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Looking for new curriculum and/or educational materials? Have curriculum you don’t need? Homeschoolers can bring curriculum, educational materials, books, and more to give away to other homeschoolers at this once-a-year event. No selling. All sharing. Everything is free! You do not have to bring an item to participate.

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Have an adventure with your Library during the 50th anniversary of our 2024 Summer Adventure presented by Children's Hospital Colorado! This year, anyone of any age can participate and win prizes through reading, creating, and exploring. You can read, participate in one of our programs, or use one of our activity ideas!
 

May 31 – July 31, 2024 

Click here  or  download the app to get signed up

 

Activities and Programs for KIDS and TWEENS!(Ages 0 - 12)     
Activities and Programs for TEENS!(Ages 12 - 18)
Programs for ADULTS! 

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The adventure runs from May 31 - July 31. You can sign up for and start the program on  
Fri., May 31 on the Beanstack app or at ppld.beanstack.org. 


Check out our FAQ Page

Click here for group registration information. Group registration is NOT recommended for families. A group must be five or more participants. Have more questions about Beanstack? Email beanstackhelp@ppld.org.


Be in the know: Sign up! 

Receive a reminder email at the start of Summer Adventure and throughout June and July for summer programs, activities, and more. You can unsubscribe at any time. 


Event Calendars


Game Cards

You can track your progress on the Beanstack app, pick up a game card at any Library location, or click here to download and print a physical game card from home! 


How to play

  • Register on Beanstack at  ppld.beanstack.org, on the app, or in person at your favorite Library location!
  • Complete 30 days of activities (either Read, Explore, or Create) from Fri., May 31 – Wed., July 31.
  • Track your progress on the game card tracker or by logging a day in Beanstack for each day you complete an activity. 
  • Complete the program after 30 days of activities and challenge yourself to complete the bonus round! Keep reading to earn additional entries into the grand prize drawing. Receive one extra entry (up to four) for each additional five days of activities you complete. See below for a list of grand prizes! 

If you need assistance, call (719) 531-6333 or visit ppld.org/ask 


Prizes

Participants receive an age-appropriate prize upon registration and another after completing 30 days of Read, Explore, and/or Create activities. Prizes are available until Wed., July 31 or while supplies last. Earn up to four additional entries into the grand prize drawings by completing bonus rounds of five extra days of activities each.

Registration Prize: 

  • Ages 0 - 11: A choice of book
  • Ages 12 - 18: A choice of book or journal
  • Ages 19+: An entry into the grand prize drawing

Completion Prize: 

  • Ages 0 - 3: A bath toy & entry into the grand prize drawing
  • Ages 4 - 11: A reading award medal and entry into the grand prize drawing
  • Ages 12 - 18: A choice of book or journal and entry into the grand prize drawing
  • Ages 19+: An entry into the grand prize drawing

See some of the teen prize books here!

You can pick up your prizes at your favorite Library location. Prize options may vary as supplies last. Open hours and specific services may vary by Library location, so please check in advance.

Grand Prize Drawing

Thanks to our generous sponsors, we have some exciting grand prizes that will be awarded to our lucky winners this year! 

  • Enjoy a private movie theater screening party for up to 30 people at Roadhouse Cinemas, complete with free drinks and popcorn.
  • Four premium seats to see the Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC along with a cool goodie bag of Switchbacks gear!

In addition to the private movie screening and Switchbacks tickets, we have lots of excellent prizes you could win, including: 

  • One-year family membership for the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum
  • $50 SCHEELS gift card
  • Win a 10-pack of free skate passes to Skate City
  • Family four-pack tickets to Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain (peak season passes)
  • Pass for laser tag/arcade games at Main Event
  • One-hour of bowling, plus shoes at Main Event
  • One-year membership for the Fine Arts Center at Colorado College
  • Date night movie pass for two, popcorn, and $10 to spend in the arcade at Roadhouse Cinemas
  • Light Victorian Tea for two guests at Miramont Castle
  • Tour for four guests at Miramont Castle
  • Chuckwagon Supper and Original Western Stage Show for four guests at Flying W Ranch
  • A cool waterproof outdoor adventure backpack with swag from Pikes Peak Regional Attractions
  • Family four-pack tickets to ProRodeo Hall of Fame and Museum

Thanks to our generous prize sponsors 

Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College Pikes Peak America's MountainRoadHouse Cinemas Logo
Main Event LogoSkate City LogoScheels Colorado Springs LogoUnited States Olympic & Paralympic Museum Logo Switchbacks Logo
Pikes Peak Regional Attractions 

Survey

Finished with the program? Please take our survey and answer a few questions to make next year’s program even better!  

