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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! 


Ziggy Library Cards

Limited-edition Ziggy library cards

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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: 

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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
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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.


  • Hoopla     
    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. 
  • Kanopy     
    Discover films and documentaries celebrating Jewish Americans on Kanopy. 

Regional History and Genealogy Resources (18+) 


Switchbacks PPLD Night

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!   

Ziggy PPLD Library Cards   

Limited-edition Ziggy library cards



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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.



  • Kanopy 
    Enjoy films and documentaries by or celebrating AAPI people.
  • Hoopla 
    Explore Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month with movies and TV shows on Hoopla.
  • CultureGrams 
    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:

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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!

The Hall of PPLD

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.  

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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! 

The European Jewish Refugees and U.S. Immigration Policies event scheduled for Thu., Sept. 21 has been rescheduled to Wed., Oct. 11 at 6 p.m. Learn more

Exhibit Dates:                                
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 exhibit@ppld.org.  

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.                   

    Click here and fill out the form to request a tour                

Click to find out about all of the Americans and the Holocaust Exhibit programs             
or see our program flyer

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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.

Temple Shalom The Greenburg Center for Learning ToleranceUCCS Kraemer Family Library logo Colorado Holocaust Educators U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum

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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Additional Information and Online Resources: 


Complete list of titles from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

PPLD's Collection of Titles for the Americans and the Holocaust Exhibit

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 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:

Coffee Filter

Pipe Cleaner

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.

Photo of Teona Krebs Chief Librarian

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. 

Peggy Shivers Spring Concert

This year marks the 30th anniversary of The Shivers Concert Series. These concerts benefit the Shivers Fund, which contributes to the African-American collection at Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD), awards grants and scholarships to students, and encourages young people to pursue their interests in the arts.

The Spring Concert, the first of three concerts this year, features soprano Leberta Loral, baritone James Alston, and violinist David Siegel, accompanied by pianist Susan Grace. Join us for this celebration of the arts and support the Shivers Fund in providing opportunities for our community to celebrate diversity in history, culture, and the arts. This concert takes place on Fri., April 21 at 7 p.m. at Ent Center for the Arts.

Purchase your tickets today!

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Since the end of April 2023, the OverDrive company has discontinued their OverDrive app and has transitioned to the Libby app. Everyone who uses the OverDrive app on mobile devices will need to transition to Libby in order to continue accessing eBooks, eMagazines, and eAudiobooks. Don't worry, switching is easy (and you'll even be able to keep your book wish lists from OverDrive)! 

Click here to learn more about the transition to Libby

What will be the same:

  • The OverDrive website will still be available
  • Most of the content in Libby is the same as in OverDrive
  • Your loans and holds will transfer to Libby
  • Your wish list can be imported to Libby
  • Loan periods are the same in Libby as in OverDrive
  • You will still get hold notifications in Libby

What to be aware of:

  • Your reading history from the OverDrive app will not transfer to Libby
  • Reading progress for your current loans will not transfer to Libby
  • You can search for titles not yet in PPLD's collection and indicate your interest using the Notify Me feature.
  • At the end of April, OverDrive discontinued the "Recommend to Library" feature. This was the method that allowed users one purchase request to the library each month. 
    This feature has been replaced with Notify Me tags in Libby. Users may tag any items of interest, to be notified if the library purchases the title. When notified, users may place a hold on the item.

Libby for Kindle

Download Libby App

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Announcing the launch of our new Toy Library! This collection opens opportunities for young children to explore toys that help develop their motor skills.  

Pikes Peak Library District’s six Family Place Libraries (Cheyenne, East, Fountain, Penrose, and Sand Creek libraries, as well as Library 21c), will begin checking out toys beginning in April. Family Place Libraries promote the importance of play through their library play spaces and playgroups, and this new collection allows us to continue to grow in this area. This is an opportunity to expand our services and emphasize the importance of play while accommodating our library patrons in their homes.  

The Toy Library offers large motor skill toys available for families with children ages 0 - 5 to check out with their library card. Large motor skills toys support child development and are important because they help young children learn how to coordinate and control their body movements. These motor skills help lay the foundation for the development of fine motor skills such as writing.  

