High Prairie Library (HI)

High Prairie Library

Our Library welcomes you back inside with more services and spaces available to you! Curbside services are still available at this location, which includes a park and text option for pickups.

Here’s what you can expect when going inside the Library:
During your visit, you can do the following:

  • Browse the physical collection, and check out books, movies, music, video games, and more.
  • Use self-checkout machines and service desks.
  • Use a computer for one 55-minute session per day. (Reservations encouraged but not required.)
  • Use machines to fax, scan, and/or copy documents without staff assistance.
  • Charge your devices and use our WiFi; more furniture available for use again.
  • Use a meeting or study room. More are reopening weekly; reservations required.

Here’s what you can expect inside the Library to help prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  • The first hour is reserved for people at higher risk of serious complications from COVID-19.
  • Face coverings or face shields are required by everyone who is 11 years and older. (Those 10 years and younger are exempt, in addition to those who cannot medically wear a mask. If you need accommodations, please contact the library location.)
  • Self-service cleaning stations are available, in which patrons can use supplies to wipe down furniture and equipment before or after use if wanted. Staff will no longer clean such surfaces between patron use.
  • Some areas remain closed to the public like children’s play areas, water fountains, and some furniture.

Curbside Services

Use curbside pickup to retrieve your Library items on hold, wireless print jobs, and take and make kits!

Retrieve your materials simply by driving, walking, or biking up to our pickup window during curbside service hours. You will be asked to provide your Library account information.

When using curbside services, library patrons are encouraged to follow public health guidance like staying 6 feet apart from others. Learn more about our safety measures during the pandemic.

7035 Old Meridian Rd. - map it!
Peyton, CO 80831

Phone: (719) 531-6333, x7003
Curbside Pickup Phone Number: (719) 260-3650
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Monday and Tuesday: 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Wednesday and Thursday: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sunday: Closed
Holiday Hours and Closures

Bus Route: None

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Artists of the Knight

Artist of the Knight is a virtual program presented by Pikes Peak Library District, highlighting creatives who work in a variety of media in the Pikes Peak Region.

Each episode focuses on an individual creative and displays examples of their work, as well as a conversational interview with the intent to explore the artist’s creative process. Watch the video anytime after they premiere!

Watch here:

Be sure to follow us on Facebook for updates and more!

Some videos and galleries contain nudity as part of visual art pieces, and may only be considered appropriate for ages 18+. Viewer discretion advised.

This week: Conor Bourgal, Musician

Click above to see a full performance, follow, and support the artist!

Coming soon on season 2:

Interested in being featured on Artists of the Knight? Click here!

Previously on Season 2:

Season 1:

Click here to learn more about KCH.

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All Pikes Peak Writes

Pikes Peak Library District is excited to announce the call for submissions for All Pikes Peak Writes 2021! All Pikes Peak Writes is PPLD’s annual fiction writing contest for ages 12+, and seeks to highlight writers in our community through one contest. This year’s contest will have three categories for Middle School and High School (ages 12 - 18), Young Adult (ages 19 - 24), and Adult (ages 25+). Please see the guidelines, rules for entry, and submission form for each category below.

Submissions will be accepted Sat., May 15 through 9 p.m. on Thu., July 15.

All Pikes Peak Writes is open to El Paso County residents ages 12+.

Entries will be judged on quality of writing, use of language, plot development and resolution, believable characters, and correct punctuation, grammar, and spelling.

Prizes will be awarded for first, second, and third place entries in each category. An award ceremony will be held in mid-August to announce the winners.

Categories & Submissions:

Click on age group for submission information.
Ages 12 - 18
Ages 19 - 24
Ages 25+

Please contact hbuljung@ppld.org or criesenberger@ppld.org for questions or more information.

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PPLD Challenge: Library Lovers Month

Enter your creations in our PPLD Challenges! Randomly selected entries will be featured on PPLD’s websites and social media accounts and one randomly drawn entry will receive a gift certificate and prize pack of curated craft books from the Friends of the Library.

Love Letters to the Library

February is Library Lover's Month! Show us your love by writing us a love letter or note.

Post a photo of your note on Facebook or Instagram any time from Mon., Feb. 15 - 28 and make sure to include the hashtag #ppldchallenge and tag @ppld to be eligible to win. Alternatively, you can send your photo to ppldchallenge@ppld.org and we will post it to social media for you!

Want to post anonymously? Use the webform here.

Rules for participation:

  1. Please participate in good faith.
  2. Keep competitions civil and fun!
  3. PPLD reserves the right to remove inappropriate content, including but not limited to obscene or offensive statements or personal attacks. Learn more about our policies here.
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Gardening in the high prairie can be difficult, so the staff at High Prairie Library have created this handy year-long guide to making the most out of your gardening efforts!

Click here to download yours today!

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Check out these stats and our top title of 2020 below.

  • Physical material checkouts: 1,845,866
  • Additions to physical collection:18,000 titles and 58,000 items, plus 15,570 magazines
  • OverDrive:
    • Checkouts: 2,430,575
    • Patrons: 61,278 patrons; an increase of 22%
  • Freegal:
    • Song Downloads: 76,007
    • Songs Streamed: 248,986
  • Kanopy: 58,201 videos streamed
  • Hoopla: 40,813 checkouts, movies and television mostly
  • New cardholders during 2020: 26,215

Top 10 Adult Titles

Top 10 Young Adult Titles

Top 10 Children's Titles

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In honor of our annual cookie competition and as part of our anniversary, High Prairie Library is compiling an online cookbook: Harvest of Recipes - A Collection From the Falcon Community. We will be collecting YOUR recipes for our very own cookbook! Click here to submit your recipe and (optional) photo!

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Our Response to COVID-19

Last updated May 3, 2021

More Services & Spaces Available Inside Our Libraries!

Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD) is here to serve you, regardless of the circumstances!

You’re welcome inside all of our libraries, now with more services and spaces available for you. Open hours and specific services may vary by library location, so please check in advance.

PPLD continues to prioritize the health and safety of our patrons, staff, and greater community during the ongoing pandemic while making our resources and services accessible to everyone. Effective Mon., May 3, PPLD will ease its mask restrictions and follow the state guidelines in place during the month of April until the Board of Trustees can meet and vote on this matter. Face coverings will be required for anyone 11 years and older to enter and use our facilities. Face shields are allowed, and people who cannot medically wear a face covering will be allowed to use our facilities. The first hour is still reserved for people at higher risk of serious complications from COVID-19.

You can visit the Library when it’s convenient for you during open hours to browse the collection and check out items, use a computer, or copy, fax, and scan documents. We also offer the following at select locations with some safety precautions in place:

In addition to services offered inside our libraries, we also offer:

  • Curbside services allow you to pick up Library materials, wireless print jobs, and take and make kits without having to go inside any location. All open libraries now offer a park and text option, making it even easier! You also can use our 24/7 book drops to return Library materials at any time.
  • Have a question? Ask a librarian! You can connect with PPLD staff by phone, live chat, or email. Or, book an appointment with one of our specialized librarians.
  • Take advantage of our large digital collection, extensive hub of online resources, and many virtual programs available for all ages and interests. Browse our online Catalog, conduct research, or participate in a Library event from almost anywhere, anytime. Get started using our Library remotely!
  • Need WiFi when our libraries are closed? It should be accessible outside most library facilities for anyone to use, day or night.

