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Library 21c is currently undergoing renovation.

Stakeholders of Pikes Peak Library District have spent more than five years developing a model of 21st century library service for the Pikes Peak region, but efforts will only start in earnest with the opening of the new library facility in June of this year. From that moment on, PPLD will begin to implement, replicate, and deploy its library service model for the future.

21st Century Library service is a movement at PPLD, one that employs technology and the redeployment of people to propel libraries to the center of community life. They become places where content is created and shared, and where books and other resources are linked with programs and activities. It is a movement that will affect every library in and every aspect of the district.

Central to the new model and the renewed space is the most basic of library tenets: providing access to information. Fine tuned to meet the needs of 21st century patrons, PPLD will provide exactly what the patron needs, in the format they desire, at the very moment it will benefit them most: aka “speed sourcing” for the 21st Century.

PPLD’s new library facility, located at 1175 Chapel Hills Drive and slated to open in June, is the prototype and “launch pad” for 21st century library service. Its state-of-the-art spaces and resources will make it the first of its kind in the country.

As work began on selecting a name for the new facility, several considerations came into play: this is a modern facility that will serve our entire service region and beyond; it’s a model and a resource that will move everyone forward; it’s the library of our shared future. The 21st Century Library needs a name that says just that.

With all of this in mind, PPLD will name its new facility Library 21c.

It is a simple, compelling name that invites curiosity and that suits the services and spaces the building will contain: Hot Spot, eHelp, Make, Hub. It suits the mission it will fulfill: to announce that libraries are new and innovative.

Some of the spaces and resources that fit especially well include The Venue at 21c and 21central, a portal for critical community information, and especially C3 the Creative Computer Commons.

Library 21c, approved by PPLD’s Board of Trustees in late February, also reflects the transition going on in library resources from the traditional to the virtual, and beyond, to the concept of creating and co-creating. PPLD wants the community to recognize the shift in public libraries – and to value that change.

Work on the new facility and East and Penrose libraries continues. Information on the project and ways to support it can be found online at ppld.org/21centurylibrary.

Leaders at PPLD find the “c” component edgy and flexible, “c” for century; “c” for change; “c” for connections; “c” for create; “c” for community. Programs, partnerships, and new services will build on the name in creative and appealing ways, such as PPLD’s 21catalyst: Crowdsourcing for Entrepreneurs and Nonprofits, and 21cents: The Campaign to Grow Young Philanthropists.

“We see this as our opportunity to take the edge and make it our own. The community has C4C [City for Champions]. There is a push to think differently, act in new ways, and create change,” said Paula Miller, PPLD’s Executive Director. “Library 21c is our addition to that movement. Think: 21c – your 21st century library. We’ve given the region over a hundred years of excellence … Library 21c lets us declare the next century of extraordinary public library service.”

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A great time was had by all at 'A Novel Evening: The Great Gatsby', a special event benefiting the Manitou Springs Library.

Check out our photos!

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Pikes Peak Library District has acquired Gale Virtual Reference Library, an online eBook platform from Gale, part of Cengage Learning. Cardholders can now access reference eBooks from multiple publishers on a variety of topics.

Gale Virtual Reference Library offers content for patrons of all ages – children and students can enjoy full-color and non-fiction titles, educators can access professional development titles, scholars can access publications from university and academic presses and professionals can access business resources.

Give it a try!

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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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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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