We’re in the middle of my favorite season in Colorado, with warmer, longer days, flowers and wildlife in bloom, and so much to do in the Pikes Peak area.
Even in my youth, I remember looking forward to summer (pause); yet at this time a three-word phrase was beginning to repeat itself: “I’m so bored!” Now I can’t imagine saying that and instead I often think, “If only I had more time!”
Fortunately, the library has free summer adventures for people of all ages, with plenty of options for those who find time going too slowly instead of too fast. If you’re a parent or guardian who wants to find ways to keep your children’s mind and body active until school resumes, look no further than Pikes Peak Library District.
Each year, we seek to involve children, teens and families through our annual summer reading program. Summer Adventure, presented by Children’s Hospital Colorado, encourages children ages 0-18 to read, imagine and move through August 14 with the chance to collect and win various prizes. It’s a great way to help kids of all ages improve their reading skills and tackle the ‘summer toboggan’ during their school break, as well as giving them the chance to explore and develop their interests. in an entertaining way. Thousands of people have already signed up since its launch on June 1 and we’re getting closer to our community reading goal of 100,000 days.
There are so many ways to participate in the PPLD summer adventure, and parents and guardians can choose the most appropriate opportunities for their children or teens. We welcome you to online and in-person events, including family music performances with Colorado artist Steve Weeks, encounters with the dashing goats of Wishing Star Farms, and hands-on workshops with automotive expert Chaya. Milchtein. It is also possible to create a 3D jellyfish, enjoy an outdoor family movie or virtual escape room, and participate in a teen-focused workforce preparation training. This is all in addition to on-going opportunities such as storytelling hours, coding camps, and letter writing to members of the military in partnership with Operation Gratitude.
Adults can also find summer adventures with (and without) a library card. Use our Pikes Peak Culture Pass to visit a local museum or other cultural institution at no additional cost. Discover a garden game, camera or GoPro while finding your next reading or movie to watch. Take part in our Virtual Regional History Symposium or delve into your family’s history. Come learn to 3D print in a makerspace or record a podcast in one of the two studios. Learn a new language or skill using our 24/7 electronic library. Or join us for virtual yoga, a live Shakespeare show with Theaterworks, or one of the many other programs on offer.
I promise you won’t be bored this summer – or any time of the year – if you use PPLD. In fact, you could start saying things like, “If only I had more time, I could take advantage of everything the library has to offer!” “
Michelle Ray is Director of Communications for the Pikes Peak Library District. Besides bragging about everything the library has to offer, the Kentucky native enjoys spending time with her husband, stepchildren and pets, as well as hiking, boating and volunteering. She can be reached at [email protected] or by calling 719-531-6333, ext. 6401.