Friday Grab Bag, November 13, 2020

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!

Brain Games

Are you Smarter than a Librarian? As it gets darker and colder, brighten up the evening and show off your smarts with a friendly game of virtual trivia with the Longmont Public Library on November 23 from 7:00-8:30 pm. Games will consist of five rounds with five questions each and are self-scoring – no prizes except for bragging rights! Best for adults and older kids. Registration required. Click HERE to register.

Have you ever wondered how to solve a Rubik’s cube? Join Boulder Public Library for Cubing Away Corona on November 14 from 1:00-2:00 pm. Learn how to complete the first level of solving a Rubik’s cube from a Guiness Book of World Records holder! Free Rubik’s cube for all Tweens and Teens that register for this event!

No Screen/New Screen

Meet friends, new and old, to GET OUTDOORS with Pine River Library and explore the beauty of Bayfield! Join an all-levels and all-ages adventure group and help plan monthly outings throughout the year. Adventure outdoors in a safe, socially distanced way every third Friday of the month at 10 am. Participants need to register for the program each month using the sign up form so they can be notified of full details or any changes that might occur due to weather etc.

Dolores Public Library is excited to introduce The Dolores River Ramblings, a collaborative community art and writing project. Check out a Dolores River Ramblings book and add a recipe, recommendations, travel stories, pet illustration, and more to these books which will remain available until they are completed.

Bud Werner Memorial Library presents Cinema Steamboat – a pop-up drive-in film festival showcasing storytelling with altitude on November 21 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Bundle up and drive into the Emerald Parking Lot for a single evening celebration of short films that represent everything from animation to documentary to drama.

Issues & Understanding

November 15 – 22 is Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. Hunger, food insecurity, homelessness and housing insecurity are on the rise and Jefferson County Public Library hosts a Community Conversation on Hunger & Homelessness on November 18 from 6:00-7:30 pm. Join the discussion to hear from representatives of local non-profits, county agencies and community coalitions, ask questions, and discuss ideas for working together toward solutions.

Mesa County Libraries invites area residents to Fruita for Equality – What is Implicit Bias? on November 14 at 4:30 pm. Discussion will be centered around an exploration of personal implicit biases. Ahead of the event, participants are asked to take the Harvard Implicit Bias test to identify their own implicit biases. The implicit bias tests are available in multiple languages, and a Spanish-language interpreter will be available in the virtual event.

Learning for All

Leading Big in Small Spaces: Free Online Conference for Small Libraries | November 19 @ 7:00-11:40 am
Join the University of Michigan School of Information for a free and lively day of short presentations about library leadership and COVID-era innovation in small and rural libraries. Register here. Sessions will be recorded. If you can’t make it live, register anyway so you get the links!

Who Are We Designing for and Why? Service Design Techniques for Responsive Libraries | November 19 @ 1:00- 2:30 pm MT
The first in a two-part webinar series, this session will introduce design principles that can be used to enhance and improve future library services.

Museums & Libraries in the News

Business & Breakfast wins Library Partnership of the Year | Western Slope Now
The Glenwood Springs Branch of Garfield County Libraries was awarded CAL’s “Library Partnership of the Year” for their Business & Breakfast Event Series. Congrats!

Bayfield library faces setback in new director search | The Durango Herald
The search for a new director of the Pine River Library in Bayfield was nearing an end, but after a candidate dropped out, the search will go into a second round.

The History of Museums Is More Fraught Than You Might Think | 5280
For years, the Denver Museum of Nature & Science unwittingly held stolen carvings. What it took to get them home highlights the complex nature of decolonizing museums.

Library to host ‘Boomer Series’ | The Mountain Mail
Salida Regional Library will host “The Boomer Series,” a five-week series focused on topics specifically for people ages 56 and older. Topics to be covered in the five sessions are estate planning, health and wellness, medical forms and insurance, nutrition and social security.

When Adams County Taxpayers Voted Down Funding for a New Library, a Local Foundation Stepped up to Provide a resource to Promote Literacy | Your Hub 
Last November, Ballot Issue 6A that would have funded the building of an Anything Library in the Reunion neighborhood of Commerce City was voted down by less than 4,000 votes. The Reunion Community Foundation hopes the placement of Little Free Libraries in public areas will help to subsidize the neighborhood void of not having a traditional library.

Colorado libraries programming are recognized nationally by American Libraries: Belmar Library’s virtual Dungeons & Dragons program is featured in Escape for the Isolated, and Colorado State University Libraries’ get’s a shout out in Collecting Coronavirus Stories for their project encouraging students, staff, and faculty to document their personal experiences during the coronavirus outbreak and contribute them to the university archives.

What’s New at the Colorado State Library

Learning Opportunities

Virtual Learning for Library Trustees – November 2020

Fall Youth Services Workshops
All sessions are free and no registration is required but attendance is capped at 100. Visit the link above for details and connections info.

  • November 10 @ 11:00 am: All things summer planning
  • November 13 @ 1:00 pm: All things literacy
  • November 17 @ 11:00 am: All things animals: Ideas for the 2021 CSLP theme of Tails and Tales
  • November 20 @ 1:00 pm: All things volunteers, and more animals!

Free Online Learning Opportunities for November
The free online learning opportunities keep coming!

Growing Readers Together: Quick Bites Webinar Series Returns in December
Growing Readers Together returns with a fresh series of 20 minute GRT Quick Bites webinars this December!

Library Research Service

Research Ethics: It’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt
It’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt, right? This old adage can just as well be applied to conducting research and evaluation. LRS talks about minimizing risk and when compensation becomes coercion in their latest blog post

Colorado Virtual Library

All About The News Literacy Project
Can Your Students Tell Fact from Fiction? The News Literacy Project provides programs and resources for educators to help students be smart, active consumers of news and information.

iLearn Collaborative News
iLearn Collaborative, a grassroots effort that formed to start a dialogue between school districts who were building online schools and blended programs,has launched a new website to improve navigation and ease of finding what you need.

Touring Colorado’s Collections: What’s in a Wildlife Researcher’s Toolbox?
The Plains to Peaks Collective added new collections to the Digital Public Library of America last month, including artifacts from the National Wildlife Research Center.

A Window to History: Alternative Newspapers from 1969-1980
Take a walk on the alternative side of historic newspapers from the Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection!

Trustee Corner – November 2020
The November edition of The Trustee Corner Newsletter features Disaster Recovery Resources, COVID-19 guidance, and upcoming Trustee Training opportunities.

State Publications Blog

Are you thinking of making a change this year in your job?  Check out Library Jobline for hot new library employment opportunities.

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.