SWLPLD Board of Trustees Meeting announcements & Staycation resources

SWLPLD Board of Trustees Meeting announcements & Staycation resources

SWLPLD Board of Trustees Meeting announcements & Staycation resourcesSWLPLD Board of Trustees Meeting announcements & Staycation resourcesSWLPLD Board of Trustees Meeting announcements & Staycation resources

Notice of public meeting is hereby given


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN to the members of the Board of Directors of the Southwest La Plata Library District and to the general public that the Board of Directors of the Southwest La Plata Library District will hold a regular meeting open to the public on Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at 9:30 a.m. at the training room in the La Plata County Administration Building located at 1101 E 2nd Avenue, Durango, CO 81301.

The agenda for the meeting is as follows: 

  1. Call to Order 
  2. Approve Agenda
  3. Consent Agenda
  4. Update from Friends of Library members
  5. Committee updates - Management, Finance, Strategy/Development
  6. Other Items
  7. Adjourn

Next SWLPD Board meetings - May 19 and June 16, 2019

This Agenda may be amended prior to the meeting as allowed by law. Prior to voting to go into Executive Session, the Board will declare the topic(s) of the Executive Session pursuant to § 24-6-402, C.R.S. It is anticipated that any marked (*) agenda items may be discussed in Executive Session and acted on by the Board at this meeting. Any action taken by the Board will occur in regular session, open to the public. The Board may address the agenda in any order to accommodate the needs of the Board and the audience.


stay-cation Resources

Resources to help stave off boredom and cabin fever.

(March 23, 2020)

This is a challenging time for not only our community, but our state, country and world. With closures of both community resources and schools already in place and potentially needing to shelter in place, we've put together this list of resources you can access though your computer. 

There are sites specifically for child and adult education, downloadable books, movies, fascinating YouTube channels, TV and audios, craft ideas and more. 

If you've discovered any additional resources you'd like to share with our community, email your suggestion to webpage.swlpld@gmail.com, feel free to add an introduction we could share.  Please begin your email subject line with “WEB_ …” and a short description.


 9R School District  -  Updates & News

9R Remote Meals Request, Weekly deadline 5pm on Friday

U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention : 

     Talking With Children

     Tips to keep children healthy while school’s out



Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)


20 Seconds Hand washing Song | Baby Shark Hand Washing | @Baby Shark Official

Hand Washing Songs: A 20 Second Scrub-A-Dub

Wash Your Hands Song | Music for Kids | The Singing Walrus

The Top 5 Hand Washing Songs!

Wash, wash, wash your Hands | Healthy Habits Song | Kids Songs and Nursery Rhymes Little Angel

The Handwashing Song



Collection of Online Libraries




PROJECT GUTENBERG (Michael Hart, founder of Project Gutenberg, invented eBooks in 1971)


OPEN LIBRARY - Internet Archive is a non-profit library

https://openlibrary.org/   and   https://archive.org

GOODREADS’ FREE SHELVES (established in 2007


MANY BOOKS (established in 2004)


Free educational websites


Online educational companies offering free subscriptions:


Internet Archive - free movies, TV programs, downloadable books, etc.


Virtual Tours of 30 World-Class Museums, 2 Million Works of Fine Art


300,000 free downloadable books from the New York Public LIbrary


ANCESTRY.COM, (by local request)   

FREE access to search nearly 500 million records and images on Ancestry, from nearly 300 different collections, including ship passenger and crew lists, naturalization and citizenship records, immigration records, and key military collections such as WWI and WWII draft cards.   https://blogs.ancestry.com

Internet Sacred Text Archive, (by local request)   


How to make a cardboard geodome:

My Incredible Recipes - Facebook

The Dad Lab's Sensory box game


50 Brain Breaks Kids Will Love - Brain breaks and lots of other resources such as printable worksheets, etc.


Cincinnati Zoo Livestream - each day they will feature a different animal


Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology (Alberta, Canada) - Speakers Series


Benjamin Burger Paleontologist, Utah State University 


University of California Television (UCTV)

Perspectives on Ocean Sciences


Roadside Geology of Washington - Geological Sciences 

Nick Zenter explores the fascinating geology around Washington State.

Also Nick Zentner’s most excellent downtown lecture series 

Courtesy of Central Washington University

Due to COVID-19 we now have Nick At Home, live lectures from Nick's home at 6pm Pacific time.

YouTube's SciShow


SciShow podcast!  http://www.scishowtangents.org

Doodle with Mo Willems 


Clickspring - for people who like machines, tinkering and tools.


The Engines of Our Ingenuity 


If you’d like to comment on any of our resources, or recommend others, 

we’d like to hear from you, email: webpage.swlpld@gmail.com


collection of short informative important CDC videos

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

The CDC has an extensive YouTube video collection, we have culled out important videos to help our community better understand the challenges we're facing and suggestions for best meeting them.

"Welcome to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For over 60 years, CDC has been dedicated to protecting health and promoting quality of life through the prevention and control of disease, injury, and disability. We are committed to programs that reduce the health and economic consequences of the leading causes of death and disability, thereby ensuring a long, productive, healthy life for all people." 

* For questions, please call 1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636) TTY: 1-888-232-6348 or visit www.cdc.gov/info

What To Do if You Are Sick

If you think you have been exposed to COVID‑19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider for medical advice.  Also, follow the steps at this link to care for yourself and to help protect other people in your home and community.



