Friday Grab Bag, November 10, 2023

Children’s Story Hour at Pitkin County Library
The Aspen Times weekly, November 15, 1973

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!

Pictures at an Exhibition

New Managers of the Grand Theater
The Denver Inquirer, November 13, 1953

Visit artist Jane R. Schultz’s Wild Imaginings Art Exhibit now through January 2024 at Delta County Libraries’ Paonia Library. Jane’s paintings take inspiration from the beauty and landscapes of her Colorado home.

Bud Werner Memorial Library’s Autumn Art Gallery is an opportunity for children to display their own artwork at the library. Drop off completed coloring sheets by November 11, then join the library on November 12 at 11:00 am to celebrate the opening of the gallery.

Alamosa Public Library invites you to Graphic Medicine—Ill-Conceived and Well-Drawn, an exhibit by the National Library of Medicine, on display from November 13 to December 23. The exhibit demonstrates how graphic novels can be used to explore personal stories of disease and health.

Commemorate & Celebrate

Pikes Peak Library District is offering Veterans Day Poppy Painting, a class that explores palette knife painting technique while creating a beautiful poppy design in honor of Veterans Day, on November 11 at Manitou Springs Library Dye Lab. Registration is required.

West Custer County Library’s Patron Appreciation Day is November 14 at 10:00 am. Bring the whole family to enjoy coffee and donuts, chat with the directors, share a favorite holiday recipe, and make your own buttons.

Be a part of Pueblo City-County Library District’s National Yeti Awareness Week Celebration on November 14 at Giodone Library. Learn about Yeti folklore while you create your own cryptid out of polymer clay.

Friendly Competition

Mixed reaction from neighbors
Golden Transcript, November 14, 1973

Clearview Library District is holding a Teen Video Game Tournament on November 17 at Windsor-Severance Library. Registered teens will compete in Mario Kart, Smash Bros., and Mario Party for a chance to win coveted 3D printed prizes.

Families are invited to get kooky at Aurora Public Library’s Chaos Crafting, November 17 at Mission Viejo Library. Be as silly as you want—the most unique crafter will take home a prize! Use the crafting supplies provided or bring your own.

Visit the Stitches & Stories Small Quilt Show, on display at High Plains Library District’s LINC Library Innovation Center now through November 18. The miniature quilts and their stories were submitted as part of a contest sponsored by LINC and Sew Downtown.

Teens: bring your best battle decks to Longmont Public Library’s Card Game Collective on November 13 at 4:30 pm. Newbies are welcome! You’ll learn how to play and build an effective deck.

Pick ‘n’ Mix

Denver Public Library invites you to talk with local author Chelsea Iversen about her debut novel The Witches at the End of the World, a speculative tale set in 17th century Norway. Join the discussion on November 18, 2:00 pm, at Park Hill Branch Library.

Garfield County Libraries wants to help you get Ready for the Unexpected with workshops on November 10 and 17 at Rifle Branch Library. Join them either day to start preparing for your family’s needs, meet with lawyers, and access local resources to be as ready as you can for an emergency.

Pine River Library’s next Cookbook Club meeting is November 15 at noon. This month’s theme is Mexican cuisine. Bring a dish to share from your cookbook of choice, or discover a new recipe from the library’s cookbook collection. Contact the library to register.

Slide Rule Sweethearts
The Rocky Mountain Collegian-CSU Fort Collins, November 13, 1953

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