Friday Grab Bag is a weekly Spotlight on Sharing series that highlights fun, unique, and interesting activities and news in Colorado libraries. Let’s open the Grab Bag!
Engage with Your Community
Bud Werner Memorial Library is showing After Spring, a documentary about the Syrian refugee crisis produced by Jon Stewart, former host of The Daily Show. The library will screen the film on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at 6:30 pm.
Join Vail Public Library for the kickoff event for One Book One Valley, January 23, 6:00 pm at the Bookworm of Edwards. Learn what book the Vail Valley community will be reading and discussing this year!
Home Gardening and Livestock
Learn how to start a chicken flock in your own backyard! Mesa County Libraries is offering Getting Started with Backyard Chickens on Wednesday, February 1 at 6:30 pm. Erin McIntyre, the Daily Sentinel’s Home & Garden columnist and reporter, will present tips and advice for starting your very own flock.
If chickens aren’t your thing, what about bees? Anythink Libraries is offering a free, 3-part beekeeping series that starts February 11. Learn the fundamentals and more, from time and cost commitment to equipment, city permitting, bee care, and honey harvesting. Register online.
All those bees are going to need some flowers, so head over to Basalt Regional Library to learn more about the seed library they are starting.
For Adults Only
Who says that reading programs are just for kids? Pikes Peak Library District kicked off its new Winter Adult Reading Program on January 14. Register with your PPLD library card, log your hours, and be eligible to win prizes ranging from Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory chocolate bars to an iPad Mini 4 (and more!)
Need some relaxation after the bustle of the holidays? Security Public Library and Widefield Parks and Recreation are hosting a Women’s Night Out on Thursday, January 26 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at French Elementary. Attendees will enjoy a free massage, delicious treats, yoga, card making, and more. Questions? Call 391-3515 or 391-3191.
What New at the Colorado State Library
Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection keeps growing! CHNC has now passed over 900,000 digitized pages, all freely available to the public. We can’t wait to hit the million page mark, and at the rate the collection is growing it won’t be long now.
Colorado’s Prison Libraries have benefited from the 2016-17 State Grants to Libraries program. They used the grant funds to purchase DVDs to support re-entry programming.
In the latest CHNC Special Edition, learn about the fire that devastated the Tejon Street business district in Colorado Springs in 1900.
If you’re planning an adventure in Colorado’s backcountry, be sure to check out the recent post about Backcountry Survival on the Colorado State Publications Library blog. It has links to video tutorials from Colorado Parks & Wildlife about survival skills every outdoor enthusiast should know.
Public librarians: check out the new Public Library Standards, now available online.
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