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Birding 101

Birding is a great way to engage with nature safely, relieve anxiety, and otherwise slow down. Download your Birding 101 guide here!

  • Do not disturb the birds’ habitats - you are an observer.
  • Use appropriate gear! Binoculars, a field guide, and a notebook should suffice for beginners.
  • For those with mobile devices, try the Audubon Bird Guide App for iPhones and Androids!
  • Find a quiet spot to sit and observe. Your backyard can offer quite a selection!
  • Try different times of day.
  • Find other birders in the community!

CHECKOUT THESE LIBRARY MATERIALS FOR YOUR BIRDING ADVENTURES:

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Gardening in the high prairie can be difficult, so the staff at High Prairie Library have created this handy year-long guide to making the most out of your gardening efforts!

Click here to download yours today!

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Check out these stats and our top title of 2020 below.


  • Physical material checkouts: 1,845,866
  • Additions to physical collection:18,000 titles and 58,000 items, plus 15,570 magazines
  • OverDrive:
    • Checkouts: 2,430,575
    • Patrons: 61,278 patrons; an increase of 22%
  • Freegal:
    • Song Downloads: 76,007
    • Songs Streamed: 248,986
  • Kanopy: 58,201 videos streamed
  • Hoopla: 40,813 checkouts, movies and television mostly
  • New cardholders during 2020: 26,215

Top 10 Adult Titles


Top 10 Young Adult Titles


Top 10 Children's Titles

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PowerPass

Knowledge is power. Unlock your potential!

Starting Mon., January 11, every student in HSD2 will have a PowerPass, a digital PPLD card just for students. HSD2 is joining Colorado Springs School District 11 as the second school district in El Paso County to provide this access to each of their students.

The PowerPass is a just-for-students library card from PPLD, granting access to the Library’s digital resources like databases, eBooks, and song and movie downloads. Each PowerPass holder can also check out five physical items at a time from any of the 15 PPLD locations or mobile library services.

  • PowerPass for Elementary Students
  • Elementary students and their parents will benefit from kid-friendly eBook and audiobook access, digital education resources, and in-person classes at PPLD to learn how to write, draw, code, or use makerspace equipment.

  • PowerPass for Middle School Students
  • PowerPass for High School Students
  • High school and middle school students can use their PowerPass for online access to live tutors and online foreign language courses. They can also get help with projects and prepare for the future with practice driving and SAT tests.

Get Started with PowerPass:

If a parent does not wish for their child to use PowerPass, they may opt out at the child's school.

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In honor of our annual cookie competition and as part of our anniversary, High Prairie Library is compiling an online cookbook: Harvest of Recipes - A Collection From the Falcon Community. We will be collecting YOUR recipes for our very own cookbook! Click here to submit your recipe and (optional) photo!

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From Books to New Beginnings: Using the Library as a Resource to Build a Better Life

As one of the founders of Grey Wolf Resort, a health and wellness agritourism business in Victor, Colorado, award-winning chef and entrepreneur Nathan Dirnberger is just as likely to be found planning menus for gourmet picnics as chasing down a loose rooster.

But among these tasks, and the many others he tackles on a regular basis, there’s one more the Colorado native wraps into his days as well: reading.

“My mom's a librarian, so she always read to me as a kid, and I grew up reading,” says Dirnberger.

As he got older, he says, he went to school to become a chef. Years after graduating, Dirnberger wrote an article for the American Culinary Federation (ACF) on quantum physics and how it connects to a chef’s thoughts becoming a tangible experience. “If you give us a pile of ingredients,” he says, “we think about what we're going to create, and then we apply ourselves — that's the key right there — to turn it into a dish.”

In the ACF story, he says, he made the broader analogy of “encouraging people that they can make changes in their lives” if they apply that same theory.

About six years ago, Dirnberger started applying the theory to his own life outside of the kitchen, and “a big part of that,” he says, “was books.”

Dirnberger began to take advantage of all of the free resources his Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD) card could offer, from checking out print copies of books to downloading audio reads through OverDrive — which mom Cynthia Roberts, who has been a PPLD librarian now for almost three decades, introduced to him. Dirnberger was able to dig into and study popular titles by authors like Tim Ferriss, alongside other books about entrepreneurship, marketing, and business.

One in particular, stands out for him, though: David Schwartz’ classic The Magic of Thinking Big, first published in 1959, which Dirnberger listened to during a cross-country trip after finishing an internship on a farm. The book’s push to get people to dare to dream (and put concrete habits behind those dreams) spawned his concept for an agritourism-focused farm and ranch — what would become Grey Wolf Resort.

But books aren’t the only PPLD resources Dirnberger used.

“When I actually started creating my businesses, I would use the library too,” he says, reserving classrooms at Library 21c so he and his business partners could set up projectors and map out plans on whiteboards. “I pretty much started all my businesses there.”

“Tony Robbins talks about how there’s never a lack of resources. There’s a lack of resourcefulness,” Dirnberger says. The Library District is “a resource box,” he adds, “full of tools for people to change their lives … if they apply themselves.”

Currently billed as a “boutique, private, high-altitude health and wellness center” situated on a family farm and ranch, Dirnberger’s two-year-old Grey Wolf Resort offers guests everything from massages and guided mountain hikes to farm-to-table gourmet picnics. And Dirnberger still has lots of big dreams when it comes to the resort, ranging from building a commercial kitchen and a little restaurant on the property to setting an example for those interested in emulating the concept and creating more agritourism across the country.

With his passion for books, one might wonder if Dirnberger has another dream up his sleeve.

“Well, yeah,” he says, “actually, I’ve been writing one for a few years now, but as I started writing, I knew the story still had to be finished. … I needed to be able to do something that was actually worth telling. … I wanted a family. I wanted to be able to spend time with my family, that’s why I wanted to become a farmer, to spend time outside and be with nature, and help out with food and clean water and air, and all the things that people and animals both deserve.”

“Now that I’ve got all of that,” he says, “it’s a matter of starting to tell the story.”

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Prenatal Series

Are you expecting and have so many questions? Join Pikes Peak Library District and Nurse Family Partnership for a series of prenatal classes. Classes are every Wednesday at noon. Each week we will explore a different topic and have a Q&A session.

*This is a six week series, if you are interested in any of the other sessions please be sure to register for those as well.

Each session attended earns you an entry for a prize to be given away following the last session. You can earn up to six entries!

  • April 7: Birthing Plan, Labor, Delivery, & the First Week
    Covering birth plans and alternatives to medicines, we will discuss medications you may encounter in the hospital, the first week after birth, what happens in the hospital, and more!
  • April 14: Postpartum - Postpartum & the First Six Weeks
    Wonder what life will be like the first six weeks after your baby is born? We will discuss healing, rest, and mental health in postpartum.
  • April 21: Sleep & Self-Care
    Having trouble getting enough rest? Learn techniques to help you and your newborn rest. We will also talk about Purple Crying Period and tools to help calm your baby. Learn different meditation strategies, so you can take care of yourself, too! Our friends at Peak Vista will share information about their First Visitor program.
  • April 28: Breastfeeding Part 1
    We will cover breastfeeding how-to's, nutrition, and more!
  • May 5: Breastfeeding Part 2
    Part 2 will cover breastfeeding support, latching, and education.
  • May 12: Early Literacy & Prenatal Yoga
    Learn about brain development and the five early literacy practices to begin at birth. We also want to help you take care of yourself. Learn prenatal and postnatal yoga from a certified yoga instructor.

