What's New: General

Bring a gently used puzzle and swap it for a different one on Sat., Oct. 10 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  • 750-1500 pieces preferred
  • No more than 3 pieces missing

Event will be held OUTSIDE of the upper entrance at Library 21c. We will move it inside in case of inclement weather.

WE RECOMMEND YOU QUARANTINE ANY ITEM YOU TAKE FOR A MINIMUM OF 4 DAYS.

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Parenting Little Ones: Q&A Series

Have questions about parenting little ones? PPLD's Family Place Libraries are hosting a five-week fall series on Zoom where caregivers can ask questions of community professionals in the fields of child development, nutrition, speech/language, and more! Participants from El Paso County, CO are entered into weekly gift card drawings as well as a six-month KiwiCo Crate subscription grand prize!

Weekly winners will be awarded a $50 gift card from their choice of store: King Soopers, Walmart, Target, or Barnes & Noble. Each session participants attend counts as one entry into the grand prize drawing. Participants may earn up to five entries. Participant must provide a valid PPLD library card number so El Paso County, CO residency can be confirmed.


Submit your questions each week on the related post on PPLD Facebook or PPLD Kids Facebook to get your question answered by experts!

  1. Nutrition: This week's resource professionals are Karen Beers and Erin Mason. Both are registered dietitians with Memorial Hospital and El Paso County WIC, respectively. They are able to talk about and answer questions about Nutrition. We will be giving out 2 gift cards to participants at this session!
  2. Behavior & Development: This week's resource professionals are Windy Doan, the Behavioral Health Supervisor with CPCD Head Start, and Mekeda Kelley, a Developmental Interventionist with The Resource Exchange. They are able to talk about and answer questions about Child Development and Behavior.
  3. Early Literacy: This week's resource professionals are Melody Alvarez, the Pikes Peak Library District's Director of Family and Children's Services, along with Milissa Fellers and Alanna Jones, both Children's Librarians with PPLD. They are able to talk about and answer questions about Early Literacy.
  4. Music & Second Languages: This week's resource professionals are Barbara Mills, a French instructor with Music Lingua, and Gabby Seeger, a Sound Beginnings instructor. They are able to talk about and answer questions about Music and speaking/learning second languages, including American Sign Language.
  5. Speech & Development:
    One of this week's resource professionals is Brenda Anderson, a Speech-Language Pathologist with The Resource Exchange. She is able to talk about and answer questions about Speech Development. We will also have with us Paula Hergert, a Prevention & Policy Specialist with the Maternal Child Health Program of El Paso CO Health, who can answer questions on Child Development and Behavior.
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Manitou Springs Library is Relocating

New co-location offers dozens of new Library services thanks to MAC’s facilities

Library lovers in Manitou Springs will have a wealth of new resources at their fingertips this December.
Manitou Springs Library and Manitou Art Center (MAC) will officially collocate their services beginning in December of 2020. Now, a PPLD library card will help Library users find music, theatre, visual art and the vast resources and services of the public library all in one place.

“We are thrilled to pair our physical collection and other library services with an organization so focused on helping users create, learn, exhibit, perform, and connect with others in Manitou Springs,” said PPLD Chief Librarian and CEO John Spears. “MAC’s facility will immeasurably enhance what we can provide in the Manitou Springs community.”

The Manitou Springs Library will be housed inside of the MAC while still providing access and use for MAC supporters, local artists, and tenant community partners. PPLD will provide staff support, a physical collection of books and other Library materials, and access to meeting rooms and creative spaces for Library patrons. MAC members and artists will still maintain benefits while gaining more opportunities and exposure.

“We have already experienced great success partnering with PPLD on a number of initiatives, and the MAC is excited about this opportunity, which will allow us to do even more for the community,” said MAC Executive Director Natalie Johnson.

“We’re excited to see what other long-term benefits arise from this venture, like increasing access to the MAC and expanding PPLD opportunities in Manitou Springs. We will leverage each other’s strengths of service.”

PPLD and MAC officially entered into a co-location agreement last month. This co-location partnership and move is taking place as the City of Manitou Springs determines what to do with the historic Carnegie building, owned by the City and currently leased by PPLD for the Manitou Springs Library through the end of 2020.

“PPLD’s departure provides the City with necessary time to plan for the building’s future, while allowing the Library to adequately serve the public,” said Spears. “The move will be beneficial for PPLD cardholders, MAC members, local artists, community partners, taxpayers and the local economy.

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There are nearly 3,000 special districts in the state of Colorado, including library districts, park districts, water districts, fire districts, and many others. Every year, one district from those thousands is chosen by the Special District Association of Colorado to receive its highest honor, the J. Evan Goulding District of the Year Award. We are excited to announce that the SDA has chosen Pikes Peak Library District as this year's recipient!


The J. Evan Goulding District of the Year Award was established by the SDA Board of Directors to single out a district that demonstrates exceptional leadership and community spirit. This award recognizes a district's major accomplishments, series of outstanding efforts, and a steady determination to serve its constituency. This year's winner, Pikes Peak Library District, truly exemplifies these qualities.

The history of public libraries in the Pikes Peak Region began in October 1885 when the Colorado Springs Social Union established a library in downtown Colorado Springs. In 1905, a new library opened with funds donated by Andrew Carnegie and land granted by General William Jackson Palmer. In 1962, a majority of El Paso County citizens voted to establish a special taxing district, and Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD) was formed. After not joining the District initially in 1962, the town of Manitou Springs subsequently voted to join PPLD at the beginning of 2013.

As the second largest library system in Colorado, PPLD serves a population of more than 660,000 residents in El Paso
County, with the exception of Security/Widefield School District #3. This includes all unincorporated areas and municipalities of Calhan, Colorado Springs, Ellicott, Falcon, Fountain, Manitou Springs, Monument, and Palmer Lake. The District is able to serve such a large number of citizens thanks to an employee base of nearly 475 full-and part-time staff and almost 1,700 volunteers. PPLD’s Board of Trustees consists of seven members from the community. The citizen volunteers are appointed jointly by the Colorado Springs City Council and El Paso County Commissioners for a maximum of two five-year terms.

The District currently operates 16 facilities throughout the county. In addition to the large collections of physical and digital materials that are available, a number of sites also feature state-of-the art services, such as makerspaces and studios. PPLD’s makerspaces offer access to tools, materials, and machines to help bring patrons’ creative visions to life. Equipment such as 3D printers; laser engraving and cutting machines; and assorted handicraft and art tools are all available for use. In the District’s studios, Library cardholders have access to items such as cameras, audio mixers, and even a green screen to produce professional-grade recordings. Moreover, the District operates a three-vehicle mobile fleet that delivers Library services to more rural and remote areas as well as to communities for individuals who have limited mobility.

