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Embrace a journey of discovery as we invite you to join us in honoring the vibrant and diverse tapestry of American Indian and Alaska Native heritage, history, and culture. Experience a world of traditions, stories, and knowledge through an array of engaging programs and valuable resources thoughtfully curated for you at PPLD!


Why She Writes – An Afternoon Chat with Joy Harjo, Internationally Renowned Performer, Writer, and Poet of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation

United States Poet Laureate and winner of the 2022 Academy of American Poets Leadership Award, Joy Harjo, joins us virtually for a chat about her most recent memoir, Catching the Light, and to discuss her rewarding lifetime as a writer and poet. In Catching the Light, Harjo examines the power of words and how poetry summons us toward justice and healing. In this lyrical meditation about the why of writing poetry, Harjo reflects on significant points of illumination, experience, and questioning from her 50 years as a poet. Learn more and register here. Registration is required to receive the link for the event.  

Heritage Recipe Post Cards

Stop by your favorite Library location and pick up heritage recipe postcards that highlight American Indian and Native Alaskan recipes and culture. These recipes come from Library staff and cookbooks.  



  • Gale eBooks
    (you will need a library card that starts with a 4 to access this resource) - Native Americans
  • Hoopla
    Find eBooks, eAudiobooks, music, videos, and more by searching “Native American” on the Hoopla app. 
  • Kanopy
    Discover videos and documentaries diving deeper into Native American culture and exploring the lives of individuals throughout history.
  • The Horace S. Poley Photographs Collection
    This is a major collection of photographic images of American Indians in the southwestern United States. Included are images of the Fiesta of San Geronimo at Taos, the Snake Dance of the Hopi, Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado, Bandelier National Monument in New Mexico and the Dedication of the Ute Pass Indian Trail in 1912.
  • Digital Collections
    Search our Digital Collections for more photographs! We recommend using search terms like, “Native American,” “American Indian,” “Indian,” and “Ute.”
  • Reference and Special Collections Materials (Catalog)
    Explore American Indian heritage in reference and history texts found in our physical and digital collections.

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Join Pikes Peak Library District this Veterans Day in celebrating our veterans and their families.


Veterans Day Storytime

Meet some of the veterans in our community as they make Storytime guest appearances in the days leading up to Veterans Day. For ages 3 – 7 and their families and guardians.  

  • Fri., Nov. 3 at 10:30 a.m. – Cheyenne Mountain Library
  • Tue., Nov. 7 at 10:30 a.m. – Monument Library
  • Tue., Nov. 7 at 9 a.m. – Rockrimmon Library
  • Tue., Nov. 7 at 10:30 a.m. – Ruth Holley Library
  • Thu., Nov. 9 at 9:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. – East Library
  • Thu., Nov. 9 at 9:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. – High Prairie Library
  • Fri., Nov. 10 at 10:30 a.m. – Library 21c
  • Fri., Nov. 10 at 10:30 a.m. – Palmer Lake Library 

Patriotism in America Past and Present 

Will America ever have another "Greatest Generation?" In her book Unintended Hero, local author Becky Van Vleet explores the question of whether America will have another “Greatest Generation.” Her book delves into her father's up-close and personal battles on the USS Denver in World War II in the Pacific Theater. Join Becky for an interactive book talk about patriotism from the Greatest Generation in World War II to present day.  Ages 16 and up. Registration recommended. 

Veterans Day Poppy Painting 

Learn more about the palette knife painting technique and try it for yourself by creating beautiful poppy designs in honor of Veterans Day. Registration required.

Patrons of Influence: Military Veterans in El Paso County

Celebrate local veterans and hear from a panel of military veterans who are providing positive influences in culture, leadership, and business in the Pikes Peak region. Panelists will discuss their shared interest and experience on how diversity strengthens organizations and communities. There will be a Livestream option for anyone who wishes to attend virtually. A Question-and-Answer session will follow the discussion. Registration is recommended to attend in-person, and required for the Livestream



  • Military & Veterans LibGuide
    • This guide offers local information and general resources for Colorado-based military and veterans.
  • Freegal
    • This guide offers local information and general resources for Colorado-based military and veterans.
  • Freegal
  • Gale Ebooks
    • Search this database using the key word “Veterans” for further reading and information. (Note that this resource is available at the Library or you can access it remotely with a library card that starts with a 4 and your PIN.)


  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
    Learn more about VA resources, the PACT Act, healthcare for veterans, life insurance, memorials, and other crucial information for veterans. 
  • Veterans Day 2023
    Familiarize yourself with Veterans Day history, including why Veterans Day moved from October to November, what Armistice Day was, and why schools close in recognition of this federal holiday. 
  • Veterans Day 2023
    Includes information on the importance, history, and the traditions of Veterans Day
  • Veterans Day
    Read about the history and traditions of Veterans Day.

