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Homeschool Game Day

Homeschool families are invited to an indoor game day! Activities will vary. Come prepared to play! All ages are welcome! No registration is required.
When: Fri., March 8th, from 1 - 2:30 p.m.
Where: Library 21C | The Venue

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Call for art! It's time to get creative! 

Homeschoolers can submit one artwork (drawing, painting, sculpture, needlework, etc.) for this non-juried exhibit. Drop off your entry at the East Library Children's Department from Mon., March 18 – Thu., March 28. 

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Spring Break!

Stay busy and engaged over spring break with children's and teen's programs from PPLD!

Don't forget about our eLibrary for ebooks, movies, tv, and more over the break and get and stay ahead with eLearning resources too!

Children's Programs

  • Bricks and Minifigs 

    Join Bricks and Minifigs for a Spring Break Challenge! What amazing creation will you build next? Registration required. Ages 3 - 12 

    • Calhan Library: Mon., March 25 from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
    • Monument Library: Tue., March 26 from 10:30 – 11:15 a.m.
    • Ute Pass Library: Thu., March 28 from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. 
  • The Bark Bunch 

    Learn about safety around dogs, dog care and visit with the loveable dogs from the National Mill Dog Rescue in Colorado Springs.

    This is an informative and interactive program for children ages 2 - 12 and their caregivers. 

    • Cheyenne Mountain Library: Mon., March 25 from 1 – 2:30 p.m.
    • High Prairie Library: Thu., March 28 from 3 – 3:45 p.m.
    • Ruth Holley Library: Fri., March 29 from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. 
  • Who Ya Gonna Call?

    Come meet the Ghostbusters and see their truck up close and personal. Where? Where it all started, at the library of course! Ages 2 – 12. 

    • Old Colorado City Library: Mon., March 25 from 2 – 3 p.m.
    • Library 21c: Thu., March 28 from 10 – 10:45 a.m. and 11 – 11:45 a.m. 
  • Meet the Go Team 

    What is a therapy dog? How are they different from services dogs and pets? Come meet the dogs from The Go Team and their handlers to find out the answers to these and other questions. Ages 2 - 12 

    • Fountain Library: Tue., March 26 from 10:30 – 11 a.m.
    • Manitou Springs Library: Wed., March 27 from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
    • Rockrimmon Library: Fri., March 29 from 10:30 – 11:15 a.m. 
  • Dance a Jig! 

    Join us for an Irish celebration with Turning Pointe Dance! Watch a demonstration of traditional Irish dances like the jig, reel, and hornpipe, then give it a try with a fun family Ceili! Learn the steps and immerse yourself in this unique culture with an experience that’s fun for the whole family. Ages 3 – 12. 

    • Library 21c: Fri., March 29 at 10:30 a.m.
    • East Library: Sat., March 30 at 11 a.m. and 1p.m. 

We know there are all kinds of kids with all kinds of needs, so if your child might benefit from some sensory accommodations like fidget items or noise-reducing headphones while in the Library or at a program, ask at the Children’s Desk for our Sensory Accommodations Kit.

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Deaf History Month 2024

Deaf History Month in March recognizes the contributions of people who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing in the U.S. now and throughout history and recognizes the achievements of the Deaf community in a variety of fields. Celebrate this history through the resources and websites on this page. 

Resources

Biographies

Explore Deaf history through these biographies featuring several well-known deaf people in the Biographies in Context and U.S. History in Context databases. (Must have a library card that starts with a 4 to access this resource outside of the Library.)

Websites

Learn American Sign Language (ASL)

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Colorado Springs Money Museum

Did you know that we have America’s largest museum dedicated to money right here in our own backyard? The Money Museum, which is one of our Pikes Peak Culture Pass partners, is America’s largest museum dedicated to numismatics (the study of money). Money is a culturally significant item found throughout history from ancient to modern times. Visitors to the Money Museum can see currency come to life in new ways as they explore how money is connected to art, history, science, and more. The museum includes exhibits in three main galleries, where visitors can find spectacular rarities and learn about the history of our nation and the world as seen through money. 

Located adjacent to the campus of Colorado College, the Money Museum has something for everyone. Explore history, geography, trade, art, world cultures, and more as you enjoy the exhibits. What better way to learn about money than by doing and playing? The museum also offers fun activities, interactive exhibits, and free classes that help children learn a variety of topics from the basics of how to make change to understanding monetary systems.

Visit the Money Museum to learn about the evolution of currency and how modern notions of money came to be; view the museum’s Mini Mint and learn how coins were made from the early 1500s to 1800s; or explore the famous Bebee Collection of U.S. paper money. 

The Money Museum was one of the original Pikes Peak Culture Pass partners and has collaborated with Pikes Peak Library District throughout the years. In summer 2023, the museum offered free admission to more than 100 library cardholders during the Library’s Culture Pass Summer Discount Days promotion that highlighted cultural attractions in our region. 

A new exhibition will make its way to the Money Museum in late March highlighting the rarities of American numismatics, including some rare coins and uncut paper money sheets as part of the Americana Galleria. You can explore this new exhibition with no-cost entry through the Library’s Pikes Peak Culture Pass program. Children under the age of 12 are always free. 

