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Last updated March 20, 2020

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Here are some ways that you can use the Library remotely, with all resources available 24/7:

  • Download our mobile app to view your account, browse and download from our collection, and more.
  • Stream and/or download from our digital collection at ppld.org/elibrary! There are so many options from OverDrive, Hoopla, Freegal, Kanopy, RBdigital, and more
    • Books
    • Audiobooks
    • Comics
    • Magazines
    • Music
    • Videos

  • Have a question for a PPLD librarian? We’re here to answer your questions virtually! Use our online “contact us” form, and select “general information / ask a librarian” to submit your inquiry and receive an email follow-up soon.
  • Participate in the Winter Adult Reading Program! It will be extended until further notice, and all prizes will be held until PPLD locations reopen.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Here's an assembled list of free online resources for all ages, which has been vetted by PPLD staff. No library card is needed to use these. Resources include live streaming, virtual tours, activities, and much more. Topics include Arts & Culture, Kids & Teens, Learning & Reading for Adults, Professional Support & Development, and Science & Nature.

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Last updated March 27, 2020

All PPLD facilities will remain temporarily closed until further notice, following state orders and national guidelines regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. During this time, we remain in regular communication with El Paso County Public Health and other local agencies to coordinate and respond together as a community. PPLD’s team continues to evaluate the situation, and we will provide Library updates as circumstances change.

Here’s what you can expect during the temporary closure of all PPLD locations across El Paso County:

  • Use the Library remotely! 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.

  • Returning items: Please keep all Library materials at this time. We are not accepting any returns in our book drops; they will be locked for the time being.

  • Checked out items: Due dates have been extended until May for all physical Library materials that are currently checked out. Please check your PPLD accounts either through our Catalog or on the PPLD mobile app for the new return dates, which will be listed by item.

  • Holds & wait lists: Available holds will not expire, and patrons will be able to pick them up when PPLD reopens. Places in hold queues will not change. You can still suspend holds via your account.

  • Fines & fees: We officially went fine-free for most Library materials in early 2019, as long as they are not lost or damaged. (See above regarding checked out items.)

  • OverDrive: Since more patrons are using PPLD digital resources online, cardholders can have 10 checkouts for a total of 14 days each; the holds limit remains at a total of 30. PPLD will continue to add copies of digital materials to our collection as our budget allows. Some digital checkouts can be returned early so others have opportunity for access. Instructions for checking out and returning are available here.

  • Library programs, mobile services, & reservations: All Library programs and events, in addition to public meeting and study room reservations, have been cancelled through at least Sun., April 19; do note that this may be extended depending upon public health guidelines. All scheduled stops and visits by our mobile library services have been suspended as well.

  • 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.

  • Account expirations & renewals: Library card/account expirations will be extended, including accounts that expired in the past 24 months.

  • Interlibrary loans: All are temporarily suspended, and requests will be put in a queue. Current due dates have been extended until PPLD reopens. While this change won’t be reflected in accounts, you will not be penalized for keeping these materials.

  • Winter Adult Reading Program: It will be extended until further notice, and all prizes will be held until PPLD locations can reopen.

  • WiFi access: All library facilities continue to provide open WiFi access, which should be available outside of PPLD buildings.

  • Book donations: Please keep books that you intend to donate. Direct such questions and concerns directly to the Friends of PPLD (online form).

  • Have other questions? Use our online “contact us” form to ask about your account, PIN access, or anything else. Select “general information / ask a librarian” to receive prompt email follow-up.

Have questions about COVID-19?
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 health experts recommend that everyone should take everyday preventive actions and practice good hygiene like:

  • 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.

  • Only use a face mask if you’re ill or have been exposed to a sick individual. Stay home if you’re sick.

  • 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.

  • Consider how your daily activities could be impacted if COVID-19 does spread within our community; create a personal preparedness plan.

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). Since much is still unknown about the novel virus, no vaccine is currently available to prevent COVID-19 infection. There are a growing number of confirmed and presumptive cases in Colorado, including in El Paso County.

For current information and updates on the pandemic:

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Pikes Peak Library District added a social worker to the organization’s staff in 2018 to better serve patrons who need assistance learning about and using community resources, or need support in other ways. PPLD's Social Worker, Alicia Kwande, is here to help you connect with resources in our community. She can help you identify programs and opportunities that may be a good fit for you, and help you pursue them. We can help find housing, employment, legal aid, clothing, food, and household items. Note: PPLD’s Social Worker is not a case manager or case worker.

