 from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm across from Durango Botanic Gardens. Vehicles from City of Durango partners will be present for kids to explore.

Baby chicks are coming to Lyons Community Library! Kids and tweens are invited to the library on May 7 for Egg Candling, the process of shining a light source behind the egg to observe the growth and development of the embryo.

Learn about the benefits of Drip Irrigation at Buena Vista Public Library on May 4 at 1:00 pm. Participants will review the required components, then design and practice assembling a drip system for their own garden.

Pine River Library, the Town of Bayfield, and Visit Durango invite you to the Bayfield Star Party on May 3 from 8:00 to 9:30 pm. It will be a night full of astronomy activities for kids of all ages.

History & Memory

Write your story at Jefferson County Public Library’s Memoir Workshop beginning May 8 at Lakewood Library. In this 4-week workshop series, you will explore different types, styles, and techniques for writing a memoir. All experience levels are welcome.

Lafayette Public Library invites adults and older teens to Lafayette Learns: Lafayette Historic Digitized Photographs on May 9 at 6:30 pm. Hear exciting stories from Old Lafayette and explore digitized photos available through the library website.

Mesa County Libraries invites you to discover the rich history of Mesa and Montrose Counties at Prehistoric Living Spaces of Western Colorado, a presentation on May 7 at Clifton Library. Join them as they delve into the fascinating findings unearthed from these historical sites.

Learn with the Experts

Puka Room at Trader Vic’s
Rocky Mountain JIHO, May 6, 1964

Delta County Libraries welcomes fiber artist Kate Linehan for a Natural Dye Demonstration on May 8, 6:00 pm, at Paonia Library. She will demonstrate the process of fixing the color to the fiber and how to achieve a range of colors on different fibers using local plants to create dye.

Lake County Public Library will host Luke Norris, CEO of Kamiwaza AI, for Pie & AI, a presentation on May 8 at 6:30 pm. Enjoy pie and refreshments while you learn about AI, how it is used, and where it might be going, as well as ethical considerations and concerns.

West Custer County Library will host Custer County Emergency Management for Wildfire Preparation – Ready, Set, Go on May 7 at 10:00 am. Their Neighborhood Ambassador program kicks off May 14 at 10:00 am.

Poudre Libraries is hosting Accessibility Technology & You, a panel discussion with experts from CSU on May 5, 2:00 pm, at Old Town Library. Explore a range of accessibility technologies designed to empower individuals in their daily activities.

Denver Public Library has three Spring Book Buzzes coming up, free and open to all! Join friends and librarians at a coffee shop or brewery to hear about a variety of new and forthcoming titles of all genres. Added bonus – there will be giveaway books! Saturday, May 11, 2-3 pm at Tablón Coffee Roasters; Tuesday, May 14, 6-7 pm at Novel Strand Brewery; and Thursday, May 23, 6-7 pm at Comrade Brewing.

Accessibility Corner

News, tips, and resources to support technology accessibility

  • The state legislature is currently considering a bill that would delay liability for digital accessibility problems until July 2025. Read the proposed extension, HB24-1454, and an analysis by Converge Accessibility.
AFFC Win Bowling Tourney
The Denver Inquirer, May 7, 1954

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