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Kersey Library Temporarily Closed

(Greeley– June, 2017) –  As of Monday, June 12 the Kersey Library will be temporarily closed while the building undergoes some repairs and maintenance.

Previously scheduled programs, activities and book clubs will be relocated within the Kersey community as much as possible. Please check the District’s online calendar for the most accurate location details.

In the meantime, patrons are encouraged to visit any of the other HPLD locations- the closest is the Riverside Library and Cultural Center (3700 Golden St., in Evans), just 8 miles or about 10 minutes away.

The Kersey book drop will remain open, so patrons can return their items as usual at Kersey Library.

For more information, please visit www.MyLibrary.us.

 

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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.

 

HPLD and Greeley Museums Collaborate to Digitize Thousands of Historical Photos

(Greeley– May, 2017) – The High Plains Library District (HPLD) along with the Greeley Museums was recently awarded the Organization Collaboration award from The Historic Preservation Commission.

Since 2013 these two agencies have been engaged in a joint project called Weld on the Web. The project included the digitization of the Greeley Museums historical photos circa 1870-1950. Currently, there are about 3,285 digitized photos. They are available through the High Plains Library District’s web site in the Weld County Images collection catalog.

Working together these two agencies are significantly increasing this community’s exposure and accessibility to thousands of Weld County photographs.

The award was presented to both agencies during a special celebration in early May.

For more information about the High Plains Library District please visit www.MyLibrary.us.

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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 https://www.facebook.com/nocobreastfeeding. 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 http://www.nocobreastfeeding.org.

 

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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, jaydinerendall.com.

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

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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 Study.com, 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.

 

For more information visit www.MyLibrary.us.

 

 

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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.

 

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; www.mylibrary.us/discover-health/ 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; http://www.starnetlibraries.org/), and CLACE (http://www.clace.us/). Discover Health/Descubre la Salud is a bi-lingual informal education program funded by the National Institutes of Health Science Education Partnership Award.

 For more information, and to read the resolution in its entirety please visit www.MyLibrary.us.

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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 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 p.m.at 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 gcraig@highplains.us.  Applications are also available onlinewww.mylibrary.us/ 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 www.MyLibrary.us/foundation.

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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.

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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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.