The District has also established a number of strategic partnerships to help serve their local community. For example, the new Pikes Peak Culture Pass program allows patrons to explore museums and attractions in the Pikes Peak region at no cost. By collaborating with local organizations, PPLD provides free admission passes for check out, increasing opportunities for education and cultural learning. In addition, the District has expanded its adult learning programs in recent years. Career Online High School is an online high school diploma and career certification program provided by PPLD. Students can choose a major from a list of high-growth, high-demand career fields and complete coursework to develop the skills and knowledge that employers are looking for. The District also offers English as a Second Language classes and food industry training.

In 2018, in partnership with The Place (formerly Urban Peak Colorado Springs), the District launched a first-of-its-kind initiative in Colorado aimed at helping teen runaways and youth experiencing homelessness. The partnership resulted in PPLD locations becoming a part of the National Safe Place Network. As a part of this network, an at-risk youth can enter the library and ask for help. From there, the library staff can contact The Place who will then arrive and begin to find the appropriate assistance.

During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the District transformed its library services to expand access beyond the traditional use of libraries. PPLD launched a number of virtual programs and began offering curbside services. When the pandemic first began and there was concern over a shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE), the District became involved with a group called Make4COVID, whose wide network of members worked together to 3D print PPE. As part of the effort, PPLD distributed several of its larger 3D printers to makers in the community who were then able to make face shield parts in the safety of their own homes. The District staff also used sewing machines and smaller 3D printers to assist in this vital work.

For nearly 60 years, Pikes Peak Library District has welcomed all members of their local community to enrich their minds, make connections, and reach their full potential. Through innovative initiatives and programming, resourcefulness, and responsiveness to the needs of their patrons, the District is truly living its mission to provide library resources and services that impact lives and build community across El Paso County.

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All You Need Is Your Library

At Pikes Peak Library District, you can do anything you set your mind to. We, of course, offer books at each of our libraries. But did you know you can also get help with at-home education, do virtual yoga, learn a new language, discover your family tree, stream music, watch movies, and more? PPLD offers so many exciting things, it’s hard to capture them all! Learn more about what all you can access with your library card below.

Thanks to the public’s investment and taxpayer support, Pikes Peak Library District can provide Library resources and services to all cardholders for free. You can learn more about PPLD's budget and expenditures here.

My Library: Kids Edition!


Getting your Library Card

Click here to learn more.


My Account

From managing your holds, interlibrary loans, set notification preferences, and more! Click here to learn more.


Download the App


The Catalog

Find books, eBooks, audiobooks, music, movies, video games, board games, and more! Click here for instructions on using the catalog.


 

eBooks


 

Audiobooks


 

Movies & TV Shows


 

Music


 

Programs

Click here to see our full calendar of events


 

Magazines & Newspapers


 

Languages

Mango Languages


 

Genealogy Research


 

Homework & Homeschool Help


 

Personal & Professional Development


Databases

Research Guides

And More...

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Maker in Residence: Sustainable Art with Cara McKinley

2020 is certainly a year that we will forever remember. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us all to flex and develop our 21st Century Skills (communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity) in order to reinvent our way of life and stay connected to our community. Faced with these challenges, local artist Cara McKinley has worked with PPLD’s Creative Services staff to completely reinvent and rebuild the annual Maker in Residence Program (MIR), adapting it to meet current social-distancing needs.

Explore Fall Maker in Residence Create Together: Community Build to learn about the collaborative art project! Take and Make kits will be available Mon., Oct. 5 and art contributions are due Wed., Nov. 11.


Classes

In place of in-person classes, Cara has created skill-based project videos that introduce the viewer to traditional clay ceramic and assemblage skills using non-traditional, sustainable materials readily available at home. We encourage you to follow along with the projects using your own materials, so we’ve provided a suggested supply list with each video so that you can participate at your own convenience.

Recognizing the value of direct interaction, we’ve also scheduled several MIR Live Chats to provide you with an opportunity to chat with Cara and ask her questions about the videos and her art style, connect with other community members, and show off your finished pieces.

No registration is required to participate in the Maker in Residence videos and live chats; just click on the “Remind Me” button on the event calendar listing and enter your email address to receive an email reminder 24 hours before the event!

Videos will be released on the dates below. All videos will be available for viewing anytime after their release on the PPLDTV Youtube Channel.

  • Clay Dig
    Mon., Sept. 7
    • Clay Dig part one: A quick tutorial on how to find and dig clay, overviewing what properties or characteristics to look for when digging, with conscientious and ethical dig considerations included.
    • Clay Dig part two: Using the locally-sourced clay from part one, learn to create a small pinched object, and get a sneak peek into the Community Build projects that you'll find at PPLD Libraries across the Pikes Peak region!
      • Supplies: backyard clay (or air dry clay), plastic knife, plastic fork, pencil or pen
      • Optional: water cup, paint brush, inspiration foliage (leaves and flowers to press into the clay), pigment (tempera, acrylic, latex, glitter, etc.)
  • Sand Sculpture
    Mon., Sept. 14
    • Sand Sculptures part one: Using a tinfoil sculpted form as the base, this sandsculpting method of faux concrete sculpture incorporates glue, dirt, and pigment found in the home to coat the tinfoil form. See what other objects and materials can be added to create visual interest.
      • Supplies: Elmer's Glue (all purpose), dirt/sand from your yard (play sand works too), tinfoil, mixing cup, parchment paper
      • Optional: paint (latex, acrylic, or spray)
    • Sand Sculptures part two: For the sandcasting technique, use sand, glue, plastic, and different types of color such as food coloring or acrylic paint to create a one-part mold casting. Make and pour your own mixture into your favorite shapes in a form made from sand! Create one, two, or ten... you're the artist!
      • Supplies: Elmer's Glue (all purpose), dirt/sand from your yard (play sand works too), shallow container (or box lid), recycled plastic, parchment paper, fibrous string (yarn, rope, fabric strips), old brush or mixing stick, mixing cup, food coloring or pigment (watercolor paint, tempera), permanent marker
      • Optional: glitter, rhinestones, sequins, other found additions, tinfoil
  • Plastic Reboot
    Mon., Sept. 21
    • Plastic Reboot: Using simple and complex building methods, along with previous techniques (introduced in Clay Dig & Sand Sculptures), learn to reshape plastic using scissors, a nail file, and connection styles (maybe even some packaging tape). The everyday bottle is transformed into a treasure that catches light using rethought objects from your surroundings.
      • Supplies: plastic (found or collected), scissors, permanent marker
      • Optional: packaging tape (clear), nail file, pliers, drill XACTO, glue pigment mixture (or nail polish), wire, glitter, rhinestones, sequins, tinfoil, additional found objects
  • Maker Challenges
    Mon., Sept. 28

    Maker in Residence Cara McKinley wants you to pick a challenge from this video to complete in just an hour! Watch the video for inspiration prompts such as...
    • Make a tree ornament that you would want to live in if you were a bird
    • Make an instrument as tall and as wide as your body out of household objects and materials

    Watch the video to find more creative challenges!


