InformationEast Library’s main entrance is closed for renovations. Please use the temporary entrance located to the south (left) of the main entrance.

The Interlibrary Loan System will be down Wednesday, September 2 for maintenance and an upgrade. You will not be able to login to your account or place new requests during that time.

What's New!

Affordable Care Act Resources

In March 2010, President Obama signed comprehensive health reform, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), into law. The law makes preventive care—including family planning and related services—more accessible and affordable for many Americans. While some provisions of the law have already taken effect, many more provisions will be implemented in the coming years.

Get Ready for ACA Enrollment which begins October 1, 2013 for coverage beginning January 1, 2014, with these resources for consumers and small businesses:

http://ppld.org/research/by-subject/websites/3161

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Black Forest Fire

Pikes Peak Library District wants to preserve the record of the historic Black Forest Fire and its effects on our community. We are doing this in a couple of ways:

  • We are collecting images for an online photo gallery, which you can send to photos@ppld.org. Feel free to include any personal accounts associated with the image, which we will use as a caption. Please note that we cannot receive email attachments larger than 8 megabytes at a time. If you have multiple images, please send them individually. Please limit your submission to five photos total.
  • In addition, we are seeking video and high-resolution photos for our Special Collections archives for the use of future researchers. If you have video or high-res pictures you would like to donate to our collection, please email us at photos@ppld.org with “Archives” in the subject line so that we can arrange acquisition of your photo or video. Do not email your high-resolution images, but you can send samples. Keep in mind we have an 8 megabyte attachment limit. Please do not email video files, but links to online streaming (YouTube, etc.) of your video footage are okay.

Here are some of the photos we have collected so far.

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PPLD would like to thank Major General Mike and Elinor Ingelido, Carnegie Society Members, for their gift to the children of Cheyenne Mountain Library.

Thank You

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Update: Tri-Building Project Fund Raising

PPLD wants to share some good news with you. Last week, we received a $150,000 grant from the Mary K. Chapman Foundation. It will be paid out over 3 years at $50,000 per year. That brings us to $1.25 million pledged and raised to date! Since we started out with $3.9 million to raise, that leaves us with about $2.65 million to raise over the next 3 years.

We also named campaign co-chairs from the community to help us raise the remaining funds needed for the Tri-Building Project. Laura Muir, President and Owner of Momentum Advertising and Craig Anderson, Partner with NAI Highland Commercial Real Estate and current PPLD Foundation Board member, have agreed to serve for 12 months to get us through the next $1.5 million. They worked on the successful fundraising for the 1905 Carnegie Library restoration.

Finally, the three PPLD volunteer Boards; Trustees, Friends, and Foundation, met last week to pledge their commitments to the Tri-Building Project. The Boards are coordinated and attached is the Campaign Structure that we will coordinate our efforts to successfully raise these funds.

Thank you for your support and stay tuned!

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Black Forest Fire Information
If you have Library materials that were destroyed or damaged in the Black Forest fire please visit the Library. If the items were destroyed, please bring a photo ID. We prefer that you bring damaged items to the desk to protect other materials in our book returns from smoke and moisture. If your house or car were broken into during the fire, please bring a copy of the police report.

Our hearts go out to our patrons affected by the fires. Here are some resources to help you:

Current Information

How to Help

Local Updates and Assistance

Maps

Shelter Information

 

Lessons from Waldo Canyon Fire - Evacuation

In the PPLD TV video below, residents, firefighters, and police officers share their advice and remembrances about evacuating during The Waldo Canyon Fire.

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Cheyenne Mountain Library's Paws to Read Program Featured in the Gazette

Cheyenne Mountain Library's Paws to Read dog, Sadie, is featured in The Gazette:

http://gazette.com/article/153449

Paws to Read encourages children to read to a furry friend to practice their reading skills.

Cheyenne Mountain Paws to Read is on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Paws to Read also happens at other PPLD libraries. For a full Paws to Read schedule, click here.

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Booktalking Colorado is Back!

Colorado's premier booktalking website is back with a new and improved look and function.
Booktalking Colorado was conceived by PPLD's Teen Services Team to assist other library districts with preparing and presenting booktalks to teens. Booktalking Colorado contains full length booktalks on current and classic titles with a focus on middle school students.

Check it out!

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In response to feedback from patrons, statistical data and observation, and the integration of Manitou Springs Community Library, the PPLD Board of Trustees voted unanimously to increase the District's operating hours by 52.

The changes, effective Monday, April 15, will be:

  • All PPLD facilities, with the exception of Ute Pass, Palmer Lake, and Manitou Springs libraries, will open at 9 a.m., Monday through Thursday.
  • Manitou Springs Community Library will add eight hours of service. The new hours at Manitou Springs will be 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. from Monday - Thursday, and 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
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Book a Librarian

Can’t find the information you need? Have a research project? Pikes Peak Library District has a brand new program to help you.

Professional librarians at the East and Penrose Libraries are available to assist you with your information needs, whether you are looking for a great book to read, starting a business, or researching local history.

Research topics include, but are not limited to, finding materials for children or teens, locating health and wellness information, beginning legal research, and finding grant information for nonprofits. If you would like to learn how to search the library’s catalog or subscription databases more efficiently, we can help you with that too.

Begin by completing the online form on our website. From our home page (ppld.org), click on Research and select Book a Librarian. You can also locate the service by clicking on the dropdown arrow under "How do I?" on the left side of the home page and selecting Book a Librarian.

Fill out the form with your information, including your library card number. If your research request differs from the options provided, describe your question or research need in as much detail as possible.
We’ll look at your request and determine the best person on our staff to meet with you based on expertise and availability. We’ll get back to you as soon as we can to schedule your appointment. Appointments may be scheduled for up to one hour at either the East or Penrose Library.

The Book a Librarian service is open to any PPLD cardholder. We cannot offer advice (e.g., medical, legal, investment) except to advise users of reputable sources of evaluative information. Also, we cannot offer troubleshooting or maintenance help with personal computers or devices. However, computer classes are available at several PPLD locations.

For questions, you can contact PPLD by email, chat, phone, or in person at any of our fourteen locations.

By Delaina Massie, PPLD Librarian

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PPLD Awarded El Pomar Challenge Grant for 21st Century Library Campaign

At a special event held at Penrose Library on Wednesday, February 13, El Pomar Foundation announced it had approved a challenge grant of $750,000 to support the Library’s Tri-Building Project to create a 21st Century library system, which will bring significant improvements to Pikes Peak Library District.

The funds from El Pomar are earmarked for use at PPLD’s Penrose Library, but the funds will allow for wider District-wide improvements at PPLD, including renovations and upgrades at PPLD’s East Library and the opening of a new facility in 2014 at 1175 Chapel Hills Drive as well. PPLD’s new facility will feature content creation areas for creative professionals, business incubation and hoteling space for small businesses and nonprofits, enhanced areas for job seekers to find career assistance, and much more!

El Pomar’s generous grant will allow the Library to move forward on construction and renovation in 2013, with a projected opening of the new facility in 2014. The challenge grant is contingent upon The Pikes Peak Library District Foundation raising $3.15 million by January 1, 2016.

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