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Step1: get a library card, step 2: get a tree!

Community parks provide outdoor greenspaces where people of all ages can relax and enjoy the fresh air, and children can play. This Earth Day, Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD) is teaming up with the Trinity Community Park in Monument to plant trees.

Trinity Community Park brings inclusivity and diversity to outdoor spaces with an accessible playground suitable for all abilities. The play equipment design takes a wide variety of different abilities into consideration and facilitates engagement between people with and without disabilities. The park offers adaptive swings, a wheelchair-accessible merry-go-round, sensory panels, a wheelchair-accessible trampoline, and other adaptive equipment, making it a space where all children can go to have fun outdoors.  

With accessible play equipment installed and plenty of green space to enjoy, it is now time to plant trees! To support this effort, anyone who signs up for a new library card at Monument Library from Mon., Feb. 26 through Fri., March 15 will be able to register for a free tree sapling to plant at the park during Earth Week. Saplings will be planted during two community planting days, on Sun., April 21 from 11 a.m. - noon and Mon., April 22 from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. All ages are welcome.

Together, we can help this community park continue to grow.  

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Ute Pass Library

Pikes Peak Library District is expanding service hours at several libraries starting on Fri., March 1. Hours are determined by multiple factors, including community need and staffing availability. After careful evaluation, we determined that the open hours at Cheyenne Mountain, Manitou Springs, Monument, Old Colorado City, Ruth Holley, and Ute Pass libraries should be expanded.  

As part of the hours extension, Cheyenne Mountain Library, Monument Library, and Old Colorado City Library have an additional open day in their weekly schedules.  

Here are our new hours at each location: 

Cheyenne Mountain Library

  • Monday - Thursday: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Friday and Saturday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Sunday: Closed 

Manitou Springs Library

  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday – Thursday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Friday and Saturday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Sunday: Closed 

Monument Library

  • Monday – Thursday: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sunday: Closed 

Old Colorado City Library

  • Monday – Thursday: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Friday and Saturday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Sunday: Closed 

Ruth Holley Library

  • Monday – Thursday: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Friday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday: Closed

Ute Pass Library

  • Monday: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., 2 – 6 p.m. (closed for lunch from 1 – 2 p.m.)
  • Tuesday and Wednesday: Closed
  • Thursday: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., 2 – 6 p.m. (closed for lunch from 1 – 2 p.m.)
  • Friday and Saturday: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., 2 – 5 p.m. (closed for lunch from 1 – 2 p.m.) 
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Solar Glasses for Eclipse

On Mon., April 8, a solar eclipse will be partially visible from Colorado Springs. To help you get ready, the Library is teaming up with the Colorado Springs Astronomical Society to provide learning opportunities this February and March. Beginning on Fri., March 1, solar eclipse viewing glasses will be available at the following programs and will also be available for pick up from any Library location (while supplies last, limit 2 pairs per family).

Programs are for all ages. No registration required. 


Events

The Great American Solar Eclipse in April 2024 

  • Wed., Feb. 21 from 1 – 2:30 p.m. – Calendar
    Rockrimmon Library
  • Mon., March 4 at 6 p.m. – Calendar
    East Library

Mobile Libraries, hosted at Black Forest Community Church 

  • Sat., March 9 | 1:30 p.m. – Calendar

    This talk will discuss the historical and modern cultural context of the solar eclipse in society, what solar eclipses are, the basic science of why eclipses occur, and where to see one of these exciting celestial events. We will also demonstrate safe observing practices using common household objects. The Colorado Springs Astronomical Society will have 100 solar eclipse viewers to hand out at the conclusion of this presentation.

    **Weather permitting, we will also have solar telescopes set up to provide safe, amazing views of the Sun on March 9. 

Viewing Party with PPLD

  • Mon., Apr. 8, from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. – Calendar     
    Calhan, East, and Rockrimmon libraries 

    Join the Pikes Peak Library District as we view the Great American Eclipse from the beauty of the Calhan, East, and Rockrimmon Library outdoor spaces! We will have games and activities throughout the morning and a limited number of eclipse viewing glasses to give away. Light refreshments will be served just behind East Library.  

    Bring your viewing glasses and join us as we experience the solar eclipse together! 


Resources


 

Astronomical Society Logo

Colorado Springs Astronomical Society

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Food Industry Training

Food industry careers are rewarding and challenging but can be difficult to break into without prior experience or training. Pikes Peak Library District offers Food Industry Training that is perfect for anyone wanting to enter the food industry or advance their career. We offer this training multiple times per year. Registration is currently open for the next session that runs from March 25 - April 26.

The Food Industry Training is a five-week training program at the Library that teaches participants the entry-level skills they need to find or advance in employment as a qualified prep cook or line cook. The program helps them learn basic culinary fundamentals, practice professionalism, explore career opportunities in the culinary industry, and earn their ServSafe Food Handler certification.  

