Monthly Archive for November, 2008

Early literacy grant opportunity for Colorado public libraries

Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy (, an advisory group to the Colorado State Library, has received Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds to work with ten Colorado public libraries on their storytime programs for children birth through age 5.  Grant applications are being accepted from Colorado public libraries with a legal service area of under 25,000 .  The selected libraries will receive materials, training, and assistance to integrate the Every Child Ready to Read program into their library and community.  This training program supports public libraries in reconfiguring their programming for  young children to promote brain development in language and early literacy acquisition.
To apply for this CLEL grant,  please fill out and submit the grant application available at The application deadline is Monday, December 15, 2008.

Colorado Talking Book Library

     Many libraries are not aware that the Colorado Talking Book Library (CTBL), based in Denver, and directed by Debbi MacLeod, offers a wide variety of services to those with disabilities. Debbi recently made a trip down to the Southwest corner of Colorado to inform libraries about the variety of materials and services they can obtain through CTBL. A mere sampling of these resources and services include more than 50,000 titles of recorded Braille and large-print books and magazines; podcasts – all sent postage-free mailing to your home or P.O. box or nursing home or hospital; free play-back machines; foreign language audio magazines in Spanish, French, and German; and music materials in Braille, digital Braille, large print and audio. Applications to receive this assistance are available from either your local library or you can go to  The photo is of the Ruby Sisson Memorial Library in Pagosa Springs, where Debbi recently visited.

Soothing Library Sounds?

Would you say the sounds of your library are serene? If not, take a listen here.


Sorry, there are no polls available at the moment.

(Thanks to Mckinley at Colorado College for pointing out this site.)

What do Millennials want from the library?

“By 2010, the Millennial generation—those now 14 to 28—will outnumber their Boomer parents.” Colorado’s own Lynn Silipigni Connaway, OCLC Programs and Research, has written a short but information-packed article summarizing the latest research in the October issue of Next Space: the OCLC Newsletter.
Check it out at:

Kreger joins State Library

I am delighted to announce the hiring and arrival of Christine Kreger as the new Technology & Digital Initiatives Consultant at the State Library.

Christine Kreger On the job less than three weeks, she has already begun making an impact as a member of a newly-formed Technology Leadership Core, an internal group designed to bring standardization and fresh energy to the State Library’s investment in strategic initiatives related to online learning and training, development of technology-based collaboration tools, tracking technology trends in Colorado libraries, and more.

Christine brings more than 18 years of library experience to her new position, most recently as Internet Librarian for the Arapahoe Library District where she developed and coordinated web content for the ALD’s public web site for five years. Continue reading ‘Kreger joins State Library’

Colorado’s Municipal League and Public Library Grants

The most recent Colorado Municipal League newsletter (CML Newsletter, November 19, 2008; has a blurb on public library grants.  This newsletter goes to many city and town managers.  Libraries could use this newsletter as a way to start a dialog with local officials about grant funding.  Check it out:
Non-traditional use of libraries
Once an institution devoted to book circulation, the public library is evolving. A recent study of the members of ICMA, the premier local government leadership and management organization, found some communities are using their public libraries for projects providing services for teens, immigrant residents, recycling, health and public safety.

During the next two years, with the help of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, ICMA plans to encourage adoption of more such leading practices through the ICMA Public Library Innovation Grant. Local governments can employ these grants to develop new and creative ways of using their public library to deliver services in areas such as public safety, disaster preparedness, sustainability, health, immigration, civic engagement, and economic development.

For more information, contact Molly Donelan Applications, guidelines and a budget template are available at

The Kids Have It! Children’s Use of Public Libraries Continues to Grow

According to a recent study by the Colorado State Library, Library Research Services, during the last decade, circulation of public library children’s materials and participation in public library programs for children increased significantly in the state.

In Colorado public libraries from 1998 to 2007…

  • The number of circulation transactions for children’s materials rose 41 percent from 13.5 to 19.1 million.
  • Attendance at children’s programs increased 53 percent, going from some 810,000 to 1.24 million.
  • The number of children’s programs showed the highest rate of increase at 58 percent, going from 31,165 to 49,136 programs annually.
  • Children’s circulation transactions totaled some 159.1 million and children’s program attendance totaled 10.2 million.

Clearly, public libraries are supporting children’s learning by collecting materials that children wish to read and providing appealing library-sponsored programs.
For more on this study, see

Top Trends in Colorado Libraries – 2008

For the CAL Conference 2008, Communities and Libraries, I created this list of top ten trends in Colorado libraries related to communities and libraries. Examples are also below. I provided this for the Commissioner of Education for his opening keynote presentation. Thought others might be interested.
Early childhood brain research is changing library storytimes.*

  • Multimedia production in libraries – videos, podcasts, etc.
  • Literacy – engaging the larger community (One Book, etc.)
  • The Library Online* – AskColorado, local archives online, 21 Plinkit websites
  • Green Buildings
  • Creation spaces, activities, collections
  • Community Outreach
  • Job support and economic development
  • Gaming*
  • Services to Special Populations*

* Indicates a topic in which the State Library is involved. Continue reading ‘Top Trends in Colorado Libraries – 2008’

Strut your library’s stuff at ALA Midwinter!


Here’s a fabulous chance to strut your library’s stuff at ALA Midwinter!

The Colorado Association of Libraries and Denver Public Library are cosponsoring a booth at ALA Midwinter and will be running a continual slide show featuring you. Any Colorado library, library association or service group is welcome to submit content for a slide. The slide show will be archived online, making it available for attendees after the conference and for anyone that wants to find out why Colorado libraries are so great!

The Rules:

  • No more than two images (subject to resizing and formatting)
  • 15 words of text
  • One URL
  • One logo

Our editor, Megan Kinney, will assemble your elements into a slick looking slide to go into the presentation that will be rolling in our ALA MW booth.

By December 1, email your images (two images, one logo) as attachments and in the body of the email, include your 15-word text and url to: with the Subject: ALAMW Slide – Your Library Name

This effort organized and supported by CLiC, CAL, DPL and ALA Councilor Shelley Walchak.

“Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World”

Dewey the Libary Cat

Dewey is coming to the big screen (reportedly starring Meryl Streep). Library Cat is a movie about a stray cat’s impact on an Iowa town. “Abandoned as a kitten in the Spencer Public Library’s book-return box one January night in 1988, Dewey was adopted by librarians and named by the town in a write-in contest. He lived happily ever after at the library, sleeping in the stacks (he liked Westerns), riding the book cart, leaping from fluorescent light fixtures and sitting on patrons’ laps.”

Being the crazy cat person that I am, this will be a must see. Do any Colorado libraries out there have a library cat? I wish I could bring my cat Mia to the office…but she probably wouldn’t care for the drive in.

I haven’t read the book yet. If you have, please leave a comment and tell us what you thought.