Live Chat Dates:

We hope you’ll also join us at a special Arts Month Live Chat with Maker in Residence Cara McKinley on Fri., Oct. 9 from 7 - 8 p.m. Chat with Cara about the Fall MIR program and exciting Community Build projects at PPLD locations across El Paso County, and to get a behind-the-scenes look at her maker process.


Reception / Artist Q&A

Sun., Nov. 15 from 2 - 4 p.m.
If you watched an MIR video, participated in a project, contributed towards the Community Builds, or just now learned about the Maker in Residence Program, we encourage you to join us for this LIVE video event!


The Maker

Cara McKinleyA transplanted surfer from South Florida, Cara has always been enthralled in looking at the natural world. After completing her Post Baccalaureate Studies at Indiana University Bloomington and Master of Fine Arts in Ceramics at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Cara moved to the rocky terrain of Colorado to recreate her observations in clay and multimedia. Using video, sculpture, installation and assemblage allows her the opportunity to indulge in the essence of an object and her world to create a shared reality. She makes in variable spaces in a continuous process of play using traditional and non-traditional media. Household objects, found items and natural materials such as sticks, sand, clay, tinfoil, metal, and glass express a way to enjoy and pay homage to nature.

Learn more at caramckinleyart.com.

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All Pikes Peak Reads 2020

Pikes Peak Library District is pleased to announce the selected titles for All Pikes Peak Reads 2020. This year's titles explore themes of hope and resiliency.

All Pikes Peak Reads (APPR) is Pikes Peak Library District's annual program geared towards celebrating literature, improving community connection, and fostering dialogue across social, cultural, and generational lines. This fall we will present programs to the community including virtual author visits, book discussion groups, and more.


Adult Selection

The Pull of the Stars

The Pull of the Stars

by Emma Donoghue
Set in Dublin 1918, a country ravaged by war and disease, Nurse Julia Power works at a hospital where expectant mothers who have come down with an unfamiliar flu are quarantined together. Julia is soon joined by 2 strangers and in the darkness and intensity of this tiny ward, these women change each other’s lives in unexpected ways.

Virtual Book Talks

Virtual Author Visit


Young Adult Title

All the Impossible Things

All the Impossible Things

by Lindsay Lackey
Written by a former PPLD employee - Struggling to control the wind powers that render her skies stormy whenever she feels stressed, Ruby “Red” Byrd, a 12-year-old in foster care, arrives at the petting-zoo home of a quirky couple. There, her new sense of belonging is challenged by the return of her troubled mother.

Virtual Author Visit


Children’s Title

The Unsung Hero of Birdsong, USA

The Unsung Hero of Birdsong, USA

by Brenda Woods
Meriwether, a returning black soldier from WWII, saves 12-year-old Gabriel from certain death when he nearly gets killed by a speeding car. This sparks the beginning of new friendships, new experiences, and even new dangers that affect the lives of Meriwether, Gabriel and their families.

Virtual Author Visit


Programs

Take and Make: LED Constellation Art
Make a beautiful piece of art that lights up inspired by the Pleiades constellation inspired by the Young Adult APPR book, All the Impossible Things by Lindsay Lackey. Pick up the materials you need to complete the program at your favorite Library!

Check back here for related programs!

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eLearning with PPLD

The 2020 school year will look different for all of us, regardless what learning method your family has chosen for your students. Pikes Peak Library District has tools and resources to support you in your education journey this year!

First stop: get your card.

  • Either stop by a PPLD facility to sign up, or print out an application ahead of time to bring with you (located here).
  • OR

  • Apply for a card online!
      • You must live within the PPLD service area
      • You will need proof of your current address and a photo ID
      • If you're 15-years-old or younger, you must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.



Learn more about the Library's response to Covid-19.


Brainfuse

Live Homework Help

Live homework help and skills building online with expert tutors in math, science, social studies, and English, plus writing and reading assistance.


Testing & Education Reference Center

Study Guides and Practice Tests

This database provides study guides and timed practice exams for all major college entrance exams and standardized tests, plus college planning, scholarship search, and career exploration tools.


Databases

These platforms provide high-quality educational content and are fun to explore! Access is free with a valid library card and pin number.
Databases include:

  • Academic Search Premiere: Contains full text for more than 2,000 journals, including more than 1,550 peer-reviewed titles. This multi-disciplinary database covers virtually every area of academic study.
  • Consumer Health Complete:A comprehensive full-text resource for consumer-oriented health content covering all areas of health and wellness from mainstream medicine to the many perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated medicine.
  • CultureGrams: Includes over 200 reports on countries and cultures and state reports outlining the diversity and history of each U.S. state and the District of Columbia. Designed for upper elementary-aged children
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library: Searches our entire collection of Gale eBooks on a variety of subjects, including history, science, government, and more.
  • Learn on Demand: Interactive online training for Microsoft Office software. Includes Access, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Windows and Word. New users will need to create an account.
  • Lynda.com: Lynda .com offers online video tutorials to help you learn software, creative, and business skills.
  • Opposing Viewpoints in Context: Explore current events and controversial issues by researching multiple sides of a topic. This database aids students in writing argumentative essays and developing analytical thinking skills.
  • Science Reference Center: Provides easy access to a multitude of full-text, science-oriented content. Designed to meet every student researcher's needs, Science Reference Center contains full text for 732+ science encyclopedias and reference books, 195 periodicals, 519 science videos and other sources.

Online Resource Guides

Librarian-Approved Info on Tons of Topics!

Your source for research assistance, subject guides, and library resources.


Mango Languages

Ready to expand your horizons by learning a new language? Mango Languages features 70 language options, including 21 options for those learning English as a second language. Explore languages from Irish to Punjabi in the comfort of your own home, or download the app to learn on the go! Students can go at their own pace. The courses have been created by expert linguists and native-speaking instructors to ensure that the content is grammatically and conversationally correct, as well as culturally relevant.


Workforce Readiness Training

Get ready to get a job or go to college! Work your way through modules focused on professionalism, communication, social skills, and goal setting to prepare yourself for the next big step in your life. Folks below age 15 should focus on the “basic” training while older youth might find the “intermediate” training more appropriate. Complete the training and pass an assessment to earn 10 hours of volunteer credit!




