The Rampart Library Board of Trustees is pleased to welcome Michelle Dukette as our new Director. She will begin on April 4, 2016.
Michelle has a B.A. in psychology from State University of New York at Albany and earned her Master’s in Library and Information Science from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. She has over 25 years’ experience in the library profession including library branch management in the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library System in North Carolina and as Executive Director of the public library in her hometown of Niagara Falls, New York. Prior to joining the Rampart Library District, she was the Director of the Eaton Public Library in Northern Colorado.
Michelle has a husband, Aaron Dukette and a daughter, Elizabeth Flowe. Her personal interests include landscape photography, hiking and involvement in historic preservation and local history. Michelle and her husband have purchased a home in Divide and will make Teller County their home.
The Rampart Library Board of Trustees, the management team and staff are delighted to welcome Michelle and her family.
The friendly staff at the Rampart Library District would like to wish you a happy spring. Celebrate National Library Week with us from April 10 – 16 and stop by our libraries in Woodland Park and Florissant and let your favorite librarians know how much you appreciate them.
We love storytime at the library! The District offers 3 regular storytimes a week, at Woodland Park on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10am and at Florissant on Fridays at 10am. Bailey, a trained therapy dog, is at Woodland Park on Tuesdays from 4-5pm for the Paws to Read program. Bailey loves to listen to children reading out loud and this helps boost a child’s confidence, eliminate nervousness and improve reading skills. You do have to preregister for Bailey by calling 687-9281 ext. 112 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are a preteen or teen, be sure to visit the Teen Room at Woodland Park Public Library. We have a welcoming and relaxed environment, and all of the best new YA books. Enjoy using our computers or playing board games with your friends. On Tuesday, April 12, from 4-5pm the monthly Fandom program will feature Pokémon. You can always stop in on Wednesdays for Wii and Fridays for Minecraft.
Are you a Dr. Who fan? “Whovians”, as they are called, are welcome to join us at the Florissant Public Library on Friday, April 29 from 1-2:30pm for a Dr. Who party. Come in your favorite cosplay and enjoy trivia, food, and video features. All ages welcome.
The AARP Smart Driver Course will be on April 20 from 9:30am – 1:30pm at Woodland Park Public Library. This is a refresher course for drivers aged 50+ who want to improve their driving skills, and develop safe, defensive driving techniques. AARP members pay $15 with their card, and nonmembers pay $20. Call or stop by the circulation desk to register.
The next meeting of the Book Club at Woodland Park Public Library will be on Tuesday, May 3 at 10:30 am to discuss “In the Heart of the Sea” by Nathaniel Philbrick. The Book Worms Book Club will meet at Florissant Public Library on April 20 at 10:30am to talk about “May the Road Rise Up to Meet You” by Peter Troy.
The Adult Coloring Group is having a great time at Florissant. They are meeting the second Wednesday of every month from 10:30-11:30am. The next one will be on Wednesday, April 13 and offers an opportunity to relax, relieve stress, express your creativity and meet some new people.
If you missed our first “Cook the Book” program at Florissant Public Library, the next one will feature Greek dishes on Wednesday, May 4 from 12-1pm. Cookbooks are now available so you can choose a recipe to share. For questions, please contact Florissant Library at 748-3939.
Upcoming computer classes include Computer Basics on Wednesday, April 6 from 10am-11:30am at Woodland Park. You can learn about Microsoft Word 2013, Level 1 at Florissant on Thursday, April 21 at 9:00am – 10:30am. Windows 10 classes have been cancelled for April. Preregistration for all computer classes is required by calling Florissant at 748-3939 or Woodland Park at 687-9281 ext. 102.
The Rampart Library District has added an excellent new database called LearningExpress Library™. It can be accessed from the district web page by clicking on the “Research” tab and then “Learning Express”. Once you create a free account, you can access the learning centers which are organized around users. They include School (grades 4–12), College, GED® Test Prep, College Preparation, Career, Adult Learning, Computer Skills and Recursos para Hispanhoblantes (Spanish). There is truly “Something for Everyone”.