The Library supports homeschoolers and homeschool families throughout El Paso County in a variety of ways. We offer homeschool programs for enriched learning, provide access to books and research materials, and create spaces for homeschoolers to get out of the house. Right now, we’re preparing for one of our biggest events for families new to homeschooling or considering homeschooling: the Homeschool Resource Fair.
Our annual Homeschool Resource Fair connects both current and interested homeschool families with resources and information. This event features a wide variety of local exhibitors offering educational and extracurricular opportunities for homeschooling families. Stop by and chat with representatives from organizations and businesses that offer homeschooling services and support, including arts and science activities, sports groups, enrichment programs, tutoring, support groups, and more.
There will also be fun, hands-on activities for kids to enjoy in the atrium.
Click here to see the 2023 Homeschool Resource Fair Vendor Information
The free materials for this Take and Make (for ages 5-12), will be available at area PPLD libraries beginning April 14, 2023.
Materials and Directions:
Materials we provide:
Military person toy
Secure the Military person to the center of the pipe cleaner. You may choose to wrap the pipe cleaner around your person or thread it through any openings.
Poke one end of the pipe cleaner through the edge of the coffee filter. Poke the other end through the opposite side. Fold over the ends to secure.
Drop from a high place (or toss in the air) to watch your parachutist float down. It may help to pinch the center of the coffee filter first.
We all know that soldiers and other military personnel sacrifice a lot to serve the United States. Back in 1986, the month of April was declared the month of the Military Child. So, celebrate those kids around you whose family serve in the U.S. military and wear purple! Celebrate yourself too, if your parents are in the military. Kids make sacrifices too. Here's a booklist of great books to enjoy.
After a unanimous vote during a special public board session on Tuesday afternoon, April 4, Pikes Peak Library District’s (PPLD) Board of Trustees appointed Chief Librarian and CEO Teona Shainidze-Krebs as the permanent head of the Library District. Shainidze-Krebs officially assumes the role of chief librarian and CEO on Mon., April 24.
Since April 1, 2022, Shainidze-Krebs has operated as the chief librarian and chief executive officer for the Library District after the departure of John Spears, who held the title for six years. Prior to her appointment, Shainidze-Krebs was the deputy chief librarian and chief public services officer where she led library services before, during, and after the COVID-19 pandemic. She started her career with PPLD in 2007 in the adult education department as a part-time ESL (English as a Second Language) instructor. Years later, she became the director of adult education where she expanded public services for those seeking education and job opportunities to improve their lives.
“Teona Shainidze-Krebs has been a staunch leader over the past year while serving as the Chief Librarian,” said Aaron Salt, president of PPLD’s Board of Trustees. “She has upheld our core values and gone beyond previous administrations to promote neutrality, while ensuring all patrons are welcome. Mrs. Shainidze-Krebs has worked diligently to build community partnerships and engage our civic leaders. The PPLD Board of Trustees is excited to appoint Teona to lead our organization for years to come.”
“The Library gives me a profound sense of pride in this country. Not every community in the world has the same tools and resources to help people better their lives and adjust to the circumstances thrown their way,” said Shainidze-Krebs. “However, our local libraries are that space where people can choose resources and tools to connect them to opportunities that allow them to thrive. I am honored to lead the PPLD staff toward the betterment of our community.”
Shainidze-Krebs is currently pursuing her master's degree in library science from Emporia State University and is expected to graduate later this year. She already holds a B.A. in foreign language (English), along with two master’s degrees – one in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and another in communication. Shainidze-Krebs speaks Georgian, Russian, and English.
This year marks the 30th anniversary of The Shivers Concert Series. These concerts benefit the Shivers Fund, which contributes to the African-American collection at Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD), awards grants and scholarships to students, and encourages young people to pursue their interests in the arts.
The Spring Concert, the first of three concerts this year, features soprano Leberta Loral, baritone James Alston, and violinist David Siegel, accompanied by pianist Susan Grace. Join us for this celebration of the arts and support the Shivers Fund in providing opportunities for our community to celebrate diversity in history, culture, and the arts. This concert takes place on Fri., April 21 at 7 p.m. at Ent Center for the Arts.
Since the end of April 2023, the OverDrive company has discontinued their OverDrive app and has transitioned to the Libby app. Everyone who uses the OverDrive app on mobile devices will need to transition to Libby in order to continue accessing eBooks, eMagazines, and eAudiobooks. Don't worry, switching is easy (and you'll even be able to keep your book wish lists from OverDrive)!
Click here to learn more about the transition to Libby
What will be the same:
- The OverDrive website will still be available
- Most of the content in Libby is the same as in OverDrive
- Your loans and holds will transfer to Libby
- Your wish list can be imported to Libby
- Loan periods are the same in Libby as in OverDrive
- You will still get hold notifications in Libby
What to be aware of:
- Your reading history from the OverDrive app will not transfer to Libby
- Reading progress for your current loans will not transfer to Libby
- You can search for titles not yet in PPLD's collection and indicate your interest using the Notify Me feature.
- At the end of April, OverDrive discontinued the "Recommend to Library" feature. This was the method that allowed users one purchase request to the library each month.
This feature has been replaced with Notify Me tags in Libby. Users may tag any items of interest, to be notified if the library purchases the title. When notified, users may place a hold on the item.
Libby for Kindle
Download Libby App
On April 22, 1970, millions of Americans participated in the first Earth Day to increase awareness about environmental issues around the world. That movement has grown into Earth Month throughout all of April to continue spreading awareness locally and internationally. Learn about Earth Month, environmental issues, and ways to make your life more environmentally friendly through upcycling and recycling with the resources on this page.
