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Free SIPA Services and Grants Webinar

Do You Know About SIPA?

SIPA (https://www.colorado.gov/sipa) stands for the Statewide Internet Portal Authority.  SIPA was formed by the Colorado General Assembly to provide efficient and effective e-Government services for Colorado government entities and their citizens through the use of modern business practices and innovative technology.

Some of the services they provide – at free or discounted cost – include, but are not limited to:
– Payment Processing
– Event Registration
– Websites on Colorado.gov
– Google Apps for Government

SIPA also offers micro-grants to help you improve and streamline services that will assist in providing more information and technology online to citizens. In the past, these grants have been used for everything from scanners to funding historic newspaper digitization.

Briana Milligan from Colorado’s SIPA will share the possibilities and power of working with SIPA. She’ll also tell us more about their upcoming fall grant cycle.

Join us at 12:00 on October 9th to learn more about what SIPA and SIPA’s grants can do for your library and community.  This webinar will be hosted  by Christine Kreger and Mary McCarthy of the Colorado State Library.

Webinar access:

Protecting Cultural Collections – FREE Workshops

Register now for a FREE two-part workshop on Protecting Cultural Collections, available in both Fort Collins and Colorado Springs. Topics include disaster prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery.

Part 1: Prevention & Preparedness – 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

  • Ft. Collins: Wednesday, June 22, 2011 – Colorado State University, Morgan Library
  • Colorado Springs: Wednesday, June 29, 2011 – University of Colorado, Kraemer Family Library

Part 2: Response & Recovery – 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

  • Ft. Collins: Tuesday, July 26, 2011 – Colorado State University, Morgan Library
  • Colorado Springs: Thursday, July 28, 2011 – University of Colorado, Kraemer Family Library

Sponsored by: Western States & Territories Preservation Assistance Service (WESTPAS)
Instructor: Julie Page, Co-Coordinator, California Preservation Program and WESTPAS

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Literacy-Enhanced Storytimes Workshop – April 15

Want to juice up your library storytime? Make your storytimes better-than-ever? Attend a FREE all-day interactive and hands-on workshop using the 6 skills and techniques of Every Child Ready to Read (ECRR) in your library storytimes.

Participants will walk away with a better understanding of the importance of age appropriate materials, early literacy research, connecting with parents, and dialogic reading, and will see a demonstration of a literacy-enhanced storytime by an expert.

Experienced trainer Carol Wagstaff (Douglas County Libraries) and Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy (CLEL) will review ECRR resources and coach you through how you can use ECRR techniques and plan a literacy-enhanced storytime.

The workshop will be limited to 20 participants and priority will be given to Western Slope libraries.

Location: Durango Public Library
Date & Time:
Friday, April 15, 8:30am-3pm
Patricia Froehlich, CDE – State Library, 303-866-6908

REGISTER NOW! (at least 1 week in advance)
View flyer (PDF)

Free Library Subscriptions to “care ADvantage” (Alzheimer’s disease) magazine

On behalf of Melissa Austen, National Events Coordinator, Alzheimer’s Foundation of America:

The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America is offering free library subscriptions to care ADvantage, a quarterly publication for caregivers and individuals affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related illnesses.

Each issue of care ADvantage presents articles written by top experts in their respective fields, offering valuable information and insight into a wide range of timely topics from the medical and practical to the emotional and inspirational.

Over 200 public libraries nationwide have subscribed thus far, and we would love to extend an invitation to you to join them in providing this magazine so patrons who are affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related illnesses can have greater access to the information and support that is available to them. We would also greatly appreciate your help in spreading the word to other libraries across the nation, if possible.

Every library in your system can each receive one free issue per quarter, with no end date to their subscription. Please call 866-AFA-8484, Ext. 111 or email Melissa Austen to subscribe or to request a sample copy of the magazine.

NASA Space Science Workshop

On behalf of Keliann LaConte, Education Department, Lunar and Planetary Institute:

Connect children and youth with your library’s space science resources! Join us for a FREE NASA-supported workshop designed to help you bring space science to your programs through hands-on activities.

