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Café and Copy Center Vendors Chosen for Library 21c

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 11:09am

Pikes Peak Library District’s Board of Trustees announced at their meeting on May 27 that Her Story Café & Catering would be the new in-house café and catering vendor for Library 21c, PPLD’s new library slated to open to the public on Saturday, June 21, 2014. The Board had previously announced that Ricoh would serve as an in-house full service print and copy center at the new library. Both entities will provide services to the general community as well.

About Her Story Café & Catering
Owner Liz Rosenbaum started Her Story Café in 2010 to inspire people about women’s history one bowl, one sandwich, and one smile at a time. Now Her Story Café will have a location inside PPLD’s Library 21c to provide food for patrons and catering service to businesses and entrepreneurs who use the library space. Her Story Café will also offer public and staff education classes about local farmers’ markets and incorporate a focus on 21st century education and learning. Executive Chef Ken Moore joined the partnership this year with a vast knowledge of large-scale catering and food education for all ages.

About Ricoh
Ricoh is an information and technology company with a strong legacy of introducing new technologies into the workplace. Ricoh will serve as an in-house print and copy center to meet both the Library’s internal printing needs and the print needs of patrons and entrepreneurs who use the new facility.

About Library 21c
Library 21c, the first facility of its kind in the country, will challenge everything you know about the public library. It’s not just a space, it’s a paradigm shift. From the reuse of an existing facility to the latest in technology for all ages, establishing Library 21c will impact the entire community.

Library 21c opens to the public with a full day of activities on Saturday, June 21 from 9:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. at its Chapel Hills & Jamboree location. Find complete information about this exciting project at ppld.org/21stCenturyLibrary.

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Library 21c Featured in The Gazette

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 10:10am

Two articles about Library 21c were published in The Gazette on Sunday, May 25:

Library of future ready to open in Colorado Springs

Soon-to-open Colorado Springs library blends technology, convenience, community

We also wanted to share this great letter to the editor that was published as a result:

One of the best library systems
Thanks for the front page article in Sunday's paper on the new Pikes Peak Library District facility. As someone who has worked for, and with, school, public, and college libraries for over 40 years in a number of states, I find that Colorado Springs has one of the very best public library systems I have used. From the online catalog, to the vast store of materials, as well as the helpful staff, Colorado Springs residents can be justly proud.

We all gripe about taxes, but when it comes to libraries, the materials and services they provide users because of such taxes, should have us rejoicing that such institutions exist. As they have always done, libraries provide each of us with a link to the past, as well as visions of the future...from knowledgeable and helpful librarians, to electronic access to the wider world.

I am grateful for PPLD, and very proud that such an institution exists in Colorado Springs along with the local college and university libraries. All of these expand our knowledge base and can help our society move forward.

If you haven't visited a library lately, do so. You may be surprised and amazed at what you find.

Bob Armintor, Colorado Springs

PPLD.org thanks all our patrons for your support!

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Teen Writing Contest!

Tue, 05/27/2014 - 9:50am

The deadline for submission to the Teen Writing Contest has passed. We got some great entries this year! Thanks to all the participants.

Winners will be contacted by phone on or before August 8, 2014.

For more details, take a look at the submission form below.

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So I was at the Library...

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 1:02pm

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Going on Vacation? Suspend Your Holds!

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 3:02pm

Did you know you can now suspend unavailable holds in your account? That's right, have your holds become available when you want them!

Here's how:

  • Log on to the Catalog to view your account.
  • Select holds to be suspended, click the 'Suspend Holds' button, and select the suspend start and end dates. The start date should be the current date.
  • You will continue to rise in the hold queue while the hold is suspended.
  • When you are number one in the queue, and have the hold suspended, holds below yours will be filled.
  • If you wish to activate the hold prior to the "Unsuspend" date you entered, you can cancel the hold suspension.
  • Available holds cannot be suspended.



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Why Libraries? Just Look at these Numbers!

