Presenting strategies for dealing with anxiety, tools for emotional awareness, themes of encouragement, hope, and love, these books, available in electronic formats, provide comfort during tough times.
Need help accessing electronic materials? Go to PPLD’s eLibrary to get started.
Click on link below to see booklist:
- Paper towel, wrapping paper, or toilet paper roll
- Paper to cover tube (optional) – Can use construction paper, brown bags, or wrapping paper
- Markers and/or crayons
- Elmer’s Glue or glue stick
- Scissors (Adult supervision needed.)
- Hole punch (You can use scissors if you don’t have a hole punch.)
- Scotch tape
- String, yarn, or ribbon
- Pipe cleaners, popsicle sticks, pencils, or rulers for marionette handle
- Miscellaneous items around the house (twist ties, buttons, etc.) to use for decorating
- If you are using a paper towel roll, cut it in half.
- Take the half tube and cut it again about ¾ of the way down. The smaller part will be the head.
- Decorate the tube using paper, colors, paint, and/or stickers.
- Starting with the longer part of the tube, have an adult cut or punch holes on one side for legs. Cut/punch holes for the number of legs your creature will have. It can have as many or as few legs as you want.
- Make legs for your creature, using items around your house (twist ties, pipe cleaners, yarn, etc.). Once the legs are inserted in the holes, tape them in place.
- Create the head (small piece of paper towel tube). Add whatever details you want.
- Now you are ready to connect the head to the body. Punch or cut two holes on the opposite side of the legs. Then punch or cut two holes on the small tube – one on top and one directly underneath it.
- Cut 2 pieces of yarn, string, or ribbon the same length – at least 18 inches. Tie one piece of yarn to the front and one to the back of the long tube. Secure inside with a knot and tape.
- Take the yarn on the front side and slide the head on it. Make a knot inside the small tube to secure the head in place.
- To make the marionette cross bar, take to pencils (or rulers or craft sticks) and cross them to make an “X”. Tie the two pencils together using pipe cleaners, twist ties, or tape.
- Add the two strings attached to the puppet across from each other on one pencil. Secure with tape.
- Put on a play with your puppet and entertain your family!
Updated January 12, 2021 Pikes Peak Library District is here to help you! We can answer your questions in-person at one of our library locations or by phone, live chat, and email! While we’re welcoming patrons back inside our library locations, there are dozens of ways to use the Library remotely, with many resources available 24/7! We also have many virtual services and programs that you can experience almost anywhere and anytime. Here’s how you can contact us and connect with a librarian during the pandemic:
- Give us a call!
Speak with a reference librarian by calling (719) 389-8968. This phone service is available during the following days and hours:
- Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Closed Sunday.
- Chat with us online!
Start a live chat right now with one of our reference librarians, right here on this page. The online service is available during the following days and hours:
- Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Closed Sunday.
- Send an email!
Use our online “contact us” form, to submit your inquiry. Then, a PPLD team member will follow-up via email soon.
- Book a Librarian!
Can’t find the information you need? Have a research project? We’re here to help! Professional librarians are available to meet one-on-one via Zoom to assist with research questions.
Pikes Peak Library District remains committed to providing you with access to information, resources, services, and opportunities, now and into the future. Stay tuned for more news and updates from us!
- 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
Think staying home means you can’t volunteer for the library? Well it doesn’t! You can volunteer from wherever life takes you as a member of Pikes Peak Library District’s Review Crew.
All you need to do to start earning volunteer hours is apply at ppld.org/teens/volunteer (be sure to select Review Crew at the top of the application), and start reading! Once we’ve confirmed that we received your application and you’re ready to submit a review, just go to the form we provide and tell us your thoughts!
Here’s a list of things to considering when leaving a book review:
- Be sure your review is at least 5 sentences long. Anything shorter won’t qualify for volunteer hours.
- Go in depth about what you did or didn’t like about the book. Consider questions like “why did you choose this book?” “did the book surprise you, or was it predictable?” “could you relate to any of the characters in the book?”
- Include your grade in school at the end of your book review.
Each qualifying book review you submit will earn you one volunteer hour for a maximum of five hours per month. Have fun, and happy reading!
