- Half a cardboard egg carton
- Scrap pieces of newspaper or other paper
- Tape: masking tape, or painter's tape, or scotch tape
- 7 rubber bands
- Plastic spoon
- Pompoms or cotton balls or mini marshmallows
- Various clean containers
- Stuff each section of the egg carton with balled up newspaper.
- Close the lid and secure with 2 rubber bands, placed around the body of the carton.
- Wrap 2 more rubber bands horizontally around the carton, just below where the lid closes.
- Tape a rubber band to the handle of the spoon by attaching a long piece of tape to one side of the handle and inserting a rubber band before attaching the tape to the back of the spoon.
- Tuck the handle of the spoon under the rubber bands that were attached horizontally around the carton. The scoop part of the spoon should be facing away from the egg carton.
- Stretch the rubber band that's attached to the spoon up and over the spoon and around the back of the carton.
- Wrap 2 more rubber bands around the body of the carton so there are 4 rubber bands around the carton helping to keep it closed.
- Place a cotton ball in the spoon and shoot!. Place clean containers where you can aim your cotton ball.
To watch the project, go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V4o4eC5E_Qs
February is Black History Month. Here is the link to PPLD programming going on in February: https://ppld.org/blackhistorymonth The Harriet Tubman Herself presentation looks really cool and is available all month!
Also, check out these additional resources:
Black Voices booklist for Kids
Storytime @ Home: Black Joy!
Last updated June 6, 2022
Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD) is here to serve you, regardless of the circumstances! You’re welcome inside all of our libraries, now with almost all services, resources, and spaces available to you again. Open hours and specific services may vary by Library location, so please check in advance. PPLD continues to prioritize the health and safety of our patrons, staff, and greater community during the ongoing pandemic while making our resources and services accessible to everyone. PPLD has lifted its mask requirements, following CDC and State of Colorado guidance for fully vaccinated individuals. Face coverings (including masks and shields) are now optional inside all of our libraries, but strongly encouraged for those 11 years and older who are not fully vaccinated. (If you need an accommodation, please contact your local Library directly.) Get vaccinated at a Library-hosted clinic in partnership with Governor Polis’ Vaccines for All plan!
What can I expect when visiting the Library inside?
During your Library visit, you can do the following:
- Browse the physical collection of books, movies, and more.
- Use self-checkout machines and service desks.
- Use a computer.
- Fax, scan, and/or copy documents without staff assistance.
- Charge your devices.
- Use a meeting or study room by reservation; more spaces are reopening for public use at libraries across the District!
- Use a makerspace at one of three libraries.
- Check out Studio equipment from one of two libraries.
- Use Studio21c or Studio916 by reservation, available at two locations.
- Take advantage of 3D print drop-off services, available at three locations.
- Use the Educational Resource Center at East Library.
- Access Special Collections in the 1905 Carnegie Library.
Here’s what to expect during your Library visit to help prevent the spread of COVID-19:
- Face coverings (including masks and shields) are now optional inside all of our libraries, but strongly encouraged for those 11 years and older who are not fully vaccinated. (If you need an accommodation, please contact your local library directly.)
- Self-service cleaning stations are available at locations, in which patrons can use supplies to wipe down furniture and equipment before or after use if wanted. Staff will no longer clean such surfaces between patron use. There are sanitation protocols for equipment checkouts, along with public-use areas like makerspaces, studios, and meeting rooms. PPLD’s contracted cleaning service regularly cleans each facility using enhanced flu season protocol.
- Other areas and items that remain temporarily unavailable with plans to resume soon: Some computers and children’s play area.
Please remember that open hours and specific services may vary by Library location, so please check in advance.
What else can I expect from PPLD?
In addition to services offered inside our libraries, we also offer:
- Curbside services allow you to pick up Library materials, wireless print jobs, and take and make kits without having to go inside any location. All open libraries now offer a park and text option, making it even easier! You also can use our 24/7 book drops to return Library materials at any time.
- Have a question? Ask a librarian! You can connect with PPLD staff by phone, live chat, or email. Or, book an appointment with one of our specialized librarians.
- Take advantage of our large digital collection, extensive hub of online resources, and many virtual programs available for all ages and interests. Browse our online Catalog, conduct research, or participate in a Library event from almost anywhere, anytime. Get started using our Library remotely!
- Need WiFi when our libraries are closed? It should be accessible outside most library facilities for anyone to use, day or night.
- Want to return items and pick-up holds? Curbside services are available at all libraries! Use the link to find out more and access your library’s service hours and pickup instructions.
- There are so many ways to use the Library remotely! Browse our Online Catalog. Stream and download books, audiobooks, comics, magazines, music, and videos. Use our databases to conduct research, access ample resources for kids and teens, and more from your couch.
- Check out our virtual programs! Our librarians are bringing their services to you, anywhere and anytime.
- Have a question? Ask a librarian! Our staff are available to help you by phone, live chat, and email. You also can book an appointment with a specialized librarian.
- Checked out items: Please check your PPLD accounts either through our Catalog or on the PPLD mobile app for return dates, which will be listed by item. (Returns are accepted outside of all libraries as part of curbside services and will no longer be held in quarantine effective Mon., April 5.)
