Monthly Archive for August, 2010

Order Summer Reading READ Lapel Pins Now!

Print You may now place your order for READ pins for the 2011 children, teen, and adult summer reading program themes: “One World, Many Stories,”  “You Are Here,” and “Novel Destinations.”

We received over 150 votes for this year’s pin (!), but one of the designs was the clear winner. View the final design. For those who asked, the star on the pin roughly marks the Bermuda Triangle. We think it’s a fun and unexpected design element.

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Business Owner Gives Back

Pichado Photography

A businessman’s letter to the Director of the Manitou Springs Public Library – Margaret Morris (post flood).

“The library is good and dry and all the noisy equipment is gone.

If we can provide  any help getting the library back in order let me know and MediClean will take care of it during our regular scheduled cleaning. I will also donate the time I spent out there Thursday.  I think Public Libraries are the greatest! I know if it wasn’t for the help I received at my local Public Library I would have never been able to start my own business. I spent a lot of time at the my local Library  learning how to use a computer before I could afford to buy my own. A Library is also full of many other resources helpful to the small business person. Also the Free computer classes & helpful staff helped out a lot too. My way of giving back.” ~ Charles Blue

Scheduled Shutdown of Some State Library Services

There is a scheduled full shutdown of several State Library-hosted services while we move our servers and related equipment.

The shutdown will affect the following services, August 19-22:

  • Plinkit-hosted library web sites
  • AskColorado / AskAcademic
  • Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection
  • Library Jobline
  • Some email accounts and listservs

For questions, please contact Jim Duncan.

Libraries Mean Business and so much more

Please read further – past the bullet points. I dare you not to get misty-eyed. ~ Judy VanAcker

Libraries mean business.  ~ Aspen Walker (Douglas County Libraries)

  • We help people get their small business started, and provide resources to help them excel and persist.
  • We draw folks into town and commerce centers, and then they spend their money in area businesses (did you know that the Philip S. Miller Library is the number one reason people visit downtown Castle Rock, Colorado? Between January-July of this year, the library has already 285,566 visitors. That’s almost 9,500+ people a week! And when they do visit, they spend at least $20 in surrounding stores. We’re an anchor store… with a benevolent [and fun!] social purpose).
  • We offer an amazing return on investment. I only pay $42 a year in taxes to fund my local library, but I enjoy hundreds of dollars worth of materials and services every year. In fact, for every dollar invested in my library district, we return at least $5 in value. Magic? No. It’s the sheer wonder of the public library.
  • We help people find jobs. My friend Tana, shared a poignant story with me earlier this year, based on an actual experience she had working in public libraries:

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Rocky Mountain Land Library

I just read about a unique library in Colorado. The mission of the Rocky Mountain Land Library is to “encourage a greater awareness of the land.”

With over 20,000 volumes focused on the land and communities of the Rocky Mountains, the library is working on locating most of the materials at South Park’s Buffalo Peaks Ranch. The ultimate goal is “to provide quiet and inspiration for lifelong learners of all types.”

In partnership with Denver Water and the Thorne Ecological Institute, the RMLL has also established the Kids & Educators Library at Denver Water’s Kassler Center in hopes of connecting kids to nature.

Learn more about this unique library and its resources!

Libraries Mean Business Contest

Libraries Mean Business!  Win $500, $250, or $100 in business or job-hunting resources from CLiC.  We want to find out which library (serving under 100,000 residents) has the best business or job-hunting resources or services available to its community. 

Submit your pick on the CLiC Facebook page.  Here’s how: 1) Leave a wall post on the CLiC’s Facebook page with the heading “Libraries Mean Business”; 2) add your nominee library’s name; and 3) add a URL to the library’s business resources web page or any other information that highlights your nominee’s strength in supporting a community.  If you don’t have a lot of resources, just a great idea, add that idea instead!  

If you are not on Facebook add a comment to this blog page with your nominee.

We’ll collect all the nominees (feel free to nominate your own library), and after we have our nominees — we’ll let you pick the winning libraries!  Let’s get back to business…!/clicweb?ref=ts

Erie wins $5,000 from HISTORY™

Erie (High Plains Library District) wins $5,000 from HISTORY™.


HISTORY™ announced the winners of a special contest for libraries connected with its landmark 12-part television series, AMERICA THE STORY OF US. The series, which premiered on April 25, 2010 and concluded on Memorial Day, was accompanied by the largest education outreach effort in the network’s history. The Library Outreach Contest encouraged libraries to create themed exhibits, media projects, and public programming about the role their community played in the broader national story.
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Vote Now for the 2011 Summer Reading READ Pin Design

Here’s your chance to give us your opinion about the 2011 summer reading READ pin design!


The summer reading theme is a little harder to identify this year… so we went for a globe or map concept.

  • Children’s theme:  One World, Many Stories
  • Teen theme:  You Are Here
  • Adult theme:  Novel Destinations

Don’t forget to fill out the comment section if you have something extra to say.

We need your responses by Friday, August 20th.

Free “Libraries Mean Business” Webinars!

Upcoming webinar series on Libraries and Economic Development Webinars in this series, which is sponsored by the Business Special Interest Group (BSIG) from the Colorado Association of Libraries (CAL), the Colorado State Library, and the Colorado Library Consortium (CLiC), and WebJunction, will run for three Tuesdays in August.

• How to Make Your Library Entrepreneur-Friendly
When: Tuesday, August 17, 2010 – 4:00 PM
During this first session with Christine Hamilton-Pennell you will: 1) Learn how important entrepreneurs and small businesses are to economic growth.  2) Hear case studies of several public libraries and librarians across the country that have developed successful initiatives to support local entrepreneurs. 3) Understand the traits and motivations of library staff who have successfully developed partnerships and service offerings with the local business community. 4) Identify specific steps your library can take to connect with and support your local business community.

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