All Pikes Peak Reads 2015: Transformation @ Elevation

All Pikes Peak Reads 2015

Pikes Peak Library District’s annual community reads project, All Pikes Peak Reads (APPR), is celebrating its 14th year in 2015!

PPLD’s theme for 2015 is Transformation @ Elevation. This year’s APPR selections all relate to characters that are transformed by extraordinary circumstances.

The 2015 titles are: In the Kingdom of Ice by Hampton Sides and Smarter Than You Think by Clive Thompson.

Young adult readers will also be able to participate in APPR. The Teen selection for 2015 is the graphic novel American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang.

The Children’s selections are Wonder by RJ Palacio and, for very young readers, the picture book I’m Gonna Climb a Mountain in My Patent Leather Shoes by Marilyn Singer.


Thank you so much for using

Thank you so much for using your west-side community library!

In a world that is increasingly louder, I appreciate your need for a quiet place. It is true that the 1904 Carnegie Library 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 Old Colorado City Library to be that place of repose, as surely it was in the past.

As a patron, you are familiar with the small size of our branch, at 5,000 sq ft, as well as the openness of the floor plan, I am sure. Sound does indeed travel easily through the historic library with hard wood floors and high ceilings, particularly when we have events going on. As a community library, we cater to all ages, and Wednesday mornings are by far the loudest. Because our programs are so well attended, we offer back-to-back Toddler Times for kids and their caregivers and the result is a louder library, unfortunately. This is also an indication that we are filling a need in connecting our smallest patrons to library resources and each other. We encourage attendees to connect in the basement Community Meeting Room before and after the program. When the library was fully renovated in 2007, a separate space was designed for children, teens and adults. Our basement community room is heavily used by all ages for both library and community events, and we often host over 300 patrons per week.

Perhaps you may want to try to plan your time at the library around the time of children's events, on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday mornings. Hopefully that is a realistic possibility for you. Quieter times are typically, Mondays and Tuesdays, particularly in the evening. You can check our calendar here:

In addition, we are in the process of expanding our seating options to create an adult reading area in the front of the building.

All the best,
Jocelyne Sansing
Public Services Manager for the Old Colorado City and Ute Pass Community Libraries

I am a patron of the occ

I am a patron of the occ library, It is wens 11a.m. the kids came out of playtime and are dusrupting the whole library!!!! THIS HAPPENS EVERY WENS!!! It is ridiculous that the adults have to put up with all the noise, This is a LIBRARY, There should be a seperate location for toddlers, The kids section is located in the main library. Why cant it be seperate like every other library that i have been too!!! There is a whole basement that is not being utilized????? the parents of these kids have no regard for other patrons and treat this space as an outdoor playground, I guess since they have to deal with these unruly kids they think that we must too??? No one can concentrate and many people have made comments. The manager of the library refuseses to rectify this situation. Maybe it is time to appoint new management. This problem needs immediate attention. I thought a library is QUIET. THIS IS THE ONLY LIBRARY IN THE COUNTRY THAT IS NOT

Quiet in the Library

Children are not born quiet; nor are they born loving books, libraries, and reading. These are learned skills. Rather than sitting in irritated silence, I would suggest that you focus on the energy and enthusiasm exhibited by these toddlers. You might be able to catch the virus! With my nearly 70 years of experience, I suggest that is a worthy one to have!

Quiet in the Library

Libraries are pretty much the same all over this nation, having changed and evolved from librarians saying, "sh-h-h-h!", and frowning, particularly at children! Now, all ages are welcomed, particularly in our outstanding PPLD system. These programs for younger children, up the growing ladder to teenage and adult, are designed to attract kids to reading and loving knowledge + a lifelong joy of learning opportunities. And an effort to stop the "dumbing down of America". I see the success of this control endeavor every single day. . .which began years and years ago as an eroding of our educational system, little-by-little, until we have the shambles which are left now.

If you think the only place you have to sit and enjoy reading is the library you've complained mightily about, I would suggest finding a book group or even staying at home in your own totally controlled environment. Your peace would surely be assured there. You and I cannot expect to restrict the world just to make sure we get our desires and demands. Go with the flow and try changing your own 1-person comfort to embrace all the others who accommodate changes in their "likes" to includes all library patrons. 1 person's wants are far outweighed by the 100s who love the opportunities their families are offered. . .noise or no. And as we see by our dysfunctional hierarchy, the majority rules - thank the Lord our PPLD majority try to accommodate others' needs and work together towards a better world for us all, but particularly for our youngest ones who are our Nation's future!

I LOVED The Invention of

I LOVED The Invention of Wings!

I have read both books for

I have read both books for 2014: The Invention of Wings AND Who Owns the Ice House? Both books are great!