  • What can I expect when visiting the Library inside?

    During your Library visit, you can do the following:

    Here’s what to expect during your Library visit to help prevent the spread of COVID-19:

    • Face coverings or face shields are required by everyone who is 11 years and older to enter and use our libraries. If you do not have one, PPLD can provide you with a single-use mask at no cost. (Those 10 years and younger are exempt, in addition to those who cannot medically wear a mask. If you need accommodations, please contact the Library location.)

    • There are capacity limits inside every building, along with public-use spaces like makerspaces, studios, and meeting and study rooms. The number of patrons inside are monitored.

    • All fax machines, copiers, and computers are self-service only; staff can offer assistance at services desks, behind a protective shield. Some computers are not available as we encourage patrons and staff to remain six feet apart in our computer labs.

    • Self-service cleaning stations are available at locations, in which patrons can use supplies to wipe down furniture and equipment before or after use if wanted. Staff will no longer clean such surfaces between patron use. There are sanitation protocols for equipment checkouts, along with public-use areas like makerspaces, studios, and meeting rooms. PPLD’s contracted cleaning service regularly cleans each facility using enhanced flu season protocol.

    • Other areas and items that remain temporarily unavailable or closed to the public: Water fountains, children’s play area, and some meeting rooms.

    Please remember that open hours and specific services may vary by Library location, so please check in advance. The first hour will be reserved for people at higher risk of serious complications from COVID-19.

    Why is the Library requiring patrons to wear face masks?

    PPLD prioritizes the health and safety of Library patrons, staff, and the community-at-large. To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Library District has required cloth face coverings since late May 2020. This decision was unanimously approved by PPLD’s Board of Trustees on May 27, 2020, requiring all staff and patrons to wear one while inside any of our facilities. Largely following CDC guidelines, PPLD initially required it for anyone over the age of 2; since then, the age limit changed to 5 years and older. Accommodations have also been available for those with medical exemptions.

    Effective May 3, PPLD will ease its mask restrictions and follow the state guidelines in place during the month of April until the Board of Trustees can meet and vote on this matter. Face coverings will be required for anyone 11 years and older to enter and use our facilities. Face shields are allowed, and people who cannot medically wear a face covering will be allowed to use our facilities.

    PPLD’s Board of Trustees will discuss and vote on whether they will ease, discontinue, maintain, or increase such mask restrictions during their May public meeting.

    If you do not feel comfortable wearing a mask, PPLD still offers curbside services at all libraries. There are also many ways to use the Library remotely, almost anytime and anywhere.

    What else can I expect from PPLD?

    Here’s an overview of what is available – and not available – to our Library cardholders and patrons at this time:

    • Want to return items and pick-up holds? Curbside services are available at all libraries! Use the link to find out more and access your library’s service hours and pickup instructions.
    • There are so many ways to use the Library remotely! Browse our Online Catalog. Stream and download books, audiobooks, comics, magazines, music, and videos. Use our databases to conduct research, access ample resources for kids and teens, and more from your couch.
    • Check out our virtual programs! Our librarians are bringing their services to you, anywhere and anytime.
    • Have a question? Ask a librarian! Our staff are available to help you by phone, live chat, and email. You also can book an appointment with a specialized librarian.
    • Checked out items: Please check your PPLD accounts either through our Catalog or on the PPLD mobile app for return dates, which will be listed by item. (Returns are accepted outside of all libraries as part of curbside services and will no longer be held in quarantine effective Mon., April 5.)
    • Fines & fees: We officially went fine-free for most Library materials in early 2019, as long as they are not lost or damaged. (See above regarding checked out items.)
    • OverDrive: Cardholders can have 20 checkouts for a total of 21 days each with a total hold limit of 30. PPLD will continue to add copies of digital materials to our collection as our budget allows. Some digital checkouts can be returned early so others have opportunity for access. (Instructions for checking out and returning are available here.)
    • Use of meeting & study rooms: More meeting and study spaces are reopening across the Library District. View what’s available and make a reservation online.
    • Library programs & events: The Library continues to host programs virtually and in other safe ways such as take and make kits, discovery kits, and Dial-a-Story and TeleGram by phone. Now there are drive-in, outdoor, and indoor options at libraries and other community locations (like Storytime)! View our event calendar for all opportunities right now More in-person activities hosted by PPLD and held inside of our facilities will continue to be reintroduced safely.
    • Use of creative spaces & services: Cardholders can take advantage of 3D print drop-off services, plus reserve and check out Studio equipment. Our makerspaces and studios have reopened by reservation, with strict capacity limits. They are only available at select libraries and hours may vary by location.
    • Use of family & children’s spaces: The Educational Resource Center at East Library reopened for public reservation on Wed., April 7. Other children’s areas at libraries remain closed at this time.
    • Library card signup: Register online and start using your card immediately! If you sign up online during this time, your temporary account will be available for 90 days (instead of the usual 12-day limit), giving you immediate access to OverDrive and other digital resources from home. Bring your ID and proof of address to your nearest Library and they can activate your full privilege account inside or via curbside!
    • Account expirations & renewals: Library card/account expirations will be extended, including accounts that expired in the past 24 months.
    • Interlibrary loans: Due to staffing restrictions based on guidance from local public health officials, maintaining the current number of requests is not feasible. Therefore, we are decreasing the number of Interlibrary Loans requests to three per library card. We expect requests to take longer to fulfill (borrowing or purchasing), with a potential wait time of four to eight weeks.
    • WiFi access: All Library facilities continue to provide open WiFi access, which should be also available outside of most PPLD buildings.
    • Friends of PPLD and book donations: PPLD Friends Bookstores have reopened their bookstores inside of our libraries. Online sales continue with curbside pickup at East Library. Shop our collection now! Have donations for us? Complete the form here to request an appointment to donate your materials.

    Our team also continues to work with community organizations, school districts, and other partners to support El Paso County residents with many different needs during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

    Information About COVID-19


    Vaccines are now available to all Colorado residents 16 years and older! State and local public health officials encourage you to get vaccinated. It’s free, safe, and effective in protecting you against COVID-19; no ID or insurance required. Learn more and find a local provider to book your appointment in El Paso County. You also can call 2-1-1 or text “vaccine” to 667873.

    Get vaccinated at a Library-hosted clinic! As part of Governor Polis’ Vaccines for All plan, PPLD has been selected to host vaccine equity clinics beginning May 5. Learn more about participating locations, dates, and registration!

    Have questions about the novel coronavirus?
    We understand that people may be concerned about COVID-19 and how it may affect them. Please check out the following public resources for more information:

    What should I do?
    To help stop the spread of germs and any contagious illness, local and national public health experts recommend that everyone should take everyday preventive actions and practice good hygiene. Here are some tips from the CDC specific to the COVID-19 pandemic:

    • Put distance between yourself and other people; at least 6 feet apart.