Participants learn proper food handling, recipe reading, product identification, team building in a food industry setting, cooking methods and techniques, and other essential skills.  

No prior experience is necessary, and there is no cost to participate. Participants must be eligible to work in the U.S., be able to attend the scheduled classes, be pursuing a career in the culinary industry, and be age 18 or older. Applications for this session close on Thu., March 7.

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Women's History Month

March is Women’s History Month, honoring the contributions of women in the U.S. now and throughout history, and recognizing the achievements of women in a variety of fields. Celebrate and learn more about this history with the resources, book lists, and websites on this page. 


Booklists


Resources

  • Find biographies and reference information about notable women in history using one of PPLD’s databases. 
  • Explore eBooks by women authors using Freading
  • Enjoy videos and documentaries directed by women or about women’s history and current events on Kanopy
  • Browse a selection of movies and TV on Hoopla

Websites 

  • Women’s History Month (for all ages)
    The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in commemorating and encouraging the study, observance and celebration of the vital role of women in American history. 
  • National Women’s History Museum (for all ages) 
  • National Archives (for all ages) 
  • U.S. Census Bureau (for all ages)
    Find interesting facts and statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau. 
  • National Geographic Kids (an engaging resource for kids) 
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A boarder of geometric lines decorate the edges of a graphic made to look like a formal invitation. Text reads "Public Input Sessions."

All El Paso County residents are invited to attend one of four upcoming public input sessions to express your thoughts about how Pikes Peak Library District can better serve its community. As we plan for the future of the Library District, your feedback will help us identify ways we are succeeding and in what ways we can continue to grow. If you have used any of our libraries, resources, or services, or have ideas how the Library could help you and your family, join us to share your experiences and suggestions with us. Your input will help shape the future of the Library District.

Mark your calendar to attend the input session that fits your schedule best:

    Wed., Feb. 14 from 2 - 3 p.m.

    Western Museum of Mining & Industry

    225 North Gate Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO 80921

    Wed., Feb. 21 from 10 - 11 a.m.

    Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado

    2605 Preamble Pt, Colorado Springs, CO 80915

    Registration recommended.

Unable to attend? We still want to hear from you! Share your feedback by completing our online survey. If you took the survey in fall 2023, your feedback has already been received and you don’t need to take it again.

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Chuck Asay Workshop and Exhibit

Announcing an upcoming gallery exhibit at the Library! We are opening our galleries at Library 21c and East Library to the "The Names Change but Issues Stay the Same” exhibit showcasing work from award-winning political cartoonist Chuck Asay starting on Wed., March 6. Asay, who worked at the Taos News, the Colorado Springs Sun, and briefly for The Denver Post, was the featured political cartoonist for The Gazette for more than 20 years, from 1986 to 2007. He retired from The Gazette in March of 2007.

After his retirement, Asay’s art and commentary lived on in syndication for six more years, reaching audiences worldwide through hundreds of newspapers. In 2013 Asay put aside his pens, pencil, and paper after drawing a final cartoon in his lauded style announcing his full retirement in June of that year. 

Colorado Springs entrepreneur Jon Medved and the Medved Family Charitable Fund approached the Library about bringing Asay’s art to the Pikes Peak region. The exhibit highlights his work, applauds his talent, and fosters discussion about the artist’s commentary as a retrospective on the time nearly 40 years ago.

The exhibit will feature more than 30 of Asay’s cartoons through the end of March in the galleries at both Library 21c and East Library. It will be on display at Penrose Library later in 2024.

Stop by to browse the exhibit, and view much of Asay’s work online in our Digital Collections. Over the last few years, Pikes Peak Library District has worked with The Gazette to digitize more than 10,000 cartoons that Asay drew for the paper, archiving them in our digital photo archive housed by our Regional History & Genealogy department. 

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The sign of UCCS in black and white with text that reads "We stand with you."

On behalf of Pikes Peak Library District, we wish to send our heartfelt condolences to the families and friends affected by the tragedy that took place this morning on the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs campus. It was senseless, dreadful, and heartbreaking. As we struggle to comprehend this news and the loss of members of our community, please remember that we stand with you.

Below are resources you can access for more information and support.

Websites

  • Colorado Crisis Services hotline: Call (844)493-8255 or text “TALK” to 38255 to speak with a trained counselor or professional. Counselors are also available at walk-in locations or online to chat between 4 p.m. and 12 a.m. Colorado Crisis Services is the statewide behavioral health crisis response system offering residents mental health, substance use or emotional crisis help, information and referrals. Its mission is to strengthen Colorado’s mental health system by providing Coloradans with greater access to crisis services wherever they are at 24/7/365 regardless of ability to pay. They offer walk-in, text, and call-in services for people in crisis.
  • Colorado State Government Behavioral Health resources: Mental health resources from the Behavioral Health Administration of Colorado.
  • Colorado 211: A confidential and multilingual service connecting people to vital resources across the state. No matter where you live in Colorado, you can find information about resources in your local community.
  • Diversus Health: Offers a 24/7 walk-in crisis center for crisis services and counseling for all ages, regardless of ability to pay. You can request an appointment online or visit 115 S. Parkside Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80910.
  • Medicaid support services: Medicaid-insured members have access to behavioral health services or other supports, and we want them to get the care they need during this time. Call (719)598-1540 to contact them directly, or refer to care coordination via the online referral form.
  • Peak View Behavioral Health Assessment team: Individualized help for mental health treatment and other services. Visit them online or call (719)444-8484.

