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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)

Youth Services Workshop – Westminster, 10.16.09

Last week, I was fortunate enough to attend the last of six Youth Services workshops being held around the state.  The College Hill Library in Westminster hosted (and couldn’t have been more gracious), and I do believe a great time was had by all.

In the morning, Kathy Barco from the Albuquerque Public Library presented ideas for 2010 summer reading, including decorations, crafts, celebrations, activities, refreshments, programs, and more. The themes are “Make a Splash @ Your Library” (children) and “Make Waves @ Your Library” (teens).

The afternoon included discussion of after-school programming, a report on the LSTA Early Literacy (CLEL) Storytime grants, an update on State Library youth services initiatives, and of course distribution of the 2010 statewide summer reading program manuals.

Here are some of the photos I took during the day. Enjoy!

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Kathy Barco presenting an activity (making fish headbands out of balloons), and some of the participants enjoying their new looks.

The fabulous staff at the College Hill Library in Westminster. Continue reading ‘Youth Services Workshop – Westminster, 10.16.09’

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!

Libraries awarded grants for key projects

The dust has settled on the 2009-10 LSTA grants to libraries process. With the economy in the state wobbly and libraries doing all they can to scrape by, it’s not surprising that $792,285 worth of grant proposals were submitted, competing for the $400,000 allocated to Colorado through the Library Services and Technology Act.

Teams of grant reviewers, composed of librarians of all types from throughout Colorado, scrutinized every word within each proposal. For a library or library service organization to prepare a top-notch proposal is no small feat, and reviewers took their task just as seriously.

The breadth of proposals, both in terms of content and reach in Colorado, was impressive.  All grants awarded addressed the long-range goal “that Colorado’s residents will be able to access resources and services electronically through libraries to meet their information and learning needs.”

A list of 10 grants awarded for 2009-10 follows below. For more information about the LSTA grant submission and review process, your questions are welcomed by Jean Marie Heilig, LSTA Grant Coordinator (

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Two Workshop Opportunities

For School Librarians and Other Educators:
“Standards Galore!” Workshops – October 2009-February 2010 – register now!

Join your fellow school librarians and learn about the COMPANION DOCUMENTS that correlate with the new school library “Standards for the 21st Century Learner.”

The attendees will participate in lively discussions and work in groups to develop a better understanding of the new standards documents mentioned above and how to implement them into lesson development and into their school library program.

For Public Library Youth Services Librarians:
Youth Services Workshops – in October – register now!

Annual workshops for public library youth services librarians to network and learn about the 2010 Statewide Summer Reading Program and other youth services in public libraries:

-2010 statewide summer reading programs, presented by Kathy Barco:
-“Make a Splash” (children) and “Make Waves” (teen)

-Lunch and networking

-After-school programming including “The After-School Network”

-Report on the LSTA Early Literacy (CLEL) Storytime grants

-Update on State Library youth services initiatives

-Summer Reading manuals

Contact Michelle Gebhart, 303-866-6894, for more information.

Bennett Library Opening

Bennett It was a beautiful day in Bennett, CO, as Pam Sandlian Smith spoke about their newest library in the Rangeview Library District. The enthusiastic crowd awaited the opening of their new library as speeches were given recognizing those involved in the project. The 7,000 square foot building replaces the original branch that was opened in 1974 on the same site. Many sustainable building practices were used throughout the building including recycled beetle-killed pine for the ceiling and paneling, ground source heating and cooling, solatube natural light sourcing,  and photovoltaic solar array. Also unique to this library, as highlighted in the 6/9/09 Denver Post article, “Adams County Libraries Shelving Dewey Decimal” is the elimination of the Dewey Decimal Classification system replaced by the use of word categories. Another fine example of a Colorado library with an eye to the future. Congratulations to all.

Spring CLiC Workshops – Registration Open!

The keynote speaker for all three workshops is George Needham V.P of OCLC. Don’t miss this event, because George has some very thought-provoking ideas on how your library can be a transformational force in your community.

On top of that, there will be over 25 workshops to choose from.

Registration fee is $35/day with breakfast and lunch included!

Grand Junction

The registration fee bumps up to $40/day two weeks before the event, so register early!

Complete a scholarship form and you may be selected to receive two days of registration – free!

Top Trends in Colorado Libraries – 2008

For the CAL Conference 2008, Communities and Libraries, I created this list of top ten trends in Colorado libraries related to communities and libraries. Examples are also below. I provided this for the Commissioner of Education for his opening keynote presentation. Thought others might be interested.
Early childhood brain research is changing library storytimes.*

  • Multimedia production in libraries – videos, podcasts, etc.
  • Literacy – engaging the larger community (One Book, etc.)
  • The Library Online* – AskColorado, local archives online, 21 Plinkit websites
  • Green Buildings
  • Creation spaces, activities, collections
  • Community Outreach
  • Job support and economic development
  • Gaming*
  • Services to Special Populations*

* Indicates a topic in which the State Library is involved. Continue reading ‘Top Trends in Colorado Libraries – 2008’

Colorado Libraries Awarded Grants for Key Projects

The Colorado State Library today announced grants to 16 school, public and academic libraries for innovative projects designed to improve library services and life-long learning.  The proposals are funded through the federal Library Service and Technology Act (LSTA) allocation to the Colorado Department of Education and Colorado State Library.

