Monthly Archive for November, 2013

JCPL workshop for Deaf/Hard of hearing children

JCPL is offering a workshop on December 5th from 5-7:30pm for parents, educators and librarians of deaf and hard of hearing children. It will be held at the Belmar Branch located at 555 S. Allison Pkwy.

The workshop will address “effective book sharing” for reading to this particular user group.

For more information, please review this article on Denver Post’s YourHub:


E-Rate Training Available

Posted on behalf of DeLilah Collins, E-grants and Education technology, Colorado Department of Education

There is still time to register for 2014-2015 E-rate funding year training sessions.

CDE is pleased to offer beginner and advanced training sessions for the 2014-15 E-rate funding year. Training is available for all E-rate applicants and service providers.

The Beginning training session is designed to introduce new applicants to the E-rate process. This training will go over the history of E-rate, application process, and form completion. Applicants are encouraged to bring forms completed in previous years and documentation to complete the form 470 application.

The Advanced session will cover topics new proposed form 470 & 471 in addition to eligible services, contracts, funding issues, appeals and CIPA. If there is a specific topic of interest, be sure to add that topic when completing the registration form.

Greeley – High Plains Library
2650 W. 29th Street
Greeley, CO 80631

  • December 12 – Beginners
  • December 13 – Advanced

Metro – Mile High United Way
Founders Room
2505 18th Street
Denver, CO 80211

  • December 16 – Beginners
  • December 17 – Advanced

Grand Junction – Basil T. Knight Building
596 North Westgate Drive
Grand Junction, CO 81505

  • January 28 – Beginner
  • January 29 – Advanced

Questions? Contact DeLilah Collis at or 303-866-6850.

Public policy & the Transgender Question

Submitted on behalf of Alejandro Marquez, Reference Librarian at the Fort Lewis College and recent ILEAD USA graduate.

Many library staff members see public policy as risk avoidance.  If a patron is watching pornography on the computer then they would refer to their library’s internet use policy for how to handle the situation.  In order to be effective, staff members must have a deeper understanding of the policy, the utility and its’ limitations, and the role of the policy within the organization.  However, public policy is rarely a one size fits all proposition.  One issue that libraries will come to face as their educational counterparts is the transgender question.  Continue reading ‘Public policy & the Transgender Question’

2013 LSTA Recipients

CSL has now determined who the lucky participants of the 2013 grants are. Eight fantastic projects were chosen for the grants. I have listed below who those recipients are and what they plan on doing with their grant  monies. Congrats!



WHO: Douglas County Libraries District

WHAT: eVoke 2.0: CO Statewide eBook Pilot Project

An eBook management solution that will allow libraries (specifically those in rural areas) to manage all forms of digital content.



5th Element logo 2013_2014WHO: Garfield County Libraries

WHAT: The Fifth Element

This is a continuation of last year’s grant for Garfield County Libraries stepping in to assist in the education of the county’s elementary school children after loss of funding for the schools in 2012. It provides enrichment programs on Friday afternoons (a non school day). The emphasis is on STEAM topics.


bone-novelWHO: O’Dea Core Knowledge Elementary School Media Center, Ft. Collins

WHAT: Use of graphic novels in promoting literacy

Not only will reluctant readers be encouraged to read graphic novels or comic books, there will also be use of iPads and software for creating their own graphic novels or comic books.




modern leather couch on orange wallWHO: Arapahoe Library District, Sheridan Branch

WHAT: The Sheridan Family Place Project 

Provide education for parents with children ages 0-5 using play-based early learning and literacy. This is geared more specifically to meet the needs of Spanish-speaking members in the community.


3-d-printing-how-does-a-printer-make-a-fossil_1WHO: University of Boulder Libraries

WHAT: Natural History Collections to CO schools using 3D technology

A 3D digital collection of fossils and archeological artifacts will be presented to 4th graders around the state. This will also include the ability to access the collection online, as well as print out 3D models



autism_pic__alwaysgroup photoWHO: Longmont Public Library

WHAT: Youth Services of ASD Community

Enhance services for children and teens with Autism Spectrum Disorder.


listening-earWHO: Pike’s Peak Library District

WHAT:  Mitigating Hearing Loss

The newest branch in Pike’s Peak Library District will be equipped with a hearing and induction loop which allows a patron’s hearing aid to be used as a “wireless loudspeaker”



eslWHO: Mesa County Public Libraries

WHAT: Adult  Language Learning Project

Establishes a satellite learning program with ESL at the Dual Immersion Academy, while also providing funding for additional adult literacy issues in the county.






State Pubs wants to chat!

CSL is offering a webside chat involving the State Publications Library.

State Pubs has quite the digital repository and the chat will answer questions you may have about support or research assistance we offer; guidance for navigating those pesky government resources; and an overview of navigating the State Publications own collection.

When: Thursday, November 14th from 12-1pm

Where: online of course! Simply enter your name as a guest to log in.

You will need speakers or a headset and all interactive chatting will be via instant messaging.

Do join us! Our State Publications librarians are truly amazing and knowledgeable!

Have you voted?

Yes,  I do realize that voting for state issues has now just passed, but here at the CSL the voting has just begun!  Below you will find information of how to vote for next year’s One Book 4 Colorado:

One Book 4 Colorado—the program in which all 4-year-olds in Colorado get a copy of the same book (and their parents receive an important early literacy message) through public and military libraries, Reach Out and Read CO health clinics, and Denver Preschool Program preschools—will happen again April 7-21! But what will the title be? Help decide by casting your vote for your favorite! There are 3 finalists:

How Do Dinosaurs Learn Their Colors? by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague

Grumpy Bird by Jeremy Tankard

Pigsty by Mark Teague

Go to to vote and be sure to watch the great videos (, produced by Rocky Mountain PBS, of CO celebrities reading each title in English and Spanish.

Please invite your patrons to vote too! Voting is open to everyone through November 30. Use the tools at to help promote the voting and the whole program in your community; resources include a press release, READ posters of some of our celebrity readers, the excellent literacy outcomes of the 2013 One Book 4 Colorado program, and more.

And to help us promote the program and the importance of early literacy statewide, McDonald’s will promote the voting and program all of November at restaurants statewide on trayliners, and Rocky Mountain PBS will air promo clips on their stations.

Please let us know if you have questions or comments about One Book 4 Colorado. Thanks for your help in promoting early literacy and One Book 4 Colorado in your community!



FAQs regarding Evoke 2.0 – LSTA ebook project

On behalf of Jamie LaRue, Director of the Douglas County Libraries, a link to FAQs regarding the new Evoke 2.o can be found below:

Please see below to find the answers to some common questions (and answers) about the statewide ebook project recently funded by LSTA. You’ll find information about project goals, management, and other issues. I’ll issue updates periodically (even after I’ve moved on from DCL).



Some of Colorado’s Libraries are Stars of America!

Below is a repost here of a congratulatory post on our own LRS website (


Image Credit: Library Journal

Library Journal has just released its 2013 Index of Public Library Service and Star Library ratings. This index is a rating system for public libraries nationwide, and libraries earn a star by being in the top 30 of their expenditure peer group (top 15 for the highest expenditure group) on an index score based on four per capita service output statistics: library visits, circulation, program attendance, and public Internet computer use.

Congratulations to the following Colorado libraries that were named star libraries this year:

  • Arapahoe Library District
  • Denver Public Library
  • Douglas County Libraries
  • La Veta Regional Library District
  • Limon Memorial Library
  • Mancos Public Library District
  • Ridgway Library District
  • Swink School/Public Library
  • San Miguel Library District #1/Telluride