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:
Googly Eye Stickers
Materials you provide:
1. Tape blue construction paper around the paper roll.
2. Create and tape a triangular fin to the top.
3. Decorate the roll at one end to look like a shark with its mouth open. Use the sticker eyes if desired.
4. 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.
5. Tie a double knot around the paper roll. Leave approximately 6-8 inches for the ball to swing on. Cut off any excess yarn.
6. Gently swing the ball and see if you can catch it in the shark’s mouth! Gentle swings are the key!
Pikes Peak Library District recently released its new vision, mission, and values, and now will embark on a strategic planning process for 2023 - 2025. And, we want your input!
As part of this, we’re looking to hear from community members like you – what you think PPLD does, might, and should do well. Your input will help inform the Library’s direction for the next three years!
During the month of July, here’s how you can participate:
- Take our quick online survey anytime. It’s available in English and Spanish.
- Visit one of our Library locations when it’s convenient for you. You’ll be able to write and share via a post-it note or notecard.
- Attend one of three in-person sessions. Registration is required to participate.
- Strategic Planning Public Input Session (Session 1 of 3)
Tue., July 12 at 6 - 8 p.m.
East Library, Community Room
- Strategic Planning Public Input Session (Session 2 of 3)
Thu., July 14 at 6 - 8 p.m.
Sand Creek Library, Meeting Room A/B
Strategic Planning Public Input Session (Session 3 of 3)
Tue., July 19 at 9 - 11 a.m.
Penrose Library, Columbine Rooms
In early August, we’ll review and analyze all public and staff input to identify common themes. Then, a planning committee of Library staff, members of PPLD’s Board of Trustees, and community representatives will begin the actual process of developing the strategic plan in August. All collected data will help inform PPLD’s top areas of focus, which will then impact the key strategies and tactics, for 2023-2025.
The Library will release the new strategic plan to the public sometime in October 2022.
Have questions? Contact us!
An interview of PPLD patron Philip Riegert – By Anthony Carlson
When I was growing up in Monument, one of the first things my family did when starting to pack for our annual family trip to the east coast was to visit Pikes Peak Library District's (PPLD) Monument Library. Our family car never needed a DVD player to keep us busy on vacations. The Sisters Grimm, Ranger’s Apprentice, and Harry Potter were just a few of the book series that kept mine and my brother’s minds occupied on the 28-hour road trip to visit family. We’d finish reading our book, then trade with each other to read whatever novel or series the other was finishing up.
,p>PPLD wasn’t just a place we visited seeking entertainment for our family on long trips (and to probably save my parent’s sanity traveling with two young boys!), it was a staple in our lives. My mom and dad moved the family to Monument when I was approximately eight years old. Mom would take us to the Monument Library once a week and we would load up on books, movies, and CDs. It was normal for my brother and I to bring home 30 - 40 books and devour them in a week. Even at a young age, the library catalog system was easy enough that I could check out or put books on hold all on my own. However, access to books wasn’t the only thing that made the library feel like the best place to be. Whether it was puppies visiting the library to play with or craft workshops, there was always something fun and adventurous for a kid to do.
Once I transitioned from elementary to middle school, I found myself at the library daily. It was such a great place to do homework, read a book, and provided a safe place to hang out.
Eventually, I started volunteering at PPLD, helping support my favorite program — the Summer Reading program (now the Summer Adventure program). As a kid who loved reading, there was nothing better than reading a bunch of books and being rewarded for completing the program. The prizes I received as I completed books and worked toward finishing the program really motivated me to keep reading. Frankly, the Summer Reading Program is a big reason why I’m such an avid reader today.
My love of the library has only grown over time. When I was a kid I loved the easy access to books, movies, CDs, and the fun programs the library held for the community. However, today I’ve also grown an appreciation for the impact PPLD has on neighborhoods and families. Books aren’t necessarily the cheapest thing in the world. A new hard-covered book will cost you at least $20. Without the library as a resource, many kids and adults would be deprived of the joy of reading. With its wide range of programs and services, the library makes it easy for families new to town to quickly plug in and integrate into a new community. However, what’s amazing is how accessible our library is today. I have three library-specific apps on my phone and can download books directly to my Kindle. I typically rotate through 15 - 16 books at a time. Our library is accessible to the entire community, regardless of whether you want to travel in person to a location or if you simply want to check out a few books from the convenience of your kitchen table. And this is all available to the public for free!
