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Food Industry Training

Are you looking for a career in the culinary industry? Pikes Peak Library District is pleased to offer Food Industry Training, a four-week training program that gives you the skills you need to enter or advance in employment as a qualified prep cook or line cook. The program will help you learn basic culinary fundamentals, explore career opportunities in the culinary industry, prepare a resume and practice interview skills, and earn your ServSafe Food Handler certification.

No previous experience is required and there is no cost to participants.



Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Basic math skills
  • Dependability
  • Adaptability
  • Memorization
  • Time management
  • Communication
  • Physical demands: Manual dexterity, ability to stand for long periods of time.
What you’ll learn:
  • Knife skills
  • Cooking methods
  • Understanding recipes
  • Food safety and sanitation
  • Culinary math

Please check back for future dates. Any questions, please contact the Adult Education Department at (719) 531-6333, x1225 or tsayles@ppld.org.

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Pikes Peak Library District is pleased to announce the winners of the 2020 Jean Ciavonne Poetry Contest for Children:


Bricks of Wheat
By Cooper Alvin

As I come home from school, filled with resent,
I see cold cream of wheat, hard as cement!
I thought what could be built with such hard a material,
Build skyscrapers out of this rock-hard cold cereal.
A new way of building! Who would of thought evolution
Could lead to such a disgusting solution.

Cream of wheat bricks! Now that’s something new!
Guess the trick to construction is edible goo!
Someone says: “The tallest building is inside Dubai.”
“That’s nothing! Build it with soup!” I reply.
We’d build it high and we’d build it wide.
Why would we do it? ‘Cause nobody’s tried.

A cream of wheat pool? No, that’d be just gross.
A cream of wheat coaster? (sigh) That’d be shunned on by most.
A cream of wheat car? Something no one would borrow.
Well, I’m out of ideas! Come back tomorrow!


Chocolate Peppermint Delight
By Emily Lunsford

One day during lunch,
My friend and I chatted.
She asked,
“If you could invent a dessert,
ANY dessert,
What would it be?”
We started sharing,
And worked together to imagine…
The Chocolate Peppermint Delight!

A chocolate lava cake,
But with peppermint bits in the lava!
Sweet, creamy vanilla ice cream,
With chocolate chip cookie crumbled in
On top of the cake.
A peppermint shell,
For the luscious ice cream.

Topping it off,
Caramel sauce,
And don’t forget
The flavorful peppermint sauce!
Whipped cream generously deposited
Around the plate,
And up the cake.

Coming out from our dream
Of heavenly desserts,
We smiled, thinking about
The luxurious treat.
Our mouths watering,
We looked down at our trays of cafeteria food.
And our otherwise fine tacos,
They didn’t seem nearly as good anymore.
Nor did our fruit cups,
Or our milk.
With the Chocolate Peppermint Delight on our minds,
Everything else faded in comparison,
To a dull gray.

It’s funny how a daydream,
A vision of succulent delicacies,
Can bleach perfectly fine food,
Leaving only the fantasy,
Bright and colorful.
That day I learned
That pure imagination
Can achromatize
Reality.


Bitter and Sour
By Azul Padilla

I’m grabbing a mango
Dancing like a weirdo
Cutting the mango
Nice and yellow
I ask my mother
Can you pass me the chili powder
I sprinkled it all over
Bitter and sour


How to Make a Pot of Rhino Stew
By Avery Pilkington

How to make a pot of rhino stew:
Add these five things to your Crockpot
Slice up some carrots
Chop up some potatoes
Dice up some worms
Add one huge RHINO
Add a dash of ground herbs
Put the lid on
Cook for SEVEN HOURS


The Life of a Cupcake
By Maya Rebugio

They put me in the oven to bake.
Me, a depressed and miserable cupcake.
Feeling the heat, I started to bubble.
Watching the others, I knew I was in trouble.

They opened the door and started my life.
Frosting me with a silver knife,
Decorating me with candy jewels.
The rest of my batch looked like fools.

Lifting me up, she took off my wrapper.
Feeling the breeze, I wanted to slap her.
Opening her mouth with shiny teeth inside,
This was the day this cupcake died.


I Love Pasta That’s No Doubt
By Madison Smith

Hear it boil from the pot
Crunch munchy from the box
I love pasta a whole whole lot

Short, fat, long, tall, just ask me I’ve got them all
Slippery, slimy, spaghetti
Whirly, twirly, colored noodles
Cheesy, wheezy, macaroni

Spiraled, curved, rigid, smooth, pasta makes me really groove
Pesto perfecto green and grand, even beefaroni from the can.

Rigatoni in my tummy
Amazing alfredo hot and yummy
With veggies or without
I love pasta that’s no doubt.

