Teen Advisory Board Celebrates Cinco de Mayo

 

The Woodland Park Public Library is so proud of our Teen Advisory Board! On May 5, they created a Fiesta to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. Library guests enjoyed delicious Churro Cupcakes made by member Ruth Woolley, guacamole made by member Caelan Hobson, and Mexican Hot Chocolate made by member Jose Anthony-Bennett. Many kids played several rounds of Pin the Sombrero on the Taco, a TAB original created by Jose. They all had fun with the photo booth and made great music with the maracas.

The Teen Advisory Board has had a busy year. Together, they have created several teen programs, some terrific displays, and made great suggestions for the Teen Room and additions to our collection of Young Adult fiction, non-fiction, and graphic novels. They have played an active role in helping the Woodland Park Public Library reach out to the community.

We are currently accepting applications from kids in grades 6-12 who want to participate in the 2016-2017 year. We are looking for kids who want to make a difference in the library and the community. If you want to help with programs, design displays, make book and graphic novel suggestions for our collection, develop leadership skills, and be part of a team, we invite you to join us. We meet for one hour after school, twice a month. Stop by the teen room at the Woodland Park Public Library and talk to Leslie.

 

May at Rampart Library District

Rampart Library District

The Rampart Library District’s motto is “Something for Everyone!” and the month of May is no exception to that. We have a wide variety of programs for all ages and interests. Now that tax season is over and the weather is getting nicer, we encourage you to come and visit us and explore what your library has to offer.

Everyone is welcome to come celebrate Cinco de Mayo with the Teen Advisory Board at Woodland Park on Thursday, May 5, 4-5 pm. There will be food, music, games and fun!

StoryTimes

We love storytime at the library! The District offers 3 regular storytimes a week, at Woodland Park on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10 am and at Florissant on Fridays at 10 a.m. Bailey, a trained therapy dog, is at Woodland Park on Tuesdays from 4:30-5:30 pm 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 juliew@rampartlibrarydisrict.org.

Teen Programs

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 books for Teens. Enjoy using our computers or playing board games with your friends. On Tuesday, May 10, from 4-5 pm the monthly Fandom program will feature The Legend of Zelda. You can always stop in on Wednesdays for Wii and Fridays for Minecraft. The Teen Room will offer an opportunity to get ready to pass those end of the school year tests. Beginning Tuesday, May 10 Exam Cram Week kicks off at WPPL and goes through Thursday, May 12, 3:30-6 pm. Drinks and snacks will be provided, and we have a few surprises in store for you, too!

Adults

Have you ever seen anything in the sky, day or night that you can’t explain? WPPL is sponsoring a UFO program-The NORAD Incident: A Southern Colorado UFO Event on Tuesday, May 3rd 6:30-8 pm. Steve Alexander, the presenter, is a UFO enthusiast, hunter and author who will fascinate you with his UFO encounters. The next meeting of the Book Club at Woodland Park Public Library will be on Tuesday, May 3 at 10:30 a.m. to discuss “In the Heart of the Sea” by Nathaniel Philbrick. The Bookworms Book Club will meet at Florissant Public Library on May, 18 at 10:30 am to talk about “On the Move: a life” by Oliver Sacks.

Florissant Library

The Teller County Honors Our Veteran’s Breakfast Program is May, 11 8:30-11:30 am at the Florissant Public Library. Think coloring is just for kids? Think again. The Adult Coloring Group is having a great time at Florissant. They meet on the second Wednesday of every month from 10:30-11:30 am. The next one will be on Wednesday, May 11 and is a wonderful opportunity to relax, relieve stress, express your creativity, and meet some new people. Bring a snack to share!

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 12-1 pm.  Cookbooks have been selected and are now available at the library so you can choose a recipe to share. Copy the recipe and on the day of the program come in with your selected dish to share. For questions, please contact Florissant Library at 748-3939.

The Doctor Who Party will be Friday, May 13 from 3:30-5:00 pm. All ages are welcome to join us as we snack, play games, take pictures with the TARDIS and immerse ourselves in all things Doctor Who! Bring a banana, because… “bananas are good.”

