High Plains Library District Recognized for Supporting Nursing Mothers

Weld County, CO – The Weld County Department of Public Health and Environment (WCDPHE) and Northern Colorado Breastfeeding Coalition (NCBC) recently recognized High Plains Library District (HPLD) for supporting nursing mothers, by presenting them with the Breastfeeding Friendly Worksite and Public Venue Award.

HPLD has implemented a policy for accommodating nursing employees at work, has a private area at each of their eight locations, and allows adequate break time for nursing employees to express breastmilk. The worksite support at HPLD can make a significant difference in whether a nursing employee has enough breastmilk to feed their baby.  HPLD also supports nursing mothers from the community by allowing them to breastfeed in the library and offering them privacy if they prefer. “Colorado law supports a nursing mother to breastfeed anywhere she has a right to be, and that includes HPLD”, says Elena Rosenfeld, Associate Director of Community Engagement.

“When a mother chooses to breastfeed her child, she is giving her baby a healthy start that will last a lifetime”, says Mike Schwan, Early Childhood Obesity Prevention Program Coordinator at the Weld County Health Department. Breastfeeding also helps the mother return to her pre- pregnancy body weight and lowers her risk for numerous health problems. And while the majority of women in Colorado start breastfeeding their baby, most do not succeed in sustaining breastfeeding for the length of time necessary to achieve maximum health benefits. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that babies are fed only breast milk for the first six months and in combination with nutritious foods for at least one year.

WCDPHE and NCBC recognize employers who have supportive policies and procedures in place for employees with the Breastfeeding-Friendly Worksite Award. Worksites that receive the award are recognized on NCBC’s website and promoted on Facebook Twenty-four businesses in Weld County have been recognized with the award. Anyone may nominate an employer for the award by submitting the nomination form located on NCBC’s website




Free Museum Admission Celebrates Local Author Book Release

GREELEY, CO – Saturday, May 20, will be a busy day for Greeley resident Jaydine Rendall. That’s the day she releases her first book, “High Plains Heroes: Josiah.” as a published author.

The historical fiction book, which retails for $7.50, is written for third through fifth graders and tells the story of Josiah Sullivan, a thirteen-year old living in the Colorado high plains region in 1862. Josiah’s path crosses with a young Arapaho boy, Lost Stick. As their cultures collide, Josiah must decide whether Lost Stick is a friend or enemy. This young reader novel is a thoroughly researched and a historically-accurate depiction of the early days of Weld

The Greeley History Museum and High Plains Library District are co-hosting Rendall’s book release party. The community is invited to visit the Greeley History Museum, 714 8th St., on Saturday, May 20 from 12:30 to 4 p.m.

In celebration of Greeley’s newest author, admission to the museum will be free – compliments of the High Plains Library District and the Museum. Rendall will be onsite for a special presentation beginning at 1:30 pm followed by a book signing. Copies of “High Plains Heroes: Josiah” will be available for purchase at the museum during the event.

Rendall wrote “High Plains Heroes: Josiah” as the High Plains Library District’s first Writer in Residence. During her six-month residency, Rendall found a publisher and completed the first two of her three book series. Rendall’s second book, “High Plains Heroes: Laughing Wolf” will be released this fall. She’s also a teacher at Frontier Academy.

Rendall moved to Greeley in 1999 with her husband and two sons. She worked for the City of Greeley for several years before moving to a teaching position at Franklin Middle School. Rendall currently teaches Literature and Composition at Frontier Academy Secondary School. She has a Master’s Degree in Curriculum Studies from the University of Northern Colorado. Rendall keeps a blogs and information about her writing projects on her website,

For more details about the event, call 970-350-9220 or visit



2017 Writer in Residence Has Been Selected

Libraries have become extraordinary places for community engagement; a place to connect, learn, gather and flourish.

High Plains Library District (HPLD) along with its Foundation has taken things a step further to become a community incubator for the arts by establishing a Writer in Residence program. The goal of the program is to support the creative process of one Weld County writer during a six-month time-period so they may complete a manuscript with the intent to e-publish. In addition, the writer will be working within the community to help other aspiring writers hone their skills, and create a culture of support for other Weld County writers.

On behalf of HPLD, a volunteer committee has selected Chris Muscato as its second Writer in Residence. Muscato is an adjunct professor at the University of Northern Colorado. He first came to Greeley as an undergraduate student, left to earn a master’s degree in Mexican history from the University of Wyoming, and is thrilled to be back in this community. Chris is also a contract writer for, creating online lessons about history, architecture, art, music, and literature.  When not writing, teaching, or grading, Chris spends time with his wife Kristin and his dog Buddy enjoying all that colorful Colorado has to offer.

