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NEWS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 18, 2019

Contact:
Ann Kling
Director
director@clearviewlibrary.org
970-686-5603, ex. 302


Clearview Library to Hold Ballot Measure Feedback Session January 24

Windsor, CO — The Clearview Library District will hold a public feedback session on the 2018 ballot measure loss to fund a new library facility at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, at the Windsor-Severance Library.

The session will focus on facilitated, small-group discussions, which will be summarized in a large-group setting at the end of the meeting. The feedback — combined with input already received — will be used to help inform the district’s 2020-2022 strategic planning efforts, which will begin in the next few months.

“Our goal is to have more in-depth conversations about the ballot measure, continuing our dialogue with the community,” said Clearview Library Director Ann Kling. “This session, as well as future community input sessions through the strategic plan process, will help shape the vision and future of our library.”

Ballot measure 6C in the November 2018 election requested a mill levy increase to fund the construction and operation of a new library facility at the corner of Chimney Park Drive and Main Street in Windsor.

For more information, contact the district at 970-686-5603. The Windsor-Severance Library is located at 720 3rd Street.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 3, 2019


Contact:
Ann Kling
Director
director@clearviewlibrary.org
970-686-5603, ex. 302

Clearview Library District and Foundation to Host Author Sandra Dallas for Clearview Reads February 1

Windsor, CO — The Clearview Library District and the Clearview Library District Friends and Foundation will host best-selling author Sandra Dallas as part of the Clearview Reads series on Friday, Feb. 1, at the Windsor Community Recreation Center.

The evening will begin with an intimate reception with Dallas at 5:30 p.m., which includes food and beverages. The public author talk will begin at 6:45 p.m., followed by a book signing.

Tickets are $40 for the VIP reception and $5 for general admission, and can be purchased on the Foundation’s website, https://www.cldfriends.org/sandra_dallas. Proceeds benefit the Friends and Foundation’s Clearview Reads fund.

Dallas is the best-selling author of “The Patchwork Bride,” “Prayers for Sale,” “The Diary of Mattie Spenser,” and “The Persian Pickle Club.” Since 1990, she has published 15 novels for adults, four novels for young adults, and 10 non-fiction books, and is also a four-time recipient of the Women Writing the West Willa Award, two-time winner of the National Cowboy Museum’s Wrangler Award, and three-time winner of the Western Writers of America Spur Award.

In addition to her fiction works, Dallas has a degree in journalism from the University of Denver and previously worked as a journalist with Business Week for 25 years, covering the Rocky Mountain region and serving as their first female bureau chief. She currently lives in Denver and Georgetown, Colo., with her husband.

For more information, visit https://www.cldfriends.org/sandra_dallas or call 970-686-5603.

About Clearview Reads

Each year, the Clearview Library District, Clearview Library District Friends & Foundation, and the Kathy Murphy Speaker Series Fund are proud to present Clearview Reads, a series of literary events that brings popular authors into our community.

The author series is funded by a donation from Vincent Murphy, husband of the late Kathy Murphy who was a former director of the Clearview Library District.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 2, 2019

Contact:
Ann Kling
Director
director@clearviewlibrary.org
970-686-5603, ex. 302

Clearview Library Receives Colorado State Library Grant

Windsor, CO — The Clearview Library District received a grant in the amount of $7,827 from the Colorado State Library through the State Grants to Libraries Act.

The funds will be used to support the library’s collection of children’s picture books, easy readers, and kids music on CD.

“Early literacy has been a large focus at the Clearview Library for many years,” said Library Director Ann Kling. “Grant funding for these important resources — the most highly circulated in the library district — will allow us to further strengthen our other early literacy materials and programs, such as items in the play area and Story Time programming materials.”

The State Grants to Libraries was funded by the Colorado Legislature to help increase access to early literacy and educational materials. This non-competitive program administered by the Colorado State Library funded a combined total of 318 public libraries, academic libraries, and school districts in the 2018-2019 fiscal year.

STATEMENT FROM THE LIBRARY DIRECTOR
December 18th, 2018

Contact:
Ann Kling
Director
director@clearviewlibrary.org
970-686-5603, ex. 302

I would like to thank the many of you who have shared your thoughts about our programming over the past week, and particularly those of you who attended our December board meeting last Thursday to share your thoughts in person. In total, we received 215 comments via email, phone calls, social media and in-person about our upcoming “Drag Queen Story Hour” event, with slightly more than half (52 percent) of those supporting it.

