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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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New Library

The goal of the 21st Century Library is to provide exactly what you need, in the format you desire, at the very moment it will benefit you most. At Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD) this means focusing on convenience and consistency, and harnessing technology to provide superior services for the entire community. As part of its plan to develop 21st Century Library service in the Pikes Peak region, PPLD has purchased 112,000 square feet of space for a new facility in north-central Colorado Springs. The building was purchased using a portion of accumulated fund balance and the current operating budget by the District in early 2012 for $3.75 million. When complete, this facility will provide resources to the entire community and offer unique opportunities to engage with and contribute to the library collection.

“The purchase of the building at such a discount is certainly a benefit for the district and re-use of existing space will benefit the community as the building had been vacant for almost a decade,” said PPLD Board of Trustees President Kathleen Owings. “With this new project we are working to redefine libraries in the future and build a model for other libraries across the nation to replicate.”

“The transformation of this building into a 21st Century Library will be one of the biggest things to happen to this library district in the last couple of decades,” said PPLD Executive Director Paula Miller. “It will be a model for libraries, not just in our District, but also in the state, and, we hope, nationally.”

Expanding into New Places

On October 31, 2012, PPLD announced the selection of GE Johnson Construction Company and the Humphries Poli (HPA) library design firm to create a regional library at 1175 Chapel Hills Drive. The undertaking has been dubbed “The Tri-Building Project,” because the new facility will also affect service delivery at PPLD’s East, Penrose, and Briargate libraries.

“We looked at a number of factors in making this decision,” said PPLD Executive Director Paula Miller, “like creativity of the proposal, innovation, experience, as well as the approach to the project. One of the things we loved about this group is that they have an aggressive timeline for us. We will be moving forward very quickly.” A preliminary timeline provided by GE Johnson/HPA projects behind-the-scenes administrative services moving into the location by March of 2013 and an opening for a portion of the public library by January of 2014.

A History of Successful Libraries

The GE Johnson/HPA collaboration began over 10 years ago. Since then, this team has helped the District with many projects, including the renovation at Sand Creek Library and the recent construction of the High Prairie Library in Falcon, Colo. This build/design team brings vast experience in library programming and thoughtful design, as well as local knowledge of the Colorado Springs construction market, a reputation for quality and strong relationships with both Pikes Peak Regional Building and Planning and PPLD.

Led by GE Johnson Construction Executive Fred Wolfe, the team consists of Dennis Humphries, a principal of Humphries Poli architects with experience working on nearly 60 libraries; Ryan Wallace, an architectural project manager who has successfully navigated the LEED process for several LEED Gold libraries; and Ozi Friedrich, a library design specialist who holds a masters degree in both Architecture and Library Information Science.

This team has helped the District conduct public focus group meetings in the past, including soliciting community input before construction began at both the Sand Creek and High Prairie community libraries. The process for PPLD’s newest facility will be no different. The GE Johnson/Humphries Poli team is committed to a design/build process that establishes a relationship with the community.

“We’re so excited about this project,” said lead architect Dennis Humphries. “People across the country will be looking at this project as an example of how to use resources and put the latest and greatest in technology to work in serving the public.”

Working Together

There are many ways you can become involved in planning for the 21st Century Library. Things to watch for include:

  • Focus Groups and Advisory Teams
  • Public Feedback Surveys
  • Volunteer Projects
  • Giving Opportunities

This ambitious project will require public and private support. Fundraising is already underway to underwrite our exciting redefinition of the library at the heart of the 21st century community.

"The Tri-Building Project is over 70% funded through savings from the general fund, but it requires another 30%, between $3 and $4 million, to maximize this opportunity to create the 21st Century Library,” said Jim Weller, President-elect of the PPLD Foundation. “The scope of the project will look for donations of cash and gifts-in-kind at any level.”

PPLD's planning process will offer everyone an opportunity to invest in the future of the Pikes Peak region. “If you are interested in helping us reach this ambitious goal, please call the PPLD Foundation,” said Weller. The PPLD Foundation can be contacted at 719-531-6333, x2205.

Join Us

Please join us! Meeting times will be announced to the public in advance and the team will offer 24/7 communication on the project at ppld.org/, including meeting minutes, drawings, charts, photographs, models, and more. Your participation will be invaluable in creating a strong sense of civic pride when the library is complete.

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PPLD Foundation

Three new board members have been elected to the Pikes Peak Library District Foundation to serve 3-year terms, beginning in January of 2013: Donald Fulop, Aje Sakamoto, and Dale Condit.

Donald Fulop served as Vice President of Business Development for Lockheed Martin from 1991 - 2011 and was responsible for all aspects of business development operations, as well as strategic and long-range planning. In addition to business development, Fulop also has 7 years of experience as an engineer and 15 years of experience in program management.

Aje Sakamoto is a senior systems engineer with Booz Allen Hamilton with more than 15 years of success applying analytical troubleshooting and project management skills as a consultant to corporate and governmental entities. Sakamoto has previously participated in several trustee and advisory boards, including Leadership Pikes Peak and Pikes Peak Library District.

Dale Condit spent nearly 24 years in the United States Air Force, retiring as a Colonel. During his service, he worked in research, advanced technology, education, and program management. After retiring from the Air Force, Condit went on to serve as president of Leadership 1st, Inc., providing consulting and executive mentoring in leadership, teamwork development, and program management.

The Pikes Peak Library District Foundation also recently elected a new slate of officers: President Jim Weller, Stockmens Bank; Vice President Lynne Telford, Care And Share Food Bank; and Secretary Treasurer Larry Sharrar, former Chief Counsel for Lockheed Martin.

The Pikes Peak Library District Foundation exists to provide for the Library's current and long-term needs by raising funds from individuals, businesses, charitable foundations and government agencies. The Foundation helps individuals establish a personal legacy to the Library through annual giving and bequests to programs, capital projects and the Library's endowment.

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