The Homeschool Hub

The PPLD Homeschool Hub has a wealth of resources and tools to support your learning at home efforts. You can also sign up for their newsletter here. Click on “Resources” to find information on getting started; Colorado homeschool law, online courses, concurrent enrollment, and enrichment programs; tutoring; extracurricular activities; support organizations; and more.


Featured Homeschool Resources

Whether you are homeschooling full- or part-time, or simply looking for ways to enrich your child’s education, the online resources featured in this issue provide a variety of elucidating and engaging possibilities.

  • Learning Heroes
    This site provides parents with a picture of their child’s learning needs along with tools to bolster their academic, social, and emotional development. A “Readiness Check” with short questions about reading or math for grades K - 8 will show you where your student stands. You’ll also find learning aids by subject and grade level, ways to identify a child’s character strengths and areas for development, an idea-packed “Anti-Racism Resources Directory,” and more. It’s also accessible in Spanish!
  • GreatSchools
    This resource helps with developing “Emotional Smarts,” learning issues, building character, college prep, and more. A “What Your Child Should Have Learned” section outlines key academic and social benchmarks typical for grades K - 8 along with specific subject check-ins aligned with Common Core State Standards. Short “Milestones” videos clarify grade level expectations by demonstrating what success looks like in reading, writing, and math in grades K - 12. Parents can also access learning activities, vocab words, worksheets, and more by grade level. It’s also accessible in Spanish!
  • Khan Academy
    This site provides free standards-aligned video tutorials and interactive exercises in math, science, and the humanities from kindergarten through the early years of college. The self-paced lessons are organized to build knowledge one concept at a time. Create a free account to track a student’s progress, chart subject mastery, and support their learning needs. Use Khan Academy to tackle new coursework, fill in gaps for subjects already learned, homework help, or as a fun activity. It’s accessible in numerous languages!
  • Understood
    Understood is aimed at supporting kids with learning and thinking differences, like dyslexia and ADHD, by offering customized, accessible resources and a compassionate community. The “For Families” section organizes articles and resources into general topics: understanding and navigating learning and thinking differences; school and learning issues; socio-emotional development; community, including blogs and discussion groups; and “Through Your Child’s Eyes,” interactive simulations to help parents better understand their child’s world. It’s also accessible in Spanish!
  • Wide Open School
    This site offers engaging, high-quality online learning experiences for kids pre-K - 12. Parents can access the content by subject, or plan a full school day by grade level. Other sections are dedicated to virtual field trips, art and music, physical activity, emotional well-being, English-language learners, learning differences, and more.


For Fun AND Learning!

eLibrary: More than Books!

This is the place to go for thousands of free digital materials. First, you'll need to create an account using your library card number and pin. Some services in the eLibrary include OverDrive (eBooks, eAudios, eVideos), Hoopla ( eMusic, eVideos, eComics, eBooks, eAudios), AudioBookCloud (eAudios), Freading (eBooks), Freegal (eMusic), Kanopy (eVideos), and more.


PPLD Kids

You can find plenty of PPLD resources here! Explore:

  • Homework (search by subject to find databases, recommended websites, and more),
  • Read (access booklists by grade level, genre, online resources, and more),
  • Create (hands-on activities and websites),
  • or Parents & Educators (curated information source for adults).

PPLD Teens

Get homework help, book recommendations, virtual programs, research resources, and more!


TumbleBooks

eBooks for Kids!

This curated database of children’s eBooks offers over 1000 titles for kids in grades K - 6. Included are animated talking picture books, read-along chapter books, National Geographic videos, non-fiction books, literacy puzzles and games, books in Spanish and French, and graphic novels (a fan favorite!). Younger kids will enjoy listening to the stories while perusing the illustrations, while older or more accomplished readers can choose from the collection of read-along books featuring narration, sentence highlighting, and automatic page-turning. Each book is accompanied by a reading level, Lexile level, and grade information, plus an optional quiz. There are no limited check-out times or wait lists, so every item is always available to everyone.

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Information on COVID-19

Last updated September 25, 2020

Libraries Are Reopening!

After 15 weeks of closed doors at libraries in the Pikes Peak region, Pikes Peak Library District is excited to welcome you back into our facilities!

Since July 1, PPLD offers limited indoor Library services at almost all facilities and mobile libraries. Hours vary by location, and the first hour is reserved for people at higher risk of serious complications from COVID-19.

During your Library visit, you can:

  • Browse the physical collection
  • Use self-checkout machines and service desks
  • Make one, 55-minute reservation for computers per day (Call (719) 389-8968 to make your reservation; Library card required to reserve by phone)
  • Use fax and copier machines without staff assistance
  • Charge your devices
  • Make a 55-minute reservation to access Special Collections in the 1905 Carnegie Library

PPLD will continue to prioritize the health and safety of Library patrons, staff, and the community-at-large, as we move through our phased reopening. Thank you to El Paso County Public Health for their authorization and support to reopen our doors to the public

Here is what you can expect when you return to use the Library to help prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  • Cloth face coverings or masks are required by all patrons and staff to enter all libraries. (If you do not have one, PPLD can provide you with a single-use mask at no cost. Some exemptions do apply, such as for those under the age of 2, which aligns with guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.)
  • New capacity limits are enforced at each location, and when capacity is reached, patrons will need to wait outside until others are ready to leave following their brief visits.
  • The number of patrons inside is monitored at all times.
  • Staff regularly sanitizes frequently touched items like handles, counters, and copiers. Computers are cleaned between each use.
  • If you retrieve a book from a shelf but decide you don’t want it, please place it on the designated cart instead of re-shelving it yourself.
  • All fax machines, copiers, and computers are self-service only; staff can only offer assistance at services desks, behind a protective shield.
  • Some computers are not available as we encourage patrons and staff to remain six feet apart in our computer labs (so make your reservation ahead of time by calling (719) 389-8968!)
  • Other items and areas that remain temporarily unavailable or closed to the public: Furniture, water fountains, children’s play area, meeting and study rooms, studios, and makerspaces.

We ask that you keep your visits as brief as possible in order to minimize risk for everyone inside our libraries.

We would like to thank El Paso County Public Health for their authorization and support to reopen our doors to the public.

Why is PPLD requiring patrons to wear face masks?

PPLD prioritizes the health and safety of Library patrons, staff, and the community-at-large. To provide library services and resources inside of our facilities, our staff must interact directly with patrons in close proximity. We have instituted this requirement, along with other precautionary measures, to minimize potential transmission of COVID-19.

