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Information on COVID-19

Last updated June 29, 2020

Libraries Are Reopening!

After 15 weeks of closed doors at libraries in the Pikes Peak region, Pikes Peak Library District is excited to welcome you back into our facilities!

On Wed., July 1, PPLD will resume limited indoor Library services at almost all facilities and mobile libraries. Hours will vary by location, and the first hour will be reserved for people at higher risk of serious complications from COVID-19.

When you visit, you’ll be able to:

  • Browse the physical collection
  • Use self-checkout machines and service desks
  • Make one, 55-minute reservation for computers per day (Call (719) 389-8968 to make your reservation; Library card required to reserve by phone)
  • Use fax and copier machines without staff assistance
  • Charge your devices
  • Make a 55-minute reservation to access Special Collections in the 1905 Carnegie Library

Our staff has been busy behind the scenes preparing our spaces and designing ways to provide service while ensuring the health and safety of Library patrons, staff, and the community-at-large.

Here is what you can expect when you return to use the Library to help prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  • Cloth face coverings or masks will be required by all patrons and staff to enter all libraries. (If you do not have one, PPLD can provide you with a mask. Some exemptions do apply, such as for those under the age of 2.)
  • New capacity limits will be enforced at each location, and when capacity is reached, patrons will need to wait outside until others are ready to leave following their brief visits.
  • The number of patrons inside will be monitored at all times.
  • Staff will regularly sanitize frequently touched items like handles, counters, and copiers. Computers will be cleaned between each use.
  • If you retrieve a book from a shelf but decide you don’t want it, please place it on the designated cart instead of re-shelving it yourself.
  • All fax machines, copiers, and computers will be self-service only; staff can only offer assistance at services desks, behind a protective shield.
  • Some computers will not be available as we encourage patrons and staff to remain six feet apart in our computer labs (so make your reservation ahead of time by calling (719) 389-8968!)
  • Other items and areas that will remain temporarily unavailable or closed to the public: Furniture, water fountains, children’s play area, meeting and study rooms, studios, and makerspaces.

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

We would like to thank El Paso County Public Health for their authorization and support to reopen our doors to the public.



What else can I expect from PPLD?

Here’s an overview of what is available – and not available – to our Library cardholders and patrons at this time:

  • Ready to return items and pick-up holds, but don’t want to come inside? Our curbside service will still be available! Use the link to find out more and access Library service hours and pickup instructions.

  • 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.

  • Check out our virtual services! 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.

  • Checked out items: While many due dates were extended due to our temporary closure, many Library materials that were checked out prior to our closure are now due. Please check your PPLD accounts either through our Catalog or on the PPLD mobile app for the new return dates, which will be listed by item. (Returns are accepted outside of all libraries as part of curbside service.)

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

  • OverDrive: Since more patrons are using PPLD digital resources online, cardholders can have 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 & reservations: All in-person Library programs and events held inside of PPLD facilities, along with public meeting and study room reservations, have been cancelled through at least Fri., July 31. Do note that this may be extended depending upon the state’s safer-at-home order and local public health guidelines.

  • 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 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 available outside of most 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).

What’s happening behind the scenes at PPLD?

All returned materials will be quarantined for a minimum of 72 hours before being processed and circulated. This time limit exceeds public health recommendations. (Items currently in our facilities haven’t been touched in several weeks.)

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

Our librarians are still here for you virtually! Staff continue to take your questions by phone, live chat, and email. They’re also providing and expanding virtual services and programs, along with our digital collection. And, we’re working with community organizations, school districts, and other partners to support El Paso County residents with many different needs during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

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 and national public health experts recommend that everyone should take everyday preventive actions and practice good hygiene. Here are some tips specific to the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • Put distance between yourself and other people; at least 6 feet apart.

  • Stay home if you’re sick.

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover whenever in public settings, such as grocery stores, pharmacies, medical facilities, hiking trails, etc.

  • Frequently and thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer, if you cannot wash your hands.

  • Keep your hands away from your eyes, nose, and mouth; avoid touching with unwashed hands.

  • Cover your mouth with tissue when coughing or sneezing, and then properly wash your hands.

  • Clean surfaces and personal items, such as cell phones, using household disinfecting products.

