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Summertime in Colorado Springs is a great time to get out and enjoy the natural beauty of our area. It’s also a great time to explore our region’s history. Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD) cardholders can get a taste of the past at no cost by checking out a Pikes Peak Culture Pass and stepping back in time for a day at Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site.

At this living history museum, guests can experience six historic sites interpreting indigenous and settler life in the Pikes Peak region from the late 1700s to the early 1900s. Guests will have the opportunity to engage with the cultural and agricultural stories of this diverse outdoor museum. Visit a homestead cabin, an 1870s Victorian home, a 1900s Edwardian house, and a working 19th century blacksmith shop. You can also enjoy meeting the horses, chickens, sheep, pigs, and a cow housed in Rock Ledge Ranch’s Victorian farm and garden. 

“We are excited to partner with PPLD in serving broader communities who may know their local libraries but may not yet be acquainted with the Ranch,” says Daniel Christie, Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site office manager. “We also enjoy engaging our own guests with books and encouraging them towards a love of literature and learning so this makes for a great partnership.”

Take tours with historical interpreters dressed in period-appropriate attire, watch demonstrations, and experience hands-on learning activities. Immerse yourself in the daily lives of the people who lived, worked, hunted, herded, and raised families on this land at Rock Ledge Ranch. 

Use your library card to check out no-cost passes to visit the ranch during their regular living history hours. Check out their special events throughout the summer and fall by visiting their website. 

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Your Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD) library card is your key to access a world of resources that saves you money. One such resource is Freegal Music, where you can enjoy unlimited ad-free music streaming at no cost. Whether you’re into K-pop, classical, heavy metal, country, or other genres, this eLibrary resource has something to meet your listening needs.

You can search for your favorite artists and genres or explore a buffet of music that features over 40,000 labels spanning 100 countries. When you visit the Freegal homepage, you might take time to explore by clicking the Discover Albums or Explore Playlists buttons or take a chance on new and popular music in New Arrivals and Now Trending. Scroll down to find an assortment of playlists including featured songs, PPLD playlists, recommended playlists, and more.

As if access to unlimited music streaming music wasn’t enough, you can also download up to five songs every week to keep in your own collection.

Access Freegal by downloading the Freegal app on your mobile device, or by visiting the Freegal website on a computer.  

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Looking for new curriculum and/or educational materials? Have curriculum you don’t need? Homeschoolers can bring curriculum, educational materials, books, and more to give away to other homeschoolers at this once-a-year event. No selling. All sharing. Everything is free! You do not have to bring an item to participate.

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