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Message from the Interim Library Director:

The Pikes Peak Library District’s Board of Trustees is conducting a nationwide search for a new Executive Director. Former Executive Director, Paula Miller, has accepted a position with the Baltimore County Library system.

The Board of Trustees, the Leadership Team, and the PPLD staff will miss Paula’s guidance, but also look forward to a new chapter in the Library’s history.

Library 21c is open and many exciting activities are taking place at the new facility on the corner of Chapel Hills and Jamboree. Be sure to visit the Creative Computer Commons (C3) and check out the Makerspace. There are opportunities to create and edit videos, design 3-D prototypes, create logos, utilize sewing machines, write software, and much more. PPLD's Business & Entrepreneurial Center is a great resource for budding and even seasoned entrepreneurs. Words cannot adequately describe the children’s area. (My great grandson did not want to leave. Apologies for the noise, but he just turned 3). And of course the teens have their place to study and meet and game.

The Venue at 21c hosts many exciting programs – be sure to check the programs/events page for Library 21c activities as well as all of the programs, classes, and meeting opportunities occurring in all of the Library’s facilities.

The Library Board of Trustees and staff are continuing to work on the rest of the Tri Building Project. East and Penrose Libraries will receive updating and will have Library 21c spaces and activities. The Community Libraries are hosting many programs and classes related to the Make programs developed at Library 21c. It is an exciting time to visit a library.

Of course new library materials – books, audio books, playaways, CDs are arriving every day and are on the shelves for perusal and check out. In addition, the eMaterials collections, CyberShelf, are also available for free – music, video, books, and magazines. Our staff can help you download items from the library’s collections on any device that allows it! Be sure to take advantage of these materials.

The Library’s Adult Literacy/ESL/GED Program offers GED, ESL, and basic education classes.

If you have never done so, explore Databases A-Z. There are so many subjects to try. Use Mango to learn a language and hear pronunciation. Twenty two languages are available. There’s a live homework site (Help Now). Business Decisions provides GIS data; market research, demographics. There’s a job search database and Alldata available for fixing your car. There are too many databases to list here.

Recommended Websites are selected by PPLD librarians and include local government information; databases for budding authors; wildfire and flood information and again many more.

And did you know that you can Book a Librarian for in depth research and use Ask a Librarian for quick research? Of course you can still call and visit to ask reference questions.

Visit the Carnegie Library downtown. If you follow the historic photographs in the Gazette, you will note that those are owned by Special Collections at PPLD. There are many more where they came from. The Genealogy collection at PPLD’s Special Collections is also popular and can help you search for your ancestors wherever they lived.

I could go on and on, but I better leave something for the new executive director to say.

Sydne Dean
Pikes Peak Library District
Interim Executive Director


Mango Languages

Why is the library getting rid of Mango Languages in favor of Rosetta? Not only did Mango have more languages than Rosetta, but it provided the entire course, whereas Rosetta only offers level 1.

Hi there. Rosetta Stone has

Hi there. Rosetta Stone has been a reliable provider of language instruction for over 20 years covering the major languages spoken around the world. They are just now offering the online format to public libraries. We have had many requests for Rosetta Stone. We do expect Rosetta Stone to offer the other levels in the near future which would then provide more lessons than Mango Languages. Thank you for letting us know that you like Mango Languages. We continually evaluate our database offerings and appreciate your input.

book on kindle

I have The Shack rented on my Kindle. I am trying to find out the due date and I cannot do so on your website. Can you help me?


You can find out information

You can find out information on your electronic material checkouts through the cybershelf. If you log on into your Overdrive account using your library card and pin number you will find all of your electronic material that is check out through Overdrive. All electronic materials do return themselves on the due date and you won't get any overdue fines. Please feel free to give the CyberClinic a call at 884-9800 if you have further questions!

Alexander McCall Smith and e-readers

How come the Precious Ramotswe series isn't available for Kindle readers when many of the author's other titles are? Can you fix this?

Hi there, You can request

Hi there,

You can request titles for purchase by our vendor, Overdrive, by following these instructions:

Hope this helps!

