Come on a treasure hunt for your next favorite book. Insanely low-priced, gently used books and media. Everything $2 or less! Proceeds "stack up" for Friends of the PPLD to support the Pikes Peak Library District.
East Library in the Community Room
Fri., October 7, from 4 to 7 p.m.
Memberships Available at the Door, 20% additional discount on purchases
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
- Sat., October 8, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Sun., October 9, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Sunday only! $5 Bag Day. Bags provided by the Friends.
This October, arts and culture takes center stage across the Pikes Peak region as our community celebrates Arts Month! And you’re encouraged to have one new cultural experience with family or friends sometime this month.
Art is for everyone, and we’re offering opportunities for people of all ages and skill levels! To kick off the month, we will be offering Take and Make kits at participating Library locations that you can pick up and enjoy doing at home (while supplies last).
There are also several Library programs happening throughout October like workshops and open paint nights. Come celebrate Arts Month with us this October.
Here are a few options:
Bad Art Night – For Adults
Multiple dates starting Wed., Oct. 5
All of the fun of making art with none of the pressure! Join us to create the most ridiculous pieces of art you can think of - from painting to collage to sculpture - while enjoying snacks and refreshments. At the end of the night, there will be awards for the most over-the-top bad artwork! All supplies will be provided. Come celebrate Arts Month with us in a judgment-free and glitter-heavy zone!
Mini Pumpkin Decorating – For Tweens
Multiple dates starting Thu., Oct. 6
Transform a mini pumpkin into a one-of-a-kind masterpiece! We will have everything you need to decorate a pumpkin for fall. For ages 9 - 12. Registration required.
Pikes Peak Live! is an all-day event that consists of performing art workshops that will conclude with a talent show by the participants for the public. The day will start with a series of workshops where participants can choose to attend either poetry, music, or comedy workshops. Participants then will come together to present their works (panel style) where they’ll learn some tips and tricks on performing on stage. The day will conclude with a talent showcase where participants can take part and test the water by performing in front of an audience. The showcase is open to public viewing.
View all Library programs and activities during Arts Month.
To find out what else is happening around the region, check out the calendar of events at ArtsOctober.com.
We partner with the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region throughout the year to encourage residents of El Paso County to engage with their community through arts, culture, and other programs and experiences. PPLD is a proud partner of #ArtsOctober and PeakRadar.com.
An inside look at the 2022 All Pikes Peak Reads' Adult Selection
- Interview by Heidi Buljung and Anthony Carlson
The adult selection for this year’s All Pikes Peak Reads program is The Library Book written by acclaimed author, Susan Orlean. PPLD Senior Librarian Heidi Buljung recently had the opportunity to chat with Susan about her latest book, the value of libraries to communities, how it felt to be portrayed by Meryl Streep in a movie, and what Susan learned about libraries while writing The Library Book.
Heidi: The Library Book has been chosen as Pikes Peak Library District's All Pikes Peak Reads' adult selection this year. Every year, the program has a theme, and this year’s theme is “reinvention.” In what ways do you think libraries are places of invention and reinvention for people and patrons who visit them?
Susan: I think I can answer the question in two ways. To begin with, libraries have always adapted to the moment. For many centuries, they were primarily repositories of books. They were really in the vanguard of seeing other forms of media as being appropriate for being in their collections. So, the library of today is different from the library of 20 years ago, and that was different from the library 20 years before that. It's been a constant and ongoing process of reinvention. I think libraries have been remarkable in that regard. They have really never seen themselves as museums of books, but rather, these living, breathing information centers, and whatever form information comes in, libraries have embraced it. I think that's why they've remained vital.
I think another way of looking at this, though, is that libraries are also tools of reinvention. And in their earliest iteration, one of the main missions of a library was to educate people, and to give them the tools to reinvent themselves. In a sense, they were sort of an open university, and that has really remained a constant. We see this now with libraries offering GED programs and citizenship courses. There are all these different ways that a library makes itself available for an individual to say, ‘I want to learn about something new,’ or ‘I want to expose myself to a new set of information.’ You know, libraries, at their core, have always been about that transformational property.
Heidi: On a little personal note, I'm a librarian because my mom took me to the library when I was a kid. Getting to the book, you talked about going on those trips with your mom to the library; those memories were stirred for you when you took your son to visit the Studio City Library. Can you share a little bit about why those childhood visits to the library were so important, and how they helped to shape who you are today?
Susan: There is a way that they figured in my memory and my emotions as a kid that just defies explanation. There was something magical about going to the library. Even as a little kid, I had the kind of freedom to pick what I wanted and make my own choices. The actual act of going with my mom just felt full of mystery. I can't explain it other than to say that books have some magic and libraries have some transformational quality that, even as a kid, you sense. It made me an avid reader. And there's no doubt in my mind that being an avid reader led to me being a writer. I have no doubt that that's where the seeds were sown.
I think going to the library and seeing this incredible array of books is quite different from going to a bookstore or going on Amazon and ordering the book you want. And, you know, browsing a library has different qualities. I think it's even different from browsing a bookstore, because you've got old books, you have books that have long since been out of print, and you have obscure oddball books that might not appear in a bookstore. In a library you really dive in and see the extraordinary range of curiosity. I think that really inspired me. That changed the way I looked at the world and made me appreciative of the range of stories and interests that a library presents.
Heidi: The Library Book has been described as a love letter to libraries. How does that make you feel to hear that?
Susan: It's absolutely wonderful! When I wrote the book, I had begun with the idea that I wanted to write something about libraries. I just felt like they're such interesting institutions and they've endured. Do you know why? When you think about how much society has changed since the first library was founded, it's so interesting that we still make libraries, and we still care so deeply about them. I just instantly thought, well, this is a subject that I'm really curious about.
Then the story of the fire, which was a very dramatic story really interested me. I didn't go into it thinking “I'm going to write a tribute and a love letter.” Yet, of course, the whole reason I did the book is because I love libraries. So, it almost came as a wonderful surprise to me to in retrospect to say “Oh, of course. Of course, it's a love letter!” These are remarkable things that we humans have created and preserved, and the way they function is truly good in this world. But I have to say, not to sound too cynical, there's something really amazing about thinking of a place, particularly a public institution, that you feel like it's just good. It's full of goodness. And that made me really happy.
