Privilege Layer Cake Educational Event

Privileges with which we are born directly impact privileges which we earn.  Join Dr. Kawanna Bright and the CAL Leadership Institute (CALLI) Committee as we explore our privileges.

Dr. Bright spoke about this activity during the Power & Privilege at Play: Equity, Diversity and Inclusivity in the Library Virtual Conference in July 2020.  Joanna Nelson Rendon (CALLI chair) then led the activity with staff at the library, resulting in deepened connections among staff.  The activity is a new way to consider patron access to our libraries.

In this session, we will focus first on understanding our individual privileges, so please be ready to share and explore.  We will then start a conversation around the privileges that we assume patrons have to access libraries and the impact these assumptions have on library services.

When: November 12, 2020 from 1 – 2:30 PM

Cost: Free for CAL members, $10 for non-CAL members

Registration Required

(Size will be limited, so register now!  In the days preceding the event, a personalized email will be sent with the Zoom link.)

International Dyslexia Association’s Annual Literacy Conference

The International Dyslexia Association (IDA) is creating a future for all individuals who struggle with dyslexia and other related reading differences to have richer, more robust lives by providing access to the tools and resources they need until everyone can read. Whether you are a researcher; teacher; administrator; evaluator; service provider; parent, student, or adult with dyslexia, we are confident the conference will be an enriching experience for you.

Fall Youth Services Workshops – Part One

Join us for our Fall Youth Services Workshops!

There will be 4 sessions, each 2 hours long, all virtual on Zoom, and free.

Each session will have a mix of ideas and continuing education from State Library staff and other presenters, along with lots of time for discussion, networking, and idea exchange among participants.

Here’s an overview of each session;

Tues, Nov 10, from 11:00-1:00: All things summer planning: A recap of summer 2020, the most unusual and challenging summer program ever–what worked, what didn’t work, and lessons learned; online reading program platforms; hybrid in-person/remote programs; incentives; and planning in uncertain times.
Join Zoom Meeting:
Passcode: 900602

Friday, Nov 13, from 1:00-3:00: All things early literacy: Join the State Library’s Growing Readers Together team, Gail Yerbic, Melody Garcia and Kate Brunner, for these topics: kindergarten readiness in summer programming; outreach to caregivers; and early literacy (and summer learning programs) is everyone’s job.
Join Zoom Meeting:
Passcode: 538501

Tues, Nov 17, from 11:00-1:00: All things animals: Ideas for the 2021 CSLP theme of Tails and Tales. After an overview of the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) and its 2021 program and manual, we’ll discuss programming ideas in and beyond the CSLP manual for all ages, including in person, hybrid, online, take and make, outdoor, and socially distanced options.
Join Zoom Meeting:
Passcode: 678744

Friday, Nov 20, 1:00-3:00: All things volunteers, and more animals! In this session Becca Philipsen from Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD) will provide an overview of the new CAL (Colorado Association of Libraries) summer reading interest group; following that we’ll learn about PPLD’s volunteer program and have a discussion about summer volunteers, and also continue for an hour with the discussion on animal-related programming ideas.
Join Zoom Meeting:
Passcode: 641675

No registration is required for any of these sessions. If you can only attend part of a session, no worries! Please join for whatever time you can.

Each session will have a 100 person capacity. All sessions will be recorded so that you can view them at a later time. Two hours is a long time to sit in a Zoom workshop! To help lessen the Zoom fatigue, each session will have a 10 break halfway through.

Questions? Feel free to contact Beth Crist at

Trauma Informed School Conference

The Trauma Informed School Conference provides the attendees with the opportunity to come to join in for this comprehensive three-day trauma-informed conference that is designed for educators, school administrators, school personnel, mental health professionals, and community partners. This conference will give the understanding, knowledge, and tools needed to successfully create a trauma-informed learning environment, whether it is in a single classroom, a whole school, or an entire district.

Patron Privacy Webinar for Library Trustees

The right to privacy is essential to intellectual freedom, and is a foundational principle of library service. Without privacy, our freedom to read, free speech, and free thought are all in jeopardy. Privacy is addressed in the U.S. Constitution, the Library Bill of Rights, and Colorado Library Law. Public libraries should also have policies in place to further protect patron privacy. These documents communicate to the public, and they provide guidelines for staff for handling situations that threaten patron privacy.

This webinar is being presented by the Colorado State Library. It will cover the basics of what to consider when developing or revising patron privacy policies. Bring your questions and be prepared to discuss patron privacy concerns from a library governance perspective.

This webinar is primarily intended for public library trustees in Colorado, but may also be of interest to library directors or others involved with policy development. This webinar will be recorded and archived for later viewing.

Register to receive a confirmation email with a link to join the live webinar in Adobe Connect, and to receive a link to the recording once it is available. Please allow 24-48 hours to receive your confirmation email. If you have questions about this event, please email Crystal Schimpf.

CSL in Session: Level It Up: Evaluating Beginning Readers

  • Have you ever wondered how the heck Beginning Readers are leveled?
  • Have you ever found a Beginning Reader in your collection that just didn’t seem to match the level to which it was assigned?

The Denver Public Library has been working for the last 18 months to develop a plan to address these issues, and we want to share our work with you! At this informative, fun, hands-on workshop, you’ll become familiar with the criteria and rubric that we developed to level Beginning Readers, and you’ll walk away with copies of these tools for use in evaluating your own collections.

No registration is required! The session will be offered via Adobe Connect. You can access the classroom via the CSL in Session website listed below.

We will be recording this session. All archived sessions are available on the CSL in Session website.

WIDA Annual Conference: Multilingualism for the Future

Sponsored by the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the WIDA Annual Conference is the premier event for educators of early childhood through Grade 12 multilingual learners, bringing together educators from around the globe to network, share best practices, and discover innovative classroom strategies.

Submit a proposal to present a workshop or concurrent session! Proposals due January 19, 2020.

CAL Maker Interest Group Meeting

Are you a part of a Makerspace at a public/academic/school library or space and interested in idea sharing? So are we! Join the CAL Maker Interest Group for our Fall meeting. We will be sharing ideas on what are doing, talking about, or thinking about doing during this unusual time. We would love to have your input! 

Join us Friday, October 23rd from 1-2:30 pm via Zoom. Registration is free but is required to receive the meeting login information. (A link will be shared to the email provided by registrants.)



How Rude! The Price of Incivility in the Workplace

We all want to come to work and be treated with kindness and respect. However, studies have found that 98% of us have experienced slights, insensitivities and rude behavior in our workplace. The effects of incivility can lead to a loss in staff creativity, deterioration in team spirit and may result in patrons turning away from the library.

Come learn tactics staff can use to minimize the effects of rudeness on performance and well-being and strategies managers can use to keep their own behavior in check and to foster civility in others.

No registration is required for this webinar! The session is offered via Adobe Connect. You can access the classroom via the CSL in Session website listed below.