Baby Time

Is there any way to have a Baby Time session a little later in the morning? My son loves going to Baby Time, but we have only been able to make it a handful of times. Most days he naps from 9-11 (like most babies in the age range for Baby Time) making it difficult to ever make it to the sessions on time. The last time we were able to make it, a few other moms were saying the same thing and the person conducting Baby Time even mentioned that the first sessions have very few in attendance. I would suggest an 11:30 session to make it easier for babies of that age to attend. We love the program, just wish it was easier to get there.

Baby Time

Thank you for your feedback. We have generally set the Baby Time programs with start time ranging from 9:30 to 11:00, depending on which library you attend. The East Library has a Baby Time starting at 11:00, ending at approximately 11:45. This has been a combination of the desires/schedules of our baby and parent patrons and our staff availability. Most of the parents have indicated that their babies' schedules change frequently, and it is hard to pick a time when everyone would be able to attend. They would like the program to end in time for their babies' lunches. I would be happy to discuss this with you further if you would like, but I wanted you to know that we will definitely take your comments into consideration when planning programs in the future.

Nancy Maday, Children's Services Manager,

Looking for a quiet place to

Looking for a quiet place to study

Submitted by TryingToBeStudious (not verified) on Thu, 09/18/2014 - 10:41am.

First off -- I LOVE the library. I love the community that it develops. I love the convenience that having several branches offers. I love the programs that are offered.

What I don't love is the NOISE! I've always believed that the library was a quiet place. It has always been a place I could go to have a quiet place to research and work. No so any longer, it seems.

I live near and use the High Prarie branch. The people who work here are awesome and helpful, and they work very hard to make this a great library. They also staff SEVERAL events and have been engaged in those events every time I've been in this branch. KUDOS!!!

The problem is the noise level. I have to take time off of work to study, but even in the study room, the noise is very distracting and makes it difficult to focus. There have been times when the activity has taken place IN the community room (not ALWAYS the case), but even then, the door is left open and the noise spills out into the library. When I have been able to use the study room, I've kept the door shut, but even that doesn't help.

I'm not advocating for the return of the 'classic view of librarians' -- grumpy ladies who are experts at making that shushing noise that's louder than anything I could ever dream to produce -- just that there be an effort to limit the noise caused by community activities and/or all the children that are here with parents, whether they be attending an activity or not. Even gentle reminders by the staff would make a noticeable difference, I believe.

Thanks for letting me express my frustration, and thank you for all you do for this community.

Trying To Be Studious

Dear Trying To Be

Dear Trying To Be Studious,

Firstly, thank you so much for recognizing the hard work and dedication of the staff at the High Prairie Community Library. That is music to my ears!

I appreciate your need for a quiet place to study. It is true that the Falcon area has a serious lack of quiet places to congregate, and a distraction-free environment is hard to come by. I understand that you would want the High Prairie Library to be that place of repose. It makes sense since we have Pikes Peak Community College just across the road and so many students breach our doors, daily.

You are familiar with the small size of our branch, at 6,000 sq ft, as well as the openness of the floor plan, I am sure. Sound does indeed travel easily through the library, particularly when we have events going on. Our library does cater to all ages, and often programs occur that are open for attendance in order to continue to foster that sense of community in the Falcon area. So, the result is a louder library, unfortunately.

I typically offer the study room to those who need a quieter spot to study, which you have tried. Another thing you may want to try is to try to plan your time at the library around when we have big children's events, Tuesday and Thursday mornings, and often Wednesday afternoons. Hopefully that is a realistic possibility for you. Quieter times are typically, Mondays (particularly in the evening), Tuesday evenings, and Wednesday mornings. You can check our calendar here:
In addition, our community meeting room can be used for quieter study if it is not being used for a program.

All the best,
Michael A. Doherty
Library Manager
High Prairie Community Library


Hello, i want to know what do i have to do to get into the computer classes, do I get any certification on these classes?, Im a military wife and im looking for new things that can help me in my resume.

Thank you for your help.

Computer Classes @ PPLD

Hi there,

To sign up for any of our library classes, you can visit any PPLD branch and sign up at the Reference Desk or call 719-389-8968 to sign up. You do not need to be a library patron in order to sign up.