Heidi: I want to ask about the cynical expression that you have when someone has died, his or her library has burned. And you explain a little bit of that in the book. Can you just explain that, again, for purposes of this interview, why that quote, that expression is so poignant?
Susan: Well, it operates on many levels. On one level, it suggests that we each contain in our minds and hearts, a sort of library of a lifetime of stories, experiences, images, memories that our minds have sort of organized, like libraries. Everything we know, all the knowledge we have, as well as all of the memories and more personal information we have, disappears when we die. But the poignancy also is that libraries themselves exist almost like a communal soul. Everything that a culture knows, values, thinks, and cares about is contained in a library. And, if an actual physical library burns, you've lost this entire sense of a culture.
Heidi: Awesome. And we have one final question. So, Jeremiah, who's in internal communications with the Library District, is a big fan of [the movie] Adaptation. He wanted us to ask you specifically how it felt to have Meryl Streep play you in a movie?
Susan: Well, it's wonderful. I mean, if you're going to have the weird experience of being portrayed in a movie, which is, in itself, a very bizarre life experience… If you're going to have somebody do it, Meryl Streep would be the person you'd want. And you know, it doesn't make it any less weird, but it made me feel that I was having brain surgery by a highly trained surgeon, as opposed to being hit by a truck. And I love the movie. So, you know, my feelings about it are very positive.
Heidi: This was so much fun! I know PPLD is really excited to feature your book as part of All Pikes Peak Reads this year. Thank you so much for the time today, and we really appreciate the opportunity to connect and talk about your book.
This article originally appeared in the Fall 2022 edition of District Discovery.
Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8 joins Colorado Springs School District 11, Harrison School District 2, Academy School District 20, Calhan School District, and District 49 as the sixth and latest school district to join Pikes Peak Library District’s (PPLD) PowerPass program since its initial launch in the fall of 2019.
PowerPass is a digital library card just for students with the goal of providing access to PPLD’s digital resources, like databases, eBooks, and song and movie downloads to students as a supplement to existing school district resources.
Learn more at ppld.org/PowerPass.
Origami has been around for over 1000 years. Let’s look at origami under a different light. The art of paper folding was once considered a child’s activity, but now it attracts mathematicians, designers, engineers and artists all over the world. It only requires paper, but the possibilities are endless. In this workshop participants will learn to fold oversized and standard-size modular origami then use the pieces to build a large-scale community installation to be displayed at the PPLD libraries.
El origami ha existido por mas de mil años. En este workshop me gustaría que el público a vea éste arte bajo una luz diferente. El arte del plegado de papel una vez fue considerado una actividad infantil, pero ahora atrae a matemáticos, diseñadores, ingenieros y artistas de todo el mundo. Solo requiere un pedazo de papel, pero las posibilidades son infinitas. En este taller los participantes aprenderán a plegar el origami modular de gran tamaño y luego utilizarán las piezas para construir una instalación de gran escala.
In this workshop, participants will learn how to fold large modular origami and then use the pieces to build a large-scale installation.
Registration is required; please click on link to sign up.
- Wed., Sept. 21 from 1 - 4 p.m. at Rockrimmon Library
- Sat., Sept. 24 from 2 - 5 p.m. at Sand Creek Library
- Thu., Sept. 29 from 4 - 7 p.m. at Sand Creek Library
- Sat., Oct. 1 from 1 - 4 p.m. at Old Colorado City Library
- Fri., Oct. 7 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Manitou Springs Library
- Tue., Oct. 11 from 4 - 7 p.m. at Library 21c
- Sat., Oct. 15 from 1 - 4 p.m. at Library 21c
- Mon., Oct. 17 from 1 - 4 p.m. at Rockrimmon Library
- Sat., Oct. 22 from 2 - 5 p.m. at Ruth Holley Library
- Sat., Nov. 5 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. at East Library
Join Gabrielle Oshiro as she constructs a large-scale modular origami piece to be displayed in Library 21c. Participants may help with a variety of tasks such as folding origami, connecting pieces together into modules, pasting decorative papers, and more. Come learn from one of our community’s incredible makers all while being a part of a large-scale art installation!
This is a drop-in event; registration is not required.
- Thu., Oct. 13 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Library 21c
- Fri., Oct. 21 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Library 21c
- Thu., Nov. 3 from 1 - 5 p.m. at Library 21c
- Mon., Nov. 7 from 1 - 6 p.m. at Library 21c
- Wed., Nov. 9 from 1 - 6 p.m. at Library 21c
- Fri., Nov. 11 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Library 21c
Gaby Oshiro was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and grew up in Treviso, Italy. Gaby got her love for visual arts and music from her parents. After fine arts school in Treviso, Italy, she started her own research through music, painting, and macrophotography and merging it all together in art installations in Italy, South America and the United States. She is always looking for that elusive hidden beauty that can’t be seen with the naked eye.
Call for Art
Celebrate Arts Month with Rockrimmon Library! The Library is hosting a month-long display of art created by our patrons.
Drop off your artwork during regular Library hours on Thu., Sept. 29 or Fri., Sept. 30 to participate in the art show. All entries must include a completed Exhibit Display Agreement form and be ready to hang.
Easels and art hangers will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
All ages are welcome to participate in this free event.
Rockrimmon Fifth Annual Community Art Show
Celebrate Arts Month - October - with Rockrimmon Library! Stop by our location to enjoy our month-long display of art created by our patrons. The art show may also be viewed via our website here.
Rockrimmon Fifth Annual Community Art Show Open House
Mon., Oct. 31 from 5 - 6 p.m.
Please join us to celebrate and appreciate the works of local artists from our Rockrimmon Library Fifth Annual Community Art Show. Light refreshments provided.
No registration required for this free program.
