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Shedding Light by Clarence Shivers

The Shivers Fund at Pikes Peak Library District presents a reception, dinner, and concert featuring Marlissa Hudson, Daniel Washington, Jerilyn Jorgensen, and Susan Grace. Artwork by Belinda Gardner will be displayed, and there will be book signings by Kay Esmiol and Susan L. Harvey.

  • When: Wed., Nov. 12 at 6:30 p.m. (Concert begins at 8 p.m.)
  • Where: Venue @ 21c, Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.
  • Tickets: $50 for dinner and concert, $30 for concert only. Please RSVP by Wednesday, November 5 by calling (719) 884-9800, x6892. Proceeds benefit the Shivers Fund at Pikes Peak Library District.

American soprano Marlissa Hudson made her professional debut while a student, performing “Summertime” from Porgy and Bess with the Baltimore Symphony Pops Orchestra under the baton of Marvin Hamlisch. She later performed the entire role of Bess with Union Avenue Opera in St. Louis. Her other acclaimed role is Zerbinetta in Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos, which she performed with The Summer Opera Theatre Company (DC).

As a concert soloist, Ms. Hudson has collaborated with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Pops Orchestra, National Philharmonic Orchestra, Choralis, St. Louis Civic Orchestra, and the Prince George’s Philharmonic.
Ms. Hudson received her formal training at Duke University and the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University. She earned awards for music at both schools, including a Peabody Career Development Grant.


Daniel Washington, a native of Summerville, S.C., enjoys a career that brings him to the world’s major opera houses and concert stages, pairing him with such conductors as Sir Simon Rattle, Bernard Haitink, and Charles Dutoit.

Recent seasons have found Washington as the villain Crown in a new production of the opera Porgy and Bess at the Opéra Comique in Paris and at the Grand Theatre de Luxembourg. He also performed concert versions of this American classic with the Berlin Philharmonic (Rattle), Montreal Symphony (Dutoit), the Detroit, Houston, Oregon Symphonies, Naples Philharmonic, the Piccolo Spoleto Festival, the Trondheim Symphony, and Cincinnati Pops.

Highlights of his operatic career include his Royal Opera Covent Garden debut in Strauss’ Die Frau ohne Schatten, conducted by Bernard Haitink. He also created the role of Steven Biko in the world premiere of the opera Biko for the Royal Opera’s Garden Venture Project. Daniel Washington is a Professor of Voice at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre, & Dance.


Jerilyn Jorgensen is a member of the performance faculty of Colorado College and has been adjunct faculty in violin and chamber music at the Lamont School of Music of the University of Denver. From 1980-2004 she was first violinist of the Da Vinci Quartet, and as a member of that ensemble she has performed throughout the United States, been a prizewinner in the Shostakovich International String Quartet Competition and finalist in the Naumburg Chamber Music Competition, and appeared on PBS’s NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.

Ms. Jorgensen is on the faculty of the Lamont Pre-College Academy summer program and is the Artistic Development Coordinator for the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony Association. She holds bachelor of music degrees from the Eastman School of Music and the Juilliard School, and a master of music degree from Juilliard.


Grammy nominated pianist Susan Grace has performed solo and chamber recitals, and has appeared as soloist with orchestras in the United States, Europe, the former Soviet Union, Korea, India and China. She has also performed in the Aspekte Festival in Salzburg, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra’s new-music series Engine 408, Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., the Grand Teton Festival, the Cape Cod Music Festival, Festival Mozaic, Music at Oxford, and the Helmsley Festival in England.

Ms. Grace is Associate Chair, Artist-in-Residence and Senior Lecturer in Music at Colorado College and Music Director of the internationally renowned Colorado College Summer Music Festival which is in its 31th season.

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Purchase a Courtyard Paver for Library 21c

Purchasing a Library 21c courtyard paver is a great way to honor family and friends, commemorate memories and events, or to publicize your organization or business. Your purchase of a courtyard paver also contributes to PPLD's Tri - Building project, providing 21st Century Library service through innovative library spaces and technology for everyone in our community.

Click here to purchase your paver today!

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Two articles about Library 21c were published in The Gazette on Sunday, May 25:

Library of future ready to open in Colorado Springs

Soon-to-open Colorado Springs library blends technology, convenience, community

We also wanted to share this great letter to the editor that was published as a result:

One of the best library systems
Thanks for the front page article in Sunday's paper on the new Pikes Peak Library District facility. As someone who has worked for, and with, school, public, and college libraries for over 40 years in a number of states, I find that Colorado Springs has one of the very best public library systems I have used. From the online catalog, to the vast store of materials, as well as the helpful staff, Colorado Springs residents can be justly proud.

We all gripe about taxes, but when it comes to libraries, the materials and services they provide users because of such taxes, should have us rejoicing that such institutions exist. As they have always done, libraries provide each of us with a link to the past, as well as visions of the future...from knowledgeable and helpful librarians, to electronic access to the wider world.

I am grateful for PPLD, and very proud that such an institution exists in Colorado Springs along with the local college and university libraries. All of these expand our knowledge base and can help our society move forward.

If you haven't visited a library lately, do so. You may be surprised and amazed at what you find.

Bob Armintor, Colorado Springs

PPLD.org thanks all our patrons for your support!

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We sometimes get asked 'Why should I support libraries?' Well, take a look at these statistics:

2013: PPLD in Review

  • 8.9 million circulation (items checked out and returned)
  • 3.6 million visits to our physical locations
  • 4.2 million ppld.org sessions
  • 145,000 wireless sessions
  • 874,000 PC sessions
  • 9,500 programs offered
  • 563,000 reference questions

Whew! We're working harder than ever for you!

