Archive for the 'Library Visits' Category

Join us for the last NRS Roadshow of the season!

Don’t be left out in the cold! Join us for the last NRS Roadshow of the year at the Ignacio Community Library on Thursday September 15, 2011 from 8 AM -12 PM.

Registration is required by September 9, 2011.

What is a roadshow you ask?

 Simply a really fun way to network with your library peers, learn more about unique library services (Plinkit, AskColorado/AskAcademic,SWIFT, Colorado Historic Newspapers, Colorado Virtual Library), and eat free food!

Can you think of a better way to spend a fall morning?

Still curious? Check out the pictures of past roadshows on Flickr!  You won’t be able to resist!

It’s not very often that you can travel to Westcliffe, one of the most beautiful spots in Colorado, and meet in such a fantastic library with such an amazing group of library folks. The SEADs (SouthEast Area Directors) group meets quarterly and shares best practices and finds solutions to problems that face all library directors. Marty Frick, the director of the West Custer County Library District, led us through her art-filled library that was humming with locals. Folks in the photo from left to right include Kathy Knox, Nan Davenport, Sandy Hackbarth, Jane Besel, Jon Walker, Sue Keefer, Jeff Donlan, Judy Van Acker, Gene Hainer, Monica Birrer, Sandy Messick, Gypsy Kelso, Marty Frick and Sheila Henry.

SEALS July 2010 (1)

Summertime Fun!

Visited some libraries yesterday. Discovered what they are up to – Making a Splash! If you have photos you’d like to share – email them to . We’ll put them up on the Colorado Libraries Blog Flickr site. We wanna see your pics!

The State Library at CAL

The Colorado State Library will have a variety of pre-conferences and workshops at the 2009 CAL Conference.  Don’t forget to stop by our booth on Friday and Saturday in the Exhibits Area. We would love to:

  • * Share with you the latest services and resources we can offer Colorado libraries
  • * Hear how libraries have transformed your lives

CSL at CAL 2009 – Schedule (PDF)

TechFest 2009

Anythink LogoI spent an awesome day at the Anythink Brighton location last Monday for TechFest 2009. The day started off with a bang with a presentation by David Lee King, followed by a full schedule including staff presentations on web 2.0 tools, and technology,  a Technology Petting Zoo, and gaming. Continue reading ‘TechFest 2009’

Tour a new Arapahoe Library District branch

I paid a recent unscheduled visit to the new Southglenn Library, a branch of the Arapahoe Library District. Hearing reports about the design of this library, I was interested to find out what was new, what was tried and what was true.

Cafe tables, Southglenn Library

What greeted me was an open layout, a sense of airy space, and a notably clean view from one side of the library to the other.

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Northeast Directors Meet

Akron Public LibraryIn rural NE Colorado, the directors of several public libraries gathered last Friday to network and commiserate on the success of their services to their communities. Judy, Shelley and I had the good fortune to share information and lunch with this bunch. We met downstairs in the recently-renovated Akron Public Library, which is such a warm and cozy space. What a great community hub! See our Flickr account for more photos, including the wonderful interior.

For small libraries in Colorado, staffing and volunteers are particularly crucial for day-to-day operations. Directors wear a dozen different hats, so to take time away from daily work for this kind of networking and information sharing is no small decision.  Our thanks to all of those who made the trip, and to Jan McCracken, Akron’s director, for hosting!

Spanish Peaks Photo Tour

Spanish Peaks Library DistrictSouthEast Area public Library Directors (SEADs) periodically meet. Where? In the southeast! On Wednesday this week the gang met at the new Spanish Peaks Library in Walsenburg. In addition to talking shop, attendees were treated to a comprehensive tour of this eco-friendly library. Check out our Flickr site for more photos, including rare behind-the-scenes shots of the 2nd and 3rd floors to get a sense of how the 1st floor looked before it was renovated!

ARRA talk in rural Colorado

Last week I visited Carol Lee Dugan, Library Director, at the Monte Vista Carnegie library.  We were talking about the broadband initiative. Here is what is happening in her town.
Carol was approached by her local telecom company to see if the library would be interested in loaning out video cameras. The company wanted to insert this collaborative piece into their grant proposal.
Carol is also in discussion with a renewable energy company who wants to install a thermal pump heating system at their new branch in South Fork. Tax credits may be available for investing in renewable energy. Can anyone else add to this discussion about the advantages of using tax credits?
Of course the library will have to pick up part of the funds to install, but in the long run it could prove a good long term solution to rising energy prices. Finally…

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Public Invited to Naturita on August 7th for Grand Opening of America’s Second Strawbale Library

The Montrose Regional Library District will be having a grand opening for the Naturita Community Library on Friday, August 7th at 107 W 1st Avenue in Naturita.  Tours begin at 5pm, with a dedication and ribbon cutting at 6pm.  A free community barbeque and live music will follow.  The Naturita Community Library is America’s second strawbale library, and incorporates many environmentally sustainable features, including geothermal heating and cooling, and earth-based plasters.

Naturita Grand Opening 7.31.09

View entire press release (PDF)

More information:

Paul Paladino, Director, 970-249-9656 or 970-275-2958      
Amy McBride
, Dvpt Officer, 970-249-9656 or 970-433-8779