This year’s grants totaled nearly $257,000. All grants addressed a goal in the long-range plan to improve library services to Colorado students and adult learners that support educational achievement and lifelong learning.

Awards were made to:

  • Academy School District 20, Summit Preschool and Middle School Programs, Library and Literacy Partnership Program, $7,300
    At-risk middle school students will serve as mentors to at-risk preschool students. They will meet biweekly to select books, read together and engage in questioning activities.


  •  Adams State College, Nielsen Library, Mobile Learning Center and Laptop Loan Program, $18,400 
    The Nielsen Library program will improve access to technology in the San Luis Valley and help the underserved student population use resources at Adams State College. Training sessions will be offered at public schools, community centers, retirement centers and nursing facilities.
  • Arapahoe Library District, Parent and Child Literacy Project, $9,462 
    This grant provides library services to the children of non-English speaking adults. The grant targets children aged three to 11 in the Sheridan branch and new Glendale branch.
  • Boulder Valley Family Literacy Program, General Education Development (GED) at the Library: A Gateway to More, $18,012
    Free adult GED study classes will be offered in the Boulder and Lafayette public libraries
  • Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy (CLEL), Enhancing Colorado Library Story Times: Early Literacy Skills and Messages, $17,922
    Early literacy and library story time practitioners will train library staff in 10 small to medium sized public libraries on the principles, skills and messages of the “Every Child Ready to Read” program developed by the Public Library Association.
  • Colorado Springs School District 11, Penrose Elementary Library Media Center, Using Digital Media and Storytelling to Improve Literacy, $8,445
    Students will improve literacy skills through writing stories and scripts which they will then use to produce digital media projects.


  • Denver Public Library, Central Branch, Technology Empowerment Program, $20,000
    Customers will have improved access to computers, computer training classes and individual assistance in a new technology training room.
  • Douglas County Libraries Foundation, Book Start, $20,000
    Early literacy training will be available for child care providers in 48 child care facilities. Twenty-five volunteers will be trained and 1,200 children will receive close to 5,500 hours per week of literacy instruction.
  • Estes Park Public Library Foundation, Estes Valley Partnership to Expand and Enrich Informal Education, $18,533
    Estes Park Public Library in partnership with various organizations will provide educational after school programs for children attending grades four through eight.
  • Fort Collins Regional Library District, Book Express, $20,000
    The library district will partner with the Poudre School District to pilot a book by mail program. This program will target approximately 800 preschool through sixth grade children in rural areas of the library district.
  • Fort Lewis College, John F. Reed Library, Fort Lewis College Research Commons, $14,350
    An electronic collection of original student work consisting of research papers, portfolios and creative works will be formed. The digital repository will serve as a publishing, research and learning instrument for students.  
  • Johnson & Wales University, Connecting Information Literacy to Learning, $19,929 
    Students will have access to a larger computer lab where they will develop skills in obtaining, evaluating, and using information in an effective and socially responsible manner.
  • Loveland Public Library, Loveland Kids Love to Read: Loveland Public Library Literacy Outreach, $16,581
    The Loveland Public Library in collaboration with the City of Loveland Housing Authority will provide 90 minute bimonthly literacy programs with groups of children ages three to 14 years of age in six low income complexes in Loveland. Their goal is to have 1,632 contacts with resident children. 
  • Pikes Peak Library District, Ready Set Read! $16,374
    Staff training will be provided to assist parents, teachers, and tutors in the identification of appropriate reading level materials for students. All new and existing materials will be remarked and shelved according to reading level making them easier to locate.
  • Pueblo County School District 70, Vineland Elementary School Media Center, The Missing Link-Linking Student Achievement with the Community Library, $1,517
    Students and their parents will have access to an upgraded and expanded Web based Accelerated Reader Program that will encourage and foster student achievement with the use of existing community library resources.
  • State Library’s Special Populations & Issues Committee, Community Conversations, $30,000
    Ten to 12 local libraries will create programming that, via outreach to community leaders, partners, and diverse participants will foster dialogue and lifelong learning about cultural differences.

For more information regarding these grants, contact Jean Marie Heilig, LSTA Coordinator at 303-866-6731 or



A Peek at Cutting Edge

Smoky Hills story time area

When Kathy Knox from Pueblo City County Library District offered to take SE librarians on a library tour – we jumped at the opportunity. Three public libraries were selected – Lone Tree Public Library (Douglas County), DPL’s Schlessman Family Branch, and the Arapahoe Library District’s Smoky Hills Branch. These libraries were selected based on their progressive implementation of

On our tour we saw back room operations (like the mechanical and manual book sorters). We were curious about how a library operates without a circ desk, and got the skinny on that. All three libraries had vibrant children’s areas, and they all had the ambiance of a bookstore. We saw some very clever marketing ideas as well as signage. The dominant theme was flexibility at these beautiful libraries. Take a peek at all the photos – maybe something will capture your eye – something you can implement at your library. Or do you have some cutting edge stuff happening at your library? If so, please share!