Celebrate fall with your neighbors at High Prairie Library's annual Harvest Festival. Join us for arts and crafts, food and music, children's activities, and more.
Sat., Sept. 24 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at High Prairie Library
10 a.m. Falcon High School Marching Band
10:30 a.m. Top Hogs
11:30 a.m. Children's and Teens Costume Contest (Meet in the Community Meeting Room at 11:15 a.m. Please reference rules.)
12:30 p.m. Cookie Baking Contest (Entries due by 11 a.m. Please reference rules.)
Noon - 2 p.m. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Meet and Greet
- Balloon twisting
- Cork necklace/keychain
- Leaf fairies
- Mountain View Electric Electricity Demonstration
- E.R.T. Ghostbusters
- Falcon Firefighters
- Stick pony course
- Paws to Read therapy dogs
- Outdoor art panel
- Bubbles and sensory bins
- Fall photo station
- ...and more
Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from Thu., Sept. 15 - Sat., Oct. 15, recognizing the contributions and influence of Hispanic Americans to the history, culture, and achievements of the United States. PPLD hosts several opportunities to learn and celebrate.
Hispanic Heritage Month for Children – Criss Cross Mangosauce
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month! Don’t be afraid, here comes the wolf! ~ No tengas miedo, aquí llegó el lobo! Enjoy bilingual songs and stories, practice colors, and do finger plays with Criss, Cross Mangosauce. For ages 1 – 5.
Hispanic Heritage Month Recipe Cards
Learn about favorite foods and make recipes from some of the cultures celebrated during Hispanic Heritage Month. Available at all locations starting Wed., Sept. 14.
- Freegal playlists
- Kanopy films
- Colorado Experience Justicia Y Libertad (27 min., NR) 1968 was a pivotal year in American history: the Vietnam War hit its peak, Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated and riots shook the Democratic National Convention in Chicago. At home in Colorado, it marked the birth of the Chicano Movement. These pivotal times brought political activist Corky Gonzalez to the forefront as an early pioneer of equal rights for Mexican Americans.
- Regional History and Genealogy
- Archival Collections
- Heidi Vazquez Guy Records (MSS 0408) The Heidi Vazquez Guy Records consist of two series: Biographical Files and VHS Tapes. Biographical information provided in each file includes: birthdate, parents names, names and number of children, education, careers, and Colorado memories. Most files also include a photograph. The VHS tapes contain oral history interviews of people in the Biographical Files conducted by Heidi Vazquez Guy.
- De Donde Eres oral histories Conducted between the years 2003 -2005, ¿De Donde Eres? was an oral history project organized by Pikes Peak Library District’s Special Collections in an effort to document and promote understanding of the region’s Hispanic community and their many contributions to Colorado Springs. The collection is comprised of 25 individual videotaped interviews which have been digitized to audio only format. A complete listing of the project interviews is available at the Special Collections reference desk and transcripts are available for a few of the oral histories.
- Young Adults:
- Families and Children:
- Enjoy some incredibly colorful costumes and dance from Ballet Folklórico México Danza to celebrate Hispanic Heritage month! The music is so energetic you might want to get up and dance with your family! Click here to view the video.
- PPLD Reading List
- Color in Colorado Children's Booklist
- PBS Children's Booklist
- Reference Books and Magazines
- Who's who among Hispanic Americans, by Gale Research Inc.
- Early Hispanic Colorado, 1678-1900, by Joseph P. Sánchez
- On the edge of purgatory: an archaeology of place in Hispanic Colorado, by Bonnie J. Clark
- Hispanics in the U.S. Civil War: a compiled list of men who fought for the Confederacy and the Union, compiled and edited by Ricardo J. Rodríguez
- Hispanic pioneers in Colorado and New Mexico, by Colorado Society of Hispanic Genealogy
- National Society of Hispanic Genealogy Newsletter, by NSHG
- Colorado Hispanic Genealogist, by Colorado Society of Hispanic Genealogy
- Colorado Hispanic Leadership Profiles: Who’s Who among Colorado’s Outstanding Leaders by Doug McNair
For more titles and information, visit Special Collections or search our catalog! Books are from the Carnegie Library - Special Collections. (Some titles are available for checkout from other library locations.)
- HispanicHeritageMonth.gov Hosted by the Library of Congress, this site has access to curated arts exhibits and collections, audio and video collections, and resources for Hispanic Heritage Month.
- National Archives – Hispanic Heritage Month
- National Today – Hispanic Heritage Month
- History.com Provides an overview of Hispanic Heritage Month.
The Story Project returns to Colorado Springs! PPLD, in partnership with The Smokebrush Foundation for the Arts, will begin presenting the Story Project at KCH on Nov. 18. The Story Project is true personal live storytelling without a script.
Do you have an unusual, riveting, or interesting story about America’s mountain (a.k.a. Pikes Peak, Sun Mountain, Tava)? If so, please consider applying to be featured in the relaunch of the Story Project!
Click here for more details and to apply. Applications will be accepted through Sept. 30.
Patriot Day (September 11) commemorates the lives of those who died in the 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States. This includes those who perished during the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, the hijacked Flight 93, as well as those who died while attempting to rescue others.
PPLD is providing free pocket Constitutions at every Library location in the District from Patriot Day (September 11) to Constitution Day (September 17), or until supplies last.
Patriot Day – Remember 9/11 (Playlist)
9/11 Memorial & Museum - The 9/11 Memorial & Museum is committed to providing relevant and engaging learning opportunities for students, teachers, families, and the general public.
Library of Congress - Resources for 9/11 from the Library of Congress
September 11 Digital Archive - The September 11 Digital Archive uses electronic media to collect, preserve, and present the history of September 11, 2001 and its aftermath. The Archive contains more than 150,000 digital items, a tally that includes more than 40,000 emails and other electronic communications, more than 40,000 first-hand stories, and more than 15,000 digital images. In September 2003, the Library of Congress accepted the Archive into its collections, an event that both ensured the Archive's long-term preservation and marked the library's first major digital acquisition.
Take and Makes for this project, for ages 5-12, will be available at area PPLD libraries, beginning Sept. 9, 2022.
