Are you expecting and have so many questions? Join Pikes Peak Library District and Nurse-Family Partnership for a series of prenatal classes. Classes are every Wednesday at noon. Each week we will explore a different topic followed by a Q&A session.
*This is a six-week series. Register for the first session in the series to receive the Zoom link. The same link will be used for each session. Sessions will be recorded and sent to registrants.
Each session attended earns you an entry for a prize to be given away at the conclusion of the series. You can earn up to six entries!
- Wed., Feb. 7: Birth Plan, Labor & Delivery, and First Week
This session will cover birth plans and alternatives to medicines. We will discuss medications you may encounter in the hospital, the first week after birth, what happens in the hospital, and more!
- Wed., Feb. 14: Postpartum: The first six weeks
Wonder what life will be like the first six weeks after your baby is born? At this session, we will discuss healing, rest, and mental health in postpartum. Learn about self-care during pregnancy and after the baby's arrival, so you can take care of yourself, too!
- Wed., Feb. 21: Sleep and Purple Crying
Having trouble getting enough rest? Learn techniques to help you and your newborn rest. Discover what the Purple Crying Period is and tools you can use to help calm your baby.
- Wed., Feb. 28: Breastfeeding
This session will cover breastfeeding how-to's, latching, support, education, and more!
- Wed., March 6: Nutrition and Infant Feeding
Do you wonder what nutrition looks like during pregnancy and postpartum? We will discuss nutrition for mom and also look at infant feeding. Learn about Women Infant Children (WIC) and the resources it offers.
- Wed., March 13: Building Your Baby’s Brain
This week learn about brain development and the five early literacy practices to begin at birth. A representative from Peak Vista's First Visitor home visitation program will also provide information and answer questions.
Classical Music Live for kids is coming to East Library on Wed., June 14 at 9:30 a.m.! Families with children ages 2 – 12 will enjoy live music and opportunities to learn about classical music from professionals. Colorado College Summer Music Festival Fellows, pre-professional musicians from around the world will perform classical music pieces from their current study. There will be time to ask questions and visit with the fellows.
The musicians will also give a preview of the free Children’s Concert, Sergei Prokofiev’s classic Peter and the Wolf, which will take place in the Cornerstone Arts Center at Colorado College on Thu., June 15 at both 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. For kids ages 2 – 12 with their families.
The concerts at Colorado College on Thu., June 15 are free, but tickets are required. Visit their website to reserve tickets.
Pikes Peak Children's Museum Discount Day is cancelled
The Pikes Peak Children's Museum has let us know that they won't be able to be open on Fri., June 30 for the planned discount day. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Library card holders can enjoy discounted admission at several local attractions this summer thanks to the Pikes Peak Culture Pass program. Grab your PPLD library card and take advantage of special discounted admission to several cultural attractions in the Pikes Peak region!
During Culture Pass Discount Days, between June 14 and August 4, library cardholders can visit a different Culture Pass partner for special discounted admission by simply showing their library card or card number.
Our mobile library will be at each Discount Days event in the morning. Join us for a special craft activity, a game, or story time. You can also sign up for a library card for discounted admission and check out materials while you’re there.
We are excited to team up with our Culture Pass partners so families can experience many of the great cultural attractions that are right in our backyard. With a new place to visit each week there’s something for everyone, and it can even count towards an activity for Summer Adventure presented by Children’s Hospital Colorado.
Weekly Culture Pass Discount Days Schedule
Be sure to check Culture Pass partner websites for hours of operation and to plan your visit.
|Wed., June 14||Rock Ledge Ranch||$4 admission|
|Fri., June 23||Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College||FREE admission|
|Fri., June 30||Cancelled – Pikes Peak Children’s Museum||50% Off|
|Fri., July 7||The Money Museum||FREE admission|
|Mon., July 10||U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Training Center||$8 admission|
|Wed., July 19||Space Foundation Discovery Center||50% Off|
|Wed., July 26||ProRodeo Hall of Fame||50% Off|
|Fri., Aug. 4||U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum||50% Off|
The Culture Pass Program recently added two new local attractions, the US Olympic and Paralympic Museum and US Olympic and Paralympic Training Center, and now offers 10 local attractions in El Paso County and Denver for library cardholders to visit by checking out a no-cost pass. Learn more and get started at ppld.org/culturepass.
