Monthly Archives: April 2017

CATS Division Spring Meeting in Durango Recap

The CATS Division Spring Meeting at the Durango Public Library turned out to be a fun, informative, and successful day!

We learned about how the Common Grounds Café got started and how the school district became involved.  We were even treated to some of the yummy pastries courtesy of the library and café!  They were delicious!

We then had an engaging presentation from the head coach of the US Youth Climbing Team headquartered in Durango as well as one of the team members.  They both gave very engaging and entertaining presentations about what it means to be and have a mentor.

Then on to lunch!  Many of us took a walk along the river trail to explore the beautiful spot the library is located in and enjoy food at the local eateries.

When we returned to the library we were treated to a tour of the Durango Botanic Gardens.  There was also time for us to network and chat about great programming ideas, challenges at our libraries, and swap some craft supplies.

Our day ended with a workshop to help us learn and brainstorm how to serve our EL patrons more efficiently.

All in all it was a great day!  (Some of us got sunburned on the way to lunch and back though…)

Thank you to everyone who helped out with the day and everyone who attended as well – it was a great experience!


April Has Arrived…Don’t Forget to Register for CATS Spring Meeting

You can register here for the CATS 2017 Spring Meeting! This meeting is free to attend; we just ask that you register. Join us Friday, April 14, 2017 from 10:00 AM-4:00 PM at Durango Public Library in Durango, CO.

9:30 am –10:00 am Coffee and Light Breakfast

Arrive early so you can network with colleagues and get settled in for a fun and informative day!

10:00 am -10:15 am Welcome and Introductions

Meet the board members of the CATS Division and connect with your fellow Western Slope colleagues. Hear about what the year has in store for us.

10:15 am -10:45 am Common Grounds Café

Durango Public Library Director Sandy Irwin and Durango School District 9-R’s Pathways to Independence Program Coordinator Devon Parson will tell us how the library’s collaboration with the school district began and how it all works together to bring coffee and pastries to library patrons and Durango community members while providing essential life skills for 9-R’s students.

10:45 am -11:45 pm Librarians as Mentors and Role Models

Discuss what it takes to be role models and mentors for our youth today. Learn best practices and hear some inspiring stories from local climbing legend Marcus Garcia, coach of the Durango-based national youth climbing team, Team Durango; an accomplished professional climber in his own right; and owner of The Rock Lounge. We might even be lucky enough to hear what it means from the mentee point of view as well!

11:45 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch on your own

Break up into two groups for Garden Tours, Idea Sharing, and a Craft Supply Swap.

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Group 1: Take a docent-led tour of the Durango Botanic Garden. Group 2: Spend some time sharing ideas and swapping craft supplies.

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Group 1: Spend some time sharing ideas and swapping craft supplies. Group 2: Take a docent-led tour of the Durango Botanic Garden.

3:00 pm – 4:00pm How to Support English Learner (EL) Patrons in Your Community

Kelly von Stroh, Animas Valley Elementary ELL Teacher, and Libby Baumchen, Durango Adult Education Center ESL/Volunteer Program Coordinator, will walk us through the steps we need to take and important things we should consider when serving our EL patrons. Be prepared to walk away with a plan for serving your EL patrons in new ways that will help your community and make the library a special place for everyone!

4:00 pm Adjourn

Hope to see you all there!