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Collecting Community Stories: Covid-19 Pandemic

Pikes Peak Library District is collecting stories about the COVID-19 pandemic. Residents of the Pikes Peak Region are invited to share their stories and experiences. People can submit written stories, photographs, or videos depicting their response to the pandemic and its impact on their lives.

Any observations are welcome. Submissions can include dealing with illness, quarantine, sheltering in-home, social distancing, employment, working from home, working in health care, schooling, travel, and other general observations.

Click here to submit your story.


Learn more about using the Library remotely.

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Curbside Services

While you can still use the Library remotely, our team is also ready to serve you outside of Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD) locations across El Paso County!

All 15 libraries and three mobile libraries offer curbside service, making it easy for you to return materials and safely pick up items without having any direct contact with Library staff or other patrons.


Returns

Book drops or return bins will be available 24/7 outside of all libraries, so you’re welcome to return books, movies, and other physical items anytime that’s convenient starting that day.


Holds

Ready to pick-up items that are currently on hold? Hours and procedures will vary by location, so please check your Library’s curbside schedule below or by phone.

Click on your Library location below to see their curbside service hours, phone numbers, and pickup instructions:


Upon arrival:
Follow the procedures set out on your Library location’s page (linked above). Then you’ll be on your way to enjoy a new book, movie, or other find!

For new items, place your hold in the online Catalog or mobile app and select the location for pickup. Once you receive your email or text notification (if opted in), check your Library’s curbside service schedule and call them to schedule pickup.

For curbside pickup, Library patrons are encouraged to follow public health guidance, including the use of cloth face masks/coverings and staying 6 feet apart from others.

Homebound patrons can designate another person to pick up their holds. Please call your Library for more information and to schedule such a pickup.


Wireless Printing

We now offer wireless printing at all locations, except for Palmer Lake and Ute Pass Libraries. Submit your print job to tinyurl.com/PPLDPrint, then follow curbside service instructions for your pickup location during their open hours. Hours and pickup instructions can be found through the links above. Please call ahead for Mobile Library Services pickup.


Curbside Curation

Let us help find your next great adventure in the Library’s large collection! We’re piloting this walk-up service at Penrose Library before offering it at other libraries. During curbside hours, patrons can safely browse a curated collection of materials from outside. Librarians also can assist with locating, placing holds for, or checking out your next read, movie, or other physical item. Plus, they can provide recommendations based upon your favorite books or films, preferred genres, and topics of interest, right then and there.


What’s happening behind the scenes?

PPLD is taking a phased reopening approach for our 16 facilities that prioritizes the health and safety of our patrons and staff. All returned materials will be quarantined for a minimum of 96 hours before being processed and circulated. This time limit exceeds public health recommendations. (Items currently in our facilities haven’t been touched in several weeks.) Your items will not be taken off your account until after their 96-hour quarantine period (this will not create penalties for your account in any way).

Per the safer-at-home order, the PPLD team can only work at half capacity inside our facilities. On-site staff are required to follow public health guidance like wearing face coverings, washing hands thoroughly and frequently, and maintaining proper distance during any in-person interactions. They are shelving books, pulling holds, quarantining returned materials, and helping circulate thousands of books, movies, and other items from PPLD’s large collection between our libraries.

Our librarians continue to take your questions by phone, live chat, and email! They’re also providing and expanding virtual services and programs, along with our digital collection. Plus, we’re working 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.

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PPLD staff sorts books to be distributed at free meal sites.

Pikes Peak Library District staff has shown dedication to the Library’s mission and tireless efforts to serve the community in many ways. We will continue to explore how PPLD can help people and organizations across the Pikes Peak region—well beyond our Library resources and services. Here are some ways that the Library has responded to community needs during the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • We donated 400 surgical masks and 6,000 gloves to the Pikes Peak Regional Office of Emergency Management.


  • A makerspace at Library 21c was used for training on 3D printers to make face shields

  • Our team loaned out 3D printers to support Colorado’s Make4Covid initiative, which connects “makers” with equipment to produce protective gear for local healthcare workers.

  • We’re partnering with school districts and local businesses to provide individuals with reading material while they pickup food and beverages. (Thank you to the Friends of the Pikes Peak Library District for making this possible!)

  • Sand Creek Library serves a donation site for the Southeast Supply Drive, helping collect common household items needed by individuals and families in the area.

  • Community partners are borrowing PPLD laptops and hotspots, so more residents can apply for unemployment and other benefits, as well as search for jobs.


  • PPLD Facilities staff installs water stations at Penrose Library

  • Penrose Library has made drinking water available outside of their building, so anyone can fill containers whenever needed. (Thanks to Olson Plumbing & Heating, Rampart Supply, and Colorado Sheet Metal for donating the supplies!)

  • We provided books, DVDs, and laptops to the City Auditorium’s isolation shelter, setup for those experiencing homelessness who have symptoms of COVID-19.

