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Library 21c is currently undergoing renovation.

Stakeholders of Pikes Peak Library District have spent more than five years developing a model of 21st century library service for the Pikes Peak region, but efforts will only start in earnest with the opening of the new library facility in June of this year. From that moment on, PPLD will begin to implement, replicate, and deploy its library service model for the future.

21st Century Library service is a movement at PPLD, one that employs technology and the redeployment of people to propel libraries to the center of community life. They become places where content is created and shared, and where books and other resources are linked with programs and activities. It is a movement that will affect every library in and every aspect of the district.

Central to the new model and the renewed space is the most basic of library tenets: providing access to information. Fine tuned to meet the needs of 21st century patrons, PPLD will provide exactly what the patron needs, in the format they desire, at the very moment it will benefit them most: aka “speed sourcing” for the 21st Century.

PPLD’s new library facility, located at 1175 Chapel Hills Drive and slated to open in June, is the prototype and “launch pad” for 21st century library service. Its state-of-the-art spaces and resources will make it the first of its kind in the country.

As work began on selecting a name for the new facility, several considerations came into play: this is a modern facility that will serve our entire service region and beyond; it’s a model and a resource that will move everyone forward; it’s the library of our shared future. The 21st Century Library needs a name that says just that.

With all of this in mind, PPLD will name its new facility Library 21c.

It is a simple, compelling name that invites curiosity and that suits the services and spaces the building will contain: Hot Spot, eHelp, Make, Hub. It suits the mission it will fulfill: to announce that libraries are new and innovative.

Some of the spaces and resources that fit especially well include The Venue at 21c and 21central, a portal for critical community information, and especially C3 the Creative Computer Commons.

Library 21c, approved by PPLD’s Board of Trustees in late February, also reflects the transition going on in library resources from the traditional to the virtual, and beyond, to the concept of creating and co-creating. PPLD wants the community to recognize the shift in public libraries – and to value that change.

Work on the new facility and East and Penrose libraries continues. Information on the project and ways to support it can be found online at ppld.org/21centurylibrary.

Leaders at PPLD find the “c” component edgy and flexible, “c” for century; “c” for change; “c” for connections; “c” for create; “c” for community. Programs, partnerships, and new services will build on the name in creative and appealing ways, such as PPLD’s 21catalyst: Crowdsourcing for Entrepreneurs and Nonprofits, and 21cents: The Campaign to Grow Young Philanthropists.

“We see this as our opportunity to take the edge and make it our own. The community has C4C [City for Champions]. There is a push to think differently, act in new ways, and create change,” said Paula Miller, PPLD’s Executive Director. “Library 21c is our addition to that movement. Think: 21c – your 21st century library. We’ve given the region over a hundred years of excellence … Library 21c lets us declare the next century of extraordinary public library service.”


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A great time was had by all at 'A Novel Evening: The Great Gatsby', a special event benefiting the Manitou Springs Library.

Check out our photos!

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Pikes Peak Library District has acquired Gale Virtual Reference Library, an online eBook platform from Gale, part of Cengage Learning. Cardholders can now access reference eBooks from multiple publishers on a variety of topics.

Gale Virtual Reference Library offers content for patrons of all ages – children and students can enjoy full-color and non-fiction titles, educators can access professional development titles, scholars can access publications from university and academic presses and professionals can access business resources.

Give it a try!

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Ent Federal Credit Union Conference Center

Pikes Peak Library District’s new facility located at 1175 Chapel Hills Drive (set to open in the summer of 2014) has gained a community partner for its business center. Ent Federal Credit Union announced this month that it would be sponsoring the Ent Federal Credit Union Conference Center to support local business at the Library.

“Ent has been a longtime supporter of Pikes Peak Library District and believes it really adds value to our community,” said Ent Federal Credit Union Executive Vice President Barbara Winter.

“With the new library’s focus on business incubation, we’re really excited about the new capabilities that businesses and nonprofits will have and wanted to sponsor an area that would allow people to come to the library and use it in new ways,” Winter said. “The Ent Federal Credit Union Conference Center will provide that.”

The conference center is equipped with the latest communication technology that will give businesses and community groups a high-tech edge. The new facility will spearhead PPLD’s continuing expansion into providing cutting-edge technology and materials in support of 21st Century students and workers.
Ent’s support has helped The Library District’s 21st Century Library Capital Campaign efforts reach 40% of the total fundraising goal of $3.9 million needed to renovate the newest regional library in the District and to partially renovate East and Penrose libraries. The Campaign has currently raised $1,562,953 in outright cash and pledges.

Fundraising will leverage more than $ 10 million of District funds directed toward the total cost of $13.9 million to renovate the new facility, plus partially renovating East and Penrose libraries. The project will add more than 100,000 square feet of new public library space for families and businesses in the Pikes Peak Region.

