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

What's New!

The Independent Film Society of Colorado will be showing two films at the Tim Gill Center for Public Media, 315 E. Costilla St. Admission to bother screenings is FREE, but donations to Indy GIVE will be encouraged. Refreshments will be available for purchase.

  • Thu., Nov. 21 at 7 p.m.: The World’s End
  • Thu., Dec. 19 at 7 p.m.: The Lone Ranger

For more information, contact kim.peterson@ifsoc.org or (719) 290-3126.

The Tim Gill Center is an initiative led by Rocky Mountain PBS in local partnership with University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, Radio Colorado College KRCC 91.5FM, Pikes Peak Community College, Pikes Peak Library District, and the Rocky Mountain Community Radio group's 16 public radio partners.

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PPLD.org has reached a major milestone: 10,000 entries! PPLD staff has contributed a staggering amount of information to the website in the three years it has been around in this iteration, making PPLD.org an accurate, up-to-date, and comprehensive representation of Pikes Peak Library District as a whole. Join us in congratulating our hard-working staff on this great accomplishment!

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When Vanika Hans was given a school assignment to start a project that benefits the community, she didn’t want to just go through the motions. “I didn’t want to do it just for the requirement,” she said, “but to actually help the community with something.” Hans, a 17-year-old attending Discovery Canyon High School, knew she loved to dance and thought she could use that talent to organize a donation-based dance camp for children. She is a patron of both the Briargate and Monument libraries in Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD) and thought that donating the money to help support the Library’s new facility at 1175 Chapel Hills Drive would be a huge benefit to her community.

From June 19 through August 17, Hans taught two classes per week – one in the basement of her house and one at a local fire station. Hans said that she had about 25 students attend between the two classes and managed to raise $805 through her efforts to support the new library. Some of the parents work for FedEx and Verizon, and these companies were both willing to match the donations of their employees!

Hans presented her donation to the Library at the October 15 PPLD Board of Trustees meeting. Hans said she plans to keep teaching dancing to support herself in college, where she thinks she will pursue a degree in biochemical engineering.

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World Book Night

World Book Night U.S. is a celebration of books and reading that will be held on April 23, 2014, when 25,000 passionate volunteers across America give a total of half a million books within their communities to those who don’t regularly read.

Each year, 30 books are chosen by an independent panel of librarians and booksellers. The authors of the books waive their royalties and the publishers agree to pay the costs of producing the specially-printed World Book Night U.S. editions.

On October 24, book titles were announced, and you can now apply to personally hand out 20 copies of a particular title in the community. World Book Night U.S. vets the applications, and the givers are chosen based on their ability to reach light and non-readers. The selected givers choose a local participating bookstore or library from which to pick up the 20 copies of their book, and World Book Night U.S. delivers the books to these host locations.

Givers pick up their books in the week before World Book Night, and East Library (5550 N. Union Blvd.) is a pick-up location you can select. On April 23, they give their books to those who don’t regularly read and/or people who don’t normally have access to printed books, for reasons of means or access.

To apply to be a giver, click here.

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Neil Gaiman: Why Our Future Depends on Libraries

In a recent lecture, celebrated author Neil Gaiman discussed among other things why libraries are so important to the future, how important it is to read for pleasure, and how there is no such thing as a bad children's book.

"... Libraries are about freedom. Freedom to read, freedom of ideas, freedom of communication. They are about education (which is not a process that finishes the day we leave school or university), about entertainment, about making safe spaces, and about access to information."

Read the transcript in its entirety here.

Search for Neil Gaiman in the Catalog

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Tom Clancy

Tom Clancy (April 12, 1947 – October 1, 2013) was an American author best known for his technically detailed espionage and military science story lines that are set during and in the aftermath of the Cold War 1.

Clancy's books were made into several successful films, including The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games, and Clear and Present Danger.

Click here for a list of titles by Tom Clancy in the Catalog.

Leave a comment with your favorite Tom Clancy book or movie!

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Isabel Song, a member of TAB (Teens at Briargate), has a dream. One that is beautiful and ambitious in its scope. This dream has been highlighted by The Huffington Post and even Taylor Swift herself. Great article, Isabel, and we here at PPLD wish you every success in your endeavor.

Read 'Why I Dedicate My Life to Childhood Cancer'

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Hey kids! Come join us at Ruth Holley Library for a fun time making fabulous crafts. We'll provide the supplies, you bring your creativity. Light snacks will be served.

When: Fridays, 4 - 5:30 p.m.
Where: Ruth Holley Library

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