Book Clubs at RLD

RLD Book Clubs

the invention of wings

The Woodland Park Public Library Book Club will be discussing The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd on Tuesday, March 1 at 10:30 AM. Here is the summary:

Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimkes’ daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women.

Sue Monk Kidd’s sweeping new novel is set in motion on Sarah’s eleventh birthday in 1803, when she is given ownership of ten-year-old Handful, who is to be her waiting maid. We follow their remarkable journeys over the next thirty-five years, as both strive for a life of their own, dramatically shaping each other’s destinies and forming a complex relationship marked by guilt, defiance, estrangement, and the uneasy ways of love.

As the stories build to a riveting climax, Handful will endure loss and sorrow, finding courage and a sense of self in the process. Sarah will experience crushed hopes, betrayal, unrequited love, and ostracism before leaving Charleston to find her place alongside her fearless younger sister, Angelina, as one of the early pioneers in the abolition and women’s rights movements.

When & Where:

Tuesday, March 1, 10:30 AM in the Board Room on the 3rd Floor. Open to all adult readers.

Nine Lives Death and Life in New Orleans

For the Bookworms of Florissant, pick up a copy of Nine Lives: Mystery, Magic, Death and Life in New Orleans by Dan Baum. We will be discussing this book at our meeting on March 16 at Florissant Public Library. Want to know more?

Nine Lives: Mystery, Magic, Death and Life in New Orleans by Dan Baum

After Hurricane Katrina, Dan Baum moved to New Orleans to write about the city’s response to the disaster for The New Yorker. He quickly realized that Katrina was not the most interesting thing about New Orleans, not by a long shot. The most interesting question, which struck him as he watched residents struggling to return, was this: Why are New Orleanians—along with people from all over the world who continue to flock there—so devoted to a place that was, even before the storm, the most corrupt, impoverished, and violent corner of America?

Here’s the answer. Nine Lives is a multivoiced biography of this dazzling, surreal, and imperiled city through the lives of nine characters over forty years and bracketed by two epic storms: Hurricane Betsy, which transformed the city in the 1960’s, and Katrina, which nearly destroyed it. These nine lives are windows into every strata of one of the most complex and fascinating cities in the world. From outsider artists and Mardi Gras Kings to jazz-playing coroners and transsexual barkeeps, these lives are possible only in New Orleans, but the city that nurtures them is also, from the beginning, a city haunted by the possibility of disaster. All their stories converge in the storm, where some characters rise to acts of heroism and others sink to the bottom. But it is New Orleans herself—perpetually whistling past the grave yard—that is the story’s real heroine.

When & Where:

Wednesday, March 16 at 10:30 AM at Florissant Public Library. Open to all adult readers.


LearningExpress Library

learning express library

The latest version of the most-loved and now more powerful online learning resource for academic and career development has arrived at the Rampart Library District! LearningExpress Library™ 3.0, from LearningExpress, LLC – known for basic skills improvement in reading, writing, math, and basic sciences and test preparation for academic and career testing – features a new tutorial and test-preparation platform, with easier access to skill-building resources and new features designed to help students and adults prepare for success in school and in life.

Centers—a collection of related materials organized around a theme or classification of user including School (grades 4–12), College, GED® Test Prep, College Preparation, Career, Adult Learning, and Recursos para Hispanhoblantes (Spanish) Centers—make it easier for adults and students to locate the resources they need when they need it. Patrons can search and access tutorials before signing into and downloading content to their secure personalized portfolios, “My Center.”

Stop by the Woodland Park Public Library or the Florissant Public Library to learn how you can have online access to these extremely beneficial learning resources for work and school—anytime, anywhere.

GED® is a registered trademark of the American Council on Education, used under license.

When & Where:

Access LearningExpress from our website, Under the Research tab, choose Learning Express. Register for a free account, and begin using LearningExpress! Please note: you must access LearningExpress through our website in order for it to remain free.

Adult Coloring Group at FPL

Coloring Event blog

Have you been bitten by the “Coloring Bug”? People everywhere are coloring for fun, relaxation, and artistic expression. If you love to color, or just want to see what the fuss is about, come on over to the Florissant Public Library on the second Wednesday of each month. Bring your own supplies or use ours to get in on it. You can chat, snack, and enjoy some quality coloring time.

Here are some colored samples from Polly and Karen:

Coloring Collage

When & Where:

Join us at the Florissant Public Library from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM on Wednesday, February 10. We will meet every second Wednesday of the month. Reservations are not necessary.

February Happenings


The library is for everyone – all ages, all backgrounds, and all education levels. We take pride in offering “Something for Everyone” and we invite you to come in and see all that we have to offer, either in person at one of our libraries in Woodland Park and Florissant or on our website Our staff would love to help you so please ask if you have any questions.

The District offers 3 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

If you are a preteen or teen, be sure to visit the Teen Room at Woodland Park Public Library.  It has recently undergone a transformation and there is always something happening there. On Tuesday, February 9 from 4-5pm the monthly Fandom program will feature Harry Potter.

The eagerly anticipated Family Fun Day at Florissant Public Library will take place on Saturday, February 13 from 10am – noon. Every year the Friends of the Florissant Library outdo themselves in bringing this wonderful event to you. Open to kids of all ages, this year it will feature music, rock painting, games, Legos, origami, valentines and jewelry to make, tattoos, a small book sale and snacks. Bring the whole family!

