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Caribbean-American Heritage Month 2024

Caribbean American Heritage Month in June celebrates the rich culture and heritage of Caribbean Americans. Learn more about their many contributions and influences on the United States of America with the resources, booklists, and websites on this page. (You must have a library card that starts with a 4 to access databases on this page outside of a Library location.)


PPLD Resources

  • Countries & Cultures Subject Guide

    Use this guide as a starting place for finding information about countries and cultures from around the world within our collection at Pikes Peak Library District.

  • CultureGrams (all ages)

    Experience the diverse cultures of the world through information on more than 200 countries. 

  • Cities of the World  

    A compilation of current information on cultural, geographic, and political conditions in 193 countries and their cities covering six continents, based on the Department of State's Post Reports. Maps and photos of many cities included. 

  • Mango Languages  

    Celebrate the rich diversity of languages spoken throughout the Caribbean by learning a new language using Mango Languages. From Haitian Creole, Dutch, French, Spanish, and more! There are more than 70 languages to choose from including English as a Second Language (ESL).  

  • Gale: Biography in Context  

    Discover and learn about influential people from the Caribbean.  

  • Magazine & Newspaper Subject Guide 

    Research Caribbean American influence and history using one of PPLD’s many newspaper databases. Here are a few places you can start: 

  • 19th Century U.S. Newspapers   

    Nineteenth Century U.S. Newspapers provides an as-it-happened window to events, culture, and daily life in nineteenth-century America. With 1.8 million pages available, the collection features publications of all kinds, from the political party newspapers at the beginning of the nineteenth century to the mammoth dailies that shaped the nation at the century's end. 

  • Access World News 

    This comprehensive news collection covers issues and events at the local, regional, national, and international level. Its diverse source types include print and online-only newspapers, blogs, newswires, journals, broadcast transcripts, and videos.  

  • Newspaper Archive 

    Newspaper Archive contains tens of millions of newspaper pages from 1607 to present. Every newspaper in the archive is fully searchable by keyword and date, making it easy for you to quickly explore historical content. 

  • U.S. Major Dailies 

    U.S. Major Dailies provides access to The New York Times, Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, and Chicago Tribune. The current day’s content is available by 8 a.m. each day. 


  • Caribbean Spirit (Google Arts and Culture) 

    In this engaging resource, scroll to explore some of the notable contributions and influences of Caribbean people on Black history and culture in America. 

  • Caribbean American Heritage Month (National Archives) 

    The National Archives has a wide variety of records relating to the history of Caribbean Americans. Explore these records through the National Archives Catalog and additional resources on Archives.gov.  

  • Caribbean American Heritage Month (Institute of Caribbean Studies) 

    Explore Caribbean American history, life, and culture through resources provided by the Institute of Caribbean Studies.  

  • Caribbean American Heritage Month: Caribbean History and Culture (U.S. Department of Interior) 

    Learn about the history of Caribbean American Heritage Month and find an overview of Caribbean food and culture. 

Immigrant Heritage Month 2024

Immigrant Heritage Month in June celebrates the history and cultures of immigrants to the U.S. from around the world now and throughout U.S. history and the contributions that immigrants have made in the U.S. Celebrate and learn more using the resources, booklists, and websites on this page.


PPLD Resources

  • CultureGrams

    Find over 200 articles exploring the diversity and history of each U.S. state and the District of Columbia. This resource is designed for upper elementary-aged children.

  • EBSCOhost: Ethnic Diversity Source (must have a library card that starts with a 4 to access outside of the Library).

    This full-text database is a dedicated resource covering the culture, traditions, social treatment, and lived experiences of different ethnic groups throughout the U.S. It contains a growing list of sources including peer-reviewed journals, magazines, eBooks, biographies, and primary source documents.

  • Gale eBooks: Junior Worldmark Encyclopedia of Foods and Recipes of the World (must have a library card that starts with a 4 to access)

    Read up on the foods and recipes from 70 countries and culture groups worldwide. This database is designed for students grades K - 12.

  • Adult Education: English as a Second Language

    Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD) offers English as a Second Language (ESL) classes. These no-cost classes are for adults ages 17 and older and focus on reading, writing, listening, and speaking in English. ESL classes are for beginning, intermediate, and high-intermediate levels. Enrollment opens in July and December.

  • Adult Education: Practice English

    Speak English groups at PPLD are informal English language conversation groups for adults who speak some English. Each group meets once a week for two hours at various Libraries. There is no cost to attend and no registration is necessary.

  • Immigrant and Refugee Resources Subject Guide

    Pikes Peak Library District serves to support immigrant and refugee populations in our community. This Subject Guide will provide resources available through various local, state, and national organizations.


Summer Adventure Logo

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 


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 


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!