Muscato officially begins his residency on May 1 and will continue to work with High Plains Library District until the end of November. “His ideas and creative approach will be a breath of fresh air,” said Kelli Johnson, spokesperson for High Plains. “He has a clear vision for a story that will build upon our cultural fascination with superheroes, while challenging our community to ask questions that can shape our individual lives. We’re in for something great,” added Johnson.

The Writer in Residence program was established by the High Plains Library District Foundation, and is funded by community donors. The HPLD Foundation will continue to build capacity for the Writer in Residence by annually soliciting individual donations to directly support the program.

My 20th  marks a milestone for the Writer in Residence program with the book release celebration for last year’s Writer. Local author Jaydine Rendall’s debut book, High Plains Heroes: Josiah will be available for sale ($7.50) during a special event co-hosted by High Plains Library District and the Greeley History Museum. The community is invited to visit the Greeley History Museum, 714 8th St., on Saturday, May 20 from 12:30 – 4 pm. Admission to the museum will be free – compliments of the High Plains Library District and the Museum. Rendall will be onsite for a special presentation beginning at 1:30 pm followed by a book signing.


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Healthy Living and the Human Body: An Up Close and Personal Exhibit

Riverside Library is pleased to announce the opening of a new exhibition. Discover Health/Descubre la Salud is a bi-lingual, hands-on exhibit that addresses the nation’s most serious public health issues (diabetes, obesity, and cardiovascular health), especially among underserved and rural populations. The exhibit also encourages individuals to pursue careers in the health care profession.  Discover Health/Descubre la Salud will be on display at Riverside Library (3700 Golden St. in Evans) April 1 – June 30.

Getting people interested in science can be a challenge, but Discover Health/Descubre la Salud strives to make it fun with suitcase-sized, table-top interactives, engaging models and media pieces, computer-based activities, and portable graphic panels. The library will also offer a related series of public events for children, teens and adults in our community. From eating healthy to holistic wellness to learning about marijuana – these programs will share important, relevant information and/or teach a new skill that will help you live a healthier life. For details visit; or call 1-888-861- READ (7323).

“We are proud that High Plains Library District was selected to be one of ten sites in Colorado to host the Discover Health/Descubre la Salud exhibit,” said Kelli Johnson, Community Relations and Marketing Manager for High Plains “Bringing this exhibit to our community is just one more step in helping educate people about the human body and healthy living. We hope the whole community will visit the exhibit, and participate in the programs that are offered.”

The exhibition was developed by the University of Colorado’s Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) Program Office, in collaboration with the STAR Library Education Network (STAR_Net;, and CLACE ( Discover Health/Descubre la Salud is a bi-lingual informal education program funded by the National Institutes of Health Science Education Partnership Award.

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High Plains Library District Seeks Candidates For Board Of Trustees

(Greeley– February, 2017) – The High Plains Library District Board is seeking applications to fill six (6) open positions on the Library Board of Trustees.  The application deadline is March 13, 2017.

This is a governing board which determines the policies of the library in relation to community needs, requires proper standards be maintained, provides adequate financing for the library operation and provides necessary buildings and equipment for activities of the library.

While there are no statutory requirements regarding residency, it is the intent that there be representation on the Board of all areas within the High Plains Library District.  The areas to be represented in this selection process are:

Region 1. Erie, Frederick, Firestone

N-C66, S-County Line, E-US85, W- County Line + Erie town boundaries

Region 2. Gilcrest, Hudson, Keenesburg, LaSalle, Lochbuie, Platteville, Fort Lupton

N-CR52, S-County Line, E-County Line, W-US85

Region 3. Mead, Johnstown, Milliken, Berthoud

N-CR52, S-C66, E-US85, W-County Line

Region 4. Greeley, Evans, Garden City

N-CR72, S-CR52, E-CR45, W-County Line excluding Windsor RE-4

Region 5. Ault, Eaton, Pierce, Nunn, Carr, Rockport, Lucerne

N-County Line, S-CR72, E-CR45, W-County Line

At-Large – The legal boundaries of the High Plains Library District

Bordered on the north by the Weld County line; on the south by the Weld County line; on the east by the Weld County line; and on the west by the Weld County line excluding the RE-4 Windsor-Severance school district and the City of Dacono and including the Town of Erie

The Board meets on the 4th Monday of each month   All meetings are at 4:00 the District Support Services building in Greeley. In addition, Board members are involved with some task force / committee work and fundraising, as well as help with and attend special events. Board positions require a commitment of at least 10 hours per month.