We recognize that young children need to practice their large motor skills daily, and through the Toy Library, families will have access to these types of toys for three weeks at a time. Children grow rapidly in the first few years of life, so the ability to swap out toys by borrowing them through the Toy Library will help children practice their large motor skills at various stages of development. 

Check out information and procedures 

Toy Library items: 

  • Check out for 3 weeks (21 days)  
  • Not available for holds or renewals  
  • Only available at these libraries:
    • Cheyenne Mountain Library
    • East Library
    • Fountain Library
    • Penrose Library
    • Sand Creek Library
    • Library 21c
  • Must be returned to the location where they were checked out

Checkout information

  • One item at a time from the Toy Library may be checked out to patrons who:
    • Are age 18+
    • Have a valid Library account in good standing – user privileges are not blocked or expired (ACCESS cards and PowerPass are not eligible)
    • Have a completed and signed Toy Library Waiver on file

Learn more about checking out toys from the Toy Library here. 



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Throughout history poetry has inspired cultures around the world. April is National Poetry Month, celebrating poetry in all of its forms. This diverse art form imaginatively conveys human emotion and experience, captures both epic and quiet moments in concise snapshots, and creates a channel for us to understand the world around us in new and meaningful ways. Songs, poetry epics, haiku, pastoral poems, sonnets, and limericks are just a few poetic forms that you might already be familiar with and enjoy. Discover new poems, poets, and poetic forms while exploring the resources on this page, and don’t miss the special poetry events we have coming up in April!


Poetry Summit – Sat., April 22, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

The 2023 Pikes Peak Poetry Summit theme is: "Art is a Bridge to New Perspectives." This year we are celebrating poetry across Colorado with features from all over the state. Join our summit and open yourself up to new ideas through powerful artistry.     
April is National Poetry Month, and this summit is the perfect way to celebrate whether you are a seasoned poet, exploring the art form, or just a lover of poetry. Get inspired, improve your craft, share your words, and learn more about poetry locally and across the state. Engage with our poetry workshops, share your work on the open mic, and experience amazing poetry and music performances.

Workshops include:
  • How to Rhyme?: Songwriting 101 with Dominique Robbins
  • Poetry, Pop Culture, and Social Justice with Michael Ferguson
  • Building Community, Building a Poem with Poetry Heals
  • Becoming Poetry writing workshop.

Shop our art market to support local poets, authors, and artists. The poetic experience in the Pikes Peak Region is phenomenal and we look forward to celebrating with the community. Be curious about the bridge poetry will create for you. All ages are welcome!

The workshops are provided at no cost. All workshops are 45 minutes in duration. Please be aware that you will need coins for the metered parking.   
Registration opens soon for all workshops.

Enjoy celebrating Poetry Month with the Library!


Jean Ciavonne Poetry Contest Awards Ceremony – Sat., April 29, at 10:30 a.m.   
Celebrate the winners of Jean Ciavonne Poetry Contest, who wrote on this year's theme: "Be the Hero: Empowered and Impactful." Please RSVP to Christa Funke, cfunke@ppld.org, by Tue., April 25.

For 4th and 5th graders and their families and friends

Sat., April 29, at 10:30 a.m.



  • Poetry and Shorty Story Reference Center  
    A full-text database containing thousands of classic and contemporary poems, short stories, and more. It also includes high-quality videos and audio recordings from the Academy of American Poets.
  • PPLD Literature LibGuide  
    A starting place for discovering literature resources within our collection at Pikes Peak Library District, including information on poetry and poets!

Recommended Website

  • Shell Silverstein website  
    Lots of fun for Shel Silverstein fans, including videos of his poems and activities to try!
  • The Children's Poetry Archive  
    Listen to poems read aloud, some by the poets who wrote them. Discover a new favorite poem and learn all about different poets who write for children.
  • StoryBlocks  
    Poetry for the very young! Find all sorts of songs and nursery rhymes in multiple languages to share with your child.
  • The Poetry Archive  
    The internet’s largest collection of poets reading their work.
  • Poetry Foundation  
    The website of Poetry Magazine includes learning resources for multiple age groups, information on poems and poets, and a large variety of podcasts for connecting with poetry. 
  • Writer's Digest University's Write Better Poetry  
    Looking for inspiration for your next poem? Writer’s Digest has a variety of challenges, writing prompts and articles to help you get started. 

