Monument Library (MO)

Monument Library

Address:
1706 Lake Woodmoor Dr. - map it!
Monument, CO 80132

Phone: (719) 531-6333, x7005
Contact Us

Hours:
Monday - Wednesday: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Thursday: Closed
Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sunday: Closed
Holiday Hours and Closures

Bus Route: None

Curbside Services Have your library card number and PIN ready when you arrive. Park in one of the designated spots in front of the library and follow park and text instructions on the sign.

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Library Location Address

1706 Lake Woodmoor Drive
Monument, CO 80132
United States

What's New!

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EDI A Mighty Long Way

Join Pikes Peak Library District in celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day and welcome Carlotta Walls LaNier as she takes us through her journey as one of the Little Rock Nine. In 1957, at age 14, Mrs. LaNier and eight other students integrated Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. This act of courage became the catalyst for change in the American educational system. The Little Rock Nine, as they would eventually be called, became ‘foot soldiers’ for freedom. In 1999, members of Congress and former President Bill Clinton bestowed upon Mrs. LaNier and the other members of the Little Rock Nine the nation’s highest civilian award, the Congressional Gold Medal, for their sacrifice and contribution to the cause of equality. 

Mrs. LaNier will share her story with us at the upcoming presentation, A Mighty Long Way, and introduce her new book A Mighty Long Way, My Journey to Justice, at Little Rock Central High. Please join us in-person or on the livestream. Registration is encouraged.  

When: 

Library 21c: Tue., Jan. 17 from 10 a.m. - noon 

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Winter Adult Reading Program

Chilly winter days are perfect for curling up with a good book or entertaining yourself with new experiences. Join Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD) for this year’s Winter Adult Reading Program! Participants log 30 days of activities from Wed., Feb. 1 - Fri., March 31 to earn prizes. To participate, you can log 30 minutes or more of reading time each day or do activities like join a PPLD Book Group, stop by a Little Free Library in your area, read a new author or genre, explore the NOAA website, and more. You can also choose to attend selected PPLD events, which include fun activities like handmade hand warmers, bleach textile art, and card making.

Participants who log 30 days of activities during the challenge will earn the annual Winter Adult Reading Program mug, a chocolate bar from Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, and an entry into the grand prize drawing.

Registration opens on Wed., Feb. 1. Register in person or at curbside and receive a tote bag with everything you need to help you participate in the reading program. Bags will be available on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last.

To learn more and to find out how to register, click here

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Food Industry Training

Food industry careers are rewarding and challenging but can be difficult to break into without prior experience or training. Pikes Peak Library District offers Food Industry Training that is perfect for anyone wanting to enter the food industry or advance their career. We offer this training multiple times per year. Registration is currently open for the next session that runs from Mon., Feb. 13 - Fri., March 17.  

The Food Industry Training is a five-week training program at the Library that teaches participants the entry-level skills they need to find or advance in employment as a qualified prep cook or line cook. The program helps them learn basic culinary fundamentals, practice professionalism, explore career opportunities in the culinary industry, and earn their ServSafe Food Handler certification.  

Participants learn proper food handling, recipe reading, product identification, team building in a food industry setting, cooking methods and techniques, and other essential skills.  

No prior experience is necessary, and there is no cost to participate. Participants must be eligible to work in the U.S., be able to attend the scheduled classes, be pursuing a career in the culinary industry, and be age 17 or older. Applications for this session close on Sun., Jan. 29.  

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Teona Chief Librarian

Reflecting on 2022 and looking ahead

As we welcome 2023 and what’s to come, I want to take a moment and reflect on the past year for Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD).  

The Library has been a staple in our community for more than 130 years, evolving to become a public institution that offers physical and digital spaces for belonging, personal growth, and strong communities. Thanks to the investment from El Paso County taxpayers, we can provide residents like you with access to 16 facilities, three mobile library services, and a large online hub of resources and services that are inclusive and welcoming to all.

Because of you, we were able to do so much for the community this past year. PPLD connected hundreds of thousands of people with services, resources, and spaces to help them achieve their goals. Many patrons visited one of our libraries, whether to browse our collection and check out an item, attend a program, use a meeting or study room, create something in a makerspace or recording studio, or use a computer, copier, scanner, or something else they needed. Library cardholders checked out more than 4 million physical items, and we surpassed more than 2 million digital checkouts via OverDrive and Libby by the end of September 2022.

