Monthly Archive for June, 2014

FizzBoomRead: Electricity

Do you think you could build your own alarm clock?  What about a miniature X-Ray machine?  Put on your FizzBoomRead and SparkAReaction thinking caps and get to work!

Boys’ Handicraft – An Electric Alarm Clock (Part I)
Littleton Independent
October 25, 1912

Boys’ Handicraft – An Electric Alarm Clock (Part II)
Littleton Independent
October 25, 1912

Boys’ Handicraft – A Toy X-Ray Machine (Part I)
Kiowa County Press
January 3, 1913

Boys’ Handicraft – A Toy X-Ray Machine (Part II)
Kiowa County Press
January 3, 1913

These articles come from the Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection, a service of the Colorado State Library, History Colorado, and libraries, historical societies, and community organizations in Colorado.

Assassination of Franz Ferdinand

On June 28, 1914 Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife, Sophie, were assassinated while touring Sarajevo.  Franz Ferdinand was the heir to the Austro-Hungarian empire and nephew of Emperor Franz Josef.  Many believe this assassination was the event which caused of the start of World War I.

House of Hapsburg Again Striken
Aspen Democrat-Times
June 29, 1914

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FizzBoomRead: Camping Construction

FizzBoomRead and SparkAReaction summer reading continue with outdoor fun. Kids and Teens from 1913 were a lot handier than some of us today. These instructables include information on building a log bridge and a camp crane.

Boys’ Handicraft – When You Go Camping
Wray Rattler
May 1, 1913

Boys’ Handicraft – For the Summer Camp
Colorado Transcript
May 22, 1913

Handicraft for Boys and Girls – Backyard Camp Stoves
Eagle Valley Enterprise
October 26, 1915

These articles come from the Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection, a service of the Colorado State Library, History Colorado, and libraries, historical societies, and community organizations in Colorado.

Aspen Institute – 65th anniversary

2014 marks the 65th anniversary of the Aspen Institute, started in 1949.  The first celebration, “The Goethe Bicentennial Convocation and Music Festival”
was held from June 27 to July 16, 1949.  2,000 attendees heard, among other things, music from the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra and lectures by Albert Schweitzer.

Symphony Plays For Bicentennial
Aspen Daily Times
January 13, 1949

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FizzBoomRead: Fine Arts

We’re celebrating summer reading with FizzBoomRead and SparkAReaction. This week, we look at some fine arts instructables including a clever trick for copying illustrations using a grid.

Handicraft for Boys and Girls – How to Copy Pictures
Kiowa County Press
January 21, 1916

Handicraft for Boys and Girls – Basket Making with Grasses
Eagle Valley Enterprise
April 7, 1916

Boys’ Handicraft – A Moving-Picture Theater
Colorado Transcript
April 24, 1913

Handicraft for Boys and Girls – Homemade Calendars
Eagle Valley Enterprise
April 14, 1916

These articles come from the Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection, a service of the Colorado State Library, History Colorado, and libraries, historical societies, and community organizations in Colorado.

CSL in Session – Engaged, Embedded, and Enriched Creative Community Connections

CSLinSession

We invite you to attend our next CSL in Session, Engaged, Embedded, and Enriched Creative Community Connections   –Tuesday June 17, 2014 from 12:00 – 1:00 PM (Mountain Daylight Time)

As libraries seek to redefine themselves in a new information age, libraries must develop strategies for engaging with the community. Traditional programs and services are no longer sufficient; libraries must be creative in building community relationships to help frame positive community growth. Learn how three diverse library systems met the challenge of engaging with their communities to create dynamic connections and develop meaningful partnerships that added value to the library AND the community.

The session will be offered via Adobe Connect. You can access the classroom via the CSL in Session website listed below. No registration is necessary!

http://cslinsession.cvlsites.org/

Murder in Leadville

In June 1889, a fire destroyed the building at 112 West Chesnut Street in Leadville.  At first the fire was considered to be an accident, a common-enough one in a town filled with frame buildings, but questions were quickly raised by a local reporter.  The body of Edward Crawley was found in the ruins, causing some to question whether or not he had died of natural causes.  You see, they found a bloody pickaxe in the building.

Effects of A Spree
Leadville Daily and Evening Chronicle
June 13, 1889

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FizzBoomRead – Airplanes and Aeroplanes

AIRPLANES – AEROPLANES

The Collaborative Summer Reading Program themes for 2014 center around STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics).  We’re going to be posting some instructional articles for things kids, teens, and adults might enjoy trying to build.  While these are often listed under “Boys’ Handicraft” we figure you can use that as a “teachable moment” to show all kids and teens that STEM fun is not gender-specific!

Boys’ Handicraft – A Simple Model Aeroplane (Part I)
Kit Carson County Record
December 26, 1912

Boys’ Handicraft – A Simple Model Aeroplane (Part II)
Kit Carson County Record
December 26, 1912

Boys’ Handicraft – A Toy Aeroplane (Part I)
Colorado Transcript
April 10, 1913

Boys’ Handicraft – A Toy Aeroplane (Part II)
Colorado Transcript
April 10, 1913

These articles come from the Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection, a service of the Colorado State Library, History Colorado, and libraries, historical societies, and community organizations in Colorado.

70th Anniversary D-Day Normandy Invasion

June 6, 2014 marks the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion of World War II.  While the date was kept secret, the idea of the Normandy Invasion was announced far in advance. With this assault, the Allies launched their campaign to liberate Western Europe from Axis powers. Over 160,000 Allied troops landed via air, sea, or land on that day.

George Says (scroll down)
Steamboat Pilot
May 11, 1944

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FY14-15 LSTA Grant Project Discussion Webinars

posted on behalf of Jean Heilig

Colorado State Library

FY14-15 LSTA Grant Project Discussion Webinars

Thursday, June 5th 11:30am – 12:30pm or

Tuesday, June 10th 9:00am – 10:00am

Bring your questions regarding potential projects addressing this year’s focus on educational achievement, lifelong learning, economic development, and digital literacy.

The session will begin with a 20 minute overview of this year’s LSTA grant application and timeline. After answering your questions we will open up the session to discuss your project ideas. We can address your technology concerns; tell you if your project fits this year’s focus; help determine if your project is feasible; and much more! Come prepared for a lively discussion!

Access the meeting room online: http://connect.enetcolorado.org/lsta/  Please enter your name as you log in as a guest.

In advance of the meeting, please run through the connection test: http://connect.enetcolorado.org/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm.

There will be a box at the top of the screen that will run the connection test.

Our main form of communication will be via chat.

Please consider logging in to the meeting 5-10 minutes in advance to make sure we can troubleshoot any technical issues, and not take time away from our session to do so.

Thank you and see you online!

Jean