Harmony Library
4616 South Shields
Fort Collins, Colorado 80526
September 2-3, 2010

“Explore! Hero Moon” will acquaint you NASA’s investigations into the ongoing saga that has shaped our Moon. Discover our scientific, cultural, and personal understanding of Earth’s nearest natural neighbor. Scientists and educators from the NASA Lunar Science Institute and the Lunar and Planetary Institute will share space science information, resources, hands-on activities, and demonstrations developed specifically for you to infuse into your programs with children and youth ages 8 to 13 and their families.

The workshop is FREE. A $150 stipend is available for 30 participants. A stipend request form will be emailed to participants on a first-come-first-accepted basis.

Space is limited! Register by July 16, 2010.

View flyer (PDF)

2010 Statewide Summer Reading Program – TO DOs

  1. Register for the 2010 summer reading program and request FREE materials. (Libraries that have already registered will receive their materials by the end of January.)
  2. Apply for a $175 Mini-Grant. Applications are due January 29, 2010.
  3. Weigh in on the slogan and theme suggestions for summers 2012 and 2013.

Contact Michelle Gebhart or Patricia Froehlich with questions.

Free Web 2.0 Training for Librarians and Staff

Colorado Libraries 2.0 LogoWant to use Web 2.0 to communicate instantly and effectively? What about collaborating in real time, sharing photos, videos, and documents, or using other tools to increase productivity?

We all know that Web 2.0 tools are essential for communicating and creating in today’s fast-paced world. If there are tools that you or your staff want to learn more about, or if you just need to brush up on the basics, please visit the Colorado Libraries 2.0 website.

Colorado Libraries 2.0 is a FREE learning program to help library staff become familiar with Web 2.0 tools. The program is designed in modules associated with categories of tools:

1. Communication
2. Collaboration
3. Visual Communications
4. Personal Learning Environments (PLE)
5. Productivity Tools
6. A capstone project – Your PLE

Additional modules will be available in 2010.

Join with others from your library to get the most from the program !

Colorado Libraries 2.0 was created by Reach – Leading Learning in Libraries – a group of library staff members committed to sharing continuing education opportunities with others.

Register Now for 2010 Summer Reading

READ Pin for 2010 Summer Reading ProgramREGISTER NOW for the 2010 Statewide Summer Reading Programs! The themes are Make a Splash @ Your Library (children) and Make Waves @ Your Library (teens).

Registration entitles you to the following free materials:

  • *A program manual which contains children’s and teen activities, as well as a disc with graphics for both programs;
  • * A basic kit of children’s incentive materials which includes posters, bookmarks, certificates, and stickers (will be sent in spring 2010); and
  • * A basic kit of teen incentive materials which includes posters, bookmarks, reading records, and temporary tattoos (the teen basic kits are available to the first 100 registrants only, and will be sent in spring 2010).


  1. Public libraries must register by library jurisdiction and not by individual branches. Please appoint one person to register for all branches in your jurisdiction, and request sufficient materials for all.
  2. Please ensure that you have completed your reports for the 2009 summer reading program and for the 2009 mini-grants (if you received one). Libraries that have not completed these reports will not be eligible for 2010 materials.

An Introduction to Drupal for Libraries

An Introduction to Drupal for Libraries: August 28, 2009, 12-1pm PDT

Looking for a better way to manage your web site content?  Want more advanced functionality and/or social networking features?  Drupal is  an award-winning, open source content management system being used by  major corporations worldwide and is now being widely adopted by the  library community.  Learn more about the pros and cons of Drupal and how libraries are using it to make their web presences more effective and efficient.  Discover library-specific add-ons (modules) that can  make your new Drupal site even more extensible.

There is no charge for  this webinar.  Pre-registration is not required. Click here for more information and to participate. Continue reading ‘An Introduction to Drupal for Libraries’

Colorado Blue Spruce Award Books Available for Summer Circulation

The Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award recognizes the most popular books among middle and high school students in the State of Colorado. Teens nominate their favorite titles and select the winner – adults do not vote. All the materials needed to participate in the Blue Spruce Award can be found on this site, and may be freely printed and distributed.

Traveling book sets are available to all interested parties. If you don’t want to tie up circulation of your library’s copies, or if you don’t have a budget for multiple copies of all the titles, this is a great way to do a quick and easy display! We will send you, free of charge via courier, a complete set of the Blue Spruce nominees as well as booktalks for each title. Sets may be kept for three weeks and the borrower is responsible for arranging for return courier at the end of the loan period.

For more information about traveling book sets, or to schedule a delivery, contact Barb Kellogg.