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Wildfire Information


High temperatures, drought-like conditions, gusty winds and lightning strikes have made Colorado a virtual tinderbox. It seems like every day more fires are added to the list. For up to date information about the wildfires burning in our state, visit the Colorado  Office of Emergency Management. Besides posting fire updates on their blog, they also have links to local information sources.
Our “Quick Guide to State Fire and Drought Information” will lead you to resources on wildfire prevention, air quality and fire-related health concerns. Travelers who are concerned about how the fires will affect their visits to the state can find information on a wildfire resource page developed by the Colorado Department of Tourism.
Colorado libraries have also stepped up to help those displaced by fire in their communities. Library staff have set up computer labs and provided story hours and research services in evacuation centers, and much more.

First issue of “YS News” now available

Check out the first issue of the new monthly newsletter for youth services librarians! YS News will feature articles on learning development, summer reading updates, timely tidbits like grant opportunities and interesting resources, children’s and teen literature news, and an exchange of what’s going on in CO libraries.

See the first issue here (PDF)

Would you like to see a topic covered in the newsletter? Want to share info about your programs? Or perhaps contribute an article? Contact the State Library’s Youth & Family Services Consultant, Beth Crist, 303-866-6908.

Online Twitter Directory for Libraries – Add Your Name!

The State Library has put together a Twitter directory for the Colorado library and education community, and we invite you to add your Twitter username to the list.

This directory is an online version of the content that was previously kept in an ever-growing spreadsheet, for those of you who remember it. Anyone on that spreadsheet has automatically been added to the new directory.

Please check out the directory and look for your Twitter username. If you don’t see it, you may add it by following the Submit an Account link at the top of the page. To edit or remove your information from this directory or to pass on any comments or suggestions, please email Michelle Gebhart. And don’t forget to search for colleagues; this new site makes it easy to search by username or category.Twitter-Icon

More resources on Twitter can be found on the Colorado State Library website, and for “newbies,” the Colorado Libraries 2.0 website offers a Twitter tutorial.

Library Stories from the CSL Booth at CAL

The State Library’s booth at CAL in November 2009 had the theme “Libraries: A Place of Endless Possibilities”. Visitors were encouraged to share their stories by writing them, typing them or telling them (to our flip cameras).

Now you can read or listen to the fantastic stories of your colleagues and celebrate the many ways libraries transform lives.

  • Listen to some of the library stories on our YouTube channel
  • Read the rest of the stories on our presentations page from CAL ’09

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Visit the State Library’s Booth at the CAL Exhibit Hall!

Libraries. A place of endless possibilities. The heart of many stories.

Two people meet in nonfiction and fall in love. A boy finds salvation in his local library and becomes the first in his family to attend college. A suburban mother of four relies on the library’s expert reference service to start her own business, and later is named “Entrepreneur of the Year.”

Come visit the State Library’s booth at the CAL exhibit hall to share YOUR story! You can write it, type it, or tell it (we will have flip cameras). Read fantastic stories of your colleagues and celebrate the many ways libraries transform lives.

Need more reason? Submit YOUR story and become eligible to win one of these fabulous prizes!

State Library at CAL schedule (PDF)

ALA and Safeway Love Libraries

Through a partnership with the American Library Association (ALA), Safeway Inc. is rolling out 5 Safeway-brand cereal boxes with back-panel content about libraries and librarians.  The cereal is available at Safeway’s 1,500 U.S. stores across the U.S.

The panels focus on five content areas:

  • Get rich @ your library lists free resources available at libraries and encourages readers to add up how much they save by using the library’s resources;GetRich BackPanel
  • Learn for a lifetime @ your library features the ways that school and public libraries encourage lifelong learning;
  • Great mysteries answered @ your library contains fun facts about libraries, including the number of questions answered weekly by reference librarians at our nation’s academic and public libraries;
  • Discover the world @ your library positions a library card as a passport to the world; and
  • Discover your family tree @ your library encourages readers to go to the library to research their family tree.

Visit the I Love Libraries site for more information.

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: a Place of Endless Possibilities

We nurture communities, connect people, cultivate ideas, provide inspiration, and tickle the imagination.

Come to the Colorado State Library booth at the 2009 CAL Conference and tell us how libraries have transformed your life. We can attest as to how they have transformed our lives!

View our “library love stories” (PDF)

CO Libraries for Early Literacy Annual Meeting Invitation

Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy (CLEL) is excited to invite you to our first annual meeting! CLEL Logo

Since our organization began in early 2008, we have been a small but determined organization working to strengthen children’s literacy through library services and community advocacy. We have had a chance to work on some very cool projects and are now poised to grow in size and influence. We welcome your interest and involvement!

The meeting will include:

* A session on what early literacy programs and services look like at public libraries across Colorado – gather ideas for your library and share your own ideas with others!
* Time to meet and network with other Colorado library staff interested in early literacy
* A reception honoring our first LSTA grant recipients for all their hard work and early literacy efforts
* How you can get involved with CLEL committees, current projects, and our new LSTA grant
* An overview of the CLEL resources available to help you in your community: our member network, website, blog, Facebook page, and Twitter presence Continue reading ‘CO Libraries for Early Literacy Annual Meeting Invitation’

Libraries and their Role in the Nation’s Economic Recovery

Now that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) has been signed into law, the work to restore our economic stability will become a national priority. Libraries are playing a key role in helping our communities with a multitude of services including resume building, online job searching and free classes.

For additional information about ARRA and how libraries can get involved, visit www.cde.state.co.us/cdelib/LibraryDevelopment/PublicLibraries/ARRA.htm.