Monthly Archive for January, 2014

CO Libraries Can’t Help Being Awesome

Congrats to the Pine River Library in Bayfield, CO for it’s noteworthy honor of being deemed by Library Journal as the “Best Small Library in America 2014”!!

The award was conceived in 2005 and is cosponsored by the Gates Foundation. The purpose of the award is to honor public libraries demonstrating fantastic work within their 25,000 or less communities. With the population of Bayfield just shy of 9000, the Pine River Library certainly met the “small library” criteria.  It has also undergone changes the last couple years and has adopted  the motto “connecting people to possibilities”.  This has ignited valuable community support for the library, including funding and time in the form of volunteers. They were also able to add an addition to the library in 2013, which provided meeting rooms, a “teen zone” , expanded Wi-Fi availability and technology upgrades, including a SMART Board.  However, the additions did not stop at just the inside structure. The library created a “Living Library” – an outdoor space made up of a community garden, orchard, and a greenhouse.

What an excellent example of what is possible for rural communities and libraries around the state (as well as nationwide apparently!).

Source (and article in full):

Sick Lit – A Threat to Young Adults?

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

The movie poster for John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars was recently released which is certain to reignite the conversation about “sick lit”. Sick lit is YA fiction dealing with real-life situations such as suicide, death, disease, and self harm.  Some of the arguments for and against are presented below:


  • “When young people are lost in such traumatic states, it’s vital that they don’t feel alone. Isolation makes the situation worse and their problems more entrenched. Novels and stories on the subject offer a sense of commonality and, most importantly, a sense of hope.” -Phil Earle, author of Saving Daisy.
    Continue reading ‘Sick Lit – A Threat to Young Adults?’

Streaming Storytime and Other Events

Recording programs and events for archival purposes and to share with members of your community likely seems like a less than revolutionary idea. But what about live-streaming events so that people in your community, throughout the state, and possibly around the world could join in?

Recently, the Pueblo City-County Library has decided to embark on streaming their programs, with their storytime as their pilot program! (Future videos will be hosted on the Pueblo website.)

One Book 4 Colorado streamed an author event with David Shannon last May, and schools and other library sites were able to join in, even if they couldn’t make it to the packed event at Anythink. Plans are in the works to stream this year’s One Book events, and possibly library events around Literacy Week.

How has your library used technology to reach a broader audience? Could live-streaming be a way you could reach new and different patrons?

Its State Grants for Libraries application time!

The post below is on behalf of Jean Heilig our Fiscal Officer here at CSL.


The Colorado State Library is pleased to announce that the State Grants for Libraries funding cycle is now open. This non-competitive grant provides a minimum $3,000 grant awarded to eligible jurisdictions.  To receive funds, school districts, public library jurisdictions, and academic libraries must submit an Eligibility Form to the State Library by October 1.

The Guidelines and an Eligibility Form for each library type is available at

These grants are being distributed through a $2 million appropriation by the Colorado Legislature for early learning, early literacy and educational materials in publically funded school, public, and academic libraries. It is anticipated this grant will be available annually.

Resources offered on the State Grants website include a preliminary funding allocation chart, Frequently Asked Questions, a checklist for eligible uses, a preview of the reporting form, and strategic purchasing guidance for the early literacy focus. A report on expenditures must be submitted by June 30, 2014 to remain eligible for future funding cycles.

Please join us for a webinar to have your questions answered regarding the guidelines, eligibility requirements, and form submission process. Visit for instructions on how to join the webinar. 

  • PUBLIC LIBRARIES: Monday, September 16, 12-1pm
  • ACADEMIC LIBRARIES: Wednesday, September 18, 12-1pm
  • SCHOOL DISTRICTS: Thursday, September 19, 9-10am 

If you have questions not already answered in the FAQ contact the program manager, Susan H. Burkholder, at  303-866-6660 or Jean Heilig,   303-866-6731.

Webinar: Reach Out and Read and Public Libraries: Great Partners in Early Literacy

Posted on behalf of Beth Crist, Youth and Family Services Consultant for the Colorado State Library

Webinar: Reach Out and Read and Public Libraries: Great Partners in Early Literacy
Tuesday, January 14, 2014, noon to 1:00 MT

Please join Reach Out and Read Colorado and the Colorado State Library for an engaging discussion about working together to promote early literacy. Learn about successful partnerships between Reach Out and Read health clinics and public libraries, and get tips on how you can create a partnership that will improve early literacy outcomes in your community.

There’s no registration needed to attend this free session. Go to to join the session; log in as a guest with your name.

Can’t make it? The session will be archived for you to view at your convenience; watch these lists for the link to the archived webinar and related resources after the live session.

Library Customer Service

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

What are some of the keys of providing excellent customer service at your Library?  Zappos is one company that prides itself on excellent customer service and their 10 Core Values can be applied to the library.

  1. Deliver WOW Through Service –When was the last time that someone had a “WOW” moment in your library?  A technological WOW moment for many users is 3D printing. Continue reading ‘Library Customer Service’

Colorado Libraries Helped Rock Hour of Code

Hour of Code 6In honor of Computer Science Education Week , a challenge was issued to learners of all ages to participate in an Hour of Code to in order to show how easy and fun coding can be!  The response was overwhelming as students, educators and libraries helped contribute to well over 600,000,000 million lines of code.

Many Colorado libraries also participated. Here are some of the programs that were offered during Computer Science Education Week! Continue reading ‘Colorado Libraries Helped Rock Hour of Code’

Mini monies for summer reading!

The 2014 Summer Reading Mini-Grant online application is now available! Go to to view and complete it. This year’s Mini-Grant cycle focuses on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math), the theme of the 2014 Summer Reading Program. Public libraries can use mini-grant funds to purchase STEM-related books for any age, and/or STEM-related equipment to use in outreach and in-house programs or to circulate. Individual branches may apply! Please review the guidelines at as well as the information on and relevant examples of Outcomes-Based Evaluation (OBE) at before beginning the application. The application deadline is January 31, 2014.

This project is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.

If you have any questions about the program or the online form, please let me know. We look forward to receiving your applications!