Rockrimmon Library (RO)

Rockrimmon Library

Address:
832 Village Center Dr. - map it!
Colorado Springs, CO 80919

Phone: (719) 531-6333, x7008
Curbside Pickup Phone Number: (719) 593-8000
Contact Us

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

Bus Route: None

Curbside Services Park in one of the designated spots in front of the library and follow the park and text instructions on the sign. You are welcome to ask us to leave items out on the table outside. Please have your library card number and PIN ready when you arrive.

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Library Location Address

832 Village Center Drive
Colorado Springs, CO 80919
United States

What's New!

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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 - East Library
      • March - Library 21c
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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.


    Booklists


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    An illustration with video game controllers, board game spinners, a checkerboard, and other game items. Text reads "International Games Month"

    Celebrate International Games Month with Pikes Peak Library District! This is a worldwide celebration where libraries promote connecting communities through games! Check out the resources below for how PPLD will celebrate this year, and make sure to check out our circulating board game collections for your next game night!


    Take and Make for Teens – International Games Month

    Patrons can take and make their own 20-sided die. Available at Libraries beginning Nov. 4, while supplies last.


    Jigsaw Puzzle Competition

    Celebrate International Games Month with a Jigsaw Puzzle Competition! Register your group of 4 people to compete against other groups and the clock to get your puzzle done the quickest. Open to ages 12+ and groups should have at least 2 members over age 18.


    Resources

    • For checkout
      • Board Games are available for check out at several libraries throughout the district! It is a great way to try out a game or have new games to try at your game nights with family and friends.
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    Stroll-a-Story Halloween 2022

    Take a spooky stroll in Old Colorado City and read The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams and illustrated by Megan Lloyd.

    Pick up a map at Old Colorado City Library, or print one here, and stop by each location to read the book. The story will be available Oct. 1 - 31.


    Old Colorado City October Strolls

    The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams

    Download the map!

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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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    Special Olympics Colorado’s Inclusion Gallery

    As part of PPLD's dedication to equity, inclusion, and diversity, we will host Special Olympics Colorado’s traveling Inclusion Gallery exhibit at several locations through the end of 2022.

    The Inclusion Gallery showcases acts of inclusion demonstrated through Special Olympics Colorado programs, sports, and more. From taking time with a classmate to showcasing tremendous abilities at the X-Games, these photos inspire.

    PPLD patrons can view the exhibit at the following Library locations:

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

    Submissions will be accepted May 15, 2022, through 9 p.m. on July 15, 2022.

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

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

    Awards:
    Prizes will be awarded for first, second, and third place entries in each category. We will notify participants in mid-August if they have won an award. All winners will be announced on ppld.org and invited to have their story published in an anthology of winning entries.

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

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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.


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


     

    This week: Debra Callan, Visual Artist

     

    Previous artists


    Season 1:

    Season 2:


    Click here to learn more about KCH.


    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:

     

    Announcing the 2021 Winners of All Pikes Peak Writes!

    All Pikes Peak Writes is PPLD’s annual fiction writing contest for ages 12+, and seeks to highlight writers in our community through one contest.This year the challenge was to write a story, up to 2,500 words, set in Colorado Springs to mark the city’s 150th birthday in 2021. Stories can be set in the past, present, or future.

    Download the Anthology here.

    • Ages 25+
      • 1st Place: Aurora, by Robert Boumis (story not included at author’s request)
      • 2nd Place: Lost Paradise, by Sierra Hess
      • 2nd Place: The Fifth Marathon, by Tatiana Rudolphi
      • 3rd Place: The Capemaker of Comeuppance Alley, by Leigh Gaddy
      • 3rd Place: Harlan’s Holes, by Benjamin Wretlind
    • Young Adult (ages 19-24)
      • Honorable Mention: Yesterday’s Forest, by Kimmie Mason
      • Honorable Mention: Saying Goodbye, by Rebekah Hire
    • High School
      • 1st Place: A Dying Demise, by Emerald Cordova
      • 2nd Place: The Cost of Old Dreams, by Audrey Brooks
      • 3rd Place: Tell Me the Problem, by Melony Lomeli

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

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    Jean Ciavonne 2022 Unexpected Garden blog

    Unexpected Gardens: Poems on Everyday Bravery

    Plants look for ways to survive beyond any given odds and it takes bravery to bloom where we’re not expected. How do we create habitats in which we can blossom and grow? Looking back at the last couple of years, how do you describe survival and thriving? What does everyday bravery look like to you?