Future Series

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PPLD on the Phone!

PPLD is now offering storytimes, book recommendations, resources, and more - all on the phone!

Call (719) 531-6333 and dial the extension
anytime, day or night!


TeleGram

TeleGram

Adult Services is excited to introduce TeleGram! Call in every week to hear new book recommendations, a poem or joke, a new recipe, and hear all about programs happening for adults at Pikes Peak Library District.

  • Ext. 7191 for programs
  • (719) 531-6333, x7192 for book recommendations
  • (719) 531-6333, x7193 for a joke, poem, or story
  • (719) 531-6333, x7194 for recipes

Dial-a-Story

Dial-a-Story

Young Adults Services

  • Fun Facts: (719) 531-6333, x7171
  • Book Recommendations/Excerpts: (719) 531-6333, x7172

Family & Children's Services

There are stories available for different age groups (pre-K, Kindergarten through second grade, and grades three through six).

(719) 531-6333, x7150!

In addition to stories categorized by age, you'll be able to hear:

  • Stories in a language other than English
  • Stories about being your best self
  • Short songs, poems, and jokes
  • Traditional stories and fairy tales

You can even make a story request! And keep calling back, because stories will be updated regularly.

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Hour of Code

Join Britt & Christa for this interactive program that will teach youth to build a holiday card of their choice in Scratch using block coding! This is a great introduction to coding for total beginners, or folks just starting to code.

The program will require a password to log on, so please make sure to register and to provide the correct email address.


Check out more coding videos!

Coming Soon: Raspberry Pi

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Our Response to COVID-19

Last updated May 3, 2021

More Services & Spaces Available Inside Our Libraries!

Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD) is here to serve you, regardless of the circumstances!

You’re welcome inside all of our libraries, now with more services and spaces available for you. Open hours and specific services may vary by library location, so please check in advance.

PPLD continues to prioritize the health and safety of our patrons, staff, and greater community during the ongoing pandemic while making our resources and services accessible to everyone. Effective Mon., May 3, PPLD will ease its mask restrictions and follow the state guidelines in place during the month of April until the Board of Trustees can meet and vote on this matter. Face coverings will be required for anyone 11 years and older to enter and use our facilities. Face shields are allowed, and people who cannot medically wear a face covering will be allowed to use our facilities. The first hour is still reserved for people at higher risk of serious complications from COVID-19.

You can visit the Library when it’s convenient for you during open hours to browse the collection and check out items, use a computer, or copy, fax, and scan documents. We also offer the following at select locations with some safety precautions in place:

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

  • Curbside services allow you to pick up Library materials, wireless print jobs, and take and make kits without having to go inside any location. All open libraries now offer a park and text option, making it even easier! You also can use our 24/7 book drops to return Library materials at any time.
  • Have a question? Ask a librarian! You can connect with PPLD staff by phone, live chat, or email. Or, book an appointment with one of our specialized librarians.
  • Take advantage of our large digital collection, extensive hub of online resources, and many virtual programs available for all ages and interests. Browse our online Catalog, conduct research, or participate in a Library event from almost anywhere, anytime. Get started using our Library remotely!
  • Need WiFi when our libraries are closed? It should be accessible outside most library facilities for anyone to use, day or night.

  • What can I expect when visiting the Library inside?

    During your Library visit, you can do the following:

    Here’s what to expect during your Library visit to help prevent the spread of COVID-19:

    • Face coverings or face shields are required by everyone who is 11 years and older to enter and use our libraries. If you do not have one, PPLD can provide you with a single-use mask at no cost. (Those 10 years and younger are exempt, in addition to those who cannot medically wear a mask. If you need accommodations, please contact the Library location.)

    • There are capacity limits inside every building, along with public-use spaces like makerspaces, studios, and meeting and study rooms. The number of patrons inside are monitored.

    • All fax machines, copiers, and computers are self-service only; staff can offer assistance at services desks, behind a protective shield. Some computers are not available as we encourage patrons and staff to remain six feet apart in our computer labs.

    • Self-service cleaning stations are available at locations, in which patrons can use supplies to wipe down furniture and equipment before or after use if wanted. Staff will no longer clean such surfaces between patron use. There are sanitation protocols for equipment checkouts, along with public-use areas like makerspaces, studios, and meeting rooms. PPLD’s contracted cleaning service regularly cleans each facility using enhanced flu season protocol.

    • Other areas and items that remain temporarily unavailable or closed to the public: Water fountains, children’s play area, and some meeting rooms.

    Please remember that open hours and specific services may vary by Library location, so please check in advance. The first hour will be reserved for people at higher risk of serious complications from COVID-19.


    Why is the Library requiring patrons to wear face masks?

    PPLD prioritizes the health and safety of Library patrons, staff, and the community-at-large. To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Library District has required cloth face coverings since late May 2020. This decision was unanimously approved by PPLD’s Board of Trustees on May 27, 2020, requiring all staff and patrons to wear one while inside any of our facilities. Largely following CDC guidelines, PPLD initially required it for anyone over the age of 2; since then, the age limit changed to 5 years and older. Accommodations have also been available for those with medical exemptions.

    Effective May 3, PPLD will ease its mask restrictions and follow the state guidelines in place during the month of April until the Board of Trustees can meet and vote on this matter. Face coverings will be required for anyone 11 years and older to enter and use our facilities. Face shields are allowed, and people who cannot medically wear a face covering will be allowed to use our facilities.

    PPLD’s Board of Trustees will discuss and vote on whether they will ease, discontinue, maintain, or increase such mask restrictions during their May public meeting.

    If you do not feel comfortable wearing a mask, PPLD still offers curbside services at all libraries. There are also many ways to use the Library remotely, almost anytime and anywhere.


