InformationAll PPLD facilities will be closed on Mon., July 4, in celebration of Independence Day.
Old Colorado City Library will be closed Sat., July 2 - Wed., July 6 while their floors are refinished.

What's New!

Purchase a Courtyard Paver for Library 21c

Purchasing a Library 21c courtyard paver is a great way to honor family and friends, commemorate memories and events, or to publicize your organization or business. Your purchase of a courtyard paver also contributes to PPLD's Tri-Building project, providing 21st Century Library service through innovative library spaces and technology for everyone in our community.

Commemorative pavers are now available at East Library!

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Afinia H-480

General Information

Located at East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd., MAKE @ East blends high and low tech resources for patrons exploring the range of their creativity. MAKE @ East is available for public use during Open Hours and is generally free, with the exception of some equipment and materials.

About the Space

  • MAKE @ East has a capacity of 14 people
  • MAKE @ East is intended for a broad variety of projects, including some that require hand tools, emit fumes, or use advanced machinery
  • MAKE @ East is open to the public during scheduled
  • Patrons must have a signed User Agreement Liability Waiver on file, have a PPLD library card in good standing, and be at least 9 years of age to use the space.
  • For their safety, minors age 9-11 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times.
  • Patrons must check in at the Computer Commons desk to get an access pass to MAKE @ East.

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Equipment

Machines

  • Cricut Explore Air
  • Silhouette Cameo 2
  • Husqvarna Viking Opal 670 Sewing Machine
  • Brother CS6000i Sewing Machines – 2
  • Brother SE-400 Combination Sewing and Embroidery Machine
  • Brother 1034D 3/4 Tread Serger
  • Afinia H480 3D Printer
  • Afinia H800 3D Printer
  • Epilog Zing 16 laser cutter

Conversion Machines

  • Toshiba DVR260KU – DVD Video Recorder/Video Cassette Recorder
    • VHS → DVD
  • VuPoint Solutions All-in-One Digital Converter FC-D680-VP
    • Slide, Photo Negative, Photo → .jpg (can save to SD card or personal computer)
  • TEAC LP-R550USB CD Recorder with Turntable/Cassette Player
    • Record or Cassette → .mp3 (can save to CD or personal computer with recording software like Audacity)

Open Hours Schedule

  • Monday: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 6 - 9 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 2 - 5 p.m. and 6 - 9 p.m.
  • Thursday: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 6 - 9 p.m.
  • Friday: 1 - 5 p.m.
  • Saturday: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Sunday: Closed

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John Spears

The Board of Trustees of Pikes Peak Library District is pleased to announce the selection of John Spears as the next Executive Director of the district. “Over the past 5 years, Pikes Peak Library District has earned the reputation as a true pioneer of 21st century library services,” said PPLD Board of Trustees President Ken Beach. “Our vision of elevating these services to the next level requires a ‘unique’ individual to lead the Library forward from this point. Understanding the importance of the decision, the Board has spent 15 months in the search process and we are pleased and excited that John Spears has accepted our offer to lead PPLD to that next level. John is a groundbreaking visionary and exceptional leader.”

John Spears is the current Executive Director of Salt Lake City Public Library. He leads a staff of 325 employees in a seven facility city library with an operating budget of $17.9 million. While at Salt Lake City Public Library, Spears:

• Created a Library Service Model Team that examines and continually recommends improvements for library operations

• Partnered with the Salt Lake City School District to allow parents to obtain a library card for their children as a part of online school enrollment

• Oversaw the creation and implementation of the Library’s first digital media studios and makerspaces

• Worked with more than 30 social service and governmental organizations to create “Project Uplift,” a semiannual resource fair for those experiencing homelessness

“The Salt Lake City Library District is a bit smaller and more compact (area wise) than PPLD, but the reality is that John has been guiding the district on a path similar to that of PPLD with our vision around 21c. I am quite sure he will hit the ground running with no problem,” Beach said.

Prior to his tenure at Salt Lake City, Spears was Executive Director for Naperville Public Library. Spears obtained his Masters of Library Science from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Mr. Spears responded to his leadership role at the El Paso County-wide Pikes Peak Library District by saying, “My career has encompassed this role in a variety of libraries – rural, suburban, and urban, and I am well versed in the specific traits that make each of these unique.”

Added Beach, “John’s extensive experience across the spectrum of library land is a perfect fit for PPLD. He understands that the service needs for 21c are different than the needs for example of those at say Monument, High Prairie, and Sand Creek.”

Spears will now lead a library district comprised of 14 community libraries, three mobile libraries, 475 employees and an operating budget of $29 million serving a population of over 600,000. The mission of Pikes Peak Library District is to provide resources and opportunities that change individual lives and build community. Spears will begin his new position in late January.

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WiFi

Do you need access to the Internet at home, work, or on the road?

Try checking out one of the WiFi hotspots now available through PPLD! Click here to place a hold on a hotspot.