This is in accordance with Governor Polis’ latest Executive Order to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Colorado communities. Effective July 16, everyone in Colorado over the age of 10 is required to wear a face covering inside any public space. Also, after significant discussion and consideration of scientific findings during the May 27 public meeting, PPLD’s Board of Trustees unanimously approved the requirement of cloth face coverings by patrons and staff inside all libraries to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in El Paso County and beyond. The Board of Trustees determined that the Library District will comply with CDC recommendations requiring masks for those ages two and older, rather than the statewide recommendation of 10 and older.

PPLD will continue to adhere to public health guidance that’s grounded in science, especially as El Paso County Public Health and the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment report an increase in COVID-19 cases within El Paso County and across the state.

If you do not feel comfortable wearing a mask, PPLD still offers curbside services at all libraries. There are also many ways to use the Library remotely, almost anytime and anywhere.



What else can I expect from PPLD?

Here’s an overview of what is available – and not available – to our Library cardholders and patrons at this time:

  • Ready to return items and pick-up holds, but don’t want to come inside? Our curbside service will still be available! Use the link to find out more and access Library service hours and pickup instructions.

  • Use the Library remotely! Stream and download books, audiobooks, comics, magazines, music, and videos. Use our databases to conduct research, access ample resources for kids and teens, and more from your couch.

  • Check out our virtual services! Our librarians are bringing their services to you, anywhere and anytime.


  • Have a question? Ask a librarian! Our staff are available to help you by phone, live chat, and email.

  • Checked out items: While many due dates were extended due to our temporary closure, many Library materials that were checked out prior to our closure are now due. Please check your PPLD accounts either through our Catalog or on the PPLD mobile app for the new return dates, which will be listed by item. (Returns are accepted outside of all libraries as part of curbside service.)

  • Fines & fees: We officially went fine-free for most Library materials in early 2019, as long as they are not lost or damaged. (See above regarding checked out items.)

  • OverDrive: Since more patrons are using PPLD digital resources online, cardholders can have 20 checkouts for a total of 21 days each; the holds limit remains at a total of 30. PPLD will continue to add copies of digital materials to our collection as our budget allows. Some digital checkouts can be returned early so others have opportunity for access. Instructions for checking out and returning are available here.

  • Library programs & reservations: All in-person Library programs and events held inside of PPLD facilities, along with public meeting and study room reservations, have been cancelled through Thu., Dec. 31, unless it is deemed safe to resume sooner. Do note that this could be extended depending upon the state orders and local public health guidelines as we approach the end of 2020.

  • Library card signup: Register online and start using your card immediately! If you sign up online during this time, your temporary account will be available for 90 days (instead of the usual 12-day limit), giving you immediate access to OverDrive and other digital resources from home. Bring your ID and proof of address to your nearest Library and they can activate your full privilege account curbside!

  • Account expirations & renewals: Library card/account expirations will be extended, including accounts that expired in the past 24 months.

  • Interlibrary loans: Due to staffing restrictions based on guidance from local public health officials, maintaining the current number of requests is not feasible. Therefore, we are decreasing the number of Interlibrary Loans requests to three per Library card. We expect requests to take longer to fulfill (borrowing or purchasing), with a potential wait time of four to eight weeks.

  • WiFi access: All library facilities continue to provide open WiFi access inside locations, which should be also available outside of most PPLD buildings.

  • Book donations: Please keep books that you intend to donate. Direct such questions and concerns directly to the Friends of PPLD (online form).

What’s happening behind the scenes at PPLD?

All returned materials will be quarantined for a minimum of 96 hours before being processed and circulated. This time limit exceeds public health recommendations. (Items currently in our facilities haven’t been touched in several weeks.)

Per the safer-at-home order, the PPLD team can only work at half capacity inside our facilities. On-site staff are required to follow public health guidance like wearing face coverings, washing hands thoroughly and frequently, and maintaining proper distance during any in-person interactions. They are shelving books, pulling holds, quarantining returned materials, and helping circulate thousands of books, movies, and other items from PPLD’s large collection between our libraries.

Our librarians are still here for you virtually! Staff continue to take your questions by phone, live chat, and email. They’re also providing and expanding virtual services and programs, along with our digital collection. And, we’re working with community organizations, school districts, and other partners to support El Paso County residents with many different needs during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

Have questions about COVID-19?
We understand that people may be concerned about COVID-19 and how it may affect them. Please check out the following public resources for more information:

What should I do?
To help stop the spread of germs and any contagious illness, local and national public health experts recommend that everyone should take everyday preventive actions and practice good hygiene. Here are some tips specific to the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • Put distance between yourself and other people; at least 6 feet apart.

  • Stay home if you’re sick.

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover whenever in public settings, such as grocery stores, pharmacies, medical facilities, hiking trails, etc.

  • Frequently and thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer, if you cannot wash your hands.

  • Keep your hands away from your eyes, nose, and mouth; avoid touching with unwashed hands.

  • Cover your mouth with tissue when coughing or sneezing, and then properly wash your hands.

  • Clean surfaces and personal items, such as cell phones, using household disinfecting products.

What is COVID-19?
There is a global pandemic situation involving a respiratory illness named COVID-19, which is caused by a new coronavirus that spreads through coughing or sneezing, much like influenza (also known as the flu). Since much is still unknown about the novel virus, no vaccine is currently available to prevent COVID-19 infection.
For current information and updates on the pandemic:

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Community Conversations

Community Conversations at Pikes Peak Library District is a new series of monthly events that invites the public to discuss current events and issues impacting the Pikes Peak region. We want to promote civil dialogue and greater understanding of different perspectives.

Building Police and Community Relations Series


Part 1: Community Discussion

Recent events have our community, like others around the nation, hurting. Biased policing has become a point of discussion as violence crossing racial lines has provoked racial tensions and led to large scale protests. Where do we go from here? How do we begin to build stronger and safer police and community relationships? There is a shared desire for safer communities, fair and unbiased law enforcement, and the ability for law enforcement to safely do their jobs throughout our community. How do we get there?


Part 2: Panel Discussion

Panelists included:

  • Stephany Rose Spaulding, Associate Professor of Women’s and Ethnic Studies UCCS, Senior Pastor - Ebenezer Baptist Church,
  • Yolanda Avila, Colorado Springs City Council Member District 4
  • Leslie Herod, Colorado State Representative, District 8
  • Chief Vince Niski, Colorado Springs Chief of Police

Click here to watch.


Part 3: A Virtual Evening with Patrisse Cullors

Join PPLD for a virtual moderated Q&A Community Conversation on police and community relations featuring Patrisse Cullors, an author, activist, educator, and co-founder of the Black Lives Matter Global Network. Ms. Cullors is the author of When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir.

Click here for Parisse Cullors' biography.

Click here to read about the event.


Click here for resources.