The Winter Adult Reading Program kicked off earlier this month, and the Library has many easy-to-use recommendation tools to help you accomplish your 30 days of reading and activities. Stop by your favorite Library location to browse our shelves and talk to our staff, or visit the Find a Good Book page on our website. Another great resource you can tap into is BookBrowse, brought to you by the Friends of PPLD.

BookBrowse offers a variety of ways to explore and discover new books based on your reading preferences and includes engaging content to take you beyond the book.  If you’re ready to find your next great read, the Read-Alikes page is a great place to start. Browse the weekly featured Read-Alikes on that page or search the database for your favorite books and authors. The database has recommendations for more than 4,500 contemporary books and 3,500 authors. If the book or author you search is in the database, you will find custom recommendations to other books with similar writing styles or themes. Many books include in-depth reviews as well.

Did we mention that each book includes a link to our catalog, making it easy to find and check out if we have it in our collection?

You don’t need to have a book in mind to find recommendations through this handy Library resource. Click on the Discover page to explore books by genre, theme, setting, or time period. Under the New page, browse lists of new and upcoming books, or cruise through first impression recommendations from other readers. You might also enjoy poking around in the Book Clubs page where you will find book club recommendations, reading guides, and even book club discussions you can join.

BookBrowse has a lot to offer even if you are not looking for book recommendations. Many books in the database have Beyond the Book materials such as articles to take you deeper into the book’s world or topics. Enjoy book discussions of featured books with other users on the Discussions page, or test your literary knowledge under Quizzes. There’s much to discover. Happy browsing!  

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Western Mining Museum Photo

As you arrive at the Western Museum of Mining & Industry (WMMI), you can see right away that they have a strong commitment to preserving and interpreting the rich mining history of Colorado and the American West. Nestled on the far northern edge of Colorado Springs, WMMI features working machinery, a mining tunnel replica, and panning for gold on its 27-acre campus. The Library’s Pikes Peak Culture Pass Program helps you step back in time and experience how things were done more than a century ago with no-cost access passes to the museum that you can check out with your library card. 

History comes to life at the museum. Seeing fluorescent minerals or a working 19th century steam engine in person does a lot to really connect people with the history of our area. Learn how mining contributed to the local economy, explore the historic Reynolds Farmstead, and delve into the historic role this farm played in northern El Paso County. 

Every third Saturday of the month, WMMI hosts Family Fun Days that support science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM). Come out and say hello to Pikes Peak Library District during Family Fun Day on Sat., April 20 as we join them to celebrate the arts and sciences. Our Mobile Library Service will be there to explore STEAM with a fun craft you can make and take home.

Our Mobile Library Service has enjoyed partnering with the museum with regular stops at the Reynolds Ranch House. During these stops, we bring Storytime and Library services to the surrounding community. Families look forward to our mobile library visits to participate in Storytime or make a craft to commemorate their visit to the museum.

In February 2024, we are partnering with the museum to host one of our public input sessions as well. Our community is invited to join us at the Western Museum of Mining & Industry on Wed., Feb. 14 from 2 – 3 p.m. to share their Library experiences and discuss how our facilities can continue to meet the growing needs of our community. Join us and help shape the future of our libraries together.

Pikes Peak Library District is proud to partner with the Western Museum of Mining & Industry to continue to offer no-cost passes for patrons to experience the history of the American West through our Culture Pass program. The Western Museum of Mining & Industry is one of 12 Culture Pass partners that you can explore. Use your library card to check out a pass today!

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A selection of several top books from 2023 sit on a book display, including The Sun and the Star; Scythe; The Boys from Biloxi, Front Desk, and others.

The numbers are in, and our community made excellent use of the Library in 2023! From eLibrary use and program attendance, to the most checked out book titles of the year, we feel that this data reflects the vibrant communities we serve. We also had 27,489 people sign up for library cards last year.

As one exciting 2023 achievement, we reached 3 million digital checkouts on Libby and OverDrive. In September 2023, we announced on social media that we reached 2 million Libby/OverDrive checkouts about a month earlier than we had reached the same milestone in 2022. We thought this was the height of excitement until we joined 22 other libraries in surpassing 3 million. Our community made this possible by borrowing eMagazines, eBooks, and eAudiobooks through the Libby app and its parent website OverDrive.

People throughout El Paso County visited our libraries more than 1,878,247 times to check out 2,298,021 physical materials (and 3,096,369 digital materials, but you don’t have to visit for that), use computers 219,885 times, ask 96,218 reference questions, and fill meeting rooms 27,623 times. We saw more than 156,790 people attend our 6,533 program offerings, and 3,180 Pikes Peak Culture Pass checkouts allowed people to visit cultural attractions around the Pikes Peak region and Denver. We are excited to see how you use your Library in 2024!