Thu, 05/15/2014 - 3:42pm

We sometimes get asked 'Why should I support libraries?' Well, take a look at these statistics:

2013: PPLD in Review
  • 8.9 million circulation (items checked out and returned)
  • 3.6 million visits to our physical locations
  • 4.2 million ppld.org sessions
  • 145,000 wireless sessions
  • 874,000 PC sessions
  • 9,500 programs offered
  • 563,000 reference questions

Whew! We're working harder than ever for you!

Want more information? Here's our Annual Report!

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Why We Do What We Do

Thu, 05/15/2014 - 11:27am

A PPLD staff member was at the Walmart across the street this afternoon when a cashier approached her and said (with tears in her eyes).

“I just wanted to thank you for being so kind to me. It’s because of you that I got this job here. I was at the library some time ago and you let me use the computer, even though my card was blocked. I needed to fill out the application for this job, and I did, and I got it! I was on the verge of homelessness and hopelessness when I came into your library, and because of you my life is better. Thank you so much!”

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How to use Westlaw

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 11:14am

Learn the new Westlaw interface, WestlawNext, from our West trainer. Prerequisite: Attendees must be familiar with legal materials and the process of legal research. The instructor will only be teaching the interface. If you have any questions about whether this class is right for you, please call the law librarian at (719) 531-6333, x2333.

Registration is required. To register, call (719) 389-8968 or click here.

  • When: Fri., May 23 from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
  • Where: Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave.
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Regional History Symposium: Bigwigs and Benefactors

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 11:18am

The Pikes Peak Regional History Symposium is an annual event hosted by Pikes Peak Library District's Special Collections department that focuses on historical people, events, and trends in the Pikes Peak region. The theme for 2014 is Bigwigs and Benefactors.

This year’s Symposium will be held on Saturday, June 7 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at East Library. For a complete schedule and descriptions of the day’s presentations, click here. Registration is required for this free event. To register, click here or call (719) 531-6333, x2253.

If you can’t attend this year’s Symposium in person, that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the presentations. You can watch a live simulcast online at ustream.tv/channel/ppld-history.

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PPLD's Jamey Hastings and Heather Jordan Win Prestigious Telly Award

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 12:09pm

Some winners of the 35th Annual Telly Awards have been announced and Pikes Peak Library District’s Jamey Hastings and Heather Jordan have been awarded a Silver Telly (highest honor) for their film In Our Own Backyard: Reflections on the Waldo Canyon Fire. The film features the stories of families and individuals affected by the Waldo Canyon Fire and the first responders who valiantly battled the blaze in the neighborhoods of northwest Colorado Springs. Based on extensive interviews conducted by PPLD archivist Jordan, the film is a moving portrait of a community persevering hard times and coming together to rebuild.

Founded in 1979, the Telly Awards is the premier award honoring outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs, the finest video and film productions, and web commercials, videos and films. Winners represent the best work of the most respected advertising agencies, production companies, television stations, cable operators, and corporate video departments in the world.

A prestigious judging panel of over 500 accomplished industry professionals, each a past Winner of a Silver Telly and a member of The Silver Telly Council, judged the competition, upholding the historical standard of excellence that Telly represents.

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Dr. Janice Gould - 2014-2016 Poet Laureate

Mon, 05/05/2014 - 9:57am

Past poets laureate Aaron Anstett, Price Strobridge and Jim Ciletti and State Poet Laureate David Mason with Janice and her granddaughter

Koyoonk’auwi (Concow) poet Janice Gould is the Pike’s Peak Poet Laureate for 2014-2016. Her poetry has been published in over sixty publications, and has won awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Astraea Foundation for Lesbian Writers, the Pikes Peak Arts Council, and from the online publication Native Literatures: Generations. Her books of poetry include Beneath My Heart, Alphabet, Earthquake Weather, and most recently, Doubters and Dreamers, a finalist for the Colorado Book Award for 2012, and for the 2012 Binghamton University Milton Kessler Poetry Book Award. She is the co-editor, with Dean Rader, of Speak to Me Words: Essays on Contemporary American Indian Poetry. In March 2012 Janice completed a Residency for Indigenous Writers at the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe, New Mexico. A musician as well as a poet, Janice plays guitar and accordion, and helped found and performed with Trio Pan Dulce in Portland, Oregon. She earned her Ph.D. in English at the University of New Mexico, and more recently a Master’s in Library Science from the University of Arizona. Janice is an Associate Professor in Women’s and Ethnic Studies (WEST), where she developed and directs the concentration in Native American Studies.

