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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:

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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Pikes Peak Library District’s 21st Century Library is designed to address the changing needs of our community, bringing the latest technologies to a new regional library, Library 21c.

MakerBot Replicator Z-18
With the MakerBot 3D printer, ideas and concepts become a reality! Adding the Z18 to the line of the library's existing smaller 3D printers, will allow the library's patrons to create quality, extra-large, industrial prototypes for various types of businesses and professional uses. Located in one of Library 21c's makerspaces, PPLD staff at Library 21c will engage patrons of all ages, introducing them to the technology of 3D printing and building real world skills.

The Impact
With your donation, PPLD will provide quality 3D printer services to our patrons who are developing concepts to further convey their ideas for products, businesses and other creative visions. Offering this innovative service will connect everyone in our community to cutting edge technology and more importantly, opportunity.


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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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22nd Annual Frank Waters Award Luncheon

The Friends of the Pikes Peak Library District invite you to join us for a luncheon, author talk, and award presentation with authors Sandra Dallas and Kathy Brandt.

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When: Thursday, May 15, 2014, 11:15 - 11:45 a.m. check-in; 11:45 - 2 p.m. lunch and program
Where: Cheyenne Mountain Resort, 3225 Broadmoor Valley Road
Cost: $30 through May 1; $40 after May 1; $300 Reserved table of 8

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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.

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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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Here's an update on the planning and progress of the 21st Century Library project. Much of the preliminary planning drew on community needs as identified through a 5-year planning process that focused on sustainable facilities and services. The project will serve 277,000 people projected to reside in the areas surrounding the north facility, the East, and the Penrose Libraries by 2016. It will reach families of all ages, income levels, and ethnicities.

21st Century Library Timeline:

  • January - June 2013: Design
  • July - September 2013: Drawings, Quotes, Planning Department
  • September 2013 - March 2014: Construction
  • April - May 2014: Move In
  • June 2014: Grand Opening Celebration

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

2012: PPLD in Review

  • 8.9 million circulation (items checked out and returned)
  • 3.6 million visits to our physical locations
  • 4.5 million visits to
  • 130,000 wireless sessions
  • 481,000 PC sessions
  • 392,000 program attendees
  • 714,000 reference questions

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


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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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Early Literacy Station

The PPLD Foundation needs your help to purchase seven Early Literacy Stations. These computers offer child-centered education software and deliver age-appropriate educational content for our youngest patrons. Not everyone in our community can afford a PC or laptop or the Internet subscription. By making these computers available across the District, PPLD community libraries help all of our families bridge the technology gap that could put their children at an educational disadvantage.

Early Literacy Stations immerse children in an extremely rich environment where the content is always engaging and challenging and the technology is appropriate and reliable.

PPLD has purchased seven such computers so far. We need to raise $6,300 to double that number across the District and meet the needs of all of our children at each of our Community Libraries. Each Station costs $3,500. We have raised $18,200 of the $24,500. Please help us raise the remaining $6,300 before the end of the year and fuel our youngest patrons’ power to learn with Early Literacy Stations.

Libraries offer learning opportunities to everyone in our community; generating long-term benefits on children’s lives by opening doors to future opportunities.

Call (719) 531-6333 x2205 to donate today – at any level. It all adds up!

Thank you for your support.

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Buttercup's Frozen Yogurt

Looking for the ultimate win-win situation? You can enjoy a delicious frozen treat and support PPLD’s Summer Reading Program for children. On the first Friday of each month, Buttercup’s Frozen Yogurt
(27 S. Tejon St., Suite 110) will donate 20% of its proceeds to the PPLD Foundation. The money will be used to purchase books as prizes for Summer Reading Program participants. Buttercup's is open from 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. on Fridays.

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

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