What's New!

Friday night's Sneak Peek Happy Hour of Library 21c was a blast! Over 400 people attended and were plied with food and drinks. PPLD thanks everyone who came and everyone who helped make this event a rousing success.

Library 21c's grand opening will be Saturday, June 21. The ceremony begins at 9:30 a.m.

Check out our Green Screen Experience photos for a look at the fun!








Bristol Brewing Company




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Kids Summer Reading Program!

This year's Kids Summer Reading Program is Fizz Boom Read!
Registration starts June 1 and the program runs through July 31.

Here's How to Play:

Print out the game card:

Kids Game Card

Babies and Toddlers Game Card

Starting Sun., June 1, register online or in person at your local library and start reading!

  1. Begin at "Start Here". Complete nine spaces to reach each prize.
  2. Color a space for every 20 minutes you read, or every two picture books read to you.
  3. Collect your prize at your nearest PPLD library.
  4. When you reach prize #3, you have completed the game! Congratulations!!
  5. Please play this game only once, but keep reading with our Mega-Boom Readers game!

Take a look at our Summer Reading Program video or check out our website!

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SPARK ...a Reaction

It's time to SPARK a Reaction with the Teen Summer Reading Program!

Program runs from June 1-July 31. Starting June 1, sign-up online or in person!

Grades 6-12 welcome to participate! Read books and earn prizes!

There will also be plenty of fun programs for teens throughout the summer! Click here for an events calendar.

How the game works: For each level, read 3 books or 9 hours (mix and match to complete each level). To complete the program, teens need to read a total of 9 books or 27 hours by July 31. Read whatever you want: your books, library books, audiobooks, ebooks, eaudiobooks, manga and fan fiction. Be sure you are reading at your reading level!

For a list of recommended reading related to this year's theme, click here.

Level one: read 3 books or 9 hours and you get a pack of coupons for these generous sponsors:

  • Academy Mini-Golf
  • Brunswick Zone
  • Chick-Fil-A
  • Del Taco
  • Dickey’s Barbecue Pit
  • Louie’s Pizza
  • Noodles & Co.
  • Plato’s Closet
  • Sertich Ice Center
  • The Sweet Shop at Toy Station
  • Wendy’s
  • YMCA

Level two: read 3 more books or 9 hours and you get a book or journal!

Level three: read 3 more books or 9 hours and you get a cool Summer Reading t-shirt!

Complete the program by July 31 and you will be entered into a drawing to win a tablet!!

Read On!
Finished the Teen Summer Reading Program? Keep reading and when teens in the District read 1000 more books then each location will win a prize!

Everyone in grades 6 - 12 (residents and visitors) is welcome to sign-up for the Teen Summer Reading Program! To be entered into the drawing for the tablet, you must live in PPLD's taxing district.

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'Round the Year in Myth and Song

The Manitou Springs Community Library recently received an old book (copyright 1897) with a typed letter explaining where the book has been the past few years. It is a touching story of a book that affected a patron many years ago, traveled the world, and returned.

Dear Manitou Springs Public Library,

As a kid, many years before Manitou Springs became a redeveloped historic community, I spent hours and hours as a latchkey child with a single mother discovering classic books in your library. I remember the Manitou Springs Public Library as a mystical place of knowledge; an historic building whose contents fueled a desire for learning. Based on a desire for knowledge, I kept up my grades throughout school, eventually earned a scholarship to University, and graduated with a bachelor degree.

One of the numerous books I checked out from your library was a 19th century picture book with delightful poems, photographs and stories about ancient Greco-Roman mythology. I had intended to return the book; however it was inadvertently packed in a box of belongings and moved from the area when my family suddenly relocated. Unfortunately, this was in the days before the Internet. I do not recall seeing the Manitou Public Library’s address anywhere within the volume, and could not return it.

Eventually, after numerous relocations throughout the world, the book was finally lost … perhaps in a box that was not delivered … perhaps in a truck … or perhaps some divine deity from our mythological past decided enough was enough. Wherever that volume disappeared to, it was gone from the bookshelves that had temporarily lent it a place to rest during its global travels.

Recently, I happened to remember the name of that volume and searched for it online and was delighted to learn it was neither an expensive nor a rare book, and there were numerous copies of it available so I ordered a volume to replace the missing book. That volume turned out to be a second edition; apparently this may have been quite a popular book for several generations of school children. Then I searched again, and found a first edition; printed in the 19th century, as I had remembered.