To view a schedule of the classes at all branches, visit our homepage at

Our courses do not provide a certification, but would offer you an opportunity to add new skills to your resume. If you are interested in help with your resume, you might want to consider taking one of our Career Compass courses or taking a look at our Career Compass resources which can be found at

If you are interested in gaining certifications, PPLD provides patrons access to Universal Class. With over 500 courses, this database offers classes in everything from bookkeeping and office skills to art and yoga. You will receive CEU certifications for completing different courses. All you need to access these classes is your library card number. You can access from home, and the classes are free of charge.

Hope this helps!


How do I get an online account so I can reserve books?

Hi there. You can use your

Hi there. You can use your library card number (the barcode number) and PIN to login to your Account to reserve books. If you don't know your PIN, please call us at 531-6333 x1382 and we'll be glad to help.

How many books?

I am currently gathering research on the Pikes Peak Library District for an informative speech, and have become curious about how many books PPLD has available in it's circulation. I can't seem to find an estimate anywhere, do you have any idea?


Hi there. At the end of 2013

Hi there. At the end of 2013 we had 933,302 circulating items. This does not include eMaterials (eBooks, eAudios, etc). Hope this helps!

Just had to share our delight with reference desk librarian

Hi Ms. Miller,
My husband and I visited the East Library yesterday with one of those questions that librarians must dread... My husband had found and checked out a book last summer that he wanted to see again but couldn't remember the name. Despite having a fair amount of detail about the book, various searches turned up no clues. We were about to give up when the Kaitlan (Caitlan?) suggested that if I didn't delete emails regularly, that perhaps I would still have the name of the book in a reminder email to return it from last July. Sure enough - there was the title!
We so appreciate Kaitlan's tenacity. She worked on our dilemma through several patrons visiting her desk. We wanted you to know you have a gem of an employee: enthusiastic, thoughtful, kind, patient, and SMART!
And we wanted to put in a plug to allow patrons to save their past history of checkout materials.
Best wishes,
Sara Kennedy

An idea to make life better, for they many poor.

I am both an advocate against poverty and lived in poverty for 60 of 64 years. I want to tell the PPLD that in the name of "fairness" and by not making exceptions in printing for the poor, the reference personal and someone called Jan, made it hard for the poor of any skin tone, to better themselves.

I would like to see a special printing once or twice a year for people of poverty.

They might have to provide a snap ebt card, or attest to their inability to pay; to get such services. But it would help people who cannot afford travel for 5 days for $.100 worth of free printing, when travel cost at the least 85 Cents each way. Or they pay $1.70 each day, to get $1.00 free printing costs. This is far from being cost effective.

At the end of December, I was lacking in funds, food etc. I asked two Reference librarians if I could copy a booklet I posted of about 40 pages. They said no and called somene named Jan. who I was tolded repeated what the librains told me. in the name of fairness I could not use 4-5 days printing at once.

This is no more fairness then you know-who -wanting to kill all Jewish and gay people. The poor, cannot afford the mulitple trips to the library. I ask you make exceptions for the poor. Jan.


Dear Ms. Lightfoot:
I have actually answered your question already as you emailed it directly to me. The Library allows 10 free copies for everyone. After that we charge 10 cents/page. This is a very generous policy. Many libraries no longer offer free copies because of the cost and increasingly limited budgets. The Pikes Peak Library District has maintained the 10 free copies so that people of limited means and children (who rarely have change) can make copies.

Sydne Dean
Associate Director of Public Services

Library Program for Children

I have 3 American Girl dolls that are as good new and I have been wondering where to donate them. I ran across this article (see below) and thought this was a brilliant idea! Would Pikes Peak Library ever consider this program?

A Doll's Story
A New York City public library lets kids borrow an American Girl doll.
MARCH 01, 2013
By TFK Staff

What good is a doll that isn't played with? That's what Thea Taube thought as she looked at the American Girl doll sitting on a shelf in her office. Taube is a children's librarian at an East Village branch of the New York Public Library. "She looked lonely," Taube told TFK. "I thought, Why not lend her out and let kids enjoy her? A book needs to be read and to go out to have value. It's the same with a doll."

Check Her Out

Taube started sharing Kirsten in 2004. Over time, word spread about the opportunity to temporarily adopt the doll. "I was 4 when I first saw her on Ms. Thea's desk," says Flora Sobrino, 11. She is one of Kirsten's caretakers.

