Library Love in 2021

Are you ready to share your Library Love in 2021?

Here is how your recurring gift will support your Library:

$5/month = Purchase material for the 3D Printers for COVID relief

$10/month = Enjoy One Book, One Valley Programs

$25/month = Add new releases to the Lucky Day Collection

$50/month = Buy more storytime kits for Early Literacy

$100/month = Staff development around Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Your monthly donation to the Estes Valley Library Friends & Foundation makes you a Library Lover. Please enjoy the benefits of membership with a 10% discount on every purchase at Cliffhanger Used Books.

Please CLICK HERE to start your recurring gift to the Estes Valley Library

Giving Thanks for Library Giving

by Sarah Walsh, Estes Valley Library Friends & Foundation Development Director

In this season of celebrations, we raise a special toast to those who elevate our quality of life through their kindness. This year has had more challenges and hurdles than we’d have guessed back on New Year’s Day 2020. But a year like this is one that makes generosity shine all the brighter.

Thank you to all the caring souls of our beautiful mountain village. And thank you to our Estes Valley Library Friends & Foundation donors. Your enthusiasm finds expression in two wonderful words: Library Love.

Here is just a little of what Library Love can do:

Year-round, Library Love supports early literacy for kids—paving the pathway for years of future learning. What an important investment! Right now, the Library is distributing Grab & Go kits to get books directly into kids’ hands, including this month’s Polar Express kit.

Library Love builds community through dialogue and shared reading—including One Book One Valley. How exciting to read a compelling book, knowing you’ll be able to share and compare your impressions with friends and neighbors. It happens again this January!

Library Love makes it possible to match readers with the books and materials they desire. One example: the popular Lucky Day Collection, where readers are delighted to discover bestsellers and hot titles awaiting on any given day: no hassles, and a one-week checkout.

Sometimes, Library Love yields immediate benefits in unexpected ways. When donors helped equip the Library Makerspace, we couldn’t have guessed how important it would become in 2020. Those 3D printers went into urgent action last spring, creating parts for face shields used by front-line health care workers throughout our region.

There’s one day each year when Library Love is made especially convenient and simple. When every gift, small or large, goes a little farther, thanks to corporate-sponsor grants.

This Tuesday, December 8, is Colorado Gives Day 2020, a statewide invitation to celebrate and participate in everyday philanthropy through online giving. Contributions can be made on Tuesday, or pre-scheduled anytime in advance, at

As we celebrate our Library Friends & Foundation donors, we also pay tribute to that cheerful corps of volunteers who operate Cliffhanger Used Books six days a week. They staff Cliffhanger’s counter and process the used book donations—all while keeping the store safe and sanitized for shoppers and their fellow volunteers.

We’re grateful to all who have donated their gently-used books, DVDs and CDs. It means dollars that can be generated through re-sales—while giving those items happy new homes.

Visit Cliffhanger as one of your stops to support Estes Park local businesses. All through December, the History and Biography sections are priced at just $2 each for hardcovers, and $1 for paperbacks, plus tax.

Thank you, Estes Valley, for championing literacy, learning, and community. Together, your Library Love continues to build a better future.

Library: an Excellent Ingredient for Holiday Cheer

By Karen Randinitis, Program & Outreach Services Interim Supervisor

Karen Randinitis

No doubt about it. The Estes Valley is a beautiful place to be home for the holidays. We hope you find time for a stroll or a drive through all the festive lights around town.

The Library is offering opportunities to keep us inspired, creative, and connected this season. Along with all the great holiday books, movies and music, here are a few of the many plans in place, all ready for unwrapping:

Knowing that many families and friends are foregoing in-person celebrations, we’re offering our Zoom platform for anyone seeking social time across the miles with loved ones. Click here for details. Then share a smile, raise a toast—and read a story aloud together.

The Polar Express program has been a favorite tradition for 5 years—and the magic train to the North Pole will ride again. All ages can watch from the comfort of home, with our own local storytellers reading in both English and Spanish on YouTube. Watch for the premiere on December 4.

