Last month I was able to visit several libraries in waaaay northeast Colorado. I went to Haxtun and caught up with Janet Brophy at the Northeast BOCES library. Janet and I walked across the parking lot and went to the Haxtun High School library and chatted with Melinda Cox. Janet and Melinda are longtime acquaintances from Gypsum (it’s a small world after all…); they had fun catching up.
Next Janet and I went over to the Haxtun Public Library and chatted with the Director Vicki Freemyer.
Then I was on my way to Holyoke to see Laura Roth at the Heginbotham Library. I really surprised her…told her I was just in the neighborhood and thought I’d drop by. What a wonderful building; a home that was donated by a local resident.
Off to Fleming Community Library. Met with Jeanette Loos. We had a great conversation about the AIRS database package and discussed ideas for the library website.
Friday, visited Eaton Public Library. The Director, Tamara Meredith has a very innovative way of reaching her rural patrons. She’s been working on an E-Branch kiosk (3M product) for Galeton, made possible with a LSTA grant. Tamara told me that generally these kiosks are used in urban settings but she’s making it work for her patrons’ needs. Grand opening is planned for July 10th.
Last but not least, I went by Windsor-Severance Library. It was a little late in the day but caught Director, Carol Engle and her Assistant Director Diane. As most of you know, parts of Windsor were devastated by tornadoes but the library had only some minor damage. The good news is they are planning a hefty expansion of the library building, breaking ground this August. Carol said that she is very happy with her architect Roger Thorp and would highly recommend him to any library.
I want to take this opportunity to thank all the people I visited for taking the time to chat with me.
Teens will be sampling larvets & crick-ettes, food grade edible and crickets at the Pueblo City County Library District on July 3rd. The teens and Michael Cox, the YA Librarian, will also be making insect gummy candy for those wishing to forgo the real thing.
Those wishing to order their own edible insects can visit Hotlix.
Commoncraft once again has done a fantastic job explaining the Meetup concept. It got me thinking that maybe libraries could use this mechanism for advertising their programs or clubs. Or the Meetup concept could be whispered to patrons, so that they could start up their own club – maybe even at the library.
Did you know that Colorado has a Continuing Education Forum? This group meets on the third Tuesday of every even month throughout the year. The meetings are open to anyone who coordinates continuing education for library staff in Colorado. Attendees include representatives from the Colorado State Library, Colorado Library Consortium (CLiC), Colorado Association of Libraries (CAL), BCR, MARMOT, Rocky Mountain SLA, several training coordinators for large library districts, as well as representation for school, public, academic and special libraries. The group works on:
Planning continuing education for library staff
Collaborating on CE
Reduce duplicative efforts
For more information contact Sharon Morris at Colorado State Library, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Pueblo City County Library District has engaged a local artist, James Wolnick, to create a colorful advertisement on the library windows for their 2008 Summer Reading Program. Jane Palmer, Youth Services Supervisor, reports that they have also started a Baby Bugs program for the tiny tots. She is eager to share with you her program, and welcomes phone calls (719-562-5618). Have you partnered with someone to make your Summer Reading Program “pop”? Or are you particularly pleased with a certain aspect of your program? Click on the Comment button, we’d love to read about your ideas. The more you share, the more we learn.
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Pueblo City County Library District Summer Reading Program 2008