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

What's New!

AfterMath: Free Math Tutoring at Monument and East Libraries
Manitou Springs Library is seeking volunteers for their new AfterMath program.
Interested? Fill out this application!

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.

When: Thursdays, 3:30 - 6:00 p.m.
Where: East Library

When: Mondays, 3:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Where: Monument Library

No appointment necessary, just drop on in!

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Ent Federal Credit Union Conference Center

Pikes Peak Library District’s new facility located at 1175 Chapel Hills Drive (set to open in the summer of 2014) has gained a community partner for its business center. Ent Federal Credit Union announced this month that it would be sponsoring the Ent Federal Credit Union Conference Center to support local business at the Library.

“Ent has been a longtime supporter of Pikes Peak Library District and believes it really adds value to our community,” said Ent Federal Credit Union Executive Vice President Barbara Winter.

“With the new library’s focus on business incubation, we’re really excited about the new capabilities that businesses and nonprofits will have and wanted to sponsor an area that would allow people to come to the library and use it in new ways,” Winter said. “The Ent Federal Credit Union Conference Center will provide that.”

The conference center is equipped with the latest communication technology that will give businesses and community groups a high-tech edge. The new facility will spearhead PPLD’s continuing expansion into providing cutting-edge technology and materials in support of 21st Century students and workers.
Ent’s support has helped The Library District’s 21st Century Library Capital Campaign efforts reach 40% of the total fundraising goal of $3.9 million needed to renovate the newest regional library in the District and to partially renovate East and Penrose libraries. The Campaign has currently raised $1,562,953 in outright cash and pledges.

Fundraising will leverage more than $ 10 million of District funds directed toward the total cost of $13.9 million to renovate the new facility, plus partially renovating East and Penrose libraries. The project will add more than 100,000 square feet of new public library space for families and businesses in the Pikes Peak Region.

For more information about how PPLD’s new state-of-the-art library is the first of its kind, visit ppld.org/21stCenturyLibrary.

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Computer Basics Help at Ruth Holley Library

Do you want or need to learn how to use a computer, use the Internet, or use email?

Tutorials and coaching can help you learn one or more of the following:

  • Getting Started on the Computer
  • Using a PC (with Windows 7)
  • Basic Search
  • Navigating a Website
  • Signing up for Email
  • Using Email
  • Starting Online Job Searching

Come to Computer Basics Help at the Ruth Holley Library!

Classes are offered twice a week for an hour each time: 2 p.m. on Tuesdays or 9 a.m. on Wednesdays.

Bring your own headphones or earbuds to hear the tutorials, or you can purchase earbuds for $1 at the customer service desk.

No pre-registration required and walk-ins are welcome. See you there!

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Pride and Prejudice

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.

Jane Austen's classic novel, Pride and Prejudice, was published 201 years ago today, on January 28, 1813 (I wish I had known that last year). No matter how you feel about this love story between Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy, there's no denying its influence. Since it's inception, Pride and Prejudice has never been out of print, has sold more than 20 million copies, and has spawned countless spin-offs, re-tellings, and sequels, including the charming Bridget Jones's Diary and the cheeky Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.

Visit the Catalog for a plethora of Pride and Prejudice goodies.

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2014 Caldecott and Newbery Medal Winners

The results are in!

The Newbery Medal for "the most distinguished American children's book" of 2014 was awarded Monday, January 27, to Flora & Ulysses, written by Kate DiCamillo.

"Holy unanticipated occurrences! A cynic meets an unlikely superhero in a genre-breaking new novel by master storyteller Kate DiCamillo. It begins, as the best superhero stories do, with a tragic accident that has unexpected consequences. The squirrel never saw the vacuum cleaner coming, but self-described cynic Flora Belle Buckman, who has read every issue of the comic book Terrible Things Can Happen to You!, is the just the right person to step in and save him."

Locomotive, illustrated by Brian Floca, is the 2014 Caldecott Medal winner.

"All aboard! Accompany a family on an unforgettable weeklong train trip from Omaha to Sacramento in 1869. Brian Floca’s dramatic watercolor, ink, acrylic and gouache illustrations incorporate meticulously-researched portraits of the train, the travelers and the crew as they traverse the American landscape on the new transcontinental railroad."

PPLD's Award Booklists:

Caldecott Medal Winners
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Newbery Medal Winners
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Visit the Newbery Medal and Caldecott Medal websites for a full list of Honor books.

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PPLD is now hosting the Family Place Initiative at at our Briargate and Fountain libraries because of generous funding from the combined efforts of an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) grant and PPLD! We will be hosting two grand opening parties in January (see details below).

Family Place Libraries are a network of children's librarians nationwide who believe that literacy begins at birth, and that libraries can help build healthy communities by nourishing healthy families. The Family Place Libraries network currently includes more than 300 sites in 23 states and continues to grow.