For more information about how PPLD’s new state-of-the-art library is the first of its kind, visit ppld.org/21stCenturyLibrary.


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Computer Basics Help at Ruth Holley Library

Do you want or need to learn how to use a computer, use the Internet, or use email?

Tutorials and coaching can help you learn one or more of the following:

  • Getting Started on the Computer
  • Using a PC (with Windows 7)
  • Basic Search
  • Navigating a Website
  • Signing up for Email
  • Using Email
  • Starting Online Job Searching

Come to Computer Basics Help at the Ruth Holley Library!

Classes are offered twice a week for an hour each time: 2 p.m. on Tuesdays or 9 a.m. on Wednesdays.

Bring your own headphones or earbuds to hear the tutorials, or you can purchase earbuds for $1 at the customer service desk.

No pre-registration required and walk-ins are welcome. See you there!

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Pride and Prejudice

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.

Jane Austen's classic novel, Pride and Prejudice, was published 201 years ago today, on January 28, 1813 (I wish I had known that last year). No matter how you feel about this love story between Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy, there's no denying its influence. Since it's inception, Pride and Prejudice has never been out of print, has sold more than 20 million copies, and has spawned countless spin-offs, re-tellings, and sequels, including the charming Bridget Jones's Diary and the cheeky Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.

Visit the Catalog for a plethora of Pride and Prejudice goodies.

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PPLD now provides patrons access to ComicsPlus, an online streaming service that provides thousands of digital graphic novels and comic books to virtually any mobile device, tablet, or PC. The catalog currently includes over 7,000 digital graphic novels, comic books, and manga from over 80 major publishers catering to all ages and interests.

Available genres include fiction, nonfiction, historical fiction, memoir, biographies, classical literature, mystery, horror, fantasy, romance, and, of course, superheroes. ComicsPlus is adding new publishers all the time, typically 100+ new titles each and every week!

Click on CyberShelf at ppld.org and visit the eBooks link. The ComicsPlus database is free to use with your PPLD library card!

Currently ComicsPlus is working on an app for their Library Edition. Until it’s available, please enjoy these comics in your browser. We’ll post a link for the app here as soon as it’s ready.


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We are looking to fill in gaps in our Pikes Peak region high school yearbooks collection. After several years of contacting high school yearbook offices and alumni groups, we have added several hundred more volumes, but we still have holes to fill. We are the main repository in the area for these yearbooks and perhaps the only place where they are easily accessible. They are used extensively by our genealogy patrons, high school students, and those recently graduated from high school.

To serve our patrons better, we would like to have as complete a collection as possible. Therefore, we would like to appeal to our patrons to complete this task. Click here to see which yearbooks we are missing. If you have any yearbooks on this list that you are willing to donate to us, please contact the Library at (719) 531-6333, x2253.

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Colorado Cinema Spotlight

Calling all filmmakers!

Colorado Cinema Spotlight is a half hour show that features the work of a Colorado Filmmaker and a one-on-one interview with him/her on PPLD TV (Comcast 17, Falcon Broadband 75).

The PPLD TV Film Evaluation Committee will be reviewing films for future shows. Interested filmmakers should submit films using the guidelines located here.

Send film submissions along with your completed entry form (available by clicking here) to the following address:

Pikes Peak Library District
c/o Jamey Hastings
5550 N. Union Blvd.
Colorado Springs, CO 80918

You can also submit electronically by emailing a scanned and completed form and links to your work to jahastings@ppld.org.

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Sarah Pottenger, Winner My Westside-Our Voice Essay Contest

Old Colorado City Library is pleased to announce the winners of our essay contest, My Westside--Our Voice. Our generous Friends of the Library supported this programming with a $100 prize for first place. The winner, Sarah Pottenger, is also published in the November 21, 2013 edition of the Westside Pioneer. Enjoy reading her essay along with our runners-up, Andrea Corley and Victor Shepard.

Your Westside is My Westside Now, by Sarah Pottenger - Winner

I’m a third-generation Colorado Springs native, and I’ve never wanted to live anywhere else. I grew up near Academy Boulevard, but some of my best memories are of visits to the Westside, whether to visit my parents’ old haunts, see the house where my grandmother was born, or just to take the car to the mechanic. Driving to the Westside was an event, taking half an hour.

I lived in that same house off Academy for twenty years. Then my family downsized from our house to a duplex just north of Old Colorado City. We moved here in 2010, and though it was a terrible move, we were here. For my parents, returning to the Westside was like coming home. For me, it was a dream come true. Every week one of us remarks that we still can’t believe we get to live here, even after nearly four years.