The library inspired my entire family to grow into avid readers. When I was growing up, it gave me a sense of place and community. If you’re someone just dipping your toes into what PPLD has to offer, I encourage you to start with its summer reading program. There are tracks for kids and adults. After all, we’re never too old to be excited about getting free goodies for completing a few good books!
All you need is your library. But your library needs you, too! Support Pikes Peak Library District by making a charitable gift to the PPLD Foundation. Click here to make your donation today. Thank you!
Clean, clear jar with lid
Thin glow stick
Table covering or tray
With a grown-up's help, cut the tip off the glow stick.
Place the open end of the glow stick in the jar and shake it back and forth so that it splatters. Turn the jar as you splatter.
Add a small pinch of glitter, sprinkling onto the sides of the jar where the splatters are.
Cover with lid and take into a very dark room.
Fireflies are not flies but beetles and do exist in Colorado! They hang out by permanent water sources like ponds, lakes, and streams. Watch this project at: https://youtu.be/LRNWJVQRFYw
Take and Makes for this project, for ages 5-12, will be available at area PPLD libraries beginning this Friday, June 10, 2022.
Supplies and Directions:
Materials We Provide:
Materials You Provide:
Directions: (for additional pictures, see pdf link below:
1. Draw a rectangle along the fold of your file folder that’s approximately 4.5 x 7 inches. The folded edge should be part of your rectangle. Cut it out, but don’t cut the folded edge. When you open your rectangle, it should be about 9 inches x 7 inches.
2. Fold one side down to the folded edge. Turn the folder over and do the same to the other side.
3. Fold each side back up to the top. Crease well.
4. Open the folder up along the original fold. Staple the rubber band to one end near that center fold.
5. Use the origami paper to fold a classic dart airplane.
6. Stretch the rubber band around the front of the launcher and around to the back. Hook it to the back near the top.
7. Slide the airplane into the center slot of the file folder launcher. It should rest all the way back against the rubber band.
8. Pull the sides of the launcher apart. The rubber band should propel the airplane forward!
To expand this project, experiment with different weights of paper for your airplane, different rubber band thicknesses, and different launcher lengths. You could also change the trajectory to see how the distance traveled changes.
Have an adventure with Pikes Peak Library District this summer! Summer Adventure presented by Children’s Hospital Colorado helps kids and teens stay engaged and active over the summer months. We know you’re looking for engaging activity ideas, and we are here to help!
Anyone ages 0 - 18 can participate and win prizes through reading, moving, and imagining. Either participate in one of our programs or use one of our activity ideas!
Oceans of Possibilities!
June 1 - Aug. 15, 2022
The adventure runs from Wed., June 1 - Mon., Aug. 15. You can sign up for and start the program on June 1 at ppld.beanstack.org.
Have more questions about Beanstack? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Be in the know: Sign up!
Receive a reminder email at the start of Summer Adventure and emails throughout June, July, and August for summer programs, activities, and more for ages 0 - 18. You can unsubscribe at any time.
You can track your progress on the Beanstack app, on the calendars in the Summer Adventure edition of District Discovery, 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
- Complete an activity (either Read, Imagine, or Move) any day from Wed., June 1 through Mon., Aug. 15.
- You can log your progress by recording the dates you complete an activity on Beanstack at ppld.beanstack.org or by using the Beanstack App, available in Google Play or the App Store. You can also track your progress on the game cards or on the calendars in District Discovery.
- You will receive a prize for registering for the Summer Adventure program and a prize when you reach 30 days of activities. You’ll also be entered into the grand prize drawing at 30 days of activities.
- Bonus Round: For every additional 10 days of activities you complete after finishing the game (after the initial 30 days of activities), you earn 1 additional entry into the grand prize drawing. You can earn up to four additional entries into the drawing.
If you need assistance, call (719) 531-6333 or visit ppld.org/ask for ways to contact the Summer Adventure staff.
Enliven your Zoom or other virtual conversations with Summer Adventure digital backgrounds: Download below!