    For more information, contact Christa Funke: cfunke@ppld.org

    Congratulations to our 2022 winners!

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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!

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    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

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

    • Holiday Cards and Stamps
    • 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.

    • Self-Care Kits
    • 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.


    Pikes Peak Library District, like many other organizations and companies across the Pikes Peak Region and nation, has experienced staffing shortages over the past year. Presently we do not have enough employees to maintain our current service hours at all Library locations, which is why we’re having to adjust open hours at several libraries across El Paso County.

    Here’s what Library patrons can expect: Beginning the week of Oct. 3, Ruth Holley Library and Knights of Columbus Hall will be closed on Mondays, Sand Creek Library will be closed on Fridays, and Monument Library, Rockrimmon Library, and Library 21c will be open one hour later, until 6 p.m., on Fridays and Saturdays. Then, starting the week of Oct. 10, Cheyenne Mountain Library will be closed on Wednesdays, Old Colorado City Library will be closed on Tuesdays, and Monument Library will be closed on Thursdays. Our locations continue to remain closed on Sundays.

    Earlier during the COVID-19 pandemic, Library leadership had to made the difficult decision to close all locations on Sundays due to similar reasons. Due to continued staffing shortages, we’ll now have to close some locations another day of the week. Before selecting which days of the week, our team did review Library location visits and considered which days and hours had fewer visitors so the community impact would be minimized. We also factored in feedback from Library patrons about preferred days and hours, which was provided during a Library patron survey conducted in the Spring of 2021.

    Pikes Peak Library District is here to connect families and individuals with the Library resources, services, and spaces that can help them thrive, and we want to be able to provide service hours that match community needs. We hope as the economy rebounds from the ongoing pandemic that our team will be able to hire more employees and we can resume pre-pandemic Library service hours in the near future.

    Books Unite Us. Censorship Divides Us. “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. 26 - Sat., Oct. 2.


    Programs and PPLD Resources

    Teens Eat: Book-tasting Get ready to sample books and snacks! You will be introduced to four different Banned Books that will each be paired with a related snack. Child and Young Adult Reading List


    Banned Books

    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 156 challenges to library, school, and university materials and services in 2020. Of the 273 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, and restricted for LGBTQIA+ content, conflicting with a religious viewpoint, and not reflecting “the values of our community”
    2. Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Ibram X. Kendi and Jason Reynolds
      • Reasons: Banned and challenged because of author’s public statements, and because of claims that the book contains “selective storytelling incidents” and does not encompass racism against all people
    3. All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely
      • Reasons: Banned and challenged for profanity, drug use, and alcoholism, and because it was thought to promote anti-police views, contain divisive topics, and be “too much of a sensitive matter right now”
    4. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
      • Reasons: Banned, challenged, and restricted because it was thought to contain a political viewpoint and it was claimed to be biased against male students, and for the novel’s inclusion of rape and profanity
    5. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
      • Reasons: Banned and challenged for profanity, sexual references, and allegations of sexual misconduct by the author
    6. Something Happened in Our Town: A Child’s Story About Racial Injustice by Marianne Celano, Marietta Collins, and Ann Hazzard, illustrated by Jennifer Zivoin
      • Reasons: Challenged for “divisive language” and because it was thought to promote anti-police views
    7. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
      • Reasons: Banned and challenged for racial slurs and their negative effect on students, featuring a “white savior” character, and its perception of the Black experience
    8. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
      • Reasons: Banned and challenged for racial slurs and racist stereotypes, and their negative effect on students
    9. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
      • Reasons: Banned and challenged because it was considered sexually explicit and depicts child sexual abuse
    10. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
      • Reasons: Challenged for profanity, and it was thought to promote an anti-police message

    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 Library 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.

    Come dance under the sea with us! Twirl, jump, and jam out with family and friends as we celebrate our underwater friends - you might even see an octopus!

    Costumes and dressing up are encouraged.