Juneteenth, occurring annually on June 19, honors the end of slavery in the United States on June 19, 1865, two and a half years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. On that date, federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas and freed enslaved people who had not been liberated following President Abraham Lincoln’s ruling. Celebrate this important history with the Library!
- Hand fans for Juneteenth
Celebrate Juneteenth with the Library by picking up a hand fan to keep you cool and commemorate this celebratory American holiday.
- Juneteenth Family Storytime
Sat., June 17 from 2pm – 2:30 p.m. – Cheyenne Mountain Library
- Take and Make: Juneteenth Recipe Postcards
Celebrate Juneteenth by picking up recipe cards at your favorite PPLD location! Recipes come from books in our collection and from the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC).
- Rocky Mountain Wa Shonaji Quilt Guild Trunk Show
Join the Rocky Mountain Wa Shonaji Quilt Guild for an informative program on the traditions of African American quilting. Registration required. Intended for ages 18+. – Sat., June 24 from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. – Penrose Library
- Basic Search - Gale In Context: U.S. History
Use the search word “Juneteenth” to explore the history of this holiday.
- Basic Search: EBSCOhost (available for in-library use, or sign in with your library card if the card number starts with a 4)
Use the search word “Juneteenth” to find articles about Juneteenth.
- Gale in Context Elementary for kids
Elementary students and homeschoolers can use the search term “Juneteenth” to learn more about this historic holiday.
- Lifetime Biography of Opal Lee for adults
Watch this Lifetime video and learn about Opal Lee, the grandmother of Juneteenth.
- Kids activities for Juneteenth
Discover free activities and lesson plans for kids exploring different elements of Juneteenth.
- Happy Toddler Playtime
Enjoy a selection of fun, easy crafts and activities for kids.
- Juneteenth for Kids video
Kids will enjoy this video from Seed of Melanin Kids! exploring history in an accessible, fun way.
Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD) recognizes the LGBTQIA+ community with Pride Month in June. Join us in celebrating individuality, diversity, and inclusion throughout the Pikes Peak region with programming and resources on this page. Explore booklists, LGBTQIA+ history, Library programming, and more.
- Pride Flag Painting
Show your LGBTQIA+ Pride! During this program you will paint a flag of Colorado with your choice of Pride flag colors on a canvas board. We'll include images of Pride flags you can reference!
- Rainbow Storytime
Join us in celebrating inclusion, diversity, and positivity at this interactive storytime for Pride Month. All ages are welcome; stories are geared towards preschool-aged children and older. Registration required.
- Thu., June 8 from 10 – 10:30 a.m. – Library 21c
- Fri., June 9 from 10:30 – 11 a.m. – Ruth Holley Library
- Sat., June 10 from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. – Manitou Springs Library
- Mon., June 12 from 2 – 2:30 p.m. – Monument Library
- Fri., June 16 from 10:30 - 11 a.m. – Penrose Library
- Sat., June 24 from 2 – 2:30 p.m. – Cheyenne Mountain Library
- Sat., June 24 from 11 a.m. - noon – East Library
- Fri., June 30 from 10:30 - 11 a.m. – Penrose Library
- Patrons of Influence: El Paso County’s Diverse Voices
The Library and Citizen-Powered Media celebrate local leaders who are providing positive influences in the areas of culture, business, and leadership in El Paso County. Panelists will discuss their shared interest and experiences on how organizations and communities are strengthened by diverse voices.
There will be a Question and Answer session following the panel discussion.
This is an in-person event. Registration is not required but strongly recommended. There is a Livestream option for this event (registration required).
Virtual Teen Programs
- Teen Tech: Ziggy Stardust 3D Designed Earrings - Learn basic 3D modeling and celebrate bisexual icon David Bowie with a 3D-modeled Ziggy Stardust earring.
