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Care and Share

Come to the library and apply for assistance programs in a confidential setting. On the third Friday of each month at Ruth Holley Library from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. and Fountain Library from 2 - 5 p.m., Care and Share can help you apply for SNAP (formerly food stamps) or Colorado Employment First (increasing employment for food assistance recipients). Applications are also available for LEAP, the program designed to help pay heating costs. Care and Share can also supply nutrition information and connections to local food banks. Call (719) 528-1247, x4602 for more information.

To apply for assistance, you will need to bring the following: proof of identity (driver’s license, birth certificate, etc.); proof of residence (rental or mortgage agreement); proof of immigration status for non-citizens; proof of monthly income (pay stubs, Social Security or VA benefit letters, etc.); proof of out-of-pocket child care expenses (bills, receipts); proof of monthly shelter costs (utility bills, property taxes, etc.); proof of monthly out-of-pocket medical expenses for elderly or disabled; and Social Security Numbers for all applying.

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PPLD Expands Genealogical Resources

Pikes Peak Library District Special Collections is thrilled to be the newest FamilySearch affiliate library. PPLD patrons now have convenient access to the wealth of genealogical resources available through FamilySearch, the world’s largest repository of genealogical records. These records are stored on microfilms at the famous Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

You can request this microfilm using the convenient ordering system at http://www.familysearch.org/films. There is a nominal fee of $5.50 per reel to cover shipping and handling. Once the film arrives at PPLD Special Collections, patrons can use the microfilm readers in the department to view it and make photocopies. Special Collections staff can help patrons see what is available and help with questions regarding film orders.

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Here is Arjun Gheewala’s film A Lame Story, an entry in PPLD’s 2011 Teen Filmmaker Festival. His movie artfully demonstrates the power of books.

Submissions were required to have the following elements:
Theme: Adventure
Word: Rosebud
Object: Cape with the color red somewhere in it
Place: Library

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At Pikes Peak Library District’s Board of Trustees Meeting on Tuesday, November 29, the Board voted to take action to purchase a facility adjacent to the Chapel Hills Mall. The facility was formerly occupied by MCI and is located at 1175 Chapel Hills Drive on the corner of Chapel Hills Drive and Jamboree Drive. The building is 112,883 square feet (a little less than twice the size of the East Library) and it has two loading docks. This purchase will increase the District’s total square footage by almost 50 percent without any new debt to the residents of El Paso County.

The preliminary contract price is $3.75 million. This equates to approximately $33 per square foot, which compares very favorably to an estimated cost to construct a new library facility of about $250 per square foot. A building of this size would have cost the District $28 million.

The District is using fund balance and the current operating budget to fund the purchase of this facility. There is no debt, and no taxpayer dollars will be used for interest expense. There will be some renovation and repair costs, and the District has money set aside in the budget to cover such costs.

This facility will ease the burden on other heavily used libraries by allowing the District’s Information Technology Department, Community Engagement and Outreach Office, Finance Department, Human Resources Office, Collection Management, and the PPLD Foundation to relocate, thus freeing up space at the East Library, Penrose Library, and the Knights of Columbus office building for other uses such as more space for the public.

The facility will also feature a Creative Computer Commons, a prototype library facility that will provide information technology and electronic resources to the public. Classes will ensure participants are comfortable with technology and have the skills needed in the current job market. Emerging technology will be available for hands-on use. It will offer both educational and entertaining programs and resources. Finally, like all library locations, it will become a community center for its area, with a meeting room, study space, and community partnerships.

“The Pikes Peak Library District is a vibrant entity in which the demand for services increases every year. This transaction will go a long way toward helping our staff meet the increasing needs of our citizens.” said PPLD Chief Finance Officer Michael Varnet.

The timeline for opening is still tentative, but the District hopes to have the new facility open by the end of 2012.

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Six Women Playwriting Festival

Each year, the Millibo Art Theatre (formerly Manitou Art Theatre) presents The Six Women Playwriting Festival. The mission of the festival is to present theatre that explores the human experience and the human spirit through the examination and presentation of dramatic work.

PPLD TV captured the 2011 festival performances. Below, you can watch Off to Summer (Written by Tira Palmquist; Directed by LeAnne Carrouth; Performed by LeAnne Carrouth and JaNae Stansbery). To view the other plays, click here or tune in to PPLD TV (Comcast 17, Falcon Broadband 75) on Sun., Nov. 6 at 7 p.m.; Tue., Nov. 8 at 9 p.m.; or Wed., Nov. 9 at 9 p.m.

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Goodreads

You can join Pikes Peak Library District's Goodreads group to find out what PPLD patrons and staff are reading and share your own reading selections! You can read and post book reviews, join discussions, and discover upcoming literary events in this free and fun online group.

Click here for detailed instructions on how to create an account, join our group, and add books to our shelf.

Click here to visit PPLD's Goodreads group.

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Banned Books Week 2011

As Banned Books Week nears its end I have to ask, what is your favorite banned, censored, or challenged book?

Here's a list of banned and challenged books.

I think my favorite from that list is Like Water for Chocolate, by Laura Esquivel.

Visit PPLD's Banned Books page for more selections.

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Kindle

Pikes Peak Library District is excited to announce that its eBook collection is now compatible with the world’s bestselling eBook reader, the Amazon Kindle. Patrons can now download popular and classic eBooks to a Kindle device or any mobile device running the free Kindle app, such as iPhone, iPad, Android, and more. To get started, visit ppld.org/cybershelf.

PPLD also offers eBooks and audiobooks for use on a PC or Mac computer and popular mobile devices such as a smartphone, MP3 player, and eBook reader like the Barnes & Noble Nook and Sony Reader.

Kindle users can browse PPLD’s collection of bestselling and classic eBooks from a PC or Mac computer, check out titles using a library card, and select “Get for Kindle” to deliver eBooks to their Kindle device or any device running the free Kindle app. Users who enjoy eBooks on Kindle will benefit from Amazon’s Whispersync technology that synchronizes notes, highlights and last page read between their Kindle and free Kindle apps.

Watch the video below for a tutorial on checking out eBooks from PPLD’s CyberShelf Downloads onto your Kindle. You can click here for printable instructions.

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Are you getting excited to read The Hunger Games as part of PPLD's All Pikes Peak Reads? Hear why these students think it's a great book that everyone should check out!

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Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette

The Filby Award for Genealogical Librarianship is presented each year to a librarian whose primary focus is genealogy and local history. PPLD’s own Tim Blevins was chosen as the 2011 award recipient for the contributions he’s made to the District since arriving in 2001, including his work with the Pikes Peak Genealogical Society and the popular annual Regional History Symposium. The award is a huge honor for the District and a public recognition of the important work PPLD’s Special Collections Manager has done over his 10-year career with PPLD.

Blevins was also recently featured in The Gazette:
History comes alive, thanks to award-winning librarianThe Gazette, August 13, 2011

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