Here are the top checkouts of 2023:

Top 10 Juvenile Checkouts

  1. The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle by Leslie Connor (checked out 915 times)
  2. Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling (checked out 801 times)
  3. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling (checked out 764 times)
  4. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling (checked out 735 times)
  5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling (checked out 715 times)
  6. Front Desk by Kelly Yang (checked out 711 times)
  7. City Spies by James Ponti (checked out 698 times)
  8. Rhinos at Recess by Mary Pope Osborne (checked out 607 times)
  9. A Long Walk to Water: A Novel by Linda Sue Park (checked out 584 times)
  10. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling (checked out 569 times)

Top 10 Teen Checkouts

  1. Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins (checked out 425 times)
  2. Scythe by Neal Shusterman (checked out 398)
  3. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling (checked out 329 times)
  4. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling (checked out 275 times)
  5. Daughter of the Deep by Rick Riordan (checked out 199 times)
  6. Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman (checked out 189 times)
  7. The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han (checked out 186 times)
  8. Eragon by Christopher Paolini (checked out 184 times)
  9. The Sun and the Star: A Nico di Angelo Adventure by Rick Riordan (checked out 176 times)
  10. Midnight Sun by Stephanie Meyer (checked out 167 times)

Top 10 Adult Checkouts

  1. The Girls Who Stepped Out of Line by Mari K. Eder (our 2022 All Pikes Peak Reads title, checked out 1,088 times)
  2. Simply Lies by David Baldacci (checked out 954 times)
  3. Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus (checked out 953 times)
  4. Storm Watch by C.J. Box (checked out 901 times)
  5. Desert Star by Michael Connelly (checked out 829 times)
  6. The Boys from Biloxi by John Grisham (checked out 821 times)
  7. Spare by Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (checked out 796 times)
  8. Fairy Tale: A Novel by Stephen King (checked out 729 times)
  9. Mad Honey: A Novel by Jodi Picoult (checked out 684 times)
  10. Someone Else’s Shoes by Jojo Moyes (checked out 669 times)

Join Pikes Peak Library District in celebrating Black History Month! Black History Month is a time to celebrate the contributions and achievements of African Americans throughout history. This month-long observance is an opportunity to recognize the impact that Black Americans have made on our society. Browse this page to explore Library resources and links to other websites where you can explore this history in-depth. 

 


Virtual Author Visit

Join us for a Virtual Author Visit with award-winning author Jason Mott about his recent novel Hell of a Book on Tue., Feb. 20 at 2 p.m. This magnificent work of fiction is deeply honest, at times electrically funny, and is a book that goes to the heart of racism, police violence, and the hidden costs exacted upon Black Americans and America as a whole. Register to get the link.


Virtual Genealogy Class: Researching African American Ancestors

Researching your African American ancestors can be a challenging, yet rewarding, process. In addition to research strategies, this class will cover how to use both traditional and unique resources to explore your family tree. Register for the access link.


Resources


Education Resources


Regional History & Genealogy Resources


Websites

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Who Gives A Scrap – A program by PPLD

In collaboration with Who Gives a SCRAP Creative Reuse Center, we are hosting an arts, crafts, and hobby material exchange! Bring in your new, clean/gently used, and unwanted craft materials and exchange them for "tickets" to exchange for new-to-you craft supplies!

Please refrain from bringing items that can be recycled (plastic food containers), bedding, and building waste. Check the Who Gives a Scrap Donation Guidelines for a full list of items that can and cannot be donated.

We will also have a fun up-cycling craft going on, so you can take your time and check for new inventory! No registration required. 

For more information about each event, check our events calendar

  • Sat., March 16 from 1 - 4 p.m. at Sand Creek Library – Calendar
  • Sat., April. 27 from 1 - 4 p.m. at High Prairie Library – Calendar
  • Sat., May 11 from 1 - 4 p.m. at Manitou Springs Library – Calendar
  • Sat., June 15 from 1 - 4 p.m. at Library 21c – Calendar
  • Sat., July 20 from 1 - 4 p.m. at East Library – Calendar
  • Sat., Aug. 31 from 1 - 4 p.m. at Rockrimmon Library – Calendar
  • Sat., Sep. 14 from 1 - 4 p.m. at Old Colorado City Library – Calendar
  • Sat., Oct. 19 from 1 - 4 p.m. at Monument Library – Calendar
  • Sat., Nov. 2 from 1 - 4 p.m. at Banning Lewis Ranch – Calendar

 

 

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The front of Penrose Library, with the Library District logo displayed on the side of the building.

Updates are coming to Penrose Library in early 2024. In a concerted effort to increase the safety and security of Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD) patrons and staff, Library leadership has determined that a significant investment in the systems, structures/facilities, and resources in use at Penrose Library is paramount. Staff and community members have asked that the Library District address this location specifically, and leadership has listened to that feedback. After careful evaluation, the Library District determined the most efficient updates that are financially feasible for PPLD and that provide the biggest return on time and funds invested. 

