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 https://estesvalleylibrary.org/local-history. 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: estesvalleylibrary.org/apply-to-the-board-of-trustees.

Si tiene alguna pregunta acerca de estas posiciones, se puede dirigir al señor John Kruger, Presidente de la Junta Directiva, trustees@estesvalleylibrary.org, 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: estesvalleylibrary.org/apply-to-the-board-of-trustees

Si un candidato tiene preguntas o require información adicional, favor de ponerse en contacto con el Presidente del Consejo John Krueger at trustees@estesvalleylibrary.org, 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 estesvalleylibrary.org.

Relax and Recharge, Indoors or Out, at the Library

by Allison Cavis, IT Specialist

These days, staying connected is more important than ever. We’ve been working to make sure Library patrons are logged in and powered up for all the things that matter, whether it’s for school or work, emailing family or relaxing with some streaming video.

Here are three ways we’ve been working to help meet your everyday tech needs:

First: connecting inside the building. We’ve set up spaces inside the Library for laptop users to work and charge up their devices. Look for the tall round tables throughout the Library, located near power outlets. Indoor work spaces have been busy all summer long.

During open hours, we also have multiple public computers available for 20 and 50-minute sessions. Printing, scanning, and photocopying are all available too. We also have an additional computer dedicated to signing up for and printing Rocky Mountain National Park timed entry passes.

Second: outdoor places to charge up. Last month, we had just one outdoor outlet. It wasn’t very conveniently located, yet patrons were doing their best to charge their devices. Fortunately, a solution was at hand.

The Library is surrounded by sunny benches, a long seating ledge near the front entrance, and the cool and shady Storytime Garden tucked in our building’s northwest corner. Now thanks to a visit from our friendly local electrician, long pipelines of power outlets are now available in each garden area. Look for the gray covers running along the garden walls. These outlets can be used by you, your students or guests 24/7.

Third: we’ve given our outdoor WiFi network a signal boost! You can access the free Estes Valley Library WiFi network from your socially-distanced car in the parking lot, from the seating around the library building, and even from the grassy bank of Black Canyon Creek! The parking lot north of the Library has an especially good signal.

Connecting is easy: no password, no time limits, and no open hours— our speedy 100 Mb/s connection is available 24/7. Completing the downtown WiFi map is the Town of Estes Park’s free Wapiti WiFi, which stretches from Town Hall into Bond Park. Look for both of these networks next time you’re enjoying downtown Estes Park.

We’re pleased to report we’ve had at least one successful job interview completed in the ‘great outdoors’ of our Storytime Garden. From browsing for fun to life’s big moments, the Library is here to help you with a comfortable spot for your next connection.

House Calls: we’re delivering books, and neighborly good-will

by Gretel Bock, Outreach Librarian

Outreach Librarian Gretel Bock

Are you or is someone you know homebound? Unable to travel to the Library due to a physical challenge or visual limitation? These are not reasons to give up your love for reading, enjoying a film or documentary, or listening to audiobooks. The Library provides a delivery service to residents of our town and valley who are homebound due to a temporary or ongoing condition.

This service is called House Calls, and it ensures that homebound residents can sustain their love of reading, listening and learning. Our clients are delighted to enjoy home-delivery of items selected around their interests, and brought to their doorstep.

2020 has posed some new challenges, but I’m happy to report the House Calls service is going strong—and safely, thanks to some extra planning, great partners, and a little creativity.

Last March, when shelter-at-home orders went into place, our deliveries were suspended too. But our clients, many of whom live alone, were always on our minds. From March through June, we made weekly calls to House Calls patrons to ask, “How are you doing?”

Volunteers are such an important part of our Library, and a special thank-you goes to our House Calls volunteer, Fran Gabrielson. Fran made all those weekly calls to our clients last spring, offering them a friendly and familiar voice during a time when it meant so much.

In May, when the Library re-opened for curbside service, House Calls deliveries resumed too, thanks to a great local partner: Via Mobility Services, which provides transit locally, helping our residents stay self-sufficient. Give those Via drivers a round of applause!

This summer we returned to our normal delivery process, with Library volunteers taking a “drop-off outside your door” approach. During scheduled pick-up times, our clients leave their Library returns outside their door, and we leave a bag of new books and materials for them to enjoy. We wave happily, and safely distanced, from outside.

If you reside within the Library District and are unable to visit the downtown building due to one of the following conditions, then consider signing up for the House Calls program. To be eligible for the service, a participant would need to meet one of the following criteria:

  • You have a short or long-term illness
  • You have visual limitations
  • You have physical challenges
  • You are in non-driver status
  • You’re a caregiver whose responsibilities make it difficult to visit the Library

If you’re interested in the program, or if you know someone that would benefit from home deliveries, give me a call at (970) 586-8116, extension 827, or email me at gbock@estesvalleylibrary.org. Or click here to visit our House Calls website link.

We’re available to answer questions. We are not overbooked. And yes, we are delighted to say, “We make house calls!”