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All Pikes Peak Makes: Call for Makers

Explore the world of making this October with All Pikes Peak Makes! Due to COVID-19, this event is going virtual for 2020!

A maker is someone who creates - to be innovative, to solve problems, to bring something beautiful into the world, or simply to have fun. They have an idea and they bring it to life. Making can encompass just about anything, from high tech to low tech to no tech, from art to fabrication to artistic fabrication, from needles to table saws to software.

Celebrate making with us!

These events are in partnership with Cool Science.

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Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from Tue., Sept. 15 - Thu., Oct. 15, recognizing the contributions and influence of Hispanic American to the history, culture, and achievements of the United States. PPLD hosts several opportunities to learn and celebrate.


Juan Morales Poetry Workshop

Juan Morales is joining us again to teach a poetry workshop. Register now to participate in the workshop from one of Colorado's renowned poets! For ages 18+.


Resources

  • Adults:
    • OverDrive reading list
    • Colorado Experience
      Justicia Y Libertad (27 min., NR)
      1968 was a pivotal year in American history: the Vietnam War hit its peak, Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated and riots shook the Democratic National Convention in Chicago. At home in Colorado, it marked the birth of the Chicano Movement. These pivotal times brought political activist Corky Gonzalez to the forefront as an early pioneer of equal rights for Mexican Americans.
  • Young Adults:
  • Families and Children:
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Pikes Peak Library District Foundation Named in $2 Million Dollar Bequest

Pikes Peak Library District Foundation is honored to receive $150,000 from the estate of Milt and Darlene Johnson.

As we have come to learn, Milt was what we at PPLD would refer to as a “power user.” While serving as the pharmacist at Broadmoor Drug at The Broadmoor Hotel, Milt often worked the 4-11 p.m. shift. With Dar teaching during the day, Milt became a mainstay at our Penrose Library where he spent countless hours educating himself on investments and investment strategies, pouring over resources such as The Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, and Barron’s.

After he retired, Milt continued to visit the library almost daily and used the knowledge he gained at the library to build and grow his and Darlene’s investment portfolio. In fact, Milt became such a subject matter expert that many of the investment advisors he and Darlene used often called Milt for advice. We are grateful to be a recipient of their generosity, which based on this story, is due in part to the time Milt spent at Penrose Library. PPLD’s mission is to provide resources and opportunities that impact individual lives and build community, and we cannot think of a more compelling story that demonstrates the impact of patrons connecting with library resources and in this case quite literally building our community.

PPLD and the PPLD Foundation are truly grateful to Darlene and Milt for including the library as part of the imprint these gifts will forever leave on our region, and we are deeply touched by Darlene’s gesture to make the gift to PPLD in Milt’s memory. The PPLD Foundation was created in 2003 to raise philanthropic funds and build an endowment to support our 15 libraries and the more than 650,000 people we serve. PPLD ranks 10th out of Colorado’s 13 largest library systems in funding per person, and the PPLD Foundation was created to accept meaningful, generous gifts like Darlene’s. It is donations large and small that helps PPLD close our funding gap and continue providing resources and opportunities that impact individual lives and build community. We are truly sorry to have lost Darlene and Milt, but these gifts will ensure their legacy is forever remembered.

Read more about the Johnsons and their estate in The Gazette's coverage here.

Photo credit: Joe Hollmann and the City of Colorado Springs


For more information on how you can include PPLD in your estate planning and create your own lasting legacy, contact Lance James at (719) 531-6333, x6890, or email foundation@ppld.org.

Learn more about the work of the PPLD Foundation.

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PPLD Challenge: Banned Books Art

Enter your creations in our PPLD Challenges! Your entry could be featured on social media. We’ll select one winner for each challenge, who will win a $25 gift card to Poor Richard’s Books & Gifts. Show off what you’ve made and be inspired by the creativity of others.

Banned Books Art

Celebrate your right to read! Create a piece of art celebrating or using pages from a banned book and show off what you’ve made on Facebook. You can even check out our video on PPLDTV, premiering on Sept. 1, for how to make wearables from banned books.

Post a photo on Facebook between Fri., Sept. 4 - Fri., Oct. 2. Entries must include #ppldchallenge and tag @ppldkids or @ppldteens to be eligible to win. Or email your photo to ppldchallenge@ppld.org and we will post it to social media for you.

Click here to find out more information about Banned Books, including lists for all ages. Or try a book from Brightly’s Banned & Challenged Books Every Tween and Teen Should Read.

Need some inspiration? Get a Take and Make kit from your Library starting Fri., Sept. 4, and get everything you need to create a beautiful miniature book charm featuring banned or challenged books that could be used as a necklace or a keychain (while supplies last).

Up Next: Fictional Character for President!

It’s time to campaign for your favorite fictional character! From Mon., Oct. 5 - Sun., Oct. 18, create a poster that answers the following question: “How would your favorite fictional character change the world for the better if she/he/it were elected president?” Entries must include the #ppldchallenge and tag @ppldkids or @ppldteens. Or email your entry to ppldchallenge@ppld.org and we’ll post it to Facebook for you.

Please keep your poster positive - let’s all remember to be kind!

From Tue., Oct. 20 - Tue., Nov. 3, it’s time to vote! All characters entered will be added to an online survey for voting. Encourage your family and friends to join in the voting - the winning character will be featured on our Facebook page.

Rules for participation:

  1. Please nominate in good faith your favorite fictional character
  2. Keep nominations and debates about fictional character merits civil and fun!
  3. PPLD reserves the right to remove inappropriate content, including but not limited to obscene or offensive statements or personal attacks. Learn more about our policies here.

Sidewalk Chalk Art Challenge


Summer Challenges

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Glow Up & Show Up - It's Time to Vote!

Election Day is Tue., Nov. 3. PPLD encourages everyone to get out there and make your voice heard. Looking for information about ballot issues and candidates? Click here to get started.

  • Mailing in your vote? Ballots will begin to be mailed to households starting Fri., Oct. 9.
  • Don't forget to sign your ballot envelope before mailing it in! If you forget, or your signature does not match you will be contacted as follow up to assure the ballot was cast properly.
  • Voters can go to GoVoteColorado.com to check their ballot status, and even sign up for BallotTrax where voters can opt in to receive email, text, and/or phone updates of their ballot status.
  • Colorado’s voting model is considered the gold standard, and there is significant physical and cyber security measures to help identify voter fraud, including extensive signature verification. Colorado does prosecute for voter fraud.

Register to Vote!

  • Click “Yes, register online” or download a paper registration form.
  • Enter your name, birthday, and either your Colorado driver’s license/ID card number or your Social Security number.

Voting Resources

Want more information? Visit our voting resources page!


