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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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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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Library Express Ribbon Cutting

Vending machines aren’t just for convenient snacking anymore. On Monday, February 14, a vending machine stocked with popular books and DVDs began operation in the new Express Library Kiosk at 3337 Cinema Point in the First & Main Town Center. Dubbed Library Express, the facility is the first of its kind for Pikes Peak Library District – an un-staffed walk-in facility where patrons can satiate their literary and cinematic hunger by scanning their library card and selecting a tempting title.

The Library District is able to open the new facility at a minimal cost due to Nor’wood Development’s generous donation of the space (located near the entrance to Cinemark Theatre).

Library Express CheckoutPatrons need to have a library card in good standing to use Library Express, and they can check out up to two books and two DVDs from the vending machine at one time. Items in Library Express vending machines will be clearly marked with labels that indicate different check-out times for these materials (seven days for books, three days for DVDs) and no renewals. Patrons can return their items to a bookdrop at Library Express, or at any of PPLD’s other library locations and bookdrops. The Library Express location will also contain a computer kiosk where patrons can access the District’s catalog and web resources.

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PPLD Salutes Our Veterans

PPLD would like to extend our most heartfelt gratitude to all United States veterans. Thank you for all you've done and continue to do for our country.

Military resources and information

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Who better to recommend good kids books than... kids? Check out these book reviews from the experts. For more reviews, visit the KidsREAD blog.

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Your Library: It’s a Brain-Builder

Over the last couple of decades, there has been a great deal of research on the importance of early childhood brain development. The learning and life experiences a child has in his or her early years set the stage for future learning and development. Developing early pre-reading skills and experiences is critical to a child’s future success.

A recent publication produced by the US Chamber of Commerce and the Institute for a Competitive Workforce states, “There is not a single state where 50 percent or more of the children are proficient in reading or math.” And, it states, “Seventy percent of U.S. eighth graders read below a proficient level.”

That’s why Pikes Peak Library District’s Summer Reading Program, storytimes, and All Pikes Peak Reads programs are so important for your child or grandchild. Our reading program can motivate your child to continue to read for fun, even when school is out: Summer reading programs have been shown to be effective in maintaining or increasing reading proficiency levels over the summer. Pikes Peak Library District’s Summer Reading Programs, One World, Many Stories, is for kids and You Are Here for teens. Send your kids and grandkids in right away to get signed up.

You’ll also be amazed by the learning opportunities we offer for adults. Our annual History Symposium features presentations on “Film and Photography in the Pikes Peak Region.” Our online computer classes and our Career Compass job classes are plentiful and free. Our All Pikes Peak Reads selections were just announced, so everyone — kids and adults alike — can start reading this summer.

Your library: It’s a brain-builder!

Executive Director Paula Miller
Seek. Engage. Transform.

Paula J. Miller

Executive Director, Pikes Peak Library District

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On June 14, Bomba Estéreo kicked off World Music Series 2010, brought to you this year by KRCC Concerts. The band, which hails from Bogotá, Colombia, describes its sound as “electro tropical.” You can watch the PPLD TV-produced video of the first song of their performance below. The final show of this year's series will be at 7 p.m. on August 9, when Rupa and the April Fishes bring their enchanting mix of gypsy swing, Latin grooves, French New Wave, and Indian ragas to Colorado College's Armstrong Quad.

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Learn Language Quickly with Mango

Did you know we have a fun, fast, and easy language learning program called Mango Languages? It is available for free to Pikes Peak Library District patrons.

Mango is the easiest and most effective way to learn to speak a foreign language and is available in two versions:

Mango Basic:
Perfect for a foreign language beginner, Mango Basic teaches every day greetings, expressions of gratitude, goodbyes, and helpful phrases in a short period of time. The courses, which require only two to five hours of time to complete, are currently available in 22 foreign languages and 14 English as a Second Language (ESL) courses.

Mango Complete:
Mango Complete offers a 100-lesson course that digs much deeper and is designed to provide a more complete understanding of the entire language and culture. It is available in nine foreign language and three ESL courses. Foreign language courses include Chinese, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. ESL courses include Polish, Spanish and Portuguese.

You will need a resident PPLD library card and PIN to access Mango Languages.

Click here to try Mango Languages!

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PPLD TV recently captured this riveting performance of "Summertime" by Indian blues band Soulmate at Venue 515 in Manitou Springs.

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