- Library Explorers: Letter to the Earth
During the month of April, adult patrons with developmental or physical disabilities or their caregivers can check out Library Explorer Kits from the front desk to get your very own Letter to the Earth project. Use the items in the kit to create a card to share for Earth Month.
- Upcycled Bird Feeders
Tired of dealing with all those plastic bottles? Then join us to learn how to upcycle them into cute bird feeders!
- Clay Exploration: Garden Markers
Come to the Sand Creek Library Makerspace to experiment with clay! This is a two-part class on April 13 and 27. In part one, you will learn how to shape a project out of clay, and in part two, you will learn how to glaze it. At the end of the month, you will take your finished creation home. This month's project is garden markers. All skill levels are welcome, and all supplies will be provided. Ages 9 and up, and ages 9 - 11 must be accompanied by an adult.
Note: signing up for the first session will automatically register you for the second session.
- Earth Month Displays at the Library
Colorado Springs Utilities is sharing information about wise water usage and conservation with informative displays at several Library locations. You’ll find information about utilities, energy rebates, water-wise planting, water and energy usage tips, and more! Stop by East, Cheyenne, Monument, Old Colorado City, Penrose, and Rockrimmon libraries, as well as Library 21c to learn more.
- Green Living
A curated guide of resources to help you adapt to living a greener lifestyle.
- Learn to Make Reusable Bags at PPLD
Struggling with Colorado’s new single-use bag fee? This video has instructions on how to upcycle a t-shirt into a reusable shopping bag. (All ages)
- Create: Bee Gardens
Learn some techniques to start your very own bee-friendly garden, including planting native wildflowers that attract pollinators, and making a bee bath out of polymer clay. (All ages)
- Create: Visible Mending
Ripped shirt... throw it away? No way! In this video, you'll learn about visible mending, a technique for fixing up damaged clothes with a little extra flair. (All ages)
- Earth Month – April 2023
- Celebrating Earth Day – Library of Congress Blogs
- Earth Day – National Archives
Announcing the launch of our new Toy Library! This collection opens opportunities for young children to explore toys that help develop their motor skills.
Pikes Peak Library District’s six Family Place Libraries (Cheyenne, East, Fountain, Penrose, and Sand Creek libraries, as well as Library 21c), will begin checking out toys beginning in April. Family Place Libraries promote the importance of play through their library play spaces and playgroups, and this new collection allows us to continue to grow in this area. This is an opportunity to expand our services and emphasize the importance of play while accommodating our library patrons in their homes.
The Toy Library offers large motor skill toys available for families with children ages 0 - 5 to check out with their library card. Large motor skills toys support child development and are important because they help young children learn how to coordinate and control their body movements. These motor skills help lay the foundation for the development of fine motor skills such as writing.
We recognize that young children need to practice their large motor skills daily, and through the Toy Library, families will have access to these types of toys for three weeks at a time. Children grow rapidly in the first few years of life, so the ability to swap out toys by borrowing them through the Toy Library will help children practice their large motor skills at various stages of development.
Check out information and procedures
Toy Library items:
- Check out for 3 weeks (21 days)
- Not available for holds or renewals
- Only available at these libraries:
- Cheyenne Mountain Library
- East Library
- Fountain Library
- Penrose Library
- Sand Creek Library
- Library 21c
- Must be returned to the location where they were checked out
- One item at a time from the Toy Library may be checked out to patrons who:
- Are age 18+
- Have a valid Library account in good standing – user privileges are not blocked or expired (ACCESS cards and PowerPass are not eligible)
- Have a completed and signed Toy Library Waiver on file
Learn more about checking out toys from the Toy Library here.
Throughout history poetry has inspired cultures around the world. April is National Poetry Month, celebrating poetry in all of its forms. This diverse art form imaginatively conveys human emotion and experience, captures both epic and quiet moments in concise snapshots, and creates a channel for us to understand the world around us in new and meaningful ways. Songs, poetry epics, haiku, pastoral poems, sonnets, and limericks are just a few poetic forms that you might already be familiar with and enjoy. Discover new poems, poets, and poetic forms while exploring the resources on this page, and don’t miss the special poetry events we have coming up in April!
Poetry Summit – Sat., April 22, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
The 2023 Pikes Peak Poetry Summit theme is: "Art is a Bridge to New Perspectives." This year we are celebrating poetry across Colorado with features from all over the state. Join our summit and open yourself up to new ideas through powerful artistry.
April is National Poetry Month, and this summit is 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 state. Engage with our poetry workshops, share your work on the open mic, and experience amazing poetry and music performances.
- How to Rhyme?: Songwriting 101 with Dominique Robbins
- Poetry, Pop Culture, and Social Justice with Michael Ferguson
- Building Community, Building a Poem with Poetry Heals
- Becoming Poetry writing workshop.
Shop our art market to support local poets, authors, and artists. The poetic experience in the Pikes Peak Region is phenomenal and we look forward to celebrating with the community. Be curious about the bridge poetry will create for you. All ages are welcome!
The workshops are provided at no cost. All workshops are 45 minutes in duration. Please be aware that you will need coins for the metered parking.
Registration opens soon for all workshops.
Enjoy celebrating Poetry Month with the Library!
Jean Ciavonne Poetry Contest Awards Ceremony – Sat., April 29, at 10:30 a.m.