    • Stay home if you’re sick.

    • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover whenever inside public settings, such as grocery stores, pharmacies, medical facilities, and other crowded spaces.

    • Frequently and thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer, if you cannot wash your hands.

    • Keep your hands away from your eyes, nose, and mouth; avoid touching with unwashed hands.

    • Cover your mouth with tissue when coughing or sneezing, and then properly wash your hands.

    • Clean surfaces and personal items, such as cell phones, using household disinfecting products.

    What is COVID-19?
    There is a global pandemic situation involving a respiratory illness named COVID-19, which is caused by a new coronavirus that spreads through coughing or sneezing, much like influenza (also known as the flu). Vaccines have been approved and are being distributed.

    For current information and updates on the pandemic:

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    All You Need Is Your Library

    At Pikes Peak Library District, you can do anything you set your mind to. We, of course, offer books at each of our libraries. But did you know you can also get help with at-home education, do virtual yoga, learn a new language, discover your family tree, stream music, watch movies, and more? PPLD offers so many exciting things, it’s hard to capture them all! Learn more about what all you can access with your library card below.

    Thanks to the public’s investment and taxpayer support, Pikes Peak Library District can provide Library resources and services to all cardholders for free. You can learn more about PPLD's budget and expenditures here.

    My Library: Kids Edition!

    Getting your Library Card

    Click here to learn more.

    My Account

    From managing your holds, interlibrary loans, set notification preferences, and more! Click here to learn more.

    Download the App

    The Catalog

    Find books, eBooks, audiobooks, music, movies, video games, board games, and more! Click here for instructions on using the catalog.


    Find help and support for your at-home learning endeavors at ppld.org/eLearning.



    Movies & TV Shows



    Click here to see our full calendar of events

    Magazines & Newspapers


    Mango Languages

    Genealogy Research

    Homework & Homeschool Help

    Personal & Professional Development


    Research Guides

    And More...

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    eLearning with PPLD

    The 2020 school year will look different for all of us, regardless what learning method your family has chosen for your students. Pikes Peak Library District has tools and resources to support you in your education journey this year!

    First stop: get your card.

    • Either stop by a PPLD facility to sign up, or print out an application ahead of time to bring with you (located here).
    • OR

    • Apply for a card online!
        • You must live within the PPLD service area
        • You will need proof of your current address and a photo ID
        • If you're 15-years-old or younger, you must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

    Learn more about the Library's response to Covid-19.


    Live Homework Help

    Live homework help and skills building online with expert tutors in math, science, social studies, and English, plus writing and reading assistance.

    Testing & Education Reference Center

    Study Guides and Practice Tests

    This database provides study guides and timed practice exams for all major college entrance exams and standardized tests, plus college planning, scholarship search, and career exploration tools.


    These platforms provide high-quality educational content and are fun to explore! Access is free with a valid library card and pin number.
    Databases include:

    • Academic Search Premiere: Contains full text for more than 2,000 journals, including more than 1,550 peer-reviewed titles. This multi-disciplinary database covers virtually every area of academic study.
    • Consumer Health Complete:A comprehensive full-text resource for consumer-oriented health content covering all areas of health and wellness from mainstream medicine to the many perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated medicine.
    • CultureGrams: Includes over 200 reports on countries and cultures and state reports outlining the diversity and history of each U.S. state and the District of Columbia. Designed for upper elementary-aged children
    • Gale Virtual Reference Library: Searches our entire collection of Gale eBooks on a variety of subjects, including history, science, government, and more.
    • Learn on Demand: Interactive online training for Microsoft Office software. Includes Access, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Windows and Word. New users will need to create an account.
    • Lynda.com: Lynda .com offers online video tutorials to help you learn software, creative, and business skills.
    • Opposing Viewpoints in Context: Explore current events and controversial issues by researching multiple sides of a topic. This database aids students in writing argumentative essays and developing analytical thinking skills.
    • Science Reference Center: Provides easy access to a multitude of full-text, science-oriented content. Designed to meet every student researcher's needs, Science Reference Center contains full text for 732+ science encyclopedias and reference books, 195 periodicals, 519 science videos and other sources.

    Online Resource Guides

    Librarian-Approved Info on Tons of Topics!

    Your source for research assistance, subject guides, and library resources.

    Mango Languages

    Ready to expand your horizons by learning a new language? Mango Languages features 70 language options, including 21 options for those learning English as a second language. Explore languages from Irish to Punjabi in the comfort of your own home, or download the app to learn on the go! Students can go at their own pace. The courses have been created by expert linguists and native-speaking instructors to ensure that the content is grammatically and conversationally correct, as well as culturally relevant.

    Workforce Readiness Training

    Get ready to get a job or go to college! Work your way through modules focused on professionalism, communication, social skills, and goal setting to prepare yourself for the next big step in your life. Folks below age 15 should focus on the “basic” training while older youth might find the “intermediate” training more appropriate. Complete the training and pass an assessment to earn 10 hours of volunteer credit!

    The Homeschool Hub

    The PPLD Homeschool Hub has a wealth of resources and tools to support your learning at home efforts. You can also sign up for their newsletter here. Click on “Resources” to find information on getting started; Colorado homeschool law, online courses, concurrent enrollment, and enrichment programs; tutoring; extracurricular activities; support organizations; and more.

    Featured Homeschool Resources

    Whether you are homeschooling full- or part-time, or simply looking for ways to enrich your child’s education, the online resources featured in this issue provide a variety of elucidating and engaging possibilities.

    • Learning Heroes
      This site provides parents with a picture of their child’s learning needs along with tools to bolster their academic, social, and emotional development. A “Readiness Check” with short questions about reading or math for grades K - 8 will show you where your student stands. You’ll also find learning aids by subject and grade level, ways to identify a child’s character strengths and areas for development, an idea-packed “Anti-Racism Resources Directory,” and more. It’s also accessible in Spanish!
    • GreatSchools
      This resource helps with developing “Emotional Smarts,” learning issues, building character, college prep, and more. A “What Your Child Should Have Learned” section outlines key academic and social benchmarks typical for grades K - 8 along with specific subject check-ins aligned with Common Core State Standards. Short “Milestones” videos clarify grade level expectations by demonstrating what success looks like in reading, writing, and math in grades K - 12. Parents can also access learning activities, vocab words, worksheets, and more by grade level. It’s also accessible in Spanish!
    • Khan Academy
      This site provides free standards-aligned video tutorials and interactive exercises in math, science, and the humanities from kindergarten through the early years of college. The self-paced lessons are organized to build knowledge one concept at a time. Create a free account to track a student’s progress, chart subject mastery, and support their learning needs. Use Khan Academy to tackle new coursework, fill in gaps for subjects already learned, homework help, or as a fun activity. It’s accessible in numerous languages!
    • Understood
      Understood is aimed at supporting kids with learning and thinking differences, like dyslexia and ADHD, by offering customized, accessible resources and a compassionate community. The “For Families” section organizes articles and resources into general topics: understanding and navigating learning and thinking differences; school and learning issues; socio-emotional development; community, including blogs and discussion groups; and “Through Your Child’s Eyes,” interactive simulations to help parents better understand their child’s world. It’s also accessible in Spanish!
    • Wide Open School
      This site offers engaging, high-quality online learning experiences for kids pre-K - 12. Parents can access the content by subject, or plan a full school day by grade level. Other sections are dedicated to virtual field trips, art and music, physical activity, emotional well-being, English-language learners, learning differences, and more.