Materials you provide:
Cup of Water
(See pdf link below for additional pictures of this project.)
1. Stack your coffee filters. Use the template to trace a leaf on the top one. (If you’d prefer, just draw your own leaf.) Cut the leaves out through all the coffee filters.
2. Use a washable marker to draw a thick circle in the center of each coffee filter leaf. Do not fill in the center of the circle or color the entire leaf.
3. Fold the leaf 3 times (in half, in half again, and in half again). You should have a point in the middle of your circle.
4. Carefully dip the point of the leaf in the cup of water and hold it there until the leaf is saturated. It may need a minute or so. You will probably want a new cup of water for each leaf.
5. Let the leaves dry on a surface that can get color on it. Once they are dry, carefully unfold them.
What better way is there to instill a sense of pride, responsibility, independence, and ownership in your child than getting them their first library card? September is Library Card Sign-up month and PPLD is encouraging adults to bring their little ones to a PPLD location to get their first library card and begin a relationship that will last a lifetime and bring them hours of adventure, fun, knowledge, and enjoyment.
From Sept. 1 - 30, PPLD will present each new children’s library cardholder with a button that reads “I got a library card!” and a gift card for a free child’s meal at Raising Cane’s!
Also, your child will be entered to win a family 4-pack of tickets to either Blue’s Clues (on Fri., Nov. 18) or Disney Junior Live! (Wed., Nov. 30) courtesy of Pikes Peak Center for the Performing Arts. (Only children 12 and younger are eligible. While supplies last. Some restrictions may apply)
The new card must be in the child’s name, so bring them into any location and get them signed up today!
If you prefer to apply for a card online, visit tinyurl.com/PPLDLibraryCardApp, then bring your child in to pick up their prizes.
Give your child a gift that lasts a lifetime… All they need is their Library!
This STEM project is a favorite from our quarantine days of virtual programming.
Large jar (24 oz. spaghetti sauce jar or a large mason jar)
Water - 2 1/2 cups water (or until it reaches 3/4 of the way up the jar)
Oil - 1/2 cup
Sprinkle in as much salt as necessary but you'd need about 1/4 cup total
Food coloring (optional)
Pour water 3/4 to the top of a mason jar. Stir in optional food coloring.
Pour oil into jar. Allow water and oil to separate.
Sprinkle salt into jar. Watch the reaction occur and make observations.
Watch this project at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v3qhs9SW-RA
Our APPR title for grades 4-6 is The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle by Leslie Connor.
Homeschoolers: Register your homeschool group, or children for a live Zoom visit with the author, October 20 at 10 a.m. or 1 p.m. at https://ppld.librarymarket.com/events/month/2022/10. We will send you the link a few days before the program. Registration begins August 15.
Schools: Please contact Barbara Andros to register at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are not able to make the live session, a recording of the program will be available for 30 days. Contact email@example.com for more information.
Book description: Mason Buttle is the biggest, sweatiest kid in his grade, and everyone knows he can barely read or write. Mason’s learning disabilities are compounded by grief. Fifteen months ago, Mason’s best friend, Benny Kilmartin, turned up dead in the Buttle family’s orchard.
An investigation drags on, and Mason, honest as the day is long, can’t understand why Lieutenant Baird won’t believe the story Mason has told about that day.
Both Mason and his new friend, tiny Calvin Chumsky, are relentlessly bullied by the other boys in their neighborhood, so they create an underground haven for themselves. When Calvin goes missing, Mason finds himself in trouble again. He’s desperate to figure out what happened to Calvin and, eventually, Benny.
But will anyone believe him?
Leslie Connor is the author of several award-winning books for children, including two ALA Schneider Family Book Award winners, Waiting for Normal and The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle, which was also selected as a National Book Award finalist. Her other books include All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook, Crunch, and The Things You Kiss Goodbye. She lives in the Connecticut woods with her family and three rescue dogs. You can visit her online at www.leslieconnor.com.
Sponsored by The Friends of the Pikes Peak Library District
A nationally known Latina opera singer will headline the 11th annual “Latina Voices” program, sponsored by Friends of the Pikes Peak Library District at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24 at Library 21C, 1175 Chapel Hills Drive.
Cecilia Violette López is the artistic advisor for Opera Idaho and has performed with the Minnesota Opera, Opera Colorado, Opera Tampa, Opera Idaho, Ash Lawn Opera, The Northern Lights Music Festival, Madison Opera, Pacific Symphony, and Virginia Opera, among others.
López has been named one of “Idaho’s Top 10 Most Influential Women of the Century” by USA Today and has been identified as one of opera’s “25 Rising Stars” by Opera News.
The daughter of Mexican migrant workers, she now is on the roster of the Metropolitan Opera in New York. She will tell her success story and perform selected works.
She will be accompanied on piano by Eric Osman, who performs with the Colorado Army National Guard band and teaches piano.
A second accompanist, Ana Santeliz, has played musical instruments since she was a child.
She has served in the Illinois National Guard Army Band and transitioned into the Army Band in 2014. In 2015, she moved to Colorado where she was stationed at Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora. In 2017, she discharged from the military and began studying Music Education at Colorado State University – Pueblo. She now works for the Community Partnership for Child Development as the Outreach Coordinator.
Another presenter will be Keeley Griego, a Colorado Springs native, now living in Pueblo. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Colorado with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Women’s and Ethnic Studies, a minor in anthropology, a certificate in Gender and Sexuality Studies, and a certificate in Global Studies.
Griego graduated from Leadership Pikes Peak’s Leadership Now! program for young professionals in 2018, served on the steering committee for Leadership Pikes Peak’s 2019 Women’s Community Leadership Initiative class, and was hired to manage both programs in 2020. Griego was selected as part of the Colorado Springs Business Journal’s Rising Stars Class of 2021 and is currently serving for a second year on the Women’s Foundation of Colorado’s first Women and Girls of Color Fund Advisory Council. She is now the Digital and Community Educator for Inside Out Youth Services.