Celebrate the winners of Jean Ciavonne Poetry Contest, who wrote on this year's theme: "Be the Hero: Empowered and Impactful." Please RSVP to Christa Funke, email@example.com, by Tue., April 25.
For 4th and 5th graders and their families and friends
- Children's Poetry and Novels in Verse
- Poets to Read for National Poetry Month
- Poetry Books for Teens
- Poetry and Shorty Story Reference Center
A full-text database containing thousands of classic and contemporary poems, short stories, and more. It also includes high-quality videos and audio recordings from the Academy of American Poets.
- PPLD Literature LibGuide
A starting place for discovering literature resources within our collection at Pikes Peak Library District, including information on poetry and poets!
- Shell Silverstein website
Lots of fun for Shel Silverstein fans, including videos of his poems and activities to try!
- The Children's Poetry Archive
Listen to poems read aloud, some by the poets who wrote them. Discover a new favorite poem and learn all about different poets who write for children.
Poetry for the very young! Find all sorts of songs and nursery rhymes in multiple languages to share with your child.
- The Poetry Archive
The internet’s largest collection of poets reading their work.
- Poetry Foundation
The website of Poetry Magazine includes learning resources for multiple age groups, information on poems and poets, and a large variety of podcasts for connecting with poetry.
- Writer's Digest University's Write Better Poetry
Looking for inspiration for your next poem? Writer’s Digest has a variety of challenges, writing prompts and articles to help you get started.
Arab American Heritage Month highlights and celebrates the rich culture and achievements of Arab Americans and Arab-speaking Americans throughout U.S. history. In 2017, Arab America and the Arab America Foundation launched the National Arab American Heritage Month initiative, which Congress recognized as a National Initiative in 2022. Celebrate by exploring the booklists and web resources on this page!
- Children’s Arab American Month Booklist 2023
- Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Booklist
- Arab Americans (Hoopla)
- Arab American Heritage Month (History Channel)
Commemorate Arab American heritage with the History Channel and take a look at historic Arab immigration to the U.S., as well as information about things you can do to celebrate.
- Celebrate American Heritage Month (PBS)
Watch documentaries and programs that celebrate the diversity and history of Arab American communities.
- Arab American Foundation
Learn the history of National Arab American Heritage Month being established as a nationally recognized heritage month.
- Flags of Arabic Nations for Kids
A printable graphic for learning the flags of Arabic nations.
- Arab American History and Culture (The Smithsonian)
Explore photos and articles in the Smithsonian archives to learn more about Arab American history and culture.
- Arab American Institute (AAI)
The AAI supports programs that promote greater awareness of Arab Americans in the United States, demographic research, and international outreach.
- Arab American Heritage Month (PBS)
Transition can be hard for our military families and their children. Moving multiple times for military service can be challenging for the children of military families, who often face the disruption of starting over at a new school and with new friends multiple times. This April, Pikes Peak Library District will honor the Military Children in our community by celebrating their unique experiences.
- Military Child Around the World!
Stop into any PPLD location during the month of April and find the Military Child Around the World map. Military children are invited to place stickers on all of the places where they have lived or visited. Discover where our young patrons have traveled as members of our Armed Forces Families.
- Purple Up! Day
On Fri., April 21, join our staff as we wear purple in recognition of Purple Up Day! This Department of Defense program reminds us of the strength of military children, the challenges they endure, and shows them our gratitude and support!
- Military & Veterans Resource Guide
PPLD provides provides military, veterans, and their families with access to free resources such as books, audiobooks, eBooks, and online databases, as well as events, workshops, and classes tailored to their unique needs and interests.
- Sesame Street For Military Families
Sesame Street for Military Families is a free, bilingual (English and Spanish) website where families can find information and multimedia resources on the topics of military deployments, multiple deployments, homecomings, injuries, grief, and self-expression.
- Babies on the Homefront
Babies on the Homefront provides military and veteran parents ideas for enhancing everyday moments with their baby or toddler.
- Veteran Training – VA Resources
The VA's parenting program provides resources and support for military and veteran parents, including information on child development, parenting skills, and managing the challenges of military life.
- MCEC – Military Child Education Coalition
MCEC supports all military-connected children by educating, advocating, and collaborating to resolve education challenges associated with the military lifestyle.
- Military Kids Connect
Military Kids Connect is an online community for military children ages 6 - 17, and provides access to age-appropriate resources to support children dealing with the unique psychological challenges of military life.
We are excited to announce that library card holders can now access no-cost passes to the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Training Center and the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum. These two local attractions are the latest to join our Culture Pass program!
Use your library card to check out passes to visit the museum for an immersive, universally accessible look into the journey of Team USA’s Olympic and Paralympic athletes through interactive exhibits and innovative displays. Or, check out a pass for the training center and take an inspiring guided tour through this elite facility where Team USA athletes train.
Each attraction offers two daily passes, each for two adults and four children 12-years-old and younger.
The U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Training Center rejoins the Culture Pass program after temporarily suspending its participation in 2020 to abide by COVID-19 safety measures to protect Olympic athletes during the pandemic.
These Colorado Springs attractions join current Culture Pass partner organizations, including:
- Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College
- The Money Museum
- ProRodeo Museum and Hall of Fame
- Pikes Peak Children’s Museum
- Rock Ledge Ranch Historical Site
- Space Foundation Discovery Center
- Western Museum of Mining & Industry
- Denver Museum of Nature & Science
These passes are available for checkout, similar to how you would check out an eBook or other electronic resource. Log in to the online reservation page and book a pass up to 30 days in advance. Reserve your pass today at ppld.org/culturepass!