- Fines & fees: We officially went fine-free for most Library materials in early 2019, as long as they are not lost or damaged. (See above regarding checked out items.)
- OverDrive: Cardholders can have 20 checkouts for a total of 21 days each with a total hold limit of 30. PPLD will continue to add copies of digital materials to our collection as our budget allows. Some digital checkouts can be returned early so others have opportunity for access. (Instructions for checking out and returning are available here.)
- Use of meeting & study rooms: Meeting and study spaces are reopening at full capacity across the Library District, with the exception of the community room at East Library, the venue at Library 21c, and the Columbine room at Penrose Library. View what’s available and make a reservation online.
- Library programs & events: The Library continues to host programs virtually as well as provide at-home options like take and make kits, discovery kits, and Dial-a-Story and TeleGram by phone. Now there are drive-in, outdoor, and indoor options at libraries and other community locations (like Storytime)! View our event calendar for all opportunities right now. More in-person activities hosted by PPLD and held inside of our facilities will continue to be reintroduced safely.
- Use of creative spaces & services: Cardholders can take advantage of 3D print drop-off services, plus plus check out Studio equipment. Our makerspaces and studios are open, too. These services are only available at select libraries and hours may vary by location.
- Use of family & children’s spaces: The Educational Resource Center at East Library reopened for public reservation on Wed., April 7. Other children’s play areas remain temporarily closed with plans to reopen soon.
- Library card signup: Register online and start using your card immediately! If you sign up online during this time, your temporary account will be available for 90 days (instead of the usual 12-day limit), giving you immediate access to OverDrive and other digital resources from home. Bring your ID and proof of address to your nearest Library and they can activate your full privilege account inside or via curbside!
- Account expirations & renewals: Library card/account expirations will be extended, including accounts that expired in the past 24 months.
- Interlibrary loans: Due to staffing restrictions based on guidance from local public health officials, maintaining the current number of requests is not feasible. Therefore, we are decreasing the number of Interlibrary Loans requests to three per library card. We expect requests to take longer to fulfill (borrowing or purchasing), with a potential wait time of four to eight weeks.
- WiFi access: All Library facilities continue to provide open WiFi access, which should be also available outside of most PPLD buildings.
- Friends of PPLD and book donations: PPLD Friends Bookstores have reopened their bookstores inside of our libraries. Online sales continue with curbside pickup at East Library. Shop our collection now! Have donations for us? Complete the form here to request an appointment to donate your materials.
Our team also continues to work with community organizations, school districts, and other partners to support El Paso County residents with many different needs during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.
Information About COVID-19
Vaccinations Vaccines are now available to all Colorado residents 12 years and older! State and local public health officials encourage you to get vaccinated. It’s free, safe, and effective in protecting you against COVID-19; no ID or insurance required. Learn more and find a local provider to book your appointment in El Paso County. You also can call 2-1-1 or text “vaccine” to 667873. Get vaccinated at a Library-hosted clinic! As part of Governor Polis’ Vaccines for All plan, PPLD has been selected to host vaccine equity clinics. Learn more about participating locations, dates, and registration! Have questions about the novel coronavirus? We understand that people may be concerned about COVID-19 and how it may affect them. Please check out the following public resources for more information:
- Pikes Peak Library District: COVID-19 Emergency Aid and Resources Guide and Health & Medicine Guide
- El Paso County Public Health: COVID-19 web page and fact sheet
- Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment: COVID-19 web page
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Frequently Asked Questions & Answers on COVID-19
- Colorado Health Emergency Line for the Public (CO HELP): Get answers in English, Spanish (Español), Mandarin, and more at 303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911, or email COHELP@RMPDC.org.
What should I do? To help stop the spread of germs and any contagious illness, local and national public health experts recommend that everyone should take everyday preventive actions and practice good hygiene. Here are some tips from the CDC specific to the COVID-19 pandemic and particularly for those who are not fully vaccinated:
- Put distance between yourself and other people; at least 6 feet apart.
- Stay home if you’re sick.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover whenever inside public settings, such as grocery stores, pharmacies, medical facilities, and other crowded spaces.
- Frequently and thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer, if you cannot wash your hands.
- Keep your hands away from your eyes, nose, and mouth; avoid touching with unwashed hands.
- Cover your mouth with tissue when coughing or sneezing, and then properly wash your hands.
- Clean surfaces and personal items, such as cell phones, using household disinfecting products.
What is COVID-19? There is a global pandemic situation involving a respiratory illness named COVID-19, which is caused by a new coronavirus that spreads through coughing or sneezing, much like influenza (also known as the flu). Vaccines have been approved and are being distributed. For current information and updates on the pandemic:
- State: Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment
- National: Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
Supplies and Directions
- 1 cup flour
- 2-4 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Food coloring
- Ziploc bags
- Mix 1 cup flour, 3-4 teaspoons baking powder, 1 teaspoon salt, and enough water to make a dough the consistency of pancake batter.
- Divide your dough into ziploc bags. (Snack sized ones are ideal!)
- Add food coloring to each bag and squish to make the color you like. Squish carefully as to not pop the bag. The mixing could take several minutes.
- Snip a tiny piece of the corner and squeeze the paint out the bag through the hole to paint on a piece of paper.
- After painting, pop the paper in the microwave for 30-45 seconds. The paints will set and become more solid.
