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Paula Miller

Paula J. Miller, Pikes Peak Library District Executive Director, will be leaving El Paso County’s celebrated library system to head up the Baltimore County Public Library System in Baltimore, Maryland, late this summer.

Miller assumed the role of Executive Director for PPLD in 2006. She leaves behind an award-winning District poised to transform library service with the opening of Library 21c, PPLD’s showplace for 21st century library service.

Miller led the District during one of its biggest periods of transformation.

In 2007, the District completed renovation of the Old Colorado City Carnegie Library, a busy community library dedicated to serving the city's west side. The project brought the historic building into the 21st century both technologically and structurally, while maintaining the integrity of the original design.

In August of that same year, PPLD opened the East Teen Center in the East Library. The ETC provides a space for teens that includes teen books and magazines, study rooms, computers, a gaming area, and a fun place to hang out in the library.

In 2008, PPLD expanded services to senior facilities throughout the region with a new mobile services van. PPLD also purchased a new bookmobile, funded primarily from a grant from the Colorado Department of Transportation. The bookmobile is used to service rural county locations.

In 2009, renovation on the Sand Creek Library was completed, providing increased computer access, PPLD's first drive-thru holds pick up, and expanded collections and meeting space.

In 2010, PPLD incorporated radio frequency identification technology (RFID) into its collection and all facilities. The District also opened the High Prairie Library in Falcon, a project funded in great part by a grant from the Colorado Department of Transportation.

In 2011, the Library Express, a vending machine stocked with popular books and DVDs, began operation in the First & Main Town Center, giving PPLD its first presence on the Powers Corridor.

In 2013, Manitou Springs Public Library joined Pikes Peak Library District following a ballot initiative which was passed by citizens of Manitou Springs in the November 2012 election.

Under Miller’s leadership, PPLD has been on the cutting edge of the national transformation of libraries into a new century. The innovative services and spaces our local libraries have been offering to individuals and businesses to learn, collaborate, and succeed will be showcased in Miller’s signature accomplishment, the new Library 21c. It is a model that will expand to East and Penrose libraries and beyond to PPLD’s 11 community libraries. These improvements will be funded, in part, through the District’s ongoing $3.9 million Capital Campaign.

Kathleen Owings, President of the Pikes Peak Library District Board of Trustees, stated “Paula Miller and the PPLD staff have worked together with the Board of Trustees to develop a model for libraries to meet the resource needs of our community. After the grand opening of Library 21c this summer, we will continue to transform the other libraries in the District. Paula will now be able to take the concept of 21st century library service into another community.”

The Pikes Peak Library District Board of Trustees will be conducting a national search for Miller’s replacement.

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PPLD recently conducted a video contest in which entrants were asked to create a video of 60 seconds or less letting us know why PPLD Rocks. Here are the winners:

First Place:

Second Place:

Third Place:

Judging was very difficult because we received so many other wonderful entries:

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The Goldfinch

The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt, was awarded the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

"...a beautifully written coming-of-age novel with exquisitely drawn characters that follows a grieving boy’s entanglement with a small famous painting that has eluded destruction, a book that stimulates the mind and touches the heart."

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On behalf of the Pikes Peak Poet Laureate Project selection committee and program organizers, the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region (COPPeR) is pleased to announce that Janice Gould has been selected as the 2014-2016 Pikes Peak Poet Laureate. An accomplished poet and educator, Dr. Gould is an associate professor in Women’s and Ethnic Studies at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, where she developed and directs the concentration in Native American Studies. “I'm honored, very pleased, and looking forward to becoming the next ambassador for poetry in our community,” said Dr. Gould. She will succeed Price Strobridge, who served as Pikes Peak Poet Laureate from 2012-2014.

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Gazette reporter and Colorado Springs native, David Philipps, won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting.

"...for expanding the examination of how wounded combat veterans are mistreated, focusing on loss of benefits for life after discharge by the Army for minor offenses, stories augmented with digital tools and stirring congressional action. "

Click here to read the Pulitzer Prize winning series, Other Than Honorable.

Congratulations to David Philipps and The Gazette!

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kid punches dinosaur

cool science festivalPPLD's Video Center hosted another fantastic green screen experience on Saturday, April 12, at the Big Cool Science Festival at Colorado College. This time, budding scientists and engineers had an opportunity to visit Mars, hang out in Tesla's lab, or stand on a strand of DNA. Need proof? Take a look at the evidence in our flickr set.

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Special Collections at Pikes Peak Library District has just published online the Waldo Canyon Fire Digital Collection, consisting of reports, press releases, maps, photographs, videos and oral history interviews relating to the fire that devastated Colorado Springs in 2012. The collection contains materials created by local, state and federal agencies, interviews with affected residents and first responders conducted by Pikes Peak Library District, as well as powerful photographs, made by Colorado Springs residents and donated to PPLD, of the fire and its aftermath. It is intended to provide a comprehensive collection of documents for researchers today and long into the future.

With more than 400 items in the collection currently, it is expected to grow significantly in the coming months as more materials are added. Explore the Waldo Canyon Fire Digital Collection on Pikes Peak Library District’s Digital Collections site at ppld.org/digital-collections.

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The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

With over 300 votes cast, the winner of the PPLD 2014 Book Madness is
The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green! Thank you for participating!


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Downton Abbey Tea and Tour Raises Funds for 21st Century Library Campaign

Guests arrived at Grace and St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in period dress and with their favorite tea cup for the Downton Abbey Tea and Tour, benefitting PPLD’s 21st Century Library Campaign. As harpist played, guests participated in Downton Abbey trivia, enjoyed British treats from local bakeries and sipped tea served from beautiful silver tea sets provided by Montague’s Parlour. Docents gave tours of the Church, explaining the fascinating history behind the Gothic Revival structure and the ornate stained glass and décor. Mr. Carson, Don Moon of Red Herring Productions, made an appearance for the evening and had his picture with guests in their lovely period outfits. To view pictures from the evening please click here.

Many thanks to all that participated in the Downton Abbey Tea and Tour!

Thank you to Downton Abbey Tea and Tour sponsors:

Boonzaaijer Bakery
Grace and St. Stephens Episcopal Church
Montague's Parlour
Oliver's Delicatessen
Renee Harp Studios
Toni and Guy Hair Dressing Academy
Willy's Emporium
Wisdom Tea House

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Jack Rinedollar of Rocky Mountain Sertoma recently presented a check for $7,000 to Pikes Peak Library District. The money will allow the District to install an “inductive loop” in its 400-person auditorium and various other rooms at its new facility, Library 21c, when it opens in June 2014.

The Audio Frequency Induction Loop is a way of transmitting sound through a wire loop to the telecoil in a hearing aid. Loops are used to improve speech intelligibility for hearing aid users by eliminating background noise. Background noise can completely block the voice of the speaker for many hearing aid users. With the loop, hearing aid users may hear nearly as well as those with normal hearing.

Rocky Mountain Sertoma is one of 10 local Sertoma clubs. Each club has a primary mission to provide assistance to hearing- and speech-impaired individuals. Since 1988, through a District project called “HEARS,” the individual clubs provide support and donations for audiology services and new hearing aids for hearing-impaired, low-income individuals who cannot afford to purchase them.

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