- Teens Read: Books for Pride
Discover books centered around Pride in this video.
Regional History and Genealogy Resources
Colorado Springs has a fascinating and often tumultuous history with the LGBTQIA+ community. When the Lavender Film Festival began in 2000, it was the only LGBTQIA+ film festival in the state of Colorado. The material in this collection provides valuable insight into this groundbreaking event.
The collection includes VHS tapes and DVDs of the films shown at the festival. Newspaper clippings provide a glimpse at how the event was promoted and, in turn, viewed by the local community. The opening remarks of the event give us an understanding about why the organizers felt the festival would help bring awareness and educate people about LGBTQIA+ issues and filmmaking. Various budgets and meeting minutes provide a detailed look into the work involved in bringing this innovative event to the community.
The Colorado Springs Pride Center was one of the oldest LGBTQIA+ community centers in the United States. Founded in 1978, the Center offered assistance and support programs to people across the Pikes Peak region. In 2014 alone, more than 8,400 people contacted the Center for help. Topics covered in this collection include – but are not limited to – Amendment 2, marriage, hate crimes, local news, and legal cases. News releases, newspaper clippings, and scrapbooks show the highs and lows of what was happening in the community. This nonprofit organization served as a much-needed medium for marginalized voices in the Pikes Peak region.
Experience interesting research and knowledge about our local history at the 20th Annual Pikes Peak Regional History Symposium. This year’s theme is Art, Artists, & Entertainers. Presenters, selected from proposals submitted by academics, researchers, and the general public, will explore the artists and entertainers that have left a rich legacy in the Pikes Peak region.
Artists and their creativity are at the heart of a region’s culture. The Pikes Peak region, with plentiful natural beauty, serves as a rich well of inspiration. Artists and entertainers are motivated by a variety of reasons: producing something beautiful, communicating a message, eliciting an emotional response, creating the reality they feel, or enjoying the creative process.
Film Festival and Symposium
Join us as we kick off this year’s Pikes Peak Regional History Symposium with a film festival featuring three short films that tell the story of local artists and their impact on the Pikes Peak Region.
- "Boardman Robinson: The Teacher"
- "Henry A. Clausen: The Danish American Wonder”
- "Not Quite Hollywood: The Alexander Film Company’s 'Anatomy of a Psycho'”
Explore the history of our region’s creative heart through these live presentations. The in-person portion of this year’s Regional History Symposium will be at East Library, and a question and answer session will follow.
Part of this year’s symposium will be presented in a live virtual session. Learn about the Colorado Springs Civic Players, the Jaz Age in Colorado, and historic jewelers.
Registration is required for the virtual presentation. A Zoom link will be sent to you once you register.
Supplies for this Take and Make will be available at area PPLD libraries beginning May 12, 2023.
Materials and Directions:
Use the provided paper or your own supplies to draw a shape to race around on your magnet track. You might choose a vehicle (car, truck, train, boat, etc.), an animal (cow, fish, turtle, dog, etc.), or something entirely different. It should be small enough to go on your paper plate (less than 2 inches). Attach a magnet to the back using double-sided tape or a glue dot.
Use your own markers, crayons, or colored pencils to create a course on your race track.
Use double-sided tape or a glue to to attach a magnet to the end of your craft stick. Before you glue, you need to make sure that the magnet on the car and the magnet on the stick attract rather than repel each other. If they repel each other, turn the magnet for the stick over before attaching.
Test your track! Set your shape (vehicle, animal, or other) on your track. Use the magnet on the craft stick under the plate to move and race the car.
Find the tutorial video at https://ppld.librarymarket.com/virtual-kidsmake-magnetic-race-tracks
Have an adventure with Pikes Peak Library District this summer! 2023 Summer Adventure presented by Children’s Hospital Colorado helps kids and teens stay engaged and active over the summer months. We know you’re looking for engaging ideas for activities, and we are here to help!
Anyone ages 0 - 18 can participate and win prizes through reading, moving, and imagining. Either participate in one of our programs or use one of our activity ideas!