Although Penrose Library will not need to be closed for the majority of the plan implementation (predicted to take most of 2024 to complete), the beginning stages of the plan do require closing the facility. Penrose Library will be closed for approximately two months starting Thu., Feb. 1 in order to complete this stage of updates. During the closure, bookshelves will be shortened and reconfigured to increase shelf space, brighten the area, and increase visibility and accessibility. This process requires removing all of the books, disassembling the shelving units, sending them out for modification, and then reassembling them in their new configuration before reshelving the books. Only this stage will require closing the building, as all other updates are expected to proceed while the building is open. Other elements of this project will require the closure of smaller sections of Penrose Library for shorter periods of time in the coming months. Here are the planned changes that will not require a building closure to complete:

  • Moving the lockers currently located along the wall near our Regional History & Genealogy department to the west entrance and installing another set of lockers at the east entrance for patrons to store belongings during their visit.
  • Installation of boulders in the outdoor areas around the windows of the Children’s section.
  • Interior stairwell fencing installed below the main and west stairwells.
  • A visually appealing steel fence (resembling the one around the Carnegie Garden next to Penrose Library) installed around the premises.
  • Creation of a permanent structure in the back parking lot in which people with large belongings may store their items short-term during their visit.
  • Remodel of the computer lab.
  • Replacing existing tables and chairs with more functional furniture.
  • Removal of outlets and installation of a charging station near the front entrance.
  • Repositioning staff desks to strategic locations throughout the building.
  • Sectioning off the Children’s area to make it its own distinct room.
  • Updating all security hardware throughout the building, including the installation of ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant speakers.

PPLD is excited to update Penrose Library to improve safety and security for all patrons and staff. Penrose is a strong part of the downtown Colorado Springs area, and the Library is proud to continue to be a contributing part of this thriving community. Ensuring a safe and secure environment for all to access the Library’s resources and spaces has been and will continue to be at the foundation of Pikes Peak Library District. We thank you for your patience and understanding during this time.

Accessing Regional History & Genealogy

While Penrose Library is closed, limited Regional History & Genealogy resources will be available.

Virtual assistance

When needed, patrons can schedule a virtual meeting with Regional History & Genealogy staff for one-on-one help to address specific research needs.

Microfilm

While Penrose Library is closed, Microfilm may be requested from Regional History & Genealogy, in advance, to be sent and viewed at East Library. Patrons will need to give four-days’ notice before the film will be available to them. East Library staff will contact patrons when their film is ready to view. Patrons must view the film at East Library (items do not circulate outside of the library). Microfilm requests from Interlibrary Loan during this time will also be available from East Library.

Database Access

Certain PPLD databases that are only available at Penrose Library are currently available at other locations while Penrose Library is closed.

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Adult Winter Reading Program at the Pikes Peak Library District

Adventure Begins at your Library with the 2024 Winter Adult Reading Program!

Log 30 days of activities from Thu., Feb. 1 - Sun., March 31 to earn prizes! Activities such as attending Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD) activities listed below and reading for 30 minutes or more a day. 

To register, sign up for Beanstack or stop by the Library to register in-person (curbside services available). When you register in-person or at curbside, you will receive a Winter Adult Reading Program tote bag (while supplies last). 
 

Click here to sign up for Beanstack.

Winter Adult Reading Program Game Card

You can also use the Beanstack app, available for Android and Iphone.


 

Winter Adult Reading Program Registration Kick-Off!

Join us as we kick off the 2024 Winter Adult Reading Program on Thu., Feb. 1. Register beginning on Feb. 1 and pick up a limited-edition registration tote bag while supplies last. Bags will be available on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last.  

Prizes

Log 30 days of activities from Feb. 1 – March 31 to earn the annual limited edition Winter Adult Reading Program mug, a certificate for a free piece of chocolate from Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, and an entry into the grand prize drawing. Activities include reading for 30 minutes or more a day, attending a PPLD program, or any of the activities listed below. You can complete the program through a combination of activities and reading.  

Handwashing is recommended for the mug to preserve the logo.  

Grand Prize Drawing.

Complete your challenge for an entry into the Grand Prize Drawing to receive one of five Colorado Springs Downtown Partnership Gift Cards! Take an adventure in Colorado Springs and explore over 170 Downtown shops, restaurants, salons, and venues where the Downtown Partnership Gift Card is accepted. Click here to see a list of participating locations.  

For every additional five days of reading or activities you log, you will receive one additional entry into the Grand Prize Drawing for a total of up to six additional entries. 

PPLD employees are not eligible for the grand prize.  


Programs

Adventure Begins at Your Library with one of the following fun and informational programs. Each program is being offered as a part of the Winter Adult Reading Program.

Birds of the Pikes Peak Region 

Join wildlife biologist and author Joe LaFleur for an audio-visual presentation about how to identify local raptors, hawks, and owls by sight and sound. After the presentation, Joe will have his books and DVDs available for purchase.  