The program’s emcee will be Amy Sanchez-Martinez. A graduate of Mitchell High School and UCCS, she became a teacher at Mitchell, where she taught world history, U.S. history, constitutional and criminal law, and student government. After earning her Masters of Science in Organization Leadership with graduate honors from Regis University, she also served as social studies department chair for six years before becoming a master teacher for the System for Teacher and Student Advancement. She also served as dean of students and taught a student leadership class at Mitchell while studying for her principal’s licensure. As assistant principal at Mitchell, she oversaw instruction and professional development. Amy is currently campus director at Sand Creek High School, serving staff, students, and her community.
The event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 9:30 with refreshments. For more information, 719-531-6333, ext. 1461.
by Jeanne Davant
Veronica Bélanger hosts meetings of the Mompreneur Network every second and fourth Monday morning at East Library. While the members of the business development group are hearing presentations, pitching their businesses, and referring client opportunities, their children romp and read in the Children’s area, attended to by a childcare provider. Bélanger also uses the MacLaren Hall at Knights of Columbus Hall adjacent to Penrose Library to introduce prospective members to the network.
The Mompreneur Network is just one of dozens of small businesses, nonprofits, garden clubs, theater groups, and other community organizations that utilize Pikes Peak Library District’s (PPLD) facilities for meetings, classes, study groups, and events of all kinds. Nearly 70 spaces across the District are available for groups to reserve and use at no cost. Most libraries have at least one meeting or study space; Penrose Library, East Library, and Library 21c all have large and multiple spaces. Through a partnership between PPLD and the El Paso County Clerk and Recorder’s Office, some locations are also voter service and polling centers for upcoming primary and general elections.
Hosting groups like the Mompreneur Network, or discussion group Socrates Café, and tutoring services Love to Learn is one way PPLD fulfills its mission of cultivating spaces for belonging, personal growth, and strong communities. From young children to retirees, the Library District encourages people to gather and to learn. (Find out more and reserve a meeting space!)
On a recent Friday evening, Bélanger arrived early at Knights of Columbus Hall to prepare for an introductory meeting. There to help her were Dustin Booth and Nawal Shahril of the Library District’s Creative Services team, who set up an audio-visual system for the meeting.
“MacLaren Hall is used for a variety of events including club meetings, concerts, theater performances, and dances as well as business presentations and classes,” Booth says. “It can accommodate 195 people; tables and chairs, a PA system, stage, projector, laptop, and screen are available for groups to use. The hall’s mezzanine, which serves as a coworking and networking space, has a capacity of 17 people, and the lower-level classroom can host presentations or meetings for groups up to 21 people.”
Bélanger, a former salesperson and social media consultant, founded the Mompreneur Network after years of feeling like she was penalized for being a mom.
“Being a parent and an entrepreneur combine to form a lifestyle and shouldn’t be treated as separate,” she tells the women who have come to learn about Mompreneur. “What if having a family doesn’t have anything to do with how professional you are?”
She started out having meetings in her home but approached the Library District after the network’s growth required more space.
“Having this space has made a big difference for us,” says Nancy Moore, Mompreneur Network’s president. “Everyone has really grown, and some have started new businesses.”
Most Tuesday afternoons, Joe and Elizabeth Davis travel from their Flying Horse home to Monument Library to take part in lively but respectful discussions of thought-provoking subjects that range from philosophy and religion to politics, morality, and other timely topics at the Socrates Café.
“We’ve been attending the Socrates Café for about 12 years,” Joe says.
The Davises retired to Colorado Springs after serving with the International Health Office of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Joe had been a member of the library board in their previous hometown in Tennessee. After they retired, they were looking for a place where they could continue to pursue their interest in international topics and where they would be welcomed.
“The Library was one of the things that led us to move here,” he says. “We were impressed with the services offered and the range of personnel. We found staff to be very helpful.”
Shortly after they arrived, they visited Monument Library — the closest facility to them — and discovered a welcoming environment and a particularly interesting group.
They met some of their best friends through the Socrates Café, which attracts about 20 participants each session. Moderated by Hans Post Uilerweer, the group recently discussed topics including border security, immigration, and emigration; Russia and Ukraine; post-modernism; and gender and identity.
The Library making space available for these conversations “is an extraordinary service,” Joe says. “It’s part of the openness of the community as a whole that is well exhibited by the Library, and I suspect most people go away from these discussions having profited from them, having learned something, and seeing something in a different light.”
Helping Kids Learn
Stroll through the second floor of Library 21c on Monday evenings, and you are likely to see students ranging from kindergartners to adults working one-on-one with tutors to reach their academic and personal goals. Love to Learn, a nonprofit network of tutoring professionals, families, and kids, moved to East Library in 2020 after outgrowing its previous facilities at a church, and a year later moved to Library 21c. The summer session runs until two weeks before school starts and picks up again after the semester begins.
“Probably 80 percent of our kids are in special education,” founder Linette Weise says. “It is a free community program; no one is turned away. It’s open to the whole community, and that is what PPLD is all about.”
“The Library’s facilities, including accommodations ranging from cubicles, desks, and tables to the large Ent conference room, are ideal for the program,” says Cathy Bessenbacher, who helps Weise run the program. The children and their tutors can work individually for the bulk of the hour-and-a-half sessions and then come together in the conference room at the end for group activities.
Being at the Library has several benefits for the kids, parents, and the program. Students can use their library cards to check out books they need. Parents often stay and use the Library’s facilities as well, and many return with their families for other Library events.
Bessenbacher says the Library supports the program in many ways, such as providing copy services for her sign-in lists and making Love to Learn’s brochures available to patrons.
“It’s bright and open, and the people are very friendly,” she says. “They really want to help us. So, it’s a win-win for both of us.”
This story was originally featured in the fall issue of District Discovery, PPLD’s quarterly magazine.
To our Library cardholders and patrons:
As President of Pikes Peak Library District’s Board of Trustees, I wanted to inform you of a decision that was collectively made by the Library’s governing body during a special meeting yesterday.