Finished with the program? Please take our survey and answer a few questions to make next year’s program even better!
June 1 – July 31, 2023
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)
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 for ages 0 - 18. You can unsubscribe at any time.
How to play
- Register on Beanstack at ppld.beanstack.org, on the app, or in person at a Library location and receive a prize!
- Complete 30 days of activities (either Read, Move, or Imagine) from June 1 through July 31.
- Track your progress by filling in a spot on the game card or log a day in Beanstack for each day you complete an activity.
- Receive a second prize when you’ve completed 30 days of activities.
If you need assistance, call (719) 531-6333 or visit ppld.org/ask
Enliven your Zoom or other virtual conversations with Summer Adventure digital backgrounds: Download below!
At registration, ages 0 - 11 can choose a book and ages 12 - 18 can select a book or a journal as their registration prize. After logging 30 days of reading and/or activities, ages 0 - 3 receive a bath toy, ages 4 - 11 receive a reading award medal, and ages 12 - 18 receive a second book or journal.
Enter to win 4 FREE tickets to the COS Switchbacks game at Weidner Field on Fri., June 2.
Join us in our special PPLD Night section as we cheer on the home team. Meet Switchbacks mascot Ziggy and get the kiddos their very own limited edition library card featuring Switchbacks mascot Ziggy!
Winners will be notified by email. Your tickets should be sent to you from SeatGeek by May 25 so be on the lookout for electronic tickets in your inbox (or spam folder).
The Friends of the Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD) has selected the 2023 recipients of the Frank Waters Award and the Golden Quill Award. These literary awards will be presented at a luncheon on Sat., June 3 at 11:30 a.m. at the Doubletree Hotel. The luncheon is open to the public, and tickets can be purchased through the Friends of the PPLD website.
The 2023 Frank Waters Award will be presented to a husband-and-wife duo who have authored dozens of books together, W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O’Neal Gear. The award recognizes excellence in writing that explores the spirit of the West through people, culture, and landscape.
Author Barbara Nickless, known for writing best-selling crime novels, will be presented with the 2023 Golden Quill Award. This literary award honors local authors who exhibit excellence in writing and storytelling.
For the first time, the Friends will also give the Best Friend Award to music legend and philanthropist Peggy Shivers, who has been a longtime, dedicated supporter of the Library District, including donating a large collection of books by Black authors and about Black history to its collection.
Proceeds from the event benefit the Friends, which supports Library programming and needs.
Celebrate Colorado authors with Pikes Peak Library District at the 17th Annual Mountain of Authors program! This annual event is a great opportunity to explore the world of publishing and writing and also to get familiar with Colorado authors to add to your reading list. Meet local authors at the author showcase and take part in opportunities for book signings and purchases. You will also hear from keynote speaker Alan Prendergast, author of Gangbuster: One Man's Battle Against Crime, Corruption, and the Klan.
Sat., May 6 from noon – 4:30 p.m. at Library 21c
- Noon - Doors open and Local Author Showcase begins
- 1 p.m. - Panel Presentation featuring Patricia Raybon, Marc Cameron, and Randi Samuelson-Brown
- 2 p.m. - Local Author Showcase
- 3 p.m. - Keynote Address by Alan Prendergast, followed by Audience Q&A
- 4 p.m. - Book signing and Local Author Showcase
For more information, as well as bios about presenters, visit the event page.
Look who’s got a new Library Card!
It’s our favorite soccer star, Ziggy, the mascot for the Colorado Springs Switchbacks!
Get your special limited-edition library card featuring Ziggy just in time for Summer Adventure. Stop by your nearest library beginning Thu., June 1 to get yours. Hurry! These cards won’t last long.
PPLD is a Ziggy Kids Club sponsor, a program designed to connect kids with soccer and have fun all season long!
Limited-edition Ziggy library cards
Bikes are a unique vehicle that open opportunities for commuting, exercise, and exploration. Whether you bike for your primary mode of transportation or for recreation, celebrate your ride with the Library during Bike Month this May!