What is COVID-19?
There is a global pandemic situation involving a respiratory illness named COVID-19, which is caused by a new coronavirus that spreads through coughing or sneezing, much like influenza (also known as the flu). Since much is still unknown about the novel virus, no vaccine is currently available to prevent COVID-19 infection.
For current information and updates on the pandemic:

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Maker in Residence: Textile Art with Textiles West

To close out the Spring Maker in Residence program, Textiles West is extending the Textile Art project into the summer!

If you are interested in participating in the Textile Art project, but don’t have supplies such as needle, thread, or fabric readily available at home, we’ve got you covered.

To participate, select a Library location from the list below. The link will take you to that Library’s event calendar listing. After you register, PPLD staff will send a supply packet with project instructions to the Library location that you picked. Then, Library staff will contact you when your supply packet is available for pickup, which you can access through our Curbside Services. Once you have your supply packet, you can get started on the project!

Participating Libraries


Project Q&A

If you registered for a Maker in Residence: Textile Art program, or have already been working on a collage piece for the Textile Art project, you are welcome to attend one of these virtual Q&A sessions!

Textiles West Maker Liz Kettle will be available to chat directly with participants and answer project-related questions. This discussion will be hosted via Zoom, and a Zoom link will be emailed to registered participants.

Q&A Dates


Returning Finished Collage Pieces

When your collage piece is finished, bring it back to the Library so it can be included in the community art installation. Please return it by July 31!

  • If you participated in one of the registration-based programs, please return your finished piece to your selected Library.
  • Otherwise, return your finished piece to your local Library! Please include a note to deliver it to Amber Cox at Library 21c.

If you want to participate in the art installation but don’t want to give away your finished collage piece, don’t worry – you can also share a photo of your project for inclusion in a digital installation! Submit a photo by filling out this form.


Textile Art Project

This project is traditionally a textile (fabric) project, but Liz and Ruth have adapted the project to use just about any materials you have at home. Get started by looking through the various PDF project patterns (see below) and reading through this tutorial PDF. This will give you a basic idea of the project and let you know what supplies you’ll need to get started.

Then, watch the video below to see Liz explain how to get creative and pull it all together! (Please note the video cuts off at the end, but all important content is included.) Links to supplementary videos examining various stitch types are also available below.

We can’t wait to see what you create!


Patterns

Supplementary Videos

The Makers


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

Liz Kettle

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

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

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

Ruth Chandler

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

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

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

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

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Summer Adventure presented by Children's Hospital of Colorado

Have an adventure with Pikes Peak Library District this summer! Our Summer Adventure presented by Children’s Hospital Colorado game helps kids and teens stay engaged and active over the summer months, despite the COVID-19 pandemic. We know you’re looking for at-home activity ideas, and we are here to help!

Anyone ages 0 - 18 can participate and win prizes through reading, moving, and imagining. Either participate in one of our virtual programs or use one of our activity ideas!


Read, Imagine, and Move activities for ages 0 - 12.

Read, Imagine, and Move activities for ages 12 - 18.


The adventure runs from June 1 – July 31. You can set up your account now at ppld.beanstack.org. Or, print a game card below.

Also check out our FAQ.

Beanstack FAQs: ppld.beanstack.org/faq

Click here for group registration information.

Be in the know!

Sign up to receive emails for summer virtual programs, activities, and more for ages 0 - 18 in June and July. You can unsubscribe at any time.

Completed your Adventure?

Ready to pick up your prizes? Complete your registration in Beanstack and head to your local Library!

We want to know what you think! Please complete the survey below to be entered to win an iPad!

Children/Teens (en español)
Parents/Caregivers(en español)


Summer Challenges

This summer, we're challenging you to use your imagination and create! Your entry could be featured on social media and the homepage of ppld.org. We'll select one winner for each challenge, who will win a $25 gift card to Poor Richard's Books & Gifts. Show off what you've made and be inspired by the creativity of others.

  • Challenge 1: LEGO Build

    Click here to see everyone's creations!

  • Challenge 2: Rock Painting

    Find the perfect rock, grab your painting supplies, then add your unique message, design, or masterpiece. For an extra challenge, try painting several rocks that together tell a story! Be sure to include #ppldsummerchallenge on your rock and hide it somewhere outside! Post a photo on Facebook between Thu., June 18 - Wed., July 1st.