Families with young readers can take home the joy of a Polar Express Grab & Go Kit, including a copy of the book (English or Spanish). Click here to reserve your family’s kit. Curbside pick-up available and encouraged!

Thanks to our partnership with those Newcomers Club elves, we’re a drop-off location for all the precious letters to Santa. Look for the North Pole mailbox next to our outside bookdrops.

Everyone is invited to our Holiday Caravan Light Tour on Monday, December 14 at 5:30 PM. We’ll meet in the Library parking lot, and from the warmth and comfort of our cars, we’ll tour all the beautiful lights around town. More details soon. No sign-up required.

December crafts are holiday-inspired. Adults are invited to gather pine cones from the yard, then use our Pine-Cone Kit to make them sparkle for a table setting or window ledge. Kids can pick up a Make Your Own Holiday Ornament Kit, then watch the online video as our own Chase shows the design process. All kits can be reserved for curbside pick-up.

And what a great time to revel in holiday reading! Reading is a nice way to find peace and fulfillment, savoring those moments with a warm mug and a great book by the fireside. Reading is also a way to build lifetime memories with loved ones, by reading a story aloud together.

As Children’s Librarian Melanie reminds us, “Reading is calming, soothing, and leaves no mess to clean up. At the same time, it exercises the brain, stimulates imagination, and builds vocabulary and background knowledge.”

The Library is considered a Critical Service (view this helpful COVID19 chart for details), so as you monitor ongoing changes in Larimer County, curbside pick-up will remain available to access books, movies, music, magazines and kits to have on hand for the holidays. Appointments are easy, give it a try.

And there may be no better time than the present to learn how to access the hundreds of thousands of items in the Digital Collections: books, movies, audiobooks – even comic books and TV shows — while you’re at home. If you need a little instruction for yourself, a neighbor or friend, give us a call.

The Library is here for you this holiday season, to keep your heart aglow through reading and learning with family and friends. There is *literally* something for all ages.

Digital Downloads: Suspense & Horror

Here’s a sampling of the many book and audiobooks available for you to download anytime, anywhere with your Library card.

Little Girls
by Ronald Malfi

Title Little Girls
Author Malfi, Ronald
Subject Horror Thriller Fantasy Fiction
Description From Bram Stoker Award nominee Ronald Malfi comes a brilliantly chilling novel of childhood revisited, memories resurrected, and fears reborn…When Laurie was a little girl, she was forbidden to enter the room at the top of the stairs. It was one of many rules imposed by her cold, distant father. Now, in a final act of desparation, her father has exorcised his demons. But when Laurie returns to claim the estate with her husband and ten-year-old daughter, it’s as if the past refuses to die. She feels it lurking in the broken moldings, sees it staring from an empty picture frame, hears it laughing in the moldy greenhouse deep in the woods…At first, Laurie thinks she’s imagining things. But when she meets her daughter’s new playmate, Abigail, she can’t help but notice her uncanny resemblence to another little girl who used to live next door. Who died next door. With each passing day, Laurie’s uneasiness grows stronger, her thoughts more disturbing. Like her father, is she slowly losing her mind? Or is something truly unspeakable happening to those sweet little girls?
Publisher Kensington
Period Date 2015/06/30
Electronic Format HTML Adobe EPUB

