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Neil Gaiman: Why Our Future Depends on Libraries

In a recent lecture, celebrated author Neil Gaiman discussed among other things why libraries are so important to the future, how important it is to read for pleasure, and how there is no such thing as a bad children's book.

"... Libraries are about freedom. Freedom to read, freedom of ideas, freedom of communication. They are about education (which is not a process that finishes the day we leave school or university), about entertainment, about making safe spaces, and about access to information."

Read the transcript in its entirety here.

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Tom Clancy

Tom Clancy (April 12, 1947 – October 1, 2013) was an American author best known for his technically detailed espionage and military science story lines that are set during and in the aftermath of the Cold War 1.

Clancy's books were made into several successful films, including The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games, and Clear and Present Danger.

Click here for a list of titles by Tom Clancy in the Catalog.

Leave a comment with your favorite Tom Clancy book or movie!

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Isabel Song, a member of TAB (Teens at Briargate), has a dream. One that is beautiful and ambitious in its scope. This dream has been highlighted by The Huffington Post and even Taylor Swift herself. Great article, Isabel, and we here at PPLD wish you every success in your endeavor.

Read 'Why I Dedicate My Life to Childhood Cancer'

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All Pikes Peak Reads 2013

Pikes Peak Library District’s annual community reads project, All Pikes Peak Reads (APPR), is celebrating its 12th year in 2013!

Readers in the Pikes Peak region will explore the theme of My Voice — Our Future in September and October with this year’s APPR selections.

The titles for the Library’s 2013 APPR program are: The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway, China Boy by Gus Lee, and Sweeping Up Glass by Carolyn D. Wall. All three authors will visit the Pikes Peak region this fall to participate in programming based on the 2013 theme.

Younger readers will also be able to participate in APPR. The Teen selection for 2013 is The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie. The Children’s selection is The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate.

Community Dialogue
This year’s APPR selections all relate to the individual finding his or her unique voice and will be used as a starting point to kick off community dialogue sessions. Events that foster open dialogue will begin in October and be facilitated by trained moderators. Partners on the endeavor include Rocky Mountain PBS, Pikes Peak United Way, and Cheyenne Mountain Civic Solutions.

“The conversations will relate to some of the work already done in the community,” said PPLD Community Engagement and Outreach Officer Dee Sabol. “Planning initiatives like Dream City: Vision 2020 and the Quality of Life Indicators Project for the Pikes Peak Region will weave into the dialogues and help foster understanding of our community’s main concerns. There will be conversations for those who are new to community dialogue, and conversations for those already active in ongoing discussions.”

‘Raise Your Voice’ Student and Citizen Journalism Contest
This year’s APPR will link up with the Tim Gill Center for Public Media in preparation for the Raise Your Voice contest. Citizen and student journalists will have opportunities to gain skills in storytelling and journalism, video production, and editing in advance of the formal contest. Partners in the Tim Gill Center for Public Media initiative will host a series of workshops providing support and guidance for those interested in honing their journalism/storytelling skills that will cover topics like:

  • Storytelling
  • Finding the Sources to Tell a Powerful Story
  • Interviewing: Tips and Tricks to an Effective Interview
  • Production and Editing (for video and audio)
  • Journalism Ethics
  • Finding an Audience

Submissions for the contest will be accepted during the month of January 2014. There are three age categories: High School, College, and Community. Submissions can be in one of three formats: Audio/Visual, Print/Online, and Photojournalism. Additional information about entries, prizes and eligibility will be available later in 2013.

About APPR
All Pikes Peak Reads, now in its 12th year, was one of Colorado’s first community-wide reading programs, and has set itself apart from other “one book” programs around the country by incorporating original adaptations for the stage as well as curriculum guides for local classrooms. The program is modeled after similar one-book projects in cities like Chicago. APPR debuted in 2002 and has become a local institution.

The APPR selections are chosen based on the following criteria:

  • the book must have broad appeal
  • be suitable for adaptation to the stage
  • be written at a sixth- to ninth-grade reading level
  • be a book in print
  • be available in multiple formats
  • contain issues relevant to residents of the Pikes Peak region.
  • Past selections include: The Year of the Flood (2012), The Hunger Games (2011), The Devil in the White City (2010), Rocket Boys (2009), The Worst Hard Time (2008), Zorro (2007), Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (2006), Tales from the Arabian Nights (2005), Treasure Island (2004), Frankenstein (2003), and To Kill a Mockingbird (2002).