She can assist you in filling out a VI-SPDAT Assessment. This process allows you to be identified as a candidate for housing through the Pikes Peak Continuum of Care. It is not a wait list—selections are made based on vulnerability and housing placements are located throughout the community.

PPLD’s Social Worker is available during specific times at locations throughout the Library District, where anyone can sit down and chat, no appointment needed.

Walk-In Hours:

If you’d like to schedule a time to meet with PPLD’s Social Worker outside of walk-in hours:

  • Alicia Kwande
  • Phone: (719) 531-6333, x2506
  • Email: akwande@ppld.org

Additional Services

Connect Group:
This group is for peers to come together and connect with one another, share resources, and have discussion. Note: this is not a therapy group.

Career, Language-Learning, and Business Services Opportunities
PPLD offers a variety of classes and programs that can help you get your GED, learn to speak and write English, pass the U.S. Citizenship Exam, or grow your business or nonprofit idea.

These resources include:

For more information about these programs, visit the Adult Education website.

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Converge Lecture Series: Jesmyn Ward

Converge Lecture Series aims to build bridges of connection in Colorado Springs, with lectures designed to inspire conversation about the questions you are already asking; questions about beauty, ethics, truth, and how we should live by providing lectures with national authors.

Pikes Peak Library District will be giving away tickets as a part of this years Winter Adult Reading Program!
Jesmyn Ward
About the Author
MacArthur Genius and two-time National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward has been hailed as the standout writer of her generation, proving her “fearless and toughly lyrical” voice in novels, memoir, and nonfiction. Betsy Burton of the American Booksellers Association has called her “the new Toni Morrison.” In 2017, she became the first woman and the first person of color to win two National Book Awards for Fiction—joining the ranks of William Faulkner, Saul Bellow, John Cheever, Philip Roth, and John Updike.

Ward’s stories are largely set on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi, where she grew up and still lives. When Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast, Ward was forced to evacuate her rapidly flooding home. Her writing is deeply informed by the trauma of Katrina, not to mention its unimaginable social and economic repercussions. Her novel Salvage the Bones, winner of the 2011 National Book Award, is a troubling but ultimately empowering tale of familial bonds set amid the chaos of the hurricane. Likewise, Ward’s debut novel, Where the Line Bleeds, depicts what Publishers Weekly calls “a world full of despair but not devoid of hope” in the aftermath of natural disaster.

Ward’s memoir, Men We Reaped, delves into the five years of Ward’s life in which she lost five young men—to drugs, accidents, suicide, and the bad luck that follows poor people and people of color. Lauded by Kirkus Reviews as a “modern rejoinder to Black Like Me [and] Beloved,” Men We Reaped is a beautiful and painful homage to Ward’s ghosts and the haunted yet hopeful place she calls home. Men We Reaped won the Heartland Prize and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.

Ward is the also the editor of the critically acclaimed anthology The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race, which NPR named one of the Best Books of 2016. Taking James Baldwin’s 1963 examination of race in America, The Fire Next Time, as a jumping-off point, this groundbreaking collection features essays and poems about race from the most important voices of our time—including Edwidge Danticat, Natasha Trethewey, Isabel Wilkerson, Mitchell S. Jackson, Kiese Laymon, and Claudia Rankine.

Upcoming Authors
  • CE Morgan: Fri., Oct. 2
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    Are you looking for a career in the culinary industry? Pikes Peak Library District is pleased to offer Food Industry Training, a four-week training program that gives you the skills you need to enter or advance in employment as a qualified prep cook or line cook. The program will help you learn basic culinary fundamentals, explore career opportunities in the culinary industry, prepare a resume and practice interview skills, and earn your ServSafe Food Handler certification. No previous experience is required and there is no cost to participants.

    The program will run Monday through Friday 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. beginning Friday, April 10 through Friday, May 8. The program takes place at Care and Share Food Bank, 2605 Preamble Point, Colorado Springs, CO 80915.

