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Last updated 11/8/2022 at 2:47pm | View PDF

Library district honors veterans, releases new military book, and other upcoming events

Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD) is commemorating those who were prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice for their country and their families by offering a free USA flag lapel pin, which will be available starting Friday, Nov. 11, at all PPLD locations while supplies last. For more info on this and other Veterans Day celebrations and programs this November, visit

Regional History and Genealogy releases “Military Matters”

On Thursday, Nov. 17, PPLD’s Regional History and Genealogy team will release the latest book in their Regional History Series, “Military Matters: Defense, Development, & Dissent in the Pikes Peak Region,” during a special reception. The book will be for sale to attendees at a discounted rate and will be available in the future for checkout. Event is 1-2:30 p.m. at Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs.

Regional History and Genealogy staff members will do a presentation about the multitude of ways the military has shaped, contributed to, and transformed the Pikes Peak region. This will be followed by a panel discussion with three retired veterans living in the region:

• William Thomas is a retired Army Chief Warrant Officer, with 25 years of active service in the U.S. Army. He is a member of the American Legion Honor Guard, providing final military honors for veterans throughout the Pikes Peak region. He is also a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 4051.

• Terrance D. McWilliams served in the U.S. Army for more than 30 years, retiring as the 7th Infantry Division and Fort Carson Command Sergeant Major. McWilliams joined El Pomar Foundation in 2007 where he served as Senior Vice President, Military and Veteran Affairs, and Director of the Wildland Fire Fund.

• Christina Martinez joined the Army as a combat medic, and within two years of service, she became a flight medical aidman. After nearly 16 years of service, at the rank of Sergeant First Class, Christina departed the Army and enlisted in the Air Force Reserve. Christina completed an additional four years of service, retiring after 20 years of service in 2020. Since retiring from the military, Christina completed a Master of Social Work through the University of Southern California and has dedicated herself to serving the military community. More info:

News from Security Public Library, 715 Aspen Drive

Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) — Día de los Muertos took place on Nov. 1 and 2, but photos of loved ones will be on display all month long. The library invites all to join the tradition of celebrating and honoring the memories of our departed loved ones (and pets!) on the library’s ofrendas (altar/offerings). The offerings are believed to encourage visits from the land of the dead as the departed souls hear their prayers, smell their foods, and join in the celebrations! Bring photos of your loved ones into the Library and we will display them on our ofrenda all month long!

NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) — We would like to invite the next generation of novel writers to stop by the library and fill your “writer’s toolkit” with a host of valuable resources that could help you further your project. Find worksheets that will help you work out plots, characters, or timelines as well as fun and inspirational notebooks, pencils and stickers that will help you keep going when “writer’s block” hits.

Sign up with to be entered to win one of two gorgeous hourglasses that will help keep you on track with your writing goals (10 minutes or more per day is recommended). Send us your confirmation email ([email protected]) or bring it into the library for your chance to win!

Adult Craft @ the Library, Nov. 12 at 10 a.m. — Get a head start on your holiday decorations by joining us to make one of these cute gumball machine ornaments! Registration is required and spots are limited to ages 12 and older. See our website for sign-up information.

SPL’s Annual Toy Drive, Nov. 14- Dec. 19 — Make the holidays a little brighter for kids in our community when you bring in new, unwrapped toys to donate to our annual Toy Drive. All donations will stay in our community! Also, you can enter to win a $50 Cinemark Theatres Gift Card with every donation!

Preschool Storytime, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 10:30 a.m.

Join us each week for new stories, crafts, friends, and fun!

Little Bookworms Storytime (0-3 yr olds), Thursdays at 9:30 a.m.

Although all ages are welcome at our preschool storytimes, we invite our youngest patrons to this special program geared just for them! We focus on songs, movement and having fun!

Grab and Go Crafts Are Back

A new children’s craft will be available each week, while supplies last.


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