Check out these stats and our top title of 2021 below.
- Physical material checkouts: 3,813,688
- Additions to physical collection: 21,349 titles and 67,400 items, plus 14,525 magazines
- OverDrive checkouts: 2,541,010
- Song Downloads: 66,333
- Songs Streamed: 222,405
- Kanopy: 61,738 videos streamed
- Hoopla: 38,028 checkouts, movies and television mostly
- New cardholders during 2021: 17,165 patrons and 36,158 students with PowerPass.
PPLD donated over 4,100 items to 20 organizations, including several schools, nine assisted living facilities, the Salvation Army shelter, Girl Scouts, Greccio Housing, and the Community Justice Center.
Top 10 Adult Titles
- The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah
- Hidden Valley Road : Inside the Mind of an American Family by Robert Kolker
- A Time for Mercy by John Grisham
- The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
- Dark Sky by C.J. Box
- Daylight by David Baldacci
- A Gambling Man by David Baldacci
- The Last Thing He Told Me : a novel by Laura Dave
- Anxious People : a novel by Fredrik Backman
- Ocean Prey by John Sandford
Top 10 Young Adult Titles
- The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins
- Midnight Sun by Stephanie Meyer
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
- All the Impossible Things by Lindsay Lackey
- Eragon by Christopher Paolini
- Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
- The Giver by Lois Lowry
- The Hate u Give by Angie Thomas
- Shadow and Bone Leigh Bardugo
Top 10 Children's Titles
- The Wild Robot by Peter Brown
- Diary of a Wimpy Kid: the Deep End by Jeff Kinney
- Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Wrecking Ball by Jeff Kinney
- Rowley Jefferson's Awesome Friendly Adventure by Jeff Kinney
- A Long Walk to Water: a Novel Linda Sue Park
- The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen
- Camp Time in California by Mary Pope Osborne
- Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Meltdown by Jeff Kinney
- Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
- Indian No More by Charlene Willing McManis
Top 10 Movies
Watch this project at: https://youtu.be/r6SIFnnWVrU
Supplies and Directions:
- potato masher
- 2 small ripe bananas
- 1 plain biscuit
- 2 empty bowls
- 30 ml or 2 T. orange juice
- 30 ml or 2 T. water
- red and green food coloring (optional)
- Ziploc bag
- one leg from a pair of old tights
- tray or plate
- Place a biscuit and banana into an empty bowl and gently crush with a potato masher. (This represents food being chewed).
- Pour the crushed biscuit and banana into an empty Ziploc bag. Add 2 tablespoons of water. (The water represents saliva).
- Pour 2 tablespoons of orange juice (stomach acid) into the bag and tightly seal it, making sure there is no air left inside.
- Squeeze the bag for about a minute, further crushing up the biscuit and banana. (This represents the stomach breaking down the food).
- After about a minute of squeezing, the contents of the bag should feel like a thick liquid. CAREFULLY, cut a small a small hole in the corner of the bag and squeeze the contents into the open leg of the tights. (The tights represent the small intestines).
- Add one or two drops of red and green food coloring into the tights. (The red food coloring represents dead red blood cells and the green represents bile that is released by the liver.).
- Carefully holding the tights over a tray or bowl, gently squeeze out the liquid. (The liquid is the nutrients that your body absorbs and uses!)
- What is left behind… is Poop!
Photo by Sam Moqadam on Unsplash
Join PPLD in welcoming Mr. Isaac Newton Farris Jr. as he commemorates Martin Luther King Jr. Day with the topic It Starts with Me!
Isaac Newton Farris Jr., nephew of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., was born in Atlanta, Georgia and attended his uncle’s alma mater, Morehouse College where he majored in Political Science. Mr. Farris’s background has given him a unique prospective and real life experience on some of the most pressing issues of our times.
Growing up in one of America’s most socially and politically active families has provided him with a front row seat, witnessing how policy is formulated and implemented.
Mr. Farris has worked with political figures such as Walter Mondale, Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young, and the successful County Commissioner election of Martin Luther King III. He’s served as CEO of Clean Air Industries, President and CEO of the Martin Luther King Jr. Center, and President and CEO of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the organization his uncle Martin Luther King Jr. founded.
Mr. Farris currently serves as Senior Fellow of the King Center where he not only continues to write, research, and lecture on the life, philosophy, and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., but also on how Kingian Non-Violence should guide American society as we confront the social, religious, economic, and war issues of America and of the world today.
For almost two years we have endured an ongoing pandemic, in addition to other upheaval in our lives and communities. Yet, during such trying times, I’m reminded again and again how much community matters – and how public libraries play such an important role in connecting people with what they need, when they need it.
Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD) has been a staple in our community for many years, and we welcome everyone to visit and use our 16 physical locations, three mobile libraries, and ever-expanding online hub (with many resources accessible anywhere and anytime). Whether it’s to succeed at school or work, explore new ideas, connect with others, enjoy some entertainment, or do something else not mentioned here, you can most likely find it through your Library.
But PPLD wouldn’t be able to offer all of these spaces, resources, services, and opportunities without your continued support. It is because of taxpayers like you that we’re able to reinvest your dollars back into the community. Your investment in the Library District bolsters innovation and progress, improves academic success and childhood development, strengthens our workforce and local economy, and reinforces a healthy, thriving community.