At registration, ages 0 - 12 can choose a book and ages 13 - 18 can select a book or a journal as their initial prize. After logging 30 days of reading and/or activities, ages 0 - 3 receive a set of bath toy boats, ages 4 - 12 receive a reading award medal, and ages 13 - 18 receive another book or journal.
After logging 30 days of reading and/or activities, ages 0 - 12 are entered into a Grand Prize drawing for a gift certificate to Kiwico; ages 13 - 18 are entered into a grand prize drawing for a Chromebook®.
*There will be multiple winners throughout the District. Residents of El Paso County are eligible to win the grand prize.
Finished with the program? Please take our survey and answer a few questions to make next year’s program even better.
As part of PPLD's dedication to equity, inclusion, and diversity, we will host Special Olympics Colorado’s traveling Inclusion Gallery exhibit at several locations through the end of 2022.
The Inclusion Gallery showcases acts of inclusion demonstrated through Special Olympics Colorado programs, sports, and more. From taking time with a classmate to showcasing tremendous abilities at the X-Games, these photos inspire.
PPLD patrons can view the exhibit at the following Library locations:
Kids and teens can enjoy lunch (and books) at no cost this summer!
School District 11 will bring their mobile unit to East Library every weekday from June - July!
Anyone up to 18 years old can stop by for a free lunch. In addition to meal service, they'll also have a basket of age-appropriate books that kids and teens can take with them.
Outside of East Library
5550 N. Union Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO 80918
June 1 - July 29 (every weekday except July 4)
11 a.m. - noon
The Summer Food Service Program, funded by USDA, provides nutritious meals to children and teenagers 0-18. There are no income or registration requirements for participation.
To find other nearby summer meal sites, visit KidsFoodFinder.org.
Take and Makes for this project (from May 13, 2022) may still be available at area PPLD Libraries!
Supplies and Directions:
Materials we provide:
- Paper plate
- Contact paper
Materials you provide:
- Natural materials
- Go outside and pick up a variety of natural materials.
- Cut out the center circle of your plate.
- Peel the backing off your contact paper.
- Place your contact paper sticky side up on your surface.
- Place the outside plate circle over the contact paper.
- Arrange your natural materials on the sticky side of your contact paper.
- Use the yarn to hang your suncatcher.
Pikes Peak Library District is proud to present the 2022 Manitou Springs Library Lawn Concert Series! Concerts will be on Wednesdays in June and July from 6 - 7:30 p.m.
This season's concert series will be held outdoors on the lawn of the former Manitou Springs Carnegie Library, 701 Manitou Ave., located at the southwest corner of Manitou Avenue and Pawnee Avenue. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and enjoy the music of this summer concert series.
June 1 - Skean Dubh
June 8 - Crystal and the Curious
June 15 - Academy Jazz Ensemble
June 22 - Xanthe Alexis
June 29 - The Storys
July 6 - High Mountain Duet
July 13 - Snake and the Rabbit
July 20 - Tenderfoot Bluegrass Band
July 27 - Roma Ransom
Depending on state and local directives concerning the COVID-19 pandemic, facial coverings and/or social distancing guidelines may be observed.
Pikes Peak Library District established the new public service area of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) in January 2021. With this newer public service and dedicated staff, we can ensure our spaces and programs are welcoming and accessible for every resident. This includes those with disabilities, members of the military and their families, older adults, those of different faiths, people of color, immigrants, LBGTQIA+ individuals, those who live in more rural parts, and many other identities within our county.
Here’s a snapshot of their focus and goals: “Pikes Peak Library District is committed to treating all individuals with respect and dignity by embracing the principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion. We will achieve this by following PPLD’s new vision, mission, and values; ensuring our policies and programs promote the representation and participation of all El Paso County community members - past, present, and future.”
This small team provides EDI-focused services and outreach to our community, along with guidance to staff, to name a few things. For example, the EDI team now directly oversees our accessibility resources, services, and programs for the public. This includes ADA accessibility needs, assistive technology available at our Library locations, and our Library Explorers program that’s open to people of all abilities.
They also provide resources and programs specifically for older adults, so people can avoid isolation and loneliness, learn about Medicare, and find whatever else they need at this stage of life. In addition to this, our EDI team has expanded Library outreach to military families and veterans, as well as the faith-based community. They often collaborate with other entities to ensure anyone seeking support can access what they need.
