Friday Grab Bag, June 22, 2018

This week, read about programs that strengthen communities, genealogy research, and events for kids & families.

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!

Strengthening Communities

Find your next job with the help of Anythink Perl Mack. Visit the Job Search Drop-In during one of the upcoming dates in June and July and learn how to narrow your search, edit your resume or cover letter, and put your best foot forward during a mock interview.

High Plains Library District wants to help you understand the new nutrition labels rolling out next month. Attend Nutrition Labels Decoded on July 24, 6:00 pm at Carbon Valley Regional Library, when dietician Marian Ruge will explain the changes and how they can help us make better choices about what we eat.

Gunnison County Libraries is hosting Intimate Partner Violence & Sexual Assault in the LGBTQ Community, June 27 from 7:00 to 8:00 pm at Crested Butte Library (see the events calendar). Join Project Hope in learning more about how sexual assault and intimate partner violence affect the members of the community.

National Poetry Slam Semifinalist and TEDx speaker Meta Sarmiento will present Mahal, a spoken word workshop, on June 27. Basalt Regional Library will host the Filipino poet and rapper as he explores the role that LOVE plays in our own cultures and weighs what that might cost.

Boulder Public Library is seeking Adult Literacy Volunteers for its BoulderReads program. Their tutors provide critical literacy support to adults in need. Orientation is June 29, 6:00 pm, at the Main Library. Learn more about BoulderReads.

Exploring Our Past

Get 1-on-1 help with your genealogy research at Delta Library. Instructor Mickey Watts teaches this ongoing class every 2nd and 4th Monday. The next meeting is June 25 at 5:00 pm (see the events calendar).

Bud Werner Memorial Library’s Genealogy Club consists of patrons and library staff interested in genealogical research, family histories, and other ancestral investigation. The group meets monthly to discuss their research and share resources. The next meeting is June 28 at 9:30 am.

Fun for Kids & Families

Lafayette Public Library is hosting a Terrarium Building event for kids in grades 3-12. Create a miniature world with plants, rocks, and your own special touches. June 27, 1:00 pm, registration required.

Andy Rice of 105.7 KPMX will emcee Let’s Get Quizzical, a music trivia night at Sterling Public Library. Join the fun and test your music knowledge on June 26 at 6:00 pm. Teams must register by June 24.

Get Ink’d at Lyons Regional Library! Teens are invited to create their own henna tattoos on July 17 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. Registration is required.

June 22 is Family Game Night at Bemis Library. Bring the whole family and enjoy an evening of new and classic board games from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.

Folks Gather ‘Round for Parlor Games. (Courtesy Aurora Democrat, November 11, 1944. Accessed via Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection.)

Pick ‘n’ Mix

Are you Dealing with Pesky, Noxious Weeds? Experts from CSU’s Extension Office will be at Grand County’s Juniper Library on June 27 to provide information about identifying and eradicating noxious weeds from your neighborhood.

We’ve all heard of TED Talks, but have you heard of ED Talks at Arthur Lakes Library? Ed Raines, Collections Manager at the Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum, presents an in-depth look at the most significant Mining Districts of Colorado with talks focusing on History & Geology. The next ED Talk is August 2 at 4:00 pm.

Did you know that Poudre River Public Library District publishes a blog? Each week you’ll find a new post, such as Reading Provides a Lifetime of Benefits and You’ve Graduated—Now It’s Time to Adult. The content is a mix of information about literacy and lifelong learning, plus links to related library resources. Check it out!

What’s New at the Colorado State Library

Are You Ready to Participate in the DPLA?

The Plains to Peaks Collective (PPC) is officially live in the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA)—search our collection. We know that there are more potential partners out there who are eager to join us. Review our checklist to see where your library is on the road to participating in the PPC.

State Librarian Position Posted

With Gene Hainer’s retirement at the end of June, the CDE and the State Library are seeking applicants for his position. Please help us spread the word! The opening is posted on Library Jobline; applications are due July 6.

Bag of Tricks—Padlet

In his continuing Bag of Tricks series, Technology & Digital Initiatives Consultant Kieran Hixon introduces Padlet, an online “corkboard” for collecting and organizing contributed content.

Learning Opportunities

CSL in Session, Wake Up! Are you sleepwalking your way through the day? Presented by Jean Heilig. July 26, 2018, 12:00 – 1:00 pm MT. Join online, no registration required.

View upcoming learning opportunities at the Library Learning & Creation Center. The Wyoming State Library also maintains a professional development calendar. View offerings for June 2018.

CSL Speakers at ALA New Orleans 2018

Are you heading to New Orleans for the ALA Annual Conference? Check out these sessions presented by CSL staff:

The Path Forward on Fines: Removing Barriers to Access | Beth Crist | June 24 | 1:00 – 2:00 pm.

Collaboration is Key: steps to building great partnerships with outside organizations | Linda Hofschire | June 25 | 9:00 – 10:00 am.

Colorado State Library Publications Blog

#GetToKnowCSL

Learn more about CSL staff in our weekly social media campaign on Facebook and Twitter. This week we’re featuring Amy Hitchner, Collaborative Programming Coordinator. She supports several statewide resource sharing initiatives and loves connecting Colorado libraries with each other through the Friday Grab Bag.


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, 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
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