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Give Campaign – Make a Difference in your Community, suppor the Library during the 2023 Give! Campaign

Few institutions are charged with serving people of all ages and walks of life with relevant and entertaining programs, community spaces, and materials as is your public library. We are a lifeline to technology, entertainment, online resources for employment, enrichment for all ages, and continuing education for everyone in the Pikes Peak region. Throughout November, make a difference in our community by donating to the PPLD Foundation during the 2023 Give! Campaign. Your contributions will help us continue to serve the unique needs of our growing community in 2024. 

The PPLD Foundation has supported Pikes Peak Library District since 2003, helping to fund programs, projects, equipment, and materials for our community through charitable donations. As they participate in this campaign for the 4th consecutive year, the foundation is honored to be among the 63 worthy organizations in this year’s campaign. The PPLD Foundation invites you to show your continued support of the Library and thank you for your kind donation.

Donate

To make a charitable contribution through the 2023 Give! Campaign, please visit the Foundation’s Give! Campaign page

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American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month Graphic

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!


Programs

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.  


Booklists


Resources

  • 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.
     

Website Links

 

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Veterans Day Graphic 2023

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


Programs

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


Booklists


Resources

  • 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.)

Websites

  • 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.