Friday Grab Bag, November 5, 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!

Edible Ed & Entertainment

Whole grains and beans are good for you, that much you know. But why? Learn the answer and more with Part two of Pine River Library’s presentation of The Complete Protein Series: Local Beans on December 2 at 6:00 pm  These budget friendly ingredients will soon add high quality nutrition, flavor and texture to your everyday meals. You’ll leave with recipes and samples so you can practice at home. Attend one, or both. Pre-register by stopping by or calling the library at 970-884-2222 ext. 1 or register online.

Enjoy an evening of food and stories with award-winning chef and author, Kwame Onwuachi at Anythink Wright Farms on November 6 from 6:30-8:00 pm.The former Top Chef and 2019 James Beard Foundation Rising Star recipient will share stories of resilience from his memoir, Notes From a Young Black Chef, while also hosting a cooking demonstration. The demonstration will be followed by a Q&A session and book signing. Copies of Onwuachi’s book are available free to attendees while supplies last.

Join High Plains Library District on November 10 at 5:00 pm for Fun & Games in the Kitchen: Holiday Edition, a fun, low-key version of Food Network’s Chopped. Create a healthy holiday dish using 5 assigned ingredients. Show off your dish and tell us about it in class. Prize winners will be selected and announced at the end of the program. Bring the whole family to get ideas for the holidays, and vote for the People’s Choice Award.

Join Clearview Library on November 8 from 6:00-7:00 pm for Teen Cooking Challenge: Pumpkin & Spice. Your challenge is to use the pumpkin and spices in the provided kit as well as ingredients found in your home to make a pumpkin based recipe such as: pie, cake, cookies, bread, muffins, soup, pancakes, cheesecake, sauce, waffles, scones, etc. For ages 12-18. Register online to pick up your kit.

Museums & Libraries in the News

Colorado Schools, Libraries Partner for Database Access | Government Technology
Inspired by the system in North Carolina, Boulder Valley School District partnered with the Boulder Public Library to provide students with access to the library’s research database using their student ID numbers.

November Brings Native American Heritage Month and Much More to History Colorado Museums Statewide As the Holiday Season Approaches | History Colorado
New exhibitions, a civil rights legend speaking in Denver, Día de Los Muertos, Night at the Museums, Family Volunteer Day, and much more are coming to History Colorado in November.

Library receives Colorado Humanities grant | The Burlington Record
The Burlington Public Library recently received the good news that they were one of the 79 organizations within Colorado to receive the Colorado Sustaining the Humanities grant issued through the American Rescue Plan.

Voters turning down Berthoud library property tax request  | Loveland Reporter-Herald
Berthoud voters appear to be turning down a request to raise their property taxes to fund library improvements by a margin of 58.26% to 41.8%.

Personal Admin

Do you know what your credit score is made of? Gain a better understanding of your credit, who looks at it, what it impacts, and how much it can save or cost you by joining Poudre River Public Library District on November 17 from 6:00-7:00 pm for Money Matters: Secrets of the Credit Score Virtual Class. This seminar is part of the Money Matters series of personal financial literacy in collaboration with libraries and credit unions across the Front Range.  No registration required.

On November 8 at 7:00 pm, Arapahoe Libraries presents Internet Safety: Online Shopping & Banking. Find out how to protect your personal data when shopping or banking on the Internet. Registration is required. Click HERE to register.

Residents are invited to Renter’s Rights 101 on November 9 at 6:00 pm, a FREE online informational session, where participants will learn about a wide variety of topics such as lease basics, reasonable accommodations and modifications, deposits, repairs, eviction, and updates on recent Colorado legislation on housing matters. This event is brought to you by the City of Colorado Springs, Colorado Legal Services, the Justice Center, and Pikes Peak Library District.

Homeward Alliance hosts Hand Up Office Hours at Loveland Public Library from 1:00-3:00 pm on Tuesdays. Hand Up empowers job seekers experiencing homelessness, or near homeless, to find and maintain employment. Appointments for 1:1 assistance or to schedule another time can be made by contacting a resource navigator at 970-541-9953 or 970-599-1068.

Learning for All

Introducing Benchmark: Library Metrics and Trends | November 8 @ 12:00 pm MT
Join PLA for an introduction to Benchmark: Library Metrics and Trends! Benchmark is the latest evolution in PLA’s data-driven initiatives and tools for libraries. It features a range of interactive data visualizations that allow libraries to easily make peer comparisons across a wide range of metrics related to library programs, services, and operations. Learn how Benchmark can support your library in everyday decision making, such as establishing baselines and identifying opportunities to improve.

LibraryCon Live! (Library Journal and School Library Journal) | November 10 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
A day-long celebration of fandom lit, with panels devoted to horror, sci-fi, fantasy, and graphic novels. In addition to panels and keynotes, we’re also offering fast-track learning sessions hosted by librarians and studio spotlights focusing on visual artists. Plus, network online with other fans and explore the virtual exhibit hall, where you’ll hear from publishers about their newest books and engage in live chats with featured creators. Click HERE to register.

Library Dementia Services (Niche Academy) | November 10 @ 12:00 pm
Join Timothy J. Dickey for an overview of the spectrum disease known as Alzheimer’s dementia, and a basic understanding of how librarians can meet the information needs of persons with dementia and their caregivers. Explore best practices, guidelines, and concrete ideas for librarians: dementia-friendly customer service, targeted reference resources, appropriate collection development, and a wide variety of programming ideas.

What’s New at the Colorado State Library

Colorado Virtual Library

Transgender Youth
Keeping ourselves and library staff aware of vulnerable populations and their particular needs can help libraries provide service to all. Get the facts about transgender youth, and explore strategies for making the library a welcoming place.

New Online Discovery Tool to Search and Explore Colorado-Wyoming’s Historic Collections
The Plains to Peaks Collective (PPC) recently launched a new search and discovery interface  providing a single point of access to Colorado and Wyoming’s digitized historic collections through Digital Public Library of America.

Library Research Service

How to observe without being totally awkward
LRS has great advice on collecting observational data without being awkward!

Learning Opportunities

CSL in Session: Creating Online Escape Games with Google Forms

  • November 9 @ 12:00 pm MDT
  • FREE! No registration required
  • Join Online

Upcoming CLEL Webinar: News You Can Use with Pamela Martin-Díaz

GRT Quick Bites: Serving Family, Friend, and Neighbor Caregivers

  • November 16 @ 12:00 pm MST
  • FREE! No registration required
  • Join Online

State Publications Library

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.