Welcome to Night Vale
by Joseph Fink

Title Welcome to Night Vale
Author Fink, Joseph
Subject Horror Fantasy Fiction Humor (Fiction)
Description From the creators of the wildly popular Welcome to Night Vale podcast comes an imaginative mystery of appearances and disappearances that is also a poignant look at the ways in which we all struggle to find ourselves…no matter where we live.”Hypnotic and darkly funny. . . . Belongs to a particular strain of American gothic that encompasses The Twilight Zone, Stephen King and Twin Peaks, with a bit of Tremors thrown in.”—The GuardianLocated in a nameless desert somewhere in the great American Southwest, Night Vale is a small town where ghosts, angels, aliens, and government conspiracies are all commonplace parts of everyday life. It is here that the lives of two women, with two mysteries, will converge.Nineteen-year-old Night Vale pawn shop owner Jackie Fierro is given a paper marked “KING CITY” by a mysterious man in a tan jacket holding a deer skin suitcase. Everything about him and his paper unsettles her, especially the fact that she can’t seem to get the paper to leave her hand, and that no one who meets this man can remember anything about him. Jackie is determined to uncover the mystery of King City and the man in the tan jacket before she herself unravels.Night Vale PTA treasurer Diane Crayton’s son, Josh, is moody and also a shape shifter. And lately Diane’s started to see her son’s father everywhere she goes, looking the same as the day he left years earlier, when they were both teenagers. Josh, looking different every time Diane sees him, shows a stronger and stronger interest in his estranged father, leading to a disaster Diane can see coming, even as she is helpless to prevent it.Diane’s search to reconnect with her son and Jackie’s search for her former routine life collide as they find themselves coming back to two words: “KING CITY”. It is King City that holds the key to both of their mysteries, and their futures…if they can ever find it.
Publisher Harper Perennial
Period Date 2015/10/20
Electronic Format HTML Adobe EPUB

by Joanne Fluke

Title Wicked
Author Fluke, Joanne
Subject Horror Thriller Suspense Fiction
Description A Killer Rivalry. . .When Eve Carrington is chosen to participate in an exclusive writers workshop, she knows it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. For one month, she will live, write, and share her work with nine other aspiring authors. The top three will get a chance to be published. But when the building they’re staying in isn’t ready and Eve sees the old mansion they’ll be moved into, she starts having second thoughts. Not only is the mansion isolated but the deadlines are tight, the pressure intense, and the competition incredibly fierce. Her biggest rival, Angela, is writing a murder mystery based on the workshop and its participants. It’s a brilliant idea. Until life begins to imitate art—and death begins to knock out the competition . . .
Publisher Kensington Books
Period Date 2016/08/01
Electronic Format HTML Adobe EPUB Kindle

The Sun Down Motel
by Simone St. James

Title The Sun Down Motel
Author St. James, Simone
Subject Literature Horror Thriller Fiction
Description AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERSomething hasn’t been right at the roadside Sun Down Motel for a very long time, and Carly Kirk is about to find out why in this chilling new novel from the New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of The Broken Girls.Upstate New York, 1982. Viv Delaney wants to move to New York City, and to help pay for it she takes a job as the night clerk at the Sun Down Motel in Fell, New York. But something isnʼt right at the motel, something haunting and scary.Upstate New York, 2017. Carly Kirk has never been able to let go of the story of her aunt Viv, who mysteriously disappeared from the Sun Down before she was born. She decides to move to Fell and visit the motel, where she quickly learns that nothing has changed since 1982. And she soon finds herself ensnared in the same mysteries that claimed her aunt.
Publisher Berkley Penguin Publishing Group
Period Date 2020/02/18
Electronic Format HTML Adobe EPUB Kindle

Bird Box
by Josh Malerman

Title Bird Box
Author Malerman, Josh
Subject Horror Thriller Suspense Fiction
Description Now a Netflix film starring Sandra Bullock, Trevante Rhodes, John Malkovich, Sarah Paulson, and Rosa Salazar!Written with the narrative tension of The Road and the exquisite terror of classic Stephen King, Bird Box is a propulsive, edge-of-your-seat horror thriller, set in an apocalyptic near-future world—a masterpiece of suspense from the brilliantly imaginative Josh Malerman.Something is out there . . . Something terrifying that must not be seen. One glimpse and a person is driven to deadly violence. No one knows what it is or where it came from.Five years after it began, a handful of scattered survivors remain, including Malorie and her two young children. Living in an abandoned house near the river, she has dreamed of fleeing to a place where they might be safe. Now, that the boy and girl are four, it is time to go. But the journey ahead will be terrifying: twenty miles downriver in a rowboat—blindfolded—with nothing to rely on but her wits and the children’s trained ears. One wrong choice and they will die. And something is following them. But is it man, animal, or monster?Engulfed in darkness, surrounded by sounds both familiar and frightening, Malorie embarks on a harrowing odyssey—a trip that takes her into an unseen world and back into the past, to the companions who once saved her. Under the guidance of the stalwart Tom, a motely group of strangers banded together against the unseen terror, creating order from the chaos. But when supplies ran low, they were forced to venture outside—and confront the ultimate question: in a world gone mad, who can really be trusted?Interweaving past and present, Josh Malerman’s breathtaking debut is a horrific and gripping snapshot of a world unraveled that will have you racing to the final page.
Publisher Ecco
Period Date 2014/05/13
Electronic Format HTML Adobe EPUB Kindle

