Library 21c (LI)

Library 21c

Our Library welcomes you back inside without a reservation! Plus, we have reopened more services and spaces at this location. 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:

  • Patrons can enter the building via the East upper level entrance only. Returns are accepted 24/7 via the book drops on the upper level. The lower level is only for curbside service and patrons cannot use that entrance to access the library. There are no places to return items on the lower level. (More information on curbside service below.)
  • Browse the physical collection.
  • Use self-checkout machines and service desks.
  • Use a computer for one 55-minute session per day. (Reservations encouraged!)
  • Use machines to fax, scan, and/or copy documents without staff assistance.
  • Charge your devices.
  • Use our makerspace, which includes laser engravers, sewing machines, and die cutters.
  • Reserve and check out Studio equipment for pickup inside at the service desk.
  • Use Studio21c for your recording or video and photography needs.
  • Take advantage of our 3D print drop-off services.
  • Reserve and use a meeting space. (There are only three rooms available at this time, which can be reserved once per day for a maximum of two hours. Click the link to learn more.)

To make a reservation, call (719) 389-8968 or use the link provided above. Reservations are required for the following: Meeting rooms, studios, makerspaces, and equipment checkouts. They are strongly encouraged for computer sessions. A library card may be required for some reservations, such as computer sessions.

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.
  • Cloth face coverings or masks are required by all patrons and staff.
  • Staff regularly sanitize frequently touched items like handles, counters, copiers, and other equipment. Computers are cleaned between each use. There are also sanitation protocols for equipment checkouts, along with public-use areas like makerspaces, studios, and meeting rooms.
  • All fax machines, copiers, and computers are self-service only; staff can only offer assistance at services desks, behind a protective shield.
  • Some equipment, items, and areas remain unavailable to the public. This includes some furniture, computer stations, and meetings rooms, as well as all water fountains, children’s play areas, and study rooms.
  • We ask that you keep your visits as brief as possible and reserve use of restroom facilities for emergencies only.

Curbside Services

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

Come to Library 21c’s lower-level, south parking lot off of Jamboree Dr. Pull into a numbered parking stall and follow instructions on the stall sign to notify staff you are here. After obtaining your name, library card number, and PIN, staff will retrieve your items, check out your holds, and provide them as quickly as possible.

We are not scheduling pick-ups in advance. To check on the availability of your holds please call (719) 389-8968.

When using curbside services, library patrons are encouraged to follow public health guidance, including the use of cloth face masks/coverings and staying 6 feet apart from others. Learn more about our safety measures during the pandemic.


Address:
1175 Chapel Hills Dr. - map it!
Colorado Springs, CO 80920
Floor Plan

Phone: (719) 531-6333, x7012
Contact Us

Hours:

Monday - Thursday: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday: Closed
Holiday Hours and Closures

Bus Routes: 39, 25

  • Friends of Library 21c
  • Library 21c Facebook

Friends of Library 21c

Library 21c operates a staffed bookstore in the lower floor during Library hours.

Click here to learn more about the Friends of the Pikes Peak Library District.


 

What's New!

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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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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Our Response to COVID-19

Last updated Feb. 9, 2021

More Services & Spaces Available Inside Our Libraries!

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

We continue to prioritize the health and safety of our patrons, staff, and greater community during the ongoing pandemic. With El Paso County’s current status on the COVID-19 dial, PPLD welcomes people back inside all of our libraries, now with more services and spaces available for us! The Library will continue to follow public health orders and guidance, but now our resources and services can be more accessible again.

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.

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 now offer the following at select locations: 3D print drop-off services, plus the ability to reserve and check out Studio equipment.

Here’s what else you can do beginning Tue., Feb. 9:

  • Make a reservation to use one of our creative spaces! Makerspaces have reopened for use of laser engravers, sewing machines, and die cutters, along with Studio21c and Studio916 for on-site sound recording or video and photography needs. Spaces are open for select hours at East Library (makerspace only), Library 21c, and Sand Creek Library. Reservations are required for use of these spaces, plus all visitors must adhere to PPLD’s safety protocols.
  • Limited meeting rooms are now available for public use with a reservation! We have reopened a select number of meeting spaces, with one room available at East, Rockrimmon, and Sand Creek libraries, two rooms at Penrose Library, and three rooms at Library 21c. One public reservation is allowed per day, per location, for a maximum of two hours. Use the link above or below to view your options and what else to expect; there are strict capacity limits per room, and all visitors must adhere to PPLD’s safety protocols. Make your reservation online, by phone at (719) 884-9827, or by email at meetingrooms@ppld.org.

