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!
ALA President to Visit Colorado
ALA President Loida Garcia-Febo will stop at Pikes Peak Library District as part of her “Libraries = Strong Communities” national tour to five library systems. All library professionals are warmly invited to her planned events on Oct. 5 & 6, 2018. Help spread the word!
- Opening remarks at the Harvest Festival, Oct. 6 at Prairie High Library
- Opening remarks (in Spanish) at the Culture Mash, Oct. 5 at Sand Creek Library
- Guest speaker at the Pikes Peak Women’s Powerful Women’s Series, Oct. 5 at Library 21C
Looking for a new job in Summit County? Summit County Library is partnering with Frisco Workforce Center to offer a Resume and Job Search Drop-In on October 12 at the South Branch Library.
Clear Creek County Library District offers notary public services! Visit the Idaho Springs Public Library on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays, or the John Tomay Memory Library on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Wellington Public Library is offering Foods to Fight Cancer, a nutrition and cooking class at the Senior Center on October 25. Learn how the right foods can help reduce your cancer risk or aid in preventing a recurrence. Register at the library.
Arapahoe Libraries is producing new patron videos featuring stories of impact. If you’re an Arapahoe patron with a story to share, and you’re willing to star in a video, fill out the Patron Video Project Application.
Mesa County Libraries Comic Con is Saturday, Oct. 6 at the Two Rivers Convention Center in Grand Junction. The event features guest speakers, panels, family-friendly cosplay contests, an exhibit hall, and more! Admission is free with your MCL library card.
Anythink wants to help you make your podcast dream a reality! Join them for Podcasting with Paul Karolyi, a two-part series at Anythink Wright Farms on Oct. 18 & 25, to learn every step of the process. Register online.
Bud Werner Memorial Library is hosting local spinners from northwest Colorado for Spinzilla, “a world-wide spinning event where competing teams and individuals challenge each other to see who can spin the most yarn in a week.” Cheer them on October 3 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Boulder Public Library encourages knitters, crocheters, and yarn lovers to help create Yarn-fiti, a communal yarn installation. Contributed designs will be part of the 3-D exhibition, which opens on October 31 in the Canyon Gallery. Drop off your pieces to the Main Library by October 21.
October is a month of fan cons and Halloween parties, so spiff up your costume at Broomfield Library’s Costume Clinic on October 2. Kids ages 9-18 are invited to use the electronic cutter, sewing machines, and digital embroidery machine to take their costumes to the next level. Registration required.
New State Librarian
The search is over! The Colorado State Library has hired a new Assistant Commissioner (aka State Librarian), Nicolle Ingui Davies! Nicolle was most recently the Executive Director of Charleston County Public Library in South Carolina, but you might know her better as the former Executive Director of Arapahoe Library District. Her appointment officially begins December 17. Please join us in extending a warm welcome to Nicolle.
Riverside Teen Engineering Community Hub (T.E.C.H.) is a group for teens in High Plains Library District that creates fun activities focused on technology. Join them on October 9 at 5:30 pm at the Riverside Library and Cultural Center.
The Teen Council at Poudre River Public Library District is looking for creative teen minds to help plan a murder mystery event. They’ll help create the setting, the story, and the characters. The final planning meeting is October 2, with the event happening later in the month.
The City of Louisville Historical Museum has a new website! Check out their new design, which was structured for easier searching and with growth in mind.Dan Davidson, director of the Museum of Northwest Colorado, will deliver a presentation on the history of Moffat County Libraries and the Museum of Northwest Colorado, as well as a brief history of their founders, Rosetta Webb McKinney and Louise Miller. Join him on Sept. 29, 1:30 pm, at Sunset Meadows I in Craig.
Celebrate Pioneer Days on September 29 at the Old Town Museum in Burlington. This “living history festival” starts at 2:00 pm and features poker games, gunfight shows, apple bobbing, historical reenactments, chuck wagon cooking, horse-drawn carriage rides, live music, and more!
Libraries in the News
Welcome to Brett Lear, new Executive Director of Garfield County Libraries. Brett has over 30 years of library experience, including positions at New York Public Library and Jefferson County Public Library. Read the announcement.
The Pueblo Chieftain: Pueblo library district named Colorado’s best [broken link removed 10 Nov 2021]| Pueblo City-County Library District
The Gazette: Woodmen Kid’s Corner: Therapy dogs provide kids with companionship while helping reading skills| Pikes Peak Library District
What’s New at the Colorado State Library
CLEL (Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy) Conference
- Oct. 12, 2018, 8:00 to 4:30
- Arvada Center for the Arts & Humanities
CSL in Session: Curating your Best Collection
- Oct. 23, 2018, 12:00 to 1:00
- Free! No registration required
- Join online
Colorado State Publications Library Blog
- Colorado Dept. of Agriculture Photo Contest
- Computer Science Resource Bank
- Should Wolves be Reintroduced in Colorado?
The Learning Edge
The Learning Edge is a series written by Christine Schein, CSL’s Digital Literacy Instructional Specialist. It summarizes new professional learning events and opportunities, digital learning resources, and news from the education field. Read the September 2018 edition.
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 Hitchner, firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, be sure to follow Colorado State Library on Twitter and Facebook.