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Clearview Library District will show off more than books with Pop-Up Library at High Hops Brewery Sept. 13

James Redmond
jredmond@mywindsornow.com

Libraries have a lot more to offer these days than just books.

Many people don't realize that though, so the Clearview Library District decided to head out into the community to show off their programs and services as a part of the week long global initiative Outside of the Lines.

From 3 to 7 p.m. Sept. 13 Clearview will welcome the community, kids and adults, to stop by its Pop-Up Library at High Hops Brewery, 6461 Colo. 392, in Windsor.

"It's about getting out into (the) community and really showing the way libraries have changed, the creativity that they have, the innovation that is happening there," Ally Garcia, the library's outreach and youth services manager, said Wednesday. "It's really about engaging those people that maybe don't come to the library or think that it's no longer relevant to them. So we'll show them all the different things happening in libraries today."

Libraries have changed a lot in recent years. Now they aim to bring technology, educational opportunities and fun social programs for all ages to the community. At the Pop-Up Library, staff will show off what the local library has to offer.

"We'll have a group of staff there that are going to bring some of the library resources that we have in here, out to High Hops," Garcia said. "So we're actually going to set up sort of a makerspace area where people can play with different technology and learn about some of the different devices and tablets out there."

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They will also have the library district's book mobile on site, she said, as well as a craft station for kids.

"We're really just trying to bring the library into a different venue," Garcia said. "To reintroduce ourselves."

Along with showcasing library programs and technology, local businesses and the town of Windsor partnered up to bring their own unique flavors and fun to the program.

Longview Creamery will have a special flavor of ice cream available at an ice cream social, Garcia said. High Hops Brewery will have their own special brew — The Imbibed One — for the community to enjoy.

Not to be left out, the town of Windsor will invite those in attendance to test their knowledge with Windsor trivia, she said. Spokes will also be there helping people make adjustments to their bikes and performing safety checks.

The first 60 kids to stop by the Pop-Up Library will get a free root beer float made with Longview Creamery ice cream and High Hops Brewery root beer.

Additionally, the library will have special Pop-Up Library coasters available at the Windsor-Severance Library, High Hops Brewery and other locations around town, Garcia said. Anyone who brings one of the coasters with them to the event will get $1 of their first pint of the special library brew.

The whole Pop-Up Library event is a part of the Outside the Lines celebration that aims to demonstrate the creativity and innovation present in libraries.

From Sept. 13 through 19 organizations from across the world will host an event or campaign designed to get people thinking — and talking — about libraries in a whole new way.

"I think the big think happening in libraries right now is rebranding themselves, we're more than books," Garcia said. "We still have books, but we also have them on e-devices that you can download, and if that's too complicated we'll show you how to do it there. We'll show them all the other things we have. I think people know the library has books. We want to show them what else we have."

With trivia, treats and a whole slew of different library programs and resources it has a lot to offer adults, kids and families alike.

"It should be super fun," she said.

About outside the lines

Outside the Lines is a global R-Squared initiative originally designed by Colorado library marketers and directors that gets libraries “walking the walk” – taking action to show communities how important libraries are and how they’ve changed.

The weeklong international celebration takes place Sept. 13 through 19.

Learn more at http://www.getoutsidethelines.org.

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