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Funding Highlight

The Quarterly Newsletter

The High Plains Library District Friends & Foundation Newsletter

March 8th 2024, Issue 9


Funding Highlight: Adaptive Fun!

A showcase of one of the recipients of our Board Designated Funds.

Adaptive Fun is a new inclusive HPLD program that caters to neurodiverse families within the library. This program will provide materials and tools for neurodivergent children to utilize during the programming. These materials allow a safe and accessible environment for the children. The materials include noise-canceling headsets, reading guide strips to assist youth with dyslexia, and wiggle cushions that allow micro-movements that assist concentration.  

Adaptive Fun received $2,000 from HPLD Friends & Foundation's Board Designated Fund. Those funds will be used to purchase the supplies and tools necessary to make the program accessible to all.

Most typical youth programming in the library can be very overwhelming with noise or fast-moving content. This can cause neurodivergent families to leave early or not participate in the first place. Adaptive Fun will be a low sensory, engaging program specifically tailored for the neurodivergent

When Adaptive Fun programming is not taking place, the materials and tools can assist children that cannot use traditional library supplies for programming around the library, as well as noise reducing headsets for patrons to allow for a more peaceful library experience. 

We look forward to sharing more about Adaptive Fun throughout the year. Stay tuned for dates on when the program begins at Erie Community Library and how to register.

Thank You to Our Supporters


Quarterly Update


Library Appreciation Month

We love our High Plains Library District libraries!

Library Giving Day - April 3rd

You are invited to join us in celebrating Library Giving Day, a special day to show your love and appreciation for your library and recognize the vital role it plays in our community. 📚

When you donate to the HPLD Friends & Foundation, your donation can be designated to your HPLD library or library program. The library or program will receive 100% of your donation and you will receive all the benefits of being a Friend!

National Library Week - April 7th - 13th

National Library Week is an annual celebration highlighting the valuable role libraries, librarians, and library workers play in transforming lives and strengthening our communities.

Monday, April 8

Right to Read Day

A National Day of Action in support of the right to read. The State of America's Libraries Report is released, including Top Ten Most Challenged Books of 2023.

Tuesday, April 9

National Library Workers Day

A day for everyone to recognize the valuable contributions made by library workers.

Wednesday, April 10

National Library Outreach Day

A day the dedicated library professionals who are meeting their patrons where they are.

Thursday, April 11

Take Action for Libraries Day

A day to rally advocates to urge members of Congress to protect the freedom to read.

History of National Library Week

In the mid-1950s, research showed that Americans were spending less on books and more on radios, televisions and musical instruments. Concerned that Americans were reading less, the ALA and the American Book Publishers formed a nonprofit citizens organization called the National Book Committee in 1954. The committee's goals were ambitious. They ranged from "encouraging people to read in their increasing leisure time" to "improving incomes and health" and "developing strong and happy family life." 

In 1957, the committee developed a plan for National Library Week based on the idea that once people were motivated to read, they would support and use libraries. With the cooperation of ALA and with help from the Advertising Council, the first National Library Week was observed in 1958 with the theme "Wake Up and Read!"


Open Volunteer Opportunity

Carbon Valley Regional Library

Teen Chess Assistant Volunteer

Do you know a teen that loves chess? Are they in need of volunteer hours? Are they dripping with knowledge on the skills and strategies to play chess and would love to take their hobby to the next level? Then this is the position for them!

They will have the opportunity to play, help instruct, and provide support to fellow teens during Carbon Valley's Teen Chess Club. Apply now!



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