We hosted another year of successful programs that strive to improve literacy like the Winter Adult Reading Program, Summer Adventure for kids and teens, and All Pikes Peak Reads this past fall. PPLD expanded the PowerPass partnership program to include Calhan School District and Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8, providing more students with access to Library resources and services to help further their success in and out of the classroom. And we also added a few new museums and attractions to the Pikes Peak Culture Pass, meaning individuals and families can check out even more cultural experiences right here in our community and beyond.

In the spring of 2022, PPLD also announced its new vision, mission, and values. This became the starting point to develop a three-year strategic plan, which was publicly released in December and officially kicks off this month.

The plan for 2023 - 2025 was informed by staff and public input. Last summer, our team hosted multiple opportunities for Library patrons and other community members to engage with us as part of the planning process, and nearly 1,200 participated, whether online or in-person at one of our libraries. With rich qualitative data from the public and 400-plus staff, we uncovered several common themes – and those helped guide a strategic planning committee of staff, Board, and community representatives in identifying PPLD’s six areas of focus. If you want to find out more and see where, why, and how the Library District will reinvest taxpayer dollars back into the community through 2025, please visit ppld.org/strategicplan.  

It's because of the community’s continued support for PPLD that we have been able to do all of this in 2022 and what we’re planning for 2023. Your investment, trust, and patronage truly are an investment into improving the Pikes Peak region for everyone.  

We look forward to serving you throughout this new year – and using our new strategic plan to fulfill our mission, uphold our values, and aim to achieve our vision for this great community!

 

Teona Shainidze Krebs 
Interim Chief Librarian & CEO 
Pikes Peak Library District 

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Get ready for a weekend of epic sports history! PPLD and the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum have teamed up to offer a discount weekend at the museum for library cardholders. Share your library card (or card number) to enjoy interactive exhibits and an immersive and accessible look into the journey of Team USA’s Olympic and Paralympic athletes.   

When:  

  • Sat., Jan. 28 from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.  
  • Sun., Jan. 29 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m

Present your library card at the museum for $10 admission. The PPLD Bookmobile will be on-site for library card registration and will also put on a special Storytime Saturday morning at 9 a.m. 

Bookmobile on-site: 

  • Sat., Jan. 28 from 9 a.m. – noon  
  • Sun., Jan. 29 from 10 a.m. – noon 
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A photo of Colorado Springs with text over it that reads "2023 - 2025 Strategic Plan."

From a small reading room established 136 years ago, PPLD continues to evolve to meet the ever-changing needs of our sprawling community. Our service area covers 2,070 square miles of El Paso County with a population of nearly 700,000 – people of all ages and backgrounds with varying views and interests.

Thanks to taxpayer funding, we can continue to provide residents with access to 16 facilities, three mobile library services, and a large online hub of resources and services, all of which are inclusive and welcoming to everyone. The Library team strives to make its physical and digital spaces safe and respectful for diverse voices, perspectives, and pursuits; to foster community dialogue and connections; and to help people achieve their goals and dreams in life.

Overview and Process

In the winter and spring of 2022, our Board of Trustees and staff revisited PPLD’s mission statement and developed a vision statement and organizational values that best reflect our public library system and growing community in El Paso County.

This became our starting point to develop our new strategic plan for 2023 - 2025. After months of input from the public through surveys and in-person meetings, PPLD staff, Library patrons, and other community members and government officials, PPLD used the rich qualitative data it received from more than 1,600 responses to develop a new strategic plan for 2023 - 2025. Below are the six areas of focus the team identified that became the foundation of the plan.

Strategic Plan: Areas of Focus

    Access

    PPLD is an access point for everyone to engage with resources, services, and spaces as they choose.

    Accountability

    PPLD is accountable to all stakeholders through fiscal responsibility, continuous evaluation, and by sharing findings with the public.

    Communications

    PPLD invests in and elevates community awareness of its resources, services, and spaces.

    Community Connections

    PPLD builds community through relationships and partnerships to connect people to relevant resources, services, and spaces.

    Physical and Virtual Spaces

    PPLD provides equitable access to physical and virtual spaces in safe and inclusive environments.

    Staff

    PPLD values, trusts, and invests in staff.