    For Fun AND Learning!

    eLibrary: More than Books!

    This is the place to go for thousands of free digital materials. First, you'll need to create an account using your library card number and pin. Some services in the eLibrary include OverDrive (eBooks, eAudios, eVideos), Hoopla ( eMusic, eVideos, eComics, eBooks, eAudios), AudioBookCloud (eAudios), Freading (eBooks), Freegal (eMusic), Kanopy (eVideos), and more.

    PPLD Kids

    You can find plenty of PPLD resources here! Explore:

    • Homework (search by subject to find databases, recommended websites, and more),
    • Read (access booklists by grade level, genre, online resources, and more),
    • Create (hands-on activities and websites),
    • or Parents & Educators (curated information source for adults).

    PPLD Teens

    Get homework help, book recommendations, virtual programs, research resources, and more!


    eBooks for Kids!

    This curated database of children’s eBooks offers over 1000 titles for kids in grades K - 6. Included are animated talking picture books, read-along chapter books, National Geographic videos, non-fiction books, literacy puzzles and games, books in Spanish and French, and graphic novels (a fan favorite!). Younger kids will enjoy listening to the stories while perusing the illustrations, while older or more accomplished readers can choose from the collection of read-along books featuring narration, sentence highlighting, and automatic page-turning. Each book is accompanied by a reading level, Lexile level, and grade information, plus an optional quiz. There are no limited check-out times or wait lists, so every item is always available to everyone.

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    All Pikes Peak Makes

    Explore the world of making this October with All Pikes Peak Makes! Due to COVID-19, this event is going virtual for 2020!

    A maker is someone who creates - to be innovative, to solve problems, to bring something beautiful into the world, or simply to have fun. They have an idea and they bring it to life. Making can encompass just about anything, from high tech to low tech to no tech, from art to fabrication to artistic fabrication, from needles to table saws to software.

    Celebrate making with us!

    These events are in partnership with Cool Science.

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    Celebrating Our Home, the Pikes Peak Region

    Early in 2020, Makers Liz Kettle and Ruth Chandler of Textiles West set out to teach community members how to create fabric collages to celebrate the beauty of our Pikes Peak Region and share stories of our home and community. A week into the Spring Residency, everything came to a halt due to COVID-19.

    Rather than stop the Textile Art Project altogether, Liz and Ruth transformed it into a virtual format, so that our community could be creative and stay connected even while sheltering at home. In many ways, the finished compilations are a record of our community and our shared experience during this unprecedented time. We’ve compiled all the finished pieces submitted by local community members into a Flickr album, which you can explore here.

    MIR Collage

    You can also see the pieces in person as part of a rotating display by visiting the following libraries during the months listed below. At the end of the display rotation, the piece will live at Monument Library.

    Even though the Spring/Summer Textile Art Residency has come to an end, you can still create your very own collage! This project is traditionally a textile (fabric) project, but Liz and Ruth have adapted the project to use just about any materials you have at home. Get started by looking through the various PDF project patterns (see below) and reading through this tutorial PDF. This will give you a basic idea of the project and let you know what supplies you’ll need to get started.
    Then, watch the video below to see Liz explain how to get creative and pull it all together! (Please note the video cuts off at the end, but all important content is included.) Links to supplementary videos examining various stitch types are also available below.


    Supplementary Videos

    The Makers

    Textiles West's teachers are all experts who know the power of creating and understand that for many, textiles are a much more accessible art form than traditional art forms.

    Liz Kettle

    Liz KettleThrough her work, Liz Kettle tells tales that are personal as well as those that speak of relationship, humanity, and the earth. She chooses a nontraditional palette of fabric and stitch because she believes they connect us and draw us closer in a way that cannot be achieved with traditional art materials alone. Liz uses a variety of techniques drawing from the deep wells of quilting, mixed media collage, and paint to tell and support each unique story.

    Liz is the co-founder and Director of Textiles West, a Textile Art Center that aims to inspire widespread awareness, participation, and appreciation of textile and fiber arts.

    Liz is passionate about teaching and is a co-author of two books; Fabric Embellishing: The Basics and Beyond and Threads: The Basics and Beyond. She is also the solo author of First Time Beading on Fabric, Layered and Stitched and Know Your Needles. Liz has articles published in Quilters Home, Quilting Arts, Quilting Arts In Stitches and Cloth Paper Scissors Studios, and has appeared in the PBS show Quilting Arts TV.

    Ruth Chandler

    Ruth ChandlerRuth Chandler grew up in Japan where the vibrant color and texture of Japanese fabric, combined with the simplicity of Japanese design, caught Ruth’s attention. Ruth learned basic Sashiko from an elderly neighbor and at the age of four, and began to create and sew her own clothes at the age of ten which became an outlet for her imagination and creativity.

    She made her first quilt in 1990, a queen size, hand-appliquéd and hand-quilted Hawaiian pineapple quilt, and she has never looked back. In her own unique style she loves to use new techniques mingled with the old and her work usually shows the influence of her years spent in Japan. Shibori, Boro, Sashiko, and indigo dying are her love, however she also teaches garment sewing and other classes to children and adults.

    Ruth teaches locally at Textiles West in Colorado Springs, and nationally at Art and Soul Retreats. Ruth has written several articles for Quilting Arts magazine, blog posts for Havels’ Sewing, and has work published in several books. Additionally, Ruth is one of the co-authors of the best-selling book, Fabric Embellishing: The Basics and Beyond, and is the solo author of Modern Hand Stitching.

    Ruth may be contacted for nationwide classes at ruthachandler@comcast.net

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    Summer Adventure presented by Children's Hospital Colorado

    Have an adventure with Pikes Peak Library District this summer! Our Summer Adventure presented by Children’s Hospital Colorado game helps kids and teens stay engaged and active over the summer months, despite the COVID-19 pandemic. We know you’re looking for at-home activity ideas, and we are here to help!

    Anyone ages 0 - 18 can participate and win prizes through reading, moving, and imagining. Either participate in one of our virtual programs or use one of our activity ideas!

    Tails & Tales 2021

    Program begins Tue., June 1!

    Read, Imagine, and Move activities for ages 0 - 12.

    Read, Imagine, and Move activities for ages 12 - 18.

    The adventure runs from June 1 – August 14. You can set up your account June 1 at ppld.beanstack.org.

    Registration for the program begins June 1. If you would like to sign up for a reminder, please click here!

    Click here for group registration information.

    Be in the know!

    Sign up to receive emails for summer virtual programs, activities, and more for ages 0 - 18 in June, July, and August. You can unsubscribe at any time.