Applications will be accepted until 5:00 p.m., March 13, 2017.  For more information or to request an electronic application, call Janine Reid at 506-8563 or Gail Craig at 506-8588 or email  Applications are also available under the HPLD Board of Trustees.




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HPLD Board Reaches Settlement Agreement

(Greeley– February 3, 2017) – At a special meeting on Friday, the HPLD Board of Trustees approved settlement terms that will resolve the legal dispute which began in 2014 between the HPLD Board of Trustees and the Weld County Commissioners and five other Weld County government boards.

In April 2014, the Weld County Commissioners, RE-8 Board of Education, and municipal boards of Ault, Eaton, Fort Lupton, and Hudson, passed resolutions attempting to remove and replace the entire HPLD library board with their own elected officials. HPLD responded by filing suit in Weld County District Court to request an injunction to stop the board takeover, pending resolution of disputed legal issues. In January 2017, the cities of Greeley and Evans formally entered the case on HPLD’s side, and a five-day trial was initially scheduled to begin on February 6, 2017.

In mid-January 2017, Weld County District Court Judge Timothy Kerns issued written rulings stating that there was no evidence demonstrating good cause for the attempted removal of the HPLD Board. Then, on February 3rd, 2017, the parties were able to reach agreement on all other disputed issues.

“This settlement is a huge relief for all involved. We are truly thankful to have this behind us, so we can move forward focusing on providing library services that are relevant and meaningful to our community,” said Janine Reid, Executive Director of HPLD.

The HPLD Board of trustees now faces the task of replacing six trustee seats, which are up for expiration. HPLD seeks candidates for these six board seats. Interested persons can obtain an application online, or from their local HPLD library. For more information, please call 1-888-861-7323.

HPLD Gives Back

(Greeley– February, 2016) – High Plains Library District (HPLD) is proud to be a community partner with 21 different non-profit organizations through our technology donation program. On January 25, 2016 HPLD distributed 113 desktop all-in-one computers, 11 laptops and 6 iPads to 21 Weld County nonprofit agencies whose services include but are not limited to: youth sports, education/tutoring/mentoring, independent living resources for the disabled, senior community center, employment solutions for the hard-to-employ, healthcare to those in need, animal welfare, science/math education, music and the arts.

HPLD uses a systematic computer replacement schedule to update computers throughout the entire library system. “Maintaining our technology is vital to the services we provide,” said Kelli Johnson, spokeswoman for High Plains. “In addition, HPLD is deeply committed to being a leader in environmental efficiency by using renewable energy, recycling and otherwise minimizing our impact on the environment.” added Johnson.

Through the technology donation program HPLD is able to repurpose nearly 100% of the equipment replaced. Donations of the gently used technology is done through an online application process. In order to qualify to receive a donation, your organization must be: a non-profit or school, within the HPLD service area (Weld County & Erie), able to purchase OS replacements, and able to pick up the donation.

For more information about the technology replacement program please visit


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Colorado Supreme Court Allows Ruling in Favor of HPLD to Stand

(Greeley– April 27, 2016) – On Monday the Colorado Supreme Court denied the Weld County Commissioners’ petition asking the Supreme Court to hear arguments seeking to reverse the Colorado Court of Appeals decision about the High Plains Library District Trustees (HPLD). By this action, the Supreme Court allows the Court of Appeals’ unanimous decision in HPLD’s favor to stand.

“This is good news,” said Janine Reid, Executive Director for High Plains. “This ruling along with previous court opinions affirm that the High Plains Library District Board of Trustees operates in accordance with the established governing policies and should remain seated.”

This ruling comes after months of being in the hands of the Colorado Supreme Court, but stems all the way back to 2014. HPLD is made up of two different types of libraries: branch libraries, governed by the HPLD Board, and member libraries, each governed by their own local boards and policies. This dual governance structure gave rise to policy disagreements in 2013, ultimately resulting in an attempt by the Weld County Commissioners and several local leaders of member libraries to unseat the entire HPLD Board. In 2014-2015 the Weld County District Court ruled in HPLD’s favor, finding that the HPLD Board was acting in accordance with established bylaws and there was no good cause to remove all of HPLD’s trustees. Last July, the Court of Appeals ruled that the Weld County District Court acted corrected to enjoin the removal.

“While we are delighted with the Supreme Court’s ruling we are also eager to move forward,” said Reid. “I am hopeful that all parties in this case are eager to find resolution. Ideally we can work swiftly now to discuss settlement options and/or determine how we can resolve this situation.”

