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The Outreach Services Department is a new department formed in the fall of 2011 in order to deliver offsite Library services to underserved groups and areas of the Poudre River Public Library District.
The communities served include La Porte, Livermore, Stove Prairie, Timnath, Virginia Dale, Waverly, and Fort Collins, among others.
Underserved priority groups include the homebound and at-risk children.
Main Program Areas
Early and Family Literacy
Monthly early literacy storytimes are provided to 12 groups at locations such as Timanth Elementary, Cache La Poudre Elementary, Stove Prairie Elementary, Irish Elementary, Teaching Tree, and the Family Center.
In 2008, through a partnership with Colorado State University, the Library District initiated Rincon de Cuentos, a series of Spanish language storytimes presented by community volunteers who have been trained in storytime delivery and other early literacy activities. Through these storytimes, offered at various locations, the community is introduced to the love of books and literature.
These cultural events are open to both Spanish speakers and non-Spanish speakers who wish to learn the language. There's a weekly storytime at Harmony Mobile Homes, and two monthly storytimes: one at Las Salsitas and another one at our Council Tree Library. These events enjoy the support of La Luz Mexican Boardwalk, Las Salsitas, and the Food Bank of Larimer County.
TALES (Take Away Literacy Enhancement Skills)
This program supports In-Home Childcare Providers through a set of 24 theme-based storytelling kits (PDF format/946K) designed to support the five early literacy practices of Every Child Ready to ReadŽ. These kits which are available exclusively to in-home childcare providers, are combined with training events throughout the year.
Informal Lending Library
The Library District has several small but specialized offsite collections around town; as a complement to the programming that the Library carries out in these locations. The locations are: Family Center, Harmony Mobile Homes, Northside Aztlan, River of Life in Wellington, and The Winslow Independent Living facility.
Through the federal Broadband Technology Opportunity Program (BTOP) grant, and the support of the Colorado State Library, Public Computer Centers have been established around the Library District in order to serve vulnerable populations by increasing access to computers, the internet, and training. These centers operate in Family Center and Wellington's River of Life Fellowship.
Classes being offered include: include: Computer Comfort, Internet Searching, Online Job Searching, Microsoft Word I & II, Facebook, Microsoft Excel - Basic, eBooks & Beyond, and Begin to Skype.
Volunteers are crucial to our Library District, and there are many short and long term opportunities to get involved! Volunteers must be at least 14 years old. Apply now!
As members of this wonderful community, we enjoy participating in various cultural and educational events in order to share about the many free library services available to all. Depending on the type of event, and availability, we may be able to participate with: a promotional booth, children's crafts, mascot appearances, storytime and puppetry, classes, library-card remote sign-up, and more. Need a library card now? Please contact us if you would like to have the Library present at your community event.