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    Collecting Community Stories: Covid-19 Pandemic

    Pikes Peak Library District is collecting stories about the COVID-19 pandemic. Residents of the Pikes Peak Region are invited to share their stories and experiences. People can submit written stories, photographs, or videos depicting their response to the pandemic and its impact on their lives.

    Any observations are welcome. Submissions can include dealing with illness, quarantine, sheltering in-home, social distancing, employment, working from home, working in health care, schooling, travel, and other general observations.

    Click here to submit your story.

    Learn more about using the Library remotely.

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    Curbside Services

    The Library is here to serve you, regardless of the circumstances!

    While you’re welcome back inside of PPLD locations, you can still take advantage of curbside services, with a new park and text option! Our Libraries and Mobile Library Services make it easy for you to return materials and safely pickup items on holds, wireless print jobs, and take and make kits – limiting any direct contact with Library staff or other patrons.

    Also, don’t forget that you can still use the Library remotely and connect with a librarian by phone, live chat, or email. Learn more about our response to COVID-19 and what you can expect from the Library during the ongoing pandemic.


    Book drops or return bins are available 24/7 outside of all libraries, so you’re welcome to return books, movies, and other physical items anytime that’s convenient for you.


    Ready to pick-up an item on hold, wireless print job, or take and make kits? Many locations are now offering a park and text option to make it even easier for you!

    Simply drive, bike, or walk up, and have your library card number and PIN ready. Upon arrival, you’ll want to follow the available instructions like park and text, drive-thru, or walk up to the table. (Curbside hours and instructions vary by location, so please check below or by phone.) Then you’ll be on your way to enjoy a new book, movie, or other finds!

    Click on your Library location below to see their curbside service hours, phone numbers, and pickup instructions:

    Homebound patrons can designate another person to pick up their holds. Please call your Library for more information and to schedule such a pickup.

    For new items, place your hold in the online Catalog or mobile app and select your preferred location for pickup. Once you receive your email or text notification (if opted in), check your Library’s curbside schedule and procedures for pickup.

    For curbside pickup, Library patrons are encouraged to follow public health guidance, including the use of cloth face masks/coverings and staying 6 feet apart from others.

    Wireless Printing

    We also offer wireless printing at our libraries! Submit your print job here, then follow curbside service instructions for your pickup location during their open hours. Hours and pickup instructions can be found through the links above.

    For Mobile Library Services, please call ahead for such pickups.

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    PPLD staff sorts books to be distributed at free meal sites.

    Pikes Peak Library District staff has shown dedication to the Library’s mission and tireless efforts to serve the community in many ways. We will continue to explore how PPLD can help people and organizations across the Pikes Peak region—well beyond our Library resources and services. Here are some ways that the Library has responded to community needs during the COVID-19 pandemic:

    • We donated 400 surgical masks and 6,000 gloves to the Pikes Peak Regional Office of Emergency Management.

    • A makerspace at Library 21c was used for training on 3D printers to make face shields

    • Our team loaned out 3D printers to support Colorado’s Make4Covid initiative, which connects “makers” with equipment to produce protective gear for local healthcare workers.

    • We’re partnering with school districts and local businesses to provide individuals with reading material while they pickup food and beverages. (Thank you to the Friends of the Pikes Peak Library District for making this possible!)

    • Sand Creek Library serves a donation site for the Southeast Supply Drive, helping collect common household items needed by individuals and families in the area.

    • Community partners are borrowing PPLD laptops and hotspots, so more residents can apply for unemployment and other benefits, as well as search for jobs.

    • PPLD Facilities staff installs water stations at Penrose Library

    • Penrose Library has made drinking water available outside of their building, so anyone can fill containers whenever needed. (Thanks to Olson Plumbing & Heating, Rampart Supply, and Colorado Sheet Metal for donating the supplies!)

    • We provided books, DVDs, and laptops to the City Auditorium’s isolation shelter, setup for those experiencing homelessness who have symptoms of COVID-19.

    No matter the circumstances, we remain steadfast in providing Library resources and services that impact lives and build community across El Paso County. Thank you for entrusting us to be responsive to community needs and serve residents in new ways and virtual spaces, now and into the future.

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    Virtual Library Services & Programs

    Updated January 21, 2021

    Enjoy our entertaining and educational programs from home!

    Due to the ongoing pandemic, Pikes Peak Library District is not offering in-person programs at any of its locations right now, but we are offering a variety of virtual services and programs for people of ages and interests. Plus, you can use the Library remotely in other ways, anywhere and anytime, and connect with a librarian by phone, live chat, or email!

    Visit our virtual calendar of events for all scheduled programs and activities. Can’t participate live? No worries! Many of the videos are featured on our YouTube channel and playlists, so you can watch whenever it’s convenient for you.

    Here’s a handy overview of some virtual opportunities that our team created for you to experience:


    • Live Virtual Programs
      From homeschool programs to tours of local institutions, PPLD has you covered.
    • Take and Make Library Crafts
      Missing your Library's programs? Exhausted your home crafting ideas? PPLD has you covered! Presenting.. Take and Make programs! Your Library will now have crafts available to TAKE home and either follow a virtual class or included instructions to MAKE! Kits are available for all ages.
    • Dial-a-Story
      PPLD is now offering storytimes, book recommendations, resources, and more - all on the phone!


    • Virtual Yoga
      Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 9 - 10 a.m.
      Local instructor Svetlana Nudelman guides practitioners through beginner and intermediate-level yoga poses.

    • Virtual Book Club
      Missing your Library's book club? Some have gone virtual!

    • Genealogy with PPLD
      Are you interested in learning more about how PPLD can support your genealogical research? Learn research strategies including getting started, organizing research, selecting and searching for records, and more!


    Click here to see all teen virtual programming.

    Teens programs premiere at 11 a.m. and are available for viewing anytime on the PPLDTV YouTube Channel.

    Teens Make

    Teen Tech

    Teen Games

    Teens Eat

    Teen Fandom

    Teen Self-Care

    Review Crew
    Anyone from 13 - 18 years old can write an original book review and get an hour of volunteer credit! Check out some past book reviews for examples. Those who are interested can apply here.

    Family & Children's Services Virtual Programs

    Videos are available for viewing anytime on the PPLDTV YouTube channel.

    Baby Time
    Children’s Staff from around the district invite babies from 0 - 12 months, with a favorite adult, to enjoy music, rhymes, and a book together!

    Children's Performers
    Missing the live programs at your Library? Many of our performers can now be viewed anytime on PPLDTV!

    Homeschool Programs
    Whether you've been homeschooling for years or are just getting started with eLearning, our homeschool programs are here to help!

    Children’s staff from around the district lead an art or make project for kids ages 5 - 12.

    Children’s staff from around the district lead a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) based project for kids ages 5 - 12.

    Children’s Staff from around the district invite you to join in a sing-along and then read a children’s book.

    Toddler Time
    Children’s Staff from around the district invite 1 and 2-year-old children, with a favorite adult, to enjoy rhymes, music and movement, and a few short books!

    Tween Twist
    Watch a virtual program and then visit your favorite library that Friday to get materials for the program for ages 9 - 12.

