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.
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.
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.
Discover Your Roots
Volunteers and staff are available most days in the genealogy area at Centennial Park. They are ready to help you get started with your family research, or to give you help with finding information in our local resources.
If you have a request, please fill out a Genealogy Research Request:
View available Genealogy eResources.
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.
Go behind the scenes of your favorite library
Would you like to bring your class to your local library? Need research instruction? Want to motivate your students to read some new and exciting books? We'd love to see you!
|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.
Book Recommendations based on your interests
Like a particular author or genre, but don't know what to read next? Fill out the HPLD Personalized Reading List and one of the HPLD staff will create a list just for you. It's fun and easy and will provide you with books you love!
High Plains Library District offers limited exam proctoring to support your learning and distance education needs. Registration is required.
The following guidelines articulate the responsibilities of the student and the testing institution as well as the parameters of the service provided by the library.
The student will:
- Complete the Exam Proctoring Request Form allowing for 5 business days for review.
- Determine that the library’s resources, including installed software and physical environment meet the exam requirements.
- Arrange for all necessary exam information to be delivered to the proctor prior to deadline.
- Pay for any expenses associated with the exam, such as prepaid envelopes or photocopying.
- Provide photo identification.
- Arrive on time or notify the proctor if unable to make the appointment. Rescheduling will be at the convenience of the proctor if student is late or cancels.
The High Plains Library District will:
- Contact the student within 5 business days after receiving the Exam Proctoring Request Form.
- Administer the exam during regular library hours.
- Verify the identity of the student with photo identification.
- Notify the student when exam information has been received, if required.
- Monitor student periodically during the exam.
- Enforce time limits or other requirements.
- Reserve a public computer in advance for online examinations, extend time as needed or reserve a conference room.
- Not provide personal information, such as home phone number or social security number.
- Not be responsible for unforeseen events, such as network or equipment failure, lost or delayed mail, proctor illness, or library closure.
- Not install special software onto computers.
Proctoring Offered at the following locations:
Carbon Valley Regional Library- Firestone
Centennial Park Library - Greeley
Erie Community Library - Erie
Farr Regional Library - Greeley
Riverside Library & Cultural Center - Evans
Fill out the Proctoring Request Form:
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.
Need a place to meet? Then the library has the room for you, and you can reserve the room anytime online.
A $50.00 deposit is placed on your library card during the time of your meeting. The deposit is removed once you check out at the service desk.
High Plains offer more than just books with our Specialty Checkouts service. What makes it special? These items aren’t your typical library materials. Need a laptop? How about a telescope? You can check these items out and more!
Start your children’s pre-reading skills now with our enjoyable and educational story times. We use these important pre-reading skills in our story times: reading, talking, writing, singing and playing. Come and have fun and learn with us!
During the tax season the library has forms available to the public. View available Tax eresources.
|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 5 - April 11, 9 am – 4 pm, Call after January 25 for an appointment.||Special attention to those age 50 and over.|
|AARP Tax Aide - Erie||1-888-861-7323||400 Powers St. Erie, CO||We are no longer taking appointments.||Special attention to those age 50 and over.|
|Aims Community College - Greeley||5401 W. 20th St., Westview Bldg. 108 Greeley, CO||Saturdays, February 2 - April 13, 9 am - 4 pm (Closed March 9 & 16), No appointment needed.||Household income less than $55,000.|
|Aims Community College - Loveland||104 E 4th St. Loveland, CO||Fridays, February 15 - February 22, 9 am - 3 pm, No appointment needed.||Household income less than $55,000.|
|Aims Community College - Fort Lupton||260 College Ave Fort Lupton, CO||Fridays, February 8 - March 1, 9 am - 3 pm, No appointment needed.||Household income less than $55,000.|
|Morgan Community College - Fort Morgan||920 Barlow Road Cottonwood 103, Fort Morgan, CO||Tuesdays and Thursdays, February 5 - March 14, 3 pm - 7 pm, No appointment needed.||Household income less than $55,000.|
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.