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Libraries Closed and Events Cancelled Until Further Notice

(Greeley – March, 2020) – All HPLD libraries are closed until further notice. During this time, HPLD Administration will evaluate the ongoing situation and adjust closures as needed. All library programs, events, classes and meetings at our libraries have been cancelled.

The District is auto-renewing checked out materials and materials on hold shelves will not expire. We ask that patrons keep their items and not return them at this time.  

For the most up to date information, please visit www.mylibrary.us.

All Library Events Cancelled Beginning March 14, 2020

(Greeley – March, 2020) – Due to the ongoing threat of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and to combat its spread, the High Plains Library District will be cancelling library programs, events, classes and meetings beginning March 14.

“Our libraries will continue to be open regular operating hours, but we continue to closely monitor the recommendations put out by the CDC, the Colorado Department of Health, and the Weld County Department of Public Health and Environment,” said Dr. Matthew Hortt, Executive Director of High Plains Library District. “These cancellations will be effective for the next three weeks, at which point we will re-evaluate the situation. In the meantime, we hope our patrons still utilize digital resources like Kanopy and Hoopla if remaining at home.”

Additionally, the District will begin auto-renewing checked out materials and materials on the Hold shelf will not expire. We ask that patrons keep their items and not return them at this time.

For the most up to date information, please visit www.mylibrary.us.

HPLD Staff Improvement Day at UNC Postponed


(Greeley – March, 2020) – Due to ongoing health concerns related to the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the High Plains Library District has made the decision to postpone its annual Staff Improvement Day which was scheduled to take place Friday, March 13.

“The safety of our staff and patrons across the District is paramount as we all navigate this pandemic. We look forward to a time in the future when the threat of Coronavirus subsides and we urge everyone to stay safe in the coming weeks and months,” said Dr. Matthew Hortt, Executive Director of High Plains Library District. “We are in close contact with the Weld County Health Department in monitoring the ongoing situation and will continue to follow their recommendations.”

HPLD libraries were previously going to be closed for this Staff Improvement Day; in light of this postponement, HPLD libraries will be open on Friday, March 13, with regular operating hours. Along with an updated cleaning schedule, we are providing hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes at all our locations and encourage our staff and patrons to use them should they feel the need.

For the most up to date information, please visit www.mylibrary.us.

Yes!fest 2020 Seeking Exhibitors

The High Plains Library District (HPLD) is seeking exhibitors, partners and contributors for its 2020 Youth Engineering and Science festival. 2020’s event is slated for Saturday September 19th at the Greeley Recreation Center in downtown Greeley.

HPLD seeks a variety of contributors (educational, corporate, governmental, non-profit, individual, etc.) willing to represent their field and who are interested in giving their time to help create an engaging experience for attendees. We seek contributors who are passionate about what they do, and who can convey their field’s uniqueness to the lay audience. We are also looking for role models from diverse backgrounds, who can open a child’s eyes to the possibility that they CAN grow up to become an engineer.

We invite you to contribute to YES!fest 2020 via an interactive booth, demonstration, or presentation geared toward a lay audience of families. If your organization is interested in participating, please fill out the exhibitor form by June 20th, 2020.

High Plains Library District Awarded for Financial Excellence

(Greeley – January 2019) –The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to High Plains Library District (HPLD) by 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.

HPLD Finance Manager, Natalie Wertz, accepted this award as the designated authority and responsible party for the District’s financial reporting. “Natalie’s financial acumen and extensive knowledge of HPLD processes ensure that taxpayer dollars are in good hands,” said Dr. Matthew Hortt, Executive Director of HPLD.

The CAFR has been judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program, which includes 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 major professional association that provides best practices, professional development, resources and practical research to over 20,500 members and committees they serve. The association is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, with offices in Washington, D.C.

New Board Members Appointed to High Plains Library District Board of Trustees

(Greeley– December, 2019) –  Effective January, 2020, the High Plains Library District will welcome one new trustee and reappoint a trustee to the Board.

The High Plains Library District Board is a governing board which determines the policies of the library in relation to community needs, oversees the Executive Director, and ensures proper industry standards be maintained. The Board also oversees annual budget requirements and ensures adequate financing for the library operations.