Cliffhanger keeps the summer book sale tradition going strong

by Sarah Walsh, Library Friends & Foundation Development Director

Many of us remember this week in August as the time of the Library’s big summer book sale. From that annual tradition, an exciting new idea was born: a “summer book sale” to last all year long–in a place where book lovers could shop all seasons of the year, and where volunteers could sort and store all those thousands of donated books in one happy place.

Last year, Cliffhanger Used Books opened its doors, inviting you to the thrill of new discoveries–books, movies and audio–whether for you to enjoy or to give as gifts. Our store is nonprofit, operated by volunteers, with all sales supporting the Library Friends & Foundation. We’re open year-round, and we take your donations year-round too.

The store is located next to the Post Office at 191 W. Riverside Drive. Cliffhanger is open Mondays through Saturdays from 10 am to 6 pm, and Sundays from noon to 4 pm. All thanks to our team of dedicated volunteers.

Your safety is our priority. Masks are required, and we have hand sanitizer for everyone entering the store.

Inside, you’ll enjoy an inventory that’s always changing—thanks to the regular flow of generous donations from the community. If you haven’t stopped by recently, pay us a visit and see what’s new

August is an excellent time to stop in. Novels are on sale all this month for $2 (hardbacks) and $1 (paperbacks), plus tax.

Shoppers are also reveling in our Wednesday Wonders sales. Every Wednesday morning, we announce (in the shop and on Facebook) three categories for that day’s marvelous markdowns.

Here are a few fun facts about Cliffhanger Used Books:

What’s behind the name? “Cliffhanger” was inspired to convey the excitement of a page-turning suspense yarn, with a whimsical nod to our elevated local geography.

Volunteers: they staff the counter and also sort the tens of thousands of donations received. Last year alone, 113 volunteers donated thousands of hours of their time. And a very special thank-you to our teen volunteers, who are a big part of our success. Stop in and talk to us about joining our great team.

Fundraising: Cliffhanger is dedicated to providing a fundraising stream to sustain and grow the vital services of our hometown Library. The Library is an essential part of our quality of life, local literacy, and lifelong learning.

A Book-Loving Village: Estes Park is a great place to live or visit if you love books. Our beloved independent bookstore of new books, Macdonald Book Shop, and our public library are all part of that wonderful mosaic.

Reading adventures and great gift ideas are awaiting you at Cliffhanger, where the summer book sale tradition has been elevated to new and lofty heights.

NEW HOURS beginning August 31:

Mondays – Thursdays, 10 AM to 6 PM; Fridays, 10 AM to 2 PM

Collections and Programs are Guided by Listening

by Claudine Perrault, Library Director

Library Director
Claudine Perrault

Like a compass, the Library’s values, goals and policies guide what we do. These components work together, setting the standard of service to this great mountain valley of ours. Listening to the community is our business, and our compass sets the course for service.

To make sure we’re listening effectively, the Library has provided the “We’ll Get It For You” service since 1989. If you can’t find what you’re looking for in the collection, we’ll either buy it or borrow it from another library for you. It’s that simple.

This summer, there has been tremendous demand for titles on race discrimination. Last month, all physical and digital anti-racist titles had been checked out, with requests for additional copies backlogged due to publisher production rates.

Recently, the OverDrive company made four of the nationally-bestselling titles available for free and immediately accessible. All titles were on our local waiting lists. With that in mind, we shared news of this opportunity, and provided a link on the Library homepage. What a boon to have these titles made available at no taxpayer expense.

In a recent Guest Opinion, the writer expressed concerns that these OverDrive titles do not represent a balanced perspective on racism. He recommended additional books that weren’t currently in our collections. 

Our Collections Policy begins: “In order to achieve an informed citizenry, the Library has a responsibility to include materials on all subjects of interest to its readers, and on multiple sides of an issue.” 

We are purchasing those titles still in print. On principle, we actively seek recommendations from everyone, because the Library belongs to everyone. Presenting multiple viewpoints is a Library tradition. 

Not only are we continuing to add new titles on these issues, we’ve prioritized this topic for Current Affairs programs. When it comes to books or films chosen for community discussions, we’re guided by our Program & Partner Policy, stating:

“The Library’s philosophy of open access to information and ideas extends to programming. Programs shall not exclude topics, materials, or speakers because these might be controversial. Library presentation of a program does not constitute an endorsement of the content of the program or the views expressed by participants, any more than the purchase of material for the Library collection constitutes an endorsement of the contents of the material or the views of its creator.”

Books lead us to dialogue. Dialogue frequently leads to exposure to different ideas, to consider multiple viewpoints, to gain empathy for others and thus overcome divisions.

Watch for community conversations, starting next month, with titles on anti-racism and conflict resolution, facilitated by our partners at Estes Valley Crisis Advocates and Estes Valley Restorative Justice. Whether you agree or disagree with a book’s conclusions, we hope you bring your voice to the discussion.

A wide range of viewpoints is essential, designed within a safe setting, for all of us to come together and share solutions to the challenges of our day. Your Library is a welcoming place for a diversity of ideas.