    Entries must include #ppldsummerchallenge and tag @ppldkids or @ppldteen to be eligible to win. Or email your photo to summerchallenge@ppld.org and we will post it to social media for you.

    For inspiration, tips and tricks, check out Rock Painting 101 YouTube videos or this website. Go out and explore nature and look for other rocks hidden by friends. If you find one with the hashtag #ppldsummerchallenge be sure to post a picture and let us know where you found it!


Calendars


Game Cards

You can track on the Beanstack app, pick up a game card at any curbside location or participating distributors, or click here to download and print a physical game card from home! (en español)

Need a version that uses less ink? Click here!

Participating Distributors:


How to Play the Game

  1. Complete an activity (either Read, Imagine, or Move) any day in June and July to earn points.
  2. Record the dates you complete an activity on a printed game card or in Beanstack. You can log your progress at ppld.beanstack.org or by using the Beanstack App, available in Google Play or the App Store.
  3. You earn 50 points for each day that you complete an activity. You will receive a prize for participating in the game, plus you’ll be entered in the grand prize drawing when you reach 1500 points (30 days of activities).
  4. Prize pickup will begin in July. Check back here to find the most up-to-date information on how to pick up your prizes.

If you need assistance, call (719) 531-6333 or visit ppld.org/ask to find different ways to get in touch with our staff.


As our programs will be virtual this year, you can download themed video conferencing backgrounds below!


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13th Annual PPLD Teen Art Contest

Vision 20/20!

PPLD challenged teens expressed their vision for the future and considered the past through art. Prizes were 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.

Due the the pandemic, we were unable to present winners and artwork in our Libraries. This year, we will feature all six winners on our social media and on the home page of our website. We will feature a winner every day from Tue., June 9 through Sun., June 14.

We announced the winners via email. There's a lot of information packed in the message, so please make sure to read it thoroughly!

If you are unable have any issues with pick-up, please reply to the email and we will make different arrangements.

Again, congratulations to all of you! Thank you so much for your patience while we figured all of this out!


The winners of the Vision 2020 art contest are:

Middle School Second Place:
If Families Were United by Lexi H.
if families were united

High School Second Place:
Social Commentary by Bo A.
social commentary

Best in Show:
Ancient Future by Emilina S.
ancient future

Middle School First Place:
Colorful Year Ahead by Emma P.
colorful year ahead

High School First Place:
Emotions Never Die by Amelia U.
emotions never die

Coordinators’ Choice:
Summer Joy by Kyra S.
summer joy


If you have additional questions or need help, please contact Joanna Rendon, jrendon@ppld.org.

Keep busy with this year's Summer Adventure presented by Children's Hospital Colorado!

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Given our stand against racism, along with the continued national and local conversations, we want to highlight and celebrate the Shivers Fund.

Clarence and Peggy Shivers created the Shivers Fund at Pikes Peak Library District, in concert with PPLD, in 1993. They introduced the Shivers African American Historical and Cultural Collection at PPLD, which continues to expand annually thanks to the Shivers Fund and its many supporters. In addition to the collection, the Shivers Fund at PPLD also provides opportunities for our community to celebrate history, culture, and the arts. The Fund hosts concerts and other events, as well as helps expands educational and cultural opportunities for young people to encourage tolerance and diversity.

Our Library District and Foundation applaud the Shivers Fund for its continued investment to create more tolerance, diversity, and community in the Pikes Peak region.

Learn more about the history and work of the Shivers Fund.

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Community Conversations: Building Police and Community Relations

Community Conversations at Pikes Peak Library District is a new series of monthly events that invites the public to discuss current events and issues impacting the Pikes Peak region. We want to promote civil dialogue and greater understanding of different perspectives.

Community Conversation: Building Police and Community Relations


Recent events have our community, like others around the nation, hurting. Biased policing has become a point of discussion as violence crossing racial lines has provoked racial tensions and led to large scale protests. Where do we go from here? How do we begin to build stronger and safer police and community relationships? There is a shared desire for safer communities, fair and unbiased law enforcement, and the ability for law enforcement to safely do their jobs throughout our community. How do we get there?

Join us for a virtual community conversation on this important issue.