PPLD’s Board has withdrawn its intent to participate in the November 2022 general election. We heard from the community, listened to feedback, and decided now is not the time to ask voters for additional funding. But, we must continue such discussions if we want to do what’s right for our growing community and the Library District into the future.
As a Library Trustee since 2019, I’m fully aware of PPLD’s need to address its funding challenges and find sustainable solutions as we look ahead to future years. El Paso County has more than doubled in population size since the last voter-approved mill levy increase in 1986. If we want to keep pace with the sprawling growth and ever-changing community needs, we’ll need to continue exploring and assessing options that may involve going to the voters at another time.
Library Trustees and staff heard from more than 1,000 community members during the public input period of the Library’s strategic planning process last month, and we greatly appreciate everyone’s valuable input and engagement. There were many common themes across El Paso County, as well as amongst Library patrons, community leaders, and staff. Two of them were expanding service hours at existing Library locations and adding new PPLD facilities in areas that lack easy access – and those would only be possible with additional funding for the Library District.
As a public institution that’s here for everyone, PPLD currently provides world-class resources, services, and spaces to nearly 700,000 residents across 2,070 square miles. For the Library to continue offering what the community needs and wants, now and into the future, we must consider opportunities for sustainable funding.
Thank you for being cardholders and patrons of our great library system.
Dr. Ned Stoll
President, Board of Trustees
Pikes Peak Library District
July 20, 2022
Library Board approves resolution indicating intent to participate in general election
During their public meeting on July 20, Pikes Peak Library District’s Board of Trustees took their first steps to place an initiative on the ballot for November 8, 2022. They approved a resolution indicating its intent to participate in the general election to ask voters to approve additional funding for Library services, resources, and spaces.
The last time voters approved a tax increase for PPLD was 36 years ago. Since then, the population of El Paso County has nearly doubled, with 400,000 more residents than in 1986 – and what our Library needs to offer to serve those in the Pikes Peak region has changed immensely. This ranges from our Library’s physical and digital collections to access to technology, community spaces, and programs for the youngest learners in our community.
In general, additional funding would allow the Library District to keep pace with providing world-class spaces, services, and resources across El Paso County. Currently PPLD has 16 facilities, three mobile library services, and a large online hub of resources available to more than 700,000 residents across 2,070 square miles. With additional funds, the Library District could better meet the needs and demands of our growing community via our Library resources, services, and spaces. We want to be able to provide what residents need now and into the future – and fulfill our mission of cultivating spaces for belonging, personal growth, and strong communities.
Here’s a snapshot of how the Library could use additional funding to help residents build better lives and strengthen the foundation of the Pikes Peak region:
- Support early childhood literacy and development via Library services, programs, and resources
- Expand community spaces available for use by nonprofits, businesses, and other community groups
- Expand the Library’s physical and digital collections, including books, magazines, movies, music, research databases, online resource centers, and other things like board and yard games, outdoor and sporting equipment, and gardening and other tools
- Improve access to technology for families and individuals across El Paso County like K-12 students, adult learners, jobseekers, and residents in more rural communities
- Expand Library service hours and locations across the county so people can more easily access what they need when and where it’s convenient for them
Public libraries play an important role in every community by welcoming all, fostering connections, enriching lives, and helping people reach their full potential at every step of life. We are grateful to you – our Library cardholders and patrons – for your support of our libraries.
by Traci Marques
Like many places across the country, the Pikes Peak region is experiencing a labor shortage. Employers have job openings but either don’t receive many applications or there are skill mismatches between applicants and available positions. Colorado’s unemployment rate recently dropped to 4.1 percent – the lowest since February 2020 – and there are about 13,000 jobs to fill in both El Paso and Teller counties. That means the work of the Pikes Peak Workforce Center (PPWFC) to connect vital businesses with work-ready job seekers is more important now than ever.
At PPWFC one of our core values is collaboration. We understand the value of partnering with other entities to enhance the quality and depth of our services for job seekers and employers. In today’s world of workforce challenges, it truly takes a village to ensure we’re aligning the skills in our workforce with the needs of local businesses.
One of our most valued relationships is with the Adult Education team of Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD). PPWFC is a one-stop shop that helps job seekers or individuals looking to make a career transition to access a variety of resources and opportunities like job training or workshops. Like other community partners, PPLD is a mandatory partner under our federal grant, Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA). WIOA ensures a collaborative approach to workforce programs, knowing that there is no wrong door to access workforce services. PPLD’s Adult Education team often enhances our work by providing résumé building and other programs to job seekers who aren’t quite ready to come directly to PPWFC for services. It’s instrumental in ensuring job seekers who walk through our doors are set up for success.
An industry hit particularly hard during the pandemic is the service and restaurant industry. We’re still seeing such businesses experience challenges finding qualified staff, and that’s one reason why we have proudly partnered with PPLD for food industry training courses. This five-week program is led by a professionally trained chef who helps participants secure a ServSafe Food Handlers certificate and find work in the culinary field as a prep or line cook. The most recent class graduated 12 students with the competencies to step right into back-of-the-house restaurant jobs. PPLD’s next round of classes begin Mon., Oct. 10, with applications accepted from Aug. 22 - Sept. 25.
We’re also proud of another partnership with PPLD and School District 11 Schools on our Talent Accelerator Grant to improve digital literacy, which can often be a tremendous hurdle for individuals trying to navigate online job searches and interview processes. This was a pilot program for all three entities. Through this grant, we worked with PPLD to provide three evening courses to help individuals improve basic skills with computers and email, as well as internet and career searches; D11 provided computer lab space, plus referrals from PPLD. Participants not only gained new digital tools but also registered for Connecting Colorado, a state database to help match employers with ready-to-work job seekers.
PPWFC is committed to building strong community partnerships to solve our complex workforce challenges. We can do this by leveraging the subject-matter expertise and proficiencies of organizations across the region. Our relationship with PPLD is just one example of how strategic partnerships maximize our ability to ensure that local workforce aligns with the needs of our business community.