During the spring, we released a new digital escape room every week, which are still available below! Even though they are designed for teenagers, anyone can participate, and these can be completed alone, or with friends and family. All of the links will remain live so you can access all of them at any time, beginning with the Hogwarts escape room we launched on Mon., Mar. 30.
For our last escape room of the spring, test your bookish knowledge on a literary trip with So Many Books, So Little Time!
The prequel to the Hunger Games series, The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, comes out this week, May 19th! See how well you remember the first movie with this escape room from Round Rock Public Library in Texas.
Explore ancient Mesopotamia and break out your logic puzzle skills with the More Food, More People escape room.
May the fourth be with you! This escape room created by the folks at Richmond Hill Public Library will try your Star Wars, astronomy, and math skills!
Use your logic skills and learn some Greek mythology as you help Prometheus deliver fire to man in this escape room courtesy of Hastings Public Library.
Starting on April 20, flex your knowledge of language - and you'll need to know your way around a game controller!
Time to pretend (unless it really is!) it's your birthday, but your family's acting pretty weird... You'll need your riddling, math, and cipher solving skills to solve this room courtesy of Pekin Public Library in Illinois.
Visit the Hogwarts Digital Escape Room, created by Sydney Krawiec, Youth Services Librarian, at Peters Township Public Library in McMurray, PA.
- Empty tissue box
- White scrap paper
- Old catalogues or magazines
- Colorful paper (wrapping, scrap booking, or construction paper work well)
- Decorate your tissue box with markers or colorful paper. Stickers can also be fun!
- Cut your white scrap paper into 2 or 3 inch squares to make little cards.
- Draw one person, place, or thing on one side of each card. Leave the other side blank. You can also choose to cut out images from old catalogs and magazines and glue them to the cards.
- Place all finished cards (once they are dry) inside your decorated box.
- To play, draw three cards from the box and use them to tell a story. Play with others by taking turns drawing a card from the box and adding to a group story.
Watch the project at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vwflHOAeCSo
- Ruler (12" or 18" or 36") or measuring tape
- Yarn or string
- A stuffed animal or your pet
- Measure, as best you can, your pet or stuffed animal and determine its length in inches.
- After you know how many inches, cut a piece of string or yarn the same length.
- Take this piece of string and measure items around your house. How many cats (or hamsters or dogs, etc.) long is your kitchen? Your table? Your bed?
Please leave a comment below, tell us what you used to measure items around your house.
You can watch this project at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jCU1Ks8mBf0
Updated July 1, 2021 Enjoy our entertaining and educational programs from home! We offer a variety of virtual services and programs for people of ages and interests. Plus, you can use the Library remotely in other ways, anywhere and anytime, and connect with a librarian by phone, live chat, or email! Visit our virtual calendar of events for all scheduled programs and activities. Can’t participate live? No worries! Many of the videos are featured on our YouTube channel and playlists, so you can watch whenever it’s convenient for you. Here’s a handy overview of some virtual opportunities that our team created for you to experience:
- Live Virtual Programs From homeschool programs to tours of local institutions, PPLD has you covered.
- Take and Make Library Crafts Missing your Library's programs? Exhausted your home crafting ideas? PPLD has you covered! Presenting.. Take and Make programs! Your Library will now have crafts available to TAKE home and either follow a virtual class or included instructions to MAKE! Kits are available for all ages.
- Virtual Yoga Local instructor Svetlana Nudelman guides practitioners through beginner and intermediate-level yoga poses.
- Virtual Book Club
- Genealogy with PPLD Are you interested in learning more about how PPLD can support your genealogical research? Learn research strategies including getting started, organizing research, selecting and searching for records, and more!
Teens programs are available for viewing anytime on the PPLDTV YouTube Channel. Teens Make
Review Crew Anyone from 13 - 18 years old can write an original book review and get an hour of volunteer credit! Check out some past book reviews for examples. Those who are interested can apply here.
Videos are available for viewing anytime on the PPLDTV YouTube channel. Baby Time Children’s Staff from around the district invite babies from 0 - 12 months, with a favorite adult, to enjoy music, rhymes, and a book together! Children's Performers Performers can be viewed anytime on PPLDTV! Homeschool Programs Whether you've been homeschooling for years or are just getting started with eLearning, our homeschool programs are here to help! KidsMake Children’s staff from around the district lead an art or make project for kids ages 5 - 12. STEM Children’s staff from around the district lead a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) based project for kids ages 5 - 12. Storytime Children’s Staff from around the district invite you to join in a sing-along and then read a children’s book. Toddler Time Children’s Staff from around the district invite 1 and 2-year-old children, with a favorite adult, to enjoy rhymes, music and movement, and a few short books! Tween Twist
- LENA Start A 11-week program where parents learn how to increase conversational turns with their babies and toddlers.