Family websites for active military and veterans 

  • Sesame Street for Military Families
    Find bilingual (Spanish and English) information and multimedia resources on the topics of military deployments, multiple deployments, homecomings, injuries, grief, and self-expression.
  • Babies on the Homefront
    Military and veteran parents will find ideas for enhancing everyday moments with their baby or toddler.
  • Parenting for Veterans
    Discover parenting help when you need it, on any device with access to the internet.
Community Conservations Hunger and Homelessness Graphic

In recognition of Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Month, join Pikes Peak Library District for Community Conversation: Hunger and Homelessness Awareness as we welcome local experts and community leaders to discuss homelessness and housing insecurity in the Pikes Peak region. Community Conversations invite the public to discuss current events and issues impacting the Pikes Peak region with the goal of promoting civil dialogue and a greater understanding of different perspectives. After a facilitated discussion session with the panelists, there will be time for questions from the audience.

Thu., Nov. 16 at 6 p.m. — East Library

Click here for the Conversation Guide and panelist questions.

Panelists Include:


Angela Roberts

Angela Roberts (Pikes Peak Community Health Partnership (CHP)

Roberts holds an undergraduate degree in sociology from the University of North Texas and a master’s in public administration with a certificate in grant writing, grant management, and program evaluation from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. She served as a Housing Navigator Specialist with CHP prior to accepting her current role of Transformation Manager. In this role, she leads efforts to expand and improve cross-sector partnerships to reduce the number of youth and veterans at-risk of or currently experiencing homelessness in our community. Roberts has volunteered and held internship roles at various nonprofits in the Colorado Springs area since 2010 and has a passion for serving members of the community in need of housing support and assistance.

Beth Roalstad

Beth Hall Roalstad (Homeward Pikes Peak), MSW

Roalstad is the Executive Director of Homeward Pikes Peak. Prior to taking this role in January 2017, Roalstad worked as the Senior Vice President of Engagement at Pikes Peak United Way. She has also been the Executive Director for the Innovations in Aging Collaborative and the Women’s Resource Agency. Roalstad received her master’s in social work from the University of Denver in 2000 and a Bachelor of Science in political science from State University of New York College at Oneonta in 1991. She is a graduate of the Colorado Springs Leadership Institute in 2014 and the Denver Community Leadership Forum in 2005.

Since joining Homeward Pikes Peak, Roalstad has expanded programs to serve women and families experiencing homelessness by building community-based services that provide substance abuse treatment and transitional housing. She has also spearheaded the creation of several new programs such as Street Outreach, The Commons, a new permanent supportive housing apartment building complex, and The Bloom House Residential Treatment Center, a new program for pregnant and parenting women with addictions. Under her leadership, Homeward Pikes Peak has grown from serving 150 clients in 2016 to over 1,000 in 2022 and has more than tripled its budget through contracts, earned income, and philanthropy.

In addition, Roalstad serves on numerous community boards and has an extensive list of volunteer work with local non-profit organizations. She combines her passion for legislative advocacy, social work, and community building in all the work she undertakes. For fun, Roalstad hikes, runs, and travels as much as possible.

Crystal Karr

Crystal Karr (City of Colorado Springs)

Crystal Karr is the Homeless Prevention and Response Coordinator for the City of Colorado Springs. She brings the experience of frontline work with homelessness, domestic violence, and families experiencing housing instability and homelessness to the City of Colorado Springs. Karr is committed to collaboration and community-based solutions to make Colorado Springs a safe and beautiful home for all of its citizens.

Joel Siebersma

Joel Siebersma (Springs Rescue Mission), MA. LPC

Siebersma has worked in the fields of addiction and homelessness for 15 years. After graduating from Colorado Christian University with a master’s degree in counseling, he began working at the Springs Rescue Mission. Siebersma has led teams of substance use disorder counselors, case managers, and behavioral health staff toward the goal of person-centered treatment resulting in housing, health, and work. Most recently, as Sr. Director of Transformation and Research, he focuses on identifying innovative trends in homelessness alleviation from around the country and adapting those cutting-edge programs for local application.

Sgt. Olav Chaney

Sgt. Olav Chaney (Colorado Springs Police Department)

Sgt. Olav Chaney has been with the Colorado Springs Police Department (CSPD) since 1991, working in many different divisions and roles.  Sgt. Chaney now leads the Homeless Outreach Team (HOT) for CSPD and has been in that role since March 2020.  As the Sergeant for HOT, he focuses on providing outreach and resources to the homeless community, addresses and enforces all camping ordinances as appropriate, works closely with Homeless Outreach Team partners, and coordinates clean-ups with the Neighborhood Services Quality of Life Team and Keep Colorado Springs Beautiful.