Thanks to our EDI team and other Library staff, we can fulfill a part of our new mission – cultivating physical, digital, and other spaces for belonging – and being here for everyone in our community.
Interview with Shirley Martinez, PPLD’s Director of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion
This was originally featured in our Winter 2022 issue of the District Discovery magazine, and we’re resharing now to address some of your most common questions.
What is equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI)?
Equity is about making sure individuals are treated equitably, not just in jobs. It could be at the grocery store. It could be at the doctor's office. It could be pay.
Diversity is about story. It's about the things that make up who you are, your experiences, your education, background, where you come from, the things that you do.
Inclusion is about the action. It's about the things that you do to include people in decisions, programs, marches, art… That's what inclusion is about.
EDI is about the story that is told and being equitable in order for people to feel like they belong.
It's about ensuring that everybody has a seat at the table, that they have an outlet for their voice. And this doesn't mean that it stops anyone else from having a voice. It's about having dialogue and being able to have courageous conversations and not be offended. You don't have to like what somebody says. We're not there to make everybody change their minds. We're there to educate and provide tools. Hopefully, they get something from it.
What are some common misconceptions about EDI?
I would say 50% of the people think that EDI is about race and race issues between blacks and whites. But when you dig a little deeper, you understand that it's also about individuals with disabilities. It's about women. It's about LGBT. It's about all the things that make us different.
What goals have you set for EDI initiatives at the Library?
One of them is improved staff perception and giving them meaningful work on how to help the Library move itself into a place of being truly inclusive. If we're open to the public, we need to be open to all.
Another way is continued compliance with ADA [Americans with Disabilities Act], with Title II [which prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in all services, programs, and activities]. We look at equipment, our books, our posters, our facilities… Can people use our systems with JAWS [a computer screen reader program]? Are they able to check out a book at the self-checkout?
We also want to build and strengthen relationships with our patrons and contribute to the Library’s community engagement and outreach. We need to reach out to the military veteran community and the faith-based community.
Also with diversity, we need to look at benchmarking, program measures, and accountability. We need to identify what measures are working.
Can your water balloons survive a big drop? Find out with this experiment.
Supplies and Directions:
- One balloon
- One plastic shopping bag
- One rubber band
- Add water to your balloon, don't fill the balloon, leave lots of room to tie the balloon closed.
- Cut the ends of the handles of the bags. Tie or rubber band them to the knotted end of a water balloon
- Go outside and drop it from a high place to see if it breaks when it lands.
- Test and retest until your balloon breaks.
- Try it again with another balloon.
- See what else you can attach to your parachute and let drop.
Pikes Peak Library District is excited to announce the call for submissions for All Pikes Peak Writes! All Pikes Peak Writes is PPLD’s annual fiction writing contest for ages 12+ and seeks to highlight writers in our community through one contest. This year’s contest will have three categories for Middle School and High School (ages 12-18), Young Adult (ages 19-24), and Adult (ages 25+). Please see the guidelines, rules for entry, and submission form for each category below.
Submissions will be accepted May 15, 2022, through 9 p.m. on July 15, 2022.
All Pikes Peak Writes is open to El Paso County residents ages 12+
Entries will be judged on quality of writing, use of language, plot development and resolution, believable characters, and correct punctuation, grammar, and spelling.
Prizes will be awarded for first, second, and third place entries in each category. We will notify participants in mid-August if they have won an award. All winners will be announced on ppld.org and invited to have their story published in an anthology of winning entries.
Celebrate Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month with PPLD!
Library Program and Craft: Paper Lei
In celebration of Lei Day and Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month, learn the history and story around the lei as you create your very own. All materials will be included for this one-hour program.
- When: Wed., May 25 from 5 - 6:30 p.m.
- Where: Knight of Columbus Hall, 20 W. Pikes Peak Ave.
- Click here to register.
