InformationAll PPLD facilities will be closed on Sunday, April 20. Happy Easter!

What's New!

Learn how to reduce your chances of identity theft, why protection is so important, and what to do if you become a victim in this presentation by Renu Carroll of Legal Shield.

Registration is required for this free event. To register, click here or call (719) 389-8968.

  • When: Sat., April 26 from 4- 5 p.m.
  • Where: : Penrose Library, Adult Meeting Room, 20 N. Cascade Ave.

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Dr. Bell

Every day an estimated 25 million American adults suffer from heartburn. Yet despite its prevalence, few people understand that heartburn can cause cancer. In recognition of Esophageal Cancer Awareness Month, the Esophageal Cancer Action Network (ECAN), in partnership with PPLD, will offer an educational lecture led by Dr. Reginald Bell, founder of the SurgOne Forgut Institute and expert in minimally invasive procedures on the esophagus and stomach.

Find out how to know if you have reflux disease and how to prevent and detect esophageal cancer. Dr. Bell will explain about the link between reflux disease, Barrett’s esophagus and esophageal cancer. There are no medical guidelines regarding screening for this deadly disease, however Dr. Bell's presentation will provide the information you need to be an effective advocate for your own healthcare.

  • When: Wed., April 23 at 6:30 pm
  • Where: Penrose Library, Carnegie Reading Room, 20 N. Cascade Ave.

Reginald C.W. Bell M.D., F.A.C.S. is the founder of the SurgOne Foregut Institute. He has had extensive experience performing minimally invasive procedures on the esophagus and stomach with over 20 years in practice. He interned and received his General Surgical training at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver, Colorado, completing as Chief Resident in 1990. In 1990 he entered private practice in Englewood, CO.

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APPR 2014 Announcement

Pikes Peak Library District’s annual community reads project, All Pikes Peak Reads (APPR), is celebrating its 13th year in 2014!

PPLD’s theme for 2014 is Engage the Extraordinary. This year’s APPR selections, which were announced on April 17 at an event at The Pinery at The Hill, all relate to extraordinary characters that strive for individual freedoms and the social and political rights of others.

The 2014 titles are: The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd and Who Owns the Ice House? by Clifton Taulbert and Gary Schoeniger. Younger readers will also be able to participate in APPR. The Teen selection for 2014 is Matched by Ally Condie. The Children’s selections are The Watsons Go to Birmingham by Christopher Paul Curtis and Henry’s Freedom Box by Ellen Levine.

The APPR titles also reflect our nation’s 50th anniversary celebration of the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This overriding theme will be used as a starting point to kick off community-wide dialogue sessions during the APPR initiative.

The “Engage the Extraordinary” theme will also be a touchstone to programs and activities at PPLD’s new state-of-the-art facility, Library 21c. This 21st century library will provide opportunities for individuals and groups to engage in research, learning, content creation, and entrepreneurship in new and exciting ways.

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kid punches dinosaur

cool science festivalPPLD's Video Center hosted another fantastic green screen experience on Saturday, April 12, at the Big Cool Science Festival at Colorado College. This time, budding scientists and engineers had an opportunity to visit Mars, hang out in Tesla's lab, or stand on a strand of DNA. Need proof? Take a look at the evidence in our flickr set.

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The Teen Art Contest is for teens and by teens. Teens create the art. Teens determine the winners.

Every story, adventure and journey starts from square one. The theme for our 2014 Teen Art Show & Contest was: Art2. Art Squared allowed the artist to choose the content and the medium. Our only request? The artwork must be square.

All of the artwork will be displayed at either Penrose and East Library during the month of April.

Best of Show - High School

Best of Show - High School:
Kodi’s Midnight Trek - Becka Jackson

Best of Show - Middle School

Best of Show - Middle School:
Spiral – Meera Bhatia

First Place - High School

First Place - High School:
Adrift - Kendra Baucom

First Place - Middle School

First Place - Middle School:
Goal - Raven Henriquez

Second Place - High School

Second Place - High School:
I Eat Numbers - Moriah Gilbert

Second Place - Middle School

Second Place - Middle School:
Rose - Alysia Jiminez

Coordinator's Choice - High School

Coordinator's Choice - High School:
Silent Night - Eloro Lobosco

Coordinator's Choice - Middle School

Coordinator's Choice - Middle School:
Day of the Dead - Raelynn Gross

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Special Collections at Pikes Peak Library District has just published online the Waldo Canyon Fire Digital Collection, consisting of reports, press releases, maps, photographs, videos and oral history interviews relating to the fire that devastated Colorado Springs in 2012. The collection contains materials created by local, state and federal agencies, interviews with affected residents and first responders conducted by Pikes Peak Library District, as well as powerful photographs, made by Colorado Springs residents and donated to PPLD, of the fire and its aftermath. It is intended to provide a comprehensive collection of documents for researchers today and long into the future.

With more than 400 items in the collection currently, it is expected to grow significantly in the coming months as more materials are added. Explore the Waldo Canyon Fire Digital Collection on Pikes Peak Library District’s Digital Collections site at

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The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

With over 300 votes cast, the winner of the PPLD 2014 Book Madness is
The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green! Thank you for participating!

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This year, over 75,000 copies of the same book will be given away to 4-year-olds across Colorado! Which book will it be? Governor Hickenlooper and Lt. Governor Garcia recently announce the winning title chosen from three finalists: Grump Bird by Jeremy Tankard.

Then, from April 7 - 21, 4-year-olds can come into any PPLD library to pick up a FREE copy of the book!

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Downton Abbey Tea and Tour Raises Funds for 21st Century Library Campaign

Guests arrived at Grace and St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in period dress and with their favorite tea cup for the Downton Abbey Tea and Tour, benefitting PPLD’s 21st Century Library Campaign. As harpist played, guests participated in Downton Abbey trivia, enjoyed British treats from local bakeries and sipped tea served from beautiful silver tea sets provided by Montague’s Parlour. Docents gave tours of the Church, explaining the fascinating history behind the Gothic Revival structure and the ornate stained glass and décor. Mr. Carson, Don Moon of Red Herring Productions, made an appearance for the evening and had his picture with guests in their lovely period outfits. To view pictures from the evening please click here.

Many thanks to all that participated in the Downton Abbey Tea and Tour!

Thank you to Downton Abbey Tea and Tour sponsors:

Boonzaaijer Bakery
Grace and St. Stephens Episcopal Church
Montague's Parlour
Oliver's Delicatessen
Renee Harp Studios
Toni and Guy Hair Dressing Academy
Willy's Emporium
Wisdom Tea House

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Click Here to Learn More and Donate!

Pikes Peak Library District’s 21st Century Library is designed to address the changing needs of our community, bringing the latest technologies to a new regional library, Library 21c.

MakerBot Replicator Z-18
With the MakerBot 3D printer, ideas and concepts become a reality! Adding the Z18 to the line of the library's existing smaller 3D printers, will allow the library's patrons to create quality, extra-large, industrial prototypes for various types of businesses and professional uses. Located in one of Library 21c's makerspaces, PPLD staff at Library 21c will engage patrons of all ages, introducing them to the technology of 3D printing and building real world skills.

The Impact
With your donation, PPLD will provide quality 3D printer services to our patrons who are developing concepts to further convey their ideas for products, businesses and other creative visions. Offering this innovative service will connect everyone in our community to cutting edge technology and more importantly, opportunity.


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