Friday Grab Bag, May 4, 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!

Healthy Trees

Longmont City Forrester Ken Wicklund will speak about the Emerald Ash Borer, an invasive species that has decimated millions of trees in the U.S. and Canada and has recently been found in Boulder. Learn how to spot this insect’s telltale signs and protect your trees during Ken’s presentation at the Longmont Public Library, May 17 from 7:00 to 8:00 pm. Register online.

Pine River Library and the Pine River Garden Club will host a Tree Planting Program, May 12 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. Montezuma Orchard Restoration Project (MORP) will give a brief presentation and about their work and tree planting; the event will culminate with the hands-on planting of two apple trees in the library garden.

Spring Gardens

Grand County Library District presents Gardening at Altitude, May 10 from 5:30 to 6:30 pm at Granby Library. Travis Hoesli, CSU Extension Agent and Director for Grand County, will discuss the basics and tips for vegetable gardening.

Learn all about Backyard Composting at Lafayette Public Library, May 7 from 6:00 to 7:00 pm. Boulder County Resource Conservation District will present tips on getting started, climate, bins, and more.


“Gardener Knee Rest” [Image courtesy Record Journal of Douglas, July 13, 1951. Accessed via Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection.]

Pick ‘n’ Mix

Dolores Public Library has lawn games available for checkout—perfect for family gatherings and the upcoming cookout season.

Lamar Public Library’s Give Back Project series focuses on a new community project each month. Learn more about May’s project: Neighborhood/Park Cleanup.

On May 14, Eagle Valley Library District will open its Spark Studio, a newly designed space for creativity with open access to 21st century tools and technology. The studio will feature a 3D printer and scanner, an Oculus Rift, digital cameras, design software, and more.

Live Performances

Join CSU professor Dr. Dawn Grapes, PhD, for her Composer Talk series at Poudre River Public Library District. The next concert and talk, Masterworks 5: Fate, Fancy & Fantastic, will be at the Old Town Library on May 9 from 12:00 to 1:00 pm.

Lenore Raphael, jazz piano, and Wayne Wilkinson, guitar, will perform True Jazz, a concert at Basalt Regional Library on May 18 from 5:30 to 6:30 pm.

Libraries in the News

The Gazette honored Pikes Peak Library District with two Golds in their 2018 Best of the Springs: Best Teen Hangout and Best Tutoring Program.

The Daily Camera reports that Robert H. McDonald has been selected as the new dean of University Libraries at CU Boulder (full story). He is currently the associate dean for research and technology strategies and a librarian at Indiana University.

What’s New at the Colorado State Library

Career Online High School

Are you interested in learning more about Career Online High School, an accredited high school completion program for adults supported by the Colorado State Library? Join us for an informational webinar on  Thursday, May 17, 11:00 am to 12:00 pm MDT, hosted by the State Library and Gale. Register online.

Learning Opportunities

The Wyoming State Library produces a monthly calendar of free educational opportunities. Check out the events for May 2018.

Registration opened on May 2 for Successful Supervision Workshops with Pat Wagner, June 19 & 20 in Rifle. Learn more.

CSL in Session, Face-to-Face: Creating Constructive Conversations within our Communities, with Rebecca Strein. 5/24/18, 12-1pm. This webinar is free; no registration required.

Are you looking for professional learning events in Colorado? The Library Learning & Creation Center has a calendar of opportunities.

Growing Readers Together

Pamela has tips for caregivers on how to maximize summer learning for their children: Let’s grow readers together this summer!

Colorado State Library Publications Blog

#GetToKnowCSL

Learn more about CSL staff in our weekly social media campaign on Facebook and Twitter. This week’s staff member is Pamela Mejia de Rodriguez, Regional Early Learning Specialist with Growing Readers Together. Pamela believes that libraries provide new opportunities for everyone to grow and succeed.

Pamela Mejia de Rodriguez


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Statewide Collaborative Programming Coordinator at Colorado State Library
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