Family Place areas are safe, fun environments where you and your young child can read, play, and learn. These specially-designed spaces feature materials for children and parents including board books, picture books, toys, puzzles, blocks, and drawing stations, all creating opportunities for little ones to explore. As your child's first and most important teacher, these activities will help you build your child's early literacy skills.

Pikes Peak Library District’s Family Place Libraries will also offer five-week workshop series, covering early literacy, music, nutrition, child development and speech and language development through playing with your child.

The next five-week Family Place Library series at Briargate Library is specifically designed for parents and their children ages 1 - 3. Play with toys and speak with library staff and community resource professionals on a different topic each week.

Registration is required. To register, click here or call (719) 260-6882.

  • Early Literacy Specialists
    Come together to play, interact with other families, and ask the Community Resource Specialist any questions on early literacy.
    Wednesday, April 2 from 9:30 - 11 a.m.
  • Speech Pathologist
    Come together to play, interact with other families, and ask the Community Resource Specialist any questions on speech. This is an informal event so, the CRS will not be able to give any specific diagnosis or details on your child/ren.
    Wednesday, April 9 from 9:30 - 11 a.m.
  • Nutrition
    Come together to play, interact with other families, and ask the Community Resource Specialist any questions on Nutrition.
    Wednesday, April 16 from 9:30 - 11 a.m.
  • Child Development
    Come together to play, interact with other families, and ask the Community Resource Specialist any questions on Child Development. This is an informal event so, the CRS will not be able to give any specific diagnosis or details on your child/ren.
    Wednesday, April 23 from 9:30 - 11 a.m.
  • Song and Movement
    Come together to play, interact with other families, and ask the Community Resource Specialist any questions.
    Wednesday, April 30 from 9:30 - 11 a.m.

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ComicsPlus

PPLD now provides patrons access to ComicsPlus, an online streaming service that provides thousands of digital graphic novels and comic books to virtually any mobile device, tablet, or PC. The catalog currently includes over 7,000 digital graphic novels, comic books, and manga from over 80 major publishers catering to all ages and interests.

Available genres include fiction, nonfiction, historical fiction, memoir, biographies, classical literature, mystery, horror, fantasy, romance, and, of course, superheroes. ComicsPlus is adding new publishers all the time, typically 100+ new titles each and every week!

Click on CyberShelf at ppld.org and visit the eBooks link. The ComicsPlus database is free to use with your PPLD library card!

Currently ComicsPlus is working on an app for their Library Edition. Until it’s available, please enjoy these comics in your browser. We’ll post a link for the app here as soon as it’s ready.

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Yearbooks

We are looking to fill in gaps in our Pikes Peak region high school yearbooks collection. After several years of contacting high school yearbook offices and alumni groups, we have added several hundred more volumes, but we still have holes to fill. We are the main repository in the area for these yearbooks and perhaps the only place where they are easily accessible. They are used extensively by our genealogy patrons, high school students, and those recently graduated from high school.

To serve our patrons better, we would like to have as complete a collection as possible. Therefore, we would like to appeal to our patrons to complete this task. Click here to see which yearbooks we are missing. If you have any yearbooks on this list that you are willing to donate to us, please contact the Library at (719) 531-6333, x2253.

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Colorado Cinema Spotlight

Calling all filmmakers!

Colorado Cinema Spotlight is a half hour show that features the work of a Colorado Filmmaker and a one-on-one interview with him/her on PPLD TV (Comcast 17, Falcon Broadband 75).

The PPLD TV Film Evaluation Committee will be reviewing films for future shows. Interested filmmakers should submit films using the guidelines located here.

Send film submissions along with your completed entry form (available by clicking here) to the following address:

Pikes Peak Library District
PPLD TV
c/o Jamey Hastings
5550 N. Union Blvd.
Colorado Springs, CO 80918

You can also submit electronically by emailing a scanned and completed form and links to your work to jahastings@ppld.org.

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Sarah Pottenger, Winner My Westside-Our Voice Essay Contest

Old Colorado City Library is pleased to announce the winners of our essay contest, My Westside--Our Voice. Our generous Friends of the Library supported this programming with a $100 prize for first place. The winner, Sarah Pottenger, is also published in the November 21, 2013 edition of the Westside Pioneer. Enjoy reading her essay along with our runners-up, Andrea Corley and Victor Shepard.

Your Westside is My Westside Now, by Sarah Pottenger - Winner

I’m a third-generation Colorado Springs native, and I’ve never wanted to live anywhere else. I grew up near Academy Boulevard, but some of my best memories are of visits to the Westside, whether to visit my parents’ old haunts, see the house where my grandmother was born, or just to take the car to the mechanic. Driving to the Westside was an event, taking half an hour.

I lived in that same house off Academy for twenty years. Then my family downsized from our house to a duplex just north of Old Colorado City. We moved here in 2010, and though it was a terrible move, we were here. For my parents, returning to the Westside was like coming home. For me, it was a dream come true. Every week one of us remarks that we still can’t believe we get to live here, even after nearly four years.