The Great American Solar Eclipse in 2024 

This talk will discuss the historical and modern cultural context of the solar eclipse in society, what solar eclipses are, the basic science of why eclipses occur, and where to see one of these exciting celestial events. We will also demonstrate safe observing practices using common household objects. The Colorado Springs Astronomical Society  will have 100 solar eclipse viewers to hand out at the conclusion of this presentation. Weather permitting, we will also have solar telescopes set up to provide safe, amazing views of the Sun.  

The Astronomer's Guide to the Universe 

Join the Colorado Springs Astronomical Society for an introduction to astronomy and what we can see in the night sky.    

Preserving the Night Sky 

Join the Colorado Springs Astronomical Society to learn more about why the stars in the night sky seem to be disappearing. The cause of this phenomenon is also affecting both wildlife and human behavior. This talk presents the challenges of light pollution, what they're doing about it, and how the community can help.

The Search for Extraterrestrials: The Real-Life Search for Life Elsewhere in our Solar System 

Everywhere on Earth that we look, even in the most extreme environments, we find life. Join the Colorado Springs Astronomical Society for a talk that explores how we’re using our understanding of life on Earth to help us in our search for life on other worlds. We’ll also discuss the Drake Equation and Fermi’s Paradox and how they factor into the possibility of life out there.  

How Telescopes Changed our Understanding of the Universe 

Join the Colorado Springs Astronomical Society to learn how telescopes have helped us understand more about the mysteries of the universe.

DIY Book Nook

Every book is an adventure; make your bookshelf an invitation to adventure with this DIY Book Nook! Use materials and LED string lights to create a work of art to add to your personal bookshelves.

Handmade Adventure Journals

Make a fabric-covered journal to take on your next adventure. You will learn some basic sewing ideas too!


Activities

Need some suggestions for activities? We’re here to help! 


Reading Resources 

Pick up your copy of the winter 2024 issue of the Library’s District Discovery magazine to track your progress, read stories, and more!  


Have Questions? 

Check out our FAQ for more information on our Adult Winter Reading Program

 

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Fine Art Center

Across cultures and generations, the fine arts uniquely capture our imagination in unforgettable ways. The Library’s Pikes Peak Culture Pass program connects Library users with the arts with no-cost passes to the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College (FAC). For over 100 years, the FAC has been a popular cultural attraction in the Pikes Peak region, offering world-class art, Broadway-worthy theater, and arts education for all ages and abilities. The FAC, as it’s fondly called, has partnered with PPLD to share arts and culture through Pikes Peak Culture Passes since the program first began in March 2020. 

Culture Pass holders can explore an array of permanent and travelling exhibits at the museum but there is so much more under the roof of this 132,286 square-foot facility. The Fine Arts Center is one of the only multi-discipline arts institutes in the nation, offering a museum, theatre, and art school all in one location. The FAC regularly hosts programs throughout the year such as artist talks, First Friday music and events, and annual cultural celebrations such as its Día de Muertos celebration. This spring, the Library is collaborating with the FAC on a local exhibition as well.

“We are excited to partner once again with PPLD this spring for our upcoming Clarence Shivers: Experimenting with Form museum exhibition,” said Kim Sweeney, membership manager at FAC. The exhibition will showcase work by local artist Clerence Shivers. This is a well-suited collaboration, as PPLD has a deep connection to the Shivers Family, hosting many concerts by jazz legend and philanthropist Peggy Shivers over the years. This exhibit opens on Fri., Feb. 2 and will feature over 30 works, paintings, prints, and sculptures that offer an expansive view of Clarence Shivers’ prolific career.

The FAC offers Museum Free days twice a month on the second Saturday and third Friday of each month. If you want no-cost entry on another day that they are open, check out a Culture Pass and enjoy your time exploring this cultural attraction. 

Pikes Peak Library District library cardholders have made great use of the Culture Pass program, checking out 3,192 no-cost passes in 2023 alone! The Fine Arts Center is one of 12 Culture Pass partners that you can explore. Use your library card to check out a pass today! 

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We have a story: Homeless in Colorado Springs

What does a region’s history look like through the lens of people who are often left out of a community’s archived history? Come find out with We Have a Story: Homelessness in Colorado Springs. This powerful documentary project showcases in a gallery the unique perspectives of three young adults experiencing homelessness and a caseworker who serves them through photography that captures this complex and diverse community. Join us at East Library for the reception of the gallery on Sat., Jan. 20 from 10 – 11:30 a.m. Light refreshments will be provided.

Over the course of one month in the Summer of 2023, participants took photos from their perspectives. They learned digital photography skills from a professional photographer and came together to critique and evaluate their photographs. They also met with a historian to conduct oral interviews capturing their experiences.

Each participant selected their four best photographs for the gallery, which will be on display at different PPLD locations each month. A written artist story accompanies each photo to delve more deeply into each individual’s perspectives.

The We Have a Story traveling exhibit will continue traveling in 2024, starting at East Library in January, Rockrimmon Library in February, and finishing at the Manitou Arts Center (MAC) in March. 

