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2023 Funded Library Programs

The Quarterly Newsletter

The High Plains Library District Friends & Foundation Newsletter

December 16th, 2022, Issue 4


Meet the 2023 Library Programs We Are Supporting

100 Books Before Graduation

100 Books Before Graduation is a twist on the popular 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten. HPLD Branch Teen Librarians will start a year-long reading program for teens. It will target improving literacy in patrons within the 6th to 12th grade.

Erie Annual Art Show

Erie Community Library has hosted a Juried Kids Art Show for 3 years running. The event takes place in September/October of each year as a community event that highlights the artistic talent of children ages 3-18.

Northern Plains Public Library Summer Reading Adventure

NPPL's Summer Reading Program is expanding due the rapid population growth in Pierce, Nunn, and Ault, as well as a focused marketing effort by our Children's Librarian to expand the program. The designated funds will support an existing budget and bolster the popular literacy program.

Summer Reading Adventure

HPLD’s annual Summer Reading Program fosters personal growth and development, promote a passion for reading, and support family literacy.

Greeley Pride PopUp

Greeley PopUp Pride Celebration is an inclusive all-ages event that celebrates the LGBTQIA+ communities and helps educate community members through conversation, diverse literature, and connectivity. Community partners play an active role with interacting and informing participants about inclusive services geared towards marginalized populations.


Youth Engineering and Science Festival – YES!fest – is a fun and educational festival for the whole family. Booths and exhibitors from across many science and engineering fields will provide hands-on activities for all age levels. YES!fest seeks to create a change in attitude toward engineering as a meaningful potential career option and emphasize its relevance in our everyday lives.

Widening the Window

Inspired by the "Let's Talk About Race" series, "Widening the Window", is a series that thoughtfully discusses race, introduces the idea of radicalized trauma, and implements various healing techniques for families.

Fort Lupton Public Library Capital Campaign

After nearly three decades of a joint space for high school students and public library users, the Fort Lupton Public and School Library is building a separate facility for public library services. The new building will have increased community spaces, including study rooms, a makerspace, a children's courtyard, and a meeting room, as well as a schedule and layout less related to school needs.

Platteville Power Project

Platteville Public Library and it's Board are working on a Power Project that will lead to the library being more energy efficient. The HPLD Friends and Foundation are providing funds to cover electrician costs to change overhead florescent lights to LED's.

Carbon Valley Library Nature Play Space

The Jan Cruz Nature Trail currently provides education about local wildlife, a place to exercise and focus on well-being, and it is a gathering space where all are welcome. The library staff are planning to create a Nature Play Space that will offer our young patrons a place of their own where they can explore, build, cooperate, and discover nature in open-ended play and experiential learning. The HPLD Friends and Foundation are providing funds for a storage shed to safely store the outdoor play equipment in the winter.

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.


Quarterly Update

Colorado Gives Day

You have made a difference in your community.

With over 40 generous donors on December 6th, 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 Performance

On 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 Program

HPLD 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.

Results from 2nd Annual Staff Art Contest

Congratulation Carbon Valley Regional Library!

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." Our coworkers went above and beyond in their creativity and each submission was a true work of art. Carbon Valley Regional Library took the lead of a staff-wide vote this year with their Book Spine Poetry. Take a look below to see their submission.

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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