    • Drive-in Storytime
      Storytellers will be on a stage, and you will stay in your car and tune your FM radio to our channel to be able to hear the stories and songs. Registration is required. Only one registration per vehicle.
    • LENA Start
      A 10-week program where parents learn how to increase conversational turns with their babies and toddlers.
    • Prenatal Series
      Are you expecting and have so many questions? Join Pikes Peak Library District and Nurse Family Partnership for a series of prenatal classes.
    • Storytime @ Home
      Missing Storytime at your favorite Library? Our Family and Children's Services librarians are creating Storytime at Home materials for you and you family to enjoy. Every themed Storytime includes top literary picks with easy links to our online Catalog, music, crafting, and literacy tips.
    • Stroll-a-Story
      Walk together and enjoy the benefits of a wonderful children’s book and some physical activity.
    • Reassuring Reads for Kids
      This always-available list presents reading options (available in electronic formats) that can provide comfort during tough times for kids and parents. The recommended books cover themes of encouragement, hope, and love while offering tools for emotional awareness and ways to deal with anxiety.
    • Kid-Friendly Music Playlist
      Our staff selected and compiled more than four hours of children's music on Freegal, PPLD’s streaming service for songs, albums, and more. (Pro tip: Browse other playlists, or create your own!)

    Don’t see anything that interests you right now? Bookmark this page for frequent updates, or visit our calendar of virtual events for new additions each week.

    Stay tuned for more updates from PPLD! Our team continues to explore and expand virtual opportunities that we can bring to you, wherever you may be. Right now, we’re creating new virtual experiences that will launch in the coming days and weeks.

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    Using the Library Remotely

    Last updated January 12, 2021

    En español

    We remain committed to providing Library resources and services to you during these unprecedented times. Thanks to the public’s investment and taxpayer support, we can continue to deliver access to information and opportunities that impact lives and build community across El Paso County. Learn more about our response to COVID-19 and how patrons can use our locations right now.

    You can use the Library remotely, with many resources available 24/7!

    • Check out our new virtual services! Our librarians are bringing their services to you, anywhere and anytime. Watch a virtual storytime with your kids, participate in a virtual book club, try a digital escape room, join us for a community movie discussion, do an at-home craft or experiment, and more. (Looking for something else to do? Bookmark the web page and check back often for new updates!)
    • Ask a librarian! You can also ask one of our reference librarian questions by phone, live chat, and email.
    • Download our mobile app to view your account, browse and download from our collection, and more. (Pro tip: There are also apps for Libby, OverDrive, Freegal, Kanopy, RBdigital, and more.)
    • Stream and/or download from our digital collection! There are so many options – digital books, audiobooks, comics, magazines, music, and videos – that you can access from almost anywhere.
    • Use our databases to conduct research for businesses, nonprofits, legal matters, and more. You also can learn a new language, plan your next adventure, and do genealogy research.
    • Have kids or teens in your home? We have ample resources for children and teenagers, including homework help, reading, games, creating, planning for the future, and more. (Also, see above for new virtual services!)
    • Dig into some regional history and genealogy. For example, our digital collection features historic photographs, pamphlets, manuscripts, maps, oral histories, films and more that highlight the rich history of the Pikes Peak area.
    • Find a good book! Check out recommendations, reading lists, and more.
    • Don’t have a library card? Get started and gain online access today.

    That’s not all! Our Library staff also assembled and vetted a growing list of free online resources for all ages; no library card needed. Resources include live streaming, virtual tours, activities, and much more. Topics cover arts and culture, kids and teens, learning and reading for adults, professional support and development, and science and nature.

    Our team continues to explore and expand virtual opportunities that we can bring to you. Right now, we’re adding to our digital collection, as budget allows, and creating new virtual experiences that will launch in the coming days and weeks.

    Stay tuned for more updates from PPLD. We’re here to serve you now and into the future.

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    One Book Colorado

    One Book Colorado gives away copies of the same book title to each four year old in the state via public libraries.

    The program, in its ninth year, stems from the idea that providing young children with access to books promotes early literacy skills and helps families serve as their children’s first teachers.

    From Tue., Oct. 13 to Sun., Oct. 25, any four-year-old can pick up a free book from any PPLD Library. There will be English and Spanish versions available (while supplies last).

    This is a state-wide initiative to emphasize the importance of early literacy and reading to children. The 2020 winning book will be announced October 13! The contenders are:

    • The Greatest Adventure [La aventura más grande] by Tony Piedra
    • The Little Red Fort [El fuertecito rojo] by Brenda Maier
    • The Very Impatient Caterpillar [La oruga muy impaciente] by Ross Burach

    And the winner is... The Little Red Fort [El fuertecito rojo] by Brenda Maier!

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    The top 10 of 2019 are here! Learn more about what the Pikes Peak Region read in 2019 and add any you missed to your 2020 reading list!

    Adult Books
    1. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
    2. Becoming by Michelle Obama
    3. The Reckoning by John Grisham
    4. Educated: a Memoir by Tara Westover
    5. Wolf Pack by C.J. Box
    6. TransAtlantic: a Novel by Colum McCann
    7. Redemption by David Baldacci
    8. Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty
    9. Unsolved by James Patterson
    10. The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

    Teen Books
    1. Nowhere Boy by Katherine Marsh
    2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K Rowling
    3. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
    4. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
    5. Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
    6. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
    7. The Giver by Lois Lowry
    8. On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
    9. To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han
    10. Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth

    Children's Books
    1. Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
    2. Harry Potter and the Socerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling
    3. Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin
    4. Nowhere Boy by Katherine Marsh
    5. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Meltdown by Jeff Kinney
    6. The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
    7. A Long Walk to Water: a Novel by Linda Sue Park
    8. Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
    9. Warriors in Winter by Mary Pope Osborne
    10. The False Prince by Jennifer Nielsen

    1. A Dangerous Act of Kindness by LP Fergusson
    2. Redemption: Amos Decker Series, Book 5 by David Baldacci
    3. The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
    4. Wolf Pack by C.J. Box
    5. After the Flood: A Novel by Kassandra Montag
    6. An Anonymous Girl: A Novel by Greer Hendricks
    7. Run Away by Harlan Coben
    8. Connections in Death by J.D. Robb
    9. The 18th Abduction by James Patterson
    10. Neon Prey by John Sandford

    1. The Silent Patient (unabridged) by Alex Michaelide
    2. Girl, Stop Apologizing: A Shame-Free Plan for Embracing and Achieving Your Goals (unabridged) by Rachel Hollis
    3. Redemption: Amos Decker Series, Book 5 (unabridged) by David Baldacci
    4. The Giver of Stars: A Novel (unabridged) by Jojo Moyes
    5. City of Girls: A Novel (unabridged) by Elizabeth Gilbert
    6. The Dutch House: A Novel (unabridged) by Ann Patchett
    7. The Institute: A Novel (unabridged) by Stephen King
    8. Daisy Jones & the Six: A Novel (unabridged) by Taylor Jenkins Reid
    9. The Turn of the Key (unabridged) by Ruth Ware
    10. The Guardians: A Novel (unabridged) by John Grisham
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    Winter Adult Reading Program: Tails & Tales

    Join us for this year's Winter Adult Reading Program: Tails & Tales!

