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HIGH PLAINS LIBRARY DISTRICT FOUNDATION AWARDED $15,000 LET’S PLAY CONSTRUCTION GRANT FROM DR PEPPER SNAPPLE GROUP AND NATIONAL NON-PROFIT KaBOOM!

GREELEY, CO, August, 2, 2017 – Dr Pepper Snapple Group (DPS) and national non-profit KaBOOM! awarded the High Plains Library District Foundation a $15,000 Let’s Play Community Construction Grant that will be used to build a play space at Riverside Library and Cultural Center (RLCC) in Evans.

 

The grant is part of Let’s Play, an initiative by DPS to provide kids and families with the tools, places and inspiration to make active play a daily priority. Unstructured, child-directed play has proven to help kids develop physically, emotionally, socially and intellectually, yet today’s kids have less time and fewer opportunities to play than any previous generation. As a result of Let’s Play grants and projects, more than 6.5 million kids will benefit from new or improved playgrounds around the nation by the end of 2020.

 

The play space was part of the initial design for the library and cultural center when it was constructed in 2014. However, due to budget restraints, the play space was placed on hold. “We are so thrilled to receive funding to finish this project,” said Rochelle Mitchell-Miller, Foundation Director, “it will be the cherry on top of an amazing community resource.”

 

RLCC is located in the east Evans neighborhood, an area greatly impacted by the 2013 flood. The site hosts a District 6 bus stop and serves as an after-school gathering place that is easily accessible from the surrounding neighborhoods. The play area, which will feature unique climbing and balancing equipment appropriate for all ages, will provide a much needed recreational space for Evans youth.

 

Dr Pepper Snapple has committed more than $35.5 million to Let’s Play through 2019, impacting youth-serving organizations across the U.S., as well as Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. Through Let’s Play, Dr Pepper Snapple partners with two non-profit organizations, KaBOOM! and Good Sports, to build and improve playgrounds in underserved communities and provide grants for sports equipment. In this way, Dr Pepper Snapple is doing our part to help eliminate the play deficit by making active play possible for more kids.

Since its launch in 2011, Let’s Play has provided more than 10 million children with more opportunities to play via safe, accessible playgrounds and sports equipment. Moreover, by 2020 we will have engaged more than 80,000 volunteers from Dr Pepper Snapple, our partners and our communities in this effort.

Visit Let’s Play at www.LetsPlay.com to join the conversation and learn how to apply for the various available grants to make communities more active and playful.

 

About High Plains Library District Foundation

The High Plains Library Foundation is a 501c3 supporting non-profit of the High Plains Library District. Our mission is to cultivate information, inspiration, and entertainment for our communities by raising funds to sustain and create literacy programs, collection development, technology upgrades, and capital improvements for our libraries. High Plains Library District serves Weld County, the third largest county in Colorado with 277,670 residents spanning 3,987 miles. The District includes seven branch libraries located in Erie, Firestone, Greeley, Evans, and Kersey; Outreach Services including a Bookmobile, Lobby Stop Van, and nine Public Computing Centers; and six autonomous municipal libraries. For more information, please visit mylibrary.us/foundation.

About Let’s Play

Let’s Play is an initiative by Dr Pepper Snapple Group to provide kids and families with the tools, places and inspiration to make active play a daily priority. Through Let’s Play, Dr Pepper Snapple partners with two non-profit organizations, KaBOOM! and Good Sports, to build and improve playgrounds in underserved communities and provide grants for sports equipment. In this way, Dr Pepper Snapple is doing our part to help eliminate the play deficit by making active play possible for more kids. Since its launch in 2011, Let’s Play has provided more than 10 million children with more opportunities to play via safe, accessible playgrounds and sports equipment. For more information, please visit LetsPlay.com or Facebook.com/LetsPlay.

About Dr Pepper Snapple Group

Dr Pepper Snapple Group (NYSE: DPS) is a leading producer of flavored beverages in North America and the Caribbean. Our success is fueled by more than 50 brands that are synonymous with refreshment, fun and flavor. We have 6 of the top 10 non-cola soft drinks, and 13 of our 14 leading brands are No. 1 or No. 2 in their flavor categories. In addition to our flagship Dr Pepper and Snapple brands, our portfolio includes 7UP, A&W, Canada Dry, Clamato, Crush, Hawaiian Punch, Mott’s, Mr & Mrs T mixers

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.

 

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.

 

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.