Love Your Libraries Fiesta

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Join us this Sunday, July 17 at The Country Lodge in Woodland Park for our annual “Love Your Libraries” Fiesta! For just $10 per person, you can enjoy food and drink specials, door prizes and music provided by F150. All proceeds will benefit the Rampart Library District Foundation.

It’s a great way to spend a pleasant afternoon in beautiful Woodland Park, AND support your libraries! We will see you there!

State Parks Passes at RLD

Check Out Colorado State Parks at the Library!

Starting June 20, 286 libraries across the state of Colorado began circulating Check Out Colorado State Parks passes to library patrons. The pass is included in a backpack that contains maps, brochures, binoculars, and other materials. This program is a partnership with Colorado State Library, local library systems, and Colorado Parks and Wildlife and meant to encourage Coloradans to visit our State Parks and experience all of the great recreation that this state has to offer.  The Rampart Library District has 4 backpacks for circulation, 2 at the Florissant Public Library and 2 at the Woodland Park Public Library.

The pass is good for free entry of one vehicle into any of the 42 Colorado state parks.  It is a hang tag and must be visible in the vehicle.  The pass does not include camping or program fees, or licenses.  Library patrons can check out a backpack for 7 days. Begin exploring right here in Teller County by visiting these local state parks:

Mueller State Park

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Quiet forests, spring-fed mountain meadows, wildflowers of every color, and massive granite rock formations with the iconic form of Pikes Peak rising above, make this 5,000 acre park a wonderful mountain outing for Teller County residents.  A popular area for viewing wildlife, Mueller is home to abundant elk, black bear, hawks, and mule deer.  Visitors can enjoy year-round recreational opportunities including camping, picnicking, trail use, fishing and nature studies.

Eleven Mile Reservoir

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Ringed by high mountains, this 3,400 acre reservoir has ideal wind conditions that make Eleven Mile a popular, but not overly crowded, destination for sailing, windsurfing and canoeing. Motor-boaters and kayakers also find plenty of room to play during the summer months.  Anglers consistently tout Eleven Mile’s large reservoir for its outstanding fishing. When not reeling in a trophy rainbow, brown, cutthroat, kokanee, or pike, there are nearly five miles of scenic hiking and biking trails that await exploration in the 4,000 acres of land surrounding the reservoir.  Many species of birds reside in or migrate through the park, making for wonderful bird-watching prospects.

Spinney Mountain

Edited, from their website:

Built along the South Platte River in South Park, this day-use-only park offers beautiful views of the Collegiate Peaks and Gold Medal fishing waters yielding trophy-size cutthroat, rainbow and brown trout, and northern pike.  Anglers can find shoreline or fly fishing, belly-boating, and trolling opportunities in a setting that is both peaceful and scenic.  Birders have plenty to observe among the waterfowl, waders, and birds of prey that make Spinney Mountain Reservoir their home. Boating enthusiasts can enjoy the 2,500 surface-acre reservoir that has two boat ramps available, depending upon water levels.

Cheyenne Mountain

From their website:

Discover nature, from prairie to peak, at this 2,701 acre former ranch tucked beneath Cheyenne Mountain.  21 plus miles of easy-to-moderate hiking and hiking trails lead visitors from prairie grasslands through a stunning foothills transition zone of Gambel Oak and Ponderosa Pine/Douglas Fir.  The campground is open year round with a total of 51 full service campsites and 10 basic walk-in tent sites available during the peak months.  The park offers top-notch environmental education programs such as guided wildflower walks, family mystery hikes, animal education, geo-caching, Junior Ranger programs, weekly yoga, and more.

Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area (AHRA)

From their website:

Whitewater rafting, kayaking, canoeing and world-class fishing await boaters and anglers along 152 miles of the mild-to-wild Arkansas River from Leadville to Lake Pueblo.  AHRA visitors can also enjoy camping, hiking, picnicking, wildlife watching, mountain biking, rock climbing, and even gold panning along the river’s shores, deep canyons, broad valleys, and towering mountain peaks found within the upper Arkansas River valley.

Wherever you go in Colorado, there’s a state park waiting to welcome you.  Visit http://cpw.state.co.us/placestogo/parks/Pages/default.aspx for information about all of Colorado’s 42 state parks.  Colorado’s state parks are as diverse as our state itself, and they, like the Rampart Library District, offer something for everyone.

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”.