Monthly Archive for June, 2009

Boring. Historical. CHNC.

History is dull. Dry. Boring as all get-out.

Saturday, June 30, 1894. Buena Vista Herald.

The Western Region. A Dastardly Outrage.
Adjutant General Tarsney Tarred and Feathered at Colorado Springs.

“…kidnapped from the Alamo hotel a few minutes after midnight Saturday morning, by masked men, taken to the suburbs in a hack, and there tarred and feathered. General Tarsney had been in the city for several days attending the examination of the arrested Bull Hill miners…” Continue reading ‘Boring. Historical. CHNC.’

Toys for Checkout

Northwest Toy Library (DPL)

Excerpt by Tara Bannon (Denver Public Library)

The Toy Library is located in the basement of the Denver Public Library’s Smiley branch at 4501 W. 46th Ave. on the edge of Berkeley Park. Their hours are Tuesday 6-7:30, Thursdays 11-Noon (right after Storytime) and Saturdays 10-Noon. The hours are a bit odd, but keep in mind these guys are volunteers and donating their own time to this project.

The best thing about the toy library is that you can check these toys out for FREE! They even have COSTUMES! Website

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Unique check outs

From human anatomy kits to musical instruments, Colorado Libraries are checking out some very unique items.  What atypical items are you checking out? Click on the comment button and let us know. Be sure to include the name of your library. Click on continue reading link to see full list  of unique check outs.

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A revolution is brewing

So, I am sitting here at the TIE (Technology in Education) Pre-conference at Copper Mountain, contemplating all the really cool stuff that can happen in school libraries. Keynote speaker, Dr. David L. Loertscher, Professor, San  Jose State University has gotten librarians all  fired up about creating a Learning Commons. Chelmsford High School in Massachusetts took the leap.  How engaged are your students anyway? Here’s a check list of things that make a library really pop. Still not convinced? Join a conversation with other librarians who are thinking about transforming their library. LJ Article.

AskColorado wins over Westword writer

Recently Cory Casciato, a writer for Denver’s alternative newspaper Westword, stepped into the world of AskColorado. What this writer received through the 24/7 virtual reference service was the kind of top-notch service that many of AskColorado’s unsung librarians offer on a daily basis.

The librarian tested by Casciato in this particular online interaction was Martha Durgy, a.k.a. “Marty,” from Pitkin County Public Library. And boy did Martha do AskColorado librarians proud!

Read the Westword story/blog post about this encounter at: AskColorado has the answers

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Early Childhood Librarians Proposal Funded by IMLS

A proposal to IMLS for full tuition and support for 10 Master’s of Library & Information Science students to become early childhood librarians was funded.  Funding from IMLS for the 3 year project is: $917,891.

This internal and external partnership represents several disciplines, practice areas, and institutions, including: LIS, Child Family & School Psychology, Fisher Early Learning Center, Marsico Institute, Colorado State Library, Arapahoe Library District, Douglas County Libraries, Denver Preschool Program, Clayton Early Learning Institute, and Family Educational Network of Weld County.

Contact Mary Stansbury at Morgridge College of Education, University of Denver for more information.

Use National Story to Raise Awareness of Library Value

Recently the Today Show ran a segment on the important role libraries play during the recession, using data and resources provided by the ALA and public libraries: Libraries lend a hand in tough times

The ALA Public Information Office worked with the Today Show on this segment and has followed up to encourage NBC affiliates to take up the story locally. But you can help extend the reach of this positive story
in several ways: Continue reading ‘Use National Story to Raise Awareness of Library Value’

What is the Ideal School Library?

Tech & Learning has an interesting article that explores some responses related to the question: “what is the ideal school library?”

Of note:

Joyce Valenza (April 30):
“Forgive me if it hurts. In my mind, if you are not an expert in new information and communication tools, you are NOT a media specialist for today.”

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Colorado Blue Spruce Award Books Available for Summer Circulation

The Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award recognizes the most popular books among middle and high school students in the State of Colorado. Teens nominate their favorite titles and select the winner – adults do not vote. All the materials needed to participate in the Blue Spruce Award can be found on this site, and may be freely printed and distributed.

Traveling book sets are available to all interested parties. If you don’t want to tie up circulation of your library’s copies, or if you don’t have a budget for multiple copies of all the titles, this is a great way to do a quick and easy display! We will send you, free of charge via courier, a complete set of the Blue Spruce nominees as well as booktalks for each title. Sets may be kept for three weeks and the borrower is responsible for arranging for return courier at the end of the loan period.

For more information about traveling book sets, or to schedule a delivery, contact Barb Kellogg.

Colorado State Library Announces Online Town Hall Meetings

FY09-10 LSTA Grant Project Discussion

*Wednesday, June 24th, 12pm-1pm AND Friday, June 26th, 9am-10am

Bring your questions regarding potential projects addressing this year’s LSTA goal: “Colorado residents will be able to access resources and services electronically through libraries to meet their information and learning needs.”

The session will begin with a 10 minute overview of this year’s LSTA grant application and timeline. After answering your questions we will open up the session to discuss your project ideas. We can address your technology concerns; tell you if your project fits this year’s goal; help determine if your project is feasible; and much more! Come prepared for a lively discussion! Continue reading ‘Colorado State Library Announces Online Town Hall Meetings’