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Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD) is excited to bring you Virtual Author Visits in partnership with the Library Speakers Consortium. Join us and hear from bestselling authors and thought leaders on a range of topics, from puzzling science to epic fantasy to decluttering your home. Whether you are an avid or occasional reader, there is nothing quite like listening to insightful talks by authors you have read or new ones you are just discovering. You never know what will catch your interest. Attend these events at no cost from the comfort of home. 

In June, join us as we chat with National Air and Space Museum Curator Matt Shindell about his book For the Love of Mars on Mon., June 3 at noon. Mars and its secrets have fascinated and mystified humans since ancient times. Dive in as we take a tour of Mars in the human imagination form from ancient astrologers to modern explorers. Register for the access link. 

Next, get your popcorn and take a seat as we pick the brain of the queen of twists herself, Freida McFadden on Thu., June 13 at 6 p.m. McFadden will join us to chat about writing psychological thrillers such as her mega-bestselling hit The Housemaid series. Register for the access link.

For the last Virtual Author Visit in June, join us to hear from #1 New York Times bestselling author Tiffany Jewell on Thu., June 20 at noon. The talk highlights the inequities Black and Brown students face from preschool through college as she presents lessons and knowledge from her new book Everything I Learned About Racism I Learned in School. Register for the access link.

Learn more and see upcoming authors on our Virtual Author Visits page or check out past Virtual Author Visits here!  


More Upcoming Virtual Author Visits 

  • Tue., July 9 at noon: A Visit to Deckawoo Drive with Mercy Watson and Kate DiCamillo (PreK-2nd Grade)
  • Tue., July 16 at noon: Surviving the Summer with The Last Kids on Earth and Max Brallier (3rd-6th Grade)
  • Tue., July 23 at noon: Learning the Power of Poetry with Bestselling Author Elizabeth Acevedo (9th-12th)
  • Tue., July 30 at noon: Graphic Novels are Life! Telling Your Own Story in a Graphic Novel with Dan Santat (5th-8th Grade) 
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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.


Booklists

Adult Books for Earth Month
Earth Month Books for Kids


Resources

  • 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)

Recommended Websites 

  • Earth Day – National Archives (all ages)
    A collection of Earth Day resources from the National Archives
  • Earth Day - Smithsonian (All ages)
    Learn about Earth Day Founder Gaylord Nelson and explore exhibitions, resources, and Podcasts that highlight Smithsonian efforts to advance sustainability. 

 

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Nonprofits make a difference in their communities. If you are involved in a nonprofit or are considering starting one, Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD) has a variety of helpful resources available to support your efforts.

We have many resources available through the Robert Hilbert Nonprofit Resource Center located at Penrose Library. Here, you will find our nonprofit collection with a variety of helpful books and materials to support your nonprofit. Our strategic services librarian is also available to help connect you with helpful information.

Your PPLD library card also gets you access to several databases to support your research and grant writing efforts. Use the Colorado Grants Guide for information and assistance for nonprofit grant writing or explore Foundation Directory Professional (available at Library 21c) for trusted tools from a national nonprofit service.

For more resources, you can visit our Nonprofit Subject Guides and find information about education and training, grant writing, financial sponsorship, getting started, and more. Each guide offers useful insight to help you reach your nonprofit goals.