Child/Teen Survey
Caretaker Survey


More Fun: Zoom Backgrounds

Enliven your Zoom or other virtual conversations with Summer Adventure digital backgrounds: Download below!  

 

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Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD) recognizes the LGBTQIA+ community with Pride Month in June. Join us in celebrating individuality, diversity, and inclusion throughout the Pikes Peak region with the resources on this page. Explore booklists, LGBTQIA+ history, websites, and more.


Booklists


PPLD Resource

  • History Subject Guide
    Explore LGBTQIA+ history in a variety of databases available through the Library, such as this information from the Explora for Public Libraries database (must have a library card that starts with a 4 to access databases remotely):

    “LGBTQ+ Pride Month is a time for members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (or questioning) community to embrace their identities and celebrate the pride they feel in being themselves. June was chosen as the month to recognize and honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising, which was also known as the Stonewall Riots. The event is often considered to be the beginning of the modern LGBTQ+ movement. Although June is filled with parades and joyous events, the month is seen by some to be a remembrance of the riots and a continual protest for equality. The first Pride march, originally called the Christopher Street Liberation Day March, was held on June 28, 1970, the first anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising. On June 11, 1999, President Bill Clinton issued Proclamation 7203, declaring June as Gay and Lesbian Pride Month. A decade later, President Barack Obama issued Proclamation 8387, naming June as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Month. In 2022, President Joe Biden recognized June as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex Pride Month, further broadening the scope of the communities recognized that month.”

    Source: Churcher, K., PhD. (2023). LGBTQ+ Pride Month. Salem Press Encyclopedia. 

 

  • Tough Topics Subject Guide    
    This guide offers local services and resources that teens will find useful covering a variety of topics that may impact their lives, from mental health and community resources to sexuality and dating.
     
  • Gale eBooks: Global Encyclopedia of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) History (must have a library card that starts with a 4 to access remotely)
    This encyclopedia covers LGBTQIA+ topics in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Middle East, as well as North America, and takes an interdisciplinary approach to the subject, using film, literature, human rights, politics, landmark legislation, activism, the arts, language, sports, and historical events as points of entry into the content.
     
  • Gale eBooks: Transgender Life (must have a library card that starts with a 4 to access databases remotely)
    This encyclopedia covers LGBTQIA+ topics in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Middle East, as well as North America, and takes an interdisciplinary approach to the subject, using film, literature, human rights, politics, landmark legislation, activism, the arts, language, sports, and historical events as points of entry into the content.  
     
  • Gale eBooks: Transgender Life (must have a library card that starts with a 4 to access databases remotely)
    This resource provides students with an understanding of the transgender experience, starting with evidence and treatment of transgender people throughout history, challenges related to coming out as transgender, dealing with gender dysphoria, questions related to transitioning, and a discussion of rights and legal issues, with a variety of perspectives represented. 
     
  • Gale In Context: Biography (must have a library card that starts with a 4 to access remotely)
    Explore biographies of contemporary and historical figures. LGBTQIA+ people of interest will be highlighted at the top of the page in June. 
     
  • Helping Hands Subject Guide
    Discover local resources for a wide range of needs, including resources for transportation, shelter and housing, medical, legal advice, and other topics. 

Website Links

  • Inside Out Youth Services

    Inside Out Youth Services is a Colorado Springs local organization that builds access, equity, and power with LGBTQIA+ young people through leadership, advocacy, community-building, education, and peer support. Their website provides resources and information that may be useful for individuals and families.

  • United Court of the Pikes Peak Empire

    The United Court of the Pikes Peak Empire conducts charitable and public service projects and events to benefit charities and provides social and charitable activities for the benefit of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community.

  • Pikes Peak Pride 2024

    Pikes Peak Pride 2024 is a community event expected to gather thousands of visitors together from across the state and Pikes Peak region into downtown Colorado Springs.