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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. Click here to purchase tickets. 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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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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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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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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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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