CDC Briefing Room: COVID-19 Update: March 14, 2020

March 14, 2020 | YouTube  1:35 min



CDC Briefing Room: COVID-19 Update; March 13, 2020

March 13, 2020 | YouTube  1:12 min


Watch to learn the latest on COVID-19


COVID-19: different coronaviruses

February 5, 2020 | YouTube  0:32 min


COVID-19 is a new coronavirus never seen before in humans. It is different than other human coronaviruses that cause the common cold. 


Symptoms of Coronavirus Disease 2019

March 11, 2020 | YouTube  0:26 min


This video presents the symptoms of coronavirus and what to do if symptoms are present.


How does COVID-19 spread?

YouTube  0:51 min


CDC’s Dr. Nancy Messonnier describes how novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is spread.


What You Need To Know About Handwashing.

December 16, 2019 | YouTube | 2:00min


This video answers important questions about hand washing and hand sanitizer.

( Live Handwashing Presentation 2016 )


What can I do to protect myself from COVID-19?

March 10, 2020 | YouTube  0:39 min


CDC’s Dr. Nancy Messonnier recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including novel coronavirus (COVID-19).


COVID-19: How to protect against novel coronavirus?

February 5, 2020 | YouTube | 0:35min


CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including coronavirus disease 2019.


COVID-19: Should I wear a facemask?

February 19, 2020 | YouTube  0:32 min


For the general public, CDC does not currently recommend using a facemask to protect against COVID-19. Everyday preventive actions to help slow the spread of respiratory illness are recommended.


General Instructions for Disposable Respirators

April 29, 2009 | YouTube  2:04 min


This podcast, intended for the general public, demonstrates how to put on and take off disposable respirators that are to be used in areas affected by the influenza outbreak.


6 Steps to Prevent COVID-19

March 13, 2020 | YouTube | 1:54 min


Take steps to lower your risk of getting sick with COVID-19. Here are some things you should do.


COVID-19 Stop the Spread of Germs

February 14, 2020 | YouTube | 0:50 min


You can help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses like Coronavirus Disease 2019. Follow these simple daily precautions.


10 Things You Can Do to Manage COVID-19 at Home

March 13, 2020 | YouTube | 1:54min


If you are sick with COVID-19 or suspect you are infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, follow the steps below to help prevent the disease from spreading to people in your home and community.


Prepare Your Home for an Emergency

Nov 21, 2008 | YouTube | 3:05 min


This video gives tips on how to stock your pantry in preparation for natural and manmade disasters.


COVID-19: What is my risk

Feb 5, 2020  | YouTube | 0:34 min


While CDC considers this a very serious public health threat, based on current information, the immediate health risk from COVID-19 to the general public is considered low at this time.


COVID-19: What Older Adults Need to Know

March 10, 2020 | YouTube | 2:25 min


Jay Butler, Deputy Director for Infectious Diseases at CDC, describes preventative measures to help protect older adults from COVID-19.


COVID-19: What is novel coronavirus?

Feb 5, 2020 | YouTube | 0:27min


Coronavirus disease 2019, or COVID-19, is a new respiratory virus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.


CDC Public and Private Partner Call for COVID-19 

March 4, 2020 | YouTube | 30:30min


Dr. Jay Butler, CDC’s Deputy Director for Infectious Diseases and Senior Response Official for the COVID-19 response provided a situational update for CDC partners, including members of the private sector, public health organizations, universities, and clinical societies. He provided the most up-to-date information on what is currently happening in the United States and abroad, discussed current travel notices, and answered participants’ questions.



Southwest La Plata Library District's Mission

Serving The Community

Our mission is to establish fiscal stability for our libraries, along with growing community participation in our community owned Sunnyside and Fort Lewis Mesa Public Libraries as they continue working together with their host 9R schools to enrich educational, social, and cultural opportunities for Southwest La Plata County through access to the global internet along with other resources, materials and activities that will enrich the lives of our entire community.

libraries are important because they:

  • Provide internet access to patrons without reliable home internet access
  • Provide educational, cultural, & social meeting places for all ages
  • Provide resources for preschoolers to senior citizens, homeschoolers to English language learners
  • Offer a variety of books, audio & visual media, activities & programs for free
  • Maintain collections of local history & stories
  • Build strong & positive connections within our communities
  • Are affordable, accessible, vital centers of our rural communities

What's to love in our libraries?

  • Books
  • Movies
  • Music
  • Internet
  • Rural Connections
  • Interactive Programs
  • Games
  • Local History
  • Public Meeting Places
  • FUN! 

In 2017, over 8,000 people visited the Sunnyside Branch Library and over 5,000 people visited Fort Lewis Mesa. Between the two libraries, over 13,000 items were checked out to community members.  And almost 4,000 people participated in community events held at the libraries.

How you Can Help

Here are some things you can do to keep Sunnyside and Fort Lewis Mesa Public Libraries open:

  • TALK to your neighbors and spread the word
  • SHARE information on your favorite social media site and remember to use #swlplibrarydistrict 
  • DONATE to fund the libraries
  • ATTEND Library District events and board meetings
  • REACH OUT and let us know if you have other ideas