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Providing resources and opportunities that change individual lives and build community.

Seek. Engage. Transform.

Message from the Executive Director:

Pikes Peak Library District’s annual theme for 2013 is “The 21st Century Library” – an appropriate choice, since we are in the process of renovating a recently purchased large facility that will replace the current Briargate location, will house C3 (our unique and innovative Creative Computer Commons), and will serve as a new regional model of library resources and service. This year, we’ll explore the concept of just what “The 21st Century Library” means – by exploring the future of our library buildings, collections, staff, and services and programs.

In the future, how much will libraries differ from today? The answer is … plenty! And, the answer is also … not so much!

What we can assure you of is that our Library District’s core values and driving purpose will remain the same – PPLD’s continuing commitment to knowledge and learning; our abiding value of equal access to shared resources and information; and our dual emphasis on individual and community impact.

Building on that core, however, we are looking closely at trends that indicate how PPLD will need to change in order to meet the changing information and resource needs of residents of the Pikes Peak region. In this first quarterly newsletter issue of the year, we are focusing on the 21st Century Library building. Though most of our users view public library buildings as essential icons of knowledge, sometimes we are asked to validate the need for physical buildings in “the age of the Internet.” Here are some of the reasons we still need library buildings as well as some trends showing how those buildings might change.

PPLD’s buildings will have a greater focus on community space, which has become a scarce commodity in our growing communities. Our meeting spaces are in high demand. Programs that bring families and communities together for learning, for activities, and for discussion have never been more popular. Our residents need more spaces in which to convene and share ideas. Libraries have always served as centers for lifelong learning and will need to be designed to excel as intergenerational hubs in the future.

Teamwork and collaboration are modern-day values in both the education and the business environment. As a result, library buildings, furnishings, and technologies that facilitate coworking, study groups, and connections (both in-person and virtual) will need to be more plentiful in the future – more smartboards, collaborative workstations, group discussion and study areas, for instance.

Library buildings can provide the space and tools where business entrepreneurship and creative arts can flourish. The Pikes Peak region hosts a plethora of creative ventures – independent filmmakers, artists, technology initiatives, etc. A creative “maker” mentality will pervade the successful library facilities of our future. Our library buildings will provide technology, resources, spaces, and instruction where students, writers, artists, entrepreneurs, businesses, and community organizations can create and innovate.

Public libraries have always been known as institutions that house, preserve, and make available books and information – places that store and share knowledge. Our users get that knowledge from us in a variety of ways. Some read materials or use our computers in the library; some check out books to read at home; some use our spaces to share and discuss their ideas. Still others have intimated that they get that knowledge (or inspiration perhaps) through a process similar to osmosis, i.e., from being in a place where words and books –and the scientists, philosophers, historians, and authors who wrote them – are revered and protected. Public library buildings have always been icons of knowledge … and they always will be. In the near future, however, they will also become centers of creativity and culture, intergenerational community hubs, and gracious space in which to convene and build a sense of community.

We hope that you are as excited about the 21st Century Library as we are. We are in the midst of planning our new facility at Jamboree and Chapel Hills now, with an opening date yet to be determined in 2014. Watch for progress reports and more news throughout the year at http://ppld.org/21stCenturyLibrary.

Executive Director Paula Miller
Seek. Engage. Transform.

Paula J. Miller

Executive Director, Pikes Peak Library District

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summer reading program

From the ppld.org homepage, if you click on PPLD/TV there is a (very cute) short summer reading promo spot that gives information about the summer reading program. Take a look! Let's get all our kids reading this summer!

I LOVE PPLD and Summer Reading

As a fellow librarian, I am always amazed and thrilled to see that the East parking areas are always so full, and people line up outside to get in in the AM. What a wonderful service you provide to the community!

If I were to buy all of the books that I read, I wouldn't have any space in my house to move around, AND I would bankrupt myself. :) So, I turn to PPLD to see if you have the titles that I am interested in, and you almost always do--thank you so much!

On another note, I find the new interface very cluttered and without much contrast, so I wasn't able to find any info about your summer reading programs. I would like to put links on my school library page, if possible, and have my Reading teachers talk about them. I hope you can help!

Lorna Stiefvater

Hi Lorna. Summer Reading

Hi Lorna. Summer Reading will run from June 1 to July 31. We should have some info up on ppld.org soon. Sorry for the delay.

PPLD rocks!

PPLD rocks!