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Minding Your Own Business: Library services for businesses and entrepreneurs

CSLinSessionPlease join us for our next CSL in Session, Minding Your Own Business: Library services for businesses and entrepreneurs on Thursday June 25 from 12 – 1 PM (Mountain Time).

Libraries are often great at meeting the individual needs of their patrons, both inside the library and out. But, how well are we serving the businesses in our communities? Come join us for a discussion on the different ways libraries can serve the businesses and entrepreneurs who live and work on our communities. Learn and share ideas about making your library the go-to resource for business people in your community.

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

 

 

Reaching Out: Creating Meaningful Library Services for Patrons Experiencing Homelessness

CSLinSessionJoin us for our next CSL in Session: Reaching Out: Creating Meaningful Library Services for Patrons Experiencing Homelessness on Tuesday April 21 from 3:30p – 4:30p, Mountain Time.

Libraries across the state are developing services, policies, and procedures to ensure individuals, families and unaccompanied youth who are experiencing homelessness in their communities have access the information and services they need to stay connected.

Please join us for this interactive session on library partnerships and services for the patrons experiencing homelessness. Come prepared to engage in a lively discussion, ask your burning questions, and share your experiences!

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

http://cslinsession.cvlsites.org/

Mesa County added to the list of (WIOA) Regional Meetings

Please join us on Friday, March 13th, 2015 for a discussion on the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and what it means for Mesa County. Representatives from the Colorado Workforce Development Council, the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, the Colorado Department of Education, and the Colorado Department of Human Services will be present to share information and answer questions. WIOA calls for the strategic alignment of services across many programs as well as a shared planning process, and this meeting will outline how your program can get involved.

 

The meeting will be held from 7:30 – 9:30 am at the Mesa County Workforce Center, 512 29 ½ Road, Business Center Conference Room B, Grand Junction, Colorado. If interested in attending, please rsvp through this link: . Visit http://www.colorado.gov/cwdc/regional-meetings to learn more. Specific questions regarding this event can be sent to Tracey Garchar or Lee Wheeler-Berliner. We look forward to seeing you on March 13th!

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Regional Meetings

Please join the Colorado Workforce Development Council for regional discussions on the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and what it means for Southeastern Colorado.

Representatives from the Colorado Workforce Development Council, the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, the Colorado Department of Education, and the Colorado Department of Human Services will be present to share information and answer questions. WIOA calls for the strategic alignment of services across many programs as well as a shared planning process, and this meeting will outline how your program can get involved.

Southeastern Colorado

February 25, 2015

The meeting will be held from 9 – 11 am at Trinidad State Junior College, 600 Prospect, Pioneer Room in the Student Center in Trinidad, CO. Please rsvp through this link: http://goo.gl/forms/ZQGc8olaK7.

Southwestern Colorado

March 11, 2015

The meeting will be held from 10:00 – 12 noon in the LaPlata room at the LaPlata County Fairgrounds, 2500 Main Ave., Durango, CO  (map)Please rsvp by March 6th through this link: http://goo.gl/forms/ZQGc8olaK7.

March 12, 2015

The meeting will be held from 9 – 11 am at the Montrose Libraries Community Room, 320 South 2nd, Montrose, Colorado. Please rsvp through this link: http://goo.gl/forms/ZQGc8olaK7.

Visit http://www.colorado.gov/cwdc/regional-meetings to learn more. Specific questions regarding these events can be sent to Lee Wheeler-Berliner.

Missed the Libraries and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Webinar?

Never fear! You can watch the recorded session here!
http://connect.enetcolorado.org/p7ns0d9hod4/

Lee Wheeler-Berliner, the WIOA Project and Change Manager for the Council provided an overview of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, a timeline, and potential opportunities for public libraries. If your library is currently providing workforce services for your community, or is interested in doing so, I recommend reviewing the webinar and contacting Lee with questions that you may have.

Denver Mini Maker Faire Recap

The State Library hosted a booth at the Denver Mini Maker Faire this past weekend, and were joined by the Aurora Public Library, Arapahoe Library District, the Colorado Library Consortium (CLiC), Douglas County Public Libraries, and Jefferson County Public Libraries. Everyone brought something along for attendees to play with, and it was a blast!

Everyone loved Aurora’s marble roller coaster, made with just cardstock and tape, particularly the younger set. You can find the kit online, and each of the Aurora branches will be building their own to coincide with summer reading.

The Occulus Rift that Arapahoe brought was certainly the biggest draw, with a line most of the day both Saturday and Sunday. However, people loved playing with all of our tech, and making buttons and LED badges to wear.

We also happened to be just across from the Denver Public Library’s “Toy Hack,” which lead to some inventive, and at times disturbing, creations.

Overall, the Maker Faire was a great opportunity to get to talk to people about what libraries are offering in the way of new technology and makerspaces, and we were able to have fun while doing it!

New StoryBlocks Videos

Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy (CLEL)—a group of librarians working to strengthen children’s literacy through library services and community advocacy—in collaboration with Rocky Mountain PBS, have just added 8 new videos to the StoryBlocks website, including 2 in Spanish!
The website now features 25 short videos (7 total in Spanish) designed to model to parents, caregivers, preschool teachers, and library staff some songs, rhymes, and fingerplays appropriate for early childhood. Each video includes helpful early literacy tips to increase caregivers’ understanding of child development and pre-literacy needs. Check out StoryBlocks to see all the videos, and let your patrons know about this great resource too!

Wildfire Information


High temperatures, drought-like conditions, gusty winds and lightning strikes have made Colorado a virtual tinderbox. It seems like every day more fires are added to the list. For up to date information about the wildfires burning in our state, visit the Colorado  Office of Emergency Management. Besides posting fire updates on their blog, they also have links to local information sources.
Our “Quick Guide to State Fire and Drought Information” will lead you to resources on wildfire prevention, air quality and fire-related health concerns. Travelers who are concerned about how the fires will affect their visits to the state can find information on a wildfire resource page developed by the Colorado Department of Tourism.
Colorado libraries have also stepped up to help those displaced by fire in their communities. Library staff have set up computer labs and provided story hours and research services in evacuation centers, and much more.

Protecting Cultural Collections: Disaster Prevention, Preparedness, Response & Recovery

The “Protecting Cultural Collections” workshops are presented in a 2-part sequence to produce the following outcomes for disaster preparedness activities:
  • Complete a disaster response & collection salvage plan by the end of Part 2
  • Learn how to train staff to implement your plan effectively
  • Set pre- and post-disaster action priorities for your collections
  • Understand practical decision-making skills needed during an emergency
  • Experience salvage procedures for a wide variety of material including books, documents, photos & objects
Part 1: Prevention & Preparedness
Denver: Wednesday, July 18, 2012, 9am-4pm – University of Colorado, Anschutz Campus
Part 2: Response & Recovery
Denver: Wednesday, August 22, 2012, 9am-4pm – University of Colorado, Anschutz Campus

Colorado Teen Literature Conference – SAVE THE DATE!

The Colorado Teen Literature Conference (CTLC) is currently in the planning stages (and I’m helping!).  Here’s your official SAVE THE DATE notice.

The event will be held on the Auraria campus on March 31, 2011, 8:30am-3:45pm.  Registration opens February 1st and closes March 11th. Keynote authors are Maggie Stiefvater and Todd Mitchell!

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