As a lifelong reader, I love the Old Colorado City Library. We can drive there in just a few minutes, or walk in half an hour. I probably visit three times a week, and it’s the prettiest, friendliest library in town. We’re also just minutes away from Fire Station #5, housing the wonderful firefighters who not only came to our rescue when my bedroom flooded during the September 12 storm, but also arrived within moments when my dad suffered a heart attack right before Christmas last year.

When we were children, my brother and I loved to come to the Westside. The Creamery was (and still is) our favorite ice cream shop. We liked to visit souvenir stores, dipping our hands into wooden bins brimming with polished rocks. My parents pointed out houses belonging to friends and relatives. My mom told stories about running downhill from school and spending nights with her grandparents, one set on Chestnut and one set on Uintah.

I have always loved it here. I pinch myself every day, hardly believing that I get to live here, that every time the car heads west, I’m going home.

The Circle in the Square, by Victor Shepard - Runner-Up

It’s funny how memories work. The passing of fifty five or so years doesn't diminish the desire to somehow recapture the beauty and love that were experienced so long ago. I know the ice cream was much sweeter and creamier then. The flowers my grandma raised were much more fragrant than flowers are today. And most definitely people were so much kinder then. People didn't have the apprehension and distance that is so prevalent today. At least that’s the way I choose to remember it.

Every child looks forward to summer and my summers always included visiting my grandmother in the “burg” of Colorado City. This was the main highlight of every summer and a time that I remember fondly. Grandma’s house was only a block away from the library where I read the adventures of the places I was going to visit one day when I was “old.” In close proximity were the drug stores with real fountains like Cooper-Lidke and the Rexall, a good place to get a chocolate or cherry Coke. Then I’d buy a fifteen cent wooden plane at the Duckwalls, which would last about ten minutes. In the center of this playground neighborhood was a park to play in with a central square and the treasure of the town, the first capitol of Colorado. This park was a hub where the entire neighborhood was welcomed and encouraged to come to.

Wednesday nights in the “burg” were the most special because that was the night when there was square dancing in the park. Although I was only six or seven, it was a weekly ritual that included special food and more importantly, staying up late. I’d get to wear my little cowboy boots and western shirt and get pinches from my grandma’s friends. Watching the big people in their fancy clothes, swiftly moving through difficult dance maneuvers, was quite a sight. But they all seemed happy and certainly appeared to be having a good time. Eventually, the inevitable happened, grandma wanted me to ask a very apprehensive little girl to dance. I was not a completely willing participant in the process but the coaxing finally compelled us wee ones to join in the confusing mob moving to an old man’s call on a screechy microphone. We were both confused and afraid of being trampled by the big people as they sashayed and promenaded around in close order. Somehow we devised our own rhythm and moves and somehow managed to avoid serious contact and injury. The more time we spent dancing the more fun it became. The dance seemed to last late into the night, and I must have been especially tired, as my grandma was forced to carry me home.

Yes, memories can cause us to smile and dancing can still wear me out but I wouldn't trade a moment I've experienced for half a dollar. I still love the park, the band shell and the fistful of valuable and memorable experiences that Bancroft Park has given me throughout many happy years.

Lower Gold Camp Road Today "Ties", by Andrea Corley - Runner-Up

I am a transplant, not a native Westsider. I came here to college and really never left. I have lived in the same place on the Westside for 46 years. I married a local man with Westside ties – railroad ties. His grandfather bought one of the railroads that traveled through the Westside to Cripple Creek a century ago, tore it up, sold the rolling stock and made a toll road for automobiles on the CS&CCDRY bed. It is now called the Gold Camp Road.

Yesterday, driving with a friend on Lower Gold Camp Road, we passed the ground-breaking for a new facility east of my friend’s home at The Village at Skyline. She did not know what is to be built there, but reading the current Westside Pioneer I learned it is to be a memory facility called Morning Star at Bear Creek. I thought” how fitting” in an area full of my family’s memories. The road we were traveling on next to this new facility was once-upon-a-time the initial part of what was called the Corley Mountain Highway. It was gently graded for train traffic first, as the route west out of Colorado Springs to the foothills for the railroad nicknamed ( because it was) the Short Line to Cripple Creek. Now a city street, Lower Gold Camp Road has become, according to Bill Vogrin in the Gazette, a race track for prospective buyers testing their new cars.

Next time you are there, testing or not, imagine the trains going and coming on that very roadway, loaded with freight or gold ore depending on the direction of travel, plains or mountains up ahead, tracks and ties, not tires, underneath you. Then, remember the clickety-clack rhythm of any train ride you have taken, and this becomes Time Travel for the Twenty-first Century with memories of your own. For me, a transplant in my adopted neighborhood, it becomes ties to my family members in their own time and place.

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