Getting money smart can help you take control of your life and have confidence in the future. Money Smart Week from April 14 - 21 puts a focus on learning life skills to help you manage your personal finances. Learn how to save for your future with programs from the Library and visit other resources on this page to learn more about financial planning for yourself and your family.
How To Prepare for Retirement When You’re in Your 20s and 30s
If you consider yourself financially illiterate, you are not alone. It does not matter if you have just started earning an income or have been earning for a long time, every day is a chance to reflect upon your spendings and improve your finances. April is Financial Literacy Month. Join us for this class with Nick Naseman and feel confident about handling your financial future.
- Tue., April 11 from 5 – 6:30 p.m. – Rockrimmon Library
- Sat., April 29 from 1 – 2:30 p.m. – Penrose Library
- Business Essentials (Includes titles on Personal Finance) - Overdrive
- Money Smart Week.org
Visit the Money Smart Week page to learn about family budgeting, debt relief, employer retirement plans, and other topics in free virtual sessions.
- Want to Teach Your Kids About Money?
It’s never too early to teach kids about money. Parents can listen to this news story or read the article from NPR that discusses how families can talk about financial literacy at home.
- 9 Tips for Teaching Kids About Money
Here is some advice from Charles Schwab to help teach kids about money management.
- Schwab Moneywise hands-on activities
Here are some activities to do with kids to teach them about successful money habits
- Colorado Springs Money Museum
Use your library card to check out no-cost entry passes to the Money Museum right here in Colorado Springs! Through the discovery of money, America’s largest museum dedicated to numismatics brings culture to life. The museum explores art, history, science, and much more to promote the diverse nature of money and related items. Reserve a pass today!
The Pikes Peak Library District Board of Trustees voted today to name Teona Shainidze Krebs as the sole finalist for CEO and Chief Librarian of Pikes Peak Library District. The Board determined she demonstrated strong leadership over the last year as the CEO and Chief Librarian and brings years of solid industry experience to the position. The Board of Trustees will vote to appoint her as the new CEO and Chief Librarian at a special meeting on Tuesday, April 4.
The Board welcomes feedback on the finalist, which can be sent at ppld.org/contact-board-trustees.
Anime Fan Fest 2023 will highlight programs happening at Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD) to celebrate the anime and manga fandom! Check out our social media for recommendations and resource highlights, or look below for more information about in-person programs at different Library locations. Scroll to the bottom of this page for some featured videos from PPLD's YouTube channel.
All locations will have a special Anime Fan Fest Take and Make available for teens. The Take and Make is a simple Origami Bookmark. Available while supplies last.
- link to instructions PDF - T&M - origami.pdf
Anime Fan Fest Programs
Celebrate Anime Fan Fest at your local library! Activities vary by location; see links below for more information.
Light-Up Cosplay Bracelet Cuffs
- Tues., April 4 from 4 - 5:30 p.m. at Rockrimmon Library
- Wed., April 12 from 4 - 5:00 p.m. at Manitou Springs Library
- Fri., April 28 from 2 - 4:00 p.m. at Fountain Library
Manga/Comic Gift Bags and Button Making
- Fri., April 7 from 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. at Cheyenne Mountain Library
- Sat., April 22 from 2 - 3 p.m. at Sand Creek Library
Teen Anime Club
- Mon., April 10 from 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. at Library 21c
- Thur., April 20 from 4 - 5 p.m. at Rockrimmon Library
Anime Fan Fest: Microwave Mochi
Have you ever wanted to try making mochi but been intimidated by the long process? Today, we're testing out a microwave daifuku mochi recipe from Namiko Chen's Just One Cookbook! You can find her written instructions here.
Learn To Draw Miyazaki Sidekicks
Learn to draw your favorite Miyazaki sidekicks with the help of Penrose Library's very own Young Adult Librarian, Mikaela!
Note: The characters in this lesson are all the intellectual property of Studio Ghibli.
Make Your Own Sailor Moon Tiara
Find out how to make your own budget-friendly Sailor Moon Tiara with Annie!
Note: The costume designs in this video are all intellectual property of Naoko Takeuchi.
Freedom of Information Day celebrates public access to government information and the public’s right to know. This annual event takes place on March 16, James Madison’s birthday. James Madison is known as the Father of the Constitution and was a vocal advocate for transparency in government. The Freedom of Information Act, passed on July 4, 1966, outlines the public’s right to access information.
The American Library Association celebrates Freedom of Information Day with the James Madison Award and the Eileen Cooke State & Local Madison Award, both of which recognize individuals or groups who have championed, protected, and promoted public access to government information.
- Government Resources Guide
Our Government Resources guide offers a great starting place for finding information about our local, state, and federal governments. You will find historical information; details about the federal, state, and local branches of government; voting information; and other resources.
- (U.S.) History in Context
Learn about themes, events, individuals and periods in U.S. history from pre-Colonial times to the present.
- History Collection from Gale eBooks
Search this database for books about the Freedom of Information Act and James Madison, as well as more unfamiliar events from U.S. history.
Where else but the Library?
Where else but PPLD can you find unlimited access to information, lifelong learning, programs, and resources that transcend physical limitations, geographic barriers, ethnicity, age, and education? When you visit the Library, you have access to a diverse assortment of resources that will meet your various needs. In just one trip, you might find books to keep you entertained, make custom gifts in our makerspaces, and enjoy Storytime with your child. We provide essential resources for our community such as tax prep information, language learning and job prep classes and resources, eLibrary resources, research and regional history databases, homework help, activities and events that enrich our community, and more.