 

PPLD publicly released this plan in detail on Dec. 6, 2022, so everyone could see where, why, and how PPLD will reinvest taxpayer dollars back into the community through 2025. We look forward to using our new strategic plan to fulfill our mission, uphold our values, and aim to achieve our vision for this great community.

 

View the complete plan here:

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A microphone graphic with text that reads "Virtual Author Visits."

Pikes Peak Library District is excited to bring you Virtual Author Visits in partnership with the Library Speakers Consortium. Join us and hear from bestselling authors and thought leaders on a range of topics, from puzzling science to epic fantasy to decluttering your home. Whether you are an avid or occasional reader, there is nothing quite like listening to insightful talks by authors you have read or plan to read soon. You never know what will catch your interest. Attend these events at no cost from the comfort of home.

In January join us for an action-packed online conversation with Namina Forna, New York Times bestselling author of The Gilded Ones Series in a discussion about her second installment in the series, The Merciless Ones.

Next, you are invited to start your new year calm and collected by learning how to become better organized and clutter-free with Dana K. White, creator of the popular podcast and blog, A Slob Comes Clean, as she imparts tips from her books Organizing for the Rest of Us and Decluttering at the Speed of Life.

At the end of January, please join us for what is sure to be the most fun-filled hour of your day as we chat online with Randall Munroe about his new book What If? 2: Additional Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions.

Learn more and see upcoming authors at libraryc.org/ppld


Upcoming author visits

  • Sat., Jan. 7 at noon: The Gilded Ones Series: Author Talk with Namina Forna
  • Tue., Jan 17 at noon: Decluttering to Start Your New Year: Author Talk with Dana K. White
  • Tue., Jan. 31 at noon: xkcd Webcomic and What if? Series Creator: Author Talk with Randall Munroe
  • Thu., Feb. 9 at 5 p.m.: Back in a Spell: Author Talk with Lana Harper
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    Beakers and test tubes filled with colorful liquid have text on them that reads "Homeschool Science Fair."

    Interested in seeing some amazing experiments from up-and-coming scientists? Visit our annual Homeschool Science Fair to browse and chat with project creators. Kids can fill out a "What I learned" and receive a prize! Come and discover something new, or be inspired for next year!

    Our annual Homeschool Science Fair is open to grades K-12! Homeschool students are invited to demonstrate a science project for other families. There are no rules or guidelines for this non-competitive event, and planning is left up to individual families.

    Registration required. Students will arrive by 9:15 a.m., and the event will be open to the public from 10 - 11:30 a.m.

    Need help planning your project? Download our Science Fair How-Tos Document!

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    A book with arms and legs and wearing a superhero cape poses like a superhero in front of mountains and houses. Text reads "Jean Ciavonne Poetry Contest"

    Be the Hero: Empowered and Impactful

    Submissions open from Dec. 1, 2022 - Wed., March 1, 2023.

     

    The Awards Ceremony

    April 29, 2023, at 10:30 a.m.

    Knights of Columbus Hall

    20 W. Pikes Peak Ave.


    What superpower, real or imagined, would you use to change the world?

    Questions to ask yourself as you write your poem:

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

    Six winners will receive a book and $50 each! The contest is open to all fourth and fifth graders in the Pikes Peak region.


    Eligibility

    Open to all fourth and fifth graders in the Pikes Peak region.

    Contest Rules

    The awards will be announced in April 2023.

      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 Wed., March 1, 2023. 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 photograph of the student without compensation.

      Entries may be mailed to:

      The Jean Ciavonne Poetry Contest

      c/o Christa Funke

      Pikes Peak Library District

      P.O. Box 1579

      Colorado Springs, CO 80901-1579

       

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


      Questions? Please call Christa Funke at (719)531-6333 x 6331 or email cfunke@ppld.org


      Congratulations to our 2022 winners!

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      A teen paints on a canvas. Illustrations of paint brushes and other paint supplies decorate the image. Text reads "Pikes Peak Library District's 16th Annual Teen Art Contest"

      Our theme for this year's Teen Art Contest is Memory. Please submit a piece inspired by this theme.

      Memories can fool us, cause us grief, or bring us great comfort. Memory of the past can keep us from what we want in the future or inspire us to great heights. Create a piece inspired by the theme that shares your thoughts on Memory or expresses what Memory means to you and enter it to win a prize!