- Prenatal Series Are you expecting and have so many questions? Join Pikes Peak Library District and Nurse Family Partnership for a series of prenatal classes.
- Storytime @ Home Our Family and Children's Services librarians are creating Storytime at Home materials for you and you family to enjoy. Every themed Storytime includes top literary picks with easy links to our online Catalog, music, crafting, and literacy tips.
- Stroll-a-Story and Math Strolls Walk together and enjoy the benefits of some physical activity.
- Reassuring Reads for Kids This always-available list presents reading options (available in electronic formats) that can provide comfort during tough times for kids and parents. The recommended books cover themes of encouragement, hope, and love while offering tools for emotional awareness and ways to deal with anxiety.
- Kid-Friendly Music Playlist Our staff selected and compiled more than four hours of children's music on Freegal, PPLD’s streaming service for songs, albums, and more. (Pro tip: Browse other playlists, or create your own!)
Don’t see anything that interests you right now? Bookmark this page for frequent updates, or visit our calendar of virtual events for new additions each week. Stay tuned for more updates from PPLD! Our team continues to explore and expand virtual opportunities that we can bring to you, wherever you may be.
- 2/3 c. warm water
- 2 T. dish soap
- Food coloring - 4 drops of any color you want
- Bowl and whisk or a mixer
- Paper towel or paper
Place ingredients in a bowl and whip for 2 minutes. Make another batch of a different color. (Blue + Red = Purple, or Red + Yellow= Orange, or Blue + Yellow= Green) Take your paper towel or paper and lay over the colorful play foam in the bowl. Make some art! You can also make a couple batches to take into the bathtub.
You can watch this project at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P7mHotWXvpg
Looking for a chapter book to listen to or read aloud with the family? Check out this selection of engaging chapter books in a variety of genres all available in electronic formats. Need help accessing these materials? Go to PPLD’s eLibrary to get started. Click on the pdf below to see the booklist.
- One piece of paper
- 2 additional smaller pieces of paper to keep score
- Marker pen
- 2 pencils
- 36 water bottle caps, marked with two different colors, one color on top, the other color on the bottom (Coins work well because they have two different sides already, heads and tails).
- Draw a grid on the paper with the marker pen. Draw 6 spaces by 6 spaces for a total of 36 spaces on your paper.
- Put your names at the top of each of the smaller pieces of paper.
- To play:
- Put two of each players' markers onto the middle four squares of the grid. (We'll call the markers pink and green.)
- The first player adds a green marker to the board, placing it beside a pink marker that it has now "trapped" between two green markers. Flip the "trapped" pink marker to the green side. Score one point for each of your opponent's pieces that you are able to trap and flip each turn. The next player adds a pink marker to the board in the same way, "trapping" a green piece and flipping it to the pink side and scoring one for flipping one piece.
- Take turns and be sure to notice possible ways to trap your opponent's pieces either vertically, horizontally, or diagonally. As you get better at the game, you'll be able to trap multiple pieces in different directions. If you cannot find an opponent's piece to trap, you have to skip your turn.
- To score, either count up each player's points or count how many of each players' markers show when the grid is full.
You can watch this project at: You can watch this project at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kz38AUe91iQ
- 10 water bottle caps (or any caps)
- Elmer's glue
- Yarn cut into 4 strands about 5" long
- Square of cardboard cut from a cereal box
- Stickers, optional
- Cut a square size piece of cardboard.
- With glue, make two thin lines of glue vertically, and again, horizontally, keep the lines evenly spaced (see photo).
- Place one yarn strand on each glue line. Let dry. Trim yarn hanging off the edge of the cardboard.
- Mark five water bottle caps one way, and five caps another way. (Color the caps or attach the same sticker to five caps and a different sticker to the other five caps.)
- You are ready to play Tic-Tac-Toe!