    Students must be:

    • Able to attend program April 10 - May 8, from 12:30 - 4:30 p.m. (M - F) at Care and Share Food Bank (2605 Preamble Point)
    • Legally able to work in the U.S.
    • Pursuing a career in the culinary industry
    • 17 and older
    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
    • Basic math skills
    • Dependability
    • Adaptability
    • Memorization
    • Time management
    • Communication
    • Physical demands: Manual dexterity, ability to stand for long periods of time.
    What you’ll learn:
    • Knife skills
    • Cooking methods
    • Understanding recipes
    • Food safety and sanitation
    • Culinary math

    Interested students must complete this application HERE.

    • Applicants will be contacted for a phone interview.
    • Application does not guarantee enrollment.
    • Applications close April 2 and applicants will be notified of enrollment status on April 3.

    Any questions, please contact the Adult Education Department at (719) 531-6333, x1225.

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    Grand (re)Opening of Knights of Columbus Hall!

    Pikes Peak Library District is excited to (re)introduce historic Knights of Columbus Hall in downtown Colorado Springs!

    This newly renovated space to thrive, by the community, for the community. It is open to the community to help foster creativity, innovation, and collaboration. Reserve spaces within Knights of Columbus Hall for free to put on performances, host meetings and presentations, present classes, put on art shows and markets, and more. KCH is located in the northwest corner of the Penrose Library Campus Parking Lot.

    To see learn more and book space, click here.

    Opening Week Events

    Human Library

    When: Sat., March 7 from 1 - 4 p.m.
    A library of human beings, the Human Library is a collection of people from all walks of life featuring “human books” available for "checkout." Individuals serve as human “books” and participants can “read” the book by engaging in a conversation with the book on loan. Readers have the opportunity to have a 20-minute conversation with their book selections.
    Click here for additional information about the program and to preview the 2020 titles! You may reserve your favorite title by calling (719) 389-8968 between March 2nd and March 6th. Walk-Ins will also be available on the day of the event.

    Maker in Residence: Textile Art with Textiles West

    When: Mon., March 9, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
    When you think of your community, what comes to mind? Learn how to create a fabric collage that celebrates the beauty of our Pikes Peak region. Attendees will create two collages – one for the community art installation, and one to take home! Come learn some fun and simple embellishment techniques using fabric markers and hand embroidery stitches to add detail to your collage.

    Click here to register. For ages 12+. Registration is required.

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    Where Is It?
    For the last several months, Pikes Peak Library District worked diligently to update and remodel PPLD’s online Catalog, designed with you, our patrons, in mind. We incorporated new features and re-arranged things to provide a cleaner, easier-to-use interface, which gives the catalog a modern, up-to-date look. Some features and links have moved around, so we’ve created this guide to help you navigate it.

    The new Catalog went live March 8!

    New Features
    • The number of holds, total copies, and available copies are readily visible.
    • The item status is clearer: checked in, checked out, on hold shelf, or being transferred between Libraries.
    • “Add Author Alert” allows patrons to sign up to receive notifications when items by their favorite authors are added to our Catalog. They only need an email address to create an account and can select their preferred format(s).
    • When searching the Catalog within one of our Libraries, that location’s items will show up on top. (When patrons search from home, locations will be listed alphabetically.)
    • Series info, as well as related titles and authors, are now more easily accessible through the Details tab.
    • Options to limit search results are now in drop down menus instead of patrons having to scroll through the myriad options.
    • Links have been pared down or moved to the bottom of the page for less visual clutter.

    Additional Information
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    Important update for OverDrive users

    Beginning March 2, 2020, OverDrive is discontinuing the auto-checkout feature for available holds.

    However, you will be able to suspend a hold even after it’s made available, without losing your position on the hold list.  
    Libby notifications will alert you when your holds become available.

    OverDrive will also add a “Notifications” section to the PPLD OverDrive website and the OverDrive app, where you can see those alerts. Email notifications for holds will continue as well. 

    After receiving notification that a hold is available, you can choose from three options: 

    1. Borrow the title within 3 days.
    2. Suspend the hold by selecting “deliver later.” This option passes the book to the next person in line while maintaining your place on the wait list. When the suspension period ends, you will be able to borrow the book when the next copy is available.
    3. Cancel the hold.

    If you take no action within three days of notification, your hold will automatically be suspended as a one-time courtesy for 7 days. If no action is taken a second time, the hold will be cancelled automatically.

