Monthly Archive for July, 2011

Vote Now for the 2012 Summer Reading READ Pin Design

Here’s your chance to give us your opinion about the 2012 summer reading READ pin design!

The summer reading theme for 2012 is nighttime.

  • Children’s slogan:  Dream Big – Read
  • Teen slogan:  Own the Night
  • Adult slogan:  Between the Covers

We need your responses by Friday, July 29th, 5pm.

BEST Registration Closes Sunday July 24!

Just a friendly reminder that the last day to register for the BEST Conference  (Broadband, E-rate, Sustainability & Technology) is Sunday July 24, 2011 at 5 PM!

Come network fellow Colorado library staff in beautiful Breckenridge! Attendees of this conference can expect to:

  • gain a better understanding of broadband and its importance to their community, their library members, and their library
  • learn about the importance of the Colorado Public Library Technology Standards
  • gain an increased comfort level with technology planning and the benefits of applying for e-rate
  • help build a collegial technology community for Colorado libraries

Thanks to a Gates grant, registration, lodging, food and travel will be covered for one staff member per library (2 staff members may attend if your library serves a population of 100,000 or more).

There is still room, so visit the BEST website and fill out the registration form!  

The Colorado State Library is excited to be able to offer you the BEST!


More Summer Reading Around the State

To continue our coverage of Colorado summer reading programs around the state, here are some great photos from Robin Hohn, Youth Services Librarian at the John C. Fremont Library District in Florence, CO.  Robin says, “This has been a wonderful theme and the kids have really enjoyed it…this has been our highest attended year so far.”

John C. Fremont - Apache the wolf

“First picture is of the kids’ summer program with the kids meeting Apache the wolf. They got to pet and learn all about wolves at our June 28th program where we had record breaking attendance of 241.” Continue reading ‘More Summer Reading Around the State’

CTBL Celebrating 80 Years

At today’s Patron Open House the Colorado Talking Book Library will celebrate 80 years of service and the anniversary of the program. Patrons are served locally through a national network of 113 cooperating libraries. The network is connected through the Library of Congress’s National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS). In the beginning there were just 19 libraries across the country and Colorado was one of the original libraries.

Throughout its history, the NLS program has undergone countless technological changes, rotating through various types of records before switching to cassette tapes in 1969. In 2009, it began offering a digital system that allows for downloading audio books via the internet.

Some interesting facts:

  • The 33 ½ rpm record was first developed for the NLS program before going commercial.
  • The first talking book recorded was Woodrow Wilson’s biography of George Washington.

Happy anniversary to CTBL!

Colorado State Library Consultants are hittin’ the road!

…for a series of regional meetings/picnics for the NRS Roadshow!

 Would you like a free lunch?

  1. Would you like to relax on a lovely summer day with library colleagues from your area of the state?
  2. Would you like to learn more about the services available from NRS: Networking and Resource Sharing unit of the Colorado State Library, including AskColorado/AskAcademic, Plinkit, Swift, Colorado Historic Newspapers, and the Colorado Virtual Library?

If you answered YES to just one of the above, you’re a fantastic candidate to attend one of a series of Regional Meetings/Picnics that will be occurring around the state this summer.

Our next scheduled stop is in Elbert County. Check out the NRS Roadshow website to see when and where the roadshow will stop, and register for any of the locations that suit you! (Registration is required for attendance).

Hope to see you there!

Summer Reading Around the State

Colorado libraries are well into their summer reading programs by now, and we thought it would be nice to see what’s going on around the state. The statewide themes are: “One World, Many Stories” (children), “You Are Here” (teens), and “Novel Destinations” (adults).

Michael Cox, Youth Services Supervisor at the Pueblo City-County Library District, submitted these photos for all to enjoy.

  1. Participants race to put their feet on their home town during the National Geographic Giant Maps event sponsored by the Colorado Geographic Alliance.


  2. Continue reading ‘Summer Reading Around the State’

We Want a Librarian on GLEE Poll

Please take the We Want a Librarian on GLEE Poll. The crisis facing school librarianship suggests a need for a more accurate and positive portrayal in popular culture. Let’s try this strategy. Remember: this is how Betty White got to host SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE! Please spread the word.
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