All Pikes Peak Reads 2014: Engage the Extraordinary

All Pikes Peak Reads 2014: Engage the Extraordinary

Pikes Peak Library District’s annual community reads project, All Pikes Peak Reads (APPR), is celebrating its 13th year in 2014!

PPLD’s theme for 2014 is Engage the Extraordinary. PPLD and our community partners will be presenting many events around this year's theme and book titles.

The 2014 titles are: The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd and Who Owns the Ice House? by Clifton Taulbert and Gary Schoeniger. Younger readers will also be able to participate in APPR. The Teen selection for 2014 is Matched by Ally Condie. The Children’s selections are The Watsons Go to Birmingham by Christopher Paul Curtis and Henry’s Freedom Box by Ellen Levine.

The APPR titles also reflect our nation’s 50th anniversary celebration of the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This overriding theme will be used as a starting point to kick off community-wide dialogue sessions during the APPR initiative.

The “Engage the Extraordinary” theme will also be a touchstone to programs and activities at PPLD’s new state-of-the-art facility, Library 21c. This 21st century library will provide opportunities for individuals and groups to engage in research, learning, content creation, and entrepreneurship in new and exciting ways.



I am a patron of the occ library, It is wens 11a.m. the kids came out of playtime and are dusrupting the whole library!!!! THIS HAPPENS EVERY WENS!!! It is ridiculous that the adults have to put up with all the noise, This is a LIBRARY, There should be a seperate location for toddlers, The kids section is located in the main library. Why cant it be seperate like every other library that i have been too!!! There is a whole basement that is not being utilized????? the parents of these kids have no regard for other patrons and treat this space as an outdoor playground, I guess since they have to deal with these unruly kids they think that we must too??? No one can concentrate and many people have made comments. The manager of the library refuseses to rectify this situation. Maybe it is time to appoint new management. This problem needs immediate attention. I thought a library is QUIET. THIS IS THE ONLY LIBRARY IN THE COUNTRY THAT IS NOT

Thank you so much for using

Thank you so much for using your west-side community library!

In a world that is increasingly louder, I appreciate your need for a quiet place. It is true that the 1904 Carnegie Library has a serious lack of quiet places to congregate, and a distraction-free environment is hard to come by. I understand that you would want the Old Colorado City Library to be that place of repose, as surely it was in the past.

As a patron, you are familiar with the small size of our branch, at 5,000 sq ft, as well as the openness of the floor plan, I am sure. Sound does indeed travel easily through the historic library with hard wood floors and high ceilings, particularly when we have events going on. As a community library, we cater to all ages, and Wednesday mornings are by far the loudest. Because our programs are so well attended, we offer back-to-back Toddler Times for kids and their caregivers and the result is a louder library, unfortunately. This is also an indication that we are filling a need in connecting our smallest patrons to library resources and each other. We encourage attendees to connect in the basement Community Meeting Room before and after the program. When the library was fully renovated in 2007, a separate space was designed for children, teens and adults. Our basement community room is heavily used by all ages for both library and community events, and we often host over 300 patrons per week.

Perhaps you may want to try to plan your time at the library around the time of children's events, on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday mornings. Hopefully that is a realistic possibility for you. Quieter times are typically, Mondays and Tuesdays, particularly in the evening. You can check our calendar here:

In addition, we are in the process of expanding our seating options to create an adult reading area in the front of the building.

All the best,
Jocelyne Sansing
Public Services Manager for the Old Colorado City and Ute Pass Community Libraries

APPR 2014

I have read both books for 2014: The Invention of Wings AND Who Owns the Ice House? Both books are great!

I LOVED The Invention of

I LOVED The Invention of Wings!