      Entries are judged by other teens, along with one award that is judged by Library staff. Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on Tue., March 21 at 6 p.m. at East Library. All entries accepted into the show will be on display in April at East Library, Penrose Library, or Library 21c.

      Artwork can be any type of two-dimensional art form, as long as we can hang it on the wall. Frames or mattes are recommended to help safeguard your artwork. Your submission should be able to support the attachment of wire with either a sawtooth hook or D-rings.

      **PPLD will supply hanging wire and attach frame hooks upon receiving submissions unless the frame is already properly wired and able to be hung.

      Award Categories

      Award categories include: 1st place, second place, and Coordinator's Choice for Middle School; 1st place, second place, and Coordinator's Choice for High School; One overall Best in Show.

      Important Dates

      • Sign up online from Thu., Dec. 1 - Tue., Feb. 21
      • Drop off your artwork from Fri., Feb. 17 – Tue., Feb. 21
      • Awards Ceremony on Tue., March 21 at 6 p.m. at East Library Community Room
      • Art on display throughout April
      • Art pickup the first week of May

      Guidelines

      Entry form

      Complete the online entry form here


      FAQs

      • When will I know if I have won?

      We will notify award winners by mid-March. All participants and their friends and family are invited to the Awards Ceremony on Tue., March 21 at 6 p.m. in the East Library Community Room regardless of winning an award.

        • Will my artwork be displayed?

        Yes! You can choose from one of three locations to have your artwork displayed during the month of April. Locations are Penrose Library, East Library, or Library 21c.

          • When and where can I pick up my artwork?

          The first week of May at the library you selected to have it displayed. An email will be sent in April with specific details.

            • What are the prizes?

            We award prizes for Coordinator’s Choice, First place, and Second place for the high school and middle school age groups. We also award a prize for Best in Show, which is the piece that received the highest score out of both the middle and high school categories. In the past, winners received a drawing mannequin and gift card to Meininger’s Art Supply store.

              • What can I do to improve my chances of winning?
              • Work with the theme—It doesn’t have to be a literal interpretation, but we do look for pieces that have been inspired by the theme in some way. Your paragraph describing your piece can have a big impact on this.
              • Stand out! Whether through subject matter or having an unusual take on the theme, we notice unique entries more. For example, we tend to get a lot of close-ups on eyes, so they tend to not stand out as much.
              • Have fun! Don’t view it as an assignment or chore. We can tell when someone submits a piece they are passionate about – so do something that you love!
              • Do I have to have a frame?

              No, but we highly encourage it. Pieces are not judged on having a frame or not, but frames or mattes help protect your artwork during storage and transportation and make it easier to hang your piece.

                • I'm a teacher with an amazing class, can I enter them?

                Yes! If you are a teacher that would like to enter a class of students, you can fill out the Excel Spreadsheet linked below to complete one entry form for all of your students. You will be responsible for communicating with participants about the award ceremony and art pick-up.

                  • My question wasn’t answered here.

                  Email Becca at rphilipsen@ppld.org

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                    Two people greet each other behind text reading "all you need is your Library. But your Library needs you too. Support Pikes Peak Library District today by making a gift to the PPLD foundation."

                    Few institutions are charged with serving people of all ages and walks of life with relevant and entertaining programs, community spaces, and materials as is your public library. We are a lifeline to technology, online resources for employment, and continuing education for everyone in the Pikes Peak region. Throughout December, make a difference in our community by donating to the PPLD Foundation through the Give! Campaign. Your contributions will help us continue to serve the unique needs of our growing community in 2023.

                    The PPLD Foundation has supported Pikes Peak Library District since 2004, helping to fund programs, projects, equipment, and materials for our community through charitable donations. As they participate in the year-end Give! campaign, they invite you to show your continued support of the Library and thank you for your kind donation. 

                    Donate

                    To make a charitable contribution, please visit the Foundation’s Donate page.

                     

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                    A snowy, hilly landscape with people sledding and making snow angels. Text reads "Winter Holidays."

                    December is packed with festive celebrations, including Hannukah, winter solstice, Christmas, Kwanza, and others. It’s a busy time for many, with decorating, meal prep, purchasing gifts, visiting family, and attending community celebrations. Pikes Peak Library District has all the programs, tools, and resources you need to make the best of the holiday season, including cookbooks and classes, DIY gifts, holiday book lists, and more!  