Flora didn't take the doll home until she was older. "I was 6 when I became interested in American Girl dolls," she says. "Since I didn't have a doll of my own yet, I took Kirsten home."

Toy-sharing lets children play with something they might not be able to own. A doll like Kirsten costs $110. Many families either can't afford that or choose not to spend so much money on a toy. "Kids grow out of their toys so quickly," Taube says.

The toy-lending idea is catching on. "I had a phone call from a woman in Rhode Island who bought two dolls for her local library," says Taube. Maybe one day, Kirsten will be part of a community of well-loved dolls traveling from libraries to homes.

To access the digital edition of TIME For Kids, go to

Library program for children

Hello Molly,

This sounds like a great idea! If your dolls are still available, our children's staff would be interested in lending out the dolls to children, and possibly using them for displays. We sometimes have American Girl tea parties at the various libraries, and they would definitely come in handy for that as well. Please contact me if you are interested.

Nancy Maday
PPLD Children's Services Manager

Donation of new children's book

Hello Paula,
I have a new children's book, Lucky's Adventure, that I would like to share with your is about the Estes Park duck race and Rotary's sponsoring it for 25 years raising two million dollars for charity. Lucky joins his silent friends for the race in Rocky Mountain Park and meets many new friends, real and not. I would like to donate some copies for your collection. It is a paperback with an ISBN published by Xlibris and available on Barnes and Noble and
Please let me know if you would be interested. I could send one copy for your approval.
Thank you,
Marilyn Maher

Your Water Policy

I would like to know why the library has decided to now institute a "no water in the library" policy? There are some patrons, like myself, who have health issues which require that we drink a lot of water, especially during the Summer. I do not drink from water fountains as I don't consider them sanitary.

It seems to me that if you are worried about someone spilling a drink on a computer or book, that you could charge them for damaging any materials. Taking away a person's water is about as dumb as not allowing a person to legally carry a handgun in a public building. I hope you reconsider your policy.

We have a no beverage or

We have a no beverage or food policy at Penrose Library. The Library had too many incidents related to eating and congreating and not using the Library resources. We also experienced problems with alcoholic drinks brought into the library. You may bring your water bottle and leave it on the counter by the Security desk if you are uncomfortable using the drinking fountains.

Rockrimmon book return location

I want you to know that I absolutely hate the Rockrimmon branch's new book return location. I do not like going back behind a building into a deserted alley and being forced to get out of my car to return books. It does not seem to me to be in the best interests of your patrons to put their safety at risk like this. Perhaps you could put one of your drop boxes back out in front of the building for those of us who are older and less able to defend ourselves.

Rockrimmon Book Return


We are sorry that you have had a bad experience with our new drive-up book return. We moved our outside book return for a variety of reasons. These included the volume of returns on weekends and over holidays and that our older book drops were not secure allowing for vandalizing and theft of library materials.

Patron safety was one of our primary concerns. We had a local police officer survey the area and confirm public safety. The area is visible to traffic entering on the north side of the parking lot and there is also an attended Goodwill donation station close by. We had property management increase lighting in the back and PPLD installed security cameras. While we would have like to have made this a drive-thru, the building design did not allow for this feature. We were able to put in two parking spaces only a few feet away from the book return slot. The Rockrimmon parking lot is small, busy and consistently full. There have been several accidents and near misses caused by patrons double parking so they can run books and materials into our old front drop boxes. Other patrons have had to park in the Safeway parking lot just to return their library material. This was inconvenient and hazardous to patrons, especially those with small children.

Feel free to continue to use the shopping center parking lot and bring your materials inside to use our lobby book return. Please don’t hesitate to ask any Rockrimmon staff member for assistance as we would all be more than happy to assist you.

Thank you,
Abby Simpson
Managing Librarian
Rockrimmon Library

Wonderful Library

I just want to thank the staff at Sand Creek Library. I have been going there for years and years and every person who works there is knowledgeable, friendly, and so very helpful. I consider many of the staff more than library employees, I consider them friends.

Thank you all for such a great library system.

