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

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

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

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

PPLD library cardholders may also purchase up to four discounted tickets at $15 each for the July 26 (limited tickets available), Aug. 3, and Sept. 14 games by showing your PPLD library card at the box office. (Quantities are limited, so get your tickets today!)

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

PPLD Night with the Switchbacks

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

A row of books with the text that reads Access the Poetry & Short Story Reference Center Database

Short stories and poems contain layers of depth and meaning. Casual readers may enjoy the emotions and concepts explored, while literary scholars and enthusiasts can take deeper dives into themes, academic interpretations, and even examinations of writers’ bodies of work. No matter which type of reader you are, there is a lot to explore in the Literary Reference Center and the Poetry & Short Story Reference Center. Use your PPLD library card to access these databases to explore full text poems and stories, articles, and author information for thousands of classic and contemporary writers. Students will also find these databases useful.  

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

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

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

D11 Summer Lunch

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 beginning Wed., May 29 through Fri., Aug. 2 (except for Thu., July 4). Meal service will be available 11 a.m. - noon, Monday - Friday, along with a basket of age-appropriate books that kids and teens can take with them. Lunches are provided at no-cost to kids and teens. Adult lunches are $5.25. 

Outside of East Library
5550 N. Union Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO 80918  
May 29 – Aug. 2 (every weekday except Thu., July 4)  
11 a.m. - noon

The Summer Food Service Program, funded by USDA, provides nutritious meals to all children and teenagers ages 0 - 18. There are no income or registration requirements for participation.  

To find other nearby summer meal sites, visit D11's Summer Food Service Program page or find other participating school districts at KidsFoodFinder.org.