                    Resources


                    Websites


                    Friends of PPLD Bookstore

                    Get gifts for your family while supporting your Library! The Friends sponsors and supports numerous programs and events to further the enjoyment of reading and love for books for all individuals. The Friends of PPLD are best known for their volunteerism, their bookstores in each Library (you never know what you will find in the ever-changing inventory of previously-read books and magazines) and, of course, the bi-annual Friends Book Sales.

                    Stop by the Friends store at the Library and find books, CDs, Movies, Magazines, and more from $.25 to $3. Or shop for specialty items online!

                    Do you love books, reading, and libraries? Have you considered becoming involved in your community? One easy step covers it all! Join the Friends Now!


                    Programs


                    Take and Makes

                    Enjoy a delicious no-bake mug cake - perfect for a snack or dessert. Limit one kit per household, while supplies last.

                    Fill out a card to send to a loved one. Deposit your card with Library staff so they can put a stamp on it and drop it in the mail for you.

                    The holidays can be stressful! Take one of our self-care kits and have some Me Time. Each kit will contain a mini-journal, acupressure ring, stress relief tea bag, tissues, breathing exercises, coloring sheet, and mental health resources. Limit one kit per household, while supplies last. Kit may contain supplies not suitable for children.


                    We can't make all of these events and programs happen without you. Support your Library with a charitable gift today! Click here to make your donation. Thank you.


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                    A photo of Colorado Springs with the Club Q memorial ribbon and text that reads "we are here for everyone"

                    The shooting at Club Q on Sat., Nov. 19 was a senseless act of violence against the LGBTQ+ community that claimed the lives of 5 individuals, physically injured 18 others, and impacted many more. Our hearts go out to those lost and injured in the shooting, as well as those of our community who have lost friends and family. Our community, like others across the nation, is hurting following this tragedy.

                    Our mission is to cultivate spaces for belonging, personal growth, and strong communities, and our values include bringing people together. We understand that diversity, inclusivity, and equity are pillars of a strong and thriving community and we strive to support our entire community. PPLD joins the efforts of all whose interests are focused on building a strong community free of hatred and intolerance.


                    Below are resources you can access for more information and support.

                    Resources

                  • Crisis and LGBTQ+ Resources LibGuide: A list of resources curated by PPLD librarians.

                    Websites

                    • Colorado Crisis Services hotline: Call (844)493-8255 or text “TALK” to 38255 to speak with a trained counselor or professional. Counselors are also available at walk-in locations or online to chat between 4 p.m. and 12 a.m. Colorado Crisis Services is the statewide behavioral health crisis response system offering residents mental health, substance use or emotional crisis help, information and referrals. Its mission is to strengthen Colorado’s mental health system by providing Coloradans with greater access to crisis services wherever they are at 24/7/365 regardless of ability to pay. They offer walk-in, text, and call-in services for people in crisis.
                    • Colorado State Government Behavioral Health resources: Mental health resources from the Behavioral Health Administration of Colorado.
                    • Colorado Springs resource page: Community resources posted by Colorado Springs in support of the community following the shooting at Club Q.
                    • Colorado Public Radio: Resources and information on finding help and helping following the Club Q shooting.
                    • Colorado 211: A confidential and multilingual service connecting people to vital resources across the state. No matter where you live in Colorado, you can find information about resources in your local community.
                    • Diversus Health: Offers a 24/7 walk-in crisis center for crisis services and counseling for all ages, regardless of ability to pay. You can request an appointment online or visit 115 S. Parkside Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80910.
                    • Inside Out Youth Services: Provides support and resources for LGBTQ youth and are coordinating vigils for people to gather.
                    • Medicaid support services: Medicaid-insured members have access to behavioral health services or other supports, and we want them to get the care they need during this time. Call (719)598-1540 to contact them directly, or refer to care coordination via the online referral form.
                    • Mental health provider resources: A list of mental health providers offering therapy for those impacted. Many are providing sessions free or at a reduced charge.
                    • One Colorado: One Colorado is the state’s leading advocacy organization dedicated to advancing equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) Coloradans and their families. They effectively advocate for LGBTQ Coloradans and their families by lobbying the General Assembly, the executive branch, and local governments on issues like safe schools, transgender equality, relationship recognition, and LGBTQ health and human services.
                    • The Trevor Project: A resource and suicide prevention lifeline for LGBTQ+ young people. The Trevor Project offers crisis services, peer support, and other services.
                    • Peak View Behavioral Health Assessment team: Individualized help for mental health treatment and other services. Visit them online or call (719)444-8484.
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                    Two children look excited on either side of a stack of books. An illustrated rocket lifts off between them. Text reads "Homeschool Book Blast."