No matter the circumstances, we remain steadfast in providing Library resources and services that impact lives and build community across El Paso County. Thank you for entrusting us to be responsive to community needs and serve residents in new ways and virtual spaces, now and into the future.

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Updated August 18, 2020

While our locations across El Paso County remain temporarily closed due to COVID-19, Pikes Peak Library District is still here for you!

There are dozens of ways to use the Library remotely, with many resources available 24/7. We’re also offering—and continually adding—new virtual services and programs that you can experience almost anywhere and anytime. Plus, our staff is available to help you find answers by phone, live chat, and email!

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 every day during the following 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 every day during the following 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, and select “general information / ask a librarian” 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!

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Virtual Library Services & Programs

Updated August 3, 2020

While our physical locations remain temporarily closed until further notice, you can still use the Library remotely, anywhere and anytime. You can also ask a librarian questions by phone, live chat, and email. Plus, our librarians are bringing their services to you!

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 are some of the current virtual opportunities that our team created for you to experience, wherever you might be during this pandemic.


FOR ADULTS:

  • 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!

  • Virtual Mindful Movement and Meditation
    Wednesdays from 1 - 2 p.m.
    Join instructor Ambrie Sward for this virtual mindful movement class that will include meditation and stretches to build the mind/body connection. All skill levels welcome.

  • Virtual Yoga
    Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 9 - 10 a.m.
    Local instructor Svetlana Nudelman guides practitioners through beginner and intermediate-level yoga poses.

  • Virtual Book Club
    Missing your Library's book club? Some have gone virtual!

  • Coffee Talk
    Grab your favorite beverage and join us for a virtual current events discussion moderated by PPLD staff. Topics of discussion can range from current events to pop culture to gardening to a favorite book you are reading. Space in each discussion is limited, so register ahead of time to insure your spot!

  • Share your stories and experiences during the pandemic!
    Working in collaboration with the Colorado Springs Gazette, we are helping document this historic event in the Pikes Peak region. Anyone can share written responses to COVID-19 and its impact on their lives. Use this link to submit photographs or videos directly to PPLD.

  • 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!

FOR TEENS:

Click here to see all teen virtual programming.

Teens programs premiere at 11 a.m. and are available for viewing anytime on the PPLDTV YouTube Channel.

Teens Make

  • Mon., Aug. 3: Screen Printing
  • Mon., Aug. 24: Fold Your Own Envelope
  • Mon., Sept. 14: Banned Books Wearables
  • Mon., Oct. 5: T-Shirt Scarves
  • Mon., Oct. 26: Mini Embroidery Halloween Charms
  • Mon., Nov. 16: Altoid Tin Games



Teen Tech

  • Tue., Aug. 11: Cyanotypes
  • Tue., Sept. 1: Magical Lemonade
  • Tue., Sept. 22: Morse Code With a Flashlight
  • Tue., Oct. 13: Origami Fidget Spinners
  • Tue., Nov. 3: Python Basics: Code Your Own Game
  • Tue., Nov. 24: Raspberry Pi



Teen Games

  • Wed., Aug. 19: D&D Basics: Classes
  • Wed., Sept. 9: Online Party Games
  • Wed., Oct. 14: Create Your Game Map
  • Wed., Oct. 21: D&D Basics: Races
  • Wed., Nov., 11: Gaming: Paper MASH







Teens Eat

  • Thu., Aug. 6: No-Bake Cookies
  • Thu., Aug. 27: DIY Ice Cream
  • Thu., Sept. 17: Fried Rice with Edamame
  • Thu., Oct. 8: Eggless Cookie Dough
  • Thu., Oct. 29: Gourmet Popcorn
  • Thu., Nov. 19: Rosemary Bread



Teen Fandom

  • Fri., Aug. 14: Medieval Quick-Pickled Veggies
  • Fri., Sept. 4: Game of Thrones Dragon Eggs
  • Fri., Sept. 25: Captain America's Shield
  • Fri., Oct. 16: Spooky Nightmare Before Christmas Lanterns
  • Fri., Nov. 6: Baby Yoda Finger Puppet
  • Fri., Nov. 27: Pop-up Cards



Teen Self-Care

  • Sat., Aug. 22: Coping Strategies Fortune Teller Craft
  • Sat., Sept. 12: Homemade Sugar Scrub
  • Sat., Oct. 3: Gratitude Collage
  • Sat., Oct. 24: Deep-Conditioning Natural Hair Treatment (Botanical Beauty)
  • Sat., Nov. 14: Homemade Bath Salts



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.


Family & Children's Services Virtual Programs

Videos are available for viewing anytime on the PPLDTV YouTube channel.

Babytime Mondays
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!

KidsMake Tuesdays
Children’s staff from around the district lead an art or make project for kids ages 5 - 12.

Toddler Time Wednesdays
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!