With your help, we have been able to do so much for the community this past year. The Library District added equity, diversity, and inclusion as a new public service area to ensure every resident in El Paso County feels that the Library has something for them. The Manitou Springs Library and Manitou Art Center joined forces with a new co-location partnership, giving Library cardholders access to tools and resources unlike anything that we have been able to offer before. We also expanded our offerings in Adult Education, which now include a career navigator on staff as well as use of a new Library kitchen that hosts our food industry training program. Plus, the Library’s annual summer reading program for kids and teens was immensely popular, and we continued to strengthen existing partnerships and forge new ones to better serve the many residents in our growing community.
In looking ahead, our Library team is ready to do even more for our community this year. For example, we plan to continue expanding our PowerPass partnership to more school districts across El Paso County, so even more students can access Library resources and services that further their success in and out of the classroom. The Pikes Peak Culture Pass will add more museums and attractions, meaning more passes will be available for checkout for individuals and families. And the Palmer Lake Library will soon reopen to the public.
All of this would not be possible without the community’s continued support for PPLD and investment in improving the Pikes Peak region for everyone. We are grateful for your trust and help in fulfilling our mission of “providing resources and opportunities that impact individual lives and build community.” The Library team looks forward to serving you throughout this new year!
A newly-forged partnership with Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD) will enhance Calhan School District (Calhan) students’ access to needed digital resources.
Starting Wed, Jan. 12, every student in the Calhan School District will have a PowerPass, a digital PPLD card just for students. Calhan is the fourth school district in El Paso County to provide this access to each of their students, joining Colorado Springs School District 11, Harrison School District 2, and Academy School District 20.
PowerPass grants access to PPLD’s digital resources, like databases, eBooks, and song and movie downloads, all available at ppld.org. Each PowerPass holder can also check out five physical items at a time from any of the 15 PPLD locations or mobile library services.
“PowerPass will provide Calhan students with unprecedented access to information, literature, art, and educational support, as well as an enhanced ability to explore and prepare for the future they envision for themselves,” said David Slothower, Calhan School District Superintendent.
Students can also use PowerPass for online access to live tutors and foreign language courses, to get help with homework and projects, and to access audiobooks and digital education resources. High school and middle school students can also prepare for their future with practice driving and SAT tests.
“Pikes Peak Library District is excited to add Calhan School District to PowerPass,” said Joanna Nelson Rendon, PPLD’s Director of Young Adult Services. “This is the first partnership with one of the more rural school districts beyond the city of Colorado Springs and is giving us [PPLD] the opportunity to expand PowerPass and serve even more students throughout El Paso County.”
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 and have a Q&A session.
*This is a six week series, if you are interested in any of the other sessions please be sure to register for those as well.
Each session attended earns you an entry for a prize to be given away following the last session. You can earn up to six entries!
- Feb. 1: 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!
- Feb. 8: 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 baby's arrival, so you can take care of yourself, too!
- Feb. 15: 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.
- Feb. 22: Breastfeeding
This session will cover breastfeeding how-to's, latching, support, education, and more!
- March 1: 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 WIC and the resources it offers.
- March 8: Building Your Baby’s Brain and Prenatal Yoga
This week learn about brain development and the five early literacy practices to begin at birth. Then practice a few prenatal moves introduced by a certified yoga instructor. Finally, learn about Peak Vista's First Visitor program.
Future Series Dates
- June 7 - July 12, 2023
- October 4 - November 8, 2023
The Pikes Peak Culture Pass launched in early 2020 to offer museum admission passes and access to cultural institutions free for PPLD patrons. Now Glen Eyrie joins collaborating organizations: the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, The Money Museum, the ProRodeo Hall of Fame, Rock Ledge Ranch Historical Site, Space Foundation Discovery Center, and the Western Museum of Mining and Industry to provide in-person experiences that go beyond books.
Nestled next to Garden of the Gods, Glen Eyrie castle is an English Tudor-style castle built in 1871 by founder of Colorado Springs, General William Jackson Palmer, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Today, Glen Eyrie offers a range of services including, afternoon tea, overnight accommodations, special events, and retreats.
Historic castle tours are approximately 90 minutes long and include a brief video, and a guided walking tour through the Carriage House and the first and second floors of the Glen Eyrie Castle with trained Tour Guides will entertain you with stories of the Palmer family, Glen Eyrie Estate, the unique architecture of The Castle, surrounding landscape, and Colorado Springs history.
Patrons with a valid PPLD library card can book a pass online for Glen Eyrie castle tours available Monday through Thursday at 2 p.m. Each pass is good for up for four people.
Step back in time and discover the history of Glen Eyrie Castle.
Take and Makes for this project will be available at area PPLD libraries starting Friday, Jan. 14, 2022. Watch this project (a favorite from last winter) at: https://youtu.be/1spsamOSMtg?list=PLMEg2Dd0dSFctLfDQxsL5SmuE8zkwQFmu/
- Plastic cups in 2 sizes
- Pipe cleaners
- Pompoms and other doodads or baubles or other items of your choice
- Battery operated tea light candle
- Paper towel
- Additional baubles or doodads
- Weights, like rocks
This is an engineering challenge! For more step-by-step pictures of project, open pdf link below.