Register in Person:

There are four locations where you can register to vote in El Paso County. Click here to find the location nearest you.

It’s best to bring a driver’s license or Colorado ID, or to know the last four digits of your Social Security number. However, you do not need to bring any of these things with you!

Each location is open Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
The Union Town Center Branch location is also open Saturday from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.

You may also register to vote in person at Voter Service & Polling Centers through Election Day.


Where to vote?

In El Paso County, you can mail in your ballot, drop it off at a secure 24-hour drop box, or vote in person at a Voter Service and Polling Center (VSPC) (where you can also register to vote, update your registration, and drop off your mail ballot). East Library and Library 21c are both drop-off locations.

  • Mail Ballot: Every active, registered voter in Colorado receives a ballot in the mail. You must register within eight days of the election to receive a mailed ballot.
  • You can fill it out at home and drop it back in the mail with postage.
  • You can fill the ballot out and drop it at one of our several convenient secure 24-hour drop boxes throughout
    the county. Find the locations of these drop boxes here.
  • You can fill the ballot out and drop it off at any VSPC in the county. Find the locations of these VSPCs here.
  • If you lost your mailed ballot or did not receive one, you can vote in-person at any VSPC in the county.
  • Many VSPCs are open for several days prior to the election, so you can beat the Election Day line.
  • Find the locations, open dates, and hours of these VSPCs here.

Who can vote in Colorado?

  • U.S. Citizens
  • Individuals who are 17 years old if they will be 18 years old by election day (but 16 and 17-year-olds can preregister!).
  • People who have lived in Colorado for 22 days or more before election day.
  • People who are not in detention in a correctional facility, jail, or other facility for a felony conviction.
  • People who have finished their sentence for a felony conviction, including any parole, are eligible to vote.
  • If you are on probation or were convicted for a misdemeanor, you are eligible to vote.

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Stroll-a-Story

Walk together and enjoy the benefits of a wonderful children’s book and some physical activity.

There’s an interesting story at each of our Library locations, waiting for you to read it.

Tag us on Facebook @PPLDKids and let us know what you think!

Are you ready? Let’s go!


Outside Strolls


Window Strolls

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Streaming History Series

In commemoration of Colorado History, join Regional History and Genealogy staff members as we view selected Rocky Mountain PBS Colorado Experience documentaries. Watch award-winning documentaries and chat about our state's unique history. Participants will learn about our state and community from the comfort of your home.

Register for one intriguing topic or the whole series. Click here to register for the whole series.

Registration is required.


Topics

Glen Eyrie Castle

  • Mon., Aug. 10 at 6:30 p.m.
  • Click here to register.

Enter the fascinating history of Colorado Springs’ founding estate. How did a refined English Tudor-style castle come to exist in the vast, unsettled West? Created by railroad tycoon and Civil War General William Jackson Palmer, Glen Eyrie Castle is adjacent to Garden of the Gods and the iconic views of Pikes Peak. Brand new archeological findings reveal intriguing details of castle life!


Ladies of the Mine

High altitude, groceries delivered by mule train, pack rats and spoiled Thanksgiving turkeys are just a few of the challenges faced by ladies living in Colorado's remote mining towns at the end of the 19th Century. Learn the stories of three inspirational women who held their own while surrounded by a harsh landscape and un-lady-like company.


Suffrage

On November 7, 1893, Colorado became the first state in the nation to grant women’s suffrage by a single issue popular vote, and the following year the first three female state legislators were elected. Meet the dedicated Colorado women that led this charge. Today, Colorado has the highest percentage of women in the state legislature.


KKK

From the Grand Dragon to known KKK appointees in the police, mayor and governor offices, Colorado once had the 2nd largest Ku Klux Klan membership in the United States. Discover the sordid history of the KKK in Colorado and the impact they had on Catholics, Jews and African Americans in early 1920s, and the courageous individuals who fought against their establishment.


Cheers to Beers!

The history of Colorado may best be seen through the bottom of a beer mug. From quenching the thirst of Gold Rush miners in the 1800's to modern craft brews pouring $3 billion into Colorado’s economy, beer has either borne witness to or helped create some of the most interesting chapters in the state’s history. Meet the pioneers of this now booming industry. Cheers!

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We hope you enjoy the 23rd edition of Stone Soup, published by the Adult Education Department of Pikes Peak Library District.

These stories are written by adult participants and volunteers. They are offered as submitted.

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LENA Start

LENA Start is a 10-week program where parents learn how to increase conversational turns with their babies and toddlers.

Wednesdays, Sept. 9 thru Nov. 11, 2020 from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.


LENA device in vestHave you ever wondered how much you talk to your baby/toddler? Would you like to learn ways to increase talk and get your child ready for school?

This 10-week program will help parents, with children 0-32 months, increase conversational turns. Each week a child will wear a "talk pedometer" to track the number of adult words, conversational turns, and minutes of electronics they are exposed to. We will increase conversational turns by the end of the 10 weeks. We will meet weekly to give you tips on how to increase conversational turns and each parent will receive a free book each week! The child will receive a gift at graduation and three gift cards throughout the program!

Pre-registration is required. Click here to register!

For more information contact Melody Alvarez at malvarez@ppld.org.

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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.”

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Dial-a-Story

PPLD's Family & Children's Services are now offering storytimes via phone!


Call (719) 531-6333, x7150 to hear stories 24/7.

There are stories available for different age groups (pre-K, Kindergarten through second grade, and grades three through six).

In addition to stories categorized by age, you'll be able to hear:

  • Stories in a language other than English
  • Stories about being your best self
  • Short songs, poems, and jokes
  • Traditional stories and fairy tales

You can even make a story request! And keep calling back, because stories will be updated regularly.

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Celebrating Our Home, the Pikes Peak Region

Early in 2020, Makers Liz Kettle and Ruth Chandler of Textiles West set out to teach community members how to create fabric collages to celebrate the beauty of our Pikes Peak Region and share stories of our home and community. A week into the Spring Residency, everything came to a halt due to COVID-19.

Rather than stop the Textile Art Project altogether, Liz and Ruth transformed it into a virtual format, so that our community could be creative and stay connected even while sheltering at home. In many ways, the finished compilations are a record of our community and our shared experience during this unprecedented time. We’ve compiled all the finished pieces submitted by local community members into a Flickr album, which you can explore here.

MIR Collage

You can also see the pieces in person as part of a rotating display by visiting the following libraries during the months listed below. At the end of the display rotation, the piece will live at Monument Library.