We are excited to announce that library card holders can now access no-cost passes to the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Training Center and the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum. These two local attractions are the latest to join our Culture Pass program!  

Use your library card to check out passes to visit the museum for an immersive, universally accessible look into the journey of Team USA’s Olympic and Paralympic athletes through interactive exhibits and innovative displays. Or, check out a pass for the training center and take an inspiring guided tour through this elite facility where Team USA athletes train.  

Each attraction offers two daily passes, each for two adults and four children 12-years-old and younger.  

The U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Training Center rejoins the Culture Pass program after temporarily suspending its participation in 2020 to abide by COVID-19 safety measures to protect Olympic athletes during the pandemic.   
These Colorado Springs attractions join current Culture Pass partner organizations, including:

  • Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College  
  • The Money Museum  
  • ProRodeo Museum and Hall of Fame  
  • Pikes Peak Children’s Museum  
  • Rock Ledge Ranch Historical Site  
  • Space Foundation Discovery Center  
  • Western Museum of Mining & Industry  
  • Denver Museum of Nature & Science  

These passes are available for checkout, similar to how you would check out an eBook or other electronic resource. Log in to the online reservation page and book a pass up to 30 days in advance. Reserve your pass today at ppld.org/culturepass!  

Money Smart Week Graphic with Money Bank

Getting money smart can help you take control of your life and have confidence in the future. Money Smart Week from April 14 - 21 puts a focus on learning life skills to help you manage your personal finances. Learn how to save for your future with programs from the Library and visit other resources on this page to learn more about financial planning for yourself and your family.


How To Prepare for Retirement When You’re in Your 20s and 30s

If you consider yourself financially illiterate, you are not alone. It does not matter if you have just started earning an income or have been earning for a long time, every day is a chance to reflect upon your spendings and improve your finances. April is Financial Literacy Month. Join us for this class with Nick Naseman and feel confident about handling your financial future.  



Website Links

  • Money Smart Week.org
    Visit the Money Smart Week page to learn about family budgeting, debt relief, employer retirement plans, and other topics in free virtual sessions.
  • Want to Teach Your Kids About Money?
    It’s never too early to teach kids about money. Parents can listen to this news story or read the article from NPR that discusses how families can talk about financial literacy at home. 
  • 9 Tips for Teaching Kids About Money 
    Here is some advice from Charles Schwab to help teach kids about money management.
  • Schwab Moneywise hands-on activities 
    Here are some activities to do with kids to teach them about successful money habits
  • Colorado Springs Money Museum
    Use your library card to check out no-cost entry passes to the Money Museum right here in Colorado Springs! Through the discovery of money, America’s largest museum dedicated to numismatics brings culture to life. The museum explores art, history, science, and much more to promote the diverse nature of money and related items. Reserve a pass today!  
Photo of Teona Krebs Chief Librarian

The Pikes Peak Library District Board of Trustees voted today to name Teona Shainidze Krebs as the sole finalist for CEO and Chief Librarian of Pikes Peak Library District. The Board determined she demonstrated strong leadership over the last year as the CEO and Chief Librarian and brings years of solid industry experience to the position. The Board of Trustees will vote to appoint her as the new CEO and Chief Librarian at a special meeting on Tuesday, April 4. 

The Board welcomes feedback on the finalist, which can be sent at ppld.org/contact-board-trustees.

Anime Fan Fest 2023 will highlight programs happening at Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD) to celebrate the anime and manga fandom! Check out our social media for recommendations and resource highlights, or look below for more information about in-person programs at different Library locations. Scroll to the bottom of this page for some featured videos from PPLD's YouTube channel.

Origami Bookmark


All locations will have a special Anime Fan Fest Take and Make available for teens. The Take and Make is a simple Origami Bookmark. Available while supplies last.

Anime Fan Fest Programs

Celebrate Anime Fan Fest at your local library! Activities vary by location; see links below for more information.