                    Tell the world about your favorite book! Prepare a creative book report at home and present it informally to other families. You can make a diorama, design a game based on the plot and characters, or make a poster for the movie version. You can create a book in a bag, make a clothes hanger mobile, or retell the story in comic book format. The possibilities are endless! Projects will be presented in a science fair-type format. For grades K-8*

                    *Registration required

                    Please register each student who will participate. Or drop by to browse the projects and discover your next favorite book!

                    Need ideas to help you get started? Take a look at our idea file

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                    A person holding a cardboard sign that reads "Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week."

                    Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD) Collects to Share is once again putting out the call to collect crafted items for our community shelters. Starting in November, as part of Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week, we will be accepting donations every month for a year. If you have knitted items such as hats, scarves, socks, and blankets that you would like to donate, please bring them to the public desk at any PPLD location and let staff know that they are for PPLD Collects to Share.


                    Resources

                    • Helping Hands guide
                      • This guide provides a list of services available to those in El Paso County. This includes topics such as housing assistance, veteran services, shelters, food, and crisis services that are available in the community.
                    • National Safe Place Network
                      • PPLD is a part of the National Safe Place network, working with local youth shelter, The Place, to provide resources to teens in crisis. If you are a teen and need a safe place - for whatever reason - all you need to do is come in to any PPLD library and tell a staff member that you need a safe place. The staff member will take you to a quiet area and contact The Place, who will help you with the next steps. It is safe, confidential, and 100% up to you. The volunteer from The Place won't tell you what to do, but they will get you the help you want and need. Please visit the National Safe Place homepage [nationalsafeplace.org/] for more information about the program.
                    • National Initiative
                    • Helping Hands LibGuide
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                    An abstract tree is illustrated against a calm background. Text reads "Fall 2022 Dinner Concert: The Shivers Concert Series"

                    On Fri., Nov. 18, the Shivers Concert Series at Pikes Peak Library District presents “Fall Dinner Concert”.

                    The evening’s musical guests include:

                    • Veronica Williams

                    • Icy Monroe

                    • Marcus King

                    • Terri Pederson and the Tidal Breeze Quartet

                    • Linda Weise and Adam Haas

                    • Susan Grace

                    Schedule

                      6:30 p.m. – Social hour

                      7 p.m. – Dinner

                      8 p.m. – Concert

                    Location

                    This event will be at the City Auditorium (221 E. Kiowa)

                    Tickets

                    Tickets for this event are $70 per person.

                    To purchase tickets online, click here.

                    You may also mail checks to PPLD Foundation (1175 Chapel Hills Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80920), or pay by phone at (719) 531-6333 x5154.

                    Please RSVP at your earliest convenience.

                    Musical Workshop

                    There will be a free Musical Workshop for Students on Sat., Nov 19. at 2 p.m. at Knights of Columbus Hall. Please note that this free workshop is only open to students.

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                    A bridge stretches into the distance. Text reads "We have a story: Homeless in Colorado Springs."

                    What does our city look like through the lens of someone experiencing homelessness? Come find out at the "We Have a Story" exhibit.


                    We Have a Story

                    “We Have a Story: Homeless in Colorado Springs” is a documentary project completed in 2022 by people experiencing homelessness. This project captures the unique experiences of these individuals through photos and stories. The four individuals who participated in the project present their distinctive perspectives of this complex and diverse community, which is not easy to define.

                    Participants took pictures over the course of a month in the spring of 2022. They met as a group with a professional photographer to discuss and critique their photographs. Participants also sat with a historian to conduct an oral history interview. At the end of the project, they each selected three images and wrote an accompanying artist story. The photos and narratives will be displayed throughout Pikes Peak Library District.

