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Friday night's Sneak Peek Happy Hour of Library 21c was a blast! Over 400 people attended and were plied with food and drinks. PPLD thanks everyone who came and everyone who helped make this event a rousing success.

Library 21c's grand opening will be Saturday, June 21. The ceremony begins at 9:30 a.m.

Check out our Green Screen Experience photos for a look at the fun!








Bristol Brewing Company




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'Round the Year in Myth and Song

The Manitou Springs Community Library recently received an old book (copyright 1897) with a typed letter explaining where the book has been the past few years. It is a touching story of a book that affected a patron many years ago, traveled the world, and returned.

Dear Manitou Springs Public Library,

As a kid, many years before Manitou Springs became a redeveloped historic community, I spent hours and hours as a latchkey child with a single mother discovering classic books in your library. I remember the Manitou Springs Public Library as a mystical place of knowledge; an historic building whose contents fueled a desire for learning. Based on a desire for knowledge, I kept up my grades throughout school, eventually earned a scholarship to University, and graduated with a bachelor degree.

One of the numerous books I checked out from your library was a 19th century picture book with delightful poems, photographs and stories about ancient Greco-Roman mythology. I had intended to return the book; however it was inadvertently packed in a box of belongings and moved from the area when my family suddenly relocated. Unfortunately, this was in the days before the Internet. I do not recall seeing the Manitou Public Library’s address anywhere within the volume, and could not return it.

Eventually, after numerous relocations throughout the world, the book was finally lost … perhaps in a box that was not delivered … perhaps in a truck … or perhaps some divine deity from our mythological past decided enough was enough. Wherever that volume disappeared to, it was gone from the bookshelves that had temporarily lent it a place to rest during its global travels.

Recently, I happened to remember the name of that volume and searched for it online and was delighted to learn it was neither an expensive nor a rare book, and there were numerous copies of it available so I ordered a volume to replace the missing book. That volume turned out to be a second edition; apparently this may have been quite a popular book for several generations of school children. Then I searched again, and found a first edition; printed in the 19th century, as I had remembered.

Enclosed in this package is that first edition of Round the Year in Myth and Song to replace the inspirational book of my childhood, to which I had become attached throughout the years before it was lost, so that it may return to your historic shelves, where I first found it many, many years ago. I hope you will accept my apologies for not returning the original book before it mysteriously vanished, and also my thanks for the gifts of knowledge and desire for learning that I received so long ago, as an elementary school kid who discovered a world of adventure within a small building in Manitou Springs.

Yours truly,
“Anon”

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Pikes Peak Library District’s Board of Trustees announced at their meeting on May 27 that Her Story Café & Catering would be the new in-house café and catering vendor for Library 21c, PPLD’s new library slated to open to the public on Saturday, June 21, 2014. The Board had previously announced that Ricoh would serve as an in-house full service print and copy center at the new library. Both entities will provide services to the general community as well.

About Her Story Café & Catering
Owner Liz Rosenbaum started Her Story Café in 2010 to inspire people about women’s history one bowl, one sandwich, and one smile at a time. Now Her Story Café will have a location inside PPLD’s Library 21c to provide food for patrons and catering service to businesses and entrepreneurs who use the library space. Her Story Café will also offer public and staff education classes about local farmers’ markets and incorporate a focus on 21st century education and learning. Executive Chef Ken Moore joined the partnership this year with a vast knowledge of large-scale catering and food education for all ages.

About Ricoh
Ricoh is an information and technology company with a strong legacy of introducing new technologies into the workplace. Ricoh will serve as an in-house print and copy center to meet both the Library’s internal printing needs and the print needs of patrons and entrepreneurs who use the new facility.

About Library 21c
Library 21c, the first facility of its kind in the country, will challenge everything you know about the public library. It’s not just a space, it’s a paradigm shift. From the reuse of an existing facility to the latest in technology for all ages, establishing Library 21c will impact the entire community.

Library 21c opens to the public with a full day of activities on Saturday, June 21 from 9:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. at its Chapel Hills & Jamboree location. Find complete information about this exciting project at ppld.org/21stCenturyLibrary.

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Two articles about Library 21c were published in The Gazette on Sunday, May 25:

Library of future ready to open in Colorado Springs

Soon-to-open Colorado Springs library blends technology, convenience, community

We also wanted to share this great letter to the editor that was published as a result:

One of the best library systems
Thanks for the front page article in Sunday's paper on the new Pikes Peak Library District facility. As someone who has worked for, and with, school, public, and college libraries for over 40 years in a number of states, I find that Colorado Springs has one of the very best public library systems I have used. From the online catalog, to the vast store of materials, as well as the helpful staff, Colorado Springs residents can be justly proud.

