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

What's New!

With another fire ravaging our community, PPLD is endeavoring to help out as best we can.

  • We have assembled a comprehensive list of resources related to the Black Forest Fire, which has been posted to our website ppld.org.
  • Our High Prairie Library (7035 Old Meridian Rd., Falcon) is offering Internet access and laptops for in-library use to anyone affected by the Black Forest Fire, whether they have a library card or not.
  • In addition, PPLD is providing laptops for use at the Red Cross Shelter at New Life Church (11035 Voyager Pkwy., Colorado Springs). UPDATE: The New Life Church shelter has been closed due to heavy smoke. Evacuees are transferring to Palmer Ridge High School. We are also delivering a variety of power supplies and adapters for various smart phones, tablets, and laptops to the Red Cross Shelter at Palmer Ridge High School (19255 Monument Rd., Monument).
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Black Forest Fire Information
If you have Library materials that were destroyed or damaged in the Black Forest fire please visit the Library. If the items were destroyed, please bring a photo ID. We prefer that you bring damaged items to the desk to protect other materials in our book returns from smoke and moisture. If your house or car were broken into during the fire, please bring a copy of the police report.

Our hearts go out to our patrons affected by the fires. Here are some resources to help you:

Current Information

How to Help

Local Updates and Assistance

Maps

Shelter Information

 

Lessons from Waldo Canyon Fire - Evacuation

In the PPLD TV video below, residents, firefighters, and police officers share their advice and remembrances about evacuating during The Waldo Canyon Fire.

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Cheyenne Mountain Library's Paws to Read Program Featured in the Gazette

Cheyenne Mountain Library's Paws to Read dog, Sadie, is featured in The Gazette:

http://gazette.com/article/153449

Paws to Read encourages children to read to a furry friend to practice their reading skills.

Cheyenne Mountain Paws to Read is on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Paws to Read also happens at other PPLD libraries. For a full Paws to Read schedule, click here.

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Booktalking Colorado is Back!

Colorado's premier booktalking website is back with a new and improved look and function.
Booktalking Colorado was conceived by PPLD's Teen Services Team to assist other library districts with preparing and presenting booktalks to teens. Booktalking Colorado contains full length booktalks on current and classic titles with a focus on middle school students.

Check it out!

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In response to feedback from patrons, statistical data and observation, and the integration of Manitou Springs Community Library, the PPLD Board of Trustees voted unanimously to increase the District's operating hours by 52.

The changes, effective Monday, April 15, will be:

  • All PPLD facilities, with the exception of Ute Pass, Palmer Lake, and Manitou Springs libraries, will open at 9 a.m., Monday through Thursday.
  • Manitou Springs Community Library will add eight hours of service. The new hours at Manitou Springs will be 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. from Monday - Thursday, and 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
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Book a Librarian

Can’t find the information you need? Have a research project? Pikes Peak Library District has a brand new program to help you.

Professional librarians at the East and Penrose Libraries are available to assist you with your information needs, whether you are looking for a great book to read, starting a business, or researching local history.

Research topics include, but are not limited to, finding materials for children or teens, locating health and wellness information, beginning legal research, and finding grant information for nonprofits. If you would like to learn how to search the library’s catalog or subscription databases more efficiently, we can help you with that too.

Begin by completing the online form on our website. From our home page (ppld.org), click on Research and select Book a Librarian. You can also locate the service by clicking on the dropdown arrow under "How do I?" on the left side of the home page and selecting Book a Librarian.

Fill out the form with your information, including your library card number. If your research request differs from the options provided, describe your question or research need in as much detail as possible.
We’ll look at your request and determine the best person on our staff to meet with you based on expertise and availability. We’ll get back to you as soon as we can to schedule your appointment. Appointments may be scheduled for up to one hour at either the East or Penrose Library.

The Book a Librarian service is open to any PPLD cardholder. We cannot offer advice (e.g., medical, legal, investment) except to advise users of reputable sources of evaluative information. Also, we cannot offer troubleshooting or maintenance help with personal computers or devices. However, computer classes are available at several PPLD locations.

For questions, you can contact PPLD by email, chat, phone, or in person at any of our fourteen locations.

By Delaina Massie, PPLD Librarian

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PPLD I.T. Officer Carolyn Coulter demonstrates a 3D printer.

At a special event held at Penrose Library on Wednesday, February 13, El Pomar Foundation announced it had approved a challenge grant of $750,000 to support the Library’s Tri-Building Project to create a 21st Century library system, which will bring significant improvements to Pikes Peak Library District.

