Friday Grab Bag, January 26, 2018

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!

Make, Create, Grow!

Estes Valley Library is hosting a launch party for their new Makerspace, January 29 at 4:30 pm. In addition to touring the space and playing with new technology, attendees can take apart older technology—computers, circuit boards, telephones, etc.—to explore their inner workings. Register online.

Explore the maker tools available at Louisville Public Library during their Maker Expo Open House: Recycle & Upcycle, January 27 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. Learn how to turn everyday items into useful projects for your home.

Learn to use Inkscape to make vector graphics that you can use for logos, flyers, posters, and other design projects. Ignacio Community Library is offering Graphic Design: Vector Graphics on February 12 at 4:00 pm.

Back by popular demand! Learn to Use Your Sewing Machine returns to Summit County Library’s South Branch on February 10 from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. Registered participants should bring their sewing machine to the class.

Adams State University’s Nielsen Library is holding Seed to Seed, a community seed exchange, on January 27 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. Bring seeds to share or donate to the seed library. Thanks to Mary Walsh for sharing this event!

“Plan Your War Garden Now; Save Time and Money” [Photo courtesy: San Juan Prospector, May 3, 1918. Accessed via Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection.]

Pick ‘n’ Mix

CSU professor Dr. Dawn Grapes hosts Composer Talk, a lunchtime series about musical composers, at Poudre River Public Library District. Join her for the next program in the series—Beaks, Tweaks, & Shrieks—on January 31 at the Old Town Library.

Broomfield Library’s Parent Toddler Workshop is a 5-week program where children can sing, dance, play, and craft, and parents can talk to community resource professionals about early literacy, speech and hearing, physical fitness, nutrition, and behavior. The program will be every Friday from February 2 through March 2.

No need jump hurdles to participate in Basalt Regional Library’s Candy Olympics. Tweens and teens in grades 5+ can celebrate the 2018 Olympics with their own “sweet” competition, February 7 at 3:00 pm.

Are you ready to tackle your first 14er this summer? Join Nick Gianoutsos and Bent Gate for Hiking Colorado’s 14ers at Belmar Library on February 22 to learn how to plan for your mountain trek, including what to bring and how to stay safe.

Denver Public Library’s Central Branch is taking advantage of ALA Midwinter coming to town by offering a variety of fun & interesting programs. Here are some highlights:

Thanks to Dodie Ownes for sharing these events!

What’s New at the Colorado State Library

Learning Opportunities

Growing Readers Together webinar: Partnerships between Public Libraries and Family Resource Centers. Jan 30, 2018, 1:00-2:00 pm MDT. Join the Adobe Connect room. Free; no registration required.

RIPL webinar: Getting Things Done: Managing Your Time…When You Have No Time, with Shelley Walchak of Pine River Library. Jan 31, 2018, 10:00-11:00 am. Free; no registration required; limited to 100 participants.

CSL in Session webinar: Baby-Friendly Libraries. Feb 20, 2018, 12:00-1:00 pm MDT. Free; no registration required.

Save the Dates! Successful Supervision Workshops with Pat Wagner. April 3 & 4 at Arapahoe Libraries Admin Building; May 16 & 17 at Pueblo City-County Libraries, Rawlings Branch; June 19 & 20 at Garfield County Libraries, Rifle Branch. Learn more. Registration coming soon.

Literacy & Learning Articles

Getting Ready for Kindergarten with My Library (Part 1): Socio-emotional skills

The 5 Early Literacy Practices: Sing

Digital Literacy & Learning Resources

2018 Teen Video Challenge

There’s about one month left for teens to enter the 2018 Teen Video Challenge, sponsored by the Collaborative Summer Learning Program. Contest deadline is Feb 28; winners will be announced in April 2018.

Colorado State Publications Library Blog


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Statewide Collaborative Programming Coordinator at Colorado State Library
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