Virtual Library Services & Programs

Updated June 2, 2020

While our physical locations remain temporarily closed until further notice, you can still use the Library remotely, anywhere and anytime. You can also ask a librarian questions by phone, live chat, and email. Plus, our librarians are bringing their services to you!

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 are some of the current virtual opportunities that our team created for you to experience, wherever you might be during this pandemic.

FOR ADULTS:

  • Attend a virtual mindful movement and meditation class!
    Wednesdays, 1 - 2 p.m.
    Join instructor Ambrie Sward for this virtual mindful movement class that will include meditation and stretches to build the mind/body connection. All skill levels welcome.

  • Join us for virtual yoga classes!
    Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, 9 - 10 a.m.
    Local instructor Svetlana Nudelman guides practitioners through beginner and intermediate-level yoga poses.

  • Get recommendations during our interactive reader’s advisory!
    Mondays, 7 - 8 p.m.; Thursdays, 1 - 2 p.m.
    Looking for new books, authors, movies, and TV shows? Our librarians have plenty of recommendations and can give you real-time suggestions!

  • Participate in a live virtual book club!
    Tuesdays, 3 - 4 p.m.
    Share what you have been reading and get recommendations from other readers. Also, learn about PPLD resources that can help you find your next great read! It will take place on Zoom each week.

  • Create a collage with help from Textiles West, PPLD's current Maker in Residence!
    Through videos and a tutorial PDF, Liz and Ruth from Textiles West show you how to create a collage from fabric or other materials you may have in your home. Finished pieces will be accepted for a community art display at the Library.

  • Join us for some Coffee Talk
    Grab your favorite beverage and join us for a virtual current events discussion moderated by PPLD staff. Topics of discussion can range from current events to pop culture to gardening to a favorite book you are reading. Space in each discussion is limited, so register ahead of time to insure your spot!

  • Join fellow cat enthusiasts, and hopefully a few extroverted cats, for a virtual cat cafe!
    Meet nearby cats and their humans, learn how cats and their humans are making the most of time at home, and challenges everyone may be facing. Space is limited, so register to insure your spot!

  • If you and your canine best friend are missing the dog park, stop by our Yappy Hour to virtually connect with other dogs and their humans!
    Meet other dog and human pairs from nearby, learn how they are making the most of time at home, and challenges everyone may be facing. Space is limited, so register to insure your spot!

  • Share your stories and experiences during the pandemic!
    Working in collaboration with the Colorado Springs Gazette, we are helping document this historic event in the Pikes Peak region. Anyone can share written responses to COVID-19 and its impact on their lives. Use this link to submit photographs or videos directly to PPLD.

FOR KIDS, TEENS, & FAMILIES:

  • Get creative and submit work to our virtual art show!
    Anyone in grades K-12 artists across El Paso County submitted images of their artwork!
    Click here to browse the art show.

  • It's time for Summer Adventure presented by Children's Hospital Colorado!
    Children, teenagers, parents, and caregivers can easily access curated read, imagine, and movement activity ideas, library resources, built-in games, and more.


  • Find some 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.

  • Test your skills in a digital escape room!
    Every Monday our team provides a link to a new digital escape room that you can try with your family at home or virtually with friends.

  • Participate in a virtual Storytime for kids!
    Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays, 10:30 - 11 a.m.
    A children’s librarian leads a sing-along and then reads a children’s book. (Videos can be viewed later on YouTube.)

  • Get creative with cupboard projects at home!
    Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10:30 - 11 a.m. (hosted on Facebook by PPLD Kids)
    A children’s librarian demonstrates an experiment or arts and crafts project, all with items that can be found in a cupboard. (Videos can be viewed later on Facebook and YouTube.)

  • Join us for some Saturday fun with Baby/Toddler Time!
    Saturdays, 10:30 - 11 a.m. (hosted on Facebook by PPLD Kids)
    A children’s librarian leads a virtual program that focuses on songs and rhymes. (Videos can be viewed later on YouTube.)

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

  • Have an at-home dance party with our 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 our virtual services page for frequent updates, or visit our calendar of virtual events for new additions each week.

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