As a lifelong reader, I love the Old Colorado City Library. We can drive there in just a few minutes, or walk in half an hour. I probably visit three times a week, and it’s the prettiest, friendliest library in town. We’re also just minutes away from Fire Station #5, housing the wonderful firefighters who not only came to our rescue when my bedroom flooded during the September 12 storm, but also arrived within moments when my dad suffered a heart attack right before Christmas last year.

When we were children, my brother and I loved to come to the Westside. The Creamery was (and still is) our favorite ice cream shop. We liked to visit souvenir stores, dipping our hands into wooden bins brimming with polished rocks. My parents pointed out houses belonging to friends and relatives. My mom told stories about running downhill from school and spending nights with her grandparents, one set on Chestnut and one set on Uintah.

I have always loved it here. I pinch myself every day, hardly believing that I get to live here, that every time the car heads west, I’m going home.

The Circle in the Square, by Victor Shepard - Runner-Up

It’s funny how memories work. The passing of fifty five or so years doesn't diminish the desire to somehow recapture the beauty and love that were experienced so long ago. I know the ice cream was much sweeter and creamier then. The flowers my grandma raised were much more fragrant than flowers are today. And most definitely people were so much kinder then. People didn't have the apprehension and distance that is so prevalent today. At least that’s the way I choose to remember it.

Every child looks forward to summer and my summers always included visiting my grandmother in the “burg” of Colorado City. This was the main highlight of every summer and a time that I remember fondly. Grandma’s house was only a block away from the library where I read the adventures of the places I was going to visit one day when I was “old.” In close proximity were the drug stores with real fountains like Cooper-Lidke and the Rexall, a good place to get a chocolate or cherry Coke. Then I’d buy a fifteen cent wooden plane at the Duckwalls, which would last about ten minutes. In the center of this playground neighborhood was a park to play in with a central square and the treasure of the town, the first capitol of Colorado. This park was a hub where the entire neighborhood was welcomed and encouraged to come to.

Wednesday nights in the “burg” were the most special because that was the night when there was square dancing in the park. Although I was only six or seven, it was a weekly ritual that included special food and more importantly, staying up late. I’d get to wear my little cowboy boots and western shirt and get pinches from my grandma’s friends. Watching the big people in their fancy clothes, swiftly moving through difficult dance maneuvers, was quite a sight. But they all seemed happy and certainly appeared to be having a good time. Eventually, the inevitable happened, grandma wanted me to ask a very apprehensive little girl to dance. I was not a completely willing participant in the process but the coaxing finally compelled us wee ones to join in the confusing mob moving to an old man’s call on a screechy microphone. We were both confused and afraid of being trampled by the big people as they sashayed and promenaded around in close order. Somehow we devised our own rhythm and moves and somehow managed to avoid serious contact and injury. The more time we spent dancing the more fun it became. The dance seemed to last late into the night, and I must have been especially tired, as my grandma was forced to carry me home.

Yes, memories can cause us to smile and dancing can still wear me out but I wouldn't trade a moment I've experienced for half a dollar. I still love the park, the band shell and the fistful of valuable and memorable experiences that Bancroft Park has given me throughout many happy years.

Lower Gold Camp Road Today "Ties", by Andrea Corley - Runner-Up

I am a transplant, not a native Westsider. I came here to college and really never left. I have lived in the same place on the Westside for 46 years. I married a local man with Westside ties – railroad ties. His grandfather bought one of the railroads that traveled through the Westside to Cripple Creek a century ago, tore it up, sold the rolling stock and made a toll road for automobiles on the CS&CCDRY bed. It is now called the Gold Camp Road.

Yesterday, driving with a friend on Lower Gold Camp Road, we passed the ground-breaking for a new facility east of my friend’s home at The Village at Skyline. She did not know what is to be built there, but reading the current Westside Pioneer I learned it is to be a memory facility called Morning Star at Bear Creek. I thought” how fitting” in an area full of my family’s memories. The road we were traveling on next to this new facility was once-upon-a-time the initial part of what was called the Corley Mountain Highway. It was gently graded for train traffic first, as the route west out of Colorado Springs to the foothills for the railroad nicknamed ( because it was) the Short Line to Cripple Creek. Now a city street, Lower Gold Camp Road has become, according to Bill Vogrin in the Gazette, a race track for prospective buyers testing their new cars.

Next time you are there, testing or not, imagine the trains going and coming on that very roadway, loaded with freight or gold ore depending on the direction of travel, plains or mountains up ahead, tracks and ties, not tires, underneath you. Then, remember the clickety-clack rhythm of any train ride you have taken, and this becomes Time Travel for the Twenty-first Century with memories of your own. For me, a transplant in my adopted neighborhood, it becomes ties to my family members in their own time and place.

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