InformationAll PPLD facilities will be closed on Monday, September 1, for Labor Day.

What's New!

Birth & Beyond Wellness Fair

The Venue @ 21c (Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.) is hosting Pikes Peak Regional Doula Association's Birth & Beyond Wellness Fair on Sat., Aug. 30 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

This unique fair will focus on connecting families to local resources, information, and organizations. There will be informational booths, a varied schedule of live speakers, and experts galore. Every booth will have a specific pregnancy, birth, or family wellness topic for you to learn about and interact with directly. For a complete list of speakers, click here.

The first 200 families through the door will receive goodie bags packed with coupons and promotional material. For the kids, there will be an attended toddler play area, live children’s music, bubbles, and face painting fun!

This event is sponsored by PPRDA, Pikes Peak Library District, R&R Coffee Cafe, Pikes Peak Music Together, Colorado Springs Kids, Columbine and Company, and Babies R Us.

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Join us for the 4th Annual Latina Voices - Sharing Latina Experiences - The Past, Present, and Future.

Speakers will include

  • Rosana Ramponi - President & CEO, PRONTOCOM
  • Herman and Patricia Martinez - Board of Directors, Hilos Culturales,
  • Christina M. Sigala - Curandera, and Professor Chicana/o Studies, Metropolitan State University of Denver

When: Saturday, September 20 - Registration at 9:30 a.m., Program at 10
Where: Penrose Library - Carnegie Reading Room
Cost: FREE!

Click here for more information.

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Join us at Bristol Brewing at Ivywild School (1604 S. Cascade Ave.) for a Tuesday Night Karma Hour to raise money for the PPLD Foundation’s 21st Century Library Capital Campaign! For every pint of beer sold during Karma Hour, a dollar will be donated to the Campaign. This fundraiser will be held Tuesday, September 2 from 5 - 9 p.m.

There will be also a special musical performance by The Rogue Spirits, an alternative folk duo comprised of PPLD employees Jeremiah Walter (baritone ukulele) and Travis Duncan (concertina, banjo, guitar).

Feel free to invite your Facebook friends here!

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AfterMath: Free Math Tutoring

Is math homework getting you down? Are finals freaking you out? Do you need to brush up before the ACT, SAT, GRE, or GED? Our experienced math tutors can help you improve your grades and take the stress out of math. Tutoring for all ages and levels.

When: Thursdays, 3:30 - 6 p.m. (Starting September 4)
Where: East Library

When: Wednesdays, 3:30 - 6 p.m. (Starting September 3)
Where: Library 21c

When: Mondays, 4 - 6:30 p.m. (Starting August 25)
Where: Manitou Springs Library

When: Mondays, 3:30 - 7 p.m. (Starting September 15)
Where: Monument Library

No appointment necessary, just drop on in!

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Below is a summary of updates for the CyberShelf OverDrive digital library website that are now live:

Suspend a Hold
This feature allows users to temporarily suspend a hold in the waiting list. The user’s position will continue to advance in the queue while their hold is suspended, but the hold will not be filled. After the suspension ends, the title will continue to advance until the hold becomes available. If a user advances to the first position in the waiting list while the hold is suspended, the system will skip ahead to fill the next available hold.

Hold Auto-Checkout
Users can now set their preference to ‘auto-checkout’ a hold when the title when it becomes available. Users who select this option will receive a notification when their title is available confirming that it has been checked out and can be found on their Account bookshelf. Users who do not choose this option will follow the current hold notification process.
If a user is unable to borrow the title at the time it becomes available (because they have already reached their maximum checkout limit, for example) they will be sent the current hold notification email and will have the full hold pickup period to make their checkout.

Maturity Settings
Two options that allow users to customize their browsing and discovery experience based on content maturity level now appear on the Account > Settings page:

  • The ability to exclude certain content from browsing based on the maturity level (Juvenile, Young Adult, General Adult, and Mature Adult). This allows adult users to exclude titles for younger readers and young readers to exclude adult-only titles from their experience.
  • The option to “mask” all Mature Adult cover images with a basic cover image.

“Recommended for you” Collection
After a user signs in, a collection of recommended titles will appear on the homepage. Recommended titles will be available for checkout and suggested based on titles the user currently has checked out or on hold. If a user does not have any checkouts or holds, this collection will not appear.

“And” Boolean Searching
Based on partner feedback to improve search results, default search behavior has changed from “OR” to “AND.” Now that this has changed, the number of results returned for a search will likely be lower than with the current behavior, but this change will meaningfully improve the relevancy of the results.

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PPLD's IM Service Hours Expanded

Starting Tuesday, September 2, our IM service, Ask PPLD, will expand its hours to the following:

  • 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. Monday – Thursday
  • 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Friday

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Food by the Book

Join us for this free series of food-related events held at East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd. The programs are open to ages 12 and up. Registration is required; to sign up, call (719) 531-6333, x2665.

For those with food allergies, please be aware that samples may contain allergens.

Tea Around the World presented by Judy Williams
Join us as we journey through a brief history of tea, beginning with its origins in the Far East, through its proliferation through Europe and America. We will discuss various tea-growing regions and some interesting tea customs and ceremonies, all the while sipping on a variety of teas.
Saturday, August 9 at 1:30 p.m.

Eating Locally with Chef Heather
We cannot find food that is fresher, better-tasting, or more nutritious than what our local farmers are growing. We will discuss the mutually beneficial relationship between grower and consumer, discover the ever-increasing outlets for finding local food in our community, and figure out what to do with these ingredients once we get home.
Saturday, August 16 at 1:30 p.m.

Make Mozzarella and Ricotta at Home with Rich McGaughey
Join us for a fun and easy cheese-making demo! Rich has been making homemade cheese for years, and teaches classes at Colorado Free University. Watch Rich make mozzarella cheese in this demonstration, and enjoy eating the finished product!
Saturday, August 23 at 1:30 p.m.

Do You See What I See? with Christine Yocum - Cookie Artist
Become a "Cookie Artiste" (oooolala!) and paint (yes, paint) a delicious cookie for you or a loved one. It's okay to play with your food in this class! You will learn to paint your very own cookie and earn a "Cookie Artiste" diploma.
Saturday, August 30 at 1:30 p.m.

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PPLD's staff sure are a talented bunch. Take a look at the 2014 Artistic Expression Contest winners. Staff members submitted their creative endeavors and their peers voted on the top three:

Russ Stamp: "Sunrise Cranes"

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Lisa Steck-Gillen: "Untitled"

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Sara Sharples: "Keyhole"

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AfterMath Tutors Needed

PPLD is looking for volunteer tutors for our AfterMath program.

Volunteers are needed at the following locations:

Manitou Springs and Library 21c are also looking for AfterMath volunteer co-coordinators.

Under the general supervision of a site coordinator, AfterMath volunteer tutors will:

  • Attend an orientation session
  • Commit to and sign up to assist at least two hours per month
  • Assist students of all ages with K through college-level math topics, depending on current skills and comfort level of each tutor such as: fractions, decimals, percents, pre-Algebra, Algebra I & II, Geometry, Trigonometry, pre-Calculus and Calculus.

Visit our Volunteer page for more information.

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