STEM Tuesdays, Sept. 29, Oct. 13, and Nov. 10.
Children’s staff from around the district lead a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) based project for kids ages 5 - 12.

Storytime Thursdays
Children’s Staff from around the district invite you to join in a sing-along and then read a children’s book.

Children's Performers
Missing the live programs at your Library? Many of our performers can now 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!

Tween Twist
Watch a virtual program and then visit your favorite library that Friday to get materials for the program for ages 9 - 12.


  • 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. Right now, we’re creating new virtual experiences that will launch in the coming days and weeks.

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Using the Library Remotely

Last updated April 14, 2020

En español

Pikes Peak Library District is committed to providing Library resources and services to you during these unprecedented times. Thanks to the public’s investment and taxpayer support, we can continue to deliver access to information and opportunities that impact lives and build community across El Paso County.

While our physical locations remain temporarily closed until further notice, you can still use the Library remotely, with many resources available 24/7.

Here are some ways to get the most out of your virtual Library experience:

  • 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.

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Social Work at PPLD

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 worker, Alicia Kwande, is 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 the 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

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

Crisis Help:

Emergency Shelter:

  • 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

Other Resources:

Note: PPLD’s Social Worker is not a case manager or case worker.

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Check Out PPLD's New Catalog!

Where Is It?
For the last several months, Pikes Peak Library District worked diligently to update and remodel PPLD’s online Catalog, designed with you, our patrons, in mind. We incorporated new features and re-arranged things to provide a cleaner, easier-to-use interface, which gives the catalog a modern, up-to-date look. Some features and links have moved around, so we’ve created this guide to help you navigate it.

The new Catalog went live March 8!


New Features
  • The number of holds, total copies, and available copies are readily visible.
  • The item status is clearer: checked in, checked out, on hold shelf, or being transferred between Libraries.
  • “Add Author Alert” allows patrons to sign up to receive notifications when items by their favorite authors are added to our Catalog. They only need an email address to create an account and can select their preferred format(s).
  • When searching the Catalog within one of our Libraries, that location’s items will show up on top. (When patrons search from home, locations will be listed alphabetically.)
  • Series info, as well as related titles and authors, are now more easily accessible through the Details tab.
  • Options to limit search results are now in drop down menus instead of patrons having to scroll through the myriad options.
  • Links have been pared down or moved to the bottom of the page for less visual clutter.

Additional Information
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Census 2020

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.


COMPLETE YOUR CENSUS NOW.


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.


Click here to learn more!

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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.”

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Scrap Exchange with Who Gives a Scrap image

In collaboration with Who Gives a SCRAP Creative Reuse Center, we are hosting an arts, craft, and hobby material exchange! Bring in your new, clean/gently used and unwanted craft materials and exchange them for tickets to exchange new-to-you craft supplies!

Please only bring in crafting supplies and not items that are considered trash, in bad condition, or items that can be recycled.

We will also have a fun up-cycling craft so you can take your time and check for new inventory! No registration required.

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The top 10 of 2019 are here! Learn more about what the Pikes Peak Region read in 2019 and add any you missed to your 2020 reading list!


Adult Books
  1. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
  2. Becoming by Michelle Obama
  3. The Reckoning by John Grisham
  4. Educated: a Memoir by Tara Westover
  5. Wolf Pack by C.J. Box
  6. TransAtlantic: a Novel by Colum McCann
  7. Redemption by David Baldacci
  8. Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty
  9. Unsolved by James Patterson
  10. The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

Teen Books
  1. Nowhere Boy by Katherine Marsh
  2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K Rowling
  3. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
  4. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  5. Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
  6. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
  7. The Giver by Lois Lowry
  8. On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
  9. To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han
  10. Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth

Children's Books
  1. Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
  2. Harry Potter and the Socerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling
  3. Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin
  4. Nowhere Boy by Katherine Marsh
  5. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Meltdown by Jeff Kinney
  6. The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
  7. A Long Walk to Water: a Novel by Linda Sue Park
  8. Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
  9. Warriors in Winter by Mary Pope Osborne
  10. The False Prince by Jennifer Nielsen

eBooks
  1. A Dangerous Act of Kindness by LP Fergusson
  2. Redemption: Amos Decker Series, Book 5 by David Baldacci
  3. The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
  4. Wolf Pack by C.J. Box
  5. After the Flood: A Novel by Kassandra Montag
  6. An Anonymous Girl: A Novel by Greer Hendricks
  7. Run Away by Harlan Coben
  8. Connections in Death by J.D. Robb
  9. The 18th Abduction by James Patterson
  10. Neon Prey by John Sandford

eAudio
  1. The Silent Patient (unabridged) by Alex Michaelide
  2. Girl, Stop Apologizing: A Shame-Free Plan for Embracing and Achieving Your Goals (unabridged) by Rachel Hollis
  3. Redemption: Amos Decker Series, Book 5 (unabridged) by David Baldacci
  4. The Giver of Stars: A Novel (unabridged) by Jojo Moyes
  5. City of Girls: A Novel (unabridged) by Elizabeth Gilbert
  6. The Dutch House: A Novel (unabridged) by Ann Patchett
  7. The Institute: A Novel (unabridged) by Stephen King
  8. Daisy Jones & the Six: A Novel (unabridged) by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  9. The Turn of the Key (unabridged) by Ruth Ware
  10. The Guardians: A Novel (unabridged) by John Grisham
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Blood Drives at the Library