    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:

    • Want to return items and pick-up holds? Curbside services are available at all libraries! Use the link to find out more and access your library’s service hours and pickup instructions.
    • There are so many ways to use the Library remotely! Browse our Online Catalog. Stream and download books, audiobooks, comics, magazines, music, and videos. Use our databases to conduct research, access ample resources for kids and teens, and more from your couch.
    • Check out our virtual programs! Our librarians are bringing their services to you, anywhere and anytime.
    • Have a question? Ask a librarian! Our staff are available to help you by phone, live chat, and email. You also can book an appointment with a specialized librarian.
    • Checked out items: Please check your PPLD accounts either through our Catalog or on the PPLD mobile app for return dates, which will be listed by item. (Returns are accepted outside of all libraries as part of curbside services and will no longer be held in quarantine effective Mon., April 5.)
    • Fines & fees: We officially went fine-free for most Library materials in early 2019, as long as they are not lost or damaged. (See above regarding checked out items.)
    • OverDrive: Cardholders can have 20 checkouts for a total of 21 days each with a total hold limit of 30. PPLD will continue to add copies of digital materials to our collection as our budget allows. Some digital checkouts can be returned early so others have opportunity for access. (Instructions for checking out and returning are available here.)
    • Use of meeting & study rooms: More meeting and study spaces are reopening across the Library District. View what’s available and make a reservation online.
    • Library programs & events: The Library continues to host programs virtually and in other safe ways such as take and make kits, discovery kits, and Dial-a-Story and TeleGram by phone. Now there are drive-in, outdoor, and indoor options at libraries and other community locations (like Storytime)! View our event calendar for all opportunities right now More in-person activities hosted by PPLD and held inside of our facilities will continue to be reintroduced safely.
    • Use of creative spaces & services: Cardholders can take advantage of 3D print drop-off services, plus reserve and check out Studio equipment. Our makerspaces and studios have reopened by reservation, with strict capacity limits. They are only available at select libraries and hours may vary by location.
    • Use of family & children’s spaces: The Educational Resource Center at East Library reopened for public reservation on Wed., April 7. Other children’s areas at libraries remain closed at this time.
    • Library card signup: Register online and start using your card immediately! If you sign up online during this time, your temporary account will be available for 90 days (instead of the usual 12-day limit), giving you immediate access to OverDrive and other digital resources from home. Bring your ID and proof of address to your nearest Library and they can activate your full privilege account inside or via curbside!
    • Account expirations & renewals: Library card/account expirations will be extended, including accounts that expired in the past 24 months.
    • Interlibrary loans: Due to staffing restrictions based on guidance from local public health officials, maintaining the current number of requests is not feasible. Therefore, we are decreasing the number of Interlibrary Loans requests to three per library card. We expect requests to take longer to fulfill (borrowing or purchasing), with a potential wait time of four to eight weeks.
    • WiFi access: All Library facilities continue to provide open WiFi access, which should be also available outside of most PPLD buildings.
    • Friends of PPLD and book donations: PPLD Friends Bookstores have reopened their bookstores inside of our libraries. Online sales continue with curbside pickup at East Library. Shop our collection now! Have donations for us? Complete the form here to request an appointment to donate your materials.

    Our team also continues to work with community organizations, school districts, and other partners to support El Paso County residents with many different needs during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.


    Information About COVID-19

    Vaccinations

    Vaccines are now available to all Colorado residents 16 years and older! State and local public health officials encourage you to get vaccinated. It’s free, safe, and effective in protecting you against COVID-19; no ID or insurance required. Learn more and find a local provider to book your appointment in El Paso County. You also can call 2-1-1 or text “vaccine” to 667873.

    Get vaccinated at a Library-hosted clinic! As part of Governor Polis’ Vaccines for All plan, PPLD has been selected to host vaccine equity clinics beginning May 5. Learn more about participating locations, dates, and registration!

    Have questions about the novel coronavirus?
    We understand that people may be concerned about COVID-19 and how it may affect them. Please check out the following public resources for more information:

    What should I do?
    To help stop the spread of germs and any contagious illness, local and national public health experts recommend that everyone should take everyday preventive actions and practice good hygiene. Here are some tips from the CDC specific to the COVID-19 pandemic:

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

    • Stay home if you’re sick.

    • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover whenever inside public settings, such as grocery stores, pharmacies, medical facilities, and other crowded spaces.

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

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

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

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

    What is COVID-19?
    There is a global pandemic situation involving a respiratory illness named COVID-19, which is caused by a new coronavirus that spreads through coughing or sneezing, much like influenza (also known as the flu). Vaccines have been approved and are being distributed.

    For current information and updates on the pandemic:

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    In these unprecedented times, Pikes Peak Library District is a constant. This year, the need for PPLD’s resources has been greater than ever.

    A couple months ago, I was visiting the Old Colorado City Library and met a man named Charlie. The building was still closed to the public at that time due to COVID-19 public health restrictions, but curbside service was available and Charlie was waiting to collect items he had checked out. We got to talking and Charlie told me he was there to check out a WIFI hotspot. Like so many others, Charlie lost his job during the pandemic and without internet he couldn’t apply for jobs. “I don’t have internet at home and everything is online these days. I don’t know what I’d do if I couldn’t get internet through the library.”

    As the second largest library system in Colorado, PPLD operates 16 facilities and serves a population of more than 660,000 residents in El Paso County. In 2019, patrons made 3.1 million visits to the library and checked out nearly 8.3 million items. There were more than one million uses of our paid and locally developed databases. We received 50,000+ online meeting room requests and 250,000 people attended a library program.

    Mobile Libraries during COVID-19When COVID-19 hit El Paso County in March of this year the impact library closures had on our community was felt immediately. Hundreds of thousands of people who rely on the library for critical resources and services suddenly found PPLD’s doors closed. During the course of weeks and months following the library’s initial closure, PPLD quickly adapted to a new reality, and the accomplishments we have realized while successfully pivoting around a “new normal” have become a model for libraries throughout the country.

    In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, PPLD expanded its remote and virtual offerings in a myriad of ways. Our librarians are bringing their services to you, anywhere and anytime. Library patrons can watch a virtual story time with their kids, participate in a virtual book club, or join us for a community movie discussion. Patrons can ask one of our reference librarians questions by phone, live chat, and email. For parents who have suddenly found themselves teachers, we have ample resources for children and teenagers, including homework help, reading help, planning for the future, and more. Patrons can stream and download eBooks, music, and videos from almost anywhere!

    All 15 Libraries and three mobile Libraries continue to 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. And, on July 1, Library facilities have re-opened to the public in accordance with public health and safety guidelines.

    PPLD participated in several initiatives to address unique community challenges brought about by this pandemic. We have been a part of the statewide Make4Covid movement and worked with makers throughout our region to help in the production of personal protective equipment for the medical community, first responders, and those who need it most. PPLD staff installed public water stations at Penrose Library so any and all can fill containers whenever needed. Staff members also boxed up thousands of books and handed them out at free lunch distribution sites throughout Colorado Springs. So, when people came for a meal, they got a book, too.

    PPLD Makerspaces during COVID-19For nearly 60 years, Pikes Peak Library District has stood as a pillar of the community, and we will continue to serve the community in every way we can during this pandemic and beyond. But, none of this is possible without the public’s investment and donors like you. PPLD has felt the economic impacts of the pandemic, and we are now facing a budget shortfall of at least $500,000. Will you support PPLD, and people like Charlie, by donating today? Your charitable gift of $30, $50, $100 or $1,000* will help PPLD be stronger and more prepared to accommodate the changing times and the growing need for our many critical services.

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    July 31, 2021 marks the 150-year anniversary of the founding of Colorado Springs by William Jackson Palmer. The city, founded at the base of Pikes Peak, experienced many changes over the last 150 years as it has grown to the 39th largest city in the United States.

    Sesquicentennial - noun
    ses·​qui·​cen·​ten·​ni·​al | \ ˌse-skwi-sen-ˈte-nē-əl \
    A 150th anniversary or its celebration.

    Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD) and other community organizations are planning an extensive series of programming and events throughout the year. Many programs focus on providing a historic background to better understand our city today, both for people new to the community and for folks just starting to learn about the region’s history. Other programs are designed to critically examine and appraise the complexities of Colorado Springs’ past. The history of our city is important to all of us; there is something for everyone.



    Check back for more programs and events as they are added.


    CoS History Book Club

    The past is the window to the present. Using the published works of local historians as inspiration, this program will highlight specific themes of Colorado Springs and the region. It is offered in concert with the books referenced, which provide additional background. However, attendees should not feel obligated to read the books in advance of the discussion. The series will provide high-quality information about the community to a broad and diverse audience.

    April Topic: Invisible People

    Join editors Takiyah Jemison and Heather Jordan in a panel discussion of the newest release of the Pikes Peak Library District’s Regional History Series: an updated edition of The Invisible People of the Pikes Peak Region by John Stokes Holley. Originally published in 1990 by the Friends of the Pikes Peak Library District and the Friends of the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, this book presents a comprehensive history dedicated to the local African American community. The reprint includes the original publication in its entirety, along with new chapters, an index, and additional images.

    A copy of the book may be checked out from the Library (via our Catalog) or purchased from PPLD Special Collections (20 N. Cascade Avenue), the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum (215 S. Tejon St.), or clausenbooks.com. A recommended chapter will be emailed to all registrants.

    Previous Topics

    March Topic: Doctors, Disease & Dying

    Join Katie Rudolph, Denver Public Library archivist, and Matt Mayberry, director of the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, as they present on their chapters from our Regional History book series title, Doctors, Disease & Dying. Katie will outline the events leading up to and surrounding the 1918 influenza pandemic in Denver, mirroring her chapter, "The influenza pandemic of 1918 : a Colorado Springs timeline." Matt Mayberry will speak with us about the local tuberculosis industry in, "On a cough & a prayer : the Modern Woodmen Sanatorium & the tuberculosis industry in the Pikes Peak Region."

    For more information about the pioneers, traders, and military personnel who were both the purveyors and the recipients of needed care in the Pikes Peak Region, Doctors, Disease & Dying can be checked out from library locations.


    January Topic: Visible People

    Downtown Colorado Springs contains visible monuments to multiple significant local historic figures. Regional History and Genealogy Director, Brett Lobello, will discuss how these monuments offer a window, not just into William Jackson Palmer, Winfield Scott Stratton, and Spencer Penrose, but also the people and community that chose to commemorate their life and actions.

    150 years after the founding of Colorado Springs, historians are still learning from the words and deeds of General William Jackson Palmer. Leah Davis Witherow, Curator of History for the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museums will explore manuscripts, photographs, artifacts, and memories of those who knew him best – General Palmer is more valuable and relevant than ever.

    For more information about the history of Colorado Springs, Newport in the Rockies can be found in the catalog and checked out from library locations.


    November Topic: Extraordinary Women

    Inspired by the Pikes Peak Library Districts’ Regional History Book Series book, Extraordinary Women of the Pikes Peak Region, the first program will introduce women important to Colorado Springs history.

    Chris Nicholl, PPLD Regional History and Genealogy staff member, will share the story of three Colorado Springs women whose political demonstrations at the gates of the White House landed them in prison and helped win the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, granting American women the right to vote. Susan Fletcher, Glen Eyrie Navigators Historian and Archivist, will explore the lives of Queen Palmer, wife of General William Jackson Palmer, and their three daughters, Elsie, Dorothy, and Marjory.

    For more information about women of the Pikes Peak Region, Extraordinary Women of the Pikes Peak Region highlights these stories as well as the stories of 18 other women. Susan Fletcher's chapter is published in Bigwigs & Benefactors of the Pikes Peak Region.


    Coming Soon: Pikes Peak Regional History Symposium

    Nice, Naughty, & Notable: Colorado Springs at 150
    In a year marking the 150-year anniversary of the founding of Colorado Springs by William Jackson Palmer, Pikes Peak Library District is pleased to offer our 2021 Pikes Peak Regional History Symposium virtually! This year's program has been divided into four separate virtual events. We are excited to celebrate our city's sesquicentennial with you!

    • Sat., May 22
      • Kathy Sturdevant: “Instant Civilization”: The Engineer of “Progress” and the Magic Early Years of Colorado Springs
      • Steve Plutt: The Lake George Ice & Power Company
      • Doreen E. Martinez: Historicizing Indigenous Presence: Footprints, Artifacts, Ways of Being and Knowing
    • Sat., June 26
      • Susan Fletcher: Glen Eyrie at 150 (Give or Take Several Millennia)
      • Tom Noel: The Broadmoor Hotel’s Beginnings: From Count James Pourtales to Spencer Penrose
      • Eric Swab: Three Trails That Ring Cheyenne Mountain, Three Tales of Infidelity, Bribery, and Provocation
    • Sat., July 24
      • Leah Davis Witherow: CC Professor Edith Bramhall, teacher, mentor, city council member, & activist
      • Eric Metzger: The McAllister House and its Place in 150 years of Colorado Springs History
      • Greg Atkins: City Business: Colorado Springs and the Libertarian Party
    • Sat., Aug. 28
      • Rick Sturdevant: Air and Space Forces in Colorado Springs: Their Bases and Memorable Characters
      • Mark James: Dr. James, Moral Reformer, Scientist, Pikes Peak
      • Kathy Sturdevant: The Quaker Trail: Moral Infiltration, Disintegration, and Revival in the Pikes Peak Region

    Previous Events

    Streaming History: Fannie Mae Duncan

    To celebrate Black History Month, PPLD Special Collections will host a live chat while streaming the Rocky Mountain PBS documentary, Fannie Mae Duncan. While watching the documentary, you can chat with PPLD staff and the documentary's producer, Kate Perdoni.

    Meet the inspiring Fannie Mae Duncan, an African American nightclub owner who brought the motto “Everybody Welcome” to true meaning at her Colorado Springs Cotton Club despite the volatile Civil Rights Movement of her day. The granddaughter of slaves and the daughter of tenant farmers, Fannie Mae stood up against disharmony and heartbreak to maintain the first racially integrated club in the city. Premiered on Rocky Mountain PBS November 8, 2018.


    Invisible People Book Release

    Join the Pikes Peak Library District and the Special Collections team for a virtual book release of The Invisible People of the Pikes Peak Region by John Stokes Holley. To help celebrate the book’s release, we will hear presentations from two Colorado Springs natives. PPLD Senior Adult Services Librarian Melissa Mitchell will present “Growing up with Greatness” and Colorado Springs native Sharon Tunson will present “Unsettled Settler.” Also speaking at the event will be PPLD Chief Librarian John Spears and the book’s editors, Takiyah Jemison and Heather Jordan of the Pikes Peak Library District. Registration is required for this zoom event.

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    Library reaches record-breaking milestone with two million digital books checkouts!

    Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD) reached a record-breaking milestone this week, with two million digital book checkouts. This accomplishment illustrates the continued growth and importance of library digital lending of eBooks and eAudiobooks, especially in a year with building closures due to the global pandemic. PPLD is one of only 40 OverDrive digital collections worldwide to hit the two-million mark at this point in 2020.

    PPLD has been providing cardholders with 24/7 access to eBooks and eAudiobooks for several years through OverDrive and its award-winning Libby reading app. Reader interest and usage has grown every year, with about a 42% increase since 2016. In the wake of COVID-19, PPLD took extra steps to make the collection as accessible as possible like extending the length of online library card signups and reinstating expired cards from the 24 months prior to March 2020.

    The milestone checkout was Cold as Ice: Lucy Kincaid Series, Book 17 by Allison Brennan and Ann Marie Lee on the evening of Oct. 27, 2020. At this point in 2020, PPLD’s highest-circulating digital title has been Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens, checked out as an eBook or eAudiobook over 6,000 times. The top-circulating genres through OverDrive include fiction with more than one million circulations, nonfiction at nearly 460,000 checkouts, and romance at nearly 415,000 circulations.

    Here are the top five titles borrowed through PPLD’s digital collection as of Oct. 29, 2020:

    Top eBook Titles in 2020:
    Top eAudiobook Titles in 2020:

    Residents in El Paso County only need a valid library card to access digital books from PPLD’s OverDrive-powered digital collection. Readers can use any major device, including Apple(R), Android™, Chromebook™ and Kindle(R) (US only).

    Check out our eLibrary or download the Libby app to start borrowing eBooks and eAudiobooks anytime, anywhere!

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    Invisible People: Book Release

    Join the Pikes Peak Library District and the Special Collections team for a virtual book release of The Invisible People of the Pikes Peak Region by John Stokes Holley.

    To help celebrate the book’s release, we will hear presentations from two Colorado Springs natives. PPLD Senior Adult Services Librarian Melissa Mitchell will present “Growing up with Greatness” and Colorado Springs native Sharon Tunson will present “Unsettled Settler.” Also speaking at the event will be PPLD Chief Librarian John Spears and the book’s editors, Takiyah Jemison and Heather Jordan of the Pikes Peak Library District.


    About the Book
    An Afro-American chronicle published in 1990, presented the first comprehensive history dedicated to the local African American community. Co-published by the Friends of the Pikes Peak Library District and the Friends of the Colorado Springs Pioneer Museum, the book brought to light the history of accomplishments and struggles often ignored by local history books.

    The reprint presents the original publication in its entirety with an expanded index and new images as well as new content not available in the original. It is our hope that this reprint will further illuminate the stories of the Invisible People of the Pikes Peak region and enlighten readers with a more complete and representative history of our community.


    How to Read It

    • Special Collections at Penrose will sell the book.
    • Clausen Books, will also sell the book. They are offering a flat $21.00 + free shipping offer for the first week of release so until Thu., March 18. Regular price is $24.95.
    • Libraries will have it for checkout on Fri., March 12.
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    Parenting Little Ones: Q&A Series

    Have questions about parenting little ones? PPLD's Family Place Libraries is hosting a five-week series on Zoom where caregivers can ask questions of community professionals in the fields of child development, nutrition, speech/language, and more.

    Participants from El Paso County, CO are entered into weekly gift card drawings as well as a six-month KiwiCo Crate subscription grand prize!

    Weekly winners will be awarded a $50 gift card from their choice of store: King Soopers, Walmart, Target, or Barnes & Noble. Each session participants attend counts as one entry into the grand prize drawing. Participants may earn up to five entries. Participant must provide a valid PPLD library card number so El Paso County, CO residency can be confirmed.


    • April 1: Speech & Language: This week's resource professionals are Brenda Anderson, a Speech-Language Pathologist; Donna Moore, a Speech-Language Pathologist; and Elan Saitas, a Lazos Musicales, Connection Through Music Instructor. They are able to talk about and answer questions about Speech & Language Development and Second Languages. We will be giving out one gift card to participants at this session!
    • April 8: Behavior, Development, & Potty Training: This week's resource professionals are Paula Hergert, a Prevention & Policy Specialist with the El Paso County Health Department; Windy Doan, a Behavioral Health Supervisor with CPCD Head Start; and Anne Hersom, a Developmental Interventionist with The Resource Exchange. They are able to talk about and answer question about Behavior, Development, & Potty Training. We will be giving out one gift card to participants at this session!
    • April 15: Music & Process Art: This week's resource professionals are Gabby Seeger, Sound Beginnings Instructor; Sukie Jackson, Process Art expert formerly with Ruth Washburn Coop Nursery School; and Jordan Romero, PPLD Senior Library Associate, Family & Children's Services. They are able to talk about and answer question about Music and Process Art. We will be giving out one gift card to participants at this session!
    • April 22: Nutrition & El Paso County HCP: This week's resource professionals are Karen Beers, a Registered Dietician; Amber Travis, a Registered Dietician; and Anita Walters, HCP Care Coordinator. They are able to talk about and answer question about Nutrition and HCP. We will be giving out one gift card to participants at this session!
    • April 29: Early Literacy: This week's resource professionals are PPLD Family & Children's Services' Librarians. They are able to talk about and answer question about Early Literacy. We will be giving out two gift cards to participants at this session!
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    SDA AwardThere are nearly 3,000 special districts in the state of Colorado, including library districts, park districts, water districts, fire districts, and many others. Every year, one district from those thousands is chosen by the Special District Association of Colorado to receive its highest honor, the J. Evan Goulding District of the Year Award. We are excited to announce that the SDA has chosen Pikes Peak Library District as this year's recipient!


    The J. Evan Goulding District of the Year Award was established by the SDA Board of Directors to single out a district that demonstrates exceptional leadership and community spirit. This award recognizes a district's major accomplishments, series of outstanding efforts, and a steady determination to serve its constituency. This year's winner, Pikes Peak Library District, truly exemplifies these qualities.

    The history of public libraries in the Pikes Peak Region began in October 1885 when the Colorado Springs Social Union established a library in downtown Colorado Springs. In 1905, a new library opened with funds donated by Andrew Carnegie and land granted by General William Jackson Palmer. In 1962, a majority of El Paso County citizens voted to establish a special taxing district, and Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD) was formed. After not joining the District initially in 1962, the town of Manitou Springs subsequently voted to join PPLD at the beginning of 2013.

    As the second largest library system in Colorado, PPLD serves a population of more than 660,000 residents in El Paso
    County, with the exception of Security/Widefield School District #3. This includes all unincorporated areas and municipalities of Calhan, Colorado Springs, Ellicott, Falcon, Fountain, Manitou Springs, Monument, and Palmer Lake. The District is able to serve such a large number of citizens thanks to an employee base of nearly 475 full-and part-time staff and almost 1,700 volunteers. PPLD’s Board of Trustees consists of seven members from the community. The citizen volunteers are appointed jointly by the Colorado Springs City Council and El Paso County Commissioners for a maximum of two five-year terms.

