Think beyond the basics. Our libraries are committed to offering you services that help you thrive in today’s busy world. Meetings on the go? No problem, just reserve our online meeting service. Need that extra one-on-one time to learn your new device? Our savvy staff are here for you – just Book A Librarian. With our modern technology and free printing service you don’t have to worry about how to complete that next project or homework assignment. Take a minute and explore all the services your library offers online and in person.
1000 Books Before Kindergaten (1000BBK) is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Littler Youth Fund, High Plains Library District is joining libraries across the country that follow the national initiative offered by 1000BooksBeforeKindergrarten.org. This is a multi-year reading program designed to support parents of babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. This program is ideal for parents to track reading and know that every book they read with their child is moving toward his or her future success. It develops a very solid foundation for children to be ready for school while at the same time, fosters a love of reading in their household.
Register for 1000 Books Before Kindergarten
Register in person at your local HPLD branch! Or register online at https://highplains.beanstack.org.
¡Regístrese en persona en su biblioteca local! O regístrese aqui.
Printable Reading Logs – English
Printable Reading Logs – Spanish
Reading together, or shared reading, remains the single most effective way to help children become proficient readers. These activity cards are a great resource for tips and ideas for reading activities to do with your child.
Writing and reading go together. Writing helps children learn that letters and words stand for sounds and that print has meaning. Use these activity cards for tips and simple writing activities that you can do with your child anywhere anytime.
Singing – which also includes rhyming – increases children’s awareness of and sensitivity to the sounds in words. This helps prepare children to decode print. Use these activity cards for new ideas for fun new singing activities to do with your child.
Talking helps develop children’s oral language skills, one of the most critical early literacy skills. Children learn new words and concepts during conversations. Use these activity cards for talking activities and tips to help your child develop important literacy skills through talking.
Playing is one of the primary ways young children learn about the world. General knowledge is an important literacy skill that helps children understand books and stories once they begin to read. Check out these early literacy cards for tips and fun activities that you can do with your child.
Use these book suggestions to read the classic favorites. They are rich with new vocabulary and language skills.
Top 10 reasons your child should participate in the High Plains Library District 1000 Books Before Kindergarten:
1. Create nurturing relationships. Parents and caregivers who spend time reading to their children create nurturing relationships, which is important for a child’s cognitive, language and social-emotional development.
2. Reading builds vocabulary. Studies have shown that families who start reading aloud to their children from birth help to strengthen their language skills and build their vocabulary — two important tools when they begin learning to read in kindergarten. Reading to children from birth is also important for expanding background knowledge and encouraging imagination.
3. Children need to enter school ready to read. The best way to teach early literacy skills is by instilling a love for stories at the youngest possible age.
4. Reading is Fun. Now is the time to share all of the fun and enjoyment that reading offers. Share the fun experience of reading together and at the same time gain all of the pre-reading skills that come with sharing a good book.
5. Ideas for early literacy activities. Thanks to the grant from the Temple Hoyne Buell Foundation you will receive a packet of early literacy activity cards with your 1000 Books Before Kindergarten registration. They feature great tips and activities that incorporate Every Child Ready to Read 5 practices; Reading, Writing, Singing, Talking, and Playing to help build pre-reading skills. Use them with your child at the grocery store, in the car, or while doing chores around the home.
6. Fun incentives. The grant from the Temple Hoyne Buell Foundation has also provided incentives for each completed reading log. Since each log tracks 100 books and you will complete 10 reading logs, your child will get to choose 10 different finger puppets as he/she progresses through the program. These finger puppets are fun for your child and are also a wonderful tool that invites reading, writing, singing, talking, and playing.
7. Wall- of-Fame fame. As your child continues through the program and reaches the midpoint as well as completion of the program, they will have the option to have their picture displayed on their branch library’s 1000 Books Before Kindergarten wall-of-fame. This ongoing wall-of-fame is a proud testament of your commitment to reading and developing the skills your child needs for school success.
8. Completion prizes. You already know that the time spent reading with your child is the most precious reward but High Plains Library District wants to recognize the accomplishment of finishing 1000 Books Before Kindergarten and shout it to the world. When your child completes the program they will receive a free book to keep, a completion certificate, and a window decal for your car or home window.
9. Foster the love of reading. 1000 Books Before Kindergarten is ideal for parents and caregivers to track reading and know that every book they read with their child is moving toward his or her future success. It develops a very solid foundation for children to be ready for school while at the same time, fosters a love of reading in their household.
10. Reading 1000 Books Before Kindergarten is easy to do! 1000 books sounds like a huge number, but consider this: If you read one book a day, you could finish in less than three years. Ten books per week? Less than two years. In as little as 15 minutes a day, your family can build skills for future school and life success.
