April Newsletter

Astronomy, Murder, Gaming, Free State Park Passes and More!

Explore the Final Frontier

A solar eclipse is happening in August, and P&PL will host several space programs in eager anticipation of this rare event. Coming up in April, the Elizabeth branch will facilitate a spectacular astronomy program hosted by legendary local astronomer Todd Thalimer of the Thalimer Observatory. Read more about it by clicking here.


Join us for a night of intrigue and enigma as you and a host of other characters discover clues to catch the Simla Library Murderer. Sign-ups for adults 18 and older take place throughout April. The sleuthing will happen May 5 & 12 @ 6:30pm. Clues are given a week ahead of the 2-3 hour event. Snacks & drinks will be served throughout the program. Characters will mingle and get to know each other as this theatrical event plays out much like the popular board game Clue. Email pcarman@pplibraries.org to sign up online or stop by the Simla Branch. http://pplibraries.org

Come Game With Us

Our Elizabeth branch just powered up its teen area with an XBOX One for in-library play. Stop by and enjoy some games with family or friends. Let us know what games you'd like to see too. The Kiowa Library is also continuing its retro game night every Monday. Read about it by clicking here. Simla will reset its teen game night soon on Monday nights as well, starting in April. Librarian Evan Rivas has returned to the Simla branch to make this program pop. Teens enjoy Minecraft, Super Smash Brothers, and other multiplayer games on Monday evenings. We need feedback on games for this event too. Look for details soon.

Story Time!

The Elizabeth and Kiowa branches have a fantastic new storytime super-librarian named Ms. Chelsea! Story time helps build literacy skills and a love of reading

and lifelong learning. Each week, children participate in read aloud

followed by a craft or related activity. All ages welcome. Please join

us on Wednesdays at 10 am in Elizabeth or on Fridays at 11 am in Kiowa.

Hope to see you soon! Click here to see all our events.

Check Out Colorado State Parks for Another Year

Visit any of our four libraries and check out passes for admittance to any state park. This program was so successful that the State Library and Colorado Parks and Wildlife have decided to continue it for another year. Click here for details.

Author Visit at the Elizabeth Library

Colorado author Janet Robertson will lead attendees on an adventure through the Colorado Rockies as she discusses her book, “The Magnificent Mountain Women.” Janet is a professional photographer and writer from Boulder, Colorado. Her work has appeared in Nordic World, Skiers World, and Empire Magazine. She has climbed all fifty-four of Colorado’s fourteeners and traversed all 470 miles of the Colorado Trail. Click here for more details about this even on April 24th.

Writers Workshop in Elizabeth

Renowned mystery author Mark Stevens will teach aspiring novelists to write excellent plots organically on April 6th. Dubbed Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers 2016 Writer of the Year, Mark is also president of the Rocky Mountain Chapter for Mystery Writers of America. He spent 20 years in journalism before starting a career in public relations. See more details about the event by visiting our district program calendar.

We Have World Book Online

We now provide World Book Online for all P&PL users who have a card. Jodi Horner of Elbert County News wrote a fantastic article about the service.

Click on this sentence for the article.