                    The photos, narratives, and oral histories will also be accessible online through Special Collections at Penrose Library, which preserves the stories and records of the Pikes Peak region. “We Have a Story: Homeless in Colorado Springs” contributes to the region’s history by documenting the stories of contemporary residents who are typically overlooked in a community’s historical record.

                    Exhibit Schedule:

                    • 2022
                      • November - Penrose Library
                      • December - Manitou Springs Library/Manitou Arts Center
                    • 2023
                      • January - Cheyenne Mountain Library and Rockrimmon Library
                      • February - Library 21c
                      • March - East Library
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                    The cover of the book Military Matters is visible beside the silhouette of two soldiers. Text reads "Military Matters: Book release and panel discussion"

                    Join Pikes Peak Library District’s Regional History and Genealogy (RH&G) department as they release the latest book in their Regional History Series: Military Matters: Defense, Development, & Dissent in the Pikes Peak Region.
                    There will be a presentation by the RH&G staff members about the multitude of ways the military has shaped, contributed to, and transformed the Pikes Peak region.

                    This will be followed by a panel discussion with three retired veterans living in the region:

                      William Thomas, Retired Army Chief Warrant Officer
                      Terrance D. McWilliams, Retired 7th Infantry Division and Fort Carson Command Sergeant Major
                      Christine Martinez, Retired U.S. Army Flight Medical Aidman and Air Force Reserves

                    When and Where

                    The book release and panel discussion will be on Thu., Nov. 17 from 1 - 2:30 p.m. at Penrose Library. Military Matters: Defense, Development & Dissent in the Pikes Peak Region will be for sale to all attendees at a discount.

                    Join Pikes Peak Library District in celebrating our veterans and their families.


                    Programs

                    America’s First Ski Troops and their Legacy Today

                    SMC Col. Tom Duhs (Ret) and historian will share insights about the 10th Mountain Division, which formed and trained from 1942-44 at Camp Hale, Colorado near Leadville to become the first American ski troops in anticipation of fighting in the Alps during World War II. Many would go on to found ski areas around the country after the war.

                    The Silent Submarine Service: From Pedal Power to Nuclear Power

                    Edward Sierra joined the United States Navy at age 17 after graduating from high school in Medford, NY. Upon completion of an intense two-year naval training program, Ed reported to the Electrical Division aboard the nuclear-powered fast attack submarine U.S.S. Billfish SSN-676. In this talk, he reviews early submarine history and then recalls his journey from boot camp in San Diego to naval schools across the country, and ultimately to his adventures as a Navy Nuclear Power Trained Electrical Operator serving on the U.S.S. Billfish stationed out of New London, CT.  


                    American Flag Pin

                    We’re honoring our Veterans with a free USA flag lapel pin which will be available starting Fri., Nov. 11 at all PPLD locations while supplies last.


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                    Arts Month 2022

                    This October, arts and culture takes center stage across the Pikes Peak region as our community celebrates Arts Month! And you’re encouraged to have one new cultural experience with family or friends sometime this month.

                    Art is for everyone, and we’re offering opportunities for people of all ages and skill levels! To kick off the month, we will be offering Take and Make kits at participating Library locations that you can pick up and enjoy doing at home (while supplies last).

                    There are also several Library programs happening throughout October like workshops and open paint nights. Come celebrate Arts Month with us this October.

                    Here are a few options:


                    Bad Art Night – For Adults
                    Multiple dates starting Wed., Oct. 5

                     

                    All of the fun of making art with none of the pressure! Join us to create the most ridiculous pieces of art you can think of - from painting to collage to sculpture - while enjoying snacks and refreshments. At the end of the night, there will be awards for the most over-the-top bad artwork! All supplies will be provided. Come celebrate Arts Month with us in a judgment-free and glitter-heavy zone!


                    Mini Pumpkin Decorating – For Tweens
                    Multiple dates starting Thu., Oct. 6

                     

                    Transform a mini pumpkin into a one-of-a-kind masterpiece! We will have everything you need to decorate a pumpkin for fall. For ages 9 - 12. Registration required.