Want more information? Here's our Annual Report!

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A PPLD staff member was at the Walmart across the street this afternoon when a cashier approached her and said (with tears in her eyes).

“I just wanted to thank you for being so kind to me. It’s because of you that I got this job here. I was at the library some time ago and you let me use the computer, even though my card was blocked. I needed to fill out the application for this job, and I did, and I got it! I was on the verge of homelessness and hopelessness when I came into your library, and because of you my life is better. Thank you so much!”

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Downton Abbey Tea and Tour Raises Funds for 21st Century Library Campaign

Guests arrived at Grace and St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in period dress and with their favorite tea cup for the Downton Abbey Tea and Tour, benefitting PPLD’s 21st Century Library Campaign. As harpist played, guests participated in Downton Abbey trivia, enjoyed British treats from local bakeries and sipped tea served from beautiful silver tea sets provided by Montague’s Parlour. Docents gave tours of the Church, explaining the fascinating history behind the Gothic Revival structure and the ornate stained glass and décor. Mr. Carson, Don Moon of Red Herring Productions, made an appearance for the evening and had his picture with guests in their lovely period outfits. To view pictures from the evening please click here.

Many thanks to all that participated in the Downton Abbey Tea and Tour!

Thank you to Downton Abbey Tea and Tour sponsors:

Bernideen’s
Boonzaaijer Bakery
Grace and St. Stephens Episcopal Church
Montague's Parlour
Oliver's Delicatessen
Renee Harp Studios
Toni and Guy Hair Dressing Academy
Willy's Emporium
Wisdom Tea House

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PPLD Foundation President Jim Weller gratefully acknowledges the generous support of over 1,100 donors in 2013 and donations of $1.8M in cash, pledges, and gifts in kind. “This extraordinary assistance allows PPLD to continue to reach out in new and innovative ways to Pikes Peak families and businesses and foster life-long learning.” Every gift to the PPLD Foundation is greatly appreciated and has the power to transform lives.

2013 Donors List

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

Check out our photos!

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When Vanika Hans was given a school assignment to start a project that benefits the community, she didn’t want to just go through the motions. “I didn’t want to do it just for the requirement,” she said, “but to actually help the community with something.” Hans, a 17-year-old attending Discovery Canyon High School, knew she loved to dance and thought she could use that talent to organize a donation-based dance camp for children. She is a patron of both the Briargate and Monument libraries in Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD) and thought that donating the money to help support the Library’s new facility at 1175 Chapel Hills Drive would be a huge benefit to her community.

From June 19 through August 17, Hans taught two classes per week – one in the basement of her house and one at a local fire station. Hans said that she had about 25 students attend between the two classes and managed to raise $805 through her efforts to support the new library. Some of the parents work for FedEx and Verizon, and these companies were both willing to match the donations of their employees!

Hans presented her donation to the Library at the October 15 PPLD Board of Trustees meeting. Hans said she plans to keep teaching dancing to support herself in college, where she thinks she will pursue a degree in biochemical engineering.

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PPLD would like to thank Major General Mike and Elinor Ingelido, Carnegie Society Members, for their gift to the children of Cheyenne Mountain Library.

Thank You

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Update: Tri-Building Project Fund Raising

PPLD wants to share some good news with you. Last week, we received a $150,000 grant from the Mary K. Chapman Foundation. It will be paid out over 3 years at $50,000 per year. That brings us to $1.25 million pledged and raised to date! Since we started out with $3.9 million to raise, that leaves us with about $2.65 million to raise over the next 3 years.

We also named campaign co-chairs from the community to help us raise the remaining funds needed for the Tri-Building Project. Laura Muir, President and Owner of Momentum Advertising and Craig Anderson, Partner with NAI Highland Commercial Real Estate and current PPLD Foundation Board member, have agreed to serve for 12 months to get us through the next $1.5 million. They worked on the successful fundraising for the 1905 Carnegie Library restoration.

Finally, the three PPLD volunteer Boards; Trustees, Friends, and Foundation, met last week to pledge their commitments to the Tri-Building Project. The Boards are coordinated and attached is the Campaign Structure that we will coordinate our efforts to successfully raise these funds.

Thank you for your support and stay tuned!

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PPLD Awarded El Pomar Challenge Grant for 21st Century Library Campaign

At a special event held at Penrose Library on Wednesday, February 13, El Pomar Foundation announced it had approved a challenge grant of $750,000 to support the Library’s Tri-Building Project to create a 21st Century library system, which will bring significant improvements to Pikes Peak Library District.

The funds from El Pomar are earmarked for use at PPLD’s Penrose Library, but the funds will allow for wider District-wide improvements at PPLD, including renovations and upgrades at PPLD’s East Library and the opening of a new facility in 2014 at 1175 Chapel Hills Drive as well. PPLD’s new facility will feature content creation areas for creative professionals, business incubation and hoteling space for small businesses and nonprofits, enhanced areas for job seekers to find career assistance, and much more!

El Pomar’s generous grant will allow the Library to move forward on construction and renovation in 2013, with a projected opening of the new facility in 2014. The challenge grant is contingent upon The Pikes Peak Library District Foundation raising $3.15 million by January 1, 2016.

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Call (719) 531-6333 x2205 to donate to Speak Spanish ….. Thank you!

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