- Twist your pipe cleaners up the inside of the larger cup.
- Slide the smaller cup inside with the pipe cleaners in between the large and small cups.
- Carefully push pompoms and/or other baubles or doodads between the 2 cups also.
- With the tops of the cups even, crisscross two pieces of tape across the top of the cups.
- Placing cups on a paper towel, gently fill the larger cup with water until it’s about 1 inch from the top. You do not want water to go into the smaller cup. You may need to add something to weigh down the smaller cup.
- Place in the freezer until it’s frozen solid. This could take about 5 hours.
- Observe your creation! You may notice that the smaller cup is higher as is the water/ice level. This is a great illustration of how water expands as it changes states from a liquid to a solid.
- Remove from freezer and let sit about 10 mins., carefully remove the smaller cup (and tape). Then remove the larger cup. You may need to cut the cups off.
- Turn on the battery operated candle and place it in the center of your lantern. Put your lantern outside to admire!
Based on https://www.steampoweredfamily.com/activities/engineering-ice-lantern-s…
Create a catapult using things from around the house. This project is only limited by your imagination and the things you find around the house!
- Cylindrical object (sturdy cardboard tube, soup or other can, sturdy plastic bottle, rolling pin)
- Stretchy hair elastic or rubber band
- Spoon (wooden, metal, or combination)
- Something to propel (ball, marshmallow, pompom, wad of paper, etc.)
- Wrap the hair elastic or rubber band around your cylindrical object twice.
- Slide your spoon under the elastic where it meets in an X. It should be perpendicular to the cylindrical object.
- Load a projectile in the bowl of the spoon. Apply force to the opposite end of the spoon and watch it fly.
- Experiment with a variety of objects. What combination propels your object the farthest?
Shirley Martinez’s Road to Becoming PPLD’s First Director of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
When I was a kid, I used to be a "library girl." I used to sit in the library for days during the summer. I would pick out 10 books to read there and then 10 more to take home! Today, my job is making sure PPLD is a welcoming place for everyone.
I was born in my father’s hometown of Waycross, Georgia. My dad joined the Air Force after I was born and through my father’s service, we were afforded the opportunity to see the world. We were stationed in Japan, Hawaii, Delaware, and upstate New York.
My family returned to Georgia in 1967 and this is where I was first made aware of the civil rights movement and racial inequality. I remember there were still restrooms that read “colored” and “white,” and people were marching. Through these experiences, I really got an eye-opening, front-seat lesson in the different racial disparities and the civil rights.
Eventually, my family settled in rural Washington. My dad spent a lot of time overseas as a B-52 mechanic. In high school I had worked to become the head cheerleader and captain of the track team. I had dreams of becoming a nurse. However, I quickly made up my mind that particular career wasn’t for me after a harrowing experience at a military hospital. Instead, I enlisted into the armed forces myself by joining the Navy.
The Navy afforded me the opportunity to see the world, try my hand at several different jobs, and is where I met my husband, Paul. After Paul left the Marines, I decided to join the Army and was a journeyman welder for five years, including two summers spent at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. I did maintenance, I could change your transmission for you. I could cut off the top of your vehicle and replace it. I did body repair and supervised a platoon at the age of 24 and was the only female out of 300 people in my Combat Support Group.
Eventually, the Army brought us back to Washington where we were stationed at Fort Lewis. Here, while pregnant with my fourth child, I joined Judge Advocate General (JAG), the legal branch of the military. I loved working with the JAG department, but once my kid was born, I had to report back to my unit.
Later, my unit was ready to deploy for Desert Storm. I'd gotten all my shots, I was packed up, and then I was pulled out of ranks two days before we were supposed to leave. I had orders to go to court-reporting school. They needed top secret court reporters. So, I had to go tell my husband, “I'm not going to Afghanistan. I’m now going to Newport, Rhode Island!” Just a slight difference…
My work as a court reporter, and also as chief legal noncommissioned officer, took me to Germany, then Fort Irwin, California, and finally to Fort Carson and the Colorado Springs area. Upon leaving the military, I went to work with Colorado Springs Utilities and got involved with the Colorado Springs Diversity Council.
My diverse set of life experiences and time serving our country in the military made me uniquely qualified to become Pikes Peak Library District’s first-ever Director of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI). In a lot of ways, I feel like serving in this role at PPLD has brought my life full circle beginning with those former days of reading at the library!
Click here for more People of the Pikes Peak Region stories!
All you need is your library. But your library needs you, too! Support Pikes Peak Library District by making a charitable gift to the PPLD Foundation. Click here to make your donation today. Thank you!
Click here to learn more about COVID-19 vaccinations, find additional locations, and more!
Or call the vaccine call center at 877-268-2926.
CDC: What to expect after getting a COVID-19 vaccine
Learn more about COVID-19 and the Library's response.
- COVID-19 Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions
- COVID-19 Emergency Aid and Resources
- COVID-19 Nonprofit Resources
Announcing the 2021 Winners of All Pikes Peak Writes!
All Pikes Peak Writes is PPLD’s annual fiction writing contest for ages 12+, and seeks to highlight writers in our community through one contest.This year the challenge was to write a story, up to 2,500 words, set in Colorado Springs to mark the city’s 150th birthday in 2021. Stories can be set in the past, present, or future.