You can watch this project at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kz38AUe91iQ
- Any citrus fruit like a lemon, lime, or orange
- knife with a parent or caregiver nearby
- large tray or cookie sheet
- baking soda
- lemon juice
- dish soap
- spoon or coffee stirrer
- food coloring (optional)
- Cut the tip off the fruit and then cut in half. Place on tray, sitting upright.
- Poke fruit with spoon or coffee stirrer to get juices flowing.
- Pour a little dish soap onto the fruit.
- Sprinkle baking soda onto the fruit.
- Squeeze drops of food coloring onto the fruit.
- Speed up the base/acid chemical reaction by adding drops of vinegar also!
You can watch this project at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MCL7lOrY5-s
- scotch tape
- white paper
- a parent or caregiver nearby
- Trace any size circle onto a piece of cardboard. Have your parent or caregiver cut out the circle if needed.
- Trace the round piece of cardboard onto the white paper. Cut out the paper circle.
- Draw a design onto the round piece of paper. A fun experiment is to use the three primary colors: red, blue, and yellow so you can see green, orange, and purple appear when you spin.
- Have your parent or caregiver cut a slit into the center of the cardboard circle and also the round paper. Tape your design onto the round piece of cardboard by making tape loops. You may also glue your paper onto the cardboard.
- Push a penny into the slit and spin!
You can watch this project at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wL4ZKcEDHkQ
Last updated July 1, 2021 En español Thanks to the public’s investment and taxpayer support, we deliver access to information and opportunities that impact lives and build community across El Paso County. You can use the Library remotely, with many resources available 24/7!
- Check out our new virtual services! Our librarians are bringing their services to you, anywhere and anytime. Watch a virtual storytime with your kids, participate in a virtual book club, try a digital escape room, join us for a community movie discussion, do an at-home craft or experiment, and more. (Looking for something else to do? Bookmark the web page and check back often for new updates!)
- Ask a librarian! You can also ask one of our reference librarian questions by phone, live chat, and email.
- Download our mobile app to view your account, browse and download from our collection, and more. (Pro tip: There are also apps for Libby, OverDrive, Freegal, Kanopy, RBdigital, and more.)
- Stream and/or download from our digital collection! There are so many options – digital books, audiobooks, comics, magazines, music, and videos – that you can access from almost anywhere.
- Use our databases to conduct research for businesses, nonprofits, legal matters, and more. You also can learn a new language, plan your next adventure, and do genealogy research.
- Have kids or teens in your home? We have ample resources for children and teenagers, including homework help, reading, games, creating, planning for the future, and more. (Also, see above for new virtual services!)
- Dig into some regional history and genealogy. For example, our digital collection features historic photographs, pamphlets, manuscripts, maps, oral histories, films and more that highlight the rich history of the Pikes Peak area.
- Find a good book! Check out recommendations, reading lists, and more.
- Don’t have a library card? Get started and gain online access today.
That’s not all! Our Library staff also assembled and vetted a growing list of free online resources for all ages; no library card needed. Resources include live streaming, virtual tours, activities, and much more. Topics cover arts and culture, kids and teens, learning and reading for adults, professional support and development, and science and nature. Our team continues to explore and expand virtual opportunities that we can bring to you. Right now, we’re adding to our digital collection, as budget allows, and creating new virtual experiences that will launch in the coming days and weeks. Stay tuned for more updates from PPLD. We’re here to serve you now and into the future.
We’ve all found ourselves in a difficult situation and we aren’t always sure where to turn. Pikes Peak Library District offers social work services across the District. Our social workers are here to help you navigate and connect with resources in the community by providing referrals and information to get the help you need for your specific situation. Reach out and meet with a social worker at the Library most convenient to you, or contact them by phone or email. We are happy to support you in finding the best resources for you and your needs.