The High Plains Library District hosts a wide variety of book clubs and reading groups. To join a book club, visit our event calendar.
- Book Club Bags
- 12 copies of the book
- 6-week checkout
- Search Book Club Bags
Search Book Club bags by Genre
Want to know more about computers, e-readers, programs or anything tech-related? The Book a Librarian service offers you a free, 30-minute appointment with an expert, at any of our locations.
Some of the areas where we provide assistance:
- Help with downloading eBooks, audiobooks, movies and digital magazines or get step-by-step help here
- Help with navigating your Android or Apple devices
- Walking you through how to use your smartphone or flip phone
- How to back up, find and sync your data using the cloud
- Migrating between computers
- Window 10 help
- Social media help for your small business or help with your personal profile
- Setting up your own website
- Help with social media and digital marketing
- Sharing photos and videos
- Managing email
- Reading Advice
- Homework Help for teens
- Help filling out job applications
- Migrating old formats to digital
- Online job searching and applications
- Selling on Craigslist, eBay or Etsy
Services we do not provide as part of the Book a Librarian Service
The Book a Librarian Service does not offer help with patent searching, filling out legal forms, tax forms or medical forms. We also do not provide word processing, document editing, or advice on job application content. We are not able to undertake any financial transactions on your behalf. At this time, we are not able to provide help with QuickBooks Software, although HPLD libraries do have instructional books in this area. Your attendance of a Book a Librarian appointment serves as your agreement to absolve HPLD of any liability pertaining to lost or damaged electronic devices, peripherals or computer equipment.
If you would like to Book a Librarian for one-on-one help with learning how to use technology, please fill out this form and a staff member will get back to you in 2-5 business days. You may be contacted by email.
Citizenship Classes are offered in conjunction with the Immigrant and Refugee Center of Northern Colorado. Classes are FREE and will help prepare students for their naturalization interview by practicing reading, writing, civic questions, vocabulary, and N-400 application.
We currently have openings for our online Wednesday evening class from 5:30pm-8:00pm.
To attend the online class or for more information please call or visit the Immigrant and Refugee Center at 970-352-7323, 3001 8th Ave Suite 170.
Students will need to pick up packets and material for class at the Immigrant and Refugee Center. This can be done when you register in person.
Early Literacy is what children know about reading and writing before they actually learn to read and write. Research shows that children get ready to read starting from birth so it’s never too early or too late for parents and caregivers to take steps for developing early literacy skills. With all the available resources, parents and caregivers have wonderful tools to help their children on the road to reading, learning, and life success.
The Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service provides a way for residents of the High Plains Library District to request library resources not owned by High Plains Library District from other libraries. For more information about ILL and other options to get you the materials you need, visit the Don’t See What You Want section.
|Newspaper||Carbon Valley||Centennial Park||Erie||Farr||Lincoln Park||Riverside|
|Denver Business Journal||Available||Available|
|New York Times||Available||Available||Available||Available||Available|
|Wall Street Journal||Available||Available||Available||Available|
|Newspaper||Carbon Valley||Centennial Park||Erie||Farr||Kersey||Lincoln Park||Riverside|
|Boulder Daily Camera||Available|
|Fort Collins Coloradoan||Available||Available||Available|
|Fort Lupton Press||Available|
|Loveland Daily Reporter-Herald||Available|
|North Weld Herald||Available||Available|
Your library card is the key to a world of free digital content from your library. We have books, audiobooks, movies, music and graphic novels, all available for download or streaming and all free of charge.
This free service for residents of High Plains Library District is a unified catalog of academic, public and special libraries in Colorado and Wyoming. Through Prospector you have access to 34 million books, journals, DVDs, CDs, videos and other materials held in these libraries. With a single search you can identify and borrow materials from these collections and have them delivered to your local library.
Internal Revenue Service
The official website of the IRS and the first stop for information relating to federal taxes. Includes tax forms, online services, refund tracking, and frequently asked questions.
IRS Forms and Publications
Direct link to the IRS forms page, this is where you can download tax forms, instructions, and more.
IRS YouTube Channel
Features IRS videos on a variety of tax topics, from explanations of the New Homebuyer Credit to how to track your refund.
Colorado Department of Revenue-Taxation
The starting point for all things related to Colorado taxes. Includes tax forms, online services, informational brochures and news updates.
Free Tax Classes
The Colorado Department of Revenue will be offering their tax classes as webinars and online guides this year. This page also includes additional resources for business, sales, and individual taxes.
State Tax Forms
Direct link to Colorado's online tax forms.
Colorado Property Tax/Rent/Heat Credit (PTC) Rebate Information
Information about Colorado Property Tax/Rent/Heat Credit Rebate and eligibility
Colorado Property Tax/Rent/Heat Credit (PTC) Rebate Forms
Link to forms for Colorado Property Tax/Rent/Heat Credit
Federation of Tax Administrators
Use this site to locate tax forms for states other than Colorado.
