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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.

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!

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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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.

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

A library that delivers

Librarian, Babette Reeves, has a very clever way to get books to preschoolers in Alamosa, CO.– she hand delivers them. Storybox Special , an early literacy project, is actually a train filled with children’s books located at the Southern Peaks library. Each month Babette visits a family daycare home to make sure young children have a chance to hold a book.  This Storybox Special project was featured on the Reading Rockets website – a site funded by the U.S. Department of Education. Babette, by the way, has a blog she posts to regularly called the The Passionate Librarian.

Colleague Connection 2009

Join us for the 2009 Colleague Connection! This year’s event is set for Thursday, March 12, 2009 at the University of Denver Driscoll Ballroom.

*Networking, Vendor Exhibits, and Reception begin at 5:30 p.m. The complimentary reception will include beer, wine, sodas, and water with light food.

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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’