Contact PPLD's Social Worker
Social Worker Hours and Locations
- Mondays from 9 - 11 a.m. at Penrose Library
- 1st Wednesday of every other month from 9 a.m. - noon at Calhan Library
- 1st Wednesday of every other month from 1 - 4 p.m. at High Prairie Library
- 1st and 3rd Fridays from 10 a.m. - noon at Sand Creek Library
- 2nd and 4th Fridays from 10 a.m. - noon at Ruth Holley Library
Common questions from our patrons include
- How to find affordable housing
- Where to get assistance with finding employment
- How to go about applying for disability
- Where to receive specific services like mental health, medical, or substance use treatment
- Colorado Crisis Services: 1-844-493-8255
- Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-787-3244
- Veterans Crisis Line 1-800-273-8255
- The Salvation Army RJMC (serving adults and families with children) (719) 578-9190
- Springs Rescue Mission (serving adults 18 and over) (719) 632-1822
- The Place (serving youth ages 15-20) (719) 630-3223
- New Promise (serving families with children under age 18) (719) 358-6220
- TESSA (serving survivors of domestic violence) (719) 633-3819
- Crawford House (serving veterans receiving mental health care through the VA) (719) 477-1639
- Helping Hands Guide
- COVID Emergency Aid
- Eviction Information
- Apply for Medicaid, Childcare, and Food Assistance
- COVID Response Team at Aspen Pointe
- Tough Topics
Note: PPLD’s Social Worker is not a case manager or case worker.
Did you notice that we had a lot of snow on March 1st? An old saying says that if “March comes in like a lion”, it goes “out like a lamb”. The weather may be blustery now, but it should be nice at the end of the month. So, snuggle up on your favorite chair, under a warm blanket, and share stories about the snow and upcoming spring! Choose both picture books and nonfiction about Weather. (J 551.5784) Click on the pdf link below to see the booklist.
One Book Colorado gives away copies of the same book title to each four year old in the state via public libraries.
The program, in its ninth year, stems from the idea that providing young children with access to books promotes early literacy skills and helps families serve as their children’s first teachers.
From April 13-26, any four year old can pick up a free book from any PPLD Library. There will be English and Spanish versions available (while supplies last).
This is a state-wide initiative to emphasize the importance of early literacy and reading to children. The 2020 winning book will be announced April 13! The contenders are:
- The Greatest Adventure [La aventura más grande] by Tony Piedra
- The Little Red Fort [El fuertecito rojo] by Brenda Maier
- The Very Impatient Caterpillar [La oruga muy impaciente] by Ross Burach
Join us for One Book Colorado Storytimes:
- April 16 at 10 a.m. at High Prairie Library
- April 17 at 10:30 a.m. at Old Colorado City Library
- April 21 at 9:30 a.m. at Library 21c
- April 21 at 10:30 a.m. at Monument Library
- April 23 at 10:30 a.m. at Cheyenne Mountain Library
- April 23 at 10:30 a.m. at Manitou Springs Library
- April 24 at 10:30 a.m. at Rockrimmon Library
- April 25 at 10:30 a.m. at Ute Pass Library
- April 25 at 2 p.m. at Penrose Library
Where Is It?
We recently finished a remodel of PPLD’s online Catalog, designed with you, our patrons, in mind. The Catalog will now separate out eBook/eAudio items (OverDrive items) into a tab called eBook/eAudio and physical materials will have a separate tab called Physical Materials. The eBook/eAudio items will no longer appear on the top of the search results The new Catalog will go live Mon., Oct. 25
There are also two new tabs that will be added to the Catalog:
- eLearning tab: Online courses provided by LinkedIN Learning and are always available to our patrons.
- On Demand tab: Streaming videos from Kanopy, eBooks from Freading, Hoopla’s eMusic, eComics, eVideos and TV shows.
- The new Catalog is not yet mobile friendly. Patrons are encouraged to use the PPLD App to utilize the Catalog via mobile.
- We will continue to provide the Classic Catalog.
The 2020 Census is here and it’s not too late to complete it! It is important to fill it out so that local agencies (PPLD included!) have accurate information to use when designing community services. It's safe, easy, and required for all citizens to fill out.
In March, homes across the country received invitations to complete the 2020 Census with instructions for responding to the census online, in the mail, or over the phone.
Remember that April 1 is a reference date, not a deadline to respond. When you respond online, by phone, or by mail, count everyone living in your home as of April 1, 2020.
Beginning in August 2020, households that haven't responded yet may receive an in-person visit or call from a Census Bureau employee to help make sure everyone is counted.
As of June 11, El Paso County’s self-response rate, is now at 68.6%, which is higher than Colorado’s self-response rate of 63.4%! We are ranked number 18 in response rates by state, and higher than the national self-response rate of 60.8%!