I've recently moved to

I've recently moved to Colorado Springs from out of state, and I have been very impressed with the library system here! I've never had such an easy time finding things. Just about everything I could ever want to read, listen to, or watch is available locally and the rare item that is not in PPLD is easily found through Colorado's interlibrary loan. I also greatly appreciate the ease of holding items and sending them to my neighborhood branch. Other libraries through the country are not nearly so efficient.

The only thing that I miss from some of the other libraries we've lived near is a history of the things I've checked out. Sometimes I like to come back to things I've read or I get interrupted in a series of books or DVDs and forget which volume I'm reading. Is such a thing available? If not, then I'd like to suggest a list in the online catalog that automatically includes things I've checked out.

I also have a question about how the items are divided throughout the various branches. I've noticed that the selection at the nearest branch to my home changes quite a bit. The books don't have a branch listed on any of the library applied stickers. How do you decide which library for a book to stay at? Does the book simply stay at the last place it was turned in?

Thanks for all the work you do for the PPLD. This really is an exemplary library!

Reply to JLM

We are glad to know that you are enjoying the Pikes Peak Library District. We have tested a catalog feature that allows for the retention of the patron checkout history, but we found the feature needed further development by the vendor before we could use it. We know some patrons would like to have the ability to save the checkout information, and we can only implement this option when it adequately allows patrons to "opt in." I hope it is an option we can provide in the future. We reported our suggestions to the vendor.
We don't have a way to implement a list in the catalog that automatically retains patron checkouts.

PPLD has a "floating collection" which means most items don't have a permanent home at a particular library (except magazines, reference materials, local history/genealogy materials). As you suggested, the items stay where they land when they are turned in. There is a lot of movement of items due to the filling of holds to be picked up at other libraries, and the community libraries often transfer items to bigger libraries when their shelves have too much in one area and they need more space.

Best regards,
PPLD IT Department

Cell Phones and PPLD (Sand Creek)

First off let me say that I love all that PPLD has to offer from books, music, movies and intranet usage. My complaint is the useage of cell phones being talked on while people are using the computers (Sand Creek branch). I use this library twice a week and almost always theres a person or two talking on cell phone as if they are at home. Last week the whole hour I was on the computer a lady talked the entire time. A librarian even saw and yes heard the lady talking and said nothing. It looked from what I saw that the Librarian didn't want any confrontation. I can only speculate that was case from what I saw. I have in the past asked someone to please quite down or please put their cell phone away. It only ended with them getting an attitude and continuing to use the phone. What I'm getting at is can't all PPLD have no cell phone use and enforce it? The 8th street branch has sighns posted at every computer and I have never seen or hear anyone using cell phones there. Thank you so much for your time.

Cell Phone Usage

I love this library. I utilize the Penrose branch because, like so many others around me, it's warm when the weather is cold and the shelter (for those of us who are homeless and in the shelter system) won't allow us to stay in the shelter.

I am thankful that cell phones are allowed here, personally. We are not allowed to use them (if they have a camera in them) at the shelter so the library is the only place to conduct business. I DO agree that there's a time and a place and IF a person has to use their phone, they should be cognizant of the people around them, not talking all loud and crazy. Being polite and using common sense is important so I'm glad that "Annonymous" brought it up. One function of security is to enforce that the phone usage is kept to a reasonable volume and tone. They do this very well, from what I've seen.

I sincerely hope that the library does NOT shut down the cell phone allowances-for those of us attempting to find or maintain work, we need a place to be able to do this...from myself, personally, I shall be very careful how much I use it- what I say and how I say it.

Cell Phone Usage at Sand Creek


I am sorry to hear that your recent visit to Sand Creek Library was disappointing. We do allow cell phone use in the computer area as there are many situations where someone may need to be discussing something that they are handling on the computer. However, we also ask that all patrons be mindful of those around them. Staff will ask patrons to lower their voices or step away if we receive a complaint or someone is inappropriately loud. The next time you are in Sand Creek, please feel free to speak with a staff person if you are next to someone who is overly loud, and we can address the situation.