  • When: Thu., June 25 from 7 - 8 p.m.
  • Where: Registered participants will be emailed a link for the conversation before the program.
  • Click here to register.

Click here for resources.


Keep an eye on our calendar to join us for future conversations on timely and relevant topics to the Pikes Peak region. More information to come on locations and times!
Please note topics may change:

  • July: Affordable Housing
  • August: Immigration
  • September: 2020 Election: Concerns and Aspirations
  • October: Police Relations
  • November: Military and Veterans
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Statement on Racism and Inequity

PPLD commits itself to join the efforts of all who share its mission of building a community free of racism, hatred, and intolerance. Our full statement is below:

Providing resources and opportunities that impact individual lives and build community – that is the mission of Pikes Peak Library District. Our community, like others across the nation, is hurting. Just as it is our mission to build community, it is our duty to speak against the forces that would tear us apart.

The killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery have reminded all of us once again that the battle against racism and intolerance is not over. For many individuals, those forces are a constant in their lives, and that battle is waged on a daily basis. For those of us who do not experience the burden of systemic racism, events such as these may briefly ignite an urgent desire to seek justice and true equality for Black members of our community. All too often, though, we allow that sense of urgency to gradually disappear until the next horrific act of violence occurs. This cycle must stop.

PPLD stands with those in El Paso County and throughout our country who are exercising their Constitutional rights to protest against systemic racism, inequity, and violence against the Black community. As a public library, we stand for the innate equality of all we serve. We pledge to do our part to help our community realize that diversity, inclusivity, and equity are pillars of a strong and thriving community and that if even one individual is harmed through injustice or racism, our entire community suffers. This is not the time to simply move on until the next act of violence jars us from our complacency. PPLD commits itself to join the efforts of all who share its mission of building a community free of racism, hatred, and intolerance.

- John Spears, Chief Librarian & CEO, and Debbie English, President of PPLD’s Board of Trustees


In response to these events, PPLD has curated a list of resources for our community.
Click here to find links to national and local news coverage, deeper background on the issues, books, and other items here.


Let's Talk about Racism: Digital Book List

The African American Historical and Cultural Collection, funded by the Shivers Fund at PPLD

Let's Talk about Racism: Teen Collection

Let's Talk about Race and Racism: Children's Collection

Celebrating Black Voices: Picture Books


Social and Systemic Injustice Movies on Kanopy
Catalog links from booklist below:
Additional Resources
For Adults:

For Kids:

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Food Industry Training

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.



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

Please check back for future dates. Any questions, please contact the Adult Education Department at (719) 531-6333, x1225 or tsayles@ppld.org.

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Pikes Peak Library District is pleased to announce the winners of the 2020 Jean Ciavonne Poetry Contest for Children:


Bricks of Wheat
By Cooper Alvin

As I come home from school, filled with resent,
I see cold cream of wheat, hard as cement!
I thought what could be built with such hard a material,
Build skyscrapers out of this rock-hard cold cereal.
A new way of building! Who would of thought evolution
Could lead to such a disgusting solution.

Cream of wheat bricks! Now that’s something new!
Guess the trick to construction is edible goo!
Someone says: “The tallest building is inside Dubai.”
“That’s nothing! Build it with soup!” I reply.
We’d build it high and we’d build it wide.
Why would we do it? ‘Cause nobody’s tried.

A cream of wheat pool? No, that’d be just gross.
A cream of wheat coaster? (sigh) That’d be shunned on by most.
A cream of wheat car? Something no one would borrow.
Well, I’m out of ideas! Come back tomorrow!


Chocolate Peppermint Delight
By Emily Lunsford

One day during lunch,
My friend and I chatted.
She asked,
“If you could invent a dessert,
ANY dessert,
What would it be?”
We started sharing,
And worked together to imagine…
The Chocolate Peppermint Delight!

A chocolate lava cake,
But with peppermint bits in the lava!
Sweet, creamy vanilla ice cream,
With chocolate chip cookie crumbled in
On top of the cake.
A peppermint shell,
For the luscious ice cream.

Topping it off,
Caramel sauce,
And don’t forget
The flavorful peppermint sauce!
Whipped cream generously deposited
Around the plate,
And up the cake.