Here’s a quick refresher of what it is and why it’s essential that everyone is counted.
- Everyone counts: The census counts every person living in the United States once, only once, and in the right place.
- It’s about fair representation: Every 10 years, the results of the census are used to reapportion the House of Representatives, determining how many seats each state gets.
- It’s in the Constitution: The U.S. Constitution mandates that everyone in the country be counted every 10 years. The first census was in 1790.
- It’s about $675 billion: The distribution of more than $675 billion in federal funds, grants, and support to states, counties, and communities are based on census data. That money is spent on schools, hospitals, roads, public works, and other vital programs (like libraries!).
- It’s about redistricting: After each decade’s census, state officials redraw the boundaries of the congressional and state legislative districts in their states to account for population shifts.
- Taking part is your civic duty: Completing the census is mandatory: it’s a way to participate in our democracy and say “I COUNT!”
Census data are being used all around you:
- Residents use the census to support community initiatives involving legislation, quality-of-life, and consumer advocacy.
- Businesses use census data to decide where to build factories, offices, and stores, which create jobs.
- Local governments use the census for public safety and emergency preparedness.
- Real estate developers use the census to build new homes and revitalize old neighborhoods.
Your privacy is protected.
It’s against the law for the Census Bureau to publicly release your responses in any way that could identify you or your household. By law, your responses cannot be used against you and can only be used to produce statistics.
The Census Bureau uses a different method to count people in group living situations, called “group quarters,” such as college student housing, prisons, military barracks, and nursing homes. People experiencing homelessness (and who are not staying in a household) will be counted at the places where they receive services, such as shelters and soup kitchens.
2020 will be easier than ever.
In 2020, you will be able to respond to the census online. The online questionnaire will be available in 13 languages.
You will need:
- Masking tape, string or yarn for a dividing line
- Newspaper or recycled paper for snowballs
- A phone timer, or use the timer on a microwave
- Recycle bin or garbage can
- Crumple newspaper or recycled copy paper into balls.
- Divide a room in half with masking tape, string or yarn.
- Put the same number of balls on each side of the room.
- Divide into teams.
- Turn on the timer for 3 minutes.
- Throw snowballs across the dividing line and when the timer rings the side with the least snowballs wins! Try it again!
Afterward try to make baskets in the recycle bin. Give everyone 5 tries. Whoever has the most baskets gets to make up the next game to do with the snowballs.
It’s a good idea to start very early with tooth cleaning. To make the job more fun, here are some picture books about your teeth: dental visits, tooth fairies and taking care of your “pearly whites”! Click on the pdf link below:
Celebrate Women's History Month at Pikes Peak Library District!
Colorado Women In World War II: A Presentation By Author Gail Beaton
Thu., March 18, 6 p.m.
Four months before the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, Mildred McClellan Melville, a member of the Denver Woman's Press Club, predicted that war would come for the United States and that its long arm would reach into the lives of all Americans. And reach it did. Colorado women from every corner of the state enlisted in the military, joined the workforce, and volunteered on the home front. As military women, they served as nurses and in hundreds of noncombat positions. In defense plants they riveted steel, made bullets, inspected bombs, operated cranes, and stored projectiles. They hosted USO canteens, nursed in civilian hospitals, donated blood, drove Red Cross vehicles, and led scrap drives; and they processed hundreds of thousands of forms and reports. Whether or not they worked outside the home, they wholeheartedly participated in a kaleidoscope of activities to support the war effort.
Join author Gail Beaton as she presents Colorado Women in World War II. Gail Beaton is a historian, author, retired teacher, Chautauqua presenter, and volunteer member of the Advisory Council, Center for Colorado Women's History at the Byers-Evans House Museum. Her first book, Colorado Women: A History, was a finalist for the 2013 Colorado Book Awards and for the 2013WILLA Award from Women Writing the West. Registration is required. The program will be presented in a virtual environment using the Zoom format; registrants will be emailed an access link prior to the start of the program.
- Gale Biography in Context
Search this database for biographical information on current and historical figures!