Here are some poems:

The Crags


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View 85,000 Historic Newsreel Videos for Free

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 1:54pm

From 1910 until it closed in 1970, Pathé News was one of the world's best-known news agencies. Based in Britain, and indeed originally known as British Pathé, it produced tens of thousands of filmed news reports, covering major stories and events all over the world.

Last week, its entire archive of 85,000 videos was put online, on a dedicated YouTube channel that you can browse and view at https://www.youtube.com/user/britishpathe entirely free of charge. So whether you're interested in coverage of the Hindenburg airship disaster from 1937, Arnold Schwarzenegger winning Mr Universe in 1969, or baby chickens hatching in a frying pan, you'll find it all here.

And yes, the chickens in the frying pan is real. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N7li6AK5QuU for the full report.

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PPLD Executive Director Paula Miller Accepts New Position

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 10:29am

Paula J. Miller, Pikes Peak Library District Executive Director, will be leaving El Paso County’s celebrated library system to head up the Baltimore County Public Library System in Baltimore, Maryland, late this summer.

Miller assumed the role of Executive Director for PPLD in 2006. She leaves behind an award-winning District poised to transform library service with the opening of Library 21c, PPLD’s showplace for 21st century library service.

Miller led the District during one of its biggest periods of transformation.

In 2007, the District completed renovation of the Old Colorado City Carnegie Library, a busy community library dedicated to serving the city's west side. The project brought the historic building into the 21st century both technologically and structurally, while maintaining the integrity of the original design.

In August of that same year, PPLD opened the East Teen Center in the East Library. The ETC provides a space for teens that includes teen books and magazines, study rooms, computers, a gaming area, and a fun place to hang out in the library.

In 2008, PPLD expanded services to senior facilities throughout the region with a new mobile services van. PPLD also purchased a new bookmobile, funded primarily from a grant from the Colorado Department of Transportation. The bookmobile is used to service rural county locations.

In 2009, renovation on the Sand Creek Library was completed, providing increased computer access, PPLD's first drive-thru holds pick up, and expanded collections and meeting space.

In 2010, PPLD incorporated radio frequency identification technology (RFID) into its collection and all facilities. The District also opened the High Prairie Library in Falcon, a project funded in great part by a grant from the Colorado Department of Transportation.

In 2011, the Library Express, a vending machine stocked with popular books and DVDs, began operation in the First & Main Town Center, giving PPLD its first presence on the Powers Corridor.

In 2013, Manitou Springs Public Library joined Pikes Peak Library District following a ballot initiative which was passed by citizens of Manitou Springs in the November 2012 election.

Under Miller’s leadership, PPLD has been on the cutting edge of the national transformation of libraries into a new century. The innovative services and spaces our local libraries have been offering to individuals and businesses to learn, collaborate, and succeed will be showcased in Miller’s signature accomplishment, the new Library 21c. It is a model that will expand to East and Penrose libraries and beyond to PPLD’s 11 community libraries. These improvements will be funded, in part, through the District’s ongoing $3.9 million Capital Campaign.

Kathleen Owings, President of the Pikes Peak Library District Board of Trustees, stated “Paula Miller and the PPLD staff have worked together with the Board of Trustees to develop a model for libraries to meet the resource needs of our community. After the grand opening of Library 21c this summer, we will continue to transform the other libraries in the District. Paula will now be able to take the concept of 21st century library service into another community.”

The Pikes Peak Library District Board of Trustees will be conducting a national search for Miller’s replacement.

