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Reimagining Libraries: Innovative and Collaborative Spaces to Build Community – LINC Tour

November 1, 2023 @ 7:45 am - 10:00 am



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Join Dr. Matthew Hortt, Executive Director of the High Plains Library District;
Kim Parker, Executive Assistant;
Melissa Beavers, LINC Library Manager/Excellence Coordinator of Programming;
Plus…High Plains employees and/volunteers – who will be our  tour hosts as we discover the depth of a true Greeley Treasure, available to all ages, in downtown Greeley. LINC is one of seven branch libraries, bookmobile services and six autonomous member libraries governed by their own separate boards of trustees. November first will be impactful as you gain knowledge into the many facets of how libraries and the free information and entertainment they provide can help area businesses.

Speaker name: Dr. Matthew Hortt, Executive Director of the High Plains Library District

Website: www.mylibrary.us

Email: mh****@hi********.us

Phone: 970-506-8563

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/iowemenow 

Physical Address: 2650 W 29th St., Greeley, CO 80634

High Plains Library District gives access to answers for every question.

YOU – and all  HPLD Customers (from their Web site)
•are treated with dignity, respect, and consideration.
•receive an exceptional level of personal customer service.
•are provided with a variety of library materials that reflect the communities’ interests and values.
•have access to up-to-date technology and receive assistance in using that technology.
•enjoy a variety of quality programming for all ages.
•have a positive library experience every time they visit HPLD Facilities
•are modern, clean, and well maintained.
•provide and utilize up-to-date technology.
•are open and available to all people regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, or physical limitations.
•are inviting, comfortable and friendly.
•serve as a local gathering place.

Three key points you will gain and take away following this HPLD workshop are…

  1. Discovery of the Architect’s connection to Greeley water history in the building design
  2. LINC’s resources has something for everyone of all ages – They have created an intergenerational approach to hands-on learning , skills-based programming, and library engagement offering such features as:
    The Children’s Story time “theatre” room, Crafting areas – plus Exploration & Learning Centers; Hands-on Media production areas (Audio & Visual), Wood-working, Clay throwing, Books & Videos on all topics,
  3. Meeting and study spaces, and so much more…

Meet Matt:

Dr. Matthew Hortt, Executive Director of the High Plains Library District, has experience as the City Librarian for Santa Clarita Public Libraries and the Director of the Simi Valley Public Library. He has over 20 years experience in public libraries working at all levels in Colorado, Nevada and California.

He holds a Master’s Degree in Library Science from the University of North Texas and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Public Affairs from The University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Hortt has experience in library safety/security, policy writing, strategic planning, and construction project management. He has a passion for library advocacy and focuses on fundraising, working closely with Library Friends and Foundation groups to diversify fundraising activities.

He is active in the library profession and community, graduating from the Mountain Plains Library Association Leadership Institute 2010, Leadership Henderson Class of 2013, Simi Valley Leadership Class of 2017.

Locally… Hortt graduated from the Northern Colorado Leadership Class of 2019. His service includes: Workforce Development Councils, Economic Development Councils, Emergency Management Councils and Rotary Club. He’s served on the Weld County Workforce Development Board the past few years and is the current chair elect. He was recognized as the Workforce Ambassador in 2022 by the Colorado Workforce Development Council.


Location:  LINC, HPLD – Library Innovation Center, 501 8th Ave., Greeley, CO 80631, High Plains Library District

Catering: Aimee Hutson, Aunt Helen’s Coffee House & Catering

Set-up DIVAS 4-5 p.m. Tuesday, 10/31:  Alexa Hepler, Commercial Interiors by JOF; Diane Holmberg, AIMS Foundation & Eaton School District; Rose Esparza, Rose’s Professional Massage Therapy 

Check-in Hostesses: Jeanette Haro, Butters Breakfast & Lunch; Linda Winter, Accessories with a Flair!…& Hair

Greeter: Sharon Eberhard, Life Stories Child & Family Advocacy

Speaker’s Gift: Linda Winter, Accessories with a Flair!…& Hair

3 Minute – 7th Inning Stretch: Norma Barrandey, Stifel Nicolaus/Finance

Clean-up DIVAS: Chris McDermott, Habitat for Humanity; Alexa Hepler, Commercial Interiors by JOF; Patricia Sorbo, Weld Family Clinic of Chiropractic; Jaymi Nickell, Academy of Las Animas Online/State Farm; Betzy Valdez, Empowered Leader/UNC Student, Ashley Fusco, Raven Sign Studio

 Sister-to-Sister Pay-it-Forward:  Your money will benefit programs offered through The High Plains Library District Foundation.  This effort will be coordinated by June Lemmings, June’s TEAM Powered by Keller Williams. The money will benefit a variety of literacy programs throughout the year at all sites within the HPL District.  For just $5 plus your business card you can impact these programs and nourish minds throughout their service area.


November 1, 2023
7:45 am - 10:00 am
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Kristi Helzer, NorCoWIB
Kim Parker
Aimee Hutson
Alexa Hepler
Amie Cieminski
Ashley Fusco
Linda Winter
Diane Holmberg
Betzy Valdez
Celeste Ewert
June Lemmings
Christine McDermott
Jaymi Nickell
Teri Segelke
Heather Beran
Terri Aden
Flo Mikkelson
Donna Upton


LINC, Library Innovation Center, 501 8th Ave., Greeley, CO 80631
501 8th Avenue
Greeley,CO80631United States
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