Enclosed in this package is that first edition of Round the Year in Myth and Song to replace the inspirational book of my childhood, to which I had become attached throughout the years before it was lost, so that it may return to your historic shelves, where I first found it many, many years ago. I hope you will accept my apologies for not returning the original book before it mysteriously vanished, and also my thanks for the gifts of knowledge and desire for learning that I received so long ago, as an elementary school kid who discovered a world of adventure within a small building in Manitou Springs.

Yours truly,
“Anon”

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Pikes Peak Library District’s Board of Trustees announced at their meeting on May 27 that Her Story Café & Catering would be the new in-house café and catering vendor for Library 21c, PPLD’s new library slated to open to the public on Saturday, June 21, 2014. The Board had previously announced that Ricoh would serve as an in-house full service print and copy center at the new library. Both entities will provide services to the general community as well.

About Her Story Café & Catering
Owner Liz Rosenbaum started Her Story Café in 2010 to inspire people about women’s history one bowl, one sandwich, and one smile at a time. Now Her Story Café will have a location inside PPLD’s Library 21c to provide food for patrons and catering service to businesses and entrepreneurs who use the library space. Her Story Café will also offer public and staff education classes about local farmers’ markets and incorporate a focus on 21st century education and learning. Executive Chef Ken Moore joined the partnership this year with a vast knowledge of large-scale catering and food education for all ages.

About Ricoh
Ricoh is an information and technology company with a strong legacy of introducing new technologies into the workplace. Ricoh will serve as an in-house print and copy center to meet both the Library’s internal printing needs and the print needs of patrons and entrepreneurs who use the new facility.

About Library 21c
Library 21c, the first facility of its kind in the country, will challenge everything you know about the public library. It’s not just a space, it’s a paradigm shift. From the reuse of an existing facility to the latest in technology for all ages, establishing Library 21c will impact the entire community.

Library 21c opens to the public with a full day of activities on Saturday, June 21 from 9:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. at its Chapel Hills & Jamboree location. Find complete information about this exciting project at ppld.org/21stCenturyLibrary.

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Two articles about Library 21c were published in The Gazette on Sunday, May 25:

Library of future ready to open in Colorado Springs

Soon-to-open Colorado Springs library blends technology, convenience, community

We also wanted to share this great letter to the editor that was published as a result:

One of the best library systems
Thanks for the front page article in Sunday's paper on the new Pikes Peak Library District facility. As someone who has worked for, and with, school, public, and college libraries for over 40 years in a number of states, I find that Colorado Springs has one of the very best public library systems I have used. From the online catalog, to the vast store of materials, as well as the helpful staff, Colorado Springs residents can be justly proud.

We all gripe about taxes, but when it comes to libraries, the materials and services they provide users because of such taxes, should have us rejoicing that such institutions exist. As they have always done, libraries provide each of us with a link to the past, as well as visions of the future...from knowledgeable and helpful librarians, to electronic access to the wider world.

I am grateful for PPLD, and very proud that such an institution exists in Colorado Springs along with the local college and university libraries. All of these expand our knowledge base and can help our society move forward.

If you haven't visited a library lately, do so. You may be surprised and amazed at what you find.

Bob Armintor, Colorado Springs

PPLD.org thanks all our patrons for your support!

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Teen Writing Contest!

The deadline for submission to the Teen Writing Contest has passed. We got some great entries this year! Thanks to all the participants.

Winners will be contacted by phone on or before August 8, 2014.

For more details, take a look at the submission form below.

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Did you know you can now suspend unavailable holds in your account? That's right, have your holds become available when you want them!

Here's how:

  • Log on to the Catalog to view your account.
  • Select holds to be suspended, click the 'Suspend Holds' button, and select the suspend start and end dates. The start date should be the current date.
  • You will continue to rise in the hold queue while the hold is suspended.
  • When you are number one in the queue, and have the hold suspended, holds below yours will be filled.
  • If you wish to activate the hold prior to the "Unsuspend" date you entered, you can cancel the hold suspension.
  • Available holds cannot be suspended.

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Awesome!

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We sometimes get asked 'Why should I support libraries?' Well, take a look at these statistics:

2013: PPLD in Review

  • 8.9 million circulation (items checked out and returned)
  • 3.6 million visits to our physical locations
  • 4.2 million ppld.org sessions
  • 145,000 wireless sessions
  • 874,000 PC sessions
  • 9,500 programs offered
  • 563,000 reference questions

Whew! We're working harder than ever for you!

Want more information? Here's our Annual Report!

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