PPLD is a vital force for individual and community transformation. Libraries provide the opportunity to gain new skill sets that barely existed a generation ago without regard to economic status, ethnicity, lifestyle, or religion. Public libraries provide resources that empower families and expand access to a broad selection of information, helping to narrow the digital divide and the achievement gap for low-income families. Libraries work with community partners to expand ways in which to address the multiple issues that communities face. PPLD works hard to create spaces where everyone feels safe and welcome, making it an important community anchor that is invaluable to the growth and well-being of its citizens. Some examples of our unique programming include Library Explorers, which provides activities that serve adults of all abilities; Summer Adventure, which helps children avoid the summer slide; Boots to Business and Transition Assistance which assists military families in a variety of ways; language classes and Path to Citizenship classes that serve migrant communities; and an on-staff social worker who helps our low-income patrons and patrons experiencing homelessness connect with needed services. With these programs, PPLD is fulfilling its mission to provide resources and opportunities that change individual lives and build community: Seek, Engage, Transform.
PPLD manages to be a nationally recognized library on a much smaller budget than most others in the state. While PPLD is the 2nd largest library district by population served in Colorado, it ranks as 11th out of 13 largest library systems in budget per capita. Even so, PPLD provides exceptional services that include:
7,330,268 items checked out, 3,259,522 visits, 52,915 meeting room reservations, and 14,037 programs per year, all in 14 (soon to be 15) locations across El Paso County.