Thank you,
Becca Cruz
Sand Creek Library Manager

New Catalog

I love your new catalog. Esp. the "My Lists" feature. It's so nice to not have to worry so much about writing down everything I want to check out in the future ( list inevitably lost), so that everything won't come in at once. I have been using the Fountain Branch for 20 years now, and have always been so very happy with the staff. They are always very friendly/sociable. Thank you guys for doing such a great job!

new catalog

whatever happened to the saying "If it ain't broke,don't fix it!" Why don't you bring back the catalog card drawers? Did you have complaints about the old catalog? I doubt it. Makes me want to go to the Pueblo library, the catalog there is easier with same rsults as our old catalog. Don't waste money on this when new books are more important. More CD's more movies on DVD's, or more copies. Have enough books on certain subjects that you don't need to have an interlibrary search, hoping that some library has it.

The primary reason that the

The primary reason that the catalog was changed was to make searching easier for patrons. The number one complaint about our "old" catalog interface was the search mechanism, which did not allow for spelling errors or provide "did you mean", Google-like capability to the patrons. The new catalog does this, and provides other features which patrons have long requested, such as "faceted" searching (the ability to limit searches effectively from the first page, not having to go to an "advanced" search page, etc). We have had many positive remarks about the new catalog, as it addresses these issues. This newer technology will continue to be improved by our vendor, whereas the old interface will not be improved and will remain the same, as the vendor is putting their resources towards continued development of their new software. Regarding the cost question, the Library actually was able to upgrade to the newest version of the software without cost, which does, indeed, leave more money for materials and services. However, if you do not like the new catalog, the old interface is still available to you, and we will maintain it as long as possible. You can use the old catalog at


Carolyn K. Coulter
Information Technology and Virtual Services Officer

Teen Scene book lists

I'd say that I have to laugh each month when I receive the "Teen Scene" book list, but it's really no laughing matter. The selection of titles is, every time, a sad commentary on the times. Rarely do we find even one title on the list worth pursuing. Is this really the best today's authors have to offer our youth? Feeding their minds with such fodder, junk, and poison is asking for a future of limited intellect and diminished principle. Simply being newly published does not make a book worthy of attention, much less the time required to read it. I am dismayed for the families that rely on the Teen Scene lists to select reading material for their youths. It would be encouraging to see librarians use more discernment in making recommendations to teen readers. Of course, that would take much more effort than simply regurgitating a list of new trash put out by the publishing machine. But let's strive for that higher bar......our youth deserve it!

The Teen Scene email

The Teen Scene email newsletter is a product that the library subscribes to through EBSCO. The choice of books for any of the NextRead newsletters are based on reviews from trusted review sources, as well as the expertise of EBSCO bibliographers, who are all Librarians by profession. The lists created are certainly not all inclusive of any genre but are meant to be representative of what’s new and popular, as well as older titles that might be of interest. We know that the recommendations won’t be to everyone’s tastes or sensibilities. These lists are trying to reach a broad audience. Our intent is not to regurgitate every title that publishers put out, but to give a small representation of the best reviewed titles, as well as the most widely purchased by public libraries, in any given theme. NextReads also offers a “Tween Scene” newsletter with titles that are generally a cleaner category with perhaps less controversial titles.

We will try to offer a wider variety of suggestions in the Teen Scene newsletter.

PPLD has also created many teen booklists that are available at

Thank you for your feedback,

Kaitlin Hoke
Teen Services Coordinator

new library page

I do not like the new library catalog. I find it hard to use and understand. I feel that you are trying to reach out to the younger patrons but are forgetting us older ones. The ones that have a hard time with technology. I have been spending the past 20 minutes just trying to put a book on hold.


Hi there. We're sorry you

Hi there. We're sorry you are having a difficult time adjusting to the new Catalog. However, we feel the new search mechanism is vastly superior to the current one and have not taken to this change lightly. Perhaps the following instructions will help you place items on hold:

We appreciate you taking the time to write us. Please call the Library at 389-8968 if you require further assistance.


Virginia Franklyn

eAudiobook vs CD Book

I think the eAudiobooks are great, but why have the amount of CD Books in the locations become so limited? I have a long drive to/from work and the eAudiobooks don't do me any good. Is there a way to request a CD Book be ordered to a certain branch??