The Complete H.P. Lovecraft Collection
by H.P. Lovecraft

Title The Complete H.P. Lovecraft Collection
Author Lovecraft, H.P.
Subject Horror Mystery Fiction
Description Fiction, Poetry, Essays and Letters from the Master of the Macabre, H.P. Lovecraft Read the complete collection of writings from H.P. Lovecraft. This edition includes a fully linked table of contents so you can find your favorites easily and return to Lovecraft’s work again and again. The following stories (plus poems, letters and essays!) are included in this massive ebook: The Alchemist At the Mountains of Madness Azathoth The Battle that Ended the Century The Beast in the Cave Beyond the Wall of Sleep The Book The Call of Cthulhu The Case of Charles Dexter Ward The Cats of Ulthar Celephaïs The Challenge from Beyond Collapsing Cosmoses The Colour out of Space Cool Air The Crawling Chaos The Curse of Yig Dagon The Descendant The Diary of Alonzo Typer The Disinterment The Doom That Came to Sarnath The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath The Dreams in the Witch House The Dunwich Horror The Electric Executioner The Evil Clergyman Ex Oblivione Facts concerning the Late Arthur Jermyn and His Family The Festival From Beyond The Green Meadow The Haunter of the Dark He Herbert West—Reanimator History of the Necronomicon The Hoard of the Wizard-Beast The Horror at Martin’s Beach The Horror at Red Hook The Horror in the Burying-Ground The Horror in the Museum The Hound Hypnos Ibid In the Vault In the Walls of Eryx The Last Test The Little Glass Bottle The Lurking Fear The Man of Stone Medusa’s Coil Memory The Moon-Bog The Mound The Music of Erich Zann The Mysterious Ship The Mystery of the Grave-Yard The Nameless City The Night Ocean Nyarlathotep Old Bugs The Other Gods Out of the Aeons The Outsider Pickman’s Model The Picture in the House Poetry and the Gods Polaris The Quest of Iranon The Rats in the Walls A Reminiscence of Dr. Samuel Johnson The Secret Cave or John Lees Adventure The Shadow out of Time The Shadow over Innsmouth Discarded Draft of The Shadow over Innsmouth The Shunned House The Silver Key The Slaying of the Monster The Statement of Randolph Carter The Strange High House in the Mist The Street Sweet Ermengarde The Temple The Terrible Old Man The Thing in the Moonlight The Thing on the Doorstep Through the Gates of the Silver Key “Till A’ the Seas” The Tomb The Transition of Juan Romero The Trap The Tree The Tree on the Hill Two Black Bottles Under the Pyramids The Unnamable The Very Old Folk What the Moon Brings The Whisperer in Darkness The White Ship Winged Death This edition has been professionally formatted for e-readers and contains a bonus book club leadership guide and discussion questions. We hope you’ll share this book with your friends, neighbors and colleagues and can’t wait to hear what you have to say about it.
Publisher Xist Publishing Xist Classics
Period Date 2016/03/17
Electronic Format HTML Adobe EPUB Kindle

