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Quarterly Newsletter

The Quarterly Newsletter, Issue 5.
One Year of Friendship. Mind if we celebrate you?
It has been one year since our rebrand to HPLD Friends & Foundation which included the launch of a new Friend program, newsletter, website and Facebook page!

Over this past year, our Friends have been an essential part in funding programs and experiences for our patrons. For example, the HPLD Friends & Foundation is the exclusive funder for the brand-new 100 Books Before Graduation program which launched in January. This program challenges 6 to 12th graders to read 100 books before they graduate high school. After every 25 books, they receive a prize. We are so excited to be apart of this program that our incredible librarians spearheaded. This program is taking place in branch libraries across the District so if you know a teen who may be interested, talk with your local librarian or sign up on the 100 Books webpage.
Quarterly Updates.
Our New Sponsorship Menu is Live!
We have been busy working on how we can best serve our community. Our sponsorship menu is a listing of sponsor levels that will translate across programs and events in the District that call for funding. This new process simplifies things for our sponsors, and for us! The levels have fresh benefits such as digital marketing, library tours, and even plaques on libraries. We hope you check out this new process and consider having your business sponsor a beloved HPLD program or event.

To see our sponsorship menu, benefits, and programs and events available for sponsorship, visit
  December 16 2022, Issue 4 The Quarterly. Meet the 2023 Library Programs We Are Supporting: 100 Books before graduation. Erie Annual Art Show. Northern Plains Public Library Summer Reading adventure. Summer Reading Adventure. Greeley Pride PopUp. YES!Fest. Widening the Window. Fort Lupton Capital Campaign. Platteville Power Project. Carbon Valley Library Nature Play Space.
Quarterly Update. Colorado Gives Day. With over 40 generous donors, we raised over $4,500! We are so grateful that our community came together to support the future generations of library lovers.
$1,825 was raised for the LINC Capital Campaign.
$1,197 was raised for the HPLD Friends & Foundation General Fund.
$1,110 was raised for designated libraries within the High Plains Library District.
Thank you for helping us build a community of library lovers.
2022 Writer in Residence: Rob Walker's PerformanceOn Thursday, December 8th, 2022, Rob Walker performed a live reading of Utopia! at the Atlas Theater in Greeley, CO. He wrote the playscript throughout his 2022 residency. Utopia! explores what happens when the future of Weld County comes in the form of a robot factory. The playscript will be available to HPLD cardholders in 2023. The Foundation thanks Rob for a fantastic residency and looks forward to his future works.On Pause: Writer in Residence ProgramHPLD and the Friends & Foundation are pausing the Writer in Residence program in 2023. The program will return in 2024 with new workshops and events. Keep an eye on HPLD Friends & Foundation's website and Facebook for updates.Our End of Year Employee Giving Campaign raised over $7,000 thanks to our generous coworkers. This year, we wanted our coworkers to showcase their personal artistic talents by submitting a piece of art that describes "Why We Love Our Library."
August 19 2022, Issue 3 The Quarterly The HPLD friends & foundation newsletter. 
Meet Friend of the Library: Gretchen AyalaIn honor of 10 years of volunteering with Carbon Valley Regional Library, HPLD Friends & Foundation interviewed Gretchen.What are your favorite hobbies?
I love gardening, traveling (especially to the Caribbean, Europe, and USA National Parks), reading, and making Stampin' Up greeting cards.

Do you have any pets?
I have been blessed with many cats, dogs, horses, and burros throughout my life, all perfect and loving. My favorite lap cat was Sammy.

What is your favorite book and genre of books?
My favorite book is "Pillars of the Earth" by Ken Follett. I have read all of his books, plus all David Baldacci, Leon Uris, most of Ann Cleeves. I usually read mysteries, both very serious ones and Cozy Mysteries.
What is the most memorable day you've had volunteering?
I loved working Santa Saturday. The children are all dressed up and so 
excited to see Santa (me too).
Quarterly Update
The HPLD Friends & Foundation has been busy this quarter participating in the planning of two events and launching our biggest venture yet, the LINC Capital Campaign.
2022 YES!Fest
Links for Literacy Golf Tournament
LINC Capital Campaign
How to Volunteer at Your HPLD Library
Free In-Person STEM Festival on September 17th at the Greeley Recreation 
HPLD F&F's Biggest Annual Fundraiser!
YES!Fest is a STEM Festival that serves historically underrepresented and underserved populations in STEM fields by providing families with the opportunity to engage in hands-on STEM learning experiences that aren't always available in the classroom. Local and national STEM focused businesses and non-profits will have booths and interactive presentations that will captivate children of all ages. HPLDF&F serves on the YES!Fest Committee. For more information about this year's festival, go
April 15 2022, Issue 2
The Quarterly
The High Plains Library District Foundation Newsletter
UTOPIA! And Rural Futures

By Rob Walker

The first time my dad saw an iPhone was when I started thinking about the future in a Ray Bradburyesque way. My sister got a smartphone and was giddy to show our sixty-year-old father (who still used the same Compaq computer we bought in 1996) this device that would ultimately change society forever. After playing with the pocket computer for a few moments, he uttered, "Well, I'll be damned." This was a genuine blurt of wonderment from a man holding the future in his hands.

At that moment, I started thinking about the future not only as the province of the metropolitan coasts, but as a place where rural and agricultural spaces could share in the futurist vision of Walt Disney and The Jetsons.
Quarterly Update
Introducing High Plains Library District Friends & Foundation! The name change took effect on Monday, April 4th, 2022. 

Over the past year, the Foundation and HPLD's Marketing team have been working behind the scenes to create a fresh logo, develop a new website, and create a Foundation-exclusive Facebook page.

Outside of our new online presence, we also introduced Friends. Friends of the High Plains Library District are library lovers that share their support by donating, volunteering, or a combination of both! We believe that library lovers should have the opportunity to become a Friend by sharing their time or treasure.  Friends can unlock membership benefits by supporting their library through curated volunteer opportunities or by donating in support of their library’s work in our community.  

For more information on membership benefits visit
Feb 18 2022, Issue 1
A Word From Our Director Niamh Mercer
Welcome to the HPLD Foundation’s first e-newsletter! Your HPLD Foundation is dedicated to building a community of library lovers. Our quarterly e-newsletters will share the impact that library lovers, like you, have on the programs and services your libraries provide. As a newsletter reader, you will be the first to learn about upcoming fundraising campaigns, events, volunteer activities and exciting new Foundation projects. 

We will share how we collaborate with nonprofits in our community, how we work to increase philanthropy where we live and work, how we plan to engage volunteers in meaningful opportunities at our libraries and events, and what we do to increase awareness of and advocacy for the libraries of the High Plains Library District.
Quarterly Update
Based off the Foundation's Spending Policy, a percentage of our earnings from investments is available for our Board to distribute to the needs of the District. HPLD project leaders submit proposals for the projects they need funding for and a Board committee reviews and selects the ones that best align with the goals of the Foundation. 

Here are this year's recipients:

Library Innovation Center (LINC) in Downtown Greeley - Project Leader Dr. Matthew Hortt - $20,000
The High Plains Library District’s LINC will serve as a community catalyst for workforce development, STEM education, and future innovation. The facility in downtown Greeley goes beyond the traditional library makerspace, offering both permanent and traveling immersive STEM exhibits and programs. LINC will empower the emerging workforce with the tools they need to enter skills-based jobs that are rapidly growing in Weld County.

Signature Author Series - Project Leader Amy Ortiz - $2,500
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