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. Many 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? 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:

  • Cloth face coverings or masks are required by all patrons and staff to enter all libraries. (If you do not have one, PPLD can provide you with a single-use mask at no cost. Some exemptions do apply, such as for those under the age of 3.)
  • There are capacity limits inside every building, along with public-use spaces like makerspaces, studios, and meeting rooms inside of select locations.
  • The number of patrons inside are monitored at all times.
  • Staff regularly sanitize frequently touched items like handles, counters, copiers, and other equipment. Computers are cleaned between each use. There are also sanitation protocols for equipment checkouts, along with public-use areas like makerspaces, studios, and meeting rooms.
  • If you retrieve a book from a shelf but decide you don’t want it, please place it on the designated cart instead of re-shelving it yourself.
  • All fax machines, copiers, and computers are self-service only; staff can only offer assistance at services desks, behind a protective shield.
  • Some computers will not be available as we encourage patrons and staff to remain six feet apart in our computer labs.
  • Other areas and items that remain temporarily unavailable or closed to the public:All water fountains, children’s play area, and study rooms, along with some meeting rooms and furniture.

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.

We ask that you keep your visits as brief as possible in order to minimize risk for everyone inside our Libraries.


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 provide library services and resources inside of our facilities, our staff must interact directly with patrons in close proximity. We have instituted this requirement, along with other precautionary measures, to minimize potential transmission of COVID-19.

This is in accordance with Governor Polis’ Executive Order to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Colorado communities. Effective July 16, everyone in Colorado over the age of 10 is required to wear a face covering inside any public space. Also, after significant discussion and consideration of scientific findings during the May 27 public meeting, PPLD’s Board of Trustees unanimously approved the requirement of cloth face coverings by patrons and staff inside all libraries to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in El Paso County and beyond. The Board of Trustees determined that the Library District will largely comply with CDC recommendations requiring masks for those ages THREE and older, rather than the statewide recommendation of 10 and older.

PPLD will continue to adhere to public health guidance that’s grounded in science, especially as El Paso County Public Health and the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment track COVID-19 cases within El Paso County and across the state.

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 the new return dates, which will be listed by item. (Returns are accepted outside of all libraries as part of curbside service.)
  • 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: Since more patrons are using PPLD digital resources online, cardholders can have 20 checkouts for a total of 14 days each; the holds limit remains at a total 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: Study rooms remain closed, but a limited number of meeting rooms are now available for reservation across the Library District. To find out more, use the link above to see the available spaces, capacity limits per room, and requirements for use. To make a reservation, click the link above, call (719) 884-9827, or email meetingrooms@ppld.org.
  • Library programs & events: The Library is currently only hosting programs virtually and in other safe ways such as Dial-a-Story and TeleGram, enjoyed by phone, or Drive-in Storytime, where participants stay inside their own vehicles. In-person activities hosted by PPLD and held inside of our facilities are not happening at this time.
  • 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.
  • 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.

What’s happening behind the scenes at the Library?

All returned materials may be quarantined for up to four days before being processed and circulated. This time limit has been approved by El Paso County Public Health.

Per the current COVID-19 status, the Library team can only work at limited capacity inside our facilities. On-site staff are required to follow public health guidance like wearing face coverings, washing hands thoroughly and frequently, and maintaining proper distance during any in-person interactions. They are shelving books, pulling holds, quarantining returned materials, and helping circulate thousands of books, movies, and other items from PPLD’s large collection between our libraries.

In addition to our limited services inside, our librarians are still here for you virtually! Staff continue to take your questions by phone, live chat, and email. They’re also providing and expanding virtual services and programs, along with our digital collection. And, we’re working 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

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 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 in public settings, such as grocery stores, pharmacies, medical facilities, hiking trails, etc.

  • 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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Artists of the Knight

Check out a new virtual program from Knight of Columbus Hall (KCH) featuring artists from around the Pikes Peak region. Season One has premiered but you can still watch and support local artists!

Watch here:

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


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


Previous Artists:

Click here to learn more about KCH.


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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.


eLearning

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


eBooks


Audiobooks


Movies & TV Shows


Music


Programs

Click here to see our full calendar of events


Magazines & Newspapers


Languages

Mango Languages


Genealogy Research


Homework & Homeschool Help


Personal & Professional Development


Databases

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.


Brainfuse

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.


Databases

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!


TumbleBooks

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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Stroll-a-Story

Walk together and enjoy the benefits of a wonderful children’s book and some physical activity.

There’s a fun story at many of our Library locations, waiting for you to read it.

Titles are subject to change, so please contact your Library before visiting.

Tag us on Facebook @PPLDKids and let us know what you think!

Are you ready? Let’s go!


Downtown Strolls

North Route:
I Like Myself! by Karen Beaumont, illustrated by David Catrow

South Route:
Cheer: A Book to Celebrate Community by Uncle Ian Aurora, illustrated by Natalia Moore

Bread & Butter Neighborhood Market
I Could Be, You Could Be by Karen Owen and Barroux


Outside Strolls


Window Strolls

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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.


Patterns

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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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.



Returns

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.


Holds

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:

FOR EVERYONE:

  • 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!



FOR ADULTS:


  • 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!

FOR TEENS:

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!

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

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

Storytime
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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Spring Break 2021

Spring Break Activities 2021


Spring Break Take and Make!

Fri., March 19, at all locations
Pick up your take and make! It includes activities for all ages to encourage outdoor play and gross motor skills.

Family Escape Room

Join us for a virtual escape room perfect for the whole family! Play together as a family or on your own. We will have hard, intermediate and easier games available so that you can pick the perfect game for your group or family!


Children's Programs

Registration is required. Masks are required and social distancing will be observed at all in-person events. Hand sanitizer will be available.

  • Wishing Star Farm Petting Zoo
    Mon., March 22 at 1 p.m. at the Westside Community Center
    Tue., March 23 at 10:30 a.m. at Metcalfe Park (Restroom facilities are not available at the park.)
    Wed., March 24 at 9:30 a.m. at East Library
    Thu., March 25 at 10:30 a.m. at High Prairie Library
    Thu., March 25 at 2 p.m. at Sand Creek Library
    Fri., March 26 at 10:30 a.m. at Ruth Holley Branch Library

    Meet some friendly animals from Wishing Star Farm! For ages 0 - 12.

  • Yo-Yo Lessons from an Expert!
    Kids age 5 - 12 will learn some basic Yo-Yo moves from Luke Renner, the New Mexico Yo-Yo Slinger! This exclusive YouTube video will be available on PPLDTV YouTube beginning Tue., March 16. Spring Break Activity Take & Makes (including Yo-Yos) will be available at Library branches on Friday, March 19, while supplies last.

Teen Programs


We know there are all kinds of kids with all kinds of needs, so if your child might benefit from some sensory accommodations like fidget items or noise-reducing headphones while in the Library or at a program, ask at the Children’s Desk for our Sensory Accommodations Kit.

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Black History Month

Join Pikes Peak Library District in celebrating Black History Month!


  • Black History Month with The Reminders

  • Black Panther Bookmarks
    Starting Fri., Feb. 5, get your teen take and make from your favorite Library (while supplies last)! Celebrate your love of the Black Panther with this felt bookmark that fits perfectly into your favorite Black Panther book or graphic novel. Wakanda Forever!

  • Learn West African Dance
    Learn something exciting and completely different with a West African Dance lesson from Cleo Parker Robinson Dance! Try some new dance moves and enjoy the energy of this lively program with your family and friends. This is a vigorous work out for all ages. The video will be available Feb. 13 through March 13.

  • The Black Novel as "Protest" Fiction
    Registration Required
    Ever since the publication of Richard Wright’s Native Son, the phrase “protest fiction” has been used—by both Black and White critics—to devalue the Black novel. By discussing several classic novels by prominent Black authors, this class explores “protest” as a defining element of Black fiction, which undeniably supports and defends the premise that “Black Lives Matter.” Presented by Durthy Washington for Black History Month.

  • Steaming History: Fannie Mae Duncan
    Registration Required
    To celebrate Black History Month, PPLD Special Collections will host a live chat while streaming the Rocky Mountain PBS documentary, Fannie Mae Duncan. While watching the documentary, you can chat with PPLD staff and the documentary's producer, Kate Perdoni.

    Meet the inspiring Fannie Mae Duncan, an African American nightclub owner who brought the motto “Everybody Welcome” to true meaning at her Colorado Springs Cotton Club despite the volatile Civil Rights Movement of her day. The granddaughter of slaves and the daughter of tenant farmers, Fannie Mae stood up against disharmony and heartbreak to maintain the first racially integrated club in the city. Premiered on Rocky Mountain PBS November 8, 2018.


  • Teens Eat: Fried Sweet Potato Hand Pie


Educational Resources

Regional History & Genealogy Resources

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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

eBooks
  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

eAudio
  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 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.

Prizes

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


Activities

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


Presenters

  • 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?

Prizes:
Six winners will receive $50 each. Each winner will also receive a book of poetry.


Eligibility:
Open to all fourth and fifth graders in the Pikes Peak Region.

Contest Rules:

  1. One entry per student. Teachers are urged to review poems and submit no more than five per class.
  2. Each poem must be the original work of the contestant.
  3. Poems will be judged on originality, including poem title and adherence to the theme.
  4. Submit two typed, double-spaced copies of each poem on 8 ½” x 11” paper (no handwritten submissions or illustrations will be accepted.) Include ON A SEPARATE PIECE OF PAPER: name, telephone number, home address, school name and address, and teacher and principal’s names. Poems will not be returned. Please keep a copy.
  5. Entries must be postmarked by March 2, 2021.

Submission of a poem constitutes full permission to exhibit, use and publish the poem for any purpose – printed or electronic media – and to publish the name, school, and photographs of the student without compensation.

Submissions
Poems may be submitted online here.

Entries may be mailed to:
The Jean Ciavonne Poetry Contest
c/o Carol Scheer
Pikes Peak Library District
P.O. Box 1579
Colorado Springs, CO 80901-1579

Or email entries, following guidelines above to: cscheer@ppld.org


Questions?

Call or email Evan Childress: (719) 531-6333, x6069 or echildress@ppld.org
The winners will be announced in April. The details of an awards ceremony are still to be determined.

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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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Questions about using the Internet, email, social networks, a Smartphone, tablet, eBooks, or something else? Get help at Pikes Peak Library District and learn to use technology more effectively. Bring your laptop or device or use one of of ours. This is intended for patrons wanting help beyond PPLD computer classes.

Drop-in Help

1-on-1 Help

Contact location to register for 1-on-1 assistance!

  • East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd.
    3rd Wed., 2 - 4 p.m.
  • Call: (719) 531-6333

For information on computer resources at your library, please visit https://ppld.org/computers

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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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Family Place Libraries image

Family Place Libraries™ is a network of children’s libraries nationwide who believe that literacy begins at birth and that libraries can help build healthy communities by nourishing healthy families.

Family Place Libraries feature:

  • Specially designed spaces
  • Programs for ages 0 - 5
  • Materials and resources for parents
  • Family support services

Our Family Place Libraries also offer extensive collections of toys that are developmentally appropriate for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers.

Research shows that play fosters a variety of skills that children need: social, physical, intellectual, creative, and emotional. Through play, children express feelings, communicate, build imagination and vocabulary, and develop eye-and-hand coordination; all vital steps in their journey toward reading and writing.

Your Family Place Libraries

  • Fountain Library, (719) 382-5347, 230 S. Main St.
  • Library 21c, (719) 531-6333, x1527, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.
  • Sand Creek Library, (719) 597-7070, 1821 S. Academy Blvd.
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    Rainbow Fish

    2018 marks the 10th year of the Giant Puppet Project at Mountainside Elementary School (MES) on Fort Carson. Concrete Couch works with the students to design and build a marionette puppet that is based on a favorite children's book. The most recent project, inspired by The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister, is now installed at Library 21c.

    The project involves kids from military families, their parents and siblings, and community volunteers. It is designed to boost literacy skills, has a pre-engineering element, and is just plain fun! Kids ages 6 - 10 are involved in the 11-day experience. The installations are up at MES for one year, and each puppet has about eight different moving parts! For the installation at Library 21c, Rainbow Fish was simplified to be a non-moving sculptural piece.

    Sponsors of the program include the Bee Vradenburg Foundation, Joseph Henry Edmondson, El Pomar and Quail Roost Foundations, the Hillsdale and Alpenglow Funds, Colorado Industrial Recyclers, the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, and Barb and David Winter.

    Special thanks go to the many volunteers who assist in this and other Concrete Couch projects. You guys are the bomb!

    ~The Staff at Concrete Couch

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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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    Purchasing a 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.

    Commemorative pavers are now available at Fountain Library!

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    PPLD Receives Award for Excellence in Community Infrastructure

    The Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance recognized Pikes Peak Library District for their Excellence in Community Infrastructure award.

    "The Pikes Peak Library District proudly opened Library 21c this summer. It is the "launch pad" for 21st century library service and the first facility of its kind in the country. If you haven’t seen it yet, it will challenge everything you know about the public library. It’s not just a space, it’s a paradigm shift. Features include Makerspaces, Center for Public Media, Business & Entrepreneurial Center, a 400-seat Performance and Meeting Venue, and many additional services."

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    German style board game pieces, commonly called Meeples

    Love playing board games? Want to try out new games each month and meet other teens interested in board games? Come to the Teen TableTop Gaming Club at Library 21c. We meet the first Friday of the month from 4 - 5:30 p.m. in the teen area. Each month we learn and play a different game (and sometimes get out old favorites as well!). Drop by and maybe you'll discover your new favorite game! For ages 12-18. Co-sponsored by Petrie's Family Games!

    When: 1st Fridays, 4 - 5:30 p.m.
    Where: Library 21c teen area

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    From computer, meeting rooms, databases, and printing, to makerspaces, tutorials, and much more, all your business and entrepreneurial needs are met at Library 21c. And it's FREE! Watch this video for more information:

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    PPLD's Library 21c has been featured in two articles recently:

    Library Journal - "The Library of the Century | Design4Impact"

    The Gazette - "Colorado Springs library is ahead of the tech curve"

    Indeed, "(Libraries) are becoming the vibrant centers of the community where everyone is welcome and there is something available for everyone."

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