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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! 

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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Photo of a Kid and Ziggy

What’s better than cheering on your local soccer team? Cheering them on with Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD), of course!

The Library will be with the Switchbacks at Weidner Field on  Sat., June 1.

Start your summer reading adventure! Sign up for Summer Adventure presented by Children’s Hospital Colorado and get a free book! Stop by our booth in the Fan Zone just outside of Weidner Field from 5 - 7 p.m. or in the Kids Zone upstairs on the west side of the field from 7 - 9 p.m. 

Library cardholders may purchase up to four discounted tickets at a special price of $15 tickets each for the June 1st game at the gate in advance or that night (Act fast! Limited quantities available).   

PPLD library cardholders may also purchase up to four discounted tickets at $15 each for the July 28, Aug. 3, and Sept. 14 games by showing your PPLD library card at the box office. (Quantities are limited, so get your tickets today!)

Weidner Field: Sat., June 1. The fun begins at 5 p.m. in the Fan Zone! 


PPLD Night with the Switchbacks

The fun continues with Ziggy and the Colorado Springs Switchbacks with PPLD Night with the Switchbacks on Sat., Sept. 14.  Don't miss the fun as the Switchbacks take on the Charleston Battery at 6 p.m.! Join PPLD in our very own cheering section. Show your PPLD library card (or card number) to purchase up to four discounted tickets at $15 each for the Sept. 14 game. (Act fast! Limited quantities available.) We hope to see you at the game! 

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The Literary Reference Center offers thousands of synopses, critical essays, book reviews, literary journals, and author biographies covering work from all genres and time periods. For high school and college students, the Research Guide tab on the Literary Reference Center home page is a useful tool where you can find handouts and guides to assist with research steps, essay organization, developing thesis statements, and more. You will also find full-text classical novels, short stories, and poems that you can read.  

In the Poetry & Short Story Reference Center, you will find thousands of full-text classic and contemporary poems and short stories. Each poem or short story includes information such as author details, poetic form, themes, techniques used, literary genre and movement, subject, and other key information. Essays, reviews, analyses, and author biographies in this database allow you to explore these and other works more in-depth. Additionally, you can discover high-quality videos and audio recordings from the Academy of American Poets. For educators, there is an extensive selection of lesson plans to help bring these literary works into your classroom.  

Access these databases at any Pikes Peak Library District location, or El Paso County residents can access remotely from anywhere (must have a resident library card, which starts with a 4).