The tablets are available to patrons ages 12 and over who have had a PPLD library card for at least 90 days. They check out for three weeks. Overdue fines $1 per day with $20 maximum ($100 if item is lost).

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Comics Plus

Comics Plus: Library Edition is the new digital revolution bringing thousands of digital graphic novels and comics are only a click away!

PPLD has thousands digital graphic novels and comics available to read on any web-connected device. We have recently partnered with iVerse Media to provide you with an incredible collection of titles via their Comics Plus: Library Edition. This revolutionary digital collection includes every genre you could wish for: fiction, non-fiction, fantasy, thrillers, romance, indie comics, Sunday funnies, and manga!

How do you find these books? Click on CyberShelf at ppld.org and visit the eBooks link. The ComicsPlus database is free to use with your PPLD library card! From there you can fill your virtual bookshelf with any title you choose to read. When you do place titles onto your bookshelf, you will see an orange banner running diagonally across the upper right corner of the cover. This tells you how many days you have left to read the title. When the seven days are completed, the book is automatically returned-and you don’t have to do a thing!

Please feel free to browse the collection as we are sure you will discover an entire world of storytelling you never knew existed! Of course there are hundreds of titles and series that you will recognize: Doonesbury, Bleach, Archie, Sonic the Hedgehog, Naruto, Dilbert, Cathy, Garfield, Red Sonja, The Shadow... it is a virtual tidal wave of digital graphic novels and comics. Among the many publishers we have are Archie Comics, Papercutz, Andrews McMeel, VIZ Media, Ape Entertainment, Dynamite, Graphic Classics, and many, many more!

What’s even better is that you can read them from any place you have a web connection and on any device: tablet, PC, smart phone... You can even read them on gaming systems!

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PPLD Friends amazon.com storefront

The Friends of the Pikes Peak Library District are now selling books online, through Amazon. The Friends growing online collection features an assortment of both non-fiction and fiction, including history, textbooks, best-sellers and more.

You can see the collection on our Amazon Storefront at Amazon.com/shops/FriendsofPPLD. Purchases benefit Pikes Peak Library District. Now you can purchase books for yourself and help us provide books for others. If you have questions, contact Charleen Bader at friendsofppld@gmail.com.

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Kristina Winnett

PPLD's Maker in Residence for October and November 2015 was Kristina Winnett, a self-taught mixed-media artist who has spent most of her life in Colorado Springs. Choosing to pursue studies in the Sciences in college, she longed to participate in artistic processes, yet felt that required a natural ability to draw. Having always been crafty, she found Art Journaling (the combination of Art and Words) in 2005. It was love at first site, because the first rule of Art Journaling is that there are no rules. This medium is such an easy and non-intimidating way to jump into the playfulness of creativity, that even a trained scientist could do it. She longs to share this passion with all who wish to create something personal and meaningful, yet have felt intimidated to begin.

PREVIOUS MAKERS/ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE

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All Pikes Peak Reads 2015

Pikes Peak Library District’s annual community reads project, All Pikes Peak Reads (APPR), is celebrating its 14th year in 2015!

PPLD’s theme for 2015 is Transformation @ Elevation. This year’s APPR selections all relate to characters that are transformed by extraordinary circumstances.

The 2015 titles are: In the Kingdom of Ice by Hampton Sides and Smarter Than You Think by Clive Thompson.

Young adult readers will also be able to participate in APPR. The Teen selection for 2015 is the graphic novel American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang.

The Children’s selections are Wonder by RJ Palacio and, for very young readers, the picture book I’m Gonna Climb a Mountain in My Patent Leather Shoes by Marilyn Singer.

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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.

Tutoring at Sand Creek Library all summer. See below for fall starting dates at other locations.

When: Mondays, 3:15 - 6:15 p.m.
Where: Manitou Springs Library
Registration is required at Manitou Springs Library.
First session will be in September. Check back for dates.

When: Mondays, 3:30 - 7 p.m.
Where: Monument Library
First session is Sept. 12, 2016.

When: Mondays, 5 - 7 p.m.
Where: High Prairie Library
First session is Aug. 15, 2016.

When: Wednesdays, 3:30 - 6 p.m.
Where: Library 21c
First session is Sept. 14, 2016.

When: Thursdays, 4 - 6 p.m.
Where: East Library
First session will be in September. Check back for dates.

When: Saturdays, 10 a.m. - noon
Where: Sand Creek Library
Last session for 2016 is on May 21.
Summer session at Sand Creek starts on June 11.

No appointment necessary, just drop on in!

AfterMath won't take place during library or school holidays. If the school district closes because of snow or weather, AfterMath is cancelled.

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Get involved in building a local writing community at Library 21c. This adult group meets to discuss creative writing: fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. We will offer the opportunity to read and workshop existing projects, writing exercises, writing support, and more. Contact the writing group facilitator at (719) 884-9800, x6345 if you are interested in getting your writing on the list for the month's feedback and discussion.

  • When: First Thursday of each month from 6 - 8 p.m. (beginning Sept. 3)
  • Where: Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.

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