We all gripe about taxes, but when it comes to libraries, the materials and services they provide users because of such taxes, should have us rejoicing that such institutions exist. As they have always done, libraries provide each of us with a link to the past, as well as visions of the future...from knowledgeable and helpful librarians, to electronic access to the wider world.

I am grateful for PPLD, and very proud that such an institution exists in Colorado Springs along with the local college and university libraries. All of these expand our knowledge base and can help our society move forward.

If you haven't visited a library lately, do so. You may be surprised and amazed at what you find.

Bob Armintor, Colorado Springs

PPLD.org thanks all our patrons for your support!

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Did you know you can now suspend unavailable holds in your account? That's right, have your holds become available when you want them!

Here's how:

  • Log on to the Catalog to view your account.
  • Select holds to be suspended, click the 'Suspend Holds' button, and select the suspend start and end dates. The start date should be the current date.
  • You will continue to rise in the hold queue while the hold is suspended.
  • When you are number one in the queue, and have the hold suspended, holds below yours will be filled.
  • If you wish to activate the hold prior to the "Unsuspend" date you entered, you can cancel the hold suspension.
  • Available holds cannot be suspended.

more...

Awesome!

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We sometimes get asked 'Why should I support libraries?' Well, take a look at these statistics:

2013: PPLD in Review

  • 8.9 million circulation (items checked out and returned)
  • 3.6 million visits to our physical locations
  • 4.2 million ppld.org sessions
  • 145,000 wireless sessions
  • 874,000 PC sessions
  • 9,500 programs offered
  • 563,000 reference questions

Whew! We're working harder than ever for you!

Want more information? Here's our Annual Report!

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A PPLD staff member was at the Walmart across the street this afternoon when a cashier approached her and said (with tears in her eyes).

“I just wanted to thank you for being so kind to me. It’s because of you that I got this job here. I was at the library some time ago and you let me use the computer, even though my card was blocked. I needed to fill out the application for this job, and I did, and I got it! I was on the verge of homelessness and hopelessness when I came into your library, and because of you my life is better. Thank you so much!”

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Some winners of the 35th Annual Telly Awards have been announced and Pikes Peak Library District’s Jamey Hastings and Heather Jordan have been awarded a Silver Telly (highest honor) for their film In Our Own Backyard: Reflections on the Waldo Canyon Fire. The film features the stories of families and individuals affected by the Waldo Canyon Fire and the first responders who valiantly battled the blaze in the neighborhoods of northwest Colorado Springs. Based on extensive interviews conducted by PPLD archivist Jordan, the film is a moving portrait of a community persevering hard times and coming together to rebuild.

Founded in 1979, the Telly Awards is the premier award honoring outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs, the finest video and film productions, and web commercials, videos and films. Winners represent the best work of the most respected advertising agencies, production companies, television stations, cable operators, and corporate video departments in the world.

A prestigious judging panel of over 500 accomplished industry professionals, each a past Winner of a Silver Telly and a member of The Silver Telly Council, judged the competition, upholding the historical standard of excellence that Telly represents.

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Past poets laureate Aaron Anstett, Price Strobridge and Jim Ciletti and State Poet Laureate David Mason with Janice and her granddaughter

Koyoonk’auwi (Concow) poet Janice Gould is the Pike’s Peak Poet Laureate for 2014-2016. Her poetry has been published in over sixty publications, and has won awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Astraea Foundation for Lesbian Writers, the Pikes Peak Arts Council, and from the online publication Native Literatures: Generations. Her books of poetry include Beneath My Heart, Alphabet, Earthquake Weather, and most recently, Doubters and Dreamers, a finalist for the Colorado Book Award for 2012, and for the 2012 Binghamton University Milton Kessler Poetry Book Award. She is the co-editor, with Dean Rader, of Speak to Me Words: Essays on Contemporary American Indian Poetry. In March 2012 Janice completed a Residency for Indigenous Writers at the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe, New Mexico. A musician as well as a poet, Janice plays guitar and accordion, and helped found and performed with Trio Pan Dulce in Portland, Oregon. She earned her Ph.D. in English at the University of New Mexico, and more recently a Master’s in Library Science from the University of Arizona. Janice is an Associate Professor in Women’s and Ethnic Studies (WEST), where she developed and directs the concentration in Native American Studies.

Here are some poems:

The Crags

Lavanda

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