What's New!

From computer, meeting rooms, databases, and printing, to makerspaces, tutorials, and much more, all your business and entrepreneurial needs are met at Library 21c. And it's FREE! Watch this video for more information:

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Do you like to read and discuss mysteries? Come to our NEW Mystery Book Club at Library 21c. All ages are welcome. A wide variety of mysteries will be provided. Registration is not required.

When: 3rd Thursdays at 7 p.m.
Where: Library 21c - Room B2

See you there!

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PPLD's Library 21c has been featured in two articles recently:

Library Journal - "The Library of the Century | Design4Impact"

The Gazette - "Colorado Springs library is ahead of the tech curve"

Indeed, "(Libraries) are becoming the vibrant centers of the community where everyone is welcome and there is something available for everyone."

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All Pikes Peak Reads 2014: Engage the Extraordinary

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. PPLD and our community partners will be presenting many events around this year's theme and book titles.

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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Bring your child to play each Friday morning with developmentally appropriate toys, games, music, puzzles and books that will help with future reading success! This is for children under 5 with a caring adult. No registration required.

What: Play & Learn
Where: Cheyenne Mountain Library
When: Fridays, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

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Come join us at Ruth Holley Library for an after school adventure! We’ll provide the supplies, you bring your imagination. Light snacks will be served. Ages 12 & under.

When: Fridays, 4 - 5 p.m.
Where: Ruth Holley Library

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After 15 years and 272,236 miles of service to the residents of El Paso County, Mobile Library 698 will be leaving tomorrow to serve another library district in Southern Colorado. Happy trails, old friend!
Mobile Library 698

Mobile Library 698

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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, 4 - 6:30 p.m.
Where: East Library

When: Mondays, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Where: High Prairie Library

When: Wednesdays, 3:30 - 6 p.m.
Where: Library 21c

When: Mondays, 3:15 - 6:30 p.m.
Where: Manitou Springs Library

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

When: Saturdays, 10 a.m. - noon
Where: Sand Creek 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 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"

sunrise cranes

Lisa Steck-Gillen: "Untitled"

untitled

Sara Sharples: "Keyhole"

keyhole

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