Friday Grab Bag, October 6, 2017


Friday Grab Bag is a weekly Spotlight on Sharing series that highlights fun, unique, and interesting happenings in Colorado libraries, and includes news from the Colorado State Library.

Let’s open the Grab Bag!

Making & Creating

Pikes Peak Library District is halfway through a four-part series on Basic Robotics. Each week, teens and adults learn to build and code increasingly complex robots. The remaining two classes are October 7 and 14 from 1:00 to 5:00 pm at Library21c. Registration is required. Thanks to Liz Willhoff for sharing this program!

Knit Night returns to Vail Public Library on the 2nd and 4th Monday of the month, beginning October 9 at 5:30 pm. Knitters of all abilities are encouraged to join the group.

Literacy & Education

One Valley, One Card is a new program for students in Eagle County Schools. The school district has partnered with Eagle Valley Library District and Vail Public Library to provide every student seamless access to their local public libraries simply by using their student ID number.

High Plains Library District’s On the Road to Reading Early Literacy Fair is October 11 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. Stop by the Carbon Valley Regional Library anytime during the event to enjoy fun, interactive activities based on the 5 Practices of Every Child Ready to Read: Read, Write, Sing, Talk and Play.

The Great Outdoors

Get in shape for the slopes with Pre-Ski Season Yoga at Pine River Library, Wednesdays from October 18 through November 8 at 6:00 pm. Instructor Colleen Theobold will lead this 4-week course on simple yoga poses and mindfulness techniques that can help reduce injuries and build strength. Register online.

Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers will be at Garfield County Libraries’ New Castle Branch on October 13 at 1:00 pm to present Dare to Explore, a program that includes hands-on classes, games, and gear demonstrations aimed at getting kids excited about the outdoors.

Teen Corner

Teens can delete their overdue fines at Bud Werner Memorial Library during Teen Read Week, October 8-14. Just stop by the library to make those fines vanish!

Ignacio Community Library is seeking submissions for their Teen Art Show. Artwork will be exhibited for one month at the library. Submit an application.

Brewing Up Fun

Jefferson County Public Library launched Stouts and Stories, Ales and Tales, a six week celebration of Jefferson County beer and books with special events, tap parties, contests, prizes and a passport beer tour. Learn more about the series.

Libraries in the News

Congratulations to the Marketing & Communications Team at Poudre River Public Library District for earning an Honorable Mention in Library Journal’s 2017 Marketer of the Year Award. The team was recognized for their 2016 “Brewin’ Up Books” campaign to promote the Fort Collins Book Fest. The campaign included collaborating with local businesses to create and name special brews, like Bean Cycle Roasters’ Book Buzz 641.3373.

The Centennial Citizen published a profile of Jill Kahan, library specialist at Koelbel Library in Centennial.

What’s New at the Colorado State Library

Professional Development Opportunities

Staff from the State Library will at CALCON17, Oct 12-14 in Loveland. See the schedule of CSL presentations and download a copy of Path to CALCON, a guide for getting the most out of the conference.

Small/rural public library staff: apply by 10/27 for a scholarship to the next national RIPL event in Atlanta.

Connect with CSL

Stop by the State Library’s booth at CALCON17 to learn how you can participate in a photo contest for a chance to win a free registration to next year’s conference.

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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 Amy Hitcher, ahitchner@coloradovirtuallibrary.org. Also, be sure to follow Colorado State Library on Twitter and Facebook.

Amy Hitchner

Amy Hitchner

Statewide Collaborative Programming Coordinator at Colorado State Library
Amy Hitchner