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2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction Announced

The Goldfinch

The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt, was awarded the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

"...a beautifully written coming-of-age novel with exquisitely drawn characters that follows a grieving boy’s entanglement with a small famous painting that has eluded destruction, a book that stimulates the mind and touches the heart."

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All Pikes Peak Reads 2014 Titles Announced

APPR 2014 Titles

Pikes Peak Library District’s annual community reads project, All Pikes Peak Reads (APPR), is celebrating its 13th year in 2014!

PPLD’s theme for 2014 is Engage the Extraordinary. This year’s APPR selections, which were announced on April 17 at an event at The Pinery at The Hill, all relate to extraordinary characters that strive for individual freedoms and the social and political rights of others.

The 2014 titles are: The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd and Who Owns the Ice House? by Clifton Taulbert and Gary Schoeniger. Younger readers will also be able to participate in APPR. The Teen selection for 2014 is Matched by Ally Condie. The Children’s selections are The Watsons Go to Birmingham by Christopher Paul Curtis and Henry’s Freedom Box by Ellen Levine.

The APPR titles also reflect our nation’s 50th anniversary celebration of the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This overriding theme will be used as a starting point to kick off community-wide dialogue sessions during the APPR initiative.

The “Engage the Extraordinary” theme will also be a touchstone to programs and activities at PPLD’s new state-of-the-art facility, Library 21c. This 21st century library will provide opportunities for individuals and groups to engage in research, learning, content creation, and entrepreneurship in new and exciting ways.

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Book Madness Winner!!

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

With over 300 votes cast, the winner of the PPLD 2014 Book Madness is
The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green! Thank you for participating!

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Help PPLD Purchase a MakerBot 3D Printer for Library 21c!

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Pikes Peak Library District’s 21st Century Library is designed to address the changing needs of our community, bringing the latest technologies to a new regional library, Library 21c.

MakerBot Replicator Z-18
With the MakerBot 3D printer, ideas and concepts become a reality! Adding the Z18 to the line of the library's existing smaller 3D printers, will allow the library's patrons to create quality, extra-large, industrial prototypes for various types of businesses and professional uses. Located in one of Library 21c's makerspaces, PPLD staff at Library 21c will engage patrons of all ages, introducing them to the technology of 3D printing and building real world skills.

The Impact
With your donation, PPLD will provide quality 3D printer services to our patrons who are developing concepts to further convey their ideas for products, businesses and other creative visions. Offering this innovative service will connect everyone in our community to cutting edge technology and more importantly, opportunity.


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2014 Caldecott and Newbery Medal Winners

2014 Caldecott and Newbery Medal Winners

The results are in!

The Newbery Medal for "the most distinguished American children's book" of 2014 was awarded Monday, January 27, to Flora & Ulysses, written by Kate DiCamillo.

"Holy unanticipated occurrences! A cynic meets an unlikely superhero in a genre-breaking new novel by master storyteller Kate DiCamillo. It begins, as the best superhero stories do, with a tragic accident that has unexpected consequences. The squirrel never saw the vacuum cleaner coming, but self-described cynic Flora Belle Buckman, who has read every issue of the comic book Terrible Things Can Happen to You!, is the just the right person to step in and save him."

Locomotive, illustrated by Brian Floca, is the 2014 Caldecott Medal winner.

"All aboard! Accompany a family on an unforgettable weeklong train trip from Omaha to Sacramento in 1869. Brian Floca’s dramatic watercolor, ink, acrylic and gouache illustrations incorporate meticulously-researched portraits of the train, the travelers and the crew as they traverse the American landscape on the new transcontinental railroad."

PPLD's Award Booklists:

Caldecott Medal Winners
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Newbery Medal Winners
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Visit the Newbery Medal and Caldecott Medal websites for a full list of Honor books.


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