Friday Grab Bag, March 16, 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!

Outreach and Community Partners

Did you know that Poudre River Public Library District has a weekly blog? Their latest post, How a Book Grows Up to Become a Library Book, is a fun and informative description of the “growth” of a new book, from selecting and purchasing to cataloging and end-processing. It’s written in an entertaining way that should appeal to all kinds of library enthusiasts.

Carnegie Library of Trinidad is partnering the with their local Social Security office to cover a gap in the office’s reduced hours. Residents who wish to speak with a Social Security representative can chat with them via web conferencing at the library every Thursday afternoon on a first-come, first-served basis. Update 3/20/18: The start date of this program has been temporarily delayed. Please contact the library for more information.

Summit County Library has announced their county-wide Summit Reads 2018 title: Smokejumper by Jason A. Ramos. Events related to this title will be announced soon.

Sweet Sounds at the Library

“A Company of Artists on Chautauqua Program” [Photo courtesy: Morgan County Republican, Jun 28, 1918. Accessed via Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection.]
Musicians Lark Powers (piano) & Szilvi Schranz (soprano) will perform Bach for Kids, part of the Boulder Public Library’s Bach Festival concert series, March 18 from 2:00 to 3:30 at the Main Library Canyon Theater.

Unwind at the end of the week with Karaoke at the Lamar Public Library’s Cultural Events Center, this Friday March 16 at 4:00 pm.

The internationally renowned Altius String Quartet will perform their Harmonized Strings Concert at Basalt Regional Library, March 15 at 5:30 pm.

Pick ‘n’ Mix

Colorful Colorado Cinema. View a free series of short films from “Colorado Experience,” a weekly history series produced by Rocky Mountain PBS, at Westminster History Center on March 17 from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm. Westminster Public Library staff will facilitate a short discussion after a screening of the films NORAD and The Smaldones: Family of Crime.

Broomfield Library is celebrating the grand opening of their Makerspace, April 14 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. The space includes a laser cutter, 3D printers, sewing machines, electronic cutters, small board electronics, and more!

Learn about Solar System Sizing for Battery Backup and Off Grid Living at West Custer County Library, March 21 at 5:30 pm. Local expert Gary Gage will discuss how to calculate the necessary loads and design the battery storage system to make the batteries last their expected life cycle.

Longmont Public Library is accepting entries through March 22 for their 4th Annual Peeps Literary Diorama Contest. Awards will be given for Best Adult Diorama, Best Kid Diorama, and “Peeples Choice”.

Libraries in the News

The De Beque Branch of Mesa County Public Libraries reopened in February 2018. The new space is both a school library for the junior-senior high school and a public library. Read the story in the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel.

Pueblo City-County Library is the winner of the 2018 Leslie B. Knope Award! They competed with over 100 other public libraries and won after several rounds of public voting. The award is sponsored by Engaging Local Government Leaders (ELGL).

Mancos Public Library, Pueblo City-County Library, and the Denver Children’s Museum are finalists for the National Medal for Museum and Library Service. This prestigious award recognizes institutions for their extraordinary public service and remarkable community contributions.

Jefferson County Public Library recently eliminated fines & fees for kids’ materials. This change helps them provide access to library materials and support early literacy.

What’s New at the Colorado State Library

CSL Share & Learn Spring 2018

Save the dates! The next CSL Share & Learn events will be in Walsenburg (May 4) and Glenwood Springs (May 11). More info and registration coming soon! View past event schedules for Durango and Greeley.

Learning Opportunities

Colorado library supervisors are invited to Successful Supervision Workshops with Pat Wagner.

  • Registration is opening soon for the events on May 16 & 17 in Pueblo and June 19 & 20 in Rifle.

CSL in Session | A Librarian’s Guide to Solo Leadership: How to lead when you don’t think you have anyone to lead, with Mandi Miller. April 12, 12:00 – 1:00 pm. Free; no registration required.

Colorado State Library Publications Blog

Know Your Numbers

Want to know more about your website activity? CSL’s Digital Experience Consultant Babi Hammond explains Users, Sessions, and Pageviews in Google Analytics Basics.

Digital Literacy


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.

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Amy Hitchner

Statewide Collaborative Programming Coordinator at Colorado State Library
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