I want to assure you that we read or listened to every single comment, and we value your thoughts. Community input is vital to us achieving our mission to “Cultivate curiosity. Enlighten the mind. Strengthen the community.”

After careful deliberation, we have chosen to move forward with the event. While “Drag Queen Story Hour” may have a provocative name, it is an important resource to many members of our community, including those who identify as LBGTQ and those who seek to eliminate bullying against those who identify in this manner. Suicide is the leading cause of death in Colorado for kids ages 10-14, and bullying has been identified as a significant catalyst in many of them. Our programming seeks to create understanding that can encourage self-acceptance and reduce bullying.

I also wanted to clear up several points that we have heard over the past few days:

  • The safety of all library patrons is something we take incredibly seriously with every event we host. We have a long and successful track record of keeping children safe at our library.
  • Only children whose parents choose to have them attend will be present, and, like all programs for young children, a parent or caregiver is required to also be in attendance with them. Library staff members will also be on hand at the event.
  • This event is being provided free of charge to the library district, and private donors had offered to cover any costs if they were necessary.

As I mentioned, we read or listened to every single comment that was shared with us, and we genuinely value your thoughts. After hearing feedback from the community, we have identified two opportunities for us to improve our processes and programming:

  • First, we will recommend to our board that we update our background-check policy at their next board meeting in January. Our recommendation is that either we conduct a background check for all outside visitors or their sponsoring organization provides proof of a background check. Previously, we followed national library industry guidelines that did not require background checks at events where parents and/or library staff members were always present.
  • Second, to help achieve our goal that our programming meet the needs of all of our community members, we are developing a new year-long series – tentatively titled “Celebrating our Community” – that will focus on both the history of our local community and important contemporary issues. We hope to partner with some of the groups that were vocal in this most-recent issue to develop content.

It is unusual that a single program garners this much attention. Our goal is to serve our entire local community, and we offer a wide variety of programming that accomplishes this goal. Over the next month alone, we have dozens of events focused on infants and new parents, toddlers, teens and adults. The content includes everything from literacy to science and technology to therapy dogs to multicultural issues. We realize that not everyone will be interested in every program, and that is why we offer so many programs – so you can choose to participate in those that reflect your tastes while ensuring that our library meets the needs of all of the various groups who call our library district home.

Again, thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts with us. As always, you can contact me directly at director@clearviewlibrary.org if you have further questions.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 7th, 2018

Contact:
Ann Kling
Director
director@clearviewlibrary.org
970-686-5603, ex. 302

Clearview Library District Residents Vote Against Measure to Fund New Library

Windsor, CO — Residents of the Clearview Library District voted against ballot measure 6C on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

The measure would have provided the necessary funds to construct a new library building.

“We’re disappointed in the results of the election,” said Library Board President Joann Perko. “The new library would have solved the immediate challenges faced by the current location and positioned the district for inevitable future growth.”

The Library Board will work over the coming months to gather public input and craft a plan to address the issues faced by its current, limited building. A public feedback session will be scheduled in the near future.

“We value input from our residents on both sides of this issue,” said Perko. “The feedback will be used to help the Library Board determine next steps.”

In addition to the forthcoming public feedback session, individuals can email feedback at any time to connect@clearviewlibrary.org.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 22, 2018

Contact: Casey Lansinger
Public Services
casey@clearviewlibrary.org
970-686-5603, ex. 306

Clearview Library District Adds New Bookmobile Stop

Windsor, CO — The Clearview Library District will add a new Bookmobile stop at the Northern Lights Park in Windsor starting the week of September 10.The Bookmobile will travel to Northern Lights Park — 550 Saratoga Way, Windsor — every Monday from 6 - 7 p.m.

“The Bookmobile brings the Clearview Library District straight to your neighborhood,” said Library Outreach Supervisor Cari Borchert. “We bring new and popular books, movies, music, technology, and toys for our community to borrow and try at home, as well as library information and services. At any given time, we have more than 2,500 items on board!”

With the new addition, the Bookmobile now travels to 15 locations across the Clearview Library District, which includes Windsor, Severance, and West Greeley. For the current Bookmobile schedule, visit http://clearviewlibrary.org/bookmobile-1706.

“Last year, we had 15,735 Bookmobile visitors who checked out or renewed 26,514 items,” said Borchert. “We’re excited to add more stops and extend our reach even further.”

