Libraries and State Parks Connections!

Check out this new program launched by the Colorado State Library, local library systems, and Colorado Parks and Wildlife to encourage people to visit state parks and get outdoors: patrons can check out a backpack containing maps, brochures, binoculars, and other materials including a park pass.   The pilot project is starting now with 8 libraries in Colorado who received two “Check Out State Parks” passes along with the backpacks running until March 31, 2016. The full program will launch to all 260 libraries in the state April 1, 2016. Find out more here or click the image below!


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Green Library Presentation

I was thrilled to present a workshop on Creating a Green Environment @ your library for the Southwest Workshop Days last thursday and friday in Durango, CO (a place I use  to live and work!) My slides, links and resources are on my wiki.  The workshop was held at the new Durango Public Library – a LEED gold certified library! There were attendees from other libraries in colorado planning to build or recently built green buildings  such as Mancos Public Library (LEED certified) Naturita Public Library (1st strawbale library in colorado) and Gunnison County library District (hoping to build green!) Here are more LEED certified buildings in Colorado.

Southwest Colorado Libraries Build Green

On the ALA Tech Source Blog Tom Peters blogs an interview with Victoria Petersen, Technology Manager of the Mancos Public Library in southwest Colorado (and one of my favorite small public libraries!) about the details of green building.  (A side note here: Tom and Victoria connected while working together to build Emerald City, an island in Second Life devoted to helping libraries and library-related organizations to become more environmentally friendly!)   Two southwest Colorado libraries, Mancos Public along with Durango Public library are both building green libraries. The Durango Public Library’s new green building will open on December 1st. Mancos Public Library’s building is still under construction.  Check out this interview for ins and outs of green building.