COLORADO SPRINGS – The Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD) offers a variety of online resources for all ages during the pandemic.
While all PPLD facilities remain temporarily closed, librarians and staff members strive to offer virtual book clubs, poetry readings, and other live events on Facebook and Zoom to keep staff engaged. readers.
FOX21 spoke with Kayah Swanson, Director of Public Relations and Marketing at PPLD, about the importance of staying engaged during the pandemic:
Click here to learn how to use the library remotely.
Online resources (by age):
- Get recommendations in our interactive Notice to Readers!
Mondays and Thursdays, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. (hosted on Facebook by PPLD Adult Education)
Looking for new books, authors, movies, and TV shows? Our librarians have many recommendations and will give you suggestions in real time!
- Join a live virtual book club!
Tuesdays, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. (Zoom; see our Facebook events for login access.)
Share what you’ve read and get recommendations from other readers. Also check out PPLD resources that can help you find your next interesting read! It will take place on Zoom every week.
- Watch a poetry reading!
Wednesdays, 3 p.m. (hosted on Facebook by PPLD Adult Education)
Tune in for a weekly poetry reading. Can’t you keep it alive? You can always watch the videos when it’s convenient for you.
- Watch a selected movie, then join us for a live community chat!
Fridays, 4 p.m. (Zoom; see our Facebook events for selected movies and more details.)
We provide the movie list, you provide your own popcorn! Each week our team will showcase several movies from PPLD’s streaming movie service Kanopy and then lead organized discussions on the selected movies. Watch the film anytime before the chat, which will take place using Zoom. (Please note that some movies may be rated R and contain adult themes.)
- Discover the choices of Regional History & Genealogy staff!
Daily (hosted on Facebook by PPLD special collections)
The team will share a post each day, highlighting the interests of each staff member.
For children and families:
- Take part in a virtual story hour!
Mondays and Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. (hosted on Facebook by PPLD Children)
A children’s librarian will invite you to join in a song and then read a children’s book. Can’t you keep it alive? You can always watch the videos when it’s convenient for you.
- Try a new profession or experiment at home!
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. (hosted on Facebook by PPLD Children)
A children’s librarian will lead an arts, crafts, or experimentation project with items that can be found in a closet. Can’t you keep it alive? You can always watch the videos when it’s convenient for you.
- Join us for a virtual song and nursery rhyme time!
Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. (hosted on Facebook by PPLD Children)
A children’s librarian will run a âBaby / Toddler Timeâ program focusing on songs and rhymes. Can’t you keep it alive? You can always watch the videos when it’s convenient for you.
- Test your skills in a digital escape room!
Looking to put your puzzling skills to the test? Check back here every week and we’ll bring you a new digital escape room for you to try out as a family at home or virtually with friends. First, visit the Hogwarts Digital Escape Room, created by Sydney Krawiec, Youth Services Librarian, at the Peters Township Public Library in McMurray, PA.
- Be part of the review team!
Anyone between the ages of 13-18 can write an original book review and earn a volunteer credit hour! Discover some past book reviews for examples. Those who are interested can contact our Young Adult Services team to learn more and get started.