- Bike Safety from NHTSA
Explore bicycle safety with excellent videos suitable for all languages and children from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
- Bike Safety from NSC
Find out how to enjoy your bike ride safely with resources from the National Safety Council.
- Kids on Bikes
Not sure where to head next? Explore these biking maps:
Join Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD) in honoring and celebrating our military community members in May for Military Appreciation Month. We thank military service members in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Marines, Space Force, and National Guard and their families for their service and commitment. Below is one way that PPLD is celebrating our military community.
- Postcard for Patriots
A postcard may be a little thing, but the impact of receiving one can be heartwarming. For National Military Appreciation Month, enjoy the simple yet profound act of sending a postcard to the Military Member in your life or community. Stop by your local Library location during the month of May to pick up a no-cost postcard to share with the patriot you respect and honor (while supplies last).
May 1 – May 31
Celebrate Jewish American Heritage Month with Pikes Peak Library District! Explore the resources on this page recognizing the culture, experiences, and contributions of the Jewish American community.
Explore Jewish stories and experiences in eBooks, music, movies, and more.
- American Jewish Desk Reference
Learn more about Jewish heritage with this reference book from the American Jewish Historical Society.
Discover films and documentaries celebrating Jewish Americans on Kanopy.
Regional History and Genealogy Resources (18+)
- Archival Collections:
- Colorado Springs Jewish History Project Records, 1920-2013 (Archival Collection MSS 0419) The Colorado Springs Jewish History Project records consist of oral history interviews, photographs, and a documentary film.
- Mohl Family Papers, 1905 - 1997 (Archival Collection MSS 0415) and Mohl Family Photographs (Digital Photograph Collection)
Leo and Hertha Mohl were long-time residents of Colorado Springs, small business owners, dairy farmers, and world travelers. They were also some of the first European war refugees to live in Colorado Springs.
Hertha Mohl was born in Vienna, Austria, and worked as a dressmaker until, after almost getting caught passing out anti-Nazi literature, she smuggled herself into England. While living in London, Hertha served in the British Air Raid Precaution Service. Also born in Vienna, Leo Mohl served as secretary of the trade union movement. Leo was taken to concentration camps in Dachau and Buchenwald for his political activities. In 1939, he was released and immigrated to England, where he met Hertha.
The Mohls immigrated to the United States in 1940, eventually making their way to Colorado Springs. They raised dairy cows on farmland that is now owned by the Air Force Academy, operated a bookstore called The Book Home, and owned a reweaving shop called Master Weavers of America.
- Various Photographs (from PPLD’s Digital Photograph Collection) Photographs of the Colorado Springs Jewish Community.
- Books from Regional History and Genealogy (Books from Regional History and Genealogy)
- Exploring Jewish Colorado by Phil Goodstein
- A Colorado Jewish family album, 1859-1992 by Rocky Mountain Jewish Historical Society
- A history of Jewish life in Colorado Springs (DVD – also available for checkout)
- Getting started in Jewish genealogy by Gary Mokotoff
- L'chaim: a guide to Jewish genealogical research by Zoe Henry
- Dr. Charles David Spivak: a Jewish immigrant and the American tuberculosis movement by Jeanne E. Abrams
- Jewish women pioneering the frontier trail: a history in the American West by Jeanne E. Abrams
- A guide to the Jewish Rockies, Colorado, Montana, Wyoming by Amy Shapiro
- Jewish American Heritage Month – Library of Congress
- Jewish American Heritage Month – National Archives
- Jewish American Heritage Month – National Parks Service (National Register of Historic Places)
- Jewish Americans - PBS.
Watch clips and outtakes from the 3-part PBS documentary series The Jewish Americans. This collection includes resources for further investigation, lesson plans for high school educators, and opportunities to share your own story. Recommended for high school and older.
- Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History
Go on a virtual tour of many of the fascinating exhibits now available online.
What’s better than cheering on your local soccer team? Cheering them on with Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD), of course!
The Library will join the Switchbacks at Weidner Field on Fri., July 14. Library card holders may receive special discounted $15 tickets at the gate in advance or that night (limited quantities available). Stop by and take a commemorative photo with Ziggy in the Fan Zone before the game or meet us in the Kids Zone after the game starts.