April 4 is the fifth annual Library Giving Day! On that date, people across the country — including El Paso County — will come together as part of a movement to strengthen and support our local libraries.
Now through the week of Library Giving Day all gifts to support the Library will be MATCHED up to $20,000 — by generous donors.
Will you make a gift that will be DOUBLED to support your local Library
With you by our side, the PPLD Foundation can continue to fuel life-changing spaces, programs, and services. This means fewer barriers to success and increased opportunities of all kinds for members of our community. Your gift today will make a difference in our ability to serve everyone in 2023 and beyond.
Because you love your local library, support it with a gift in honor of Library Giving Day and it will be MATCHED.
Free materials for this Take and Make, for ages 5-12, are available starting today at area PPLD libraries. For more pictures of this project, click on the pdf link included at the end.
Materials and Directions:
Materials we provide:
Large Paper Clip
Materials you provide:
1. Color the sections of the circle template with rainbow colors.
2. Cut the circle out. Also cut on the lines between each color, stopping about ½” from the center. Fold flaps down.
3. Straighten the paper clip and then fold a small part of one end down to a 90 degree angle. Carefully poke the paper clip through the center of the circle and tape the small folded part to the colored side.
4. Bend the other end of the paper clip so it can be inserted in the straw and stay secure. Cut the length of the straw in half.
5. To fly your spinner, hold it between your palms with the circle at the top. Roll it quickly and let go. It should spin and float. The colors will blend as it flies. It may take some practice.
It’s time to get creative!
The Homeschool Art Show returns in April, giving local homeschoolers a chance to share art with the community.
Homeschoolers, grades K - 12, can submit one artwork (drawing, painting, sculpture, needlework, etc.) for this non-juried exhibit.
Choose a favorite piece and submit your art at the East Library Children’s Department between March 20 - March 30, 2023!
Artwork will be displayed at East Library throughout the month of April.
If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. We are celebrating with special programs, book displays, reading lists, and more!
Patrons of Influence – Women's History Month Panel
Join Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD) and Sixty35 Media (formally Colorado Springs Business Journal) as we celebrate patrons that are providing positive influences in the areas of culture, business, and leadership in El Paso County. These local leaders will discuss their shared interest and experiences on how gender diversity and inclusion strengthen organizations and communities.
Question and Answer will follow the panel discussion.
This is an in-person event. Registration is not required but strongly recommended. Register Here for the Livestream Event.
- In-person at East Library: Wed., March 15 from 10 – 11 a.m.
Legendary Ladies Making History Come Alive!
Join us for an entertaining and surprising day with the “Unconventional Women of the West," presented by the Legendary Ladies. The Ladies will make history come alive by sharing tales of women who helped shape the West. Get ready for a little something different from a group of women who are sure to make you laugh, reflect, and appreciate the West.
- Penrose Library: Sat., March 11 from 11 a.m. - noon
- Library 21c: Sat., March 11 from 2 – 3 p.m.
- Books for Family Sharing
- Biographies and Memoirs
- Hoopla eBooks
- Books on OverDrive
- Check out the curated book lists on Libby/OverDrive
- 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.
- 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)
Test results show minimal meth contamination affecting the Library
Colorado Springs (Feb. 28, 2023) -- This past weekend, Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD) and its Board of Trustees received the results of the methamphetamine contamination testing that took place at Penrose Library the week of February 19.
Samples taken from the walk-up pathways to the restrooms and in adjacent public spaces did not produce any actionable levels of contamination. The results were at or below the minimum level established by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) as acceptable. Simply put, the public areas of Penrose Library are not meth-affected.
During the initial testing two weeks ago, state certified consultant KEMWest identified several restrooms in Penrose Library that had been meth-affected. Additional tests in those rooms were conducted to determine exactly which surfaces are contaminated and at what levels the contamination exists.
The results from the restroom tests revealed that the only areas with actionable meth contamination above the acceptable limits are the exhaust system ductwork, fans, and vents in those spaces. Samples from all other surfaces in the restrooms did not result in any actionable contamination.
Based on the results, KEMWest made the recommendation that Penrose Library and Mobile Library Services can reopen to staff and public. This decision was made in close coordination with El Paso County Public Health and PPLD, who support KEMWest's recommendation. As such, Penrose Library and PPLD's Mobile Library Services will resume operation on Wed., March 1 at their regularly scheduled times.
“The safety of all Library patrons and staff is always a priority. I am grateful for Chief Librarian and CEO Teona Shainidze Krebs and her dedicated team that worked around the clock to ensure all the testing was completed and proper precautions were in place,” said Board of Trustees President Aaron Salt. “PPLD leadership worked closely with El Paso County Public Health and KEMWest to understand the impact of the results and create a safe, thoughtful reopening strategy for Penrose [Library]. We are pleased to learn that Penrose is safe. Library leadership is executing a plan that will ensure our libraries maintain safe conditions for all, so this will not be an issue in the future. The Board of Trustees thanks you for your understanding during this time and we look forward to seeing you at the Library soon.”
Penrose Library will reopen its restrooms as well. “Since airflow is moving away from occupied areas of the Library, the potential for people in the building to be exposed to meth from this contamination is very low,” said KEMWest President James DeValois, CIH.