    The District currently operates 16 facilities throughout the county. In addition to the large collections of physical and digital materials that are available, a number of sites also feature state-of-the art services, such as makerspaces and studios. PPLD’s makerspaces offer access to tools, materials, and machines to help bring patrons’ creative visions to life. Equipment such as 3D printers; laser engraving and cutting machines; and assorted handicraft and art tools are all available for use. In the District’s studios, Library cardholders have access to items such as cameras, audio mixers, and even a green screen to produce professional-grade recordings. Moreover, the District operates a three-vehicle mobile fleet that delivers Library services to more rural and remote areas as well as to communities for individuals who have limited mobility.

    The District has also established a number of strategic partnerships to help serve their local community. For example, the new Pikes Peak Culture Pass program allows patrons to explore museums and attractions in the Pikes Peak region at no cost. By collaborating with local organizations, PPLD provides free admission passes for check out, increasing opportunities for education and cultural learning. In addition, the District has expanded its adult learning programs in recent years. Career Online High School is an online high school diploma and career certification program provided by PPLD. Students can choose a major from a list of high-growth, high-demand career fields and complete coursework to develop the skills and knowledge that employers are looking for. The District also offers English as a Second Language classes and food industry training.

    In 2018, in partnership with The Place (formerly Urban Peak Colorado Springs), the District launched a first-of-its-kind initiative in Colorado aimed at helping teen runaways and youth experiencing homelessness. The partnership resulted in PPLD locations becoming a part of the National Safe Place Network. As a part of this network, an at-risk youth can enter the library and ask for help. From there, the library staff can contact The Place who will then arrive and begin to find the appropriate assistance.

    During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the District transformed its library services to expand access beyond the traditional use of libraries. PPLD launched a number of virtual programs and began offering curbside services. When the pandemic first began and there was concern over a shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE), the District became involved with a group called Make4COVID, whose wide network of members worked together to 3D print PPE. As part of the effort, PPLD distributed several of its larger 3D printers to makers in the community who were then able to make face shield parts in the safety of their own homes. The District staff also used sewing machines and smaller 3D printers to assist in this vital work.

    For nearly 60 years, Pikes Peak Library District has welcomed all members of their local community to enrich their minds, make connections, and reach their full potential. Through innovative initiatives and programming, resourcefulness, and responsiveness to the needs of their patrons, the District is truly living its mission to provide library resources and services that impact lives and build community across El Paso County.

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    All You Need Is Your Library

    At Pikes Peak Library District, you can do anything you set your mind to. We, of course, offer books at each of our libraries. But did you know you can also get help with at-home education, do virtual yoga, learn a new language, discover your family tree, stream music, watch movies, and more? PPLD offers so many exciting things, it’s hard to capture them all! Learn more about what all you can access with your library card below.

    Thanks to the public’s investment and taxpayer support, Pikes Peak Library District can provide Library resources and services to all cardholders for free. You can learn more about PPLD's budget and expenditures here.

    My Library: Kids Edition!


    Getting your Library Card

    Click here to learn more.


    My Account

    From managing your holds, interlibrary loans, set notification preferences, and more! Click here to learn more.


    Download the App


    The Catalog

    Find books, eBooks, audiobooks, music, movies, video games, board games, and more! Click here for instructions on using the catalog.


    eLearning

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


    eBooks


    Audiobooks


    Movies & TV Shows


    Music


    Programs

    Click here to see our full calendar of events


    Magazines & Newspapers


    Languages

    Mango Languages


    Genealogy Research


    Homework & Homeschool Help


    Personal & Professional Development


    Databases

    Research Guides

    And More...

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    Storytime@Home: Digital Storytime Materials

    Missing Storytime at your favorite Library? Our Family and Children's Services librarians are creating Storytime at Home materials for you and you family to enjoy. Every themed Storytime includes top literary picks with easy links to our online Catalog, music, crafting, and literacy tips. Click the photos or the link for more information about each activity.

    Get yours by following @PPLDKids on Facebook or get them straight to your email! Subscribe here!


    All Storytimes:

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    Maker in Residence: Sustainable Art with Cara McKinley

    2020 is certainly a year that we will forever remember. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us all to flex and develop our 21st Century Skills (communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity) in order to reinvent our way of life and stay connected to our community. Faced with these challenges, local artist Cara McKinley has worked with PPLD’s Creative Services staff to completely reinvent and rebuild the annual Maker in Residence Program (MIR), adapting it to meet social-distancing needs.

    Explore Fall Maker in Residence Create Together: Community Build to learn about the collaborative art project!


    Classes

    In place of in-person classes, Cara has created skill-based project videos that introduce the viewer to traditional clay ceramic and assemblage skills using non-traditional, sustainable materials readily available at home. We encourage you to follow along with the projects using your own materials, so we’ve provided a suggested supply list with each video so that you can participate at your own convenience.

    Recognizing the value of direct interaction, we also scheduled several MIR Live Chats to provide community members with an opportunity to chat with Cara and ask her questions about the videos and her art style, connect with other community members, and show off their finished pieces.

    • Clay Dig
      • Clay Dig part one: A quick tutorial on how to find and dig clay, overviewing what properties or characteristics to look for when digging, with conscientious and ethical dig considerations included.
      • Clay Dig part two: Using the locally-sourced clay from part one, learn to create a small pinched object, and get a sneak peek into the Community Build projects that you'll find at PPLD Libraries across the Pikes Peak region!
        • Supplies: backyard clay (or air dry clay), plastic knife, plastic fork, pencil or pen
        • Optional: water cup, paint brush, inspiration foliage (leaves and flowers to press into the clay), pigment (tempera, acrylic, latex, glitter, etc.)
    • Sand Sculpture
      • Sand Sculptures part one: Using a tinfoil sculpted form as the base, this sandsculpting method of faux concrete sculpture incorporates glue, dirt, and pigment found in the home to coat the tinfoil form. See what other objects and materials can be added to create visual interest.
        • Supplies: Elmer's Glue (all purpose), dirt/sand from your yard (play sand works too), tinfoil, mixing cup, parchment paper
        • Optional: paint (latex, acrylic, or spray)
      • Sand Sculptures part two: For the sandcasting technique, use sand, glue, plastic, and different types of color such as food coloring or acrylic paint to create a one-part mold casting. Make and pour your own mixture into your favorite shapes in a form made from sand! Create one, two, or ten... you're the artist!
        • Supplies: Elmer's Glue (all purpose), dirt/sand from your yard (play sand works too), shallow container (or box lid), recycled plastic, parchment paper, fibrous string (yarn, rope, fabric strips), old brush or mixing stick, mixing cup, food coloring or pigment (watercolor paint, tempera), permanent marker
        • Optional: glitter, rhinestones, sequins, other found additions, tinfoil
    • Plastic Reboot
      • Plastic Reboot: Using simple and complex building methods, along with previous techniques (introduced in Clay Dig & Sand Sculptures), learn to reshape plastic using scissors, a nail file, and connection styles (maybe even some packaging tape). The everyday bottle is transformed into a treasure that catches light using rethought objects from your surroundings.
        • Supplies: plastic (found or collected), scissors, permanent marker
        • Optional: packaging tape (clear), nail file, pliers, drill XACTO, glue pigment mixture (or nail polish), wire, glitter, rhinestones, sequins, tinfoil, additional found objects
    • Maker Challenges

      Maker in Residence Cara McKinley wants you to pick a challenge from this video to complete in just an hour! Watch the video for inspiration prompts such as...
      • Make a tree ornament that you would want to live in if you were a bird
      • Make an instrument as tall and as wide as your body out of household objects and materials

      Watch the video to find more creative challenges!

