District Discovery

Pikes Peak Library District Discovery

Pikes Peak Library District Discovery is the premier publication of Colorado’s second-largest library system. This magazine contains interesting stories about individual patrons and staff, and offers tips and tricks to get the most out of your library card. This digital version contains links to webpages and videos, which can be played by clicking on the play buttons embedded in the pages. You can also pick up a physical copy at any PPLD location.


A message from our Chief Librarian and CEO:

Unprecedented times call for unprecedented measures.

As the reality of the COVID-19 pandemic swept across our community, streets were empty and our neighborhoods felt eerily quiet. Pikes Peak Library District, alongside many area organizations, closed physical locations in light of the pandemic – the longest our doors have been closed since our district was founded in 1962.

But, behind the scenes, our staff worked quickly to pivot services online to ensure residents in the Pikes Peak region could access entertainment, educational tools, and other resources to stay engaged at home. We worked tirelessly to extend online library card signups, reinstate expired cards, expand access to our eLibrary, create virtual programs, compile trusted information to assist both individuals and local businesses in navigating the pandemic, "/community">produce personal protective equipment using our makerspace equipment, provide needed technology to schools and other local service agencies, and launch curbside service.

I’m immeasurably proud of the work our staff has done, with unwavering support from our Board of Trustees, to remain accessible to you, our community of patrons. The pandemic taught PPLD, like many other organizations, that services can be provided in new and innovative ways. We look forward to a bright future of continued innovation and evaluation of our services to ensure they’re as accessible as possible, regardless of what new circumstances may come our way.

We hope you’ll enjoy this special edition of our magazine, District Discovery, a look at the COVID-19 response across our community.

For more information on the Library's response to Covid-19, click here!


This special edition of District Discovery has been recreated online for easy access or you can download it below!

Do you have a suggestion for something you’d like to see in District Discovery? Contact the team at discovery@ppld.org.

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Comments

In the print version you made the text double spaced in this issue, but made the font even smaller. The reverse should have been true. If you want people to read this, make it easy. Thanks

Hello,

Thank you for your feedback on our publication. Our mission at the Library is to help individuals access the resources they need to achieve their goals, and making our print pieces as accessible as possible is certainly part of that. Our graphic designer on staff has a background and expertise in typography, and we spent a lot of time as a communications staff standardizing the font size and spacing for this publication based on that expertise. We made a decision on font size and spacing in order to make the text as usable and palatable as possible for the largest number of readers. If you're finding you continue to have issues using our print pieces, please feel free to contact me at kswanson@ppld.org.

Thank you again for your feedback!

Market demographics might show you that patrons who use the print version, as opposed to digital, are older, and a larger sans serif font is more accessible. Isn't that what is desired?

Hello, and thanks for your feedback on our publication. Our mission at the Library is to help individuals access the resources they need to achieve their goals, and making our print pieces as accessible as possible is certainly part of that. Our graphic designer on staff has a background and expertise in typography, and we spent a lot of time as a communications staff standardizing the font size and spacing for this publication based on that expertise. We made a decision on font size and spacing in order to make the text as usable and palatable as possible for the largest number of readers. If you're finding you continue to have issues using our print pieces, please feel free to contact me at kswanson@ppld.org.

I usually pick up a print version of the Discovery magazine but with having to stay home, the digital version is just as good. I really appreciate the ability to zoom in for a larger font since without it I don't think anyone could read the text. With "older eyes" I still had no problem at all reading the text after zooming in just one time. Thanks so much!