If you or someone you know is in the market for a job or looking to make a career change, start by contacting the Pikes Peak Workforce Center or visiting your local library. We also welcome businesses to reach out if they’re looking to obtain, retain or reskill their staff. PPWFC can connect you to available resources and opportunities and help everyone take the next step in their career.
Traci Marques is the Executive Director/CEO of the Pikes Peak Workforce Center, the American Job Center serving El Paso and Teller counties. Learn more about the Center’s services for job seekers and employers at ppwfc.org.
Celebrate Colorado Day Mon., Aug. 1 and enjoy other events throughout the month of August.
Genealogy Basics (Colorado Edition)
Are you interested in researching your genealogy, but aren't sure where to start? Join us for an introduction to basic genealogy research strategies including getting started, organizing research, and selecting and searching for records.
In celebration of Colorado Day, this month's Genealogy Basics classes will focus on researching your Colorado ancestors!
- Monday, Aug. 1 from 10 - 11 a.m. - Virtual - Registration is required.
- Saturday, Aug. 21 from 10 - 11 a.m. - Virtual - Registration is required.
Gift of History Family Fun Day at the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum
Fun for children, families, and adults.
Children's booth with the Pikes Peak Poet Laureate participating.
Greenscreen photo booth – Take a picture with a historical photo background!
- Sat., Aug. 6 – 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
The History of the Alexander Film Company
In celebration of Colorado Day, join us for this exciting look into our local history! Established in Colorado Springs in 1927, the Alexander Film Company was the largest producer of advertising playlets for movie theaters in the country. They created the concept of television commercials, which they also produced in the 1950s with the introduction of the television format. At one time, the Alexander Film Company had 600 employees in Colorado Springs and manufactured the popular Alexander Eaglerock biplane until 1931. This presentation will also share video clips of the Alexander Film Company’s award-winning commercials and animations. Did you know? PPLD's archival collections include the Alexander Industries Photograph Collection, which focuses on the staff, activities, and products of the various companies that, over the years, made up Alexander Industries. Take a look at our Digital Collections!
Have you checked out our digital archive? PPLD's Digital Collections features historic photographs, pamphlets, manuscripts, maps, oral histories, films and more that highlight the rich history of the Pikes Peak region. The materials come from the Special Collections of Pikes Peak Library District, housed in the 1905 Carnegie Library in downtown Colorado Springs.
Pikes Peak NewsFinder is our local historical newspaper index. This index contains citations to and scanned images of local news articles and obituaries from the Colorado Springs Gazette and other local newspapers from as early as the 1870s!
Need homework help? Check out our Colorado Homework Help page to get started with biographies, databases, and recommended websites.
Visit PPLD’s Regional History & Genealogy page to learn how you can research our local history. We have historic photos, manuscripts, books, and more!
Visit PPLD Special Collections’ Facebook page in August! We’ll be posting fun facts about Special Collections all month long!
For immediate release – The Friends of the Pikes Peak Library District will inaugurate a new series of programs, Meet the Author, at 1 pm Saturday, Sept. 17 at the East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd.
Green, a Colorado Springs outdoorsman, writer and photographer, has written nearly 50 books on rock climbing, hiking and scenic byways all over the West, and particularly in Colorado, since 1977. His newest book is “Hiking Colorado’s Hidden Gems,” from Falcon Press.
His talk about fall color drives will include recommendations on the best regional routes to consider for leaf-peeping this autumn, and discuss some of the landmarks and historic features along the way.
Green is a former Golden Quill Award winner, an annual honor bestowed by the Friends. After his talk, he will have copies of his books for sale and will autograph them.
Admission is FREE for Friends members, or $5 at the door for non-members. To join Friends in advance of the event, visit this link: https://ppld.org/friends/join
Please RSVP for this event so that we may accommodate all who wish to attend and supply free refreshments for everyone. Do so by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by texting or calling (719) 573-4894.
For more information, call 719-531-6333, x1461.
Pikes Peak Library District is pleased to announce the selected titles for All Pikes Peak Reads (APPR) 2022. This year’s titles explore the theme of “reinvention.”
All Pikes Peak Reads is Pikes Peak Library District’s annual community reads program that focuses on celebrating literature, improving community connections, and fostering dialogue across social, cultural, and generational lines. Each year, PPLD selects APPR titles that focus on a variety of timely topics and plans a variety of community wide programs. This year’s selected titles explore themes of “reinvention.” Below are the books and descriptions of each selection for 2022.
Adult Selection: The Library Book by Susan Orlean
The Library Book by Susan Orlean explores how libraries have always been places of invention and reinvention. Orlean takes readers on an in-depth look of the modern library while also investigating a fire that devastated LA Public Library in 1986. Described as a "love letter to a beloved institution," The Library Book reminds readers that libraries are more than books.
Young Adult Selection: Scythe by Neal Shusterman
Scythe was chosen because of its appeal to young adult readers and how the theme of reinvention permeates the novel. The story’s society reinvents the concept of death and addresses literally being able to reinvent yourself on a whim. Young Adult readers love the dystopian feel and action-packed plot that author Neal Shusterman always provides.
Children’s Selection: The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle by Leslie Connor
The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle, is a fine example of children’s books that build emotional intelligence in young readers. This intriguing and heartwarming story inspires readers to seek after real friendships, loyalty, truth, and finding your voice.
Thu., Oct. 20 at 10 a.m. – Click here for more information and to register for this time.
Thu., Oct. 20 at 1 p.m. – Click here for more information and to register for this time.
All Pikes Peak Reads Programs
Need something to hold the pages of your book in place? Create a weighted bookmark with some basic sewing skills. Limit to one kit per household, while supplies last. Kit may contain supplies not suitable for young children.
Fri., Sept. 2, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., East Library
Fri., Sept. 2, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Fountain Library
Fri., Sept. 2, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., High Prairie Library
Fri., Sept. 2, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Monument Library
Fri., Sept. 2, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Old Colorado City Library
Fri., Sept. 2, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Palmer Lake Library
Fri., Sept. 2, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Rockrimmon Library
Fri., Sept. 2, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Ruth Holley Library
Sat., Sept. 3, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., Calhan Library
The History of the Book
Join Jessy Randall, Colorado College Archivist and Special Collections Curator and English Professor Steven Hayward for a tour through the history of the book, and an up-close look at some of the curious and rare treasures carefully preserved in the basement of Colorado College's Tutt Library.