    East Library*

    Mobile Library Services

    Library 21c*

    Penrose Library*

    Mobile Library Services

    High Prairie Library

    Rockrimmon Library*

    Cheyenne Mountain Library

    *Registration required.

    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.

    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

    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 and Teens Edition!


    Getting your Library Card

    Click here to learn more about library cards.


    My Account

    From managing your holds, Interlibrary Loans, set notification preferences, and more! Click here to learn more about My Account.


    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.


    Programs

    Click here to see our full calendar of events.


    Meeting and Study Rooms

    From a study room for one, to a venue space for large events and productions, we have a space to suit your needs.


    eBooks


    Audiobooks


    Movies & TV Shows


    Music


    Magazines & Newspapers


    Makerspaces

    PPLD’s makerspaces offer access to tools, materials, and machines to help bring your creative vision to life. In these spaces, you’ll find equipment such as 3D printers, laser engraving & cutting machines, sewing machines, and assorted handicraft and art tools. Reservations are recommended for makerspace equipment. Find out what's available and plan your project. We also have a partnership with the Manitou Art Center allowing patrons to use their makerspace equipment. Go to the MAC page to find out more.


    Studios

    PPLD’s studios offer access to equipment and tools to help bring your recording desires to life. In these spaces, you’ll find items such as DSLR cameras, audio mixers, isolated sound booths, microphones, musical instruments, professional-grade video cameras and lighting, and even a green screen. Learn more about the studios by selecting a location below. Explore Studio equipment that’s available for reservation and checkout.


    eLearning

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


    Languages

    Mango Languages


    Genealogy Research


    Homework & Homeschool Help


    Personal & Professional Development


    Databases

    Research Guides

    And More...

    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!

    Homework Resources Guide

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


    Peterson's Test Prep

    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 Premier: 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.
    • CustomGuide: Interactive online training for Microsoft Office software. Includes Access, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Windows and Word. New users will need to create an account.
    • LinkedIn Learning: Formerly Lynda.com, LinkedIn Learning 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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    Teen Art Contest 2022

    The 15th Annual Teen Art Contest is complete for 2022.

    Congratulations to our winners, listed below! Check our Instagram account @ppldteens to see the winners throughout the month of April.

    Best in Show: Dreaming of the Green by Gavin C.

    High School - First Place (tie): Salida Snail Shells by Rose V.
    High School - First Place (tie): La Beaute des Mondes by Toni J.
    High School - Second Place: Sorrow by Hailey K.

    Middle School - First Place: King of the Floating Islands by Stephanie C.
    Middle School - Second Place: Falling Awake by Amber H.

    Coordinator's Choice, High School - First Place: Sea of Dreams by Aspen N.
    Coordinator's Choice, High School - Second Place: On the Line by Dylan G.
    Coordinator's Choice, Middle School - First Place: Field of Anxiety by Laurelyn D.
    Coordinator's Choice, Middle School - Second Place: Journey Through Dreams by Aron B.

    Check back in Fall 2022 for information about the 16th Teen Art Contest!

    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.

    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? 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 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 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.

    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.

    Updated July 1, 2021

    Enjoy our entertaining and educational programs from home! We offer 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.

     


     

     

    FOR ADULTS:

    • Virtual Yoga Local instructor Svetlana Nudelman guides practitioners through beginner and intermediate-level yoga poses.
    • Virtual Book Club
    • 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 are available for viewing anytime on the PPLDTV YouTube Channel.


     

    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 Performers can 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
    • LENA Start A 11-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 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 and Math Strolls Walk together and enjoy the benefits of 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.

    Last updated July 1, 2021 En español Thanks to the public’s investment and taxpayer support, we deliver access to information and opportunities that impact lives and build community across El Paso County. 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.

    The 2020 Census is here and it’s not too late to complete it! It is important to fill it out so that local agencies (PPLD included!) have accurate information to use when designing community services. It's safe, easy, and required for all citizens to fill out.


    COMPLETE YOUR CENSUS NOW.


    In March, homes across the country received invitations to complete the 2020 Census with instructions for responding to the census online, in the mail, or over the phone.

    Remember that April 1 is a reference date, not a deadline to respond. When you respond online, by phone, or by mail, count everyone living in your home as of April 1, 2020.