                    Pikes Peak Live! – For Teens and Adults
                    Sat., Oct. 22 from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. at Knights of Columbus Hall

                     

                    Pikes Peak Live! is an all-day event that consists of performing art workshops that will conclude with a talent show by the participants for the public. The day will start with a series of workshops where participants can choose to attend either poetry, music, or comedy workshops. Participants then will come together to present their works (panel style) where they’ll learn some tips and tricks on performing on stage. The day will conclude with a talent showcase where participants can take part and test the water by performing in front of an audience. The showcase is open to public viewing.


                    View all Library programs and activities during Arts Month.

                     

                    To find out what else is happening around the region, check out the calendar of events at ArtsOctober.com.

                    We partner with the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region throughout the year to encourage residents of El Paso County to engage with their community through arts, culture, and other programs and experiences. PPLD is a proud partner of #ArtsOctober and PeakRadar.com.

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                    Hispanic Heritage Month

                    Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from Thu., Sept. 15 - Sat., Oct. 15, recognizing the contributions and influence of Hispanic Americans to the history, culture, and achievements of the United States. PPLD hosts several opportunities to learn and celebrate.


                    Hispanic Heritage Month for Children – Criss Cross Mangosauce

                    Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month! Don’t be afraid, here comes the wolf! ~ No tengas miedo, aquí llegó el lobo! Enjoy bilingual songs and stories, practice colors, and do finger plays with Criss, Cross Mangosauce. For ages 1 – 5.

                    Click here to watch this program.


                    Hispanic Heritage Month Recipe Cards

                    Learn about favorite foods and make recipes from some of the cultures celebrated during Hispanic Heritage Month. Available at all locations starting Wed., Sept. 14.


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                    Draw Your Community

                    We're celebrating our communities through art! During the month of August, patrons participated in PPLD’s Draw Your Community program and submitted a drawing depicting what they love the most about their community/neighborhood.

                    Several PPLD locations are now displaying their community's drawings throughout the month of September. Artists have been invited to the gallery open houses to talk about their work with the public and to meet other artists.

                    Join us to celebrate and appreciate the works of local artists from our communities. Each reception will include a meet and greet with artists and light refreshments. No registration required.

                    An online gallery is also available to browse.

                     

                     

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                    Show Your Library Love

                    PPLD's “Show Your Library Love” bumper sticker campaign and contest welcomes all library lovers to participate. Just stop by one of the 17 PPLD locations (including Mobile Library Services), and ask for your favorite of the three stickers at the Service desk. (Only one sticker per person while supplies last.)

                    We hope to see stickers throughout El Paso County and to encourage others to seek out PPLD and discover the “Library Love” for themselves!

                    We’d love for you to post it where everyone can see it: your car, your window, your water bottle, wherever! Take a photo of where you put it, then either share that photo on social media with the hashtag #ILOVEPPLD or email it to Communications@ppld.org to win one of 10 engraved water bottles. One winner will be selected each week.

                    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: Debra Callan, Visual Artist

                     

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                    Last updated June 6, 2022

                    Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD) is here to serve you, regardless of the circumstances! You’re welcome inside all of our libraries, now with almost all services, resources, and spaces available to you again. 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. PPLD has lifted its mask requirements, following CDC and State of Colorado guidance for fully vaccinated individuals. Face coverings (including masks and shields) are now optional inside all of our libraries, but strongly encouraged for those 11 years and older who are not fully vaccinated. (If you need an accommodation, please contact your local Library directly.) Get vaccinated at a Library-hosted clinic in partnership with Governor Polis’ Vaccines for All plan!


                    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 (including masks and shields) are now optional inside all of our libraries, but strongly encouraged for those 11 years and older who are not fully vaccinated. (If you need an accommodation, please contact your local library directly.)
                    • 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 with plans to resume soon: Some computers and children’s play area.

                    Please remember that open hours and specific services may vary by Library location, so please check in advance.


                    What else can I expect from PPLD?

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

                    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: Meeting and study spaces are reopening at full capacity across the Library District, with the exception of the community room at East Library, the venue at Library 21c, and the Columbine room at Penrose Library. View what’s available and make a reservation online.
                    • Library programs & events: The Library continues to host programs virtually as well as provide at-home options like 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 plus check out Studio equipment. Our makerspaces and studios are open, too. These services 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 play areas remain temporarily closed with plans to reopen soon.
                    • 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

                    Vaccinations Vaccines are now available to all Colorado residents 12 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. 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 and particularly for those who are not fully vaccinated:

                    • 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: