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Library Books

Who We Are

Our Vision and Mission

The High Plains Library District Friends & Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit established to support the High Plains Library District. The mission of the High Plains Library District Friends & Foundation is to build a community of library lovers through increased collaboration, philanthropy, volunteer engagement, awareness and advocacy for the libraries of the High Plains Library District.

Our Role in Our Community

We aim to build a community of library lovers within Northern Colorado by gathering funding for HPLD programs and services. With more than 100,000 card holders in the District we support, we provide equitable access to resources for the adults, young adults, and children within our community. Through donations from library lovers like you, we address emerging needs in our community, bolster literacy rates among our youth, and support literary programming to engage authors in our community.

Meet Our Board Members


Dr. Kelley Carmichael Casey



Matthew Starr


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Mandy Schnirel 


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Annie Epperson


Meet Our Staff

Niamh Mercer

Foundation Director

Christina Hardman

Development Coordinator

Lauren Vanderlinden Ph.D.

Friends & Foundation Associate

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Teresa Nuñez


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Deana Lemos-Garcia

Vice Chair

Julie Forland


Why Do We Love Our Library?

“I love my library because it provides an abundance of free resources like Kanopy, Hoopla, books and e-books, that help me listen to a new story or learn something new wherever I am. ”

 Niamh Mercer, Foundation Director

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