Month: November 2020

All Branch Libraries Moving to Curbside-Only Service Monday, November 23, 2020

By State of Colorado order, Weld County will be moved to an elevated, “red” COVID-19 precaution level on Monday, and starting Monday all of our branches will be providing curbside service only. For more details on Weld’s decision-making process, please see this article.

There will be no entry into buildings, but items can be placed on hold for pickup, and outside bookdrops will be available for item drop-off.

Our holds pickup procedure will be modified at all branches to be more convenient starting Monday. You will no longer need an appointment. Once your items come in, you will be able to head to the library, call, and your items will be brought out. For more details regarding what this will look like, see this page, which outlines the basics of the new procedure, which begins at Erie Community Library on Saturday, November 21, 2020.

For now, Specialty Checkouts (laptops, mifi, etc.) will not be available.

Interlibrary Loan and Prospector holds can still be placed, and these items can be picked up curbside.

As always, our downloadable and streaming ebooks, audiobooks, movies and music will be available 24/7.

Erie Community Library Will Have Curbside Service Only Beginning November 21

On November 16th, 2020, the High Plains Library District Board of Trustees made the decision to work with local municipalities to determine levels of service and potential closures due to increases in cases of COVID-19.

On November 18th, 2020, Town of Erie Mayor Jennifer Carroll stated:

The Town will be moving to the state’s level “red” this Friday. Looking at the thresholds to move to this level for both Weld and Boulder counties shows that the criteria has been met.

Due to this move, Erie Community Library will be closed for all services other than curbside holds pickup and materials dropoff.

At this time, our other branches remain open as they have been for the past several months, though they have all moved to a lower, modified capacity.

Erie’s curbside service has been modified, and appointments are not necessary. You can put your items on hold, and after being notified they’re ready for pick up, you can drive to Erie Community Library, park, and call 720-685-5207 to have your items brought out to you. More details here.

You may still drop off materials, and this is easier than ever with Erie’s new drive-up bookdrop.

Of course, all digital services, such as streaming and downloadable books, audiobooks, movies, and music are still available 24/7.

Thank you for sticking with us. HPLD is very fortunate to be part of the Erie community, and we will continue to innovate and do our best to find new, better ways to serve under these unusual and often difficult circumstances.

CLEL Rising Star Award Given to HPLD Librarian Carolyn Valencia

(Greeley, Colorado – November) Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy has awarded High Plains Library District (HPLD) Outreach Librarian, Carolyn Valencia, the Rising Start award. These are awarded to individuals who have demonstrated exceptional work in early literacy. This person may be newer to the field and a rising start who inspires others to do outstanding early literacy work.

Carolyn has been an Outreach librarian at HPLD since 2017.  During this time, Carolyn has made huge strides in bringing early literacy services to our underserved communities.  She focuses on making our community and organization more diverse and inclusive.  Carolyn trains all our MOVE (Mobile, Outreach, Virtual, Experiences) staff on early literacy skills and storytime procedures, preparing them for storytimes at partner sites. Carolyn also maintains our largest early literacy partnership with our Colorado Early Education Network (CEEN). 

“Carolyn cares about bringing diversity and inclusion to all communities and is a role model of librarianship that is especially important for children in our community to see.” said MOVE Manager, Brittany Raines. “Her dedication and attitude of bringing access, evaluation, diversity and inclusion to early literacy is a bright star in our profession. “