Light-Up Cosplay Bracelet Cuffs

Manga/Comic Gift Bags and Button Making 

Teen Anime Club

Anime Fan Fest: Microwave Mochi

Have you ever wanted to try making mochi but been intimidated by the long process? Today, we're testing out a microwave daifuku mochi recipe from Namiko Chen's Just One Cookbook! You can find her written instructions here.

Learn To Draw Miyazaki Sidekicks

Learn to draw your favorite Miyazaki sidekicks with the help of Penrose Library's very own Young Adult Librarian, Mikaela!

Note: The characters in this lesson are all the intellectual property of Studio Ghibli.

Make Your Own Sailor Moon Tiara

Find out how to make your own budget-friendly Sailor Moon Tiara with Annie!
Note: The costume designs in this video are all intellectual property of Naoko Takeuchi.

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Freedom of Information Day celebrates public access to government information and the public’s right to know. This annual event takes place on March 16, James Madison’s birthday. James Madison is known as the Father of the Constitution and was a vocal advocate for transparency in government. The Freedom of Information Act, passed on July 4, 1966, outlines the public’s right to access information.   

The American Library Association celebrates Freedom of Information Day with the James Madison Award and the Eileen Cooke State & Local Madison Award, both of which recognize individuals or groups who have championed, protected, and promoted public access to government information.  


  • Government Resources Guide 
    Our Government Resources guide offers a great starting place for finding information about our local, state, and federal governments. You will find historical information; details about the federal, state, and local branches of government; voting information; and other resources.  
  • (U.S.) History in Context 
    Learn about themes, events, individuals and periods in U.S. history from pre-Colonial times to the present. 
  • History Collection from Gale eBooks 
    Search this database for books about the Freedom of Information Act and James Madison, as well as more unfamiliar events from U.S. history. 
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Where else but the Library?

Where else but PPLD can you find unlimited access to information, lifelong learning, programs, and resources that transcend physical limitations, geographic barriers, ethnicity, age, and education? When you visit the Library, you have access to a diverse assortment of resources that will meet your various needs. In just one trip, you might find books to keep you entertained, make custom gifts in our makerspaces, and enjoy Storytime with your child. We provide essential resources for our community such as tax prep information, language learning and job prep classes and resources, eLibrary resources, research and regional history databases, homework help, activities and events that enrich our community, and more.  

April 4 is the fifth annual Library Giving Day! On that date, people across the country — including El Paso County —  will come together as part of a movement to strengthen and support our local libraries. 

Now through the week of Library Giving Day all gifts to support the Library will be MATCHED up to $20,000 — by generous donors. 

Will you make a gift that will be DOUBLED to support your local Library

With you by our side, the PPLD Foundation can continue to fuel life-changing spaces, programs, and services. This means fewer barriers to success and increased opportunities of all kinds for members of our community. Your gift today will make a difference in our ability to serve everyone in 2023 and beyond.

Because you love your local library, support it with a gift in honor of Library Giving Day and it will be MATCHED.

Rainbow Gravity Spinner

Free materials for this Take and Make, for ages 5-12, are available starting today at area PPLD libraries. For more pictures of this project, click on the pdf link included at the end.

Materials and Directions:

Materials we provide:
Circle Template
Large Paper Clip
Large Straw
Materials you provide:

1. Color the sections of the circle template with rainbow colors.

2. Cut the circle out. Also cut on the lines between each color, stopping about ½” from the center. Fold flaps down.

3. Straighten the paper clip and then fold a small part of one end down to a 90 degree angle. Carefully poke the paper clip through the center of the circle and tape the small folded part to the colored side.

4. Bend the other end of the paper clip so it can be inserted in the straw and stay secure. Cut the length of the straw in half.

5. To fly your spinner, hold it between your palms with the circle at the top. Roll it quickly and let go. It should spin and float. The colors will blend as it flies. It may take some practice.

Call for art! It's time to get creative! 

Homeschoolers can submit one artwork (drawing, painting, sculpture, needlework, etc.) for this non-juried exhibit. Drop off your entry at the East Library Children's Department from Mon., March 18 – Thu., March 28, 2024. 

Artwork will be displayed throughout the month of April. Grades K - 12. Contact jfleishhacker@ppld.org for more information.

Click here for more event details