    Book selections in multiple formats will be available at PPLD libraries and through local bookstore partners. Book discussion materials and curriculum guides for elementary, middle, and high schools are also under development.

    2013 APPR Programs & Activities
    With the help of more than 30 community partner organizations, public school districts, and private school partners, All Pikes Peak Reads engages thousands of residents in El Paso County in historical, cultural, and literary exploration of a work of fiction that presents significant issues pertinent to our society. This year’s lineup of events includes performances and exhibits, author presentations, and more.

    A complete schedule of events related to All Pikes Peak Reads 2013 will be published this fall in The Gazette, Colorado Springs Independent, and on PPLD’s website at

    Complete up-to-date information will be available in the fall on the official APPR website at

    2013 All Pikes Peak Reads Partners

    Chamber Orchestra of the Springs
    The Chamber Orchestra of the Springs provides a unique opportunity for people in the Pikes Peak region to hear and appreciate the wealth of music for small orchestra. The orchestra strives for quality performances, innovative and educational programming and diverse artistic collaborations, while maintaining fiscal sustainability.
    The Chamber Orchestra of the Springs provides a unique opportunity for people in the Pikes Peak region to hear and appreciate the wealth of music for small orchestra. The orchestra strives for quality performances, innovative and educational programming and diverse artistic collaborations, while maintaining fiscal sustainability.

    Colorado College
    Drawing upon the adventurous spirit of the Rocky Mountain West, Colorado College challenges students, one course at a time, to develop those habits of intellect and imagination that will prepare them for learning and leadership throughout their lives.

    Colorado Springs Diversity Forum
    CSDF acts to identify, cultivate, and convene community-focused stakeholders to connect spheres of influence and promote a shared vision for our community.

    The Gazette
    Our region’s daily newspaper is a longtime supporter of All Pikes Peak Reads.

    Imagination Celebration – What If Festival
    A festival celebrating the innovation and imagination of diverse individuals, businesses, nonprofits, schools, colleges, and universities.

    KCME is a local radio station dedicated to fostering the appreciation of great music. They cultivate knowledge and enjoyment of music by listeners of all ages by expanding the reach of their coverage while maintaining state-of-the-art coverage and supporting the arts in their broadcast area.

    KRCC — Radio Colorado College
    Radio Colorado College seeks to improve the quality of life in Southern Colorado and Northern New Mexico with its commitment to the core values of Colorado College and by advancing public media through fresh news, information, music, culture, and nonprofit support.

    Pikes Peak Community College
    PPCC seeks to provide high quality, educational opportunities accessible to all, with a focus on student success and community needs, including occupational programs for youth and adults in career and technical fields, two-year transfer educational programs to qualify students for admission to the junior year at other colleges and universities, and a broad range of personal, career, and technical education for adults.

    Pikes Peak United Way
    Pikes Peak United Way is about mobilizing and growing the caring power in our community! Each year thousands of Coloradans receive referrals for help with utilities, rent, food/meals, clothing, shelter or transitional housing, healthcare, dental care or assistance with numerous other challenges.

    Rocky Mountain PBS
    Each week, nearly 900,000 people throughout Colorado turn to Rocky Mountain PBS to discover provocative and inspiring local, national and international programming; find diverse viewpoints; score front row center seats to world-class performances; and experience lifelong learning opportunities.

    The Colorado Springs Independent
    With an average monthly readership of over 142,000, the Colorado Springs Independent is a must-read for active involved adults in the Pikes Peak region.

    The Friends of the Pikes Peak Library District
    Works to support, preserve, and promote our public library system. The Friends sponsors and supports numerous programs and events to further the enjoyment of reading and love for books for all individuals.

    The Pikes Peak Library District Foundation
    The Pikes Peak Library District Foundation exists to provide for the Library's current and long-term needs by raising funds from individuals, businesses, charitable foundations, and government agencies.

    The Story Project at Smokebrush
    The Story Project is true personal live storytelling without a script. Come take a view into the lives of others through their own personal accounts.

    Tim Gill Center for Public Media
    The Tim Gill Center for Public Media is an innovative collaboration between 21 organizations to empower, engage, and enlighten the citizenry of the Pikes Peak region.

    University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
    UCCS is a regional research university, part of the world-renowned University of Colorado system, located in the foothills of Pikes Peak.


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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:

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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 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 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


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:

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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