Coming out from our dream
Of heavenly desserts,
We smiled, thinking about
The luxurious treat.
Our mouths watering,
We looked down at our trays of cafeteria food.
And our otherwise fine tacos,
They didn’t seem nearly as good anymore.
Nor did our fruit cups,
Or our milk.
With the Chocolate Peppermint Delight on our minds,
Everything else faded in comparison,
To a dull gray.

It’s funny how a daydream,
A vision of succulent delicacies,
Can bleach perfectly fine food,
Leaving only the fantasy,
Bright and colorful.
That day I learned
That pure imagination
Can achromatize
Reality.


Bitter and Sour
By Azul Padilla

I’m grabbing a mango
Dancing like a weirdo
Cutting the mango
Nice and yellow
I ask my mother
Can you pass me the chili powder
I sprinkled it all over
Bitter and sour


How to Make a Pot of Rhino Stew
By Avery Pilkington

How to make a pot of rhino stew:
Add these five things to your Crockpot
Slice up some carrots
Chop up some potatoes
Dice up some worms
Add one huge RHINO
Add a dash of ground herbs
Put the lid on
Cook for SEVEN HOURS


The Life of a Cupcake
By Maya Rebugio

They put me in the oven to bake.
Me, a depressed and miserable cupcake.
Feeling the heat, I started to bubble.
Watching the others, I knew I was in trouble.

They opened the door and started my life.
Frosting me with a silver knife,
Decorating me with candy jewels.
The rest of my batch looked like fools.

Lifting me up, she took off my wrapper.
Feeling the breeze, I wanted to slap her.
Opening her mouth with shiny teeth inside,
This was the day this cupcake died.


I Love Pasta That’s No Doubt
By Madison Smith

Hear it boil from the pot
Crunch munchy from the box
I love pasta a whole whole lot

Short, fat, long, tall, just ask me I’ve got them all
Slippery, slimy, spaghetti
Whirly, twirly, colored noodles
Cheesy, wheezy, macaroni

Spiraled, curved, rigid, smooth, pasta makes me really groove
Pesto perfecto green and grand, even beefaroni from the can.

Rigatoni in my tummy
Amazing alfredo hot and yummy
With veggies or without
I love pasta that’s no doubt.

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Collecting Community Stories: Covid-19 Pandemic

Pikes Peak Library District is collecting stories about the COVID-19 pandemic. Residents of the Pikes Peak Region are invited to share their stories and experiences. People can submit written stories, photographs, or videos depicting their response to the pandemic and its impact on their lives.

Any observations are welcome. Submissions can include dealing with illness, quarantine, sheltering in-home, social distancing, employment, working from home, working in health care, schooling, travel, and other general observations.

Click here to submit your story.


Learn more about using the Library remotely.

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Curbside Services

While you can still use the Library remotely, our team is also ready to serve you outside of Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD) locations across El Paso County!

All 15 libraries and three mobile libraries offer curbside service, making it easy for you to return materials and safely pick up items without having any direct contact with Library staff or other patrons.


Returns

Book drops or return bins will be available 24/7 outside of all libraries, so you’re welcome to return books, movies, and other physical items anytime that’s convenient starting that day.


Holds

Ready to pick-up items that are currently on hold? Hours and procedures will vary by location, so please check your Library’s curbside schedule below or by phone.

Click on your Library location below to see their curbside service hours, phone numbers, and pickup instructions:


Upon arrival:
Follow the procedures set out on your Library location’s page (linked above). Then you’ll be on your way to enjoy a new book, movie, or other find!

For new items, place your hold in the online Catalog or mobile app and select the location for pickup. Once you receive your email or text notification (if opted in), check your Library’s curbside service schedule and call them to schedule pickup.

For curbside pickup, Library patrons are encouraged to follow public health guidance, including the use of cloth face masks/coverings and staying 6 feet apart from others.

Homebound patrons can designate another person to pick up their holds. Please call your Library for more information and to schedule such a pickup.


Wireless Printing

We now offer wireless printing at all locations, except for Palmer Lake and Ute Pass Libraries. Submit your print job to tinyurl.com/PPLDPrint, then call your local library to schedule a pickup time, if requested, and follow their curbside service instructions.


Winter Adult Reading Program Prizes and Summer Reading Program Game Cards

You can now pick up your Winter Adult Reading Program prizes! Call your local library to schedule a pickup time, if requested, and then follow their curbside service instructions.