- Young Adult Booklist
- Picture Books
- Children's Chapter Books
- Adult Booklist
- Kanopy Film List
- Hoopla Film List
- Biography in Context
Regional History & Genealogy Resources:
- Books from the Carnegie Library - Special Collections (Some titles are available for checkout from other library locations)
- Voices from Colorado: perspectives of Asian Pacific Americans by Nestor J. Mercado
- Asian American genealogical sourcebook by Paula K. Byers
- Asians in Colorado: a history of persecution and perseverance in the Centennial State by William Wei
- Chinaman's chance: the Chinese on the Rocky Mountain mining frontier by Liping Zhu
- The road to Chinese exclusion: the Denver riot, 1880 election, and rise of the West by Liping Zhu
- Chin Lin Sou: Chinese-American leader by Janet L. Taggart
Celebrate Jewish American Heritage Month with PPLD!
Regional History & Genealogy Resources Archival Collections
- Colorado Springs Jewish History Project Records, 1920-2013 (Archival Collection MSS 0419) The Colorado Springs Jewish History Project records consist of oral history interviews, photographs, and a documentary film.
Archival Collection MSS 0415) and Mohl Family Photographs (Digital Photograph Collection)
- Leo and Hertha Mohl were long-time residents of Colorado Springs, small business owners, dairy farmers, and world travelers. They were also some of the first European war refugees to live in Colorado Springs.
- Hertha Mohl was born in Vienna, Austria, and worked as a dressmaker until, after almost getting caught passing out anti-Nazi literature, she smuggled herself into England. While living in London, Hertha served in the British Air Raid Precaution Service. Also born in Vienna, Leo Mohl served as secretary of the trade union movement. Leo was taken to concentration camps in Dachau and Buchenwald for his political activities. In 1939, he was released and immigrated to England, where he met Hertha.
- The Mohls immigrated to the United States in 1940, eventually making their way to Colorado Springs. They raised dairy cows on farmland that is now owned by the Air Force Academy, operated a bookstore called The Book Home, and owned a reweaving shop called Master Weavers of America.
- Various Photographs (from PPLD’s Digital Photograph Collection) Photographs of the Colorado Springs Jewish Community.
- Books from the Carnegie Library - Special Collections (Some titles are available for checkout from other library locations)
- Exploring Jewish Colorado by Phil Goodstein
- A Colorado Jewish family album, 1859-1992 by Rocky Mountain Jewish Historical Society
- A history of Jewish life in Colorado Springs (DVD – also available for checkout)
- Getting started in Jewish genealogy by Gary Mokotoff
- L'chaim: a guide to Jewish genealogical research by Zoe Henry
- Dr. Charles David Spivak: a Jewish immigrant and the American tuberculosis movement by Jeanne E. Abrams
- Jewish women pioneering the frontier trail: a history in the American West by Jeanne E. Abrams
- A guide to the Jewish Rockies, Colorado, Montana, Wyoming by Amy Shapiro
Website Links: Jewish American Heritage Month: The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of Jewish Americans who have helped form the fabric of American history, culture and society.
International best-selling author Jim Fergus has been named the 2022 recipient of the Frank Waters Award by the Friends of the Pikes Peak Library District. Fergus, a Colorado College graduate, will receive the award and be the keynote speaker at the annual Literary Awards Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 18 at the DoubleTree by Hilton, 1775 East Cheyenne Mountain Blvd.
Fergus’s first novel, “One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd,” was published in 1998. The novel won the 1999 Fiction of the Year Award from the Mountains & Plains Booksellers Association. It has since sold over 700,000 copies in the United States.
Fergus has also published a collection of outdoor articles and essays, titled “The Sporting Road.” In 2005, his second novel, “The Wild Girl: The Notebooks of Ned Giles” set in the 1930’s in Chicago, Arizona, and the Sierra Madres of Mexico, was published. In 2018, he published “The Vengeance of Mothers,” a sequel to his first novel. followed by “Strongheart” in 2021. Fergus divides his time between southern Arizona and France, where he also is a best-selling author.
The 2022 Golden Quill award also will be presented at the luncheon. The annual prize, given to a local author or publication, will go to John Anderson, former El Paso County sheriff, historian and writer. His works include: “Sherlock Holmes in Little London: 1896 The Missing Year”; “Rankin Scott Kelly: First Sheriff of El Paso County Colorado Territory 1861-1867”; and “Ute Prayer Tees of the Pikes Peak Region.”
Cost of the luncheon will be $45 for Friends of the Library members, $50 for all others. You may purchase a table of eight for $360. Reservations may be made online by visiting https://tinyurl.com/bmwafcms. Reservations also may be mailed to: Friends of PPLD, 5550 N. Union Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO 80918. Deadline for reservations is 5 p.m. Friday, June 10. Questions may be directed to the Friends office, (719) 531-6333, x1461.