Vitalant provides blood to 1,000 hospitals across 40 states where it is used in a variety of medical treatments. A single blood donation can save and enhance the lives of up to three patients. Registration is not required. Just find the truck in the parking lot!

Click here to see if you are eligible.


A quick visit, with light refreshments, can save lives!

  • Where: Monument Library
  • When: From 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • May 30
  • July 25
  • Sept. 26
  • Nov. 28
  • Where: East Library
  • When: From 10 a.m. - noon
    • February 22
    • April 25
    • June 27
    • Aug. 22
    • Oct. 24
    • Dec. 26
  • Where: Library 21c
  • When: From 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
    • February 22
    • April 25
    • June 27
    • Aug. 22
    • Oct. 24
    • Dec. 26

Click here to learn more about Vitalant.

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Medicare 101 image

Are you thinking about retiring in the next few years? Are you unsure about how health insurance and Medicare will affect you once you turn 65? Are you helping your parents navigate their Medicare coverage? Join us to learn about Medicare and your health insurance options, to be a better informed consumer and to be secure in your health insurance choices.

Presented by PPACG Area Agency on Aging staff, this two-hour presentation covers the basics of Medicare A, B, D and all other insurance options, such as Medicare Supplements/Medigaps, Medicare Advantage plans and Medicare Part D. Come get unbiased information from the AAA Senior Insurance Team to help you successfully navigate your transition to Medicare and retirement.

Registration required. You can choose a link below or call (719) 389-8968.

For information on additional classes visit PPACG Area Agency on Aging, or call (719) 471-2096.

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Name of the Sculpture: Virage

The natural environment is one of our treasures in Colorado. Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD) sought proposals for an interactive, 3D, freestanding art piece to draw attention to this resource and its conservation. The call was answered by several artists and, after a jury process, Virage was selected. It is eye catching, conversation evoking, appropriate for all ages, safe for public spaces, and movable among Library locations. Throughout the year this sculpture will travel to four PPLD locations: Penrose Library, Sand Creek Library, East Library, and Library 21c.

With a focus on the beauty of our natural environment and conservation, PPLD hopes to evoke conversation and interaction among patrons. A variety of programming will be offered throughout the District that relates to this topic.

Click Here to learn about related programs.


Post your photos of and with #PPLDSustainaball on social media!

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Artist Narrative:
The current political atmosphere has created an unsettling time with the lifting of protections to the environment, denial of scientific knowledge and climate change, and inclusiveness and access to education. Virage subtly, yet critically speaks to the impacts of humans on the environment and the consequences ahead. The beauty of the barks’ texture together with the perfect form of the sphere is meant to give a sense of hope and promise that humankind will take responsibility, humankind will find a respectful and healthy balance with the natural world and ecosystems. Human beings have the incredible ability to be innovative and creative, when presented the opportunity solve insolvable puzzles. The artwork invites the viewer to consider and reconsider the current choices and actions as a consumer. There is an intended charge to the viewer to make our natural world the highest priority - to practice conservation.
Artist Biography:
Nikki Pike grew up in Black Forest, Colorado, where she learned to ride bikes and climb trees in between flashlight tag, midnight soccer, and competitive sledding. The adopted daughter of a nurse and an engineer, and sister to four brothers and a sister, Nikki learned to work in groups and negotiate at an early age. Fighting over the measuring cups in the bathtub and wooden spoons in the garden, the Pike family children grew wild imaginations.

The earliest sign that Nikki may later become a sculptor was in her sixteenth year in being grounded for a month. Rather than moping around and feeling sorry for her new life in confinement, Nikki raided her father’s toolbox and undertook the accidental but artistic resurfacing of her very first vehicle, an AMC gremlin. Otherwise, realizing her interest and making a commitment to art came much later after her surrender to finally join the quest to attend college and explore communications design. Her exposure to materials and objects fed her need to make and build and fulfilled the physical gap that once was spent playing soccer. 