    • Q: Why is this happening?
    • A:  OverDrive is trying to decrease patron wait times by eliminating auto-checkout of holds that patrons no longer plan to use. This change also gives patrons more control over their holds.
    • Q: Can we turn it off or opt out?
    • A: Libraries don’t have control over this feature – we can’t opt out, nor can patrons.
    • Q: Are the Libby app and OverDrive app the same thing?
    • A: No. They both provide access to OverDrive titles but have some different features. Additionally, some patrons use the PPLD OverDrive site.
    • Q: Can’t patrons already suspend OverDrive holds?
    • A: Yes, when the hold is not yet available. With this change, they will also be able to suspend holds after they have become available.
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    Census 2020

    The 2020 Census is closer than you think! 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.

    Households will receive a letter with instructions for responding to the census online or over the phone.

    Between April 8–16, the Census Bureau will send a paper questionnaire to households that have not yet responded to complete the census by mail.

    Beginning in May 2020 households may receive an in-person visit from a Census Bureau employee.

    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!

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    Call for Art: Children's Art Exhibit at Rockrimmon Library

    Calling for art from the surrounding community for children ages 5 - 12 to display artwork at Rockrimmon Library during March and April!

    There will be an Artist Reception at the culmination of the art exhibit for the artists and their guests. Each artist will receive a certificate.

    Drop off artwork and complete a submission form at Rockrimmon Library March 2 - 14.

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    Maker in Residence: Textile Art with Textiles West

    When you think of your community, what comes to mind? Learn how to create a fabric collage that celebrates the beauty of our Pikes Peak region. Attendees will create two collages – one for the community art installation, and one to take home! Come learn some fun and simple embellishment techniques using fabric markers and hand embroidery stitches to add detail to your collage.

    For ages 12+. Registration is required. 

    Please help ensure that other patrons have the opportunity to participate in this program by only registering for one class session.

    Class Dates

    Create Together

    Interested in helping assemble the community art installation? Join Liz and Ruth from Textiles West as they piece together textile illustrations of the Pikes Peak region, made by community members all across El Paso County. These fabric collages will be assembled into an art installation piece that will be displayed at Monument Library in June 2020 for everyone to enjoy.
    Create together
    No registration is required, just drop in at Monument Library!

    Public Reception

    See the culmination piece of the Spring 2020 Maker in Residence, Textiles West. Makers Liz Kettle and Ruth Chandler will be available to chat with attendees about the creation of the final textile installation piece, in collaboration with local community members. Light refreshments will be provided, courtesy of Tri-Lakes Friends of the Library at Monument Library.

    Sun., June 7 from 2 – 4 p.m.

    The art piece will be on display at Monument Library, available for viewing from June 1 – 30, 2020.

    The Makers

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

    Liz Kettle

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

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

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

    Ruth Chandler

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

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

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

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

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    Business Resource Fair

    Save the Date for our 5th Annual Business Resource Fair! Meet over 60 vendors to help grow your own business. There will be guest speakers, a passport to collect stamps from vendors, and prize drawings!

    • When: Mon., May 18 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
    • Where: Library 21c

    We are now accepting applications for business to business vendors.

    You may also contact Terry Zarsky at (719) 531-6333, x6119 or tzarsky@ppld.org by April 30.

    The goal of the Business Resource Fair is to make entrepreneurs and businesses in the Colorado Springs area aware of the many resources available to help grow their businesses.

    Attendance is FREE!

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    Tax Time!

    It's that time again. Taxes are due on Wed., July 15. Lucky for you PPLD has all the information you need to file on time. Visit our Tax Information page for more.

    Good luck and happy filing!

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    Women's History Month

    Celebrate Women's History Month at Pikes Peak Library District!

    For additional resources about the Women's Suffrage Movement, check out the attachments below.

    Gail Beaton presents Sarah Platt Decker

    Author and Colorado women's history historian Gail Beaton will give an hour long Chautauqua presentation, Sarah Platt Decker and Colorado's Women's Clubs. Gail will also have copies of her book(s) available for purchase.
    Gail M. Beaton is a retired public school teacher and former community college instructor, historian, and author. Like many in Colorado Women: A History, Gail was born elsewhere (western Massachusetts in her case), moved with her family to the Midwest (Illinois) for her father's job, and then to Colorado where she has happily resided ever since. Native American women hauled their family's possessions on a travois. New Mexican women used carts and wagons to settle in Mexico's northern province. Anglo women moved their goods in Conestoga wagons and stage coaches. Gail is proud to say that her family's belongings traveled westward on the Mayflower – the green and gold trucks of the Mayflower Moving Company, that is.