The case has now been returned to the Weld County District Court for further proceedings to resolve the case on its merits.


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Dollar-a-Day Boys: Stories from the Civilian Conservation Corps of Colorado


Greeley– September, 2016) – The Great Depression was one of the most difficult times in our nation’s history. Food was scarce, jobs were non-existent and life was tough all the way around. In an effort to rebuild our nation President Franklin D. Roosevelt enacted the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in 1933. The CCC was a public work relief program that operated from 1933 to 1942 in the United States for unemployed, unmarried men ages 17-25 years old from relief families. The CCC was part of the New Deal in which young men were promised “a dollar-a-day” for their work. In Colorado alone more than 57,000 men served in the CCC.

The story of the “dollar-a-day boys” gives fresh perspective on what it means to put in a hard days work, and what it means to recover from severe poverty. Michigan based author Bill Jamerson will present a music and storytelling program about the Civilian Conservation Corps at the Farr Regional Library in Greeley, on Friday, September 16, at noon.

Dressed in uniform, Jamerson will share stories about the CCC, reads excerpts from his book, show video clips from his PBS film and sing original songs with his guitar. It’s a nostalgic, fun-filled program with songs, laughter and many heartfelt stories. The program is as entertaining as it is important; as honest as it is fun. It’s about people both ordinary and extraordinary; with stories of strength, wit and charm.

One of the many CCC camps in operation included camp Island Grove which opened up on July 26, 1934, 1.5 miles northwest of Greeley. The camps were run by the army with an average of 34 camps in operation in Colorado each year. Over 63 million dollars was spent operating the camps. The C’s (enrollees) were paid $1 a day with $25 sent home to their families each month. The money provided relief for their families who were desperate for food and basic necessities. While enrolled in the CCC the men came into town on weekends, and patronized stores, movie theaters, billiard rooms, bowling alleys, saloons, dance halls, and churches. The enrollees spent approximately $5,000 a month in nearby communities, helping the local economy during the depths of The Great Depression.

The C’s constructed hundreds of miles of roads, built bridges, worked on soil erosion control, were active in reforestation, and worked on grazing control operations that restored grass and water to vast stretches of land for cattle and sheep grazing. They constructed Rocky Mountain National Park, the Colorado National Monument, Mesa Verda National Park and Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre.

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Since 1992, Bill Jamerson has researched the CCC. He produced a documentary for Michigan PBS, recorded a CD of songs, and wrote a historical novel.

He presents “Dollar-A-Day Boys” all across the Midwest. Over 2.5 million men enlisted in the corps and today, their children and grandchildren have a keen interest in it. Jamerson’s book, BIG SHOULDERS is a historical novel that follows a year in the life of a seventeen-year-old youth from Detroit who enlisted in the C’s in 1937. He joins two hundred other young men at a work camp in a remote part of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. It is a coming-of-age story of an angry teenager who faces the rigors of hard work, learning to cope with a difficult sergeant and fending off a bully. The book is based on the life of a CCC Boy.

Along with a novel and CD of songs, Jamerson produced the film, Camp Forgotten-The CCC in Michigan, which aired on 58 PBS stations. In the program, Bill will talk about many of the interesting enrollees he has met over the years. A question and answer period and book signing will follow the presentation. People are encouraged to bring CCC photos or memorabilia to the program.


The High Plains Library District connects communities to information, inspiration and entertainment for life. HPLD includes libraries in Greeley, Evans, Firestone, Erie, Kersey, Ault, Eaton, Johnstown, Platteville, Hudson and Fort Lupton.

High Plains Library District Recognized for Financial Excellence


(Chicago) – The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been issued to High Plains Library District by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR). The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.

An Award of Financial Reporting Achievement has been awarded to the individual(s), department or agency designated by the government as primarily responsible for preparing the award-winning CAFR. This has been presented to Natalie Wertz, Finance Manager for HPLD.

As a tax based organization we know we have the responsibility to be good stewards of the tax dollars we receive. This award represents our commitment to the tax payers to be fiscally responsible, transparent and maintain excellence in our accounting practices,” said Janine Reid , Executive Director for High Plains.

The CAFR has been judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program including demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the CAFR.

The GFOA is a nonprofit professional association serving approximately 17,500 government finance professional with offices in Chicago, IL, and Washington, D.C.


The High Plains Library District connects communities to information, inspiration and entertainment for life. HPLD includes libraries in Greeley, Firestone, Erie, Kersey, Ault, Eaton, Johnstown, Platteville, Hudson and Fort Lupton.