For this week’s craft, we have collected coloring pages provided by museums and libraries from around the world as a part of the Color Our Collections Campaign. Back in 2016, the New York Academy of Medicine Library (NYAM) first launched this initiative that has provided fun and free downloadable coloring pages of historical art pieces from nearly 114 different institutions. Learn more about this campaign at https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/100-museums-transformed-their-collections-free-coloring-pages-just-you-180974116/
This week's Grab & Go Activity is all about snow! Do the snow dance with your new snow globe art!
Read diversely: a book list for Martin Luther King Jr. Day & Black History Month
Books and recordings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr:
Reading Black History:
Books on Antiracism:
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
This coming Monday, January 18 is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a day set aside to remember the civil rights leader who was assassinated in 1968. MLK Day is a National Day of Service, a day when we look to our communities and help out where needed.
Of course, the Covid-era has affected how we might step up, as we continue to face the restrictions and added responsibilities we have faced since last spring. Locally, Aspen Family Connections and Food Bank of the Rockies have responded to those experiencing food insecurities with weekly food distribution as well as many other resources for families.
Participating in service does not have to be through an organization. Reaching out to a neighbor, checking in on friends and family, getting outdoors for some fresh air is as important as ever during this time of isolation. MLK Day is one of the days admission to our National Parks (including all four in Colorado) is free of charge!
The National Day of Service is about building community. The Library will be open on Monday, operating with reduced services but still able to get you the books and resources you might need. Perhaps you are interested in learning more about the Civil Rights Movement and Dr. King, or want to try a new project on CreativeBug, or your family decides to visit a Colorado State Park or check out a telescope and view the incredible night sky. We can help you do all of these things and more.
It’s all about community.
This week, kids and teens are invited to contribute creative protest signs to our Martin Luther King Jr “I Have a Dream” Protest Art Installation. With the goal of giving youth the opportunity to express their thoughts, feelings, and commitments to racial justice, artwork will be mounted on yard signs and installed on the library’s front lawn on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, January 18th. Completed protest art must be dropped off in the library lobby during our service hours no later than 4PM, Sunday, January 17th.
For thousands of children in Latin America and Spain “El Día de los Reyes” is a celebration on Jan. 6th when gift giving is exchanged. For these children, the holiday season doesn’t officially end until the 12th day of Christmas known as “Three Kings’ Day.” The holiday marks the biblical adoration of baby Jesus by the three Kings, also referred to as three Wise Men.
Reyes celebrations vary from family to family and country to country. In Mexico, thousands gather every year to taste a mile-long “Rosca de Reyes” (Kings’ Bread) while others simply make the holiday staple at home honoring the tradition to hide a baby jesus figurine within the bread — the person whose slice has the figurine must prepare tamales for everyone on the Day of the Candles on Feb. 2! Below are instructions on how to decorate a crown for kids and how to create a crown out of recycled magazine paper for teens.
Adult News & reviews
Library news, info about upcoming events, reviews of books and films, and a look at the topics that affect us as a library.