In the coming weeks, PPLD will be contracting vendors to handle the cleaning or replacement of the contaminated equipment in the affected exhaust vents.
To mitigate future contamination, PPLD will install environmental sensors in all its public restrooms throughout the Library District. These sensors can detect changes in air quality and will alert PPLD’s Safety and Security team of a deviation. Trained team members will be dispatched to manage any issues as they occur. PPLD will begin the process of installing the sensors within the next several weeks.
For more information, please contact Denise M. Abbott at Dabbott@ppld.org or (719) 930-0225.
For more information, please refer to our FAQ page about meth contamination testing
Feb. 18, 2023
On Wed., Feb. 8, Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD) started working with state certified vendor KEMWest Inc. to conduct initial screenings for methamphetamine contamination of the restrooms in the three most highly trafficked libraries throughout the District – East Library, Library 21c, Penrose Library (including the Special Collections Carnegie Library). The results of those screenings were presented to PPLD on Friday evening, Feb. 17.
Samples taken from East Library and the Special Collections Carnegie Library showed that one restroom in each location contained contamination at levels measuring above the minimum limit that the state has set for residential buildings of 0.25 micrograms per 100 centimeters, but below the maximum threshold of 0.5 micrograms per 100 centimeters. Results at this level trigger the need to proceed to the next level of testing, the preliminary assessment level. This level of tests narrows the results to the specific locations within the restroom that have been affected and determines to what extent they are affected. To allow further examination to be conducted, only these specific restrooms will be closed for use starting Sat., Feb. 18. East Library will be open to the public.
Screening samples of several restrooms in Penrose Library showed that they had been contaminated at levels above 0.5 micrograms per 100 centimeters, prompting the need for extensive preliminary assessment level testing for those restrooms and a few of the immediately adjacent areas. KEMWest Inc. recommended that PPLD close Penrose Library and the Mobile Library Services, which is housed at this location, while these tests are taking place. El Paso County Public Health supports the consultant’s recommendation. Penrose Library is likely to remain closed through the coming week, beginning Sat., Feb. 18.
When the results of preliminary assessment level of tests become available, they will be shared.
All other PPLD locations remain open.
As always, the safety and well-being of our staff and patrons are PPLD’s top priority. The Library will continue to work closely with KEMWest Inc. and El Paso County Public Health on this matter as we navigate our next steps.
Feb. 8, 2023
Out of a commitment to the safety of our staff and patrons, Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD) decided to proactively screen public restrooms for methamphetamine contamination after the recent reports from other affected libraries in Colorado.
Initially, we thought and reported that it would be necessary to conduct screening tests inside 53 public restrooms across the Library District. However, state authorities currently do not have standards or guidelines for assessing contamination levels in public restrooms. We also consulted with a state-certified vendor, El Paso County Public Health, and other Colorado libraries that recently conducted preliminary assessments.
With more information and guidance, Library leadership re-evaluated options and decided to screen public restrooms at PPLD locations with the highest number of patron visits, which are East Library, Library 21c, and Penrose Library. KEMWest Inc., a state-certified vendor, collected samples from those three Library facilities in early February, and results are expected by mid-February.
PPLD is working closely with El Paso County Public Health and KEMWest on this matter. All Library locations remain open and safe to visit at this time.
The safety and wellbeing of its patrons and staff remain a top priority for the Library District. PPLD will share more information and updates as they become available.
January 19, 2023
Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD) is aware of the recent incidents at three other public libraries in Colorado involving methamphetamine contamination inside one of their public restrooms. Though there is no known exposure at any PPLD facility, Library leadership is taking proactive action to ensure the safety and well-being of patrons and staff. All Library locations remain open to the public and are safe to visit.
As a precautionary measure, PPLD will contract a local vendor that’s certified by the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE) to conduct screening tests inside all public restrooms at 15 locations across the Library District. This testing will determine if there are any hazardous levels that need to be addressed. It could take up to 3 - 4 weeks to collect the samples at Library locations across El Paso County, complete the testing, and receive results.
PPLD will share information and updates as they become available.
Join us for National Craft Month. Whether you're a seasoned artist or a beginner, National Craft Month is the perfect time to explore your artistic side, learn new skills, and connect with others who share your love of crafting. From knitting to woodworking to jewelry-making and beyond, the possibilities for creative expression are endless. Join us as we celebrate the excitement of making something by hand and the joy of crafting!
Drop-In Watercolor Painting
Come to East Library to experiment with watercolors at this fun and informal drop-in session! No registration necessary and all skill levels welcome. We'll supply the brushes, paint, and paper; just bring yourself! A volunteer will be on hand to help and inspire. Ages 9 and up. Ages 9-11 must be accompanied by an adult.
- Tue., March 7 at 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., East Library - Community Room. Ages 9+. No registration required
- Tue., March 21 at 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., East Library - Community Room. Ages 9+. No registration required
Yarnettes Fiber Group
Join this fun group of fiber friends for a couple of hours of working on your own projects.
- Fri., March 10 at 10 a.m. – noon, Library 21c – Make. Adults, Seniors. No registration required.
- Fri., March 24 at 10 a.m. – noon, Library 21c – Make. Adults, Seniors. No registration required.
Bleach Textile Art
Get into the Winter Adult Reading Program spirit with this thematic art project. Using bleach on either a 100% cotton fabric you bring or one of our small cotton washcloths, we will learn how to make a unique work of art. For ages 18+. Registration required.