While you're curbside, ask about Summer Adventure presented by Children's Hospital Colorado game cards for ages 0 - 18! The adventure begins June 1 and goes through July 31.


Curbside Curation

Let us help find your next great adventure in the Library’s large collection! We’re piloting this walk-up service at Penrose Library before offering it at other libraries. During curbside hours, patrons can safely browse a curated collection of materials from outside. Librarians also can assist with locating, placing holds for, or checking out your next read, movie, or other physical item. Plus, they can provide recommendations based upon your favorite books or films, preferred genres, and topics of interest, right then and there.


What’s happening behind the scenes?

PPLD is taking a phased reopening approach for our 16 facilities that prioritizes the health and safety of our patrons and staff. All returned materials will be quarantined for a minimum of 72 hours before being processed and circulated. This time limit exceeds public health recommendations. (Items currently in our facilities haven’t been touched in several weeks.) Your items will not be taken off your account until after their 72-hour quarantine period (this will not create penalties for your account in any way).

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

Our librarians continue to take your questions by phone, live chat, and email! They’re also providing and expanding virtual services and programs, along with our digital collection. Plus, we’re working with community organizations, school districts, and other partners to support El Paso County residents with many different needs during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

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PPLD staff sorts books to be distributed at free meal sites.

Pikes Peak Library District staff has shown dedication to the Library’s mission and tireless efforts to serve the community in many ways. We will continue to explore how PPLD can help people and organizations across the Pikes Peak region—well beyond our Library resources and services. Here are some ways that the Library has responded to community needs during the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • We donated 400 surgical masks and 6,000 gloves to the Pikes Peak Regional Office of Emergency Management.


  • A makerspace at Library 21c was used for training on 3D printers to make face shields

  • Our team loaned out 3D printers to support Colorado’s Make4Covid initiative, which connects “makers” with equipment to produce protective gear for local healthcare workers.

  • We’re partnering with school districts and local businesses to provide individuals with reading material while they pickup food and beverages. (Thank you to the Friends of the Pikes Peak Library District for making this possible!)

  • Sand Creek Library serves a donation site for the Southeast Supply Drive, helping collect common household items needed by individuals and families in the area.

  • Community partners are borrowing PPLD laptops and hotspots, so more residents can apply for unemployment and other benefits, as well as search for jobs.


  • PPLD Facilities staff installs water stations at Penrose Library

  • Penrose Library has made drinking water available outside of their building, so anyone can fill containers whenever needed. (Thanks to Olson Plumbing & Heating, Rampart Supply, and Colorado Sheet Metal for donating the supplies!)

  • We provided books, DVDs, and laptops to the City Auditorium’s isolation shelter, setup for those experiencing homelessness who have symptoms of COVID-19.

No matter the circumstances, we remain steadfast in providing Library resources and services that impact lives and build community across El Paso County. Thank you for entrusting us to be responsive to community needs and serve residents in new ways and virtual spaces, now and into the future.

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Updated June 25, 2020

While our locations across El Paso County remain temporarily closed due to COVID-19, Pikes Peak Library District is still here for you!

There are dozens of ways to use the Library remotely, with many resources available 24/7. We’re also offering—and continually adding—new virtual services and programs that you can experience almost anywhere and anytime. Plus, our staff is available to help you find answers by phone, live chat, and email!

Here’s how you can contact us and connect with a librarian during the pandemic:

  • Give us a call!
    Speak with a reference librarian by calling (719) 389-8968. This phone service is available every day during the following hours: Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.

  • Chat with us online!
    Start a live chat right now with one of our reference librarians, right here on this page. The online service is available every day during the following hours: Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.

  • Send an email!
    Use our online “contact us” form, and select “general information / ask a librarian” to submit your inquiry. Then, a PPLD team member will follow-up via email soon.

  • Book a Librarian!
    Can’t find the information you need? Have a research project? We’re here to help! Professional librarians are available to meet one-on-one via Zoom to assist with research questions.

Pikes Peak Library District remains committed to providing you with access to information, resources, services, and opportunities, now and into the future. Stay tuned for more news and updates from us!