Thu., Sept. 8, 7 p.m., Colorado College Tutt Library
All Pikes Peak Reads Themed Breakout Room
Reinvention - a word to describe how one might solve these puzzles, riddles, and more in this All Pikes Peaks Reads themed breakout room. It's like an escape room, but you're breaking into a box of prizes, instead of getting out of a locked room. Are you up for the challenge?
Sat., Sept. 10, 2 p.m., East Library
Library Book Tote
Celebrate All Pikes Peak Reads by making a personalized Library Book Tote! Using blank canvas totes and fabric markers, stencils, and other decorations, you will make a personalized and fun tote to carry all your library books.
Sat., Sept. 17, 10:30 a.m., Penrose Library
Fri., Sept. 23, 1 p.m., Rockrimmon Library
Sat., Sept. 24, noon, Manitou Library
Tue., Sept. 27, 2 p.m., Ruth Holley Library
Sat., Oct. 1, noon, Ute Pass Library
Sat., Oct. 1, 2 p.m., East Library
Wed., Oct. 5, 5:30 p.m., Sand Creek Library
Mon., Oct. 10, 2:30 p.m., High Prairie Library
Sat., Oct. 22, 2 p.m., Library 21c
Behind the Stacks: Tour of Collection Management
Check out the behind-the-scenes action in Collection Management! Learn how PPLD acquires and distributes the books and other materials you find on Library shelves.
Sat., Sept. 17, 10 a.m., Library 21c (This tour time will be oriented to families and those with children)
Sat., Sept. 17, 11 a.m., Library 21c (This tour time will be oriented to families and those with children)
Wed., Sept. 21, noon, Library 21c
Come and celebrate the different cultures of the Pikes Peak region. You will experience the richness of different cuisines, music, and more.
Fri., Oct. 7, 5:30 p.m., Cheyenne Mountain Library
Play a version of Mafia inspired by the book Scythe. Try and figure out who might be the rogue Scythe causing havoc without letting too many townspeople die. Think Among Us meets our APPR book!
Fri., Oct. 7, 3:30 p.m., Cheyenne Mountain Library
Sat., Nov. 19, 4 p.m., East Library
Behind the Stacks: Tour of Special Collections
Join PPLD Special Collections for a behind-the-scenes tour of the historic 1905 Carnegie Building.
Thu., Oct. 20, 6 p.m, Penrose Library
Thu., Oct. 27, 6 p.m., Penrose Library (Spooky Tour)
We're celebrating our communities through art! During the month of August, patrons participated in PPLD’s Draw Your Community program and submitted a drawing depicting what they love the most about their community/neighborhood.
Several PPLD locations are now displaying their community's drawings throughout the month of September. Artists have been invited to the gallery open houses to talk about their work with the public and to meet other artists.
Join us to celebrate and appreciate the works of local artists from our communities. Each reception will include a meet and greet with artists and light refreshments. No registration required.
An online gallery is also available to browse.
- Thu., Sept. 1 from 4 - 6 p.m., Rockrimmon Library
- Fri., Sept. 2 from 5 - 7 p.m., Manitou Springs Library
- Fri., Sept. 2 from 4 - 6 p.m., Monument Library
- Sat., Sept. 10, from 2 – 3 p.m., Cheyenne Mountain Library
- Fri. Sept. 16 from 4 - 5 p.m., Old Colorado City Library
Need extra food for you and your family? We partner with Care & Share Food Bank to bring their “grocer on wheels” to Library patrons weathering life’s storms. Their Mobile Market ensures people have access to fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as pantry staples, right in their neighborhoods. All food is free of charge and open to the public.
- Mon., July 18 from 11 a.m. - noon at Sand Creek Library
- Thu., July 28 from 3 - 4 p.m. at Ruth Holley Library
- Thu., Aug. 4 from 11 a.m. - noon at Ruth Holley Library
- Mon., Aug. 15from 11 a.m. - noon at Sand Creek Library
- Thu., Aug. 18 from 11 a.m. - noon at Ruth Holley Library
- Mon., Aug. 29 from 4 - 5 p.m. at Sand Creek Library
Ten years ago, the Waldo Canyon Fire burned through one neighborhood and forced the evacuation of thousands of people. Less than a year later the Black Forest Fire destroyed hundreds of homes north of Colorado Springs. Each fire ended two lives and disrupted countless others. At the time, both fires became the most destructive in Colorado History. The proximity of the fires, both geographically and chronologically, compelled our community to look at wildfires differently.
Visit Special Collections, located at Penrose Library, to see the new exhibit Wildfire, which presents the story of the Waldo Canyon Fire and the Black Forest Fire. Knowledgeable Regional History and Genealogy team members can also help you explore historic resources including our archival records, photographs, and secondary sources. PPLD collects and preserves these historic materials for the benefit of the community.
Whether you lived through these events or are a newcomer to the region, you will learn something about our community with a visit to see this exhibit. Special Collections is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Shark Week begins July 24. Here's a preview into our cool shark game Take and Make, for ages 5-12, which will be available at area PPLD libraries beginning July 8, 2022.
Supplies and Directions:
Materials provided in Take and Make:
- Paper Tube
- Blue paper
- Googly Eye Stickers
Materials you provide:
- Tape blue construction paper around the paper roll.
- Create and tape a triangular fin to the top.
- Decorate the roll at one end to look like a shark with its mouth open. Use the sticker eyes if desired.
- Push one end of the yarn through the bead and tie a double knot. You may need to use a pencil to push the yarn through.
- Tie a double knot around the paper roll. Leave approximately 6-8 inches for the ball to swing on. Cut off any excess yarn.
- Gently swing the ball and see if you can catch it in the shark’s mouth! Gentle swings are the key!