    • Assembled Objects
      Here’s your chance to get a brief look at Cara McKinley’s studio while she explains why she enjoys working with natural and recycled materials and explains the importance of assembling objects to make art.

    The Maker

    Meet the Maker video

    Cara McKinleyA transplanted surfer from South Florida, Cara has always been enthralled in looking at the natural world. After completing her Post Baccalaureate Studies at Indiana University Bloomington and Master of Fine Arts in Ceramics at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Cara moved to the rocky terrain of Colorado to recreate her observations in clay and multimedia. Using video, sculpture, installation and assemblage allows her the opportunity to indulge in the essence of an object and her world to create a shared reality. She makes in variable spaces in a continuous process of play using traditional and non-traditional media. Household objects, found items and natural materials such as sticks, sand, clay, tinfoil, metal, and glass express a way to enjoy and pay homage to nature.

    Learn more at caramckinleyart.com.

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    eLearning with PPLD

    The 2020 school year will look different for all of us, regardless what learning method your family has chosen for your students. Pikes Peak Library District has tools and resources to support you in your education journey this year!

    First stop: get your card.

    • Either stop by a PPLD facility to sign up, or print out an application ahead of time to bring with you (located here).
    • OR

    • Apply for a card online!
        • You must live within the PPLD service area
        • You will need proof of your current address and a photo ID
        • If you're 15-years-old or younger, you must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.



    Learn more about the Library's response to Covid-19.


    Brainfuse

    Live Homework Help

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


    Testing & Education Reference Center

    Study Guides and Practice Tests

    This database provides study guides and timed practice exams for all major college entrance exams and standardized tests, plus college planning, scholarship search, and career exploration tools.


    Databases

    These platforms provide high-quality educational content and are fun to explore! Access is free with a valid library card and pin number.
    Databases include:

    • Academic Search Premiere: Contains full text for more than 2,000 journals, including more than 1,550 peer-reviewed titles. This multi-disciplinary database covers virtually every area of academic study.
    • Consumer Health Complete:A comprehensive full-text resource for consumer-oriented health content covering all areas of health and wellness from mainstream medicine to the many perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated medicine.
    • CultureGrams: Includes over 200 reports on countries and cultures and state reports outlining the diversity and history of each U.S. state and the District of Columbia. Designed for upper elementary-aged children
    • Gale Virtual Reference Library: Searches our entire collection of Gale eBooks on a variety of subjects, including history, science, government, and more.
    • Learn on Demand: Interactive online training for Microsoft Office software. Includes Access, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Windows and Word. New users will need to create an account.
    • Lynda.com: Lynda .com offers online video tutorials to help you learn software, creative, and business skills.
    • Opposing Viewpoints in Context: Explore current events and controversial issues by researching multiple sides of a topic. This database aids students in writing argumentative essays and developing analytical thinking skills.
    • Science Reference Center: Provides easy access to a multitude of full-text, science-oriented content. Designed to meet every student researcher's needs, Science Reference Center contains full text for 732+ science encyclopedias and reference books, 195 periodicals, 519 science videos and other sources.

    Online Resource Guides

    Librarian-Approved Info on Tons of Topics!

    Your source for research assistance, subject guides, and library resources.


    Mango Languages

    Ready to expand your horizons by learning a new language? Mango Languages features 70 language options, including 21 options for those learning English as a second language. Explore languages from Irish to Punjabi in the comfort of your own home, or download the app to learn on the go! Students can go at their own pace. The courses have been created by expert linguists and native-speaking instructors to ensure that the content is grammatically and conversationally correct, as well as culturally relevant.


    Workforce Readiness Training

    Get ready to get a job or go to college! Work your way through modules focused on professionalism, communication, social skills, and goal setting to prepare yourself for the next big step in your life. Folks below age 15 should focus on the “basic” training while older youth might find the “intermediate” training more appropriate. Complete the training and pass an assessment to earn 10 hours of volunteer credit!




    The Homeschool Hub

    The PPLD Homeschool Hub has a wealth of resources and tools to support your learning at home efforts. You can also sign up for their newsletter here. Click on “Resources” to find information on getting started; Colorado homeschool law, online courses, concurrent enrollment, and enrichment programs; tutoring; extracurricular activities; support organizations; and more.


    Featured Homeschool Resources

    Whether you are homeschooling full- or part-time, or simply looking for ways to enrich your child’s education, the online resources featured in this issue provide a variety of elucidating and engaging possibilities.

    • Learning Heroes
      This site provides parents with a picture of their child’s learning needs along with tools to bolster their academic, social, and emotional development. A “Readiness Check” with short questions about reading or math for grades K - 8 will show you where your student stands. You’ll also find learning aids by subject and grade level, ways to identify a child’s character strengths and areas for development, an idea-packed “Anti-Racism Resources Directory,” and more. It’s also accessible in Spanish!
    • GreatSchools
      This resource helps with developing “Emotional Smarts,” learning issues, building character, college prep, and more. A “What Your Child Should Have Learned” section outlines key academic and social benchmarks typical for grades K - 8 along with specific subject check-ins aligned with Common Core State Standards. Short “Milestones” videos clarify grade level expectations by demonstrating what success looks like in reading, writing, and math in grades K - 12. Parents can also access learning activities, vocab words, worksheets, and more by grade level. It’s also accessible in Spanish!
    • Khan Academy
      This site provides free standards-aligned video tutorials and interactive exercises in math, science, and the humanities from kindergarten through the early years of college. The self-paced lessons are organized to build knowledge one concept at a time. Create a free account to track a student’s progress, chart subject mastery, and support their learning needs. Use Khan Academy to tackle new coursework, fill in gaps for subjects already learned, homework help, or as a fun activity. It’s accessible in numerous languages!
    • Understood
      Understood is aimed at supporting kids with learning and thinking differences, like dyslexia and ADHD, by offering customized, accessible resources and a compassionate community. The “For Families” section organizes articles and resources into general topics: understanding and navigating learning and thinking differences; school and learning issues; socio-emotional development; community, including blogs and discussion groups; and “Through Your Child’s Eyes,” interactive simulations to help parents better understand their child’s world. It’s also accessible in Spanish!
    • Wide Open School
      This site offers engaging, high-quality online learning experiences for kids pre-K - 12. Parents can access the content by subject, or plan a full school day by grade level. Other sections are dedicated to virtual field trips, art and music, physical activity, emotional well-being, English-language learners, learning differences, and more.


    For Fun AND Learning!

    eLibrary: More than Books!