Technology

Upcoming computer classes include Word I May 11, 10 am-12 pm at Woodland Park. There will be two Facebook classes, including one on Thursday, May 12 from 10 am-11:30 am at Florissant, and on Friday, May 13 from 10 am to 11:30 am at Woodland Park. You can learn about Microsoft Word 2013, Level II at Woodland Park on Wednesday, May 25 at 10:00 am – 12 pm. Excel I at Florissant Friday May 5, 9-10:30 am. PowerPoint Thursday May 19, at Florissant 9-10:30 am and Google Apps Thursday, May 26, at Florissant 10-11:30 am. Preregistration for all computer classes is required by calling Florissant at 748-3939 or Woodland Park at 687-9281 ext. 102.

Books, books and more books!

The Adult Fiction and Nonfiction collections have been growing rapidly throughout the first quarter of this year. Stop by and check all the new spring reads.

Listen Up!

The Woodland Park Library has Playaways®. What are Playaways®? They are pre-recorded audio books. Unlike CDs, audio cassettes or downloads, Playaways® do not need a separate player. Instead, Playaway® comes pre-loaded and ready to use with one audiobook per device—making them simple for you to use and, about the size of a small deck of cards, they are extremely portable. You can stick them in your pocket as you take a run, hike or you are at the gym. We have a wonderful selection of both children’s and adult book Playaways®. Come on in and check them out!

Rampart Library District will be closed Sunday and Monday, May 29 & 30th for Memorial Day.

See you at the Library!

By Michelle Dukette

 

 

Doctor Who at Florissant

Doctor Who logo

Calling all Whovians!

Large and Small, Young and Young at Heart!

Dress up as your favorite Doctor Who character and join the Florissant Public Library for games, activities, and themed snacks. Take selfies with the TARDIS, brush up on your trivia, practice your coloring skills, or spell your name in Gallifreyan. Watch out for the Weeping Angels!

When & Where:

Friday, April 29 from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm at Florissant Public Library.

 

Spring Into Family Storytime at FPL

Spring Storytime

Are you ready for some favorite Spring friends? Ladybugs and Bumblebees and Butterflies… oh my! Buzz on over to the Florissant Public Library on Friday, April 8 at 6 pm for Spring Into Storytime… Family style!

All ages are welcome to join us for an evening of food, stories, songs, and fun. The Friends of the Florissant Library are serving dinner, and Miss Leslie is serving up some stories and wiggles, and even some wiggly stories.

When & Where: 

Friday, April 8 at 6:00 pm at Florissant Public Library, join us for Spring Into StoryTime Family StoryTime. Call 719-748-3939 or stop by the circulation desk to register.

Happy April from RLD

April Happenings at Rampart Library District

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 juliew@rampartlibrarydisrict.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”.

 

 

 

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

 

1000 Books Before KGN

Rampart Library District is pleased to participate in a national program called “1,000 Books Before Kindergarten.” This program is designed to encourage parents to introduce a variety of early literacy skills before children enter kindergarten.

Here’s how you can participate:

Stop in to Woodland Park Public Library or Florissant Public Library and request your “1,000 Books Before Kindergarten” folder. Inside, you will find instructions, your first 100 books record sheet, Pre-Reading Skills parent sheet, a list of Caldecott Medal Winners, a Ready to Read brochure, the Rampart Library District Staff Storybook Favorites list, AND a FREE STORYBOOK! Limit one per child.

  1. Read a book (any book) to your newborn, infant, toddler, preschooler… the goal is to read 1,000 books before your child starts kindergarten. If you consider that most children start kindergarten around age 5, you have more time than you think.
  2. Fill in a circle on the record sheet for each book read. Count any books that are read to your child, no matter who reads the books or how many times the book is read. It can be siblings, grandparents, friends, babysitters, StoryTime at the library… it can all be counted!
  3. When you have recorded 100 books, bring your record sheet in to Woodland Park Public Library or Florissant Public Library to receive a sticker and a new record sheet!
  4. Has your child reached 1,000 books? Congratulations!

Enjoy your child’s journey to 1,000 books!