Kenneth Poncelow will remain on the Board representing Region 3: Berthoud, Johnstown, Mead, Milliken, Platteville. Poncelow will serve on the Board through December 2023.

Jana Caldwell joins the Board and will assume the At-Large. Caldwell will also serve on the Board through December 2023.

The new Trustee will join six other representatives on the Board who each represent a different region within the High Plains Library District’s service area.

“We are excited to bring on Mrs. Caldwell and retain Mr. Poncelow,” said Dr. Matt Hortt, Executive Director for HPLD. “Both representatives bring unique perspective and willingness to ensure High Plains is a leading library system.”

The Board typically meets the first and third Mondays of each month at 5 or 6pm. Meeting locations rotate among all of the libraries in the District. For meeting details and more information about the Board please visit www.mylibrary.us/board

 

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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, Fort Lupton and Gilcrest.

 

Tribune Building Purchased by High Plains Library District

The High Plains Library District (HPLD) Board has approved the purchase of the Greeley Tribune Building located at 501 8th Avenue in Greeley, CO. The transaction was finalized October 30.

“We are honored to move into a building with such a rich history and proud to uphold the tradition of sharing information, which has been a staple of the Greeley Tribune. The Tribune has had and will continue to have an immense impact on our community in its new location. The High Plains Library District will continue to partner with the Greeley Tribune to ensure that the community remains informed. A free press and the dissemination of information is vital to the future of our community,” said Dr. Matthew Hortt, Executive Director of HPLD.

This purchase reflects a wider effort to expand services throughout the District. HPLD is in the process of evaluating and undergoing projects in Kersey, Mead, Grover, and an expansion at Erie Community Library. These projects will highlight the commitment High Plains Library District has to serving communities across the District.

“Throughout our strategic planning process, it was apparent we were in need of a robust downtown library in Greeley. Moving forward, we will continue to rely heavily on input from the community in developing this library,” Dr. Hortt said.

HPLD hopes to be operating at least partially from this building within the next year.

 

 

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

High Plains Library District to Become Debt Free in December

October 23rd, 2019

The High Plains Library District (HPLD) is set to be debt free in December and lower its Mill Levy in January. This change is a culmination of a promise made to the communities, that make up the High Plains service area, back in 1999. A Mill Levy Override was approved by voters in 1999 which allowed for an annual increase in funding of $2,577,980 beginning in the year 2000. These funds were used for upgrades to Centennial Park Library, Lincoln Park Library, and member libraries across the District.

After voters approved the Mill Levy Override in 1999, the District secured Certificates of Participation (COPs) totaling $11,930,000 in April 2001. Those COPs were refinanced in 2010 reducing the debt to $9,580,000. At the time the override was approved, The HPLD Board of Trustees promised the community that the District would lower the Mill Levy by $1,000,000 once the COPs were paid off.

“We are proud to deliver on the promise that was made in 1999. On December 15, 2019, the District will be debt free. In January we will be lowering our Mill Levy from 3.249 to 3.177,” said Dr. Matthew Hortt, Executive Director of HPLD. “This was a promise that our Board felt very strongly about keeping and we are happy to do so.”

 

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

Notice As To Proposed Budget

Notice is hereby given that a proposed budget has been submitted to the High Plains Library District Board of Trustees for the ensuing year of 2020.  That a copy of such proposed budget has been filed in the office of the Executive Director 2650 W. 29th Street, Greeley, CO 80631 where same is open for public inspection.  That such proposed budget was considered and accepted at a regular meeting of the High Plains Library District Board of Trustees held at the District Support Services Building, 2650 W. 29th Street, Greeley, CO  80631 on October 7, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.

Any interested elector within such High Plains Library District may inspect the proposed budget and file or register any objections thereto at any time prior to the final adoption of the budget scheduled for Monday December 9, 2019 at the regular meeting of the High Plains Library District Board of Trustees.

Dated: October 11, 2019

By: Dr. Matthew Hortt
Executive Director

 

 

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

High Plains Library District is committed to ensuring that our programs and services are accessible to everyone. If you have any questions or suggestions regarding accessibility please contact us, as we are continually striving to improve our library experience for all visitors. Office of the Executive Director 970.506.8588