Whimsical Faerie House
Get ready for spring by making a whimsical faerie house. You'll leave with a decorated pot that can be filled with soil and seed later. For ages 18+. Registration required.
STEAM Take & Make: Rainbow Gravity Spinner (ages 5-12 at all locations)
Explore Newton’s Third Law of Motion by creating a spinner and letting it fly! For ages 5-12.
- Try It! – A regularly updated collection of fun crafts and activities to try out! – Ages 5-12
- Creative Projects at Home LibGuide
Browse through this guide to find information about how you can get started on creative projects from the comfort of home.
- PPLD’s Makerspace LibGuides
PPLD’s makerspaces offer access to tools, materials, and machines to help bring your creative vision to life. Offerings include die cutters, 3D printers, sewing machines, and more. Click on a guide's title to discover a comprehensive overview of that topic and start crafting today.
- CraftLab – A collection of unique crafts and activities! – Ages 0-12
- Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center
This database offers detailed "how-to" instructions and creative ideas to meet the interests of virtually every hobby enthusiast. Full text is provided from leading hobby and craft magazines.
Materials for this Take and Make will be available at area PPLD libraries, beginning Feb. 10, 2023.
Supplies and Directions:
For additional pictures of this project, click on the pdf file link below.)
Jumbo craft sticks (2)
A wide rubberband
Two smaller rubber bands
You provide the scissors.
1. Cut two pieces of straw that are 1 – 1 .5 inches long.
2. Stretch the thick rubber band around one of the craft sticks. Place one of the straws under the rubber band.
3. Put the other craft stick on top and attach them with one of the small rubberband on the same end as the straw.
4. Stick the other piece of straw at the other end of the harmonica, but this time place it on top of the wide rubber band. Secure the end with the second small rubber band.
5. To play the harmonica, all you have to do is blow. Our younger kids were wanting to hum into it at first, but then they got the hang of it.
It makes a really cool noise! When you blow, the wide rubber band vibrates and makes a sound.
To change the pitch, slide the straws closer together or farther apart. When you slide them closer together, the section of rubber band that is vibrating is shorter, so it makes a higher sound. Slide the straws all the way to the edges to get the lowest possible sound (which is still pretty high, but lower).
Make it an experiment!
Does the thickness or the tension of the wide rubber band affect the pitch? Try different ones.
Can you change the pitch by blowing harder or softer? Does the shape of your mouth affect the pitch? (Yes, it does! One of my boys figured out how to play a song by blowing different ways.)
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.
The Importance of Supporting Historical Fiction Authors
“In a time where books are being banned, individual rights are being terminated, and historical events are being questioned, historical fiction writers’ creative works need the support of its readers more than ever,” expressed local author Consuelo Hamilton, author of Lullaby Book 1. It is the foundation upon which her presentation, The Importance of Supporting Historical Fiction Authors, was built. This presentation will explore the contributions made by authors whose works specifically incorporate the Civil War era but not limited to. We will examine such authors as Toni Morrison, Colson Whitehead, Octavia Butler, and Alice Walker and how their work impacted our culture, igniting box office hit films.
Join us to create a painting inspired by Black American Artist Alma Thomas!
- Sat., Feb. 11, 2 - 3:30p.m. at Ruth Holley Library
- Sat., Feb. 11, 4 - 5:30p.m. at Sand Creek Library
- Sat., Feb. 16, 4:30 - 6p.m. at East Library
- Thu., Feb. 23, 4:30 - 5:30p.m. at Library 21c
- Sat., Feb. 25, 3 - 4p.m. at Monument Library
- Tue., Feb. 28, 4 - 5p.m. at Penrose Library
- Wed., March 8, 4 - 5p.m. at Manitou Springs Library
- Thu., April 6, 4 - 5p.m. at Ute Pass Library
- Sat., April 15, 2:30 - 4:30p.m. at High Prairie Library
How We Move Through Life - Kevin Johnson Galley Showing Grand Opening
Join PPLD and local artist Kevin Johnson on Feb. 1, 2023 at the gallery space in Penrose library as we honor Colorado Springs classical and jazz music legend and philanthropist Peggy Shivers with a special portraited to be displayed during the month of February in a galley showing of other art created by Kevin Johnson.
Drop in anytime from 10 a.m. to noon to meet the artist and continue to visit and enjoy the exhibit any time you wish during the month of February during regular open hours.
Black History Month Bookmark
Use these recommendations to explore PPLD's collection of Black voices, from iconic moments in Black history, to Black authors, artists, and more. Pick up a copy at your library location.
- The Shivers African American Historical Cultural Collection
- Explore the Shivers African American Historical Cultural Collection to find a wide variety of materials for all ages that celebrate African American culture.
- Biography in Context
- National Archives: African American Heritage
- Reading Rockets: Celebrating and Learning about Black History and Culture
- ProQuest: Black Freedom Struggle in the United States
Regional History & Genealogy Resources
- The Invisible People of the Pikes PeakRegion: an Afro-American Chronical by John Stokes Holley
- Everybody Welcome: a Memoir of Fannie Mae Duncan and the Cotton Club by Fannie Mae Duncan
- Negro Historical Association Newsletters and Yearbooks (available in Special Collections reference stacks)
- African Americans in Colorado Springs in PPLD Digital Collections
- Lew Tilley Photographs in PPLD Digital Collections
- Black History Scrapbooks (Archival collection MSS 0387, available in Special Collections)
- Colorado Springs Branch National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) (Archival collection MSS 0256, available in Special Collections)
- African American Historical and Genealogical Society of Colorado Springs
- Biography in Context
- National Archives: African American Heritage
- Black History Month
- Black History Month - History Channel
- ProQuest: Black Freedom Struggle in the United States
- Celebrate African American History Month – Library Of Congress
- National Museum of African American History and Culture
- Black History Month – National Parks Service
Join us for the 2023 Winter Adult Reading Program!