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Homeschool Science Fair

Interested in seeing some amazing experiments from up-and-coming scientists? Visit our annual Homeschool Science Fair to browse and chat with project creators. Kids can fill out a "What I learned" and receive a prize! Come and discover something new, or be inspired for next year!

Our annual Homeschool Science Fair is open to grades K-12! Homeschool students are invited to demonstrate a science project for other families. There are no rules or guidelines for this non-competitive event, and planning is left up to individual families.

Registration required. Students will arrive by 9:15 a.m., and the event will be open to the public from 10 - 11:30 a.m.

Need help planning your project? Download our Science Fair How-Tos Document!

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Kick off your New Year’s resolutions with the Library! Whether you want to save more money, learn a new language, get fit, enjoy more family time, or any other resolution for a new you in 2024, PPLD has you covered. To help you stick to your resolution, download the PPLD habit tracker and year-long calendar. They will help you get started on your new habits and track your progress. Use your library card to access PPLD resources and meet your goals head on!


 

Save Money

Save Money

Your library card is your ticket to saving money throughout the year. Here are a few ways you can start saving today! 

  • Get your library card for access to no-cost services and resources
  • Ditch expensive subscriptions, stream TV shows and movies on Hoopla at no cost
  • Skip costly recording studio fees by using PPLD’s studios for video and audio production
  • Learn new skills at no cost by taking video courses on LinkedIn Learning 

Enjoy more Family Time

Enjoy More Family Time

Your family deserves to spend quality time together doing things everyone loves. Here are a few ways that the Library can support your bonding time!


 

Get Fit

Get Fit

Building new health and fitness habits can be tough at first, but you’re not alone. Here are a few ideas to help you get started on your fitness goals! 

  • Get in touch with your body during PPLD’s yoga classes at Library 21C, Rockrimmon Library, and online
  • Develop healthy eating habits with nutrition books
  • Get in shape with dance and fitness videos on Hoopla and Kanopy
  • Level up your workout with no-cost music streaming on Freegal 

Learn A New Language

Learn a New Language

¡Hola! Hallo! Bonjour! Learning a new language is a great way to prepare for a trip, connect with friends and family, or keep your mind sharp. Here are a few resources at the Library to support your learning this year!

Whatever your New Year’s resolutions involve this year, your Library is here to support your efforts. Learn more about what your library card can do for you! 

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2024 Tax Season Assistance Graphic

With taxes due on Mon. April 15, tax time is right around the corner. Save yourself a headache – don't wait until the last minute! PPLD has everything you need to file on time, including live tax preparation help (by appointment only) provided through our partners.


Tax Assistance at PPLD

Get help preparing and filing your 2023 tax returns with IRS-certified volunteers! We are partnering with AARP Foundation Tax-Aide and VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program) to offer no-cost tax preparation services (geared towards low- to moderate-income taxpayers) on-site at Library locations. These services are by appointment only, and appointments can be made starting mid-January 2024, with the services beginning in February. Appointments are available at The Hall at PPLD, East Library, High Prairie Library, Calhan Library, Library 21c, and Fountain Library.

VITA services (for individuals who earned less than $60,000 in 2023) will be at: 

  • The Hall at PPLD
    • Every Fri. from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. starting Feb. 2 - April 12
  • East Library
    • Every Fri. from 2 - 5 p.m. starting Feb. 2 - April 12 
  • High Prairie Library
    • Sat., Feb. 24 from noon - 3 p.m. and Sat., March 30 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Calhan Library
    • Sat., March 16 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

To make an appointment with VITA services, please call Pikes Peak United Way by dialing 2-1-1 or (719) 955-0742.


AARP Foundation Tax-Aide (available to anyone, especially those 50 years and older or those who cannot afford paid tax preparation services) will be at: 

  • Library 21c 
    • Feb. 6 - April 11
    • Every Tue., and Thu. from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
    • Every Wed. from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

To make an appointment with AARP Foundation Tax-Aide at Library 21c call (719) 235-6757. 
 

  • Fountain Library 
    • Every Wed. from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. starting Feb. 7 - April 10
    • Sat., Feb. 3 and Sat., Feb. 17 from noon - 5 p.m.
    • Sat., March 2 and Sat., March 16 from noon - 5 p.m.
    • Sat., April 6 from noon - 5 p.m. and Sat., April 13 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

To make an appointment with AARP Foundation Tax-Aide at Fountain Library call (719) 508-2629 or visit cotaxaide.org/appt/ and select “make an appointment” and sign in to view the schedule.
 

  • NEW LOCATION: Cheyenne Mountain
    • Thu., Feb 8, 22 and 29, 12:30 – 5 p.m.
    • Thu., March 14 and 28, 12:30 – 5 p.m.
    • April 11, 12:30 – 5 p.m.

Call (719) 244-2235 to make an appointment.


Tax Documents and Resources

Although Library staff are not able to give tax advice, our Tax Resources guide is here to help you file on time. Find federal, Colorado, and other state tax forms, tax assistance, FAQs for accessing your IRS account information, and other useful information. Please note that our libraries do not stock federal or state tax forms or booklets, but you can print your forms using Library computers.