Now, Nikki Pike is an artist and activist committed to serving the community through her art practice and role as an educator. Through the use of universally positive human experiences such as curiosity, music, surprise, and gifting, along with the influence of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, she spreads values of empowerment, vulnerability and connection in the form of experience as opposed to product. Nikki sees herself as a cultural agent working together with local communities promoting activity and creativity. With her an expansive practice, Nikki straddles public arts, social sculpture, service srt and is exploring ideas of relief art intended to aide communities responding to disaster. Her methods start from the ideals of democracy and her work has been featured at the Denver Art Museum, the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, and Art Basel Miami to name a few. Currently Nikki resides in Denver, Colorado, and holds a professorship at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.

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make it personal
In Pikes Peak Library District’s Makerspaces, we offer access to tools, materials, and machines to help bring your creative vision to life. Before you visit our spaces, make sure to familiarize yourself with our Makerspace Policy, and review information about accessing the spaces. Using the Makerspaces requires a little bit of background, so review the section below for the craft you are interested in. Use #MakeItPersonal to share your creations on social media with us!


Need some project inspiration? You can:

DIE-CUTTING

  • Learn: Use the die-cutters at PPLD’s makerspaces to safely and accurately cut or draw designs on paper, vinyl, iron-on transfer materials, cardstock, sticker paper, select fabrics, and other materials. All three makerspace locations offer the Silhouette Cameo 3, and Library 21c also has a US Cutter LaserPoint Vinyl Cutter 25” available for use.

    Come in to use these machines during regular Open Hours at East Library and Sand Creek Library, and during Library 21c’s regular hours of operation, unless a program is scheduled in the space.

  • Design: Browse free designs on the Silhouette Design Store or create your own design using the Silhouette software. It’s easy to bring a clipart file from the internet into the software and add your own touches to it. Use the step-by-step instructions available with every die-cutter machine in the makerspaces.
  • Create: Vinyl sheets and cardstock are available for a small fee at all PPLD makerspaces – call the location of your choice for more information about colors and availability, or feel free to bring your own materials. Each space also has tools for weeding and cutting materials used with the die-cutters.

SEWING

  • Learn: PPLD makerspaces provide a variety of sewing machines to support your textile needs! Our three spaces provide standard sewing machines, embroidery machines (4”x4” workspace), and 3/4 thread overlock sergers, while East Library also provides an industrial machine that can tackle heavy-duty projects.

    These machines are available on a first come, first served basis during Open Hours at East Library and Sand Creek, and during Library 21c’s regular hours of operation, unless a program is scheduled in the space.

  • Design: Find a sewing pattern at a local store, online (we love Pinterest!), or in a book. PPLD’s collection features many types of sewing books, with patterns for quilts, stuffed animals, dolls and outfits, tailored clothing, and much, much more. New to sewing? We’ve got a book for that!
  • Create: Assorted thread and needles are provided, in addition to basic sewing notions such as pins, clips, scissors, fabric measuring tape, rotary cutters and cutting mats. Speak with staff today about how to get started on a sewing project!

3D PRINTING

  • Learn: Make your own tools and trinkets with PPLD’s 3D printers!

    These machines require a badging certification to ensure you understand basic machine operation and safety practices. To become badged, simply watch a video online and take a short quiz. You must get all answers correct to pass the quiz, but can retake it if necessary.

  • Design: You can create your own project using free, open-source software like Tinkercad (great for beginners) or Fusion 360 (good for more advanced models). Not sure you want to dive in to making your own design right away? Search for what you want on Thingiverse, a community for making and sharing 3D printable designs. You can search Thingiverse for keychains, bookmarks, planters, ornaments, and all sorts of other fun and useful items.
  • Create: After you’ve completed the badging quiz and designed or chosen your file, come in to a PPLD makerspace to print it! 3D printers are available on a first come, first served basis during Open Hours, and all makerspace locations have a variety of printer filament to use (call the location of your choice to ask about availability if you have a specific color in mind). Outside filament is not allowed, and prints are weighed after completion; each print costs $0.05 per gram for normal filament or $0.10 per gram for specialized filament. If it’s your first time using a 3D printer or you have any questions, staff will be available to help walk you through the steps.

LASER ENGRAVING/CUTTING


PPLD Make It Personal :30 from PPLD TV on Vimeo.


Makerspaces
  • Make at East
    • 5550 N. Union Blvd.
    • Open Hours:
      • Monday: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
      • Tuesday: 1 - 8:30 p.m.
      • Wednesday: 5 - 8:30 p.m.
      • Thursday: Closed
      • Friday: 1 - 5 p.m.
      • Saturday: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
      • Sunday: Closed
  • Make at Library 21c
    • 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.
    • Open Hours: Make is open during regular library hours, as long as the room is not in use for programs or other reservations.
  • Make II at Library 21c
    • 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.
    • Open Hours:
      • Mondays: Closed
      • Tuesdays: 2 - 8 p.m.
      • Wednesdays: 2 - 6 p.m.
      • Thursdays: 2 - 8 p.m.
      • Fridays: Closed
      • Saturdays: 1 - 5 p.m.
      • Sundays: Closed
  • Make at Sand Creek
    • 1821 S. Academy Blvd.
    • Open Hours:
      • Monday: 1 - 5 p.m.
      • Wednesday: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
      • Friday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
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eBooks for All!

