What's New!

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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Beginning on Monday, December 3, 2012, all PPLD self-check machines will require the use of your patron PIN.

Why do I need a PIN?

A PIN (Personal Identification Number) protects your library card from unauthorized use. In the event that your card is lost or stolen, we have provided you with an extra layer of protection. The Library enabled this feature to help ensure the privacy of your Library account.

Your PIN is required when you:

  • Login to My Account on the Library’s web page
  • Check out items at a self-check station
  • Login to reserve and use a Library computer
  • Place holds on items
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The Heritage Corner at Fountain Library

The Louise (Lacey) and Allen Simpson Heritage Corner at Fountain Community Library contains information on the history of the Fountain Valley area and genealogy reference materials. We are collecting family histories from those who have lived in the area for at least fifty years, as well as other items of interest. The Heritage Corner also contains information on Fountain’s Fairview Cemetery, and some historic maps of the area.

The Heritage Corner was made possible by a generous donation from the Lacey-Simpson family.

If you are interested in learning more about the Heritage Corner or donating family histories, please call the Fountain Library at (719) 382-5347. We also have monthly genealogy classes for those interested in learning more about their family roots!

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Manitou Springs Public Library

In an historic election on November 6, Manitou Springs residents voted to have their local library become part of Pikes Peak Library District. The approved Issue 2B will raise property taxes by up to 4 mills in Manitou Springs, generating $240,000 in 2013 and allowing Manitou Springs Public Library to join PPLD and its 14 other facilities serving El Paso County.

“The positive election results for the Manitou Springs Public Library to join Pikes Peak Library District means that we are combining over a hundred years of service in each of our two library systems together,” said PPLD Executive Director Paula Miller. “With the passage of this issue, we have literally made history together. We are excited to welcome Manitou Springs into the Pikes Peak Library District. This will provide better and more consistent library service for all residents within both of our service areas.”

The Manitou Library was among proposed budget cuts in Manitou Springs before citizens petitioned to place Issue 2B on the ballot. MSPL was excited to hear that library service to Manitou Springs residents would not only continue, but be expanded.

“This is an exciting time in the life of our library and we’re thrilled to become a part of Pikes Peak Library District,” said MSPL Executive Director Margaret Morris. “This merger into such a progressive, nationally-recognized library district allows us to not only provide an abundance of additional library services to the Manitou Springs community, but to keep those services in place for many years to come. This ballot initiative always has been about sustainable library services in Manitou Springs, and the citizens recognized and showed their support with a favorable outcome.”

While the transition will not be officially effective until 2013, PPLD will soon begin issuing cards to all Manitou Springs library patrons who wish to begin using PPLD services immediately. Manitou patrons will still need their MSPL card to check out materials from the Manitou Library until the end of the year.

A celebration of this historic transition will occur at MSPL in January.

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