The next meeting of the Book Club at Woodland Park Public Library will be on Tuesday, March 1 at 10:30 am to discuss “The Invention of Wings” by Sue Monk Kidd. The Book Worms Book Club will meet at Florissant Public Library on February 17 at 10:30am to talk about “Orphan Train” by Christina Baker Kline.

An AARP Drivers’ Safety class will be held at Woodland Park on Wednesday, February 17 from 9:30am – 1:30pm. Please preregister at the circulation desk or by calling 687-9281 ext. 113. There is a charge of $15 for AARP members and $20 for non AARP members payable at the class.

The Adult Coloring Group is in full swing at Florissant, meeting the second Wednesday of every month from 10:30-11:30am. The next one will be on Wednesday, February 10 and offers an opportunity to relax, relieve stress, express your creativity and meet some new people.

The first “Cook the Book” program at Florissant will feature “Soups and Breads” on Wednesday, February 3 at noon. The next quarterly program will feature Greek dishes on Wednesday, May 4 from 12-1pm.  For questions, please contact Florissant Library at 748-3939.

Our Facebook page is easy to access by just clicking on the “f” in the upper right side of our homepage We would love to have you “like us”! And we have a new, improved Inside Scoop Blog that is just a click away from our homepage. You can enter your email address on the blog and receive notifications every time something new is posted. These are both wonderful ways to keep up with all the exciting new things happening in our libraries and the world of reading. Please join us!

If you have always wanted a Facebook page or have one but don’t know what to do with it, come to the Introduction to Facebook class on Thursday, February 4 from 10:30am – noon at Florissant or Friday, February 5 from 10 – 11:30am at Woodland Park.

Other upcoming computer classes include Excel 1 on Wednesday, February 10 from 10am-noon at Woodland Park and Thursday, February 11 from 9-11am at Florissant. There will be an Excel 2 class at Woodland Park on Wednesday, February 24 from 10am-noon. The popular Google Apps class will be held on Thursday, March 3 from 10:30-noon at Florissant and Friday, March 4 from 10-11:30am at Woodland Park.

Preregistration for all computer classes is required by calling Florissant at 748-3939 or Woodland Park at 687-9281 ext. 102.

Rampart Library District will be closed on Monday, February 15 in celebration of Presidents’ Day. We look forward to seeing you in the libraries during February!

From Director Anne Knowles

This is my last post for our Inside Scoop Blog as I retire on January 31. It has been such a privilege to serve the library and the community over the last 13 years. We have come so far since 2003 when the new Woodland Park Public Library opened its doors and 2004 when the new Florissant Public Library opened. It is thanks to you, our community, who have made it all possible. A big thank you to everyone who has been involved with the library since it first began 50 years ago, including LaVonne Leitner, Director from 1973-2000, Sharon Quay, Director from 2000-2011 who made the new buildings possible, everyone who has served on the Board of Trustees, committees, all of the past staff, the hundreds, perhaps thousands of volunteers, the Friends groups, the Foundation Board and everyone who stepped forward to make the dream a reality.

The libraries work so well because of the extraordinary staff members who work here together as a team and serve you every day. A special thanks to the management team of Brenda Stotler, Debbie Barnes, Jennie Darrah, Julie Wilson, Justin Rowley, Mary Ann Sperry and Polly Roberts who run this library so well and the staff who serve you with excellence, Beth, Brenda, Dean, Ida, Irwin, Karen, Laurie, Leslie, Mark, Margaret, Melody, Nancy, Sarah and Steve. Until a new director is in place, the management team, staff and volunteers under the guidance of Sandy King will keep everything running smoothly.

Let’s Cook the Book!

Cook the Book

Okay, not really. We are librarians! We would never! But, we DO like to cook food… and if you do, too, the Florissant Public Library has something fun for you!

Do you like to browse through cookbooks and try new recipes? Do you love to sample and share your new discoveries? If so, grab your apron and sign up for “Cook the Book”! Our first program will feature “Soups and Breads” on Wednesday, February 3 at noon.

Here’s how it works: we will have several cookbooks that match our theme. You can choose a recipe from one of our display books and we will copy it for you. Then we will get together and talk about our choices, share tips, and enjoy the finished dishes as a potluck.

When & Where:

Join us at Florissant Public Library for “Soups and Breads” on Wednesday, February 3 at noon. Not going to be able to make this one? Don’t worry, we’ll meet quarterly, and have a new theme each time. Our second program will feature Greek dishes on Wednesday, May 4. To sign up, visit the circulation desk or call 719-748-3939.

Pancakes and Pajamas at FPL

Pancakes and Pajamas

Join us for songs, rhymes and a sweet family storytime at the Florissant Public Library!

The Friends of the Florissant Library are hosting a yummy pancake dinner, and then we will settle in for an evening of storytelling with Miss Leslie. Come in your pajamas and slippers, bring your favorite stuffed animal, and enjoy hearing some bedtime favorites.

Here are some of our favorite bedtime stories:

What are yours?

When & Where:

At the Florissant Public Library on Friday, January 29, 2016, at 6:00 PM. Please register by visiting the circulation desk or calling 719-748-3939.