Log 30 days of activities from Wed., Feb. 1 - Fri., March 31 to earn prizes! Activities include attending any 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).
Winter Adult Reading Program Registration Kick-Off!
- When: Wed., Feb. 1
- Where: All Locations
Join us as we kick off the 2023 Winter Adult Reading Program! Register in person or at curbside and receive a tote bag that has everything you need to help you participate in the reading program. Bags will be available on a first come, first served basis, and available only while supplies last.
Log 30 days of activities from February 1 – March 31 to earn the annual Winter Adult Reading Program mug, chocolate bar 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.
You can earn extra entries into the Grand Prize Drawing! For every additional 5 days of reading or activities you log, you will receive one additional entry into the Grand Prize Drawing for a total of up to 5 additional entries.
PPLD employees are not eligible for the grand prize.
Card Making Class
Join Shannon from Stampin' Up to create winter themed greeting cards! Part of the Winter Adult Reading Program.
- Ruth Holley Library, Sat., Feb. 4, 10 a.m.
- Fountain Library, Sat., Feb. 4, 1 p.m.
- Sand Creek Library, Sat., Mar. 11, 10 a.m.
Willson and McKee: Echo in Winter's Heart
Join Wilson and McKee for stories and songs of winter! The scent of peat smoke, the sound of popping fire, the sight of dancing shadows. These are the gifts of winter. Come closer to the fire and settle in for an evening of traditional songs and stories from Ireland and Scotland. "The hardening of stream and breath, the stiffening of the bones… The silence of the farmer's field, the empty finch’s home...All echo in a winter's heart... The hollow frozen sound... And only in the flickering hearth... Warm dreams and hopes are found."
- Palmer Lake Library, Sat., Feb. 4,12:30 p.m.
- Fountain Library, Thu., Feb. 16, 4 p.m.
- Library 21c, Tue., Feb. 28, 6 p.m.
- Manitou Library, Sat. Mar. 25, 1 p.m.
Get into the Winter Adult Reading Program spirit with this thematic art project. Use embroidery floss and pins to make a string art version of classic winter symbols.
- Fountain Library, Fri., Feb. 3, 1 p.m.
- Manitou Library, Sat., Feb. 4, 1 p.m.
- Penrose Library, Sat., Feb. 4, 1 p.m.
- Ruth Holley Library, Tue., Feb. 7, 2 p.m.
- Rockrimmon Library, Fri., Feb. 10, 1 p.m.
- Old Colorado City Library, Sat., Feb. 11, 10:30 a.m.
- Cheyenne Mountain Library, Mon., Feb. 20, 10:30 a.m.
- Ute Pass Library, Sat., Feb. 25, 1 p.m.
- High Prairie Library, Mon., Feb. 27, 2:30 p.m.
Conversation Heart Handwarmers
Give the gift of warmth to a loved one this winter. Tell that special someone "U r cute" and make sure they don't have cold hands. Part of the Winter Adult Reading Program.
- Ruth Holley Library, Thu., Feb. 2, 2 p.m.
- Library 21c, Thu., Feb. 9, 2 p.m.
- Penrose Library, Sat., Feb. 11, 1 p.m.
- High Prairie Library, Mon., Feb. 13, 2:30 p.m.
- Sand Creek Library, Wed., Feb. 15, 4 p.m.
- Monument Library, Mon., Feb. 20, 4:30 p.m.
- Calhan Library, Mon., Feb. 27, 2 p.m.
Bleach Textile Art
Get into the Winter Adult Reading Program spirit with this thematic art project. Using bleach on either fabric you bring or on one of our small handkerchiefs, we will learn how to make a unique work of art.
- Sand Creek Library, Wed., Mar. 1, 4 p.m.
- Ute Pass Library, Sat., Mar. 4, 1 p.m.
- Palmer Lake Library, Wed., Mar. 8, 1:30 p.m.
- High Prairie Library, Mon., Mar. 13, 2:30 p.m.
- Ruth Holley Library, Tue., Mar. 28, 2 p.m.
- Cheyenne Mountain Library, Mon., Mar. 27, 10:30 a.m.
- Calhan Library, Mon., Mar. 27, 2 p.m.
Need some suggestions for activities? We’re here to help!
- Join a PPLD Book Group
- Read a new genre or author
- Write a book review for ppld.org
- Read a book set in the winter
- Watch the movie version of a book you read
- Watch a movie or documentary about winter using Hoopla or Kanopy
- Visit a Little Free Library in your neighborhood
- Join the Peak Readers Group
- Watch the Denver Museum of Nature and Science - Digital Earth Series: Ice
- Watch the Denver Museum of Nature and Science - Digital Earth Series: Changing Colorado
- Explore Cold Weather Safety Tips from the National Weather Service
- Explore the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Pick up your copy of District Discovery: Winter Adult Reading Edition to track your progress, read stories, and more!
- Sneaky winter road hazards
- Severe Winter Weather 101: Detecting Winter Weather
- Severe Winter Weather 101: Winter Weather Basics
- Severe Winter Weather 101: Winter Weather Types
- Nine Cool, and Useful Facts about Snow