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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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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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PPLD is MORE than excited to announce Mango's brand new iPhone App!

Mango Mobile Library Edition is the Mango Languages application for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. Free from the App Store, your patrons can now access fast, easy and effective language learning no matter where their travels take them!

Check out the app on their Products Page to learn more!


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Sand Creek Library has a download station where patrons can download eMaterials from PPLD’s CyberShelf to their personal devices.

Please note:

  • The download station can only access PPLD’s CyberShelf.
  • Only eAudio materials (MP3s and wma files) can currently be downloaded to approved devices.
  • The download station is only for downloading eMaterial, not the software needed on your device. The software itself must be installed on your home computer.
  • Kindles are not compatible at this time.

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Nook eReaders Available for Check-out

PPLD now has 50 Nook eReaders in its collection that check out to patrons! Each eReader comes pre-loaded with 20 popular titles.

  • eReaders check out for a standard three-week period.
  • eReaders can be returned to any library location.
  • eReaders should not be returned through the bookdrops, though each one comes with a sturdy case that should protect it from damage.

Click Here to reserve yours today!

Each Nook will come loaded with popular titles including:

Dead or Alive by Tom Clancy
A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins
The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver
The Millennium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson
Room by Emma Donoghue
True Grit by Charles Portis

Autobiography of Mark Twain
Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua
Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff
Decision Points by George W. Bush
The 4-Hour Body by Tim Ferriss
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
I Remember Nothing by Nora Ephron
Life by Keith Richards
Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk by David Sedaris
Unbroken: A WWII Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand
Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson

Happy eReading!

Note: EReaders check-out for 3 weeks and overdue fines are $5 per day (with a 3 day grace period).


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Film and Photography on the Front Range

The 2011 Pikes Peak Regional History Symposium, “Film & Photography on the Front Range,” has no more seating available. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy this great program live from the comfort of your own home.

On Saturday, June 11 starting at 9 a.m., you can view this event live on PPLD TV (Comcast 17 and Falcon Broadband 75) or streaming online at www.ustream.tv/user/PPLD.

You can click here for more information about the speakers and the schedule of presentations.

You can view previews of several Symposium presentations below:


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Watch IT Officer Carolyn Coulter discuss the role of technology in libraries, courtesy of the Colorado State Library

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Woman on Laptop

With a strategic eye on going green, PPLD is making changes to our holds notifications. We want to let you know your items are available by sending you an email or text message. Why?

  • Help reduce spending on paper and postage for direct mail postcards
  • Receive speedier updates on your library materials
  • Contribute to meeting our green goals

Change your account online or visit your local library to participate. Your information will not be used for any other purpose. You can also call (719) 528-3920 to receive virtual hold updates for your account. It’s a virtual win-win!

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