Books will be for sale at the event and authors will be on hand to autograph them. Proceeds from the event benefit Friends, who support library district programs and needs.
From a small reading room established 136 years ago, Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD) has evolved to meet the ever-changing needs of our sprawling community. Our service area covers 2,070 square miles of El Paso County with population of about 700,000 – people of all ages and backgrounds with varying views and interests. Thanks to taxpayer funding, we provide residents with access to 16 facilities, three mobile library services, and a large online hub of resources and services that are inclusive and welcoming to all. We strive to make our physical and digital spaces safe and respectful for diverse voices, perspectives, and pursuit; to foster community dialogue and connections; and to help people achieve their goals and dreams in life.
Beginning in January 2022, we initiated a process to revisit PPLD’s mission statement and develop a vision statement and organizational values that reflect our public library system and growing community. Having such clearly defined statements and values also will allow us to prepare for the next stage – working on a new strategic plan that we hope to release later this fall.
In partnership with a local third-party vendor, Library leadership engaged all staff in a design thinking process to gather individual input and collectively see which themes emerged – and it resulted in much alignment from frontline staff to management. With such rich qualitative data, PPLD’s Board of Trustees and leadership team were able to craft new statements and values that capture our core purpose and aspirations for a public institution that’s here for everyone.
We are excited to share them with you, our Library cardholders and patrons.
Access to resources and opportunities leads to thriving people and connected communities.
Cultivate spaces for belonging, personal growth, and strong communities.
- Access: We ensure all people feel safe to connect with services, resources, and experiences.
- Service: We remove barriers to provide access for all to pursue their interests, needs, and goals.
- Freedom: We ensure the right of community members to interact with and experience library services as they choose.
- Accountability: We responsibly steward resources with integrity and transparent practices.
- Creativity: We foster imagination and resolve problems in new ways.
- Community: We bring people together.
You will see these new statements in many places going forward, and they are already featured on our About Us page. We look forward to fulfilling our new mission, upholding our new values, and aiming to achieve our vision for this great community.
The new partnership between Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD) and the fastest growing school district in El Paso County, District 49 now places the Library’s numerous digital resources at the fingertips of more than 77,300 El Paso County students.
As of Mon., April 25, each of the 12,899 students in D49 will have a PowerPass, a digital PPLD library card just for students. D49 is the fifth school district in El Paso County to provide this access to its students, joining Colorado Springs School District 11, Harrison School District 2, Academy School District 20, and Calhan School District.
PowerPass grants access to PPLD’s digital resources, like databases, eBooks, and song and movie downloads, all available at ppld.org. Each PowerPass holder can also check out five physical items at a time from any of the 16 PPLD locations or mobile library services.
“We are thrilled to be partnering with PPLD to provide access to Library resources with PowerPass for all D49 students. As a district, we are committed to engaging with parents and the community in literacy improvement efforts. This access will broaden opportunities and eliminate barriers for student learning,” said Stacey Franklin, Coordinator of Literacy Performance for District 49.
Students can also use PowerPass for online access to live tutors and foreign language courses, get help with homework and projects, and to access audiobooks and digital education resources. High school and middle school students can also prepare for their future with practice driving and SAT tests.
“With the addition of D49 to PowerPass, PPLD is now serving more than 10 percent of El Paso County’s population with PowerPass,” said Joanna Nelson Rendon, PPLD’s Director of Young Adult Services. “Our goal is to serve as many students as we can with this program. We look forward to partnering with more public, charter, and private schools over the next few years as PowerPass is an effective way to lay the foundation for a lifelong relationship with the people in our communities.”
Learn more at ppld.org/PowerPass.
PPLD's “Show Your Library Love” bumper sticker campaign and contest welcomes all library lovers to participate. Just stop by one of the 17 PPLD locations (including Mobile Library Services), and ask for your favorite of the three stickers at the Service desk. (Only one sticker per person while supplies last.)
We hope to see stickers throughout El Paso County and to encourage others to seek out PPLD and discover the “Library Love” for themselves!