The funds from El Pomar are earmarked for use at PPLD’s Penrose Library, but the funds will allow for wider District-wide improvements at PPLD, including renovations and upgrades at PPLD’s East Library and the opening of a new facility in 2014 at 1175 Chapel Hills Drive as well. PPLD’s new facility will feature content creation areas for creative professionals, business incubation and hoteling space for small businesses and nonprofits, enhanced areas for job seekers to find career assistance, and much more!

El Pomar’s generous grant will allow the Library to move forward on construction and renovation in 2013, with a projected opening of the new facility in 2014. The challenge grant is contingent upon The Pikes Peak Library District Foundation raising $3.15 million by January 1, 2016.

“This is thrilling news for the Library District,” said Dolores Fowler, Executive Officer of the PPLD Foundation. “This grant from El Pomar will allow us to challenge the community to get behind the public library to help us create a 21st Century Library District.”

Specific changes coming to Penrose Library include an improved Teen area, more meeting rooms, and more space for community collaboration.

Improvements will be coming to East Library as well, including a children’s story theater and opening up the entire second floor for use as a public computer lab and meeting area.

“We want our libraries to be ‘Third Places,’ comfortable places for people to come hang out when they’re not at home or at work,” said PPLD Executive Director Paula Miller.

PPLD is excited to work with the community to create libraries of the 21st Century that provide exactly what patrons need, in the format they desire, at the very moment when it will benefit them most. Toward that end, the Library has launched a new website, ppld.org/21CenturyLibrary. The site will feature regular updates on the Tri-Building Project, announcements about upcoming events and changes, and even a few fun contests. Please visit the website over the coming months to keep updated on the project, and send us your favorite “Third Place” photos for our first contest, Third Place: I Love This Space!

History of El Pomar Foundation support for Pikes Peak Library District

1966: El Pomar Foundation awarded a $2.2 million grant to build a new downtown facility, later named the Penrose Public Library

1968: July 15, the Penrose Public Library is dedicated. The facility is built with funds from the El Pomar Foundation during H. Chase Stone’s tenure as president

1992: El Pomar donated the Antlers Garage to PPLD

1995: Renovation on the 32-year-old Penrose Public Library begins with a leadership gift from El Pomar Foundation

1999: Renovation of Penrose Public Library is complete with a leadership grant from the El Pomar Foundation

2003: The 1905 Carnegie Library reopened, housing Special Collections and the El Pomar Nonprofit Resource Center. made possible by a leadership gift from El Pomar Foundation. El Pomar provided $1 for every $2 raised in El Paso County up to $600,000.

2006: El Pomar Foundation selects the Fountain Community Library as a finalist in its Award for Excellence in the Community category and awards the District $7,500.

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Programming from Scratch

Drop in on the Rockrimmon Library to experiment with Scratch, a simplified programming language for telling stories, making games, and having fun. Intended for the young, but fun for anyone with an interest.

  • When: Second Saturday of each month, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
  • Where: Rockrimmon Library, 832 Village Center Dr.

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Speak French

PPLD is pleased to offer Speak French at East Library (5550 N. Union Blvd.). This group is a conversation group for non-native speakers who wish to practice French. Some French language skills are recommended.

The group meets on the first and third Tuesdays of each month from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. No registration is required for this free program.

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What do you get when you give "kindie" musician Steve Weeks and PPLD TV producer/director Dave Franklyn access to paper, glue, scissors, cardboard, paint, and string? Watch the new music video for Steve’s latest single “Change of Heart” and you’ll find out!

The video, directed and edited by Franklyn, is a colorful romp through an arts and crafts world filled with dancing home-made puppets. This simple approach provides the perfect backdrop to the new single, an up-tempo bluegrass tune about a greedy pig, a grumpy hound dog and Little Miss Fuddy Dud, who all discover that it’s never too late to turn a new leaf over. “When Dave started talking about paper pigs and cardboard clouds, I thought maybe he’d lost his mind”, says Weeks, “but I’ve learned to just trust his artistic vision.”

Weeks has already made his mark on the national music scene with four critically acclaimed CDs, multiple #1 hits on Sirius XM satellite radio channel 78 (Kids Place Live), and a first place award in the USA Songwriting Competition children's music category.

Franklyn, who produces films for the Telly Award-winning PPLD Video Production Center, also directed the live action music video to Steve’s hit single “Bartleby Finkleton Will Not Take a Bath.”

Greedy Pig, an accomplished paper puppet and star of the film claims to be an Oscar contender for his role, although few believe that he is cut out for it.

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