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Winners of #PPLDRocks Video Contest Announced

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 2:41pm

PPLD recently conducted a video contest in which entrants were asked to create a video of 60 seconds or less letting us know why PPLD Rocks. Here are the winners:

First Place:

Second Place:

Third Place:

Judging was very difficult because we received so many other wonderful entries:

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AfterMath: Free Math Tutoring

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 2:31pm

Is math homework getting you down? Are finals freaking you out? Do you need to brush up before the ACT, SAT, GRE, or GED? Our experienced math tutors can help you improve your grades and take the stress out of math.

When: Thursdays, 3:30 - 6:00 p.m.
Where: East Library

When: Mondays, 4:00 - 6:30 p.m.
Where: Manitou Springs Library

When: Mondays, 3:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Where: Monument Library

No appointment necessary, just drop on in!

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2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction Announced

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 10:32am

The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt, was awarded the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

"...a beautifully written coming-of-age novel with exquisitely drawn characters that follows a grieving boy’s entanglement with a small famous painting that has eluded destruction, a book that stimulates the mind and touches the heart."

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Janice Gould Selected as 2014-2016 Pikes Peak Poet Laureate

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 10:20am

On behalf of the Pikes Peak Poet Laureate Project selection committee and program organizers, the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region (COPPeR) is pleased to announce that Janice Gould has been selected as the 2014-2016 Pikes Peak Poet Laureate. An accomplished poet and educator, Dr. Gould is an associate professor in Women’s and Ethnic Studies at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, where she developed and directs the concentration in Native American Studies. “I'm honored, very pleased, and looking forward to becoming the next ambassador for poetry in our community,” said Dr. Gould. She will succeed Price Strobridge, who served as Pikes Peak Poet Laureate from 2012-2014.

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Gazette Reporter Wins Pulitzer Prize

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 3:50pm

Gazette reporter and Colorado Springs native, David Philipps, won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting.

"...for expanding the examination of how wounded combat veterans are mistreated, focusing on loss of benefits for life after discharge by the Army for minor offenses, stories augmented with digital tools and stirring congressional action. "

Click here to read the Pulitzer Prize winning series, Other Than Honorable.

Congratulations to David Philipps and The Gazette!

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Arm Yourself Against Identity Theft

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 4:00pm

Learn how to reduce your chances of identity theft, why protection is so important, and what to do if you become a victim in this presentation by Renu Carroll of Legal Shield.

Registration is required for this free event. To register, click here or call (719) 389-8968.

  • When: Sat., April 26 from 4- 5 p.m.
  • Where: : Penrose Library, Adult Meeting Room, 20 N. Cascade Ave.
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Taking Steps to Save Lives: Because Heartburn Can Cause Cancer

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 3:51pm

Every day an estimated 25 million American adults suffer from heartburn. Yet despite its prevalence, few people understand that heartburn can cause cancer. In recognition of Esophageal Cancer Awareness Month, the Esophageal Cancer Action Network (ECAN), in partnership with PPLD, will offer an educational lecture led by Dr. Reginald Bell, founder of the SurgOne Forgut Institute and expert in minimally invasive procedures on the esophagus and stomach.

Find out how to know if you have reflux disease and how to prevent and detect esophageal cancer. Dr. Bell will explain about the link between reflux disease, Barrett’s esophagus and esophageal cancer. There are no medical guidelines regarding screening for this deadly disease, however Dr. Bell's presentation will provide the information you need to be an effective advocate for your own healthcare.

  • When: Wed., April 23 at 6:30 pm
  • Where: Penrose Library, Carnegie Reading Room, 20 N. Cascade Ave.

Reginald C.W. Bell M.D., F.A.C.S. is the founder of the SurgOne Foregut Institute. He has had extensive experience performing minimally invasive procedures on the esophagus and stomach with over 20 years in practice. He interned and received his General Surgical training at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver, Colorado, completing as Chief Resident in 1990. In 1990 he entered private practice in Englewood, CO.

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