Haunted Hideout
by Michelle Dorey

Title Haunted Hideout
Author Dorey, Michelle
Subject Horror Thriller Fantasy Fiction
Description The FBI safe house is haunted? They didn’t know it was the last day of normal. Liam-husband, father-the rock who anchored them in a comfortable life in sunny Miami had been gunned down by a hit man. The wounds of losing him are raw when Lydia and her two children are snatched for their own protection. The FBI scoop the family into the Witness Protection Program. Their safety from the drug cartel is assured. Or is it? The FBI makes a serious mistake in the relocation plan. The secluded farmhouse in a northern state is anything but a sanctuary. No one questioned why they could buy the house so cheap. No one listened to the local yokel tale of what happened there. A tale of a dark and tragic history. Ghosts of the past have abided there for years, forcing other families to flee for their lives. At first the entities toy with Lydia and her children, flickering the lights, banging doors, and revealing fleeting glimpses. When a raging blizzard traps the family there, the haunting escalates. What had been frightening escapades become dangerous threats. Deadly threats. Years before there had been a massacre in this house. It’s time for another. Will they survive the night?
Publisher Tantor Media, Inc. Tantor Audio
Period Date 2019/05/28
Electronic Format MP3 OverDrive Listen

A Head Full of Ghosts
by Paul Tremblay

Title A Head Full of Ghosts
Author Tremblay, Paul
Subject Literature Horror Fiction
Description WINNER OF THE 2015 BRAM STOKER AWARD FOR SUPERIOR ACHIEVEMENT IN A NOVELA chilling thriller that brilliantly blends psychological suspense and supernatural horror, reminiscent of Stephen King’s The Shining, Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House, and William Peter Blatty’s The Exorcist.The lives of the Barretts, a normal suburban New England family, are torn apart when fourteen-year-old Marjorie begins to display signs of acute schizophrenia.To her parents’ despair, the doctors are unable to stop Marjorie’s descent into madness. As their stable home devolves into a house of horrors, they reluctantly turn to a local Catholic priest for help. Father Wanderly suggests an exorcism; he believes the vulnerable teenager is the victim of demonic possession. He also contacts a production company that is eager to document the Barretts’ plight. With John, Marjorie’s father, out of work for more than a year and the medical bills looming, the family agrees to be filmed, and soon find themselves the unwitting stars of The Possession, a hit reality television show. When events in the Barrett household explode in tragedy, the show and the shocking incidents it captures become the stuff of urban legend.Fifteen years later, a bestselling writer interviews Marjorie’s younger sister, Merry. As she recalls those long ago events that took place when she was just eight years old, long-buried secrets and painful memories that clash with what was broadcast on television begin to surface—and a mind-bending tale of psychological horror is unleashed, raising vexing questions about memory and reality, science and religion, and the very nature of evil.
Publisher HarperAudio
Period Date 2015/06/02
Electronic Format MP3 OverDrive Listen

House of Salt and Sorrows
by Erin A. Craig

Title House of Salt and Sorrows
Author Craig, Erin A.
Subject Horror Fantasy Folklore Young Adult Fiction
Description “Step inside a fairy tale.”—Stephanie Garber, #1 New York Times bestselling author of CaravalGet swept away by the New York Times bestseller that Melissa Albert, author of The Hazel Wood, calls “eerie” and “lovely.” As one by one her beautiful sisters mysteriously die on their isolated island estate, Annaleigh must unravel the curse that haunts her family. Be careful who you dance with…In a manor by the sea, twelve sisters are cursed.Annaleigh lives a sheltered life at Highmoor with her sisters and their father and stepmother. Once there were twelve, but loneliness fills the grand halls now that four of the girls’ lives have been cut short. Each death was more tragic than the last—the plague, a plummeting fall, a drowning, a slippery plunge—and there are whispers throughout the surrounding villages that the family is cursed by the gods.Disturbed by a series of ghostly visions, Annaleigh becomes increasingly suspicious that her sister’s deaths were no accidents. The girls have been sneaking out every night to attend glittering balls, dancing until dawn in silk gowns and shimmering slippers, and Annaleigh isn’t sure whether to try to stop them or to join their forbidden trysts. Because who—or what—are they really dancing with?When Annaleigh’s involvement with a mysterious stranger who has secrets of his own intensifies, it’s a race to unravel the darkness that has fallen over her family—before it claims her next. House of Salt and Sorrows is a spellbinding novel filled with magic and the rustle of gossamer skirts down long, dark hallways. Get ready to be swept away.”An eerie, lovely Twelve Dancing Princesses retelling full of ghosts and gods and a fascinating waterfront world and I’m reading it from behind my fingers.”—Melissa Albert, New York Times bestselling author of The Hazel Wood
Publisher Listening Library (Audio) Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group
Period Date 2019/08/06
Electronic Format MP3 OverDrive Listen

