High Prairie Library 10th Anniversary Harvest Festival

High Prairie Library 10th Anniversary Harvest Festival

High Prairie Library is turning 10 and we are celebrating with our annual Harvest Festival!

High Prairie Library provides access to Pikes Peak Library District’s extensive collection, hosts a wide variety of programs for children and homeschool families, and holds events that celebrate their seed library. Our biggest event is the annual Harvest Festival, held on High Prairie Library’s grounds each fall.

Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, the 10th Annual Harvest Festival has gone virtual! Thanks to the continued support from the Friends of the High Prairie Library, we have several events and activities for you to take part in!

In honor of our annual cookie competition and as part of our Anniversary, High Prairie Library is compiling an online cookbook: Harvest of Recipes - A Collection From the Falcon Community. We will be collecting YOUR recipes for our very own cookbook! Click here to submit your recipe and (optional) photo!

Everyone who submits at least one recipe will be entered in a prize drawing for one of four $10 Amazon gift cards!



Celebrate with us!

Bingo Card

Stop by to pick up your Bingo card today at High Prairie and help us celebrate our 10 year anniversary! Return your bingo card by Fri., Oct. 23 to be entered into a drawing for one of five $75 gift cards to Amazon. You can also print your card here!


Birthday Storytime

Happy 10th Birthday, High Prairie Library! Tune in to a special birthday storytime with Allison on Fri., Oct. 16. We’ll sing a song, read a book, and open a special party goodie bag. Grab your goodie bag starting Fri., Oct. 9. You can view this and other Storytimes as well as the rest of PPLD's virtual programming here.


Food Donation

Share Your Harvest! High Prairie Library is collecting donations for our local food pantry - Fresh Start Center. Fresh Start is looking for nonperishable food items to help keep hunger at bay right here in your local community. Our collection box will be available in the entryway from Thu., Oct. 1 to Sat., Oct. 31. Thanks for your support!


Mini Pumpkins Take and Make

Come by the High Prairie Library to pick up your mini pumpkin kit to decorate starting Fri., Oct. 2. Pumpkins and stickers will be provided for you and your family to decorate your pumpkin then you can get creative with what you have at home! Once your pumpkins are completed you can share your picture on social media using #PPLDHarvestFestival. Pumpkins available while supplies last.

Please note that all entries will be added to social media and some may be featured on our webpage.



Contests

Costume Contest

Time to dig out the crafting supplies and dust off those old clothes for donation for… High Prairie Library's Annual Costume Contest! We’ll be running a virtual contest this year for ages 0 - 18. Post a photo of your costume with a title or description on Facebook with #PPLDHarvestFestival and @ppldkids or @ppldteens. And then vote for your favorite! We’ll be selecting 2 winners from each age group this year: a popular choice and judges’ pick. All four winners will receive gift certificates to subscription boxes! Submissions are due by Fri., Oct. 23. Winners will be announced Mon., Oct. 26.

Please note that all entries will be added to social media and some may be featured on our webpage but you may email your photo to hi@ppld.org and we will post it to social media for you.


Fall Photo Contest

High Prairie Library is hosting a virtual Fall Photo contest for ages 18+ for our anniversary. Post your fall photo with a title or description on Facebook with #PPLDHarvestFestival and @ppld. And then vote for your favorite! We’ll be selecting 2 winners: our popular choice and judges’ pick. Winners will receive a $50 gift certificate. Submissions are due by Fri., Oct. 23. Winners will be announced Mon., Oct. 26.

Please note that all entries will be added to social media and some may be featured on our webpage but you may email your photo to hi@ppld.org and we will post it to social media for you.



History of High Prairie Library

High Prairie Library opened in 2010, bringing a permanent library facility to the Eastern Plains of Colorado while becoming a model for library sustainability.

Paid for in part by a U.S. Department of Transportation Congestion Mitigation Air Quality Improvement Program grant, the 6,000-square-foot building in Falcon contains many eco-friendly features.

“We have a geothermal pump, low flow plumbing fixtures, and large overhangs that reduce glare and solar heat gain in the summer, but also allow sunbeams in the winter,” explains High Prairie Library Manager Liz Willhoff. “The landscape was designed using native plants, and we have beautiful beetle kill pine inside.”

The Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment’s Environmental Leadership Program (ELP) has named High Prairie Library a Gold Partner! They achieved silver status last year, but have earned their gold status by creating an Environmental Management System (EMS). Their EMS helps High Prairie define their scope, set goals, track progress, and have accountability in their systems.

High Prairie Library: The Marriage of Beauty and Sustainable Design from PPLD TV on Vimeo.

The Library, located on land donated by Farmers State Bank, is also home to a garden and a seed library.

In addition to these sustainable features, High Prairie Library provides library service to residents of Falcon, Peterson Air Force Base, Banning Lewis Ranch, Black Forest, and the Eastern Plains. Despite the broad service area, “High Prairie has a close community feel and you often know your patrons by name,” says Willhoff.

Perhaps the Library’s greatest resource is its staff, which has become a vibrant team.

“Staff here feels more like a work family and everyone is very supportive,” says Willhoff. “Everyone has a strong work ethic and jumps in when and wherever needed.”

“Liz has done a really excellent job in engaging the High Prairie and Calhan communities,” adds Hillary Dodge, PPLD’s Director of the North Region. “She and her team attend a number of community events and meetings, and they are active in local schools and community organizations, as well. Not only are they trying to remind folks about their amazing neighborhood library, but they are also offering support and resources as library professionals.”