- OverDrive Booklist
- Girl Power Children's Reading List
- Hoopla Kids
- League of Women Voters of the Pikes Peak Region
Records of the League of Women Voters of the Pikes Peak Region, a non-partisan organization established, as part of the National League of Women Voters, to ‘promote political responsibility through informed and active participation of citizens in government.’ Materials in this collection document the activities of the Colorado Springs area League from its inception in 1938 through the 1990s and include correspondence, annual reports, meeting minutes, subject (research) files, newsletters, publications, scrapbooks, ephemera and audio and video tapes.
- The Zonta Club of the Pikes Peak Area
The Zonta Club of the Pikes Peak Area was established in 1949 with the purpose of advancing the status of women and serving the community. Business and financial documents, events, printed material, awards, scrapbooks, and photographs comprise the Zonta Club of the Pikes Peak Area Records, 1949 - 2012.
- The Junior League of Colorado Springs
The Junior League of Colorado Springs Records documents the programs created and/or maintained by the women's organization from 1924 to 2007 through 16 cubic feet of case files, annual reports, minutes, yearbooks, publications, financial documentation, legal documentation, scrapbooks, ephemera, clippings, electronic media, and artifacts. Programs of the Junior League of Colorado Springs started with the Nutrition Camp in 1924 and continued throughout the 21st century to focus on children, women, teens, adults, elderly and those with disabilities, appealing to a wide segment of the Colorado Springs community.
- Daughters of the American Revolution, Kinnikinnik Chapter (Colorado Springs)
The records of the Kinnikinnik Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, a national patriotic women's organization whose members trace their ancestors to Patriots in the American Revolution, include Artifacts and Printed Material, Scrapbooks, Yearbooks, and Business and Financial Documents. The Kinnikinnik Chapter was established in Colorado Springs in 1914.
- Extraordinary Women of the Rocky Mountain West by Tim Blevins et al.
Contains papers presented at the fourth annual Pikes Peak Regional History Symposium held June 9, 2007 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Profiles a number of prominent and exceptional women throughout the history of the Rocky Mountain West and highlights the political, cultural, economic and social conditions which these women helped to shape.
With a determined posture and a set look on her face, Kim Seaborn takes a deep breath to begin another take.
After singing a few lines, she stops, looking satisfied.
“I think we got it,” says Keagan Kellogg, sound engineer for Studio916.
Seaborn relaxes her shoulders and smiles before stepping away from the microphone to celebrate with the rest of the team. Her full-length album: officially a wrap.
Seaborn worked for weeks alongside Kellogg and Studio916 producer TerryJosiah Sharpe to record her second full-length album without incurring any expenses, inside a facility of Pikes Peak Library District.
“Here, I got to work with professionals,” Seaborn says. “I found the team here was so easy to work with and just really let me be myself, and they helped me flourish creatively.”
Seaborn started performing in front of her church’s congregation when she was just a sixth grader, and remembers the intensely overwhelming feeling of impacting the crowd.
“I saw people crying,” Seaborn remembers. “Seeing that emotion from the crowd… that was something I liked. If I can get a person to be transformed with my singing, that’s what makes it worthwhile to me.”
But standing up in front of large groups wasn’t something that came naturally to her.
“I’m a very shy person,” Seaborn says. “When I was growing up, I tried to do things that would take me out of that shyness. I felt singing was one of the things I could do to get me out of my shell.”
Her first album, His Glory, was completed in 2014. She was ready to record another one soon after but wanted to break away from the traditional feel of her first full-length album.
Plus, the sheer cost of recording an album was another hurdle.
“These hours in the recording studio can cost thousands of dollars,” Seaborn remembers.
But then she learned of a studio she could use at no cost at Sand Creek Library: Studio916. She attended a studio orientation to learn more about using the space. Then, she checked every day for open studio sessions because they were so frequently booked.
As she got into the studio more and more, Seaborn found that she had a team of experts at her disposal in Kellogg and Sharpe. “It helped me break out of my shell,” she remembers. “When you have people who know what they’re doing, it just gels.”
Now, Seaborn has a vision for her future as a musician, hoping to record more music as well as further market herself as a singer/songwriter and get her music out into the world.
She hopes other aspiring artists in the Pikes Peak region will take advantage of Studio916.
“To these young people with a dream, I say go for it,” Seaborn says. “If music is something that is a part of your purpose and you’re willing to put in some work, do it. It is thousands of dollars to do elsewhere what you can do at the Library for free.”