Monthly Archive for July, 2009

Check Out Lafayette Public Library Hula Video

Posted on behalf of Betsy Stroomer, Lafayette (CO) Public Library:

Each year, we try to plan something a little bit outrageous to thank our community for its participation in our summer reading program.

In keeping with this summer’s creativity theme, our staff pledged to perform a hula at our grand finale program if our readers met or exceed our reading goal of 15,000 hours of reading.  About 10 of us studied hula with a teacher from Boulder’s Halau Hula O Na Mauna Pohaku http://www.maunapohaku.org/ (Hula School of the Rockies) and practiced really hard!

And as it turned out,  we had a lot to celebrate!  3,131 members of our community of about 25,000 read with us (including 300+ adults and 500+ teens) and as of early this week, our readers had reported over 26,000 hours of reading.

About 200 people came to see us make good on our pledge Tuesday night.
We had a blast! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iozgeSw9Jxo

Public Invited to Naturita on August 7th for Grand Opening of America’s Second Strawbale Library

The Montrose Regional Library District will be having a grand opening for the Naturita Community Library on Friday, August 7th at 107 W 1st Avenue in Naturita.  Tours begin at 5pm, with a dedication and ribbon cutting at 6pm.  A free community barbeque and live music will follow.  The Naturita Community Library is America’s second strawbale library, and incorporates many environmentally sustainable features, including geothermal heating and cooling, and earth-based plasters.

Naturita Grand Opening 7.31.09

View entire press release (PDF)

More information:

Paul Paladino, Director, 970-249-9656 or 970-275-2958      
Amy McBride
, Dvpt Officer, 970-249-9656 or 970-433-8779

Eight-City Tour to Collect Feedback on New, Draft P-12 Colorado Academic Standards in Social Studies

An eight-city tour of the state begins Monday, Aug. 10 to listen to feedback from parents and community members on the first sets of revised draft P-12 Colorado Academic Standards in the four social studies content areas. These content areas include civics, economics, geography and history and will replace the current K-12 Colorado Model Content Standards.

Participants will also have the opportunity to review the new expectations in personal financial literacy which are embedded in the revised economics and mathematics standards.

The state-mandated review of all 13 content areas has been divided into three phases.

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An Introduction to Drupal for Libraries

An Introduction to Drupal for Libraries: August 28, 2009, 12-1pm PDT

Looking for a better way to manage your web site content?  Want more advanced functionality and/or social networking features?  Drupal is  an award-winning, open source content management system being used by  major corporations worldwide and is now being widely adopted by the  library community.  Learn more about the pros and cons of Drupal and how libraries are using it to make their web presences more effective and efficient.  Discover library-specific add-ons (modules) that can  make your new Drupal site even more extensible.

There is no charge for  this webinar.  Pre-registration is not required. Click here for more information and to participate. Continue reading ‘An Introduction to Drupal for Libraries’

Libraries at the Heart of Our Communities

Check out this feature article “Libraries at the Heart of Our Communities” in the Summer 2009 issue of the Planning Commissioners Journal.  The writer has done a lot of research, gives examples of various sizes of libraries throughout the country, and makes many great points about the increasingly important role public libraries are playing in their communities.

The article is available as a pdf file at no charge. They are granting blanket permission for librarians (and others) to either photocopy this article or redistribute the pdf. To find out how to receive a complimentary pdf of the article, Libraries at the Heart of the Community:
http://pcj.typepad.com/planning_commissioners_jo/2009/07/libraries.html

CDE Commissioner Jones and Assistant Commissioner Hainer Go to Prison

Not to worry; they were released the same day!  The Colorado State Library’s Institutional Library Development team – Diana Reese, Diane Walden, and Erica MacCreaigh – recently sponsored a tour of the Sterling Correctional Facility libraries and education programs for CDE Commissioner Dwight Jones and his staff.  Warden Kevin Milyard led the group on a tour of the 2,500-bed facility – an environment few get to see.  Highlights of the tour were learning about two State Library programs within the Colorado Department of Corrections: the “Out for Life” and “Read to the Children” programs.

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Sterling Correctional Facility Program Manager Ken Wildenstein, CDE Commissioner Dwight Jones, Colorado State Library Institutions staff Diana Reese, Diane Walden, and Erica MacCreaigh, and CDE Assistant Commissioner Gene Hainer visit the Sterling Correctional Minimum Center Library

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LSTA Grant Readers Needed

The Colorado State Library is looking for volunteers from the library community to review grant applications for the 09-10 LSTA grant offering period. Representatives from public, academic, school, and special libraries are needed.

Volunteers must be available for the grant reading session on 9/2/09, 9am-5pm. The grant reading location is Smokey Hill Library, 5430 S. Biscay Circle, in Centennial. Travel expenses will be reimbursed through the Colorado State Library.

View criteria for volunteers and application questions (PDF)

Send responses to Jean M. Heilig, LSTA Grant Coordinator, by 8/3/09.

ALA Emerging Leaders Program – Deadline July 31, 2009

There’s Still Time to Apply for the 2010 Class of ALA Emerging Leaders Program – Deadline July 31, 2009
The American Library Association (ALA) is now accepting applications for the 2010 class of Emerging Leaders.  Applications can be found at http://www.ala.org/cfapps/emergingleaders/. The deadline to apply is July 31, 2009.
The program is designed to enable approximately 100 library workers to get on the fast track to ALA and professional leadership.  Participants are given the opportunity to work on a variety of projects, network with peers and get an inside look into the ALA structure and activities.

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Grant Readers Sought from Across the State

The Colorado State Library is seeking volunteers from the library community to review grant applications for the 2009-2010 LSTA grant offering period.  Representatives from public, academic, school, and special libraries are encouraged to participate.

The grant reading session will be held  on September 2, 2009 (9am-5pm) at Smokey Hill Library, 5430 S. Biscay Circle, Centennial CO

The criteria for volunteers and application questions appear below.  Continue reading ‘Grant Readers Sought from Across the State’

Children’s Art Benefits Arapahoe Libraries

The Arapahoe Library District is participating in the Tile Project which will showcase the artwork of Colorado children painted on tiles and displayed in the concierge lobby at the new Streets of SouthGlenn shopping plaza. Tiles are $25, and tax-deductible, with all proceeds going to the Arapahoe Library District Friends Foundation to assist with programming such as the Summer Reading Program, writing workshops and computer classes. The tiles will be painted over several Saturdays – August 29th, September 12th, and September 19th with sessions in the morning (10am-1pm) and in the afternoon (1pm-4pm). Tiles, paint and brushes will be provided. There are a limited number of tiles available and time slots are available on a first come, first served basis. The last day to register is September 15th. All participants will be invited to a special breakfast to celebrate the wall’s unveiling.

Those interested in volunteering for the Tile Project or with the Arapahoe Library District, please contact Louise Richey at lrichey@ald.lib.co.us or 303.792.8999 extension 19106.