- Ages 25+
- 1st Place: Aurora, by Robert Boumis (story not included at author’s request)
- 2nd Place: Lost Paradise, by Sierra Hess
- 2nd Place: The Fifth Marathon, by Tatiana Rudolphi
- 3rd Place: The Capemaker of Comeuppance Alley, by Leigh Gaddy
- 3rd Place: Harlan’s Holes, by Benjamin Wretlind
- Young Adult (ages 19-24)
- Honorable Mention: Yesterday’s Forest, by Kimmie Mason
- Honorable Mention: Saying Goodbye, by Rebekah Hire
- High School
- 1st Place: A Dying Demise, by Emerald Cordova
- 2nd Place: The Cost of Old Dreams, by Audrey Brooks
- 3rd Place: Tell Me the Problem, by Melony Lomeli
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com for questions or more information.
Take and Makes for this project will be available at area PPLD libraries beginning Friday, Dec. 17, 2021.
Supplies & Directions:
Gather your supplies.
Provided in your bag: 2 blank sheets of paper to make 2 envelopes, stickers
From home: colored pencils/crayons/markers
Cut your blank sheet of paper into a square (just fold over and trim part of the bottom off; you
might need a grownup’s help with this).
Fold your square of paper into an envelope following the steps seen in the pdf link below.
After your envelope is folded, decorate your envelope with stickers and whatever else you like! And send it to someone
Take and Makes for this project will be available at area PPLD libraries beginning Friday, Dec. 10, 2021
Supplies and Directions:
Supplies in Take and Make:
- Big Dipper template
Supplies you provide:
- Blank paper and crayons or markers, optional
- Cut your Big Dipper template out on the dotted line.
- Turn your cup upside down and use the sticker to attach the template to the bottom of the cup.
- Use the toothpick to poke a hole in each “star”.
- Get your flashlight. Turn off the room lights and cover the windows.
- Shine the light through the cup and onto the table or flat surface. Experiment to find the spot where you see the Big Dipper.
Think about it:
What could you do if you had a second flashlight? Could you make the Big Dipper disappear without turning off your flashlight?
Try this with a friend:
Get a flashlight for each of you. Have one of you be the Starmaker and one the Sunshine.
The Starmaker should project the Big Dipper onto your surface.
While the Starmaker has the Big Dipper projected, the Sunshine should use their flashlight to mimic the rising sun. What do you see?
What about when the Sunshine mimics the setting sun?
Think about it:
Why do stars only come out at night?
Is the sun the only light source that keeps us from seeing stars?
Is it harder to see stars in the city or country?
Can you make other constellations?
Can you find the Big Dipper outside in the night sky? Why or why not?
Can you draw a backdrop on which to project your constellation?
Based on https://mysteryscience.com/sky/mystery-5/stars-daily-patterns/128
Take and Makes for this project, for ages 9-12, will be available at area PPLD libraries beginning Friday, Dec 3, 2021. Watch this project at: https://youtu.be/7UU9Yarq59Y?list=PLMEg2Dd0dSFebLULGu2RriY_RSSZgaH-X
Supplies & Directions:
Supplies provided in kit: cord, beads, keychain ring
Supplies from home: scissors
- Write down the initials of your name and decode them using the binary code key provided. (Or see pdf below for the code key.)
- Use blue and green beads to represent 0 and 1 - one color will represent the number zero, and the other color will represent the number one.
- Tie a double knot at the end of your cord.
- Put the beads for your first initial on the cord.
- Tie another double knot to separate the initials.
- Put the beads for your second initial on the cord.
- Tie a double knot.
- Use the remaining cord to either tie the beads around your wrist as a bracelet, or affix the cord to the keychain ring. Cut off any access cord. Enjoy your binary bracelet or keychain!
*This project was created in honor of Hour of Code. Learn more about Hour of Code at code.org!
The HIRE Vets Medallion Program has awarded Pikes Peak Library District the 2022 Gold HIRE Vets Medallion Award in honor of our investment in employing and retaining Veterans. This national program is part of the 2017 Honoring Investments in Recruiting and Employing American Military Veterans Act, which established rules for recognizing employers who hire Veterans. In order to be eligible for the gold medallion, an employer of PPLD’s size must have at least 7% of their workforce be Veterans, and retain more than 75% of their newly hired Veterans over 12 months. We are proud to have achieved this in 2021.
Our Library district achieved this in 2021 by having 28 Veteran employees, and hiring 3 Veterans in 2021 with a 100% retention rate. We are the only Colorado library district to receive this distinction in 2022. We are proud to work alongside these honored individuals as they continue to serve the community.
Take and Makes for this project (ages 7 and up) are currently available at PPLD area libraries.
Watch the Giving Thanks video tutorial on YouTube: https://youtu.be/6oRb42V4l-E?list=PLMEg2Dd0dSFctLfDQxsL5SmuE8zkwQFmu
Supplies and Directions:
Supplies Included: Gratitude Journal (cover and pages—pages are already in the correct order); stickers for decorating; ribbon for securing pages and decoration
Supplies from Home: Crayons, markers, and/or pens; stapler or hole punch; scissors; glue stick or Elmer’s glue; old magazines or photos to cut for a collage. (A collage is a visual art form that uses photographs or paper/fabric images that are glued onto a backing.)