For more information, call 970-686-5603 or visit the Clearview Library website, clearviewlibrary.org.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 22, 2018

Contact:
Ann Kling
Director
director@clearviewlibrary.org
970-686-5603, ex. 302


Clearview Library District and Foundation to Host Author Peter Heller
for Clearview Reads September 22

Windsor, CO — The Clearview Library District and the Clearview Library District Friends and Foundation will host best-selling author Peter Heller as part of the Clearview Reads series on Saturday, Sept. 22, at the Windsor High School Auditorium.

The evening will begin with an intimate reception with Heller at 5:30 p.m., which includes food and beverages. The author talk will begin at 6:45 p.m., followed by a book signing. Tickets are $25 for the VIP reception and $5 for general admission, and can be purchased on the Foundation’s website.

Heller is the best-selling author of “The Painter,” “The Dog Stars,” and “Celine.” An award-winning adventure writer, Heller is a contributing editor at Outside magazine, Men's Journal, and National Geographic Adventure, and is a regular contributor to Bloomberg Businessweek and NPR. He is also the author of several nonfiction books, including “Kook”, “The Whale Warriors,” and “Hell or High Water: Surviving Tibet's Tsangpo River.”

He earned an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop in both fiction and poetry, and currently lives in Denver, Colo.

For more information, visit http://www.cldfriends.org/peter_heller or call 970-686-5603.

About Clearview Reads

Each year, the Clearview Library District, Clearview Library District Friends & Foundation, and the Kathy Murphy Speaker Series Fund are proud to present Clearview Reads, a series of literary events that brings popular authors into our community.

The author series is funded by a donation from Vincent Murphy, husband of the late Kathy Murphy who was a former director of the Clearview Library District.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 21, 2018

Contact:
Ann Kling
Director
director@clearviewlibrary.org
970-686-5603, ex. 302


Clearview Library District Digitizes Historical Windsor Newspapers


Windsor, CO — The Clearview Library District now offers digital access to historical copies of the Windsor Beacon, Windsor’s first newspaper.

The library, in collaboration with the current owner of the Windsor Beacon, The Coloradoan, and newspapers.com, digitized issues of the Windsor Beacon that were previously only available on microfilm. The issues — 1908 - 1909, 1935 - June 1973, May 1977 - April 1982 — are accessible from any computer at the library on the library district’s website under the “Explore” tab, “Databases.”

“This was an important project for our community,” said Library Director Ann Kling. “Preserving our past and making it available to all will strengthen our community.”

With this first phase complete, the library will continue to the next phase of the project: digitizing print copies currently in the archives of the library and the Windsor Boardwalk Park Museum. The library anticipates completion of the second phase by the end of 2020. Search the database here

For more information, visit the Clearview Library at 720 3rd Street or call 970-686-5603.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, August 10, 2018

Contact:
Ann Kling
Director
director@clearviewlibrary.org
970-686-5603, ex. 302


Clearview Library District to Request Funds for New Facility from Voters

Windsor, CO — The Clearview Library District Board of Trustees unanimously voted at an August 8 special meeting to place a funding measure on the November 2018 ballot.

The measure will ask Clearview Library District residents’ approval to raise the library’s mill levy 2.585 mills to fund the construction and operation of a new library facility. After 25 years, the mill levy will reduce by 1.985 mills.

“With the rapid growth of our communities and increased demand for services, our current library facility is stretched beyond its capacity,” said Library Board President Joann Perko. “After conversations with community members, we believe a new facility is an investment that will allow the library to maintain and expand its level of service to the communities of Windsor, Severance, and West Greeley.”

About the ballot measure
If approved, the change in district’s mill levy would result in an additional $5.43 per month cost to homeowners with a $350,000 residential property. Once the building is paid for, the building portion of the mill increase will sunset and a 0.600 mill will remain to fund operations.

The total mill levy rate after 25 years would be 4.146 — the current mill of 3.546 plus the 0.600 mill increase.

“We strongly believe it’s our job to be good stewards of taxpayer dollars,” said Perko. “The Library Board has a track record of reducing our financial obligations early. For our current facility, we were able to eliminate the debt four years early.”

About the new facility
The proposed new facility will be centrally located within the district near the corner of Main Street and Hollister Lake Road. Building design features include:

  • Dedicated children, teen, and adult areas.
  • Gathering spaces for small and large groups, and a large community room.
  • A Makerspace for all ages.
  • Room for 30% more collection materials.
  • A 15-seat computer lab.
  • Outdoor patio and event spaces.
  • Connection to downtown Windsor and area trail systems.

For more information on the project, visit http://clearviewlibrary.org/new-library-project or contact the library at connect@clearviewlibrary.org or 970-686-5603.