    From Mon., Feb. 1 - Wed., March 31, 2021 log 30 days of activities to earn prizes! Activities include attending any of PPLD's virtual programs, anything listed under the activities section below, and reading for 30 minutes or more a day.

    Winter Adult Reading Program Kick-Off Party!

    Join us on Facebook Live to get an early look at all the programs and activities happening for the 2021 Winter Adult Reading Program! You will also be able to register early for the program and receive one extra entry into the grand prize drawing.


    Log 15 activities or 15 days of reading for 30 minutes or more a day to earn a reusable utensil set and a chocolate bar from Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. Log 15 additional activities or days of reading, for a total of 30 activities, and earn the annual reading program mug.

    You can complete the program through a combination of activities and reading, but must have 15 days of reading 30 minutes or more a day to earn the mug and be entered into the Grand Prize Drawing.

    Grand Prize Drawing: Three Grand Prize Winners will receive an HP Chromebook Laptop, with wireless mouse and carrying case.

    You can earn extra entries into the Grand Prize Drawing! For every additional 5 days of reading you will receive one additional entry into the Grand Prize Drawing for a total of up to 5 additional entries. PPLD employees are not eligible for grand prize.

    Reading Resources


    Need some suggestions for activities? We’re here to help:


    • The Crofter’s Hearth I
      On PPLDTV Youtube Mon., Feb 1 through Sun., Feb. 28
      Tales and music from the highlands of Scotland, the rolling hills of Ireland, and the popping fireside of Willson & McKee. Crofts are small plots (14-30 acres) where tenant farmers, ‘crofters’ and their families are able to live and be self-sufficient, but not necessarily landowners. Handed down within families, imagine the sharing of music, song, stories and dance, to pass the long winter nights! Come close to the hearth and let your imagination dance with the shadows…
    • The Crofter’s Hearth II
      On PPLDTV Youtube Mon., March 1 through Wed., March 31
      Gather round the fire for more stories and music. Old tales, even older tunes, and a conjuring of long ago with Willson & McKee. Crofts are small plots (14-30 acres) where tenant farmers, ‘crofters’ and their families are able to live and be self-sufficient, but not necessarily landowners. Handed down within families, imagine the sharing of music, song, stories and dance, to pass the long winter nights! Come close to the hearth and let your imagination dance with the shadows….
    • Geology of Red Rock Canyon Open Space
      Sun., Feb. 28 at 2 p.m.
      Join Park Ranger and paleo-nerd Wesley Hermann for a virtual trek through the geology and ancient history of Red Rock Canyon! Participants will be led through a virtual hike, focusing on real-life sites which can be visited at Red Rock Canyon Open Space! Each “stop” along the way will highlight a different geologic time, which tell the story of the last 300 million years of the Pikes Peak Region. On our journey, we will learn about ancient landscapes, plant and animal life, and how they changed over time!
    • ZOOMobile
      Sat.., March 6 at 1 p.m.
      Join PPLD and the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo for a virtual ZOOMobile! Meet five different animal ambassador and have a live conversation with a keeper! This virtual program will feature appearances by a mammal, amphibian, bird, lizard, and a turtle or tortoise. This is offered as a part of the Winter Adult Reading Program Tails and Tales.
    • Black History Month with The Reminders
      On PPLDTV Youtube Mon., Feb 1 through Sun., Feb. 28
      Join local music group The Reminders for a musical performance for Black History Month.
    • Author Visit: Sunny Weber
    • Colorado Women in World War II
      Thu., March 18 at 6 p.m.
      Colorado author and women's history presenter Gail Beaton will host a program based on her new book, "Colorado Women in World War II."
    • Boats Against The Current: The Honeymoon of Scott and Zelda and The Origins of The Great Gatsby
      Tue., March 30 at 5 p.m.
      An Author Talk with author Richard “Deej” Webb who will discuss his book Boats Against the Current. Deej will chat about his book and do a multimedia presentation then take questions from viewers. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald honeymooned for five months in the summer of 1920 in a modest gray house in Westport, Connecticut. It was an experience that had a more profound impact on both of their collective works than any other place they lived. It was, for Scott and Zelda, their honeymoon. Having just gotten married and after being kicked out of some of New York city's finest hotels, they were, for the first time, in their very own place, albeit for only five months. It was a time that Scott Fitzgerald called "the happiest year since I was eighteen." He had, after all, just achieved success with his first novel, This Side of Paradise, and was suddenly awash with money. The Fitzgeralds lived a wild life of drinking, driving and endless partying while living in suburban Connecticut. As it happens, living near the beach, they were neighbors to a larger-than-life reclusive multi-millionaire, F.E. Lewis.

    Click here for a printable reading log.

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    The Jean Ciavonne Poetry Contest

    Hope is Where the Heart Is: Poems of Inspiration for the Future is the theme for 2021!

    What gives you hope? What are you excited about for the future?
    There is a saying that "Every cloud has a silver lining," meaning that no matter how bad things may seem we can always find something good to look forward to. What is your "silver lining?"

    Questions to ask yourself as you write your poem:

    1. Can we see, smell, hear, and taste the imagery in your poem?
    2. Have you used rich vocabulary that tells us a story or paints a picture?
    3. Does your poem reflect the theme?

    2021 Winners:

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    Banned Books Week 2020

    Censorship is a dead end - Find your freedom to READ!

    “I’m offended”….”How can I explain this to my kid?”….”This isn’t what I believe”….The idea that books that present these challenges should be taken off of the shelves, and the opposing assertion that all knowledge should be available to everyone, is the foundation of librarians’ favorite holiday week: Banned Books Week, Sat., Sept. 27 - Sat., Oct. 3.

    When you read a book or watch a movie, ever think to yourself “I’m offended” or ”How can I explain this to my kid?” or ”This isn’t what I believe”? Those thoughts are common and every library has something that offends someone. Banned Books Week is about keeping materials available for all – even if they offend someone.

    The American Library Association honors this tradition by taking the time to educate us all on intellectual freedom. Banned Books Week launched in the 1980s after a rise in challenging and banning controversial materials (including Hop on Pop, by Dr. Seuss).), In short, this is your right to read whatever you want, whether someone else agrees with it or not. So this Banned Books Week, go out and explore without limitations! Read the books that you want to read and find the information that you want to know whether it’s offensive, different, scary, magical, or anywhere in between!