Publishers are Putting Libraries and Patrons in a Bind
New lending and purchasing models place financial burdens and time limitations on libraries.

Recent moves by book publishers to limit library access to eBooks and eAudiobooks will create increased financial burdens for libraries and wait times for patrons.

The eBook collection at Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD) is so popular that the system’s digital circulation now ranks within the top twenty in the nation. PPLD cardholders have already surpassed one million checkouts on OverDrive, one of several eBook services offered by the Library District.

Hachette, Penguin Random House, Simon & Schuster, Blackstone Publishing, and Macmillian Publishers, among others, are changing their lending models for eBooks and eAudiobooks. While these changed lending models vary slightly from publisher to publisher, each change limits library access to digital books and will increase wait times for new releases and other titles.

“Unfortunately, these drastic steps by book publishers are putting Pikes Peak Library District in an extraordinarily difficult position,” said John Spears, Chief Librarian and CEO of PPLD. “Our digital circulation is incredibly high, and we know these new measures are going to increase wait times for our patrons.”

Most of the changes include new purchasing models, so that instead of libraries having perpetual access to each book they purchase, they have to re-purchase the books after two years.

As of Nov. 1, Macmillan Publishers imposed an eight-week embargo on public libraries for the purchase of new eBook titles. Libraries may only purchase a single copy of new eBook titles during the first eight weeks of its release, during which time the titles will be available through marketplace vendors.

“This is an equal access issue for our patrons,” Spears says. “We know that not everyone with a library card will be able to bypass these increased wait times by simply purchasing the digital book somewhere else, and they shouldn’t have to. We urge publishers to reverse or modify these changes, and encourage our patrons to speak out if they agree.”

To learn more about eBook restrictions and how to take action, go to ebooksforall.org.

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October is Arts Month!

Did you know that October is Arts Month? Better yet, do you know what Arts Month is all about? (Click here to check out the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region’s website to learn the history of the initiative!)

Arts Month is an opportunity to explore the arts and culture of the Pikes Peak Region, trying out new cultural experiences with friends and family (even if you have to do so at a distance). Not sure where to start? Here are a few ideas:

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Banned Books Week 2020

Censorship is a dead end - Find your freedom to READ!

“I’m offended”….”How can I explain this to my kid?”….”This isn’t what I believe”….The idea that books that present these challenges should be taken off of the shelves, and the opposing assertion that all knowledge should be available to everyone, is the foundation of librarians’ favorite holiday week: Banned Books Week, Sat., Sept. 27 - Sat., Oct. 3.

When you read a book or watch a movie, ever think to yourself “I’m offended” or ”How can I explain this to my kid?” or ”This isn’t what I believe”? Those thoughts are common and every library has something that offends someone. Banned Books Week is about keeping materials available for all – even if they offend someone.

The American Library Association honors this tradition by taking the time to educate us all on intellectual freedom. Banned Books Week launched in the 1980s after a rise in challenging and banning controversial materials (including Hop on Pop, by Dr. Seuss).), In short, this is your right to read whatever you want, whether someone else agrees with it or not. So this Banned Books Week, go out and explore without limitations! Read the books that you want to read and find the information that you want to know whether it’s offensive, different, scary, magical, or anywhere in between!


The Top 10 National List

The ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom tracked 377 challenges to library, school, and university materials and services in 2019. Of the 566 books that were targeted, here are the most challenged, along with the reasons cited for censoring the books:

  1. George by Alex Gino
    • Reasons: challenged, banned, restricted, and hidden to avoid controversy; for LGBTQIA+ content and a transgender character; because schools and libraries should not “put books in a child’s hand that require discussion”; for sexual references; and for conflicting with a religious viewpoint and “traditional family structure”
  2. Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out by Susan Kuklin
    • Reasons: challenged for LGBTQIA+ content, for “its effect on any young people who would read it,” and for concerns that it was sexually explicit and biased
  3. A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo by Jill Twiss, illustrated by EG Keller
    • Reasons: Challenged and vandalized for LGBTQIA+ content and political viewpoints, for concerns that it is “designed to pollute the morals of its readers,” and for not including a content warning
  4. Sex is a Funny Word by Cory Silverberg, illustrated by Fiona Smyth
    • Reasons: Challenged, banned, and relocated for LGBTQIA+ content; for discussing gender identity and sex education; and for concerns that the title and illustrations were “inappropriate”
  5. Prince & Knight by Daniel Haack, illustrated by Stevie Lewis
    • Reasons: Challenged and restricted for featuring a gay marriage and LGBTQIA+ content; for being “a deliberate attempt to indoctrinate young children” with the potential to cause confusion, curiosity, and gender dysphoria; and for conflicting with a religious viewpoint
  6. I Am Jazz by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings, illustrated by Shelagh McNicholas
    • Reasons: Challenged and relocated for LGBTQIA+ content, for a transgender character, and for confronting a topic that is “sensitive, controversial, and politically charged”
  7. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
    • Reasons: Banned and challenged for profanity and for “vulgarity and sexual overtones”
  8. Drama written and illustrated by Raina Telgemeier
    • Reasons: Challenged for LGBTQIA+ content and for concerns that it goes against “family values/morals”
  9. Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling
    • Reasons: Banned and forbidden from discussion for referring to magic and witchcraft, for containing actual curses and spells, and for characters that use “nefarious means” to attain goals
  10. And Tango Makes Three by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson illustrated by Henry Cole
    • Reason: Challenged and relocated for LGBTQIA+ content