You can find all the instructions with explanatory photos in the video!
Step 1: Prepare Your Gratitude Journal
- The pages of your Gratitude Journal should already be in order. Make sure the Rainbow Journal page is on top. (This page is a full spread, so it needs to be in the middle of your journal.) The cardstock Cover should be on the bottom of the stack (it will form a front and back cover after folding in half).
- Carefully arrange your pages and cover making sure that all edges are even. Fold the cover and pages in half with a sharp crease using your thumb or the side of a pen.
- Stapler Method: Secure pages to the Cover using a stapler. Staple as close to the center crease as you can (without stapling over the crease). Staple the top and bottom of your journal.
- Hole Puncher Method: Hole punch on the crease at the top and the bottom. Use the ribbon included or any yarn, string, or twine you like to thread through the holes. Secure ribbon with a knot or bow on the cover (outside) of your journal.
Step 2: Be Creative (or Not) in Designing the Cover
- Write your name on the line provided. Be creative: use a fancy pen or marker; use a fancy writing style.
- Add stickers to decorate
- OR draw or collage to decorate
- OR just leave it as is. It’s up to you!
Step 3: Find a Comfortable Place, Choose a Page, and Begin Journaling
There are many ways to journal. You can free write on the topic of gratitude and thankfulness. Also, you can use various art forms. Try our acrostic poem page. Or create collage pages with copies of photos or old magazine images. Drawing is another way to express yourself in your journal. Most of all, make your Gratitude Journal meaningful to you.
Why a Gratitude Journal?
Studies show that practicing gratitude makes us happier. Focusing on people and things that you are thankful for can help you feel joyful.
When we express appreciation, it is good for friendships. When we tell people thank you and what you like about them, it helps us focus on the positive things about a person, and then we feel better about our friendships. Telling someone what you like about them or acknowledging a person’s kindness helps them to feel good, too.
Don't miss the opportunity to come together as a community for "share-worthy" recipes, tips and more in these fun, interactive virtual classes from the kitchen presented by Elayne Prechtel, award winning author, photographer, and creator of the soul-filled mission, Sharing Life, Love and Food.
- Homemade Chai Tea
- Stovetop Potpourri
- Sweet Potato Casserole
- Best Turkey Ever
- Orange Spiced Cinnamon Rolls
- Holiday Roast and Tablescape Idea
- Holiday Wreath
Download the recipes below!
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Teona Shainidze-Krebs is the interim Chief Librarian and CEO of Pikes Peak Library District.
I was born and grew up in the country of Georgia. This was during a time of much political uncertainty and turmoil in the country. As a teenager, my family was forced to flee my home country, and we moved to Russia.
As you can imagine, this was a scary and uncertain time for my family, not just because of the circumstances of our move, but because we also found ourselves in a new country where we didn’t speak the language. Many people might not know this, but to Georgians, Russian is a foreign language. It is a foreign language similar to how we consider Spanish or Chinese to be a foreign language in America.
In Russia, there is no support for new residents to learn the language and acclimate to society. My mom and dad were truly on their own in acclimating to a new country and trying to help their kids adjust to a new way of life.
Years later, I made the big decision to move to America. Once I landed, I discovered that the resources and opportunities for new families to learn the language and find their place in our communities were seemingly around every corner.
The local library was one of the best resources, with everything from English as a Second Language (ESL) courses to job training and even citizenship courses so immigrants can earn their citizenship. There was nothing like this in Russia to help families adapt to a new life, but the library was central to me finding my way in America.
When I started as a part-time ESL instructor in Pikes Peak Library District's Adult Education program, it inspired my passion for adult education. Eventually, it led to my own career serving our community through our Library. My proudest moment came years later when, as the Director of Adult Education for PPLD, I was able to watch my mom and dad go through their own naturalization ceremony and earn their American citizenship at one of our libraries.
However, this story didn’t come full circle for me until I was introduced to a family from Afghanistan who found themselves here in very similar circumstances, struggling to integrate into a new culture in the same way my family struggled to find our way in Russian society. The husband was an interpreter for the U.S. military, and his bravery put himself and his family in direct danger from the Taliban.
He knew one of the first things he would need to do was earn a GED, and his wife needed to get into ESL courses so she could learn English. Through the Library, he was able to take classes and earn his GED while his wife participated in ESL courses and learned English. They both utilized these programs in our Library to adjust to their new life and become valuable members of our community.
It meant so much to them to be welcomed to America and to know there was so much support and help in acclimating to a new life.
The Library gives me a great 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. However, our local libraries ARE that space where people can find the resources and tools to connect them to opportunities and a better way of life.
It means so much to me that my own personal story was influenced by the Library, and today I am able to help share that gift with so many other people in our community!
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All you need is your library. But your library needs you, too! Support Pikes Peak Library District by making a charitable gift to the PPLD Foundation. Click here to make your donation today. Thank you!
Take and Makes for this project will be available at area PPLD libraries beginning Friday, Nov. 12, 2021.
Supplies and Directions:
Gather your supplies.
