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High Plains Library District Announces 2018 Writer in Residence

(Greeley– May, 2018) – Libraries have become extraordinary places for community engagement; a place to connect, learn, gather and flourish.

High Plains Library District (HPLD) and the High Plains Library District Foundation are deeply committed to supporting local creatives by becoming a community incubator. Now in its third year, the Writer in Residence program will again help foster the literary talents and aspirations of a local writer.

Julia McSherry was selected by a volunteer panel to serve as the District’s third Writer In Residence. McSherry is a freelance writer based in Greeley, originally from Louisiana. She makes her home on a small acreage with her two dogs, two horses, two barn cats and a flock of free range hens.  She loves to cook and is passionate about slow food and fast (fresh) ingredients. An avid gardener, she was a Colorado Master Gardener, Weld County, for five years.

The book she will be working on during her residency is a combination memoir/cookbook, titled Catch and Devour, about her relocation from New Orleans to Greeley after Hurricane Katrina. She loves the West and hopes to capture some of the charm afforded by the unique agriculture, high plains and mountain landscape of northern Colorado. The narrative before and after recipes will tell stories related to cooking, farm life, sustainability, healthy growing and eating and slow rather than fast food. Excerpts of the book will be published online through a blog and eventually in print.

“Where I grew up in central Louisiana and then lived for decades in the New Orleans swampland, hunting and fishing was a way of life. With that, so was cooking game and fish,” says McSherry. “Colorado has a similar history of living off the land, whether it’s through raising cattle, growing crops as a farmer or vegetables as a backyard gardener. Cooking and recipes are part of the stories of our lives. Who doesn’t remember their mother’s gumbo (in my case), their grandmother’s biscuits, or a favorite aunt’s chocolate chip cookies? Food and cooking conjure stories,” McSherry stresses.

“The High Plains Library District Writer in Residence Program is a wonderful symbiosis,” McSherry emphasizes. The residency provides an opportunity for writers to have time to write while also contributing to the community through library programs and events.

The goal of the Writer in Residence 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 publish. The program is part of the District’s vision to serve as an incubator for the arts and further the mission of connecting communities to information, inspiration and entertainment for life.

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.

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.

Special Tax Forms Announcement

It has recently come to our attention that tax forms distributed throughout High Plains Library District are out of date and do not reflect legislation extending certain benefits.

As of February 22, 2018, 1040 instructions have been revised and reissued to include the following tax benefits:

  • Tuition fees and deductions
  • Deduction for mortgage insurance premiums
  • Residential energy property credit
  • Nonbusiness energy property credit
  • Alternative fuel vehicle refueling credit
  • Indian employment credit

References to these tax benefits have been added back to these instructions accordingly.

A list of all affected forms can be found here.

Changes to Tax Forms, Instructions, and Publications can be found here.

An update on Extender Legislation can be found here.

 

The IRS advises using only the most updated forms and instructions, which are available on their website.

Correct versions of forms:
Forms 10401040A, and 1040EZ are valid if they have tax year 2017 on them.
1040 Instructions: Feb 22, 2018
1040A Instructions: Feb 22, 2018
1040EZ Instructions: Jan 18, 2018

If you have already filed your 2017 federal tax return and are eligible for any of the benefits included in the new law, you may file an amended return using Form 1040X. Amended returns cannot be filed electronically and can take up to 16 weeks to process.

Executive Director Appointed

(Greeley– February 2018) –  The High Plains Library District Board has appointed Dr. Matthew Hortt as the new Executive Director.

“Dr. Hortt brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience. His aptitude for public libraries will strengthen the High Plains Library District and enhance service to our community,” said Ken Poncelow, Chairman of the HPLD Board.

Hortt will be leaving his position as the City Librarian for the City of Santa Clarita Public Libraries in California. He has over sixteen years of progressive experience in public libraries working at all levels in both Nevada and California.  He holds a Master’s Degree in Library Science from the University of North Texas and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Public Affairs from The University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

“I am honored to have been selected as the next Executive Director of the High Plains Library District,” said Dr. Hortt. “My goal is to continue to build upon the wonderful services the District already offers and to work to ensure that everyone continues to see the HPLD as the first and best resource for learning. I am looking forward to helping make the District an even more vital community asset and leading HPLD into the future.”

Hortt was selected as the Director from a pool of 27 candidates. Hortt will begin working in early April.

 

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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, Gilcrest and Fort Lupton.

Jodi Picoult Video Released

(Greeley– December, 2017) –High Plains Library District was proud to host bestselling author, Jodi Picoult, at the DoubleTree Hilton in Greeley in October. This event drew a crowd of almost 1,000 people, setting an attendance record for the venue.

The enlightening, thought-provoking event garnered the praise of Weld County residents and travelers from other states alike, who chose to “Join the Conversation” about social justice and race relations in America.

Continue the conversation by watching this newly released video below:

Kersey Library Reopened

(Greeley– December, 2017) –  The Kersey mini-branch of the High Plains Library District will reopened on December 20.

High Plains and the Town of Kersey have a strong working relationship and have found a mutually beneficial location to reopen the Kersey Library. The library is co-located inside the Kersey Senior Center, 415 1st Street in Kersey. The library is open Monday – Thursday, and Saturday from 1-5 pm.

“High Plains staff and the Town of Kersey have been working together to find a new location that best meets the needs of the public and the staff,” said Tony Brewer, Interim Executive Director for High Plains. “This is a great solution and will further our collaboration.”

The library has several computer stations, printing services and is accessible for patrons to pick up and drop off items. Services will continue to be revisited and modified as needed based on demand and available space.

The Bookmobile will continue serving the Kersey area the 1st and 3rd Monday of the month, from 1-2:30 pm beginning January 15th. The Bookmobile will be parked in front of the Library.

The library will be closed Friday, December 22 – Tuesday, December 26 and Friday, December 29 – Monday, January 1, 2018.

For more information please visit www.MyLibrary.us or call 1-888-861-7323.

 

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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 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 Tony Brewer, Interim 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.

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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, Evans, Kersey, Ault, Eaton, Johnstown, Platteville, Hudson and Fort Lupton.

 

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.

 

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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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 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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