    This is the place to go for thousands of free digital materials. First, you'll need to create an account using your library card number and pin. Some services in the eLibrary include OverDrive (eBooks, eAudios, eVideos), Hoopla ( eMusic, eVideos, eComics, eBooks, eAudios), AudioBookCloud (eAudios), Freading (eBooks), Freegal (eMusic), Kanopy (eVideos), and more.


    PPLD Kids

    You can find plenty of PPLD resources here! Explore:

    • Homework (search by subject to find databases, recommended websites, and more),
    • Read (access booklists by grade level, genre, online resources, and more),
    • Create (hands-on activities and websites),
    • or Parents & Educators (curated information source for adults).

    PPLD Teens

    Get homework help, book recommendations, virtual programs, research resources, and more!


    TumbleBooks

    eBooks for Kids!

    This curated database of children’s eBooks offers over 1000 titles for kids in grades K - 6. Included are animated talking picture books, read-along chapter books, National Geographic videos, non-fiction books, literacy puzzles and games, books in Spanish and French, and graphic novels (a fan favorite!). Younger kids will enjoy listening to the stories while perusing the illustrations, while older or more accomplished readers can choose from the collection of read-along books featuring narration, sentence highlighting, and automatic page-turning. Each book is accompanied by a reading level, Lexile level, and grade information, plus an optional quiz. There are no limited check-out times or wait lists, so every item is always available to everyone.

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    All Pikes Peak Makes

    Explore the world of making this October with All Pikes Peak Makes! Due to COVID-19, this event is going virtual for 2020!

    A maker is someone who creates - to be innovative, to solve problems, to bring something beautiful into the world, or simply to have fun. They have an idea and they bring it to life. Making can encompass just about anything, from high tech to low tech to no tech, from art to fabrication to artistic fabrication, from needles to table saws to software.

    Celebrate making with us!

    These events are in partnership with Cool Science.

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    Pikes Peak Library District Foundation Named in $2 Million Dollar Bequest

    Pikes Peak Library District Foundation is honored to receive $150,000 from the estate of Milt and Darlene Johnson.

    As we have come to learn, Milt was what we at PPLD would refer to as a “power user.” While serving as the pharmacist at Broadmoor Drug at The Broadmoor Hotel, Milt often worked the 4-11 p.m. shift. With Dar teaching during the day, Milt became a mainstay at our Penrose Library where he spent countless hours educating himself on investments and investment strategies, pouring over resources such as The Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, and Barron’s.

    After he retired, Milt continued to visit the library almost daily and used the knowledge he gained at the library to build and grow his and Darlene’s investment portfolio. In fact, Milt became such a subject matter expert that many of the investment advisors he and Darlene used often called Milt for advice. We are grateful to be a recipient of their generosity, which based on this story, is due in part to the time Milt spent at Penrose Library. PPLD’s mission is to provide resources and opportunities that impact individual lives and build community, and we cannot think of a more compelling story that demonstrates the impact of patrons connecting with library resources and in this case quite literally building our community.

    PPLD and the PPLD Foundation are truly grateful to Darlene and Milt for including the library as part of the imprint these gifts will forever leave on our region, and we are deeply touched by Darlene’s gesture to make the gift to PPLD in Milt’s memory. The PPLD Foundation was created in 2003 to raise philanthropic funds and build an endowment to support our 15 libraries and the more than 650,000 people we serve. PPLD ranks 10th out of Colorado’s 13 largest library systems in funding per person, and the PPLD Foundation was created to accept meaningful, generous gifts like Darlene’s. It is donations large and small that helps PPLD close our funding gap and continue providing resources and opportunities that impact individual lives and build community. We are truly sorry to have lost Darlene and Milt, but these gifts will ensure their legacy is forever remembered.

    Read more about the Johnsons and their estate in The Gazette's coverage here.

    Photo credit: Joe Hollmann and the City of Colorado Springs


    For more information on how you can include PPLD in your estate planning and create your own lasting legacy, contact Lance James at (719) 531-6333, x6890, or email foundation@ppld.org.

    Learn more about the work of the PPLD Foundation.

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    Stroll-a-Story

    Walk together and enjoy the benefits of a wonderful children’s book and some physical activity.

    There’s a fun story at many of our Library locations, waiting for you to read it.

    Titles are subject to change, so please contact your Library before visiting.

    Tag us on Facebook @PPLDKids and let us know what you think!

    Are you ready? Let’s go!


    Downtown Strolls

    North Route:
    I Like Myself! by Karen Beaumont, illustrated by David Catrow

    South Route:
    Cheer: A Book to Celebrate Community by Uncle Ian Aurora, illustrated by Natalia Moore

    Bread & Butter Neighborhood Market
    I Could Be, You Could Be by Karen Owen and Barroux


    Silly Stroll

    Be on the lookout for our Silly Stroll at a Library near you in the Library windows or on the lawn! Enjoy time outside with the family doing silly activities, making noise and wiggling around. Maybe you can think of some new silly things to do!

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    Streaming History Series

    In commemoration of Colorado History, join Regional History and Genealogy staff members as we view selected Rocky Mountain PBS Colorado Experience documentaries. Watch award-winning documentaries and chat about our state's unique history. Participants will learn about our state and community from the comfort of your home.

    Register for one intriguing topic or the whole series. Click here to register for the whole series.

    Registration is required.


    Topics

    Glen Eyrie Castle

    • Mon., Aug. 10 at 6:30 p.m.
    • Click here to register.

    Enter the fascinating history of Colorado Springs’ founding estate. How did a refined English Tudor-style castle come to exist in the vast, unsettled West? Created by railroad tycoon and Civil War General William Jackson Palmer, Glen Eyrie Castle is adjacent to Garden of the Gods and the iconic views of Pikes Peak. Brand new archeological findings reveal intriguing details of castle life!


    Ladies of the Mine

    High altitude, groceries delivered by mule train, pack rats and spoiled Thanksgiving turkeys are just a few of the challenges faced by ladies living in Colorado's remote mining towns at the end of the 19th Century. Learn the stories of three inspirational women who held their own while surrounded by a harsh landscape and un-lady-like company.


    Suffrage

    On November 7, 1893, Colorado became the first state in the nation to grant women’s suffrage by a single issue popular vote, and the following year the first three female state legislators were elected. Meet the dedicated Colorado women that led this charge. Today, Colorado has the highest percentage of women in the state legislature.


    KKK

    From the Grand Dragon to known KKK appointees in the police, mayor and governor offices, Colorado once had the 2nd largest Ku Klux Klan membership in the United States. Discover the sordid history of the KKK in Colorado and the impact they had on Catholics, Jews and African Americans in early 1920s, and the courageous individuals who fought against their establishment.


    Cheers to Beers!

    The history of Colorado may best be seen through the bottom of a beer mug. From quenching the thirst of Gold Rush miners in the 1800's to modern craft brews pouring $3 billion into Colorado’s economy, beer has either borne witness to or helped create some of the most interesting chapters in the state’s history. Meet the pioneers of this now booming industry. Cheers!

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    We hope you enjoy the 23rd edition of Stone Soup, published by the Adult Education Department of Pikes Peak Library District.

    These stories are written by adult participants and volunteers. They are offered as submitted.

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