Hispanic, Latino Heritage
Immigrants, Newcomers, Refuges
Young Adults (20-25 years)
New immigrants will have information on citizenship, English language learning, employment,
public schooling, health and safety, available social services, and any other topics that they need to participate successfully in American life.
This is a new program at our Library. Class attendance, and individual tutoring use is being monitored.
Children ages 5 to 21
One BookOne Valley is a literary program designed to get everyone in the Estes Valley reading and discussing one book at designated times each year or every several years. The primary goals are to promote literacy and encourage community dialog across social, cultural and generational lines.
The purpose of the One BookOne Valley program is to invite a community conversation built around the themes of a great book. The planning committee has sought to choose a book that will resonate with the residents of the Estes Valley, young and old, men and women, avid readers and infrequent readers alike. We view this as the first of a recurring event, and the idea is similar to projects underway in many communities throughout the U.S.
Within its scope, the project seeks to provide a large quantity of free copies of the book within a heavy promotion period, to include displays, a street banner, and a bulk mailing of brochures to all residents. Programs will include: five community-wide discussions (held on two weekdays, two evenings, and a panel discussion on one Saturday afternoon), special guest speakers, a film series, storytelling, a local art exhibition, a kickoff reception, youth and family programs, and partnerships with the local independent bookstore, Rocky Mountain National Park, and the Rocky Mountain Nature Association.
Reviewing the data of the above shows increases in participation, attendance and donations.
In December 2009, the Estes Valley Public Library Foundation received a prestigious two-year grant from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Foundation to teach financial literacy in the Estes Valley. Early in 2010, a community-wide test and survey was administered, and five basic financial seminars were created to meet the needs and wants expressed. During 2010, financial education reached over 16% of the population (1,058 residents) in 105 presentations and seminars. The Library's circulation of financial books increased over 30%, and testing showed a 25% increase in basic understanding of financial issues and a 55% upturn in good intentions for future action. Currently, the grant is completing its second year with additional seminars and activities designed to emphasize the importance of prudent personal financial management.
In 2015 this program received a grant to provide this program throughout the state of Colorado.