We’d love for you to post it where everyone can see it: your car, your window, your water bottle, wherever! Take a photo of where you put it, then either share that photo on social media with the hashtag #ILOVEPPLD or email it to Communications@ppld.org to win one of 10 engraved water bottles. One winner will be selected each week.
Several current and former Trustees respond to recent criticism by editorial board
You may have seen the The Gazette editorial board’s recent criticism of our Library District on Wed., March 30. Several current and former members on our Board of Trustees decided to come together and submit a collective response on Mon., April 4. The daily newspaper published an abridged version of the letter, but these Trustees wanted to share their full response with you, our Library cardholders and patrons.
As current and former Trustees for Pikes Peak Library District, we felt compelled to respond to The Gazette editorial board’s recent criticism of the library system that was peppered with inaccuracies (March 30). PPLD is a public institution that’s here for everyone, valuing intellectual freedom and unrestricted access to all points of views. That’s what enticed many of us to volunteer and serve on their Board. While each of us has varying political and religious affiliations, we collectively stand firm that PPLD should be a bastion for democracy that protects First Amendment rights for all.
From a small reading room established 136 years ago, PPLD has evolved to meet the ever-changing needs of our sprawling community. Their service area covers 2,070 square miles of El Paso County and a population of about 700,000, including the top 10 best-performing city of Colorado Springs. It’s essential for PPLD to provide a wide array of resources and services that reflect our region’s continuous growth and changes. Everyone – regardless of origin, age, background, or views – should have the ability to access the information they seek, even if others do not agree with the subject matter.
PPLD’s 16 facilities and three mobile library services provide safe, respectful spaces for diverse voices and perspectives, fostering community dialogue and connections. Though described as canceled, Monument Library still hosts Socrates Café that welcomes freedom of thought and expression. It also means that PPLD makes meeting rooms available to all individuals and groups at no cost; they can be used for any purpose so long as it doesn’t violate the Board-approved Meeting Room Policy. Denying this service to the community group who hosted Drag Queen Story Hour in 2018 would have been a violation of the First Amendment.
Library staff continuously evaluate what’s offered to ensure they’re serving people of all ages, interests, and zip codes. As part of this, a team of trained professionals develop and maintain physical and digital collections that are as diverse as our county’s population. There are nearly 245,000 children’s options available, covering countless genres, topics, and parenting styles like children’s Bibles, science books, and homeschooling materials to name a few. It’s also worth noting that some of the mentioned books in the editorial are not even included in PPLD’s collection, and none are actively promoted. We welcome everyone to visit their local library to browse the collection, where parents and caregivers can make selections without inhibiting another parent’s right to choose what’s best for their own family’s circumstances, views, and educational goals.
PPLD did hire a third-party vendor to conduct an audit in 2020 that examined its staffing, resources, and services through the lens of equity, diversity, and inclusion to better serve and reflect our changing community. While the editorial only focused on race, this assessment and following efforts extended well beyond that – encompassing a broader view and focus on EDI that only expends about 0.5 percent of the Library’s annual operating budget.
With a new EDI public service and dedicated staff, PPLD can ensure their spaces and programs are welcoming and accessible for every resident. This includes those with disabilities, members of the military and their families, older adults, those of different faiths, people of color, immigrants, LBGTQIA+ individuals, those who live in more rural parts, and many other identities within our county. Some of the Library’s recent work includes improving accessibility and making accommodations for those with disabilities, expanding services for veterans, working with Focus on the Family to develop book lists for teens and children of the Christian faith, and collaborating with other entities to ensure anyone seeking support can access what they need.
As a public institution that’s funded by taxpayers, PPLD makes decisions in the best interests of all residents and directly reinvests back into our region by creating physical and digital spaces for belonging, personal growth, and stronger communities. That’s why we all stand with PPLD and the values of public libraries to uphold intellectual freedom. No one can thrive if the Library is exclusive and impeding people’s rights instead of being inclusive and welcoming to all.
Dr. Ned Stoll (PPLD Board president), Scott Taylor (vice president), Dora Gonzales (secretary & treasurer), and Debbie English (past president), along with former Trustees, Judith Casey, Cathy Grossman, Tom Herd, JoAnn Orsborn, and Kathleen Owings
Happy Earth Month!
