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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:

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:

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:

Visit to learn more. Specific questions regarding these events can be sent to Lee Wheeler-Berliner.

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)

La Junta Makes a Big Splash!

The Woodruff Memorial Library in La Junta is making a big splash this year with hundreds of children signed up and attending the Summer Reading Program. Each year the staff decorates the the library in fantastic style. This year boasts a real live boat, fabric galore, tinted windows, stuffed animals everywhere, and a Tiki house to pick up prizes. And boy do they have the prizes – a Sony Reader, a jar full of coins, pool passes, and so much more. Kids are certainly reading tons of books, which is exactly what the staff had in mind. Congratulations on a terrific program, Woodruff!

Businesses promote library

Hats off to local artist, Mary Jean Fowler, who created a paper Mache frog, which is now  displayed in the local grocery store (Charlies) in La Veta, CO . The frog encourages folks  to visit the public library. What a wonderful display of cooperation and collaboration between local business people and the library. Thanks go to Library Director, Sandy Hackbarth, for submitting this photo and other photos of figures throughout the town.

Books fixed, librarians happy

Librarians arrived in droves with their sadly mangled books tucked under their arms or stashed in book bags. Their mission – get those books back on the shelves! Kary Barth from Kapco Inc. conducted a three hour book repair workshop sponsored by CLiC and hosted by the Pueblo City-County Library District. Librarians left with grins and newly repaired books.

Former school now library

Director Monica Birrier is awarded the History Colorado's 2010Preservation Award Due to the diligent efforts of library director, Monica Birrer, board, staff and many townsfolk – Walsenburg now has a very unique and beautiful library. Instantly famous because of preservation efforts (saving a vacant school) and energy efficient features (Geothermal), the Spanish Peaks Library District has won the 2010 Stephen H. Hart Award, which recognizes outstanding projects and individual achievements in archaeology and historic preservation throughout Colorado. Kudos, Monica (dressed in red) for devoting these past few years to this inspiring project! Read more.

Colorado Adds Three Movers & Shakers

There were 11, and now there are 14!LJ Movers & Shakers

Welcome to 2010, the year when Colorado added THREE new Movers and Shakers to the inductee ranks. This annual honor is sponsored by Library Journal. Congratulations go to CLiC’s own Judy Van Acker (who also blogs here regularly on Colorado Libraries, in her “free” time…), Matt Hamilton at Boulder Public Library, and Steve Lawson at Colorado College.

“They are nominated by their colleagues, friends, bosses, or just plain admirers; these innovators are shaping the future of libraries. They hail from all corners of the library world and several nations. With this year’s group of 50, they now number some 450,” says Library Journal.

For a full geographic look at how all the Movers & Shakers over the years are distributed, see this LJ web page.

Colorado has good fortune to be considered the stompin’ grounds for the likes of fantastic people like Judy, Matt and Steve!

An Evening with John Adams

The John Adams Unbound exhibit scheduled to appear on the CSU- Pueblo campus March 8- April 15. The University Library will host the exhibit, which will be in the foyer of Hoag Hall. A sneak peek of the Adams exhibit will be held from 6-7 p.m. in the Occhiato University Center Hearthwell Lounge followed by the dinner in the OUC Ballroom at 7 p.m. and the live performance at 8 p.m. The cost is $35 per person or $350 for a table of 10. To purchase tickets or a table, contact Julie Fronmueller at 719-549-2826 or For more information on the event click here.

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)

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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