Provided in your bag: cardstock, clay, moss, dinosaur
From home: colored pencils/crayons/markers, scissors, tape
Cut your cardstock strip so that you have a strip to make the ground of your dinosaur habitat and a strip to make a background (you might need a grownup’s help with this).
Decorate both strips of cardstock with your markers. Maybe there are a bunch of leafy plants in the background or a big sun; maybe the ground has a river running through it.
Secure your strips with tape so the background stands up.
Now add the 3D things! Use the clay to mold rocks, mountains, dino eggs - whatever you like!
Add the moss to give your habitat some extra plant life. Finally, name your dino and put them in
their new home!
Celebrate the Beijing Winter Olympics in 2022 with a special booklist. Books penned by Olympians, Paralympians, and about the journey to success!
- A Chance for Rain: A Novel by Tricia Downing
- Cycle of Hope: A Journey from Paralysis to Possibility by Tricia Downing
- Beneath the Surface by Michael Phelps (Author), Brian Cazeneuve, Bob Costas
- No Limits: The Will to Succeed by Michael Phelps
- Courage to Soar: A Body in Motion, A Life in Balance by Simone Biles
- Letters to a Young Athlete by Chris Bosh
- Wheels of Courage by David Davis
- Limitless: The Power of Hope and Resilience to Overcome Circumstances by Mallory Weggemann
- Gold Medal Strategies: Business Lessons From America's Miracle Team by Jim Craig
- Greater Than Gold: From Olympic Heartbreak to Ultimate Redemption by David Boudia
- Catch a Star: Shining through Adversity to Become a Champion by Tamika Catchings
- Grace, Gold, and Glory: My Leap of Faith and Raising the Bar by Gabby Douglas and Michelle Burford
- Modern Eventing With Phillip Dutton: The Complete Resource — Training, Conditioning, and Competing in All Three Phases by Phillip Dutton
- Chasing Water: Elegy of an Olympian by Anthony Ervin
- Run Fast. Eat Slow.: Nourishing Recipes for Athletes; a cookbook by Shalane Flanagan and chef Elyse Kopecky
- Relentless Spirit: The Unconventional Raising of a Champion by Missy Franklin
- In My Skin: My Life On and Off the Basketball Court by Brittney Griner
- I Got This: To Gold and Beyond by Laurie Hernandez
- Meb For Mortals: How to Run, Think, and Eat like a Champion Marathoner by Meb Keflezighi
- When Nobody Was Watching: My Hard-Fought Journey to the Top of the Soccer World by Carli Lloyd
- Family Power: The True Story of How ‘The First Family of Taekwondo’ Made Olympic History by Steven Lopez
- Ya Sama! Moments from My Life by Tatyana McFadden
- Fire in My Eyes: An American Warrior’s Journey from Being Blinded on the Battlefield to Gold Medal Victory by Brad Snyder
- Solo: A Memoir of Hope by Hope Solo
- My Life: Queen of the Court by Serena Williams
- On the Line by Serena Williams with Daniel Paisner
- Come to Win: Business Leaders, Artists, Doctors, and Other Visionaries on How Sports Can Help You Top Your Profession by Venus Williams
- Off Balance: A Memoir by Dominique Moceanu with Paul and Teri Williams
- In the Water They Can’t See You Cry: A Memoir by Amanda Beard with Rebecca Paley
- Grace, Gold, and Glory: My Leap of Faith by Gabrielle Douglas with Michelle Burford
- Forward: A Memoir by Abby Wambach
- How to Train with a T. Rex and Win 8 Gold Medals by Michael Phelps (For ages 4 - 8)
- She’s Got This! by Laurie Hernandez (For ages 4 - 8)
- Carmelo Anthony: It’s Just the Beginning by Carmela Anthony (For ages 9+)
- Sue Bird: Be Yourself by Sue Bird (For ages 4+)
- All Heart: My Dedication and Determination to Become One of Soccer’s Best by Carli Lloyd (For ages 10+)
- Breakaway: Beyond the Goal by Alex Morgan (For ages 7+)
- Hope Solo: My Story by Hope Solo (For ages 8+)
About the Olympics/Paralympics/Athletes
- After the Race by Alec Sokolow and Arthur Lubow (children)
- Kid Athletes: True Tales of Childhood from Sports Legends (Kid Legends) by David Stabler (children)
- Olympig! by Victoria Jamieson (youth)
- The Golden Girls of Rio by Nikkolas Smith (children)
- Queen of the Track: Alice Coachman, Olympic High-Jump Champion by Heather Lang (children)
- The Long-Lost Secret Diary of the World's Worst Olympic Athlete by Tim Collins (children)
- What Are the Paralympic Games? by Gail Herman & Who HQ (children)
- Paralympic Power by Paul Mason (children)
- Lucas at the Paralympics by Igor Plohl (children)
- Lucas Makes a Comeback by Igor Plohl (children)
- Shoot Your Shot: A Sport-Inspired Guide To living Your Best Life by Vernon Brundage Jr. (young adult/adult)
- Carry On: A Story of Resilience, Redemption, and an Unlikely Family Kindle Edition by Lisa Fern (young adult/adult)
- A Most Beautiful Thing: The True Story of America's First All-Black High School Rowing Team by Arshay Cooper (adult)