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown
by Holly Black

Title The Coldest Girl in Coldtown
Author Black, Holly
Subject Horror Fantasy Young Adult Fiction
Description A dark, edgy, wholly original reinvention of the vampire novel from bestselling, acclaimed author Holly BlackTana lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. The only problem is, once you pass through Coldtown’s gates, you can never leave.One morning, after a perfectly ordinary party, Tana wakes up surrounded by corpses. The only other survivors of this massacre are her exasperatingly endearing ex-boyfriend, infected and on the edge, and a mysterious boy burdened with a terrible secret. Shaken and determined, Tana enters a race against the clock to save the three of them the only way she knows how: by going straight to the wicked, opulent heart of Coldtown itself.The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is a wholly original story of rage and revenge, of guilt and horror, and of love and loathing.
Publisher Hachette Book Group
Period Date 2013/09/17
Electronic Format MP3 OverDrive Listen

The Haunting of Hill House
by Shirley Jackson

Title The Haunting of Hill House
Author Jackson, Shirley
Subject Horror Fiction
Description Past the rusted gates and untrimmed hedges, Hill House broods and waits. Four seekers have come to the ugly, abandoned old mansion: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of the psychic phenomenon called haunting; Theodora, his lovely and lighthearted assistant; Eleanor, a lonely, homeless girl well acquainted with poltergeists; and Luke, the adventurous future heir of Hill House. At first, their stay seems destined to be merely a spooky encounter with inexplicable noises and self-closing doors, but Hill House is gathering its powers and will soon choose one of them to make its own. This classic horror novel has been hailed as a perfect work of unnerving terror.
Publisher Blackstone Audio, Inc., and Buck 50 Productions, LLC Blackstone Publishing
Period Date 2010/09/29
Electronic Format MP3 OverDrive Listen

Shirley Jackson
by Ruth Franklin

Title Shirley Jackson
Author Franklin, Ruth
Subject Biography & Autobiography Nonfiction
Description This historically relevant biography establishes Shirley Jackson as a towering figure in American literature and revives the life and work of a neglected master.Known to millions mainly as the author of the “The Lottery,” Shirley Jackson has been curiously absent from the mainstream American literary canon. A genius of literary suspense and psychological horror, Jackson plumbed the cultural anxiety of postwar America more deeply than anyone. Ruth Franklin reveals the tumultuous life and inner darkness of the author of The Haunting of Hill House and We Have Always Lived in the Castle.Placing Jackson within an American gothic tradition stretching back to Hawthorne and Poe, Franklin demonstrates how her unique contribution to this genre came from her focus on “domestic horror.” Almost two decades before The Feminine Mystique ignited the women’s movement, Jackson’s stories and nonfiction chronicles were already exploring the exploitation and the desperate isolation of women, particularly married women, in American society.Here Jackson emerges as a ferociously talented, determined, and prodigiously creative writer when it was unusual for a woman to have both a family and a profession. Mother of four and wife of a prominent New Yorker critic and academic, Jackson lived a seemingly bucolic life in Vermont. Yet, much like her stories, which explored the claustrophobia of marriage and motherhood, Jackson’s creativity was haunted by a darker side. As her career progressed, her marriage became more tenuous, her anxiety mounted, and she became addicted to amphetamines and tranquilizers. Franklin insightfully details the effects of Jackson’s upbringing, hypercritical mother, and relationship with her husband.Based on previously undiscovered correspondence and dozens of new interviews, this book explores an astonishing talent shaped by a damaging childhood and turbulent marriage and becomes the definitive biography of a generational avatar and American literary giant.
Publisher Blackstone Publishing
Period Date 2016/09/27
Electronic Format MP3 OverDrive Listen

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Digital Editions of Estes Park’s Historic Newspapers, Now Online

from the Estes Park Museum and the Estes Valley Library

Link Here to the Colorado Historic Newspapers site. Then click “Browse” to find Estes Park Trail by title.

