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Summer of Reading at Your Library!

The Quarterly Newsletter

The High Plains Library District Friends & Foundation Newsletter

May 3rd 2024, Issue 10


Adults Read On!

Read about your hyper-fixation and earn prizes.

ARO (Adults Read On!) launched in January 2022 to encourage adults to read throughout the year. Inspired by the Summer Reading Adventure, our librarians found that adults needed their own reading program that is marketed separately from children and teen literacy programs.

How does it work?

Choose a reading challenge from curated reading lists and start earning points when you complete the challenges. New challenges and reading lists are published monthly. After you earn 5 points, you get a prize! To sign up and learn more click here.

One of the many highlights of being in ARO is the librarian curated lists full of fantastic books. Each month a new topic is curated with many thoughtfully selected books to indulge in. Love Agatha Christie? Then this list is for you. Recently rewatched Blade Runner? Here you go. Thinkin' about alternate dimensions? They've got you covered.

HPLD Friends & Foundation supports ARO with Board Designated Funds and solicitations for in-kind donations to be used as incentives for reading milestones. If you are interested in supporting ARO, contact

Books featured in the newest list: Stories in Stories in Stories

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

Give your loved one a head start with this program!

Do you have a little one in your life that loves when you read to them? With 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten, you can keep track of the number of books they read and can earn prizes for every 100 books you read together! Reading with your child is the single most important activity you can do to help your child get ready to read. In as little as 15 minutes a day, you can build the skills for future school and life success.

How can you read 1,000 books to your child? In as little as 15 minutes a day! The average picture book takes just 5 minutes to read, AND 3 books a day (just 15 minutes) for 1 year = 1,095 books.

Sharing books together in the early years is about connection, book awareness, vocabulary, and play. It’s ok to just talk about the pictures or move on before you get to the end of the book. Just be sure to share those books with your child, whichever way works for both of you. 

If you are interested in signing up your loved one for 1,000 Book Before Kindergarten, click here. If you are interested in donating to the program, email

HPLD Friends & Foundation is supporting this program with Board Designated Funds and grant writing.

Summer Reading Adventure

Join the nation by participating in this beloved reading program.

The High Plains Library District's Summer Reading Adventure is the most popular reading program in the District. It is a unique and engaging program designed for children, teens, and adults. With a new theme every year, the nation-wide program aims to prevent the "summer slide" by encouraging reading for all ages throughout the summer.

The program offers participants the opportunity to track their reading progress and earn prizes when they reach different milestones. In addition to the rewards, there are also various fun and engaging events that take place at participating libraries, such as foam parties. This program is a great way to keep your mind sharp during the summer break, and to stay motivated to read and learn. It's a wonderful initiative that promotes literacy and encourages a lifelong love of reading.

The adventure starts on May 20th! Sign up today. HPLD Friends & Foundation is supporting this program with Board Designated Funds, grant writing, and in-kind donation solicitations.


HPLDF&F Staff Summer Book Recs:

Our favorite books to read in the sun with a glass of iced tea

Science Fiction

I Who Have Never Known Men by Jacqueline Harpman *

Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day by Ben Lowery*

Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer

Graphic Novels

Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler


The Adventures of Amina Al-Sirafi by Shannon Chakraborty

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow

Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Writers & Lovers by Lily King

After the Flood by Kassandra Montag

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

A River Enchanted by Rebecca Ross

Tress of the Emerald Sea by Brandon Sanderson

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon


Red Comet by Heather Clark

Frontier Figures by Beth E. Levy**

Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Young Adult

Legend Born by Tracy Deonn


Devotions by Mary Oliver

All books are available as a physical copy within the High Plains Library District Collection unless otherwise noted.

*available as ebook on Hoopla **available as ebook on Libby


Thank You to Our Supporters


Quarterly Update


Library Giving Day Results

Thank you for loving your library!

Thanks to your incredible support, we were able to raise $1,375 on Library Giving Day! We cannot thank you enough for your generosity and commitment to your community of library lovers. Your contributions have made an impact on our ability to provide essential resources, programs, and services to the High Plains Library District's patrons.

Volunteer with HPLD

We have a volunteer opening.

We love our volunteers! Volunteering at your HPLD library is a fulfilling and enriching experience that allows you to make a positive impact in our community. Our volunteers play a vital role in supporting various library programs and services and helping to create a welcoming and vibrant environment for all patrons. Whether assisting with programs, working in the garden, or serving as a storytime assistant, volunteers at HPLD contribute their time and talents to inspire a love for reading and learning among visitors of all ages.

Current Volunteer Openings:

Carbon Valley Regional Library

Volunteer Gardener

If you like getting outdoors, getting your hands dirty, and helping beautify our library grounds, we have just the volunteer opportunity for you! Carbon Valley Regional Library has an opening for a volunteer gardener this spring, and applications are live now.


Do You Love Your Library?

We want to hear from you!

If you have an outstanding memory (big or small) about your library, we would love to know about it. You can simply reply to this email with the details of your special moment. You might get a shout out in our next Newsletter or on our Facebook, @hpldfriendsandfoundation!



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