    The Top 10 National List

    The ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom tracked 377 challenges to library, school, and university materials and services in 2019. Of the 566 books that were targeted, here are the most challenged, along with the reasons cited for censoring the books:

    1. George by Alex Gino
      • Reasons: challenged, banned, restricted, and hidden to avoid controversy; for LGBTQIA+ content and a transgender character; because schools and libraries should not “put books in a child’s hand that require discussion”; for sexual references; and for conflicting with a religious viewpoint and “traditional family structure”
    2. Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out by Susan Kuklin
      • Reasons: challenged for LGBTQIA+ content, for “its effect on any young people who would read it,” and for concerns that it was sexually explicit and biased
    3. A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo by Jill Twiss, illustrated by EG Keller
      • Reasons: Challenged and vandalized for LGBTQIA+ content and political viewpoints, for concerns that it is “designed to pollute the morals of its readers,” and for not including a content warning
    4. Sex is a Funny Word by Cory Silverberg, illustrated by Fiona Smyth
      • Reasons: Challenged, banned, and relocated for LGBTQIA+ content; for discussing gender identity and sex education; and for concerns that the title and illustrations were “inappropriate”
    5. Prince & Knight by Daniel Haack, illustrated by Stevie Lewis
      • Reasons: Challenged and restricted for featuring a gay marriage and LGBTQIA+ content; for being “a deliberate attempt to indoctrinate young children” with the potential to cause confusion, curiosity, and gender dysphoria; and for conflicting with a religious viewpoint
    6. I Am Jazz by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings, illustrated by Shelagh McNicholas
      • Reasons: Challenged and relocated for LGBTQIA+ content, for a transgender character, and for confronting a topic that is “sensitive, controversial, and politically charged”
    7. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
      • Reasons: Banned and challenged for profanity and for “vulgarity and sexual overtones”
    8. Drama written and illustrated by Raina Telgemeier
      • Reasons: Challenged for LGBTQIA+ content and for concerns that it goes against “family values/morals”
    9. Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling
      • Reasons: Banned and forbidden from discussion for referring to magic and witchcraft, for containing actual curses and spells, and for characters that use “nefarious means” to attain goals
    10. And Tango Makes Three by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson illustrated by Henry Cole
      • Reason: Challenged and relocated for LGBTQIA+ content

    PPLD Challenge: Banned Books Art
    Celebrate your right to read! Create a piece of art celebrating or using pages from a banned book and show off what you’ve made on Facebook. You can even check out our video on PPLDTV, premiering on Sept. 1, for how to make wearables from banned books. Learn more here.

    Take and Make: Banned Books Mini-Charms
    Get a Take and Make kit from your Library starting Fri., Sept. 4, and get everything you need to create a beautiful miniature book charm featuring banned or challenged books that could be used as a necklace or a keychain (while supplies last).

    Teens Make: Banned Books Mini-Charms (video)

    Check out challenged titles at PPLD.

    Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD) believes in freedom of information for all and does not practice censorship. The selection of Llibrary materials is predicated on the patron's right to read and freedom from censorship by others. Library materials may be controversial and any given item may offend some person. Selections for the Library are made solely on the merits of the material, in relation to the development of a collection that serves the needs and interests of a diverse population.

    Community members are always welcome to submit a reconsideration request form for Library materials.

    Please see our Challenge Materials Policy for more information.

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    Have you heard about auto-renewals? Beginning Mon., Feb. 11, 2019, PPLD will save you the step of renewing your checkouts.

    The day before items are due, the library’s system will automatically renew them if there are no holds and they haven’t already been renewed twice.

    There are some exceptions to the materials that can be automatically renewed, including:

    • Rapid Read, Rapid View
    • eBooks, eAudios
    • Equipment
    • Interlibrary Loans

    Patrons will receive an email notice letting them know what, if anything, was renewed as well as the new due date.

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    Best Workplaces 2017

    At an awards ceremony on Mon., Nov. 27, 2017 at the Antlers hotel, Pikes Peak Library District was named Best Workplace by The Gazette in the Extra Large Company (300+ employees) category.

    According to The Gazette, PPLD "ranked high among its employees in social responsibility, providing meaningful work, confidence in leadership, being a place workers would recommend to others for employment and operating with strong values and ethics."

    Here is a video The Gazette created, which was shown at the ceremony.

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    Check Out Colorado Backpack

    Reserve your free State Parks Pass and Backpack today by clicking here!

    This program is a partnership with the Colorado Department of Education, State Library, local library systems, and Colorado Parks and Wildlife. It is meant to encourage Coloradans to visit our State Parks and experience all of the great outdoor recreation that this state has to offer.

    Each backpack, which checks out for one week, includes:

    • State park pass
    • Leave no trace card
    • Activity idea list
    • Colorado trees and wildflower guide
    • Colorado Wildlife guide
    • Guide to Colorado's 41 State Parks
    • Fishing Basics Sheet
    • Binoculars
    • The Night Sky Guide
    • About the "Checkout Colorado" Backpack Laminated Handout
    • Evaluation/Survey

    Click here for more information about this program.

    Please contact Meagan Huber at (719) 531-6333, x6062 with any questions.

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    PPLD now has Sorenson videophones and Video Relay Service-equipped laptops available for patron use. VRS allows people who are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech-impaired to communicate using American Sign Language through video equipment. It replaces TTY or Text Telephone.

    Videophones are now available at the East Library and Library 21c.

    VRS-equipped laptops are available at the following PPLD locations: Cheyenne Mountain, High Prairie, Manitou Springs, Monument, Old Colorado City, Ruth Holley, and Sand Creek libraries.

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    Beginning Jan. 9, 2017, PPLD will no longer charge fines on overdue children and teen items. Removing overdue fines will provide greater opportunity for children and teens to use the full range of library services. Currently, 15% of children and teen cardholders are blocked from checking out items at the library due to overdue fines.

    Also, overdue fines on DVDs and games will be reduced from 25 cents per day to 10 cents per day.

    PPLD seeks to foster literacy and life-long learning for children and teens. The Library regularly evaluates policies to see what barriers for service exist and evaluates how to eliminate such barriers. The Library’s Board of Trustees approved the new policy at their December meeting.

    Items that will not accrue overdue fines must be designated as “juvenile” or “teen” in the Library catalog. The policy will take effect for any items checked out January 9 or after. Lost item and damage fees will still apply.

    Overdue notices will still be sent as reminders to return Library items. Items not returned within 21 days of the due date will be considered lost, and the full cost of the item will be charged to the patron’s account.

    Click here for more information

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    Have you read a really great (or really bad) book lately? Tell us all about it! Just fill out this book review form and your review will be posted in the Book Reviews section of ppld.org.

    Happy reviewing!

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    High Prairie Library Launches Seed Library

    The High Prairie Seed Library officially launched on Saturday, April 25, 2015!

    PPLD is very proud of the hard work that Rhonda Curtis, High Prairie staff member extraordinaire, has put into this 2 year project.

    High Prairie Library kicked off the grand opening with a speech from Rhonda (and tutorial), ribbon cutting, cake (carrot), refreshments, and lots of community engagement! In the process of creating the Seed Library we have made some strong connections to our communities in the area, garden clubs, and independent farmers, including generations of growers in the county extending to Calhan.

    High Prairie Library will conduct a contest for the biggest pumpkin patrons can grow using the giant pumpkin seeds from the Seed Library! The pumpkins will be judged at the 4th Annual Harvest Festival on October 3, 2015.

    A special thanks goes to the High Prairie Friends and staff, who have all contributed both time and resources to help get the Seed Library open.

    The High Prairie Seed Library joins the Manitou Springs Seed Library as PPLD's two seed repositories.

    Click here to visit the High Prairie Seed Library web page.

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