Even though the Spring/Summer Textile Art Residency has come to an end, you can still create your very own collage! This project is traditionally a textile (fabric) project, but Liz and Ruth have adapted the project to use just about any materials you have at home. Get started by looking through the various PDF project patterns (see below) and reading through this tutorial PDF. This will give you a basic idea of the project and let you know what supplies you’ll need to get started.
Then, watch the video below to see Liz explain how to get creative and pull it all together! (Please note the video cuts off at the end, but all important content is included.) Links to supplementary videos examining various stitch types are also available below.


Patterns

Supplementary Videos

The Makers


Textiles West's teachers are all experts who know the power of creating and understand that for many, textiles are a much more accessible art form than traditional art forms.

Liz Kettle

Liz KettleThrough her work, Liz Kettle tells tales that are personal as well as those that speak of relationship, humanity, and the earth. She chooses a nontraditional palette of fabric and stitch because she believes they connect us and draw us closer in a way that cannot be achieved with traditional art materials alone. Liz uses a variety of techniques drawing from the deep wells of quilting, mixed media collage, and paint to tell and support each unique story.

Liz is the co-founder and Director of Textiles West, a Textile Art Center that aims to inspire widespread awareness, participation, and appreciation of textile and fiber arts.

Liz is passionate about teaching and is a co-author of two books; Fabric Embellishing: The Basics and Beyond and Threads: The Basics and Beyond. She is also the solo author of First Time Beading on Fabric, Layered and Stitched and Know Your Needles. Liz has articles published in Quilters Home, Quilting Arts, Quilting Arts In Stitches and Cloth Paper Scissors Studios, and has appeared in the PBS show Quilting Arts TV.

Ruth Chandler

Ruth ChandlerRuth Chandler grew up in Japan where the vibrant color and texture of Japanese fabric, combined with the simplicity of Japanese design, caught Ruth’s attention. Ruth learned basic Sashiko from an elderly neighbor and at the age of four, and began to create and sew her own clothes at the age of ten which became an outlet for her imagination and creativity.

She made her first quilt in 1990, a queen size, hand-appliquéd and hand-quilted Hawaiian pineapple quilt, and she has never looked back. In her own unique style she loves to use new techniques mingled with the old and her work usually shows the influence of her years spent in Japan. Shibori, Boro, Sashiko, and indigo dying are her love, however she also teaches garment sewing and other classes to children and adults.

Ruth teaches locally at Textiles West in Colorado Springs, and nationally at Art and Soul Retreats. Ruth has written several articles for Quilting Arts magazine, blog posts for Havels’ Sewing, and has work published in several books. Additionally, Ruth is one of the co-authors of the best-selling book, Fabric Embellishing: The Basics and Beyond, and is the solo author of Modern Hand Stitching.

Ruth may be contacted for nationwide classes at ruthachandler@comcast.net

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13th Annual PPLD Teen Art Contest

Vision 20/20!

PPLD challenged teens expressed their vision for the future and considered the past through art. Prizes were awarded to top finishers in Middle School and High School categories.


Submissions are closed. Check back in December 2020 for information on how to enter the 2021 contest.

Due the the pandemic, we were unable to present winners and artwork in our Libraries. This year, we will feature all six winners on our social media and on the home page of our website. We will feature a winner every day from Tue., June 9 through Sun., June 14.

We announced the winners via email. There's a lot of information packed in the message, so please make sure to read it thoroughly!

If you are unable have any issues with pick-up, please reply to the email and we will make different arrangements.

Again, congratulations to all of you! Thank you so much for your patience while we figured all of this out!


The winners of the Vision 2020 art contest are:

Middle School Second Place:
If Families Were United by Lexi H.
if families were united

High School Second Place:
Social Commentary by Bo A.
social commentary

Best in Show:
Ancient Future by Emilina S.
ancient future

Middle School First Place:
Colorful Year Ahead by Emma P.
colorful year ahead

High School First Place:
Emotions Never Die by Amelia U.
emotions never die

Coordinators’ Choice:
Summer Joy by Kyra S.
summer joy


If you have additional questions or need help, please contact Joanna Rendon, jrendon@ppld.org.

Keep busy with this year's Summer Adventure presented by Children's Hospital Colorado!

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Given our stand against racism, along with the continued national and local conversations, we want to highlight and celebrate the Shivers Fund.

Clarence and Peggy Shivers created the Shivers Fund at Pikes Peak Library District, in concert with PPLD, in 1993. They introduced the Shivers African American Historical and Cultural Collection at PPLD, which continues to expand annually thanks to the Shivers Fund and its many supporters. In addition to the collection, the Shivers Fund at PPLD also provides opportunities for our community to celebrate history, culture, and the arts. The Fund hosts concerts and other events, as well as helps expands educational and cultural opportunities for young people to encourage tolerance and diversity.

Our Library District and Foundation applaud the Shivers Fund for its continued investment to create more tolerance, diversity, and community in the Pikes Peak region.

Learn more about the history and work of the Shivers Fund.

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Statement on Racism and Inequity

PPLD commits itself to join the efforts of all who share its mission of building a community free of racism, hatred, and intolerance. Our full statement is below:

Providing resources and opportunities that impact individual lives and build community – that is the mission of Pikes Peak Library District. Our community, like others across the nation, is hurting. Just as it is our mission to build community, it is our duty to speak against the forces that would tear us apart.

The killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery have reminded all of us once again that the battle against racism and intolerance is not over. For many individuals, those forces are a constant in their lives, and that battle is waged on a daily basis. For those of us who do not experience the burden of systemic racism, events such as these may briefly ignite an urgent desire to seek justice and true equality for Black members of our community. All too often, though, we allow that sense of urgency to gradually disappear until the next horrific act of violence occurs. This cycle must stop.

PPLD stands with those in El Paso County and throughout our country who are exercising their Constitutional rights to protest against systemic racism, inequity, and violence against the Black community. As a public library, we stand for the innate equality of all we serve. We pledge to do our part to help our community realize that diversity, inclusivity, and equity are pillars of a strong and thriving community and that if even one individual is harmed through injustice or racism, our entire community suffers. This is not the time to simply move on until the next act of violence jars us from our complacency. PPLD commits itself to join the efforts of all who share its mission of building a community free of racism, hatred, and intolerance.

- John Spears, Chief Librarian & CEO, and Debbie English, President of PPLD’s Board of Trustees


In response to these events, PPLD has curated a list of resources for our community.
Click here to find links to national and local news coverage, deeper background on the issues, books, and other items here.


Let's Talk about Racism: Digital Book List

The African American Historical and Cultural Collection, funded by the Shivers Fund at PPLD

Let's Talk about Racism: Teen Collection

Let's Talk about Race and Racism: Children's Collection

Celebrating Black Voices: Picture Books


Social and Systemic Injustice Movies on Kanopy
Catalog links from booklist below:
Additional Resources
For Adults:

For Kids:

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