Does your family recycle? There are tons of companies in town that recycle. Maybe you could encourage your family to join in this simple process but yes, it's does cost something. Try cleaning and saving some plastics with caps and cardboard and other stuff. Make a Trash Art creation!
Did you know you can't just recycle anything? According to one recycle business in town, here's what you can/cannot recycle:
CLEAN glass jars and metal lids (but not all companies accept glass)
CLEAN plastic bottles and containers. Look for the recycle symbol with a #1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, or 7.
Flattened cardboard cereal and other dry food boxes, shoe boxes, tissue boxes, moving boxes, soda cartons, TP/paper rolls
CLEAN aluminum, steel, or tin cans and lids
Newspaper, scrap paper, paper bags, index cards, envelopes
Do NOT recycle:
dirty cardboard like pizza boxes
electronic devices and monitors
plastic caps unless there is a recycle symbol on it
motor oil containers
Supplies and Directions:
All you need is three long strips of fleece and scissors.
- Trim your pieces of fleece so you have three pieces that are each 2 in. wide by 2 ft. long.
- Take your three pieces of fleece and tie them together at one end.
- Braid the three pieces together.
- Tie them together in a knot at the other end.
Do you have some leftover art pieces sitting around? Make new art by cutting past art into pieces and creating new art.
Supplies and Directions:
- Past art that can be cut into pieces (get permission first)
- Cereal box cut into pieces or index cards
- Cut art and glue onto index card or piece of cereal box cardboard. (Watercolor paper is strong enough to stand on its own). Let glued pieces dry.
- Using one art piece as the base of your sculpture, plan how you'd like to arrange the other pieces sitting on top of the base art piece.
- With an adult's help, if needed, cut slits into the art pieces and arrange into a sculpture. You may have to glue some corners and sides for strength, it's up to you.
- Get creative and show off your new leftover art sculpture!
April is National Poetry Month! Check out these programs at Knights of Columbus Hall:
Sat., April 9 from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. - Pikes Peak Poetry Summit - The Pikes Peak Poetry Summit is a one-day event dedicated to the uplifting and honoring of poetry in our region. April is National Poetry Month and this summit will be the perfect way to celebrate whether you are a seasoned poet, exploring the art form, or just a lover of poetry. Get inspired, improve your craft, share your words, and learn more about poetry locally and across the region. Engage with our dynamic writing and performance workshops, learn from our poet speaker panels, and hear phenomenal poets. The poetic experience in the Pikes Peak Region is vibrant and far-reaching and we can't wait for you to add your voice to this art community.
Sat., April 16, at 10:30 a.m. at Carnegie Garden (outside KCH) - Jean Ciavonne Poetry Contest Awards Ceremony - Help celebrate the winners of Jean Ciavonne Poetry Contest, who wrote on this year's theme: "Unexpected Gardens: Poems on Everyday Bravery." Please RSVP to Christa Funke, email@example.com, by April 12.
Sat., April 30 from 1 to 3 p.m. - Youth Poet Laureate Inauguration - Please join us for a celebration of youth poetry in the Pikes Peak Region! The program will feature readings from winners of the Jean Ciavonne Poetry Contest, Poetry Out Loud Colorado, Pikes Peak Poet Laureate Ashley Cornelius, guest poets, and applicants of the Youth Poet Laureate Project. The event will culminate with the inauguration of the first Pikes Peak Youth Poet Laureate! The Pikes Peak Youth Poet Laureate Project is a program of Hear Here Poetry in community partnership with the Pikes Peak Library District and championed by Urban Word, NYC. Hear Here Poetry exists to activate and amplify youth voices through events and education, encouraging everyone to listen, write, and share.
Take and Makes for this project will be available at area PPLD libraries, beginning Friday, March 11, 2022.
Materials and Directions
Materials we provide:
- Colored Paper
- Ribbon or yarn
Materials you provide:
- Tape or stapler
- Crayons or markers
- Color one side of your paper if desired. Apply stickers to the same side.
- Roll the paper into a tube with your decorations facing the outside.
- Use tape or a stapler to fasten the short edges of your tube together.
- One end of the tube has multiple holes punched in it. Tie ribbons or yarn through each of the holes.
- The other end of the tube has just 2 holes. Tie one ribbon through those holes to allow it to hang.