    Equali-Tea Teacup Candles
    Click here for times and locations
    2020 marks the 100 year anniversary of the Women's Suffrage Movement. Celebrate by making some punny candles! While you wait for your candles to dry, make a women's suffrage brooch with ribbon, jewelry, and other miscellaneous pieces. Leave program with a lovely candle and brooch as well as some contextual information about the Suffrage Movement.
    Gail Murphy, Colorado's Rosie the Riveter

    Welcome Gail Murphy, Colorado's Rosie the Riveter, as portrayed by author and historian Gail Beaton. Gail developed the character of Gail Murphy to help to portray women's war work and the home front during World War II. Learn about Gail, Rosie, women's contributions to the second world war effort, and make your very own We Can Do It button!

    This 35-45 minute presentation is followed by a question and answer session. Gail will also have copies of her book(s) available for purchase. For ages 12+.

    Legendary Ladies

    Hear from six historical reenactors who portray real, courageous women who helped shape the West.

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    With a determined posture and a set look on her face, Kim Seaborn takes a deep breath to begin another take.

    After singing a few lines, she stops, looking satisfied.

    “I think we got it,” says Keagan Kellogg, sound engineer for Studio916.

    Seaborn relaxes her shoulders and smiles before stepping away from the microphone to celebrate with the rest of the team. Her full-length album: officially a wrap.

    Seaborn worked for weeks alongside Kellogg and Studio916 producer TerryJosiah Sharpe to record her second full-length album without incurring any expenses, inside a facility of Pikes Peak Library District.

    “Here, I got to work with professionals,” Seaborn says. “I found the team here was so easy to work with and just really let me be myself, and they helped me flourish creatively.”

    Seaborn started performing in front of her church’s congregation when she was just a sixth grader, and remembers the intensely overwhelming feeling of impacting the crowd.

    “I saw people crying,” Seaborn remembers. “Seeing that emotion from the crowd… that was something I liked. If I can get a person to be transformed with my singing, that’s what makes it worthwhile to me.”

    But standing up in front of large groups wasn’t something that came naturally to her.

    “I’m a very shy person,” Seaborn says. “When I was growing up, I tried to do things that would take me out of that shyness. I felt singing was one of the things I could do to get me out of my shell.”

    Her first album, His Glory, was completed in 2014. She was ready to record another one soon after but wanted to break away from the traditional feel of her first full-length album.

    Plus, the sheer cost of recording an album was another hurdle.

    “These hours in the recording studio can cost thousands of dollars,” Seaborn remembers.

    But then she learned of a studio she could use at no cost at Sand Creek Library: Studio916. She attended a studio orientation to learn more about using the space. Then, she checked every day for open studio sessions because they were so frequently booked.

    As she got into the studio more and more, Seaborn found that she had a team of experts at her disposal in Kellogg and Sharpe. “It helped me break out of my shell,” she remembers. “When you have people who know what they’re doing, it just gels.”

    Now, Seaborn has a vision for her future as a musician, hoping to record more music as well as further market herself as a singer/songwriter and get her music out into the world.

    She hopes other aspiring artists in the Pikes Peak region will take advantage of Studio916.

    “To these young people with a dream, I say go for it,” Seaborn says. “If music is something that is a part of your purpose and you’re willing to put in some work, do it. It is thousands of dollars to do elsewhere what you can do at the Library for free.”

    Click here for more news from around your Library district!

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    Scrap Exchange with Who Gives a Scrap image

    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 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 so you can take your time and check for new inventory! No registration required.

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Spring is here, but it’s not too late to join the Winter Adult Reading Program! Imagine Your Story: Fantasy, Mythology, and Fairy Tales, the 2020 Winter Adult Reading Program, is extended until further notice due to the COVID-19 pandemic. All prizes are being held until PPLD locations reopen. Sign up today - just click below!

    Click here to register.

    To complete the Winter Adult Reading Program, you can either read eight books, or read four books and complete four virtual activities.