Hi there. Absolutely. Just

Hi there. Absolutely. Just follow these instructions to place an item (in this case, a CD Book) on hold:

Please call the Library at 389-8968 if you require further assistance. Thank you for your message.


Virginia Franklyn

library hours

I had a great idea to start studying at my local branch every morning. But then I realized they don't open until 10am.... I don't know about other library customers but I just find 10am to be very inconvenient for people who get up early and want to start their days and not wait until 10 to hunker down on studying. If I go at 10 I don't have a lot of real study time before I need to leave for lunch and going back and forth between my house and the library is kind of a hassle. Plus walking in the hotter 10am weather in the summer is a drag. I like studying there but it just became an inconvenience. Why do the libraries not open earlier?

Library Hours

Hi, Caitlin,

There are several reasons for the current start at 10 a.m. There is a lot of preparation time in the morning that staff must accomplish before we open. We also have meetings that are held in the morning before we open and we have long hours as you know until 9 p.m. The staff also conduct many classes particularly computer classes and story times prior to 10 a.m.

That said, we have begun to talk about opening at 9 a.m. and are trying figure out if that would mean closing earlier. Our staff is limited and we are not in a position to add staff so we probably would have to cut hours somewhere else. We noted that the 8-9 hour in the evening is slow at most sites, except for computer use. We will study use patterns and at some point probably survey patrons about new hours.

Thank you for posing this question.

Sydne Dean
Associate Director of Public Services

Your goofy site

PPLD website is not user friendly. What on earth do you mean by "Homepage" above, for example? Most likely you bought the site as a package with mildly customized graphics. But, the functions are neither obvious nor reliable, so far as I have been able to tell. Part of the problem is the graphics: SHOUT CHECK OUT, don't hide it. Another example: I truly doubt the library has no books by Justice Scalia. If you have them, why hide them? And if you don't have any, then maybe there is a problem there also. The search function is just painful. I have no confidence in any result. Where is the button to send this comment? Is it the "Preview" button? That is not an obvious choice, at least to me. From the rejection of my comment, I deduce that you are asking if I have a homepage. Sorry, I don't. What does that have to do with making a comment? Your site is like a Swiss Army knife without a blade.

Hi there. Homepage means

Hi there. Homepage means your website, if you have one. It is not a required field. I'm not entire sure what you mean by 'shout check out'. Links to the Catalog and My Account are on every page of the website. If you do a basic search for 'Justice Scalia' you will get 3 items in the results. Preview is required of all comments so you can review your work before you submit it. All comments are moderated, which is why you didn't see this comment appear immediately.

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Oops! We were evacuated due to the Waldo Canyon fire and didn't get all of the library materials out of the house. Assuming we have a house in a few days, can we do anything about DVD and book fines? I imagine we aren't the only ones in this situation, sadly.

Hi there. When you get the

Hi there. When you get the chance to return them, just let us know what happened and we'll take care of it. So sorry you are evacuated.

Local Author Donations


My novel TWISTED ROOTS is being released June 19, 2012. However, I would like to donate copies around to the local libraries, and I'm not sure how to go about it.

The book can be searched on Barnes and Noble's website--listed for pre-sale orders. I do have my pre-release copies to donate if possible. :-)

Thank you for your time.

Thank you for letting us know

Thank you for letting us know about your book.

To find information about getting your book added to PPLD, go to our website. On the left side of the screen use the pulldown menu under "How do I?" Click on "Get my book added to PPLD". Donations are subject to the same criteria as items considered for purchase.

Interlibrary loans unavailable to me

I feel like a third-class citizen. I have lived in this community for twenty-five years, and I have used various branches of the Pikes Peak Library, but this is the first time I have tried to get a microfilm loan from another state. I was informed in no uncertain terms that I am not allowed to ask for an interlibrary loan because I live in Widefield. Why am I able to use the library at all, if I don't pay taxes for it? El Paso County takes their share, Security takes their share, Widefield School District Three takes their share, but I can't look at microfilm? Even if I pay for it? This is ridiculous. Why do you even have a branch in Fountain? They aren't in Colorado Springs. They are always friendly and helpful, but I won't be patronizing them anymore - wouldn't want to use someone else's tax dollars. Andrew Carnegie is probably rotating in his grave.