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Virtual Library Services & Programs

Updated June 17, 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:

  • Maker in Residence: Textile Art project!
    To close out the Spring Maker in Residence program, Textiles West is extending the Textile Art project into the summer!

    If you are interested in participating in the Textile Art project, but don’t have supplies such as needle, thread, or fabric readily available at home, we’ve got you covered.

    To participate, select a Library location from the list on the webpage. The link will take you to that Library’s event calendar listing. After you register, PPLD staff will send a supply packet with project instructions to the Library location that you picked. Then, Library staff will contact you when your supply packet is available for pickup, which you can access through our Curbside Services. Once you have your supply packet, you can get started on the project!


  • 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!

  • Virtual Mindful Movement and Meditation
    Wednesdays from 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.

  • Virtual Yoga
    Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 9 - 10 a.m.
    Local instructor Svetlana Nudelman guides practitioners through beginner and intermediate-level yoga poses.

  • Interactive Reader’s Advisory
    Mondays from 7 - 8 p.m. and Thursdays from 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!

  • Virtual Book Club
    Tuesdays from 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.

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • Yappy Hour
    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:

Summer Adventure presented by Children's Hospital Colorado!

Have an adventure with Pikes Peak Library District this summer! Our game helps kids and teens stay engaged and active over the summer months, despite the COVID-19 pandemic. We know you’re looking for at-home activity ideas, and we are here to help!

Anyone ages 0 - 18 can participate and win prizes through reading, moving, and imagining. Either participate in one of our virtual programs or use one of our activity ideas!

Read, Imagine, and Move activities for ages 0 - 12

including Virtual Storytime, Summer Picks, Virtual KidsMake, KidsSTEM, and our summer presenter series Summer Fun!

Read, Imagine, and Move activities for ages 12 - 18

including Teens Make, Teen Self-Care, Fandom, Teen Tech, Teens Eat, and Teens Game!


  • Browse our Virtual Art Show!
    Anyone in grades K-12 artists across El Paso County submitted images of their artwork!


  • 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.


  • 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.

  • 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.

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Using the Library Remotely

Last updated April 14, 2020

En español

Pikes Peak Library District is committed to providing Library resources and services to you during these unprecedented times. Thanks to the public’s investment and taxpayer support, we can continue to deliver access to information and opportunities that impact lives and build community across El Paso County.

While our physical locations remain temporarily closed until further notice, you can still use the Library remotely, with many resources available 24/7.

Here are some ways to get the most out of your virtual Library experience:

  • Check out our new virtual services! Our librarians are bringing their services to you, anywhere and anytime. Watch a virtual storytime with your kids, participate in a virtual book club, try a digital escape room, join us for a community movie discussion, do an at-home craft or experiment, and more. (Looking for something else to do? Bookmark the web page and check back often for new updates!)
  • Ask a librarian! You can also ask one of our reference librarian questions by phone, live chat, and email.
  • Download our mobile app to view your account, browse and download from our collection, and more. (Pro tip: There are also apps for Libby, OverDrive, Freegal, Kanopy, RBdigital, and more.)
  • Stream and/or download from our digital collection! There are so many options – digital books, audiobooks, comics, magazines, music, and videos – that you can access from almost anywhere.
  • Use our databases to conduct research for businesses, nonprofits, legal matters, and more. You also can learn a new language, plan your next adventure, and do genealogy research.
  • Have kids or teens in your home? We have ample resources for children and teenagers, including homework help, reading, games, creating, planning for the future, and more. (Also, see above for new virtual services!)
  • Dig into some regional history and genealogy. For example, our digital collection features historic photographs, pamphlets, manuscripts, maps, oral histories, films and more that highlight the rich history of the Pikes Peak area.
  • Find a good book! Check out recommendations, reading lists, and more.
  • Don’t have a library card? Get started and gain online access today.

That’s not all! Our Library staff also assembled and vetted a growing list of free online resources for all ages; no library card needed. Resources include live streaming, virtual tours, activities, and much more. Topics cover arts and culture, kids and teens, learning and reading for adults, professional support and development, and science and nature.

Our team continues to explore and expand virtual opportunities that we can bring to you. Right now, we’re adding to our digital collection, as budget allows, and creating new virtual experiences that will launch in the coming days and weeks.