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

    • Write a book review.
    • Read a book you should have read in high school or college.
    • Read a new genre. Get suggestions here.
    • Read a book about a place you would like to visit.
    • Read a book and then watch the movie it’s based on (use Hoopla or Kanopy with your Library card to watch the movie!).
    • Sign up for a Nextreads Newsletter.
    • Explore the PPLD Digital Collections.
    • Participate in an online book discussion (details to come!).

    We believe your hard work should be rewarded, so once you complete all eight activities, visit any Library location to pick up a chocolate bar from the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, an enamel pin, and a mug. Open to ages 18+.

    Click here for a printable reading log.

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    Blood Drives at the Library

    Vitalant provides blood to 1,000 hospitals across 40 states where it is used in a variety of medical treatments. A single blood donation can save and enhance the lives of up to three patients. Registration is not required. Just find the truck in the parking lot!

    Click here to see if you are eligible.

    A quick visit, with light refreshments, can save lives!

    • Where: Monument Library
    • When: From 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
    • May 30
    • July 25
    • Sept. 26
    • Nov. 28
    • Where: East Library
    • When: From 10 a.m. - noon
      • February 22
      • April 25
      • June 27
      • Aug. 22
      • Oct. 24
      • Dec. 26
    • Where: Library 21c
    • When: From 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
      • February 22
      • April 25
      • June 27
      • Aug. 22
      • Oct. 24
      • Dec. 26

    Click here to learn more about Vitalant.

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    Medicare 101 image

    Are you thinking about retiring in the next few years? Are you unsure about how health insurance and Medicare will affect you once you turn 65? Are you helping your parents navigate their Medicare coverage? Join us to learn about Medicare and your health insurance options, to be a better informed consumer and to be secure in your health insurance choices.

    Presented by PPACG Area Agency on Aging staff, this two-hour presentation covers the basics of Medicare A, B, D and all other insurance options, such as Medicare Supplements/Medigaps, Medicare Advantage plans and Medicare Part D. Come get unbiased information from the AAA Senior Insurance Team to help you successfully navigate your transition to Medicare and retirement.

    Registration required. You can choose a link below or call (719) 389-8968.

    For information on additional classes visit PPACG Area Agency on Aging, or call (719) 471-2096.

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    Name of the Sculpture: Virage

    The natural environment is one of our treasures in Colorado. Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD) sought proposals for an interactive, 3D, freestanding art piece to draw attention to this resource and its conservation. The call was answered by several artists and, after a jury process, Virage was selected. It is eye catching, conversation evoking, appropriate for all ages, safe for public spaces, and movable among Library locations. Throughout the year this sculpture will travel to four PPLD locations: Penrose Library, Sand Creek Library, East Library, and Library 21c.

    With a focus on the beauty of our natural environment and conservation, PPLD hopes to evoke conversation and interaction among patrons. A variety of programming will be offered throughout the District that relates to this topic.

    Click Here to learn about related programs.

    Post your photos of and with #PPLDSustainaball on social media!

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    Artist Narrative:
    The current political atmosphere has created an unsettling time with the lifting of protections to the environment, denial of scientific knowledge and climate change, and inclusiveness and access to education. Virage subtly, yet critically speaks to the impacts of humans on the environment and the consequences ahead. The beauty of the barks’ texture together with the perfect form of the sphere is meant to give a sense of hope and promise that humankind will take responsibility, humankind will find a respectful and healthy balance with the natural world and ecosystems. Human beings have the incredible ability to be innovative and creative, when presented the opportunity solve insolvable puzzles. The artwork invites the viewer to consider and reconsider the current choices and actions as a consumer. There is an intended charge to the viewer to make our natural world the highest priority - to practice conservation.
    Artist Biography:
    Nikki Pike grew up in Black Forest, Colorado, where she learned to ride bikes and climb trees in between flashlight tag, midnight soccer, and competitive sledding. The adopted daughter of a nurse and an engineer, and sister to four brothers and a sister, Nikki learned to work in groups and negotiate at an early age. Fighting over the measuring cups in the bathtub and wooden spoons in the garden, the Pike family children grew wild imaginations.

    The earliest sign that Nikki may later become a sculptor was in her sixteenth year in being grounded for a month. Rather than moping around and feeling sorry for her new life in confinement, Nikki raided her father’s toolbox and undertook the accidental but artistic resurfacing of her very first vehicle, an AMC gremlin. Otherwise, realizing her interest and making a commitment to art came much later after her surrender to finally join the quest to attend college and explore communications design. Her exposure to materials and objects fed her need to make and build and fulfilled the physical gap that once was spent playing soccer. 