Get Ahead Colorado
A partnership between The Piton Foundation and the Colorado Community College System, Tax Help Colorado offers free tax preparation assistance to families who earn less than about $57,000 a year. This site contains a refund calculator, links and resources for filing online, and a map to locations offering their free tax preparation service.
AARP Foundation Tax-Aide
A map of locations providing free tax preparation provided by AARP.
El IRS en Español
El sitio oficial del IRS y el primer lugar acerca de información del impuesto federal. Incluye formularios, opciones electrónicas, información para cómo vigilar su reembolso, y preguntas frecuentes.
IRS Canal de YouTube
Contiene vídeos informativos del IRS que se tratan de una variedad de temas, desde reembolsos que no pueden ser entregados hasta créditos para quienes recientemente han comprado una vivienda.
During the tax season the library has forms available to the public.
|Name||Contact #||Location||Appointment Time||Who's It For?|
|AARP Tax Aide - Greeley||970-584-0144||2650 W 29th St. Greeley, CO||Tuesday-Thursday, February 2 - April 15, 9 am - 4 pm, Call after January 25 for an appointment or visit the AARP Tax Aide website: https://cotaxaide.org/ta/||Special attention to those age 50 and over.|
|AARP Tax Aide - Erie||1-888-861-7323||400 Powers St. Erie, CO||Fridays, February 5- April 9, 10:30 am - 4pm, Call after January 11 for an appointment or visit the AARP Tax Aide website: https://cotaxaide.org/ta/||Special attention to those age 50 and over.|
|AARP Tax Aide - Firestone||1-888-861-7323||7 Park Ave Firestone, CO||Mondays, February 8 - April 12, 9 am - 1 pm, Call after January 11 for an appointment or visit the AARP Tax Aide website: https://cotaxaide.org/ta/||Special attention to those age 50 and over.|
Computer Classes at HPLD
We offer a range of introductory computer classes at HPLD. Most of our classes are targeted at a beginner computer comfort level. We also do classes on tablets and phones.
Upcoming Computer Classes
We have an exciting schedule of free computer classes coming up in 2018.
Choose from Windows 10, Intro to the Internet, iPad Basics and more!!!
For more information and to register, please visit our Calendar of Events.
e-Readers, Tablets, Devices?
Wondering what kind of e-reader or tablet to buy for yourself or a family-member? We have some ideas.
There are many kinds of e-readers compatible with free library eBooks and Audio eBooks. Most tablets running Windows, Android or iOS are compatible with HPLD’s digital audiobooks, ebooks, magazines and music.
If you want to see if the device you’re planning to purchase is compatible – check out this list of compatible devices from OverDrive.
What is the best device for you? Depends on how you want to use your tablet. If you’re concerned about glare and your eyes, you might just want a black and white e-reader. Before buying, look at the screen and text settings, and hold the e-reader in your hand. You will see how the weight and shape feels, and if the functionality suits you. At this point you might find that either the lack of features or the extra features bug you as you use the device.
Consider, before you give…and Book a Librarian
If you are gifting an e-reader to someone who is a little less tech-savvy than yourself, think about giving a little tech-support along with the gift, lest it becomes a burden. Some people can get overwhelmed and anxious about technology that is thrust at them, but with which they are not really comfortable.
There’s always the option of outsourcing that help to libraries. At HPLD, we have a Book a Librarian appointment service, where we work one on one with people to help them figure out their devices.
As a bonus, we also teach them to checkout, download and return free eBooks or audio eBooks. All of these services are provided free of charge.
Windows 10 confusion? We’re here to help!
If you are running Windows 10 on your computer and need some help adjusting to the interface, we’re here for you. Don’t give up, we’ve got it all (mostly) figured out. Here are some resources to get you started:
HPLD is currently teaching classes on Windows 10. Check out “Tech” on our Events page, to get a list of computer classes at all of our locations.
Microsoft has some really good beginner Windows 10 Tutorials on YouTube.
The Goodwill Community Foundation has been helping computer users for a long time, and they have a pretty good set of tutorials for Windows 8. They also have both videos and written instructions with large screenshots.
And remember, if you’re stuck, make a Book a Librarian appointment and bring your laptop or device to one of our branches. We will try to guide you through the problem.
Earn cash for achieving a healthy weight by participating in the Weigh and Win program. Weigh and Win is a FREE program that incorporates healthy eating and active living into your daily routine. Your progress is tracked through quarterly weigh-ins at the kiosk conveniently located at the Carbon Valley Regional Library When you achieve weight improvement, you will earn cash! There are additional opportunities to earn coupons and prizes for maintaining a healthy weight and for participating in the program. Get started today at WeighandWin.com.