Friday Grab Bag, September 17, 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!

Pick ‘n’ Mix

You’re never too young to start a business! Join Arapahoe Libraries on September 18 at 11:00 am for Mo’s Bows: A Young Entrepreneur’s Story. Meet Moziah Bridges, founder and teen CEO of Mo’s Bows, a successful business specializing in men’s accessories. Hear the story of Mo’s journey to starting his own business, beginning at age nine. Mo will also touch briefly on his book Mo’s Bows: A Young Person’s Guide to Startup Success and include time for a Q&A session. For teens and adults.

Spice up your kitchen with Wilkinson Public Library’s Mystery Spice Pickup. Pick up your spice kit containing a spice sampler and recipe ideas, starting September 17 at the library. Cook something fun using the mystery spice, then share what you made on Instagram or Facebook and TAG THE LIBRARY to be entered into a raffle for a local gift card!

When you look at your garden, do you ever wonder, “Where are the bees and butterflies?” Get ready to attract those buzzing pollinators to your home garden with Mesa County Libraries’ Follow the Buzz: Attracting Pollinators to your Garden on September 21 at 6:00 pm. Xeric gardens don’t have to be just gravel! They’ll will share how the xeric garden was transformed into a beautiful rock garden filled with pollinator attracting plants, requiring little water once established, and will discuss how to create pollinator attracting beds, combining native perennials and annuals.

(Writer’s) Block Busters

Join Denver Public Library on September 18 from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm for Write On! with Jana Clark: Harvesting Words. Be led through a series of thinking and writing exercises designed to develop skills and inspire creativity. Discover yourself through words! Topic: harvesting words.

Whether you’re a new songwriter, a seasoned vet, or just curious how a song is written, High Plains Library District’s Songwriting Workshop with Mary Claxton of The Burroughs has something to offer you. On September 21 at 7:00 pm local musician Mary Claxton will take you through writing lyrics, composing a melody, and arranging instrumentation. It’s going to be a great time! Please plan to attend all three sessions. Ages 14+.

Have other people laughed at your stories and said, “I hope you have written this down?” Have you often said to yourself, “I need to record and organize these stories for my family?” Join Garfield County Libraries on the first and third Fridays of the month at 10:00 am for Your Story, Your Life and be ready to share your stories, ideas, and inspiration in a welcoming setting. The group is facilitated by Shelly Merriam, a historian, writer, genealogist, and “kin keeper.”

Museums & Libraries in the News

Library expands its GED program offerings | The Daily Sentinel
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Mesa County Libraries added online options for the GED program, and has seen a change in the demographic of students with an uptick in the number of younger students.

Lyons Library will explore racial diversity in fall program | Colorado Daily
Lyons Regional Library District is ready to kick off a racial diversity program, Foundations of Racism and Becoming a Better Ally, in response to last year’s resignation of a fire chief, whose comments about racial justice protesters in Denver generated multiple complaints.

Pikes Peak Library District to host Latina Voices program | Fox 21 News
The “Latina Voices” program will be celebrating its tenth anniversary starting at 10:00 am until 12:00 pm on September 25 at Pikes Peak Library 21c.

History museum exhibit features Native American prints compliments of longtime Aurora benefactors | Sentinel
The newest exhibit at the Aurora History Museum, entitled “Art by ‘Woody’ Crumbo,” features 17 enlarged prints of indigenous dancers originally produced by Potawatomi painter Woodrow “Woody” Wilson Crumbo, courtesy of Bill and Sue Hensler.

Summit County Library launches creative community sketchbook project | Summit Daily
A new, collaborative sketchbook program has launched at Summit County Library. Patrons can check out a book to add their own creative expressions for others to see.

Learning for All

Transforming Teen Services: Connected Learning (Utah State Library) | September 20 @ 1:00 pm MDT
Connected Learning and Educational Equity are important concepts to keep in mind when working with teens in our libraries. In these webinars, we will briefly review the two concepts and discuss how you can use them together to create great programs and interactions for the teens in your library. Participants are encouraged to attend both webinars.

Copyright 101 (Lyrasis) | September 22 @ 12:30 pm
This 90 minute introductory course will provide an overview of the origin and purpose of U.S. copyright law and how it promotes creativity, teaching, learning, and research in ways that have become an integral part of everyday life. This session will introduce copyright concepts most relevant to those working in libraries, archives, museums, and community cultural heritage organizations.

What’s New at the Colorado State Library

Colorado Virtual Library

Free Online Learning Opportunity – Free Online Genealogical Resources
Join the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) October 19 at 1:00  pm for free genealogy webinar using DPLA resources.

State Publications Library

Learning Opportunities

Upcoming CSL In Session: Making the Best of Bad Information

  • October 14 @ 12:00 pm MDT
  • FREE! No registration required
  • Join Online

Are you thinking of making a change this year in your job? Check out Library Jobline for 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.