A town’s historic newspapers are a treasure trove. They document the story and journey of a community, through the words and images of those who lived through events and decisions in “real time”. This history provides insights into the aspirations, values, and everyday surroundings of our present day, while offering perspective on our momentum into the future. Entering these windows into the past is exciting, whether you’re gathering specific research or simply browsing pages for fun.

Decades of Estes Park’s historic newspapers are now available in a high-quality, keyword-searchable format that can be accessed anywhere 24/7. These digital newspapers are complete page-by-page reproductions of the originals—including all articles, images and ads. The project began with some of Estes Park’s earliest newspapers and has been completed through March of 1965, with progress continuing rapidly–and ahead of the original timeline.

The project has been made possible by a partnership between the Estes Park Museum and the Estes Valley Library. The Museum is preserving the fragile original editions of these newspapers, while the Library is focusing on providing digital access opportunities. The effort would not have been possible without a third key partner: the Estes Park Trail-Gazette has granted this project permission for copyright-free access to their archives.

Are you researching a local person or place from early Estes, but not exactly sure where to begin? A keyword search will identify matches from all the digitized years of the Estes Park Trail. The process uses state-of-the-art Optical Character Recognition technology that can recognize text through a digital image, making all newspapers from 1908-1965 word searchable, including advertisements.

Are you looking for an article or ad published in a specific year? You can simply narrow your search by date range. It has never been easier to retrieve information from Estes Park’s historic newspapers. And because the public will access these resources online, the Museum is now better able to preserve the fragile original editions.

The Library and Museum have been sharing financial and logistical responsibility for this project while exploring grant opportunities to increase turnaround. Fundraising efforts have been led by the Friends & Foundation groups of both organizations. Generous local and regional support has been made possible by the Town of Estes Park, the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado, the Estes Park Woman’s Club, the Village Thrift Shop, and the Rotary Club of Estes Park. Appreciation also goes to the Colorado State Library for making their statewide historic newspaper platform available for these files.

To browse these historic newspapers, as well as keep up with project updates on years available, visit the Estes Park Museum website and link to “Museum Collection and Research, or visit Your history awaits.

Convocatoria para dos posiciones vacantes dentro de la junta directiva

La junta directiva de la Biblioteca Pública de Estes Valley anuncia dos posiciones vacantes dentro de la junta a partir del primero de enero del 2021. Una de las posiciones tendrá un periodo de dos años, que terminará el 31 de diciembre del 2021 y la otra posición es de un periodo de cuatro años, concluyendo el 31 de diciembre del 2024. Todos los que estén interesados en estas posiciones, favor de entregar sus planillas antes del 14 de septiembre del 2020.

Todos los miembros de la junta directiva deben tener conocimiento de los reglamentos de la biblioteca, incluyendo el Código de Ética y el Plan Estratégico. La planilla de candidato está disponible en nuestra página web:

Si tiene alguna pregunta acerca de estas posiciones, se puede dirigir al señor John Kruger, Presidente de la Junta Directiva,, o a la señora Claudine Perrault, Directora de la Biblioteca.

Miembros de la Junta Directiva:   

Presidente, John Krueger

Tesorero, David Hemphill

Secretario, Bill Gerritz

Miembro, Ann Coleman

Miembro, Beth Ellis

Miembro, Kay Weston

Puestos en el consejo directivo de la biblioteca

El Distrito de la Biblioteca Pública del Valle de Estes anuncia dos puestos en su Consejo Directivo a partir del primero de enero, 2021. Un puesto es por los dos anos restantes de un mandato que se termina el 31 de diciembre de 2022, y el otro es por un mandato completo de cuatro años a partir del 31 de diciembre de 2024. Las solicitudes deben ser recibidas por la biblioteca en o antes del 14 de septiembre, 2020.

