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Black Forest Fire

Pikes Peak Library District wants to preserve the record of the historic Black Forest Fire and its effects on our community. We are doing this in a couple of ways:

  • We are collecting images for an online photo gallery, which you can send to photos@ppld.org. Feel free to include any personal accounts associated with the image, which we will use as a caption. Please note that we cannot receive email attachments larger than 8 megabytes at a time. If you have multiple images, please send them individually. Please limit your submission to five photos total.
  • In addition, we are seeking video and high-resolution photos for our Special Collections archives for the use of future researchers. If you have video or high-res pictures you would like to donate to our collection, please email us at photos@ppld.org with “Archives” in the subject line so that we can arrange acquisition of your photo or video. Do not email your high-resolution images, but you can send samples. Keep in mind we have an 8 megabyte attachment limit. Please do not email video files, but links to online streaming (YouTube, etc.) of your video footage are okay.

Here are some of the photos we have collected so far.

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PPLD would like to thank Major General Mike and Elinor Ingelido, Carnegie Society Members, for their gift to the children of Cheyenne Mountain Library.

Thank You

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Update: Tri-Building Project Fund Raising

PPLD wants to share some good news with you. Last week, we received a $150,000 grant from the Mary K. Chapman Foundation. It will be paid out over 3 years at $50,000 per year. That brings us to $1.25 million pledged and raised to date! Since we started out with $3.9 million to raise, that leaves us with about $2.65 million to raise over the next 3 years.

We also named campaign co-chairs from the community to help us raise the remaining funds needed for the Tri-Building Project. Laura Muir, President and Owner of Momentum Advertising and Craig Anderson, Partner with NAI Highland Commercial Real Estate and current PPLD Foundation Board member, have agreed to serve for 12 months to get us through the next $1.5 million. They worked on the successful fundraising for the 1905 Carnegie Library restoration.

Finally, the three PPLD volunteer Boards; Trustees, Friends, and Foundation, met last week to pledge their commitments to the Tri-Building Project. The Boards are coordinated and attached is the Campaign Structure that we will coordinate our efforts to successfully raise these funds.

Thank you for your support and stay tuned!

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Postcard for September

Beginning in June, and continuing for the next eighteen months, PPLD’s Special Collections will be releasing a free postcard featuring notable women who have made important contributions to the city of Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region.

Each card will contain a small biographical description inviting you to learn more about these extraordinary women. You can drop by Special Collections in the 1905 Carnegie at Penrose Library to receive your postcard.

The images on the postcards are all from PPLD’s Photo Archives, housed in the 1905 Carnegie. Photographs constitute one of Special Collections’ most valuable resources. Numbering more than 500,000 items, the archive contains images depicting Colorado Springs, the Pikes Peak region, Colorado, the Rocky Mountain West, and the Southwest. Collections include a wide variety of formats and processes including glass plate negatives, stereo views, postcards, albumen prints, and cyanotypes, as well as negatives, slides, silver gelatin prints, and born-digital images.

Over 11,000 of these images have been digitized and can be easily searched through our Digital Photo Archives at photos.ppld.org.

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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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