Weidner Field: Fri., July 14. The fun begins in the Fan Zone at 5 p.m.
Fri., June 2 is PPLD Night at the Switchbacks. Join the fun! Show your library card (or card number) for special discounted $15 tickets to the June 2 game (sorry, the June 2 game is now sold out, but you can purchase 4 discounted tickets at the box office for the June 10 and July 14 games by showing your PPLD card. Quantities are limited so get your tickets today.) Kids will also have the opportunity to get a limited-edition library card with Switchbacks Mascot Ziggy on it (more information below). We hope to see you at the match!
Weidner Field: Fri., June 2. The fun begins in the Fan Zone at 5 p.m.
Look who’s got a new Library Card!
If you’re going to the June 2 game, you can meet Ziggy and get the kiddos a limited-edition special Ziggy Library card just in time for Summer Adventure! We’ll be in the Kids Zone during the game, stop by to say hello and get a Ziggy card. These special library cards will also be available at PPLD locations beginning June 1, while supplies last.
PPLD is a Ziggy Kids Club sponsor, a program designed to connect kids with soccer and have fun all season long!
Limited-edition Ziggy library cards
Throughout May, the Library is celebrating Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, recognizing the cultures, experiences, and contributions of the AAPI community. Join us in celebrating with the book lists and resources on this page.
- Library Explorers: Fun with Chinese Calligraphy
Our Library Explorers are invited to practice writing Chinese Calligraphy for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month with the calligraphy practice sheets found in the Library Explorer kits in May. Learn more about the Library Explorers program here.
Enjoy films and documentaries by or celebrating AAPI people.
Explore Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month with movies and TV shows on Hoopla.
Experience the world through cultural information on more than 200 countries with CultureGrams and other resources in our Countries & Cultures Guide. In CultureGrams, explore all the U.S. states in colorful, engaging reports.
- Colorado Springs Chinese Cultural Institute
Learn about opportunities to connect with Chinese culture here in Colorado Springs with the Colorado Springs Chinese Cultural Institute.
- Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Resources for Teachers
This collection of lessons and resources for grades K – 12 social studies, literature, and the arts will help educators explore AAPI heritage with their students.
- National Park Service
Planning a vacation? Take in some of these historical sites from the National Park Service.
- Asian Art Museum
Find activities for kids and families and explore AAPI heritage in creative ways.
- Hmong flute/qeej
Learn about Asian and Pacific Island Instruments in this video.
- Japanese taiko drumming
Watch professional Japanese taiko drummers perform.
- Traditional Korean music
Jump into the world of traditional Korean music with this video from the Musical Instrument Museum of Brussels.
Regional History & Genealogy Resources:
- Books from the Carnegie Library - Special Collections (Some titles are available for checkout from other library locations)
- Voices from Colorado: perspectives of Asian Pacific Americans by Nestor J. Mercado
- Asian American genealogical sourcebook by Paula K. Byers
- Asians in Colorado: a history of persecution and perseverance in the Centennial State by William Wei
- Chinaman's chance: the Chinese on the Rocky Mountain mining frontier by Liping Zhu
- The road to Chinese exclusion: the Denver riot, 1880 election, and rise of the West by Liping Zhu
- Chin Lin Sou: Chinese-American leader by Janet L. Taggart
Join Pikes Peak Library District as we welcome UCCS Theatreworks for Free-For-All PERICLES, directed by Max Shulman.
In May, June, and July of 2023, Free-For-All shares a 75-minute PERICLES, a fast-paced journey of heroes, villains, shipwrecks, pirates, jousting, and more in a sweeping adventure that was Shakespeare's most popular play for over 100 years!
Knights of Columbus Hall, Pikes Peak Library District’s (PPLD) community event facility, is being renamed to The Hall at PPLD. We have adopted the new name to better reflect how this event space supports the community by offering a large public space downtown for community members to hold meetings, performances, classes, and beyond at no cost. The name is already in effect, and new building signage was installed on Wed., April 12 reflecting the name change.