Stay tuned for more updates from PPLD. We’re here to serve you now and into the future.

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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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Check Out PPLD's New Catalog!

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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Census 2020

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!

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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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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

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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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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Pikes Peak Library District is pleased to announce the winners of the 2020 Jean Ciavonne Poetry Contest for Children:


Bricks of Wheat
By Cooper Alvin

Cooper Alvin from PPLD TV on Vimeo.

As I come home from school, filled with resent,
I see cold cream of wheat, hard as cement!
I thought what could be built with such hard a material,
Build skyscrapers out of this rock-hard cold cereal.
A new way of building! Who would of thought evolution
Could lead to such a disgusting solution.

Cream of wheat bricks! Now that’s something new!
Guess the trick to construction is edible goo!
Someone says: “The tallest building is inside Dubai.”
“That’s nothing! Build it with soup!” I reply.
We’d build it high and we’d build it wide.
Why would we do it? ‘Cause nobody’s tried.

A cream of wheat pool? No, that’d be just gross.
A cream of wheat coaster? (sigh) That’d be shunned on by most.
A cream of wheat car? Something no one would borrow.
Well, I’m out of ideas! Come back tomorrow!


Chocolate Peppermint Delight
By Emily Lunsford

Emily Lunsford from PPLD TV on Vimeo.

One day during lunch,
My friend and I chatted.
She asked,
“If you could invent a dessert,
ANY dessert,
What would it be?”
We started sharing,
And worked together to imagine…
The Chocolate Peppermint Delight!

A chocolate lava cake,
But with peppermint bits in the lava!
Sweet, creamy vanilla ice cream,
With chocolate chip cookie crumbled in
On top of the cake.
A peppermint shell,
For the luscious ice cream.

Topping it off,
Caramel sauce,
And don’t forget
The flavorful peppermint sauce!
Whipped cream generously deposited
Around the plate,
And up the cake.

Coming out from our dream
Of heavenly desserts,
We smiled, thinking about
The luxurious treat.
Our mouths watering,
We looked down at our trays of cafeteria food.
And our otherwise fine tacos,
They didn’t seem nearly as good anymore.
Nor did our fruit cups,
Or our milk.
With the Chocolate Peppermint Delight on our minds,
Everything else faded in comparison,
To a dull gray.

It’s funny how a daydream,
A vision of succulent delicacies,
Can bleach perfectly fine food,
Leaving only the fantasy,
Bright and colorful.
That day I learned
That pure imagination
Can achromatize
Reality.


Bitter and Sour
By Azul Padilla

I’m grabbing a mango
Dancing like a weirdo
Cutting the mango
Nice and yellow
I ask my mother
Can you pass me the chili powder
I sprinkled it all over
Bitter and sour


How to Make a Pot of Rhino Stew
By Avery Pilkington

Avery Pilkington from PPLD TV on Vimeo.

How to make a pot of rhino stew:
Add these five things to your Crockpot
Slice up some carrots
Chop up some potatoes
Dice up some worms
Add one huge RHINO
Add a dash of ground herbs
Put the lid on
Cook for SEVEN HOURS


The Life of a Cupcake
By Maya Rebugio

Maya Rebugio from PPLD TV on Vimeo.

They put me in the oven to bake.
Me, a depressed and miserable cupcake.
Feeling the heat, I started to bubble.
Watching the others, I knew I was in trouble.

They opened the door and started my life.
Frosting me with a silver knife,
Decorating me with candy jewels.
The rest of my batch looked like fools.

Lifting me up, she took off my wrapper.
Feeling the breeze, I wanted to slap her.
Opening her mouth with shiny teeth inside,
This was the day this cupcake died.


I Love Pasta That’s No Doubt
By Madison Smith

Madison Smith from PPLD TV on Vimeo.

Hear it boil from the pot
Crunch munchy from the box
I love pasta a whole whole lot

Short, fat, long, tall, just ask me I’ve got them all
Slippery, slimy, spaghetti
Whirly, twirly, colored noodles
Cheesy, wheezy, macaroni

Spiraled, curved, rigid, smooth, pasta makes me really groove
Pesto perfecto green and grand, even beefaroni from the can.

Rigatoni in my tummy
Amazing alfredo hot and yummy
With veggies or without
I love pasta that’s no doubt.

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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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