    Now, Nikki Pike is an artist and activist committed to serving the community through her art practice and role as an educator. Through the use of universally positive human experiences such as curiosity, music, surprise, and gifting, along with the influence of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, she spreads values of empowerment, vulnerability and connection in the form of experience as opposed to product. Nikki sees herself as a cultural agent working together with local communities promoting activity and creativity. With her an expansive practice, Nikki straddles public arts, social sculpture, service srt and is exploring ideas of relief art intended to aide communities responding to disaster. Her methods start from the ideals of democracy and her work has been featured at the Denver Art Museum, the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, and Art Basel Miami to name a few. Currently Nikki resides in Denver, Colorado, and holds a professorship at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.

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    13th Annual PPLD Teen Art Contest

    This year's theme is Vision 20/20!

    Show us your take on this year’s theme by entering Pikes Peak Library District’s 13th Annual Art Contest!

    What is your vision? Or maybe you have a neat perspective on how hindsight is 20/20. Be creative and let us see how Vision 20/20 inspires you! Prizes are awarded to top finishers in Middle School and High School categories.

    Submissions are closed. Check back in December 2020 for information on how to enter the 2021 contest.
    We will notify participants by mid-March if they have won an award. All participants and their friends and family are invited to the Awards Ceremony on Sun., March 29 at 2 p.m. at Library 21c in the Venue regardless of if they won an award.
    1. Will my artwork be displayed?

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

    2. When can I pick up my artwork?

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

    3. What are the prizes?

      We award prizes for Coordinator’s Choice, 1st place, and 2nd place for the high school and middle school age groups. We also award a prize for Best in Show, which is the piece that received the highest score out of both middle and high school. In the past, winners received a drawing mannequin and gift card to Meininger’s Art Supply Store.

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

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

    My question wasn’t answered here! Email Becca at rphilipsen@ppld.org

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    Seven Falls Indian Dancers image

    Seven Falls Indian Dancers are a family dance troupe representing four generations of dancers. They can present educational and entertaining Native American dances including the Eagle and the Hoop Dances.

    Join us for this colorful celebration of National Native American Heritage Month.

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    make it personal
    In Pikes Peak Library District’s Makerspaces, we offer access to tools, materials, and machines to help bring your creative vision to life. Before you visit our spaces, make sure to familiarize yourself with our Makerspace Policy, and review information about accessing the spaces. Using the Makerspaces requires a little bit of background, so review the section below for the craft you are interested in. Use #MakeItPersonal to share your creations on social media with us!

    Need some project inspiration? You can:


    • Learn: Use the die-cutters at PPLD’s makerspaces to safely and accurately cut or draw designs on paper, vinyl, iron-on transfer materials, cardstock, sticker paper, select fabrics, and other materials. All three makerspace locations offer the Silhouette Cameo 3, and Library 21c also has a US Cutter LaserPoint Vinyl Cutter 25” available for use.

      Come in to use these machines during regular Open Hours at East Library and Sand Creek Library, and during Library 21c’s regular hours of operation, unless a program is scheduled in the space.

    • Design: Browse free designs on the Silhouette Design Store or create your own design using the Silhouette software. It’s easy to bring a clipart file from the internet into the software and add your own touches to it. Use the step-by-step instructions available with every die-cutter machine in the makerspaces.
    • Create: Vinyl sheets and cardstock are available for a small fee at all PPLD makerspaces – call the location of your choice for more information about colors and availability, or feel free to bring your own materials. Each space also has tools for weeding and cutting materials used with the die-cutters.


    • Learn: PPLD makerspaces provide a variety of sewing machines to support your textile needs! Our three spaces provide standard sewing machines, embroidery machines (4”x4” workspace), and 3/4 thread overlock sergers, while East Library also provides an industrial machine that can tackle heavy-duty projects.

      These machines are available on a first come, first served basis during Open Hours at East Library and Sand Creek, and during Library 21c’s regular hours of operation, unless a program is scheduled in the space.

