Berthoud Community Library

Newsletter August 2020

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We Are Open!

In This Issue...

  • Letter from the CEO
  • New Hours
  • Podcast
  • Seed Library
  • Inside Out Story Time
  • Summer Learning Program (Kids)
  • Kids Events
  • Back To School Essentials
  • Summer Reading Incentive (Adults)
  • Adult Events
  • Library Anytime

Letter From The CEO:

Happy end of summer to our wonderful community!


Do you miss attending our fun and interesting classes at the library? Are you sick of staring at a computer screen? We hear you. Beginning in the middle of this month, we’ll be offering kits full of information and tools for you to learn something new, all in a handy take-home format for you. Kits will be limited in quantity, so watch our Facebook page to see when we’ll drop a new topic for you—kits will be first-come, first-served, so don’t hesitate when you see one that interests you. Are you intrigued yet? The first topic will be…. Nope, I’m not telling you. Watch our Facebook page!


We’re debuting our newest series, our Compelling Issues Book Club, in September. We know that it can be difficult to have discussions about issues like racism, poverty, hate speech, mass incarceration, gender equality, and other critical topics for our community. We’ll use specific books to focus our conversations, and keep the groups small to encourage kind and constructive conversations about these challenges our society faces. We’re aiming for some in-person and some online discussions (following all guidelines for social distancing) so everyone can participate. While we will discuss two books per month, we encourage you to read only the ones that are compelling to you—you don’t have to read every book to participate in the discussion series. Be prepared to learn from both an author and others in the conversation, and get your critical-thinking caps prepped and ready. Our first two titles, for those who are ready to start reading, will be 'How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi' and 'Hate: Why We Should Resist It with Free Speech, Not Censorship by Nadine Strossen'.


Our regular book club returns in September, and our first title will be 'The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson'. Anyone who reads the book is welcome to attend the discussion, which will take place online at 1:30 and at 6:30 on Tuesday, September 22. Again, we’re giving you early notice in case you’re eager to start. Happy reading!


I also wanted to take a moment to thank everyone for working so well with us through these unexpected changes so far this year. We know that the situation continues to morph and more changes may come, but we’re grateful for your cooperation and good cheer as we’ve done everything we can to continue to serve all of you. Thank you, from all of us!


Amie P.

Library CEO

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Even though we are opening our doors, our curbside services are still available! Please email us at curbside.bcld@gmail.com or give us a call and let us know what we can gather for you! We'll arrange a time to pick up and we will have contactless delivery for you!

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Check it out! We now have a podcast! Take a listen and share it around. This will not just be about library 'stuff', but about the wonderful community we live in. Straight from our CEO, Amie! We're here for you, to support you, to inform you, and to care for you the best way we know how.

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Seed Library Now Open!

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Start Saving Those Seeds!

Now is the time you want to start thinking about preserving the seeds you are growing in your garden. If you took some seeds from us, we'd love to have some back through cleaning and drying of your fruits and vegetables. Check this link on how to save your seeds! Click Here!

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Inside Out Story Time

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Give us a call to register!

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Hey Parents! Summer Learning Program is winding down for the summer! If you haven't picked up your prizes, you have until August 15th to do so!


August is all about the "Perform" portion of the Summer Learning Program. Click the link below to also see some examples from our Children's Librarian, Miss Christy!


Click Here For More Info!

Calendar Of Events

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Summer Learning Events For Kids

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Back To School Essentials

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Library Cards For The Long Haul

As a child, I loved school shopping. I could pick out notebooks, pens and pencils, and fresh, white, lined paper for writing. I colored on my Trapper Keeper binder and labeled the different sections for each class. The one supply that I would use over and over each year, which never wore out and never lost its power and never lessened its ability, was my library card.


I have been a proud carrier of a library card for forty years and the bounty of information and entertainment it has brought me and my family is immeasurable. Sure, I could piece together the number of books and movies I’ve checked out with it, but that number doesn’t express the friends I made (both fictional and people at the library), it doesn’t tell you anything about the hours I spent reading under trees, in my bedroom, on the trampoline (not while jumping – I promise!), hidden in a box (yes, I was one of 5 children, hiding is good for quiet). My library card expanded my world because the library was one of the few places I could go without being expected to spend money. As a kid, I would ride my bike to the local library at least once a week. I could come in and get a drink, go to the bathroom, and browse the books to my heart’s content. I didn’t need anything more than my library card to borrow the books I wanted to read that week. I made my own choices and completed my own transaction with the staff.


As I grew, knowing how to use the library for research bolstered my success in high school and college. As an adult, I’ve embraced technology (although my grasp could be mistaken for a terrified clinging). The library has come right along with me. There are peer reviewed journals and newspapers through data bases like EBSCO, online learning with classes like Rosetta Stone, Small Engine Repair, Consumer Reports, and many others. Libraries are offering streaming services like Kanopy for movies and RB digital for magazines. My library card is still bringing me new materials, services and classes! I can’t imagine life without my library!


Miss Christy

Berthoud Community Library Children's Librarian

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The Summer Reading Incentive for adults is winding down as well. We will end on August 15th and draw prizes the following week and let winners know that same week. Thank you for participating and we hope you join us again next year!

Adult Events

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Don't forget! Our online resources are always available, 24/7! Need an e-book or audio book? Fancy a movie or tv series? Maybe you want to catch up on your favorite newspaper or magazine! All free with your Berthoud Library Card! Check it out!

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Please keep checking our website and Facebook page throughout the month to see our online events and any updates we may have!

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