Un candidato deberIa familiarizarse con los estatutos, el Código de Ética, las Políticas, el Plan Estratégico de la biblioteca. Los formularios de solicitud para consejero están disponible en el sitio de web en:

Si un candidato tiene preguntas o require información adicional, favor de ponerse en contacto con el Presidente del Consejo John Krueger at, o con la Directora de la Biblioteca Claudine Perrault en (970) 586-8116.

El Cosejo Directivo de la Biblioteca Pública del Valle de Estes:

John Krueger, Presidente
David Hemphill, Tesorero
Bill Gerritz, Secretario
Ann Coleman, Beth Ellis, y Kay Weston, miembros del consejo

Book Discussion: Me and White Supremacy

Based on an Instagram challenge, where 100,000 participants set out to identify and understand where racism occurs in day-to-day life. In partnership with Estes Valley Crisis Advocates. 2-part program: Mon., Sept. 21 and 28, live on Zoom

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Fall Current Affairs Programs and the Power of Conversation

by Diana Laughlin, Civic Engagement Librarian

“Conversation is a meeting of minds with different memories and habits. When minds meet, they don’t just exchange facts: they transform them, re-shape them, draw different implications from them, engage in new trains of thought. Conversation doesn’t just shuffle the cards: it creates new cards.”

Illuminating conversations, like those described above by author Theodore Zeldin, are an important aspiration of the Library’s Current Affairs programs. To have the best conversations, we seek and welcome all voices and perspectives.

While not advocating any particular stance, the Library provides opportunities to discuss the challenging and complex issues of our day — often with a book as the starting place, because books provide a springboard into those transformative discussions.

This fall, the Library has an exciting series of current affairs programs. We hope you’ll join these conversations.

Since the Library draws upon the community in developing programs and actively partners with other agencies, our upcoming programs focus on topics of anti-racism and conflict resolution, facilitated by two community partners.

Estes Valley Crisis Advocates is partnering for a September book discussion of the bestseller “Me and White Supremacy”. The book is based upon an Instagram challenge, in which nearly 100,000 participants self-analyzed day-to-day racist behaviors in their lives, tendencies of which they were previously unaware.

The two-part Zoom discussion happens Monday, September 21 and 28, and participants may choose either the 10:30 a.m. or 6:30 p.m. time slot. Register here, then stop by for a copy

This October, for the third consecutive year, we’re partnering with Estes Valley Restorative Justice Partnership for a full series of Conflict Resolution Month programs.

This year’s featured book, chosen statewide, is We Need to Talk: how to have conversations that matter by Celeste Headlee. Catch her TED Talks on YouTube.

Studies show that Americans feel less connected and more divided than ever before. Part of the problem, Headlee believes, is the erosion of our conversational skills as a society. She outlines how we can improve these “conversations that matter”, whether it’s with our kids or teachers, our co-workers, or the loved ones in our lives.

Simply by signing up for any one of our Conflict Resolution Month programs, you’ll receive a complimentary copy of the book, while supplies last.

October’s programs include: 

Storytime: Handling Big Feelings (October 1)

From Conflict to Connection: An Introduction to Nonviolent Communication Workshop (October 5)

Living Room Conversation: The Power of Empathy (October 9)

Book Discussion: “We Need to Talk” (October 13)

Living Room Conversation: Listening Courageously (October 14)

“You Can’t Unfriend Everybody” Workshop (October 20)

Living Room Conversation: Relationships First (October 22)

Living Room Conversation: More Curious, Less Furious (October 28)

We’re delighted for this continuing collaboration with Estes Valley Restorative Justice Partnership, which earned the Colorado Library Partnership of the Year Award in 2019.

Look for full details and continuing updates at