    • Design: Find a sewing pattern at a local store, online (we love Pinterest!), or in a book. PPLD’s collection features many types of sewing books, with patterns for quilts, stuffed animals, dolls and outfits, tailored clothing, and much, much more. New to sewing? We’ve got a book for that!
    • Create: Assorted thread and needles are provided, in addition to basic sewing notions such as pins, clips, scissors, fabric measuring tape, rotary cutters and cutting mats. Speak with staff today about how to get started on a sewing project!


    • Learn: Make your own tools and trinkets with PPLD’s 3D printers!

      These machines require a badging certification to ensure you understand basic machine operation and safety practices. To become badged, simply watch a video online and take a short quiz. You must get all answers correct to pass the quiz, but can retake it if necessary.

    • Design: You can create your own project using free, open-source software like Tinkercad (great for beginners) or Fusion 360 (good for more advanced models). Not sure you want to dive in to making your own design right away? Search for what you want on Thingiverse, a community for making and sharing 3D printable designs. You can search Thingiverse for keychains, bookmarks, planters, ornaments, and all sorts of other fun and useful items.
    • Create: After you’ve completed the badging quiz and designed or chosen your file, come in to a PPLD makerspace to print it! 3D printers are available on a first come, first served basis during Open Hours, and all makerspace locations have a variety of printer filament to use (call the location of your choice to ask about availability if you have a specific color in mind). Outside filament is not allowed, and prints are weighed after completion; each print costs $0.05 per gram for normal filament or $0.10 per gram for specialized filament. If it’s your first time using a 3D printer or you have any questions, staff will be available to help walk you through the steps.


    PPLD Make It Personal :30 from PPLD TV on Vimeo.

    • Make at East
      • 5550 N. Union Blvd.
      • Open Hours:
        • Monday: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
        • Tuesday: 1 - 8:30 p.m.
        • Wednesday: 5 - 8:30 p.m.
        • Thursday: Closed
        • Friday: 1 - 5 p.m.
        • Saturday: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
        • Sunday: Closed
    • Make at Library 21c
      • 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.
      • Open Hours: Make is open during regular library hours, as long as the room is not in use for programs or other reservations.
    • Make II at Library 21c
      • 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.
      • Open Hours:
        • Mondays: Closed
        • Tuesdays: 2 - 8 p.m.
        • Wednesdays: 2 - 6 p.m.
        • Thursdays: 2 - 8 p.m.
        • Fridays: Closed
        • Saturdays: 1 - 5 p.m.
        • Sundays: Closed
    • Make at Sand Creek
      • 1821 S. Academy Blvd.
      • Open Hours:
        • Monday: 1 - 5 p.m.
        • Wednesday: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
        • Friday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
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    eBooks for All!

    Publishers are Putting Libraries and Patrons in a Bind
    New lending and purchasing models place financial burdens and time limitations on libraries.

    Recent moves by book publishers to limit library access to eBooks and eAudiobooks will create increased financial burdens for libraries and wait times for patrons.

    The eBook collection at Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD) is so popular that the system’s digital circulation now ranks within the top twenty in the nation. PPLD cardholders have already surpassed one million checkouts on OverDrive, one of several eBook services offered by the Library District.

    Hachette, Penguin Random House, Simon & Schuster, Blackstone Publishing, and Macmillian Publishers, among others, are changing their lending models for eBooks and eAudiobooks. While these changed lending models vary slightly from publisher to publisher, each change limits library access to digital books and will increase wait times for new releases and other titles.

    “Unfortunately, these drastic steps by book publishers are putting Pikes Peak Library District in an extraordinarily difficult position,” said John Spears, Chief Librarian and CEO of PPLD. “Our digital circulation is incredibly high, and we know these new measures are going to increase wait times for our patrons.”

    Most of the changes include new purchasing models, so that instead of libraries having perpetual access to each book they purchase, they have to re-purchase the books after two years.

    As of Nov. 1, Macmillan Publishers imposed an eight-week embargo on public libraries for the purchase of new eBook titles. Libraries may only purchase a single copy of new eBook titles during the first eight weeks of its release, during which time the titles will be available through marketplace vendors.

    “This is an equal access issue for our patrons,” Spears says. “We know that not everyone with a library card will be able to bypass these increased wait times by simply purchasing the digital book somewhere else, and they shouldn’t have to. We urge publishers to reverse or modify these changes, and encourage our patrons to speak out if they agree.”

    To learn more about eBook restrictions and how to take action, go to ebooksforall.org.

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