    Beginning in August 2020, households that haven't responded yet may receive an in-person visit or call from a Census Bureau employee to help make sure everyone is counted.


    As of June 11, El Paso County’s self-response rate, is now at 68.6%, which is higher than Colorado’s self-response rate of 63.4%! We are ranked number 18 in response rates by state, and higher than the national self-response rate of 60.8%!


    Here’s a quick refresher of what it is and why it’s essential that everyone is counted.

    • Everyone counts: The census counts every person living in the United States once, only once, and in the right place.
    • It’s about fair representation: Every 10 years, the results of the census are used to reapportion the House of Representatives, determining how many seats each state gets.
    • It’s in the Constitution: The U.S. Constitution mandates that everyone in the country be counted every 10 years. The first census was in 1790.
    • It’s about $675 billion: The distribution of more than $675 billion in federal funds, grants, and support to states, counties, and communities are based on census data. That money is spent on schools, hospitals, roads, public works, and other vital programs (like libraries!).
    • It’s about redistricting: After each decade’s census, state officials redraw the boundaries of the congressional and state legislative districts in their states to account for population shifts.
    • Taking part is your civic duty: Completing the census is mandatory: it’s a way to participate in our democracy and say “I COUNT!”

    Census data are being used all around you:

    • Residents use the census to support community initiatives involving legislation, quality-of-life, and consumer advocacy.
    • Businesses use census data to decide where to build factories, offices, and stores, which create jobs.
    • Local governments use the census for public safety and emergency preparedness.
    • Real estate developers use the census to build new homes and revitalize old neighborhoods.

    Your privacy is protected.
    It’s against the law for the Census Bureau to publicly release your responses in any way that could identify you or your household. By law, your responses cannot be used against you and can only be used to produce statistics.

    The Census Bureau uses a different method to count people in group living situations, called “group quarters,” such as college student housing, prisons, military barracks, and nursing homes. People experiencing homelessness (and who are not staying in a household) will be counted at the places where they receive services, such as shelters and soup kitchens.

    2020 will be easier than ever.
    In 2020, you will be able to respond to the census online. The online questionnaire will be available in 13 languages.


    Click here to learn more!

    Stay busy and engaged over spring break with children's and teen's programs from PPLD!

     

    Don't forget about our eLibary for ebooks, movies, tv, and more over the break and get and stay ahead with eLearning resources too!

    Children's Programs


    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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    Scrap Exchange with Who Gives a Scrap blog

    In collaboration with Who Gives a SCRAP Creative Reuse Center, we are hosting an arts, craft, and hobby material exchange! Bring in your new, clean/gently used and unwanted craft materials and exchange them for "tickets" to "purchase/exchange" new-to-you craft supplies!

    (Please only bring in crafting supplies and not items that are considered trash, in bad condition or items that can be recycled.)

    We will also have a fun up-cycling craft going on, so you can take your time and check for new inventory! No registration required.

    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 Blog 2022

    Join us for this year's Winter Adult Reading Program: Ocean of Possibilities

    Log 30 days of activities from Tue., Feb. 1 - Thu., March 31 to earn prizes! Activities include attending programs, anything listed under the activities section below, and reading for 30 minutes or more a day.

     

     

    Winter Adult Reading Program Registration Kick-Off!

    Join us as we kick off the 2022 Winter Adult Reading Program: An Ocean of Possibilities! Register in person or at curbside and receive a tote bag that has everything you need to help you participate in the reading program. Bags will be available on a first come, first served basis, and available only while supplies last.

    Prizes

    Log 15 activities or 15 days of reading for 30 minutes or more a day to earn a reusable straw 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.

    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:


    Live Virtual Programs

    • Seeking the Lord, the Search for the Jarvis Lord Shipwreck

      Join shipwreck hunter and author Ross Richardson in exploring the depths of Northern Lake Michigan while looking for lost ships and missing aircraft. Dive down to Lake Michigan’s newest shipwreck discovery and meander through the histories and mysteries of the Manitou Passage, the most dangerous place in Lake Michigan.

    • Skype a Scientist

      Wed., Feb. 23 at 7 p.m.

      Sat., March 12 at 11 a.m.