The building was opened in 1928 and is one of the last buildings designed by Thomas MacLaren, one of Colorado’s well-known historical architects. The Knights of Columbus used the building as a meeting hall, but it was also dedicated to civic events. Its current incarnation is a return to its original intended purpose. Bazaars, fiestas, fairs, public lectures, dancing and card parties, boxing matches, and wrestling matches were some of the events that happened in the building in the early days. St. Mary’s High School used the building extensively during this time, and held dances, social events and basketball games in the building.
The city of Colorado Springs eventually bought the building, and it served as home to the Colorado Springs Pioneer’s Museum from 1937 – 1977.
PPLD purchased the building in 1996 and has used it for a variety of purposes including office space and collection management. Today, we host a variety of Library programs at the Hall at PPLD that are designed to provide community members with resources, from entertainment and small business resources, to food security and housing assistance. A few regular events hosted in this venue include The Story Project, Pikes Peak Poet Laureate, Community Exchange, and numerous community-sponsored events.
Presenting an exciting, sensory-friendly announcement!
We have published short Sensory Tour Videos for each Library location on our website. These videos offer a sensory-friendly way for children with autism and sensory processing needs and their families to preview each of our libraries and prepare for a successful visit. Each video makes our libraries more accessible and enjoyable for children with sensory needs.
You will find these videos on each library’s location page on our website.
In each video, our friendly Family & Children’s Services staff discuss how to identify Library staff members, request sensory accommodation kits, return materials, and anything else you might expect when you visit that library. Children will enjoy visiting the children’s section through the comfort of their screen before visiting in person.
Everyone is always welcome at the Library!
September 5 through October 11
East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO 80918
Pikes Peak Library District has been selected to host the Americans and the Holocaust, a traveling exhibition from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum that examines the motives, pressures, and fears that shaped Americans’ responses to Nazism, war, and genocide in Europe during the 1930s and 1940s.
Questions and Contact:
Questions? For more information, check out our Frequently Asked Questions or contact us at email@example.com.
Visit the Exhibit:
- Self-Guided Tours
Available during the library's operating hours from Sept. 5 - Oct. 11.
East Library is closed on Sundays and on Mon., Oct. 2.
- Public Tours – every Saturday in September
Join us for a docent-led tour of the Americans and the Holocaust Exhibit. Docent-led tours offer additional insight into the exhibit themes and questions. Tours take approximately 30 minutes. For ages 12 and up. Please meet in the Reading Bay area where the exhibit is located.
Space is limited, register here.
- School Groups
Docent guided tours can be arranged for school groups on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from Sept. 11 - Oct. 11, and will be held beginning at 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 1 p.m., and 2 p.m.
Groups must have 10 members or more to request a guided tour. Groups of 80 or more, will need to book two hours. For groups of 140 or more, please contact us for arrangements. Please plan to have one adult for every 10 students.
Tours for groups not affiliated with a learning institution can be arranged by appointment only, subject to availability.
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Pikes Peak Library District would like to thank the following partners for their support of the Americans and the Holocaust Exhibit.
Thank you to The Greenberg Center for Learning and Tolerance for funding two classroom sets available for teachers to checkout:
You are invited to attend a free event offered by The Greenberg Center of Learning and Tolerance in support of the exhibit called “Remembering for the Future.” Click here for details.
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- Click on this link, scroll down, and check the box by “Americans and the Holocaust Traveling Exhibit and Programs.”
Additional Information and Online Resources:
- Americans and the Holocaust Online Exhibition
- Family Exhibition Guide and Activity
- Online Library Resources
Complete list of titles from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
- Young Adult and Children's Literature – ushmm.org
- Books Related to the Americans and the Holocaust – ushmm.org
PPLD's Collection of Titles for the Americans and the Holocaust Exhibit
- Adult Titles – Americans and the Holocaust Reading List
- Young Adult & Children's Titles – Americans and the Holocaust Reading List
Americans and the Holocaust: A Traveling Exhibition for Libraries is made possible by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the American Library Association.
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.
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.