PPLD Challenge: Banned Books Art
Celebrate your right to read! Create a piece of art celebrating or using pages from a banned book and show off what you’ve made on Facebook. You can even check out our video on PPLDTV, premiering on Sept. 1, for how to make wearables from banned books. Learn more here.

Take and Make: Banned Books Mini-Charms
Get a Take and Make kit from your Library starting Fri., Sept. 4, and get everything you need to create a beautiful miniature book charm featuring banned or challenged books that could be used as a necklace or a keychain (while supplies last).

Teens Make: Banned Books Mini-Charms (video)


Check out challenged titles at PPLD.


Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD) believes in freedom of information for all and does not practice censorship. The selection of Llibrary materials is predicated on the patron's right to read and freedom from censorship by others. Library materials may be controversial and any given item may offend some person. Selections for the Library are made solely on the merits of the material, in relation to the development of a collection that serves the needs and interests of a diverse population.

Community members are always welcome to submit a reconsideration request form for Library materials.

Please see our Challenge Materials Policy for more information.

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Upcoming Maker in Residence: Comics and Sequential Art with Tarikh Brown

Tarikh Brown, PPLD's Maker in Residence for November/December 2019, specializes in comics and sequential art. Tarikh Brown is a local artist with a BA in Graphic Design. He is currently seeking an MA in Computer Science: Digital Media Technology, which will be used for developing video games and virtual reality. Tarikh is especially passionate about sequential art, such as comics and story boarding, and loves to share his craft with others!

Visit PPLD's Maker/Artist in Residence page for more information about this program.

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The Penrose Playgroup welcomes newborns- 24 month olds and their parents or caregivers.
This time together includes books, songs, music, play time, and more!

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PowerPass

Knowledge is power. Unlock your potential!

All Colorado Springs School District 11 students have access to the PowerPass, giving students access to research and homework help, academic databases, college application and job search assistance, makerspaces, and more!


The PowerPass gives students 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!


High school and middle school students can use their PowerPass for online access to live tutors and online foreign language courses. They can also get help with projects and prepare for the future with practice driving and SAT tests.


Elementary students and their parents will benefit from kid-friendly eBook and audiobook access, digital education resources, and in-person classes at PPLD to learn how to write, draw, code, or use makerspace equipment.


PowerPass Fast Facts:

  1. The student has an e-card (i.e. not a physical card)
  2. The student card # is the first five letters of their last name (fewer if the last name has less than five letters) followed by the initials of their first and middle names (if they have a middle name) and then the last four number of their student ID. Ex (John Jacob Jingleheimer student ID 12345678 – id would beJINGLJJ5678)
  3. Student PINs are the two-digit month and day of their birthdate (ex, 0731)
  4. Student cards have the profile of STUDENT
  5. Students are allowed to check out five items and have five holds at a time. However, Interlibrary Loans are not permitted on these accounts.
  6. Student accounts can access eLibrary and Research resources as well as PCs in the libraries.
  7. Student accounts are blocked at $10 which prevents further checkouts of physical materials and use of OverDrive.
  8. Students can use the self-checkouts’ on-screen keyboard to enter their account IDs and PINs. The onscreen keyboard now displays letters and numbers.

If a parent does not wish for their child to use PowerPass, they may opt out at the child's school.

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Questions about using the Internet, email, social networks, a Smartphone, tablet, eBooks, or something else? Get help at Pikes Peak Library District and learn to use technology more effectively. Bring your laptop or device or use one of of ours. This is intended for patrons wanting help beyond PPLD computer classes.

Drop-in Help

1-on-1 Help

Contact location to register for 1-on-1 assistance!

  • East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd.
    3rd Wed., 2 - 4 p.m.
  • Call: (719) 531-6333

For information on computer resources at your library, please visit https://ppld.org/computers

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