      Join PhD student Christopher Jones for Skype a Scientist! Christopher is a a PhD student at the University of California, Riverside studying geobiology, marine geochemistry, and marine geology! Come prepared with your questions about the ocean and Christopher will answer them!


    Recorded Programs

    • Sea Shanties and Stories with Willson and McKee

      Join Willson and McKee of The Jigheads for sea shanties and stories in this two-part video series. Part one will air on PPLD's YouTube channel from February 1 - 28, and part two will air from March 1 - 31.


    In-Person Programs

    • Mānava O Polynesia

      Mānava O Polynesia is all about sharing the Polynesian, Micronesian, and Melanesian dances with the community and instilling the passion, heart, heart, pride and education of the islands.

    • Pirate Movie Marathon

      Come enjoy some pirate movies! We'll provide the films, you bring your sense of ARGHventure. For bonus fun, come dressed up!

    • Under The Sea Breakout Room

      Sat., Feb. 26 at 2 p.m. at East Library

      Try your hand at solving puzzles, finding clues, and racing against the clock to open the locked box. This ocean-themed breakout room will feature references to oceanography, ocean mythology, and more! Winners will get a tasty treat and the ever-important bragging rights!

    • DIY Candle Holder

      Cut wood to hold a small candle and paint it with waves, sea creatures, or other designs!


    Pick up your copy of District Discovery: Winter Adult Reading Edition to track your progress, read stories, and more!

    Pikes Peak Library District is celebrating babies and new parents the month of September with our 3rd Annual Bumps 'n Babies Resource Fair!

    Babies ages 0-12 months can get a free board book during the month of September, while supplies last. Visit your favorite Library to get yours!


    Live Programs

    *All live programs require registration.

    In-Person Baby Time is Back!

    Click here to find your local library’s calendar for dates and times.

    • Baby & Me Yoga*

      A gentle class taught by a registered yoga teacher for caregivers and infants they love (4 weeks to crawling).

    • Q&A Session: Get Ready For Baby Care, Development, and Sibling Prep*

      • When: Thu., Sept. 9 from 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.
      • Where: Virtual.
      • Click here to register. Registration opens Sun., Aug. 1.

      Do you have questions about how to care for your baby, how they will grow and change, or how to prepare siblings graduating to “Big” Sister or Brother status? Ask our local community experts in this Zoom program!

    • Q&A Session: Busy Babies: What Can You Do?*

      • When: Thu., Sept. 23 from 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.
      • Where: Virtual.
      • Click here to register. Registration opens Sun., Aug. 1.

      Are you looking for some fun activities to help your baby learn and grow? Join us for a virtual Zoom Meet ‘n Greet with a variety of local organizations, classes, and groups.


    Virtual Programs

    Check out our Bumps 'n Babies programs on PPLDTV! Videos are available for viewing anytime after they premiere.

    Tummy Time
    Fridays at 10:30 a.m.

    • Tummy Time Basics for Babies
      Fri., Sept. 10
      Why is tummy time important for babies, and how can you get started, even if your baby doesn’t seem to like it?
    • Tummy Time: Talk, Sing, Read, Write, Play!
      Fri., Sept. 17
      What is early literacy for babies, and how can you do it during tummy time? Watch the practices in action!
    • Tummy Time in Action!
      Fri., Sept. 24
      Watch a full tummy time demonstration session with a baby!



    DIY Craft for Babies
    Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.
    DIY toys for your baby! Join us each Wednesday in September to learn how you can make a simple educational toy for your baby using items you have around the house.

    • Sept. 1: Touch & Feel Box
    • Sept. 8: Ball Drop
    • Sept. 15: Baby Sensory Play with Ice
    • Sept. 22: Tug & Pull Toy
    • Sept. 29: Sensory Bottle/Bags



    Best Books & Toys
    Fri., Sept. 3 at 10:30 a.m.
    Want to know about some awesome books and toys you can use with your baby? Watch a presentation from librarians SarahEllen and Alanna. They also give tips on how to share books and toys to get your baby off to the start in life!


    Learn more about our LENA Start